This week we find ourselves in the position of having two stunning titanium frames in the store so we wanted to see what kind of build we’d each do on them. Josh went for a rad gravel build with the Seven Cycles Evergreen SLX frame, whilst Jamie went for a rugged all rounder build with the Firefly Titanium frames we have.
Jamie’s Firefly Titanium
When I look at this frameset for me there’s only one crankset I want to see on there - Shimano’s gloss black Dura Ace 9100. With that in mind I knew where this build was going. I wanted full Dura Ace Di2, a nice set of lightweight carbon rims and some stealth black finishing kit.
You can buy a full Shimano Dura Ace 9150 groupset now for £1,800. Given the eye watering prices of Campagnolo and Sram’s latest 12 speed groupsets Shimano Dura Ace Di2 represents incredible value for money and a top level groupset at that. I combined this groupset with this set of Enve 3.4 SES wheels we recently got into give it a set of highly sought after carbon rims that are tried, tested and will do the job no matter how bad the roads are.
Finally I finished it off with a carbon seatpost, saddle, stem and handlebars from or stock of used parts for a further £300 to give it that stealthy yet classy look I was looking for. A set of Continental’s new Grand Prix 5000s and some all black bar tape and this machine is ready to take on the road.
All in my build came to £4,995 which is only £400 more than the standard RRP of the Firefly frame alone! Check out the frameset here, and let us know how you would spec out the Firefly here.
Josh’s Seven Cycles Evergreen SLX
For this dream titanium build I’ve decided to go for the new Sram Force AXS. With options for 1x and the clean lines with no wires it will set this build up nicely. To bolt the wheels into I have gone for an Enve carbon fork, with such a beautiful frame it deserved a fork with as much class.
With the small round traditional tubes of the frame I thought a set of deep section rims would contrast nicely. I’ve chosen these Novatec R5 wheels we currently have in to finish it off.
All of this coming in at £4995, saving nearly £3000 off RRP. Check out the frameset here, and let us know how you would spec out the Firefly here.
Trek are a huge company, both on the high street and in the peloton. Given the size of the company they naturally produce a huge and diverse collection of bicycles across almost all disciplines. In this blog we're going to take a quick look at the three main offerings they have for road cycling; the Madone, Domane, and Emonda.