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Wilier Cento Uno DI2, HBW Custom

Posted in Custom builds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2011 by hypercatracing

Visit the complete set here:  Wilier DI2 Flickr set

Hypercat Bike Works has been building DI2 specific bikes since Shimano released the group. Master Mechanic Phil is a DI2 certified mechanic and through HBW has been involved with electronic shifting from early suntour browning systems to Mavic’s Zap and Mektronic groups through the modern era of Shimano DI2 and beyond.

This offering is a 15.2 lb everyday practical racer. With Lightweight full carbon clincher wheels this Wilier can easily transform from an every day club bike to a weekend racer. built as a stage race bike, carbon abounds on every part of the bike. From wheels, hubs and spokes to bars and stem, seatpost and even the seat rails. Smooth as silk this no-nonsense rig can take anything you can dish out.

Quick specs:
-DI2/ 7900 full group
-Lightweight full carbon clincher wheels
-Schwalbe Ultremo DD tires
-Profile Cobra carbon bars and stem
-Speedplay X/2 Ti pedals
-Selle Italia SLR carbon saddle with Ritchey top cap
-Intergrated carbon seatmast
-Cane Creek carbon headset

Retail $18,500.   This bike will be recieving an SRM 7900 for 2011 for an Additional $4k-. 

Originally uploaded by Hypercat Bike Works


Get ready for Winter: 3 bike products under $10

Posted in Tips with tags , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2010 by hypercatracing

As winter looms on the horizon with cold and rainy days ahead, there is no need to hang up the bicycle, keep riding with three of my favorites products that won’t cost you more than a couple Latte’s.

  1. ProGold Voyager Chain Lube $7.99 – For nearly 12 years Progold Prolink has been my choice of chain lube.  Why, it simply works awesome.  But if you don’t believe me how about endoresments from almost every top race mechanic, Leanord Zinn, Years and years of best Lube awards from major mags and review sites, and on and on…  This year enter a new product designed to last longer through nastier environs such as winter.  built on the Prolink platform voyager is designed to not wash off with water and has a better adherence to metal too last longer between lubes.  How long,  try a rating of 100o miles between applications in normal conditions.  Talk about low maintenance.
  2. Rock and Roll Lubricants “Cable Magic” $4.00-$5.00 – This product was introduced to me a few years ago and quickly became a product I always had around.  During the winter, cables are prone to getting sticky and sluggish.  Little bits of dirt and grime and sometimes rust and make the friction between cable and housing increase and shifting/ braking performances decrease. Cable Magic reduces the friction and returns your cables to smooth operators.  After a rainy grit filled ride, drop a few drops of this into your cable housings and keep your cables running smoothly between overhauls or major services. 
  3. Jagwire Nosed Ferrules $2.99 – This seemingly small part plays a huge role in reducing the amount of maintenance neccessary throughout the winter months.  A nosed ferrule is quite simply a ferrule with a little tube added.  The little tube extends from the inside of the ferrule 1-2 cm down the length of the cable and serves as a barrier to dirt getting into the cable housing.  The picture below shows a typical application on the rear derailleur loop.  On cross and mountain bikes nosed ferrrules can be added at all housing ends to ward off dirt and contaminants and save on costly repairs down the road.  They are also available in many colors.

Phil Casanta has been a professional mechanic and bike fitter for over 20 years.  He is available for consult, fitting or other services at