I allways liked the shape, geometry and price of Planet X track frames but the horrendous retro paint sceme gives eyecancer. The roy de velo frame made me pull the trigger but I had to strip down the ugly paint. I did this on several alloy bikes before but never on carbon. Dangerholm showed me how it works even if he esplicitly saiys to not do it but that's exactly how reversed psychology works. So I dangerholmed the frame, put on some chris king headset and dura-ace crank that were laying around and bent a tubus titanium rack tube to a custom garmin saddle mount. For those that don't know the rules: On the track you can use a device to record your data but you are not allowed to see it while riding. This is why froome doesn't race track... Then I tried to bodge a modern track handlebar with different cutted shimano levers and a lot of mastic but ended up with the fancy made in italy ASHAA handlebar. The 29teeth chainring is freshly cnc'd out of the uk as a late valentines gift and currently is the fastest on the planet because it misses half the teeth. This equals half the friction. Such produkts make the whole industry look pretty stupid and I love it. The wheels are my go to uci approved chinese clincher rims laced by a friend. He used internal nips and even washers. Check how fancy he laced all spokes on the inside of the hubflange. Normaly there is one spoke inside and the next one outside but he managed to lace all of them internal what will save a humongous amount of 17Watts at high enough speed. Clincher cotton tires with latex innertubes are my favourite combination. The feel and ridequality is phenomenal. Seeing the us track team racing on the road tt vittoria corsa speed tires in clinchers and not the track specific pista makes me even more confident that this choice is making up for another double digit watt gain. To go full nerd I hotwaxed the dura-ace 11speed road chain with silca secret blend and used rubberised griptape and shrinktape to keep the 28cm narrow handlebars max aero but still grippy.
Planet X Holdsworth's Roi de Velo size 51cm Small in Team Orange but striped down to bare carbon. I used a knife to remove most of the thick paint coats. Then continued with 120 grid sandpaoer till black carbon spots were seen. For the finish i used 600 grit sandpaper but the black wasn't the carbon. It was black primer/filler. Then I got a bit unpatient and removed all the black Primer foundation with 180grit sandpaper. UV protected the resin with some car wax and MucOff Miracle Shine. Time invested in preping the frame and fork was around 20 hours of labor.
Planet X frameset OEM fork / Chris King iS 41 upper from DropSet 3
Shimano Dura-Ace Track FC7710 165mm / Shimano 105 Octalink BB-5500 BSA68 109.5mm
Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R9100
Cogs: Shimano Dura-Ace SS-7600 1/2x3/32" 13-16T (Works well with 11/128* Chain) / Velobike Elite Narrow 17/18T / Velobike Elite Ti 19T / Chainring: 29T Motion Labs Enduro Track 11/128'' / CHain: Shimano Dura-Ace road 11-speed CN HG901
Toothengeniering Ashaa with Velobike Shrink Wrap Grip in the drops and rubberised grip tape on the hoods / Velobike elite longboi stem 140mm +/-12 with Ti Bolts
Cheap Asia Import / Planet X frameset OEM seatpost
DT-Swiss Track Classic radial with 20x214mm (217mm would be better) Sapim CX-Ray spokes to 80mm NXT80RC Nextie Carbon rim / Vittoria Corsa Speed 700x23c with Vittoria 19-23mm latex tube 48mm valve plus 45mm Enve x Silca valve extender
DT-Swiss Track Classic laced with 24x232mm Sapim CX-Ray spokes to 80mm NXT80RC Nextie Carbon rim / Vittoria Corsa Speed 700x23c with Vittoria 19-23mm latex tube 48mm valve plus 45mm Enve x Silca valve extender
Custom Tubus ti Garmin saddle mount
7.655kg / 16.8lbs
Added by ianiscaratti. Last updated 2 months ago.