The Build Candidate: Trek 7.9fx
I really didn't think it would play out like this when I bought my custom Enigma Eulogy frameset earlier this year. The Cervélo SLC-SL and Trek 7.9fx had co-existed happily despite their obvious differences. I enjoyed alternating between them and didn't play favorites. The SLC-SL was surprisingly comfortable for a pure race bike and the Trek was light and fast for a hybrid.
The Enigma changed everything; the titanium and carbon Eulogy has been nothing short of a revelation since Mykle built it up for me with his typical meticulous skill. The Record drivetrain runs like a Swiss timepiece, the 32-spoke tied & soldered Pave wheels are bombproof and wherever I point the unique Deda Phazer bar the bike unerringly follows. Climbing or descending it has made me a better rider.
Even shod with Edge Composites' 38mm carbon clinchers the Cervélo seldom gets out the garage and the Trek has been relegated to rain bike status in a state were it seldom rains. I recognized I needed to do something or sell the other bikes and move on (it may yet come to that).
While I continue to ponder the long term future for the Cervélo I've decided to re-cast the Trek as a singlespeed in the hope I might ride it more. At 16.9 lbs with a CX2.0/AX3.0 Topolino wheelset, it stands to go sub 15lbs when it sheds the extra bits and pieces. On the chopping block both derailleurs, two chain rings (it runs a Shimano 105 triple), the 12-27 cassette, the shift cables, the Bontrager Satellite bar, Deore shifters and Ergon grips.
A Little Re-constructive Surgery
Replacements include a FSA K-Force Compact bar, Campagnolo Veloce brake levers, Shimano Alfine Chain Tensioner and TRP CR950 Canti brakes. I'm not sure about gearing at this point so I'm going to keep the 50-tooth outer ring on the 105 crankset and experiment. Chris King is sending along a 20-tooth cog which will give me a 2.5:1 ratio which might prove serviceable for my flat commute. If it suits me I may eventually buy a more appropriate singlespeed crankset. With a bit of luck I can pull this together before Christmas and get my fenders on in time for our two months of rain come the new year.
The latest news from Enigma is a singlespeed production model is due shortly. Oh, no!