Dolan Dual Wet Weather Road Bike
[Click for hi-res image to see the dirty tyres and spot the small mistake!]
Frame and Forks: Dolan Dual 56cm (carbon frame and fork blades)
Bars: Zipp Service Course Short Shallow (42cm)
Stem: Zipp Service Course (90mm)
Headset: Alpina integrated (supplied with frameset)
Bar Tape: FWE Vex Gel
Shifters: Shimano 105 R7000 (Black)
Brake Calipers: Shimano 105 R7000
Front Mech: Shimano 105 R7000 (34.9mm band-on)
Rear Mech: Shimano 105 R7000 (short cage)
Cables: Shimano (supplied with shifters)
Saddle: Cosine Ti Endurance Road
Seat Post: Alpina carbon set back (supplied with frameset)
Seat Post Clamp: Alpina
Chainset: FSA SLK-Light MegaExo 110 BCD
Chain rings: Praxis Works 50-34
Chain: Shimano 105 5800/SLX M7000 HG601Q 11 speed
Cassette: Shimano 105 R7000 11-28
Pedals: Garmin Vector 3
Bottom Bracket: FSA BB 8681 (BSA)
Wheels: Cero AR24 Evo
Rims: Cero (rebadged Kinlin?)
Spokes: Sapim D-Light
Hubs: Cero (rebadged Chosen?)
Tires: Maxxis Padrone 23mm tubeless ready
Skewers: LifeLine Ti Pro
Bottle Cages: Elite Custom Race (Alpina badged)
Mudguards: Radial Avert Pro 30mm
Weight: 8.5kg as pictured
I had 2 other winter bikes: a Tifosi CK7 with black 5700 that I've just sold, and an old Trek 1.5 with silver 5700 that I'm keeping for turbo use. I do a lot of riding in wet weather and spend a lot of time on my winter bike so I wanted something with permanent mudguards that's a bit lighter, snappier and nicer to ride than your usual winter hack. When I saw the Dual frameset on sale with £200 off, I took the bait and bought one.
I was originally going to just swap over 5700 components from the Tifosi and sell the frameset, but in the end I opted for new R7000 components and sold the Tifosi as a complete bike. I am really glad I did this as the R7000 brakes and gears are a massive improvement over 5700 and now the Dolan feels like a new bike and is really fun to ride.
I've reused an old SLK-light carbon chainset with Praxis rings mainly because I had it lying around, it's light and the carbon finish won't get scraped by my winter boots as a black painted/anodized chainset would.
I am currently running tubeless 23mm Maxxis Padrones on the Cero AR24s under narrow aluminium mudguards. I know that the trend is toward 25 or 28mm tyres, but this is easily the smoothest, fastest and most comfortable feeling combination of wheel/tyre that I've tried (I've been riding 25mm tyres for years). I may switch to 25mm Fusion 5 All Seasons on DT Swiss R460 handbuilts if the Padrones or AR24s don't hold up well in the depths of winter, but I'll need to swap to the wider 37mm Radial mudguards as the current 30mm are the limiting factor for clearance, not the frame. I'll probably add some mudflaps for group rides even though hardly anyone else I'm out with bothers that much about their fellow riders!
Incidentally, I bought the Padrone tyres in a 2 for 1 last Black Monday sales (£40 the pair), but I am so impressed I bought another set for future use as Wiggle are currently doing them for £33.50 each: they're definitely my favourite tubeless tyre at the moment. Also, it's a real shame that Radial have stopped producing the Avert mudguards as they were great for the money being alu and less than £20 a set.