Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bike Check - Steven's Look 585

Steven has assembled an epic shit mix of bike racing brilliance.

This Look 585 has been raced, ridden and thrashed for the past three seasons. 

Seeing use in local and regional road races, it's owner is a real character of Victoria's bike racing scene. Steven Grandy is a privateer Cat. 2 road racer, with support from Stuckylife and Broad Street Cycles. 

Day-to-day he works for Select Express as a bike courier, and currently holds all of the elevator KOMs in the downtown core. 

The 48cm Look has a healthy patina acquired through stage races, time trials, and downtown bike courier work. 

Damaged at the dropout on the RH seatstay, Vancouver's Roberts Composites repaired the carbon and laid down some matching white paint to clean up the site. 
A gold sticker offers some icing on the chaos cake.

Frame: 48cm Look 585
Bars & Stem: 42cm Ritchey Ergo alloy & Time carbon stem - 110mm
Seatpost & Saddle: Specialized Romin Pro & Look carbon 
Wheels & Tires: Shimano Wh-6800 & Vittoria Pave 25mm
Crankset: 170mm Shimano 7800 SRM crankset
Cassette:  11-23t Dura-Ace CS-7800
Pedals: Look Keo 2 Max 
Brakeset: SRAM Force
Shift Levers: RH Shimano ST-6700 Ultegra, LH SRAM Force
Derailleurs: Rear Shimano RD-7800 Dura-Ace, Front SRAM Force

This Look is one of the last of their french-made lugged carbon masterpieces. Externally routed cables, a threaded BB shell, and small-diamater (aero!) tubes make for a classy, long-term race rig. 

Typifying Steve's commitment to utility, he runs a LH SRAM shift lever paired to a Force front derailleur. On the right sits a Shimano Ultegra lever, articulating a Dura-Ace 7800 rear derailleur. This bike abounds with similar instances of available function over form: take a close look at some of those details!

To keep up with the esoteric rambling of an elite-level road racer, bike courier, and master of thrift, drop by Steve's Tumblr at Short and Sweet Velo.

As well, a huge shout-out to Geoff Robson for the stunning photo set.

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