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2002 Felt F45

Well, after building Amelia (and having a lot of fun doing it) and realizing that upgrading my '85 Schwinn World Sport to a level I had in mind was not the best idea, I set about building a fully modern road bike from the frame up. And what a frame! Dripping gloss red: sooo pretty. I did paint the seat stays and the lower front fork black to eliminate the McDonalds/"non-serious" look as well as vowed to keep the serious/fast/racy theme with black components (they were silver when it was new, and before that owner stripped the frame of everything). She came together wonderfully and I was smitten just a few minutes into the test ride. I've taken her on a good chunk of longer rides. Really a lot of fun. Now for the Seattle rain/cold seasons (3/4 of the year...) she's fendered up along with accessories/repair tools. Still looks great. UPDATE: Elena Marie (she, as a frameset) is in the hands of a new loving owner now. Her brilliant red coat will be missed, but she will give her owner many good miles. :)

Frame:
2002 Felt F45by Easton - 55cm - double-butted aluminum

Fork/Headset:
Matching Felt F45 fork - carbon fiber; Cane Creek C1

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Ultegra Hollowtech II BB; FSA Gossamer 175mm cranks 53/39T

Pedals:
Shimano SPD

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
SRAM 9-speed chain, Ultegra 9-speed cassette

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano 105 front, Shimano Sora rear; controlled by Shimano Sora STI brifters

Handlebars/Stem:
Richey BioMax Pro 44cm; Eleven81 110mm stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
2012 Specialized Riva Road; 2002 Felt F45 seatpost

Brakes:
Campagnolo Veloce dual pivots--worked great on Amelia, work great here

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Xero Lite XSR-3 - 700C - 20 spoke; Specialized Armadillo 700x23C

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Xero Lite XSR-3 - 700C - 24 spoke; Specialized Armadillo 700x23C

Accessories:
Strap-on fenders; Specialized Ribcage waterbotte holder; a waterbottle (natch); road bike tire pump; Specialized under-seat pouch; my elderly Schwinn-made rear taillight; NiteRider Lumina 350 front headlight

More Info:
21.0 lbs with no accessories. Built a bike that performs as well as bikes twice or a little more her cost. Incredibly smooth ride.

Added by Dan-O. Last updated over 1 year ago.

As of almost 9 years ago, Dan-O has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

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