Good news: My replacement frame has been selected, is available in my size, and has been ordered. In a couple of weeks or so I should have it in my hands and ready to start putting it through the rigors of what is BugMan cycling.
Even better news: Not only is my frame being replaced for free, it is being replaced with a brand new 2009 model. I gotta give props to LOOK Cycle for their stand up support of their 5-year frame warranty. I put a hella lotta miles on that frame (20,481 to be exact), with a roughly estimated ~1,000 climbs. It doesn’t matter how well I maintained that bike (and I did) – that’s a lifetime of use for many frames. I’ve also gotta give great props to Mike at Big Shark for treating me right with this – no questions asked.
Not so good news: All-white is not a color choice for the 2009 model year 585 😦 Now, some of you may be quite sick of hearing about white this and white that – I know, it’s a sick obsession. Sorry, I just think white is the ultimate expression of Euro-pro. Not that I think I’m so pro… I don’t even race anymore. But I do like riding in style. I guess to some people, that makes me ‘that guy’ – you know, racer wannabe, fred. Whatever – I did my time on the circuit and learned to appreciate style as well as function. I know what I like, and white looks bad ass!
The choice: The current 585 (Origin) is still mostly white, but the headtube and fork are black with gold highlights. Not all-white, but almost. It could look pretty hot. Then I started looking at the 585 Ultra – identical geometry, weight, and price as the 585 Origin, but the carbon fiber lay up makes the frame a little stiffer. Recommended for heavier, more powerful riders. I don’t know about the “more powerful”, but I’m certainly no lightweight. It might actually be a better choice for my style of riding – lots of hard miles torquing up and down all the short, sharp climbs around here. The paint job is a reverse of the Origin – white headtube and fork fading to black, but with red highlights instead of gold. I started visualizing this frame built up with my gear – white saddle with red center stripe, Zipp 404 wheels, white FSA stem, and (of course) white bar tape. Wow – add little touches like red chainring bolts and those red cable end caps I scored from TK, and this could be one helluva looker. So, I went with the Ultra – I’m thinking I could actually love this bike as much as I loved the first one!