Building a new rim brake bike in 2023: Time Alpe d'Huez 01

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simbikotic
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by simbikotic

Is this an anachronistic thing to do? Oh well...

I wanted to snag a new rim brake frame as they seem to be becoming rarer and rarer :cry:. Not a retro-grouch - I love my disc bikes - but I have some good rim brake parts lying around and wanted to do a rim brake build before it's too late.

Anyway Time had a sale on ADH 01 frames, and I have always been curious about this brand and their manufacturing method. Also, the geometry is a good match for me. So here we are.
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by darkmother

Looks like you are off to a good start to me.

How do you plan to build it up?

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I am really looking forward to seeing this, as I just finished an ADH01 rim brake of my own, final weight was ~7.8kg with very value-conscious parts rather than weight-conscious.

This thread will be a nice source of info about how I can cut weight in the future.

One thing is for sure, you will love the ride feel & quality of this frame. Mine rides like a dream.
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Note, here are the weights of all the small bits I removed from the frame before weighing. There were a couple of bits of hardware that were hard to remove, namely the front mech hanger (riveted - sorry 1x fans) and also a bearing race in the head-tube. But, 955g is the closest I could get to a bare-frame measurement.
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Also, some closeups of frame parts. The forged dropouts look lovely. The bb-shell face looks a bit rough on one-side, but otherwise fairly clean.
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simbikotic
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Thanks for the comments everyone! I am not sure how 'weightweenie' the intitial build is going to be. I am planning to pull Campag Chorus 12 sp and Campag Zonda wheels from a donor bike to get her rolling and look at upgrades later. I do have a Deda superlegerra RS handlebar and an S-Works power saddle lined up, which should help a bit with the grams.

Main concern right now is finding time - work is very busy - so it may be slow build.

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simbikotic wrote:
Tue May 16, 2023 5:17 am
Thanks for the comments everyone! I am not sure how 'weightweenie' the intitial build is going to be. I am planning to pull Campag Chorus 12 sp and Campag Zonda wheels from a donor bike to get her rolling and look at upgrades later. I do have a Deda superlegerra RS handlebar and an S-Works power saddle lined up, which should help a bit with the grams.

Main concern right now is finding time - work is very busy - so it may be slow build.
You should be able to get it to a quite reasonable weight with 12 speed Chorus imo. Before I planned my build, I debated over and over with myself about going for 12 speed Record, which would have been quite a bit lighter than what I ended up with, Ultegra Di2.

Looking forward to following this thread!
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Love this frame; one in a while I look into eBay and alike hoping to find a good deal.

simbikotic
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Finally got around to doing some building...
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Fitting the Chorus mechanical I opted to cross the wires for smoother bends and no paint contact. It was a bit of a faff to make sure the crossed wires in the downtube were not touching.

First time I have worked with an internal wire-guide in the bottom bracket. I was a little worried that the wires seemed to be touching the carbon:
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But, when under the tension of the mech-spring they lifted up by about a mm and cleared the carbon.

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Pressing in the BB cups was interesting. This is the first frame I have owned with a press-fit BB. I was searching online for a press-fit tool that was not extremely expensive, when I started to wonder: is it crazy to press ithem in with a bench vise...? After thinking on it for a long time I decided that there were some pros (the vise keeps things nice and square) and cons (the vise can exhert a lot of force, quickly). I decided to mitigate this by placing sheets of stiff-yet-brittle acrylic between the cups and the vise:
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The theory being these provide a nice flat face, prevent the vise jaws from marring the cup/frame and will break easily alerting me if I apply exess force.

Anyway, it worked quite well and the cups pressed in very smoothly:
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I feel a bit bad about it, because I generally like to use the "right tool for the job". But it seemed to work flawlessley and saved be some $$$.

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And the finished build....
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Oh, and of course the weight. I am actually really happy with the final weight given that it is not the lightest frame and I am using alloy wheels and a 3rd level groupset. It's plenty stiff and light enough to be fun on the hills. Off for a ride...
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by killerrabbit

Awesome! Love the build. I keep an eye out for these in rim as well

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by keaton

very nice, i dig!

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