Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The Bikes Part 3 – Specialized Langster

Purchased on a whim from eBay one Saturday afternoon a couple of years ago, this has developed into a real favourite of mine. Winter bike, bad weather bike, time trial bike, and much much more, let me introduce my Specialized Langster.

Excuse the mess!

Much has been changed since I first purchased this bike, and it now sports some of the nicest cycling componentry out there. At least in my opinion…..

As a fully paid up cycling geek, and a lover of exquisitely engineered cycling bits and bobs, it’s the back wheel of this bike that I find so pleasing. A Goldtec Pro Track hub, laced to a Mavic CXP33 rim, finished off with a White Industries ENO Freewheel(18T)/15T fixed option.  Just about the best SS/Fixed road wheel available; quite lovely!

Other highlights include:
  • Shimano 105 brakes – Not too sure how you could improve on these,
  • Hope Mono Front hub – bombproof,
  • Salsa Seatpost – Mtb derived I know, but the best saddle adjustment mechanism I’ve ever used by some distance,
  • Specialized BG Toupe Saddle – I can’t see me ever using anything else.
It’s a bike used all year round, takes all that’s thrown at it, including carrying me to a series of PBs in this year’s Wrekin Sport Summer Time Trial Series.

I love it, even though it could do with a damned good clean.

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