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Brunei's First Leader 735

I don't care how "cookie-cutter" this build and its components are, I am in love with cycling on this thing and that's all that matters.

Frame:
2014 Leader 735TR (55cm)

Fork/Headset:
Leader I805TR/FSA ZS-3

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
SRAM Omnium/SRAM GXP

Pedals:
TIME ATAC Alium/Shimano SH-M088LE

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
EAI Deluxe Track Cog 19T/FSA Pro Track Chainring 52T/KMC Z510HX

Handlebars/Stem:
FSA Wing Pro Compact (44cm)/Thomson Elite X4

Saddle/Seatpost:
Selle Italia SLR Superflow 145/Thomson Elite

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
H Plus Son Archetype/Origin-8 Pro-Pulsion/Continental Gatorskin 23c

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
H Plus Son Archetype/Origin-8 Pro-Pulsion/Continental Gatorskin 25c

Accessories:
Knog Blinder Road 2, Knog Blinder Road R, Lizard Skins DSP (2.5mm), Thomson Seatpost Collar

More Info:
First venture into clipless pedals and I couldn't be happier with TIME ATACs! Retention strength is great and my cadence and average speed are improving too!

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Complete Enough To Ride
  2. Actually Complete
  3. Clipless Upgrade
  4. New Gear Ratio

Current Stage Info:

Shiny new smexy FSA Pro Track chainring to compliment the 19T EAI Deluxe Cog that never felt completely right with the stock 48T chainring, and a new Z510HX chain to boot! Smooth and silky with an immaculately straight chainline! Not to mention a brand new pair of Gatorskins to lighten the load and increase the speed. Loving it!

Added by chekrdnickrs. Last updated about 5 years ago.

39 Comments

JSTEWART304

JSTEWART304 says:

Is your seat post still creaking?

Posted about 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

we've tried putting grease with teflon into the bit between the frame and the seattube but there's still some creaking laterally, when i try to budge the saddle side to side rather than forward backwards.

Posted about 5 years ago

grangeyard

grangeyard says:

Seat post creaking: try taking the collar off. Clean everything nicely and regrease the seat post and also grease the collar.

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

i really don't know what the issue is, i've done everything except tear it to pieces. it's been suggested i spray teflon-based grease into the space between the frame and the bit that holds the seatpost but i can't find any of the stuff in this whole country.

Posted over 5 years ago

grangeyard

grangeyard says:

You're probably corresponding with your brother; we spoke about it, that Teflon isn't some magic fairy dust: you'll most likely be fine with other types of grease. Someone might have another opinion.

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

your opinion sounds valuable, what say you?

Posted over 5 years ago

grangeyard

grangeyard says:

pm

Posted over 5 years ago

grangeyard

grangeyard says:

Nice bike! Comfy geo. Just watch out, a small mosquito whispered in my ear that this Nigel-guy is building a bike; maybe the coolest in the sultanate up to now? Maybe the mosquito was just delirious from dengue fever. Greetings from Sweden.

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

this Nigel-guy's bike is finally built! have you given it the critic's love it deserves?

Posted over 5 years ago

grangeyard

grangeyard says:

I hope that I have :)

Posted over 5 years ago

biblicalFixies

biblicalFixies says:

So still having the creak problems? If I were you I'd take it back to the shop. Might be a faulty frame and you could be in for a new one. Happened to a one of our 725's

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

hello! yes unfortunately it's still creaking and have no idea what it is. even more unfortunate is that everything on this bike was purchased online cause there are no LBS's in this country that cater to "real" fixed-gear/track bikes, only ugly mismatched sub-$200 "fixies". i really don't know what it is.

Posted over 5 years ago

Stracknasty

Stracknasty says:

re: your seatpost creaking...i'd tweak the seatpost bolts. sometimes they can get a bit loose on those thomsons. failing that, clean and grease your seatpost, and re-install. i have a brooks team pro/thomson on my 725 and it's creaked in the past.

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

Hi! what do you mean tweak? take em out, regrease and put em in again? i don't have a torque wrench so i have no idea how tight i can tighten it down.. any suggestions?

Posted over 5 years ago

kaede11

kaede11 says:

Looking good!

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

thankyou, Sherwin! thankyou, CPS!

Posted over 5 years ago

kaede11

kaede11 says:

NAH, THANK YOU INSTEAD

Posted over 5 years ago

aberbrawler

aberbrawler says:

Hey mate!... sick ride... well built!

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

Thanks! Rides like a dream but I only say so cause it's my first ever real bike.. The seat collar won't stop creaking and ticking though! Hope to replace it with a Thomson collar soon!

Posted over 5 years ago

aberbrawler

aberbrawler says:

Had the creaking issue before also.. how long is the seatpost? make sur eyou have enough of the seatpost in the seat tube.. also make sure you don't torque it too hard and check the saddle is in properly also.. can't be a thomson collar ;)

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

Please help me to solve it I have no idea why it creaks, I only know it's seat-related cause the creaking goes away when I'm off my saddle.. it's 330mm, should I lower it a bit more? How will I know when I've torqued it too much? I don't have a torque wrench for this one.. It doesn't take Thomson collars?! But it's fully removable and exposes the inner seat tube that is "integrated" into the aero seat tube.. I measured it to be 29.8mm outer diameter.

Posted over 5 years ago

aberbrawler

aberbrawler says:

hey, yeah it def takes a thomson collar... i'd lower the seat post and see if that fixes it... hard to know torque without a wrench but just tighten slowly and test. you might need a longer seatpost, 330 sounds short for how much seatpost you have hanging out

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

Okay I will try out your suggestions and get back to you. I was thinking 330mm was enough but I haven't tinkered with the saddle position and height enough as of yet. Maybe it could drop a cm or two yet!

Posted over 5 years ago

aberbrawler

aberbrawler says:

slam the post down by 5cm and just test it.. then work your way up from there. if it still creaks with that much post in the seat tube, then look at the saddle. is the saddle new? could be an issue with the saddle rails also

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

Alright will do. Yup everything on the bike was brand new when we put it together, there already is a bit of grease on the rails.. I also notice that when I loosen the seat collar, it makes a tick sound as it loosens, similar to all the ticking done while I'm riding, that's how I assumed it was the seat collar's issue.

Posted over 5 years ago

IsntNigel

IsntNigel says:

very nice!

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

thank you for the pics!

Posted over 5 years ago

TheHulk

TheHulk says:

sick set up man!

Posted over 5 years ago

TheHulk

TheHulk says:

Added to my favorites!

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

thanks man!

Posted over 5 years ago

sonomike

sonomike says:

What's BSO?

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

Bike-Shaped Object!

Posted over 5 years ago

sonomike

sonomike says:

Of course. How daft of me.

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

umm. thanks? hahah

Posted over 5 years ago

asman

asman says:

cute

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

thanks kawan!

Posted over 5 years ago

asman

asman says:

sama2

Posted over 5 years ago

IsntNigel

IsntNigel says:

nice!!!!!!

Posted over 5 years ago

chekrdnickrs

chekrdnickrs says:

eww thanks

Posted over 5 years ago