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I think it does come with the Aura. I'm sure that any dealer worth their while will be willing to swap out the extensions for you without question.
I was considering the Brezza II, but since this is essentially my first "TT bike" I decided that the adjustability of the Mistral trumps any small aero benefit.
Some ideas and sketches I'd done combined with the help of a great airbrush artist in the UK called Sam Hubbard turned it into reality. Since these were taken I've de-stickered the wheels making it a little more stealthy. The cool thing is that in flat light or when the sun is hiding it just looks black with a blue smudge and the "Argon" lettering completely disappears.
I'd bought all the bits to build it up along with some items that were coming off my previous bike so once the paint was done I really enjoyed putting it all together after the unexpected delay in proceedings!
It 'aint no faster, but when I'm having a tough day it makes me smile which has to be worth something.
So: Soma Smoothie frame, 3T bars and stem, seat post that she won in a crit this year, Shimano 105 all around, and sweet white cable housings
we do need to upgrade that fork though. It weighs as much as the frame! I know weight doesn't matter much but DAMN ;)
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Shouldn't you get her to remove oh, eight or ten of those spacers?
Can't say enough good things about the 105 group, though. May not be as flashy or precise as the others (I race mostly my SRAM equipped bike), but my 105 has been through hell and back in two winters and still performs well.
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The brackets for the arm pads are home made as a result of that age old problem, a good aero position 'aint worth toffee if you can only stay down for 15 minutes at a time. The idea came from seeing the E114 where the pads are right back near the steerer tube. I had got to a reasonable position and wanted to move the pads back to make things more comfortable and reduce the load on my lower back, not being the most flexible person around here.
They are made from 10mm ali and could probably get away with being made from 8mm or maybe a piece of thick carbon at some point. That said, I could easily lose much more weight off my belly and butt before doing any more work on them. Call it work in progress. I started by cutting a piece of plywood and fixing it to the bars with washers as spacers then moving the pads around until they felt comfortable. Once they were in place it was a case of "join the dots" to make the pattern and start drilling, cutting and milling although having access to a mill was not essential but a great time saver.
As I've conditioned myself to the change I have since taken the spacers out from the front and there is plenty of adjustment available. Getting off the bike more relaxed in the lower back showed in an improvement on previous run times and overall fatigue. . . . . .. . . . .. . .. . .. . and as you probably guessed, too much spare time and I quite enjoy tinkering about in the workshop with the bike too! :o)
Give it a go and see how you get on, you'd be surprised how you may improve your comfort level for a longer ride without having to change the overall riding position.
Love the Accel! I had that same turd brown beast and raced the balls off it for a couple of years. I was shocked to see the pricing of it now though....yikes. I think I paid maybe $500 for it new back in the day, now it's $1,100!
bet one could angle down their ski bend extensions relative to pad level with something like that
now where did i put that machine shop of mine. . . . ;)
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