our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new bike, conceived in aerodynamics, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal when they are rocking a tri bike”. So in January of 2011 I walked out of Inside-Out Sports with a brand new Felt B16 Tri Bike. At that time, I believe, it was the best value in tri bikes that there was. Period. I grew to love that bike. I mean I didn't really have much to compare it to, but I loved it. I mean the profound, uncompromising, long term type of Love. The kind of Love that exists deep down in places you don't want to talk about at parties . . . but I digress. Let's just say that "Life is too Short to Ride something you don't Love". I loved that bike for all of the 21,655.74 miles that we spent together.
The PRsix is not the fastest frame out there. But as Slowtwitch has mentioned, it is in the conversation. It sits nicely amongst the others on the aero chart. It is however, one of the lightest, and simplest to maintain. Both of those factors were big selling points for me personally. Then with one of the 2015 options being black with lime green accents, I just knew it was the bike for me! The new Green Lightning.
So being the engineering geek that I am, I studied the geometry of the 2015 PRsix and compared it to the 2011 B16. I saw that the size 52 PRsix was actually bigger than the size 54 B16 that I had. I had always thought that maybe the size 54 was a little big for me anyways. After discussing with James at IOS, and with the proprietary stem that is on PRsix, I decided to order the size 50 frame. I wanted to make sure that I would be able to get low enough to replicate my current position.
Cobb JOF 55
I really liked my Adamo Road saddle with the split nose. But I had ripped the side of it in one of my crashes last year. I have been riding with it taped up. I thought: new bike, new saddle. Since the JOF55 has the similar split nose and it is even narrower, I thought I would try it. Plus it come in lime green, duh.
|Rear Mount Hydration and Flat Kit|
|11 Speed Carbon Fiber Shifters|
My B16 originally came with MicroShift bar end shifters. I had them replaced with the Dura-Ace ones a couple of years ago. I never really liked the Dura-Ace. They are hard to push, and the cover keeps coming off them, even after I Gorilla glue it back on. So I ordered the carbon MicroShift ones from Taiwan. The action is so much lighter and there is no cover to come off. Plus they are carbon fiber, duh.
|11 Speed Hub|
As you know (yes, there are people who know this) I race on a set of FLO 60/90's. But I was torn between getting the FLO30's or the Reynolds Stratus. Ultimately I went with the FLO's because they are 26mm wide and the Reynolds were 21mm wide. Having my training and racing wheels' brake track both be the same width and material (aluminum), it makes it uber quick and easy to swap them out. I also got a hub to convert my FLO90 rear to 11 speed. I had IOS install that.
|Ultegra 6800 Mechanical 11 Speed|
Then I had IOS get my front and rear derauillers, chain, brake levers, 11 speed cassettes, bar tape, cable housings, bottom bearing bracket.
|Dura-Ace Brake Levers|
|Ultegra Brake Mounted Underneath|
|Greg Doing Work|
My initial reaction was that it looks so incredible. Melissa had found Jagwire Orangic Green cable housing that perfectly matched the frame. They also had Fizik Apple Green bar tape that perfectly matched the Cobb Saddle.
|James Doing Work|
|(1) 5mm Spacer on the Stem|
|Bolted on Nutrition Pack|
|A2 Fits Great|
|Initial Pics when I first brought it home|
I also like that it has a restraining bolt, that only allows the front stearer tube to turn so far. It helps when handling and working on the bike. The front wheel won't go all jack-knifed on you.
|Large non-drive side chain stay. Shift+ Technology.|
|Inside Out Sports Gang|
I'm absolutely pumped to race this thing in Kona. I just gotta keep my head down and I will be cheating the wind like crazy. My speed per watt ratio is usually higher than most everyone I race against. Hopefully I can stick to the bike wattage plan and come running down Palani and Ali'i feeling like the freaking man!