My setup. I ordered the 51cm body. I constructed it up with my older Sram Purple 10 pace group. I’m working a generic carbon seatpost, a Professional -10 90 stem, and a large ritchey biomax bar from a bit in the past (it’s new although). I’m working a fizik aliante slammed again fairly dang far. For wheels, I’m working Mavic Carbone SSL’s, and coaching I exploit some Dura Ace tubeless low profile rimmed wheels from a number of years in the past.
OK. The assessment. Once I opened up this field straight from Van Dessel, I used to be impressed with the body. Very cool particulars, and the flexibility to run 3 completely different axles within the rear, and disk up entrance actually impressed me as we actually don’t know the place issues might head. Anyway, I constructed it up as a rim brake bike. I had a problem although with the rear dropouts some that I’ll get into later. That stated, I constructed the bike up, and it went collectively simply I didn’t must make any massive swings in match to get on this bike, which was spectacular in some methods. I did discover that the body had some carbon slag within the areas the place the cables went out and in of the body for the inner routing. No biggie although. Anyway, I acquired it constructed up, and did must make some minor stem changes as the underside bracket is a contact greater than my outdated Cervelo. I did lastly get this factor dialed, and I actually just like the experience high quality, bit time. Seams to be good and stiff within the BB, however compliant within the seat. I believe it handles good, and regular in corners, possibly even higher than any bike I’ve had. It additionally climbs properly seated, and out of the saddle. I believe the very best praise I could make is that it doesn’t go away me wanting in any specific space. For the value, this can be a nice deal for my part. It additionally seems to be improbable, however some might disagree, which we are able to respectfully disagree on.
On to some minor issues. As talked about it was a contact annoyed having to take a Dremel to the additional slag on the cable guides, which was probably not a giant deal in the long term, however I had a tough time dialing my rear brake due to this. Most significantly although, the rim brake dropouts that shipped with this bike had been a multitude. I fortuitously have a mill that I might clear it up with some, nevertheless it seemed as if somebody had taken the dropouts and floor them on a sidewalk to get experience of a few of the materials for some odd motive. They weren’t sq.. I needed to work on the rear finish alignment in consequence and this took a little bit of time. I contacted Van Dessel about this about two weeks in the past, and haven’t heard again but, which is disappointing. I do know nonetheless the principle man coping with a lot of these issues has been in another country although, and fortuitously I used to be in a position to are inclined to this myself. This sounds horrible and it type of is, however the nice information is that this will simply be fastened with out trashing a body. If I can get some new dropouts which might be appropriately machined I needs to be in nice form.
All in all although, I’m extraordinarily pleased with this body/bike. I extremely suggest it.