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New Principia bike build.

silverpigeonsilverpigeon Posts: 327
edited September 2010 in Your road bikes
Just finished building this up today, after various bits of bike jewellery have been arriving at my house all week.

Pedals due next week, plus carbon seatpost. I just couldn't resist trying it out straight away.

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Basso Astra
Principia Ellipse SX
Kinesis Racelight 4S
Kinesis Crosslight Pro Disc

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  • Bits are

    Frame - Principia Ellipse SX - 57cm
    Groupset - Dura Ace 7800
    Headset - Chris King
    Wheels - Dura Ace 7850 CL
    Stem - Ritchey WCS
    Bars - Ritchey WCS
    Seatpost - Ritchey Carbon WCS (when fitted)
    Pedals - Dura Ace 7801 (when fitted)

    Weight = 7.75Kg
    Basso Astra
    Principia Ellipse SX
    Kinesis Racelight 4S
    Kinesis Crosslight Pro Disc
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    Love it!

    I'd love a Principia alu frame but they are sooo expensive new and like hen's teeth used.
  • thats nice. Im not sure about the colour of the headset spacers but other than that I love it.
  • Very rarely see one, except when I open the garage.. :D

    I have an RSL, with a Time Stiletto carbon fork, beautiful bike to ride too.

    There's a few left over at CRC here:

    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Bran ... randID=750
    Open O-1.0 Open One+ BMC TE29 Titus Racer X Ti Seven 622SL Kestrel RT1000 On One Scandal Cervelo RS
  • galatzogalatzo Posts: 1,295
    Very nice, still look classy Principia.

    I've budgeted £400 for a frame to build as a project over winter and this may just push me towards the Prinicipia in my size left on ebay (£350) rather than the HED R1c carbon that's at the top of my budget.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Principia-Evoluti ... 1c1040b4dd

    or

    http://www.hedwheels.com/products.asp?cat=9

    Again, nice work pal, you may see another soon ! (red and white though)
    25th August 2013 12hrs 37mins 52.3 seconds 238km 5500mtrs FYRM Never again.
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    There's no contest there mate! Principia!
  • Galatzo. At £350 that Principia frame is a bargain, especially as it includes the Principia headset.

    Here is a link to an old review of that very frame to help you decide

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/?pg=fullstory&id=2380
    Basso Astra
    Principia Ellipse SX
    Kinesis Racelight 4S
    Kinesis Crosslight Pro Disc
  • galatzogalatzo Posts: 1,295
    Which is the best Principia, the Ebay model or the one below ?

    http://www.ciclosuno.com/products/frame ... ex-ellipse

    Sorry Silverpidgeon, didn't mean to hijack your thread mate.
    25th August 2013 12hrs 37mins 52.3 seconds 238km 5500mtrs FYRM Never again.
  • odichuodichu Posts: 116
    Very nice.
  • Galatzo wrote:
    Which is the best Principia, the Ebay model or the one below ?

    http://www.ciclosuno.com/products/frame ... ex-ellipse

    Sorry Silverpidgeon, didn't mean to hijack your thread mate.

    Hard to say. The REX you've posted does come with the original Issac fork which got very good reviews at the time. It has a tapered steerer 1.25 - 1.125, so theoretically stiffer than a 'normal' fork. Difficult to find replacements though which means if you wanted to change the fork you would need a new headset.

    The ebay model comes with a Mizuno fork which has a 1.125 steerer and the headset will have a reducer fitted, gives you more options if you want to change.

    I don't think there is any noticeable difference in strength and weight. I'd go for the Team Issue (ebay model) but I note they are both different sizes. You have to get the one that fits.

    Also worth noting

    The cable-routing through the Ellipse head tube is not possible for technical reasons on sizes below 53 cm
    Basso Astra
    Principia Ellipse SX
    Kinesis Racelight 4S
    Kinesis Crosslight Pro Disc
  • ascurrellascurrell Posts: 1,739
    Lovely bike, does my memory serve me right that the old Linda McCartney squad used to ride these beauts ?
  • Indeed they did. Showing your age now ascurrell :wink:
    Basso Astra
    Principia Ellipse SX
    Kinesis Racelight 4S
    Kinesis Crosslight Pro Disc
  • ascurrellascurrell Posts: 1,739
    I don't know about showing my age, I certainly feel it and a bit more !!
  • PhilAPhilA Posts: 26
    Lovely.

    I have had an RS6 frame since 2003 and I still love it. I would never get rid of it. As Napolean D says, they can be pretty rare used.

    My Principia is now relegated to winter use, but if ever there was a frame that could stand up to winter use/abuse, it is an anodized Principia!
  • dajdaj Posts: 139
    NapoleonD wrote:
    Love it!

    I'd love a Principia alu frame but they are sooo expensive new and like hen's teeth used.

    Got mine for sale :wink:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... :MESELX:IT
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