Here are the first studio shots of the completed bike. Seventy five miles and 7,000 vertical feet of road traveled are enough to declare her beauty is more than skin deep. Wearing the 1850g tied and soldered wheels from Competitive Cyclist she weighs a svelte 17lbs, cages and pedals included. Mykle Kong's exceptional build has her handling and shifting with sublime precision.
On Memorial day Brendan and I climbed Mt. Hamilton. On the way up the Eulogy felt light and responsive. I didn't need the last two gears of the 13-29 cassette for the steady 6-8% gradient, but they'll come in handy on steeper climbs. A second, all carbon wheelset with 11-25 gearing is in the works. Those wheels will bring the Eulogy down to 16lbs... more details when they arrive. Coming down was where the Eulogy truly excelled.
I've never descended as confidently as I did on the Eulogy. The Hamilton descent is a seemingly endless series of tight hairpins (many blind and dusted with loose rock at their apexes). The asphalt is buckled and broken throughout so it commands your full attention. I found it easy to take a line and hold it. Even under hard braking the Eulogy stayed true and well mannered. Enigma's Mark Reilly has somehow found a way to infuse the Sean Yates inspired Eulogy with some of his legendary downhill prowess.
I think the Eulogy will help me become a better rider. You can't ask for more than that from a bicycle.