Reader Number One: Anthony Ferradino, Saratoga Springs, NY
Bike: 2012 UnoVelo SLS1018 Sram Red 2012
Brakes: TRP R 960 Black Ano
Wheels: Mavic Ksyrium SLS
Pedals: Look keo Blades carbon
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Monolink Saddle/seatpost combo
Weight: 15.07lbs (6.84kgs)
When did you buy it? August, 2012. I met Scott, the owner of UnoVelo on a trip with his rep. Jonathan. When I first saw the frameset, I knew I had to have it. Scott had one in his car. The rest is history.
Anthony rocking out some PEZ kit to go with his sweet ride.
What made you choose this bike? At first the looks of the frame had me. The sweet hourglass shaped stays, and the swooping toptube. The internally routed cables actually have tubes that route the cables where they need to go, no fishing with this frame. And it’s still light. BB30 bottom bracket made it a done deal.
What modifications/additions have you done? I’m always adding new stuff. We built it up with Sram red. FSA carbon stem, Zipp carbon bars, Look Keo Carbon Blades, TRP 960 brakeset, Selle Italia Carbon SLR Monolink saddle with Carbon Monolink seatpost, FSA headset, Zefel carbon cages, and Mavic Ksyrium SLS with Salsa Green Ano Ti Skewers, (Mavic R-Sys SLR coming for it soon!) And Nokon cables for even better shifting, and a bit of bling.
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year? Usually around 4,000 miles. If I can get out 4 times a week, I’m on track. This year I’ll add some guiding miles to the ticket.
Favorite riding area? Would have to be Western Saratoga County. Lots of different rides to choose from. You can get lots of flat base miles, or 6,000 feet of climbing up and over and back, and again on Glenville ridge. And any kind of ride you can think of in between. The best part is few know about this area, so you can have it mostly to yourself.
Favorite riding experience on your bike? Would have to be our annual Father’s Day Epic Ride to Indian Lake. Two great days of 80mile routes, Friends, food. We ride up to a house on a Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. We have a great dinner, hang out, eat breakfast and ride home. It is always the best fun ever. Can’t wait to do it this year with all my friends again!
Future upgrades? Zipp wheels? Sky’s the limit, but it doesn’t need much. New uber TRP brakes. Zipp Vuka bars. Might get a blank SLS1018 from Scott and custom paint it…
Last words? Went out for forty on this bike this morning and could have ridden 100. It is so light and nimble, and I’m fit so well to it, all I can do is ride and smile.
Reader Number Two: Dr Stephen Nurse-Findlay, Geneva, Switzerland
Bike: DeRosa Idol 2009 full Campagnolo (Chorus and super record)
Wheels: HED Ardennes/HED Jet 5
Pedals: Shimano Dura Ace
Saddle: Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow
Weight: 7.5-8.5 kg depending on wheels and waterbottles
What made you choose this bike?
Well…Look at it! It was easily the most beautiful thing that I had seen to that point, and after previously owning a Pinarello, I was interested in a classic Italian Marque in carbon fibre that still retained a sense of style and elegance in its design. The pedigree of the marque is unquestioned, and I liked the design philosophy of focusing on ride quality as a priority over weight. I also wanted to try riding a sloping frame and integrated seatpost (after a very traditional Pinarello). I also got wonderful service from the pros at R&A bikes in NYC including a good bike fit and excellent counsel on components so this was a joy!
What components are you running?
I keep it simple- Campy Chorus everywhere except for bottom bracket/crank (super record) and pedals (Shimano Dura Ace). Deda bar and stem, Selle Italia saddle, Elite cages with a Cateye wireless computer. Tyres are Vittoria Evo Corse CX II Clinchers which feel wonderful on the road and give me a lot of confidence to really go for it on my rides- especially on my descents, which can get a bit quick! I run a 12-29 Campy Chorus cluster on a compact crankset given my predilection for mountains…I am a complete believer in the technology behind Steve Hed’s wheeldesigns, and have a pair of his Ardennes for climbing and a pair of his Jet5’s for flatter rides (although they do a fine job climbing as well!)
What modifications/additions have you done?
Not that much- Of course I had the integrated seatpost cut to fit, but apart from that, I have only added red OEM Campy cables and grips as well as red bar tape, and of course red accented tyres- that’s about it…
How many miles/kilometers do you do per year?
My cycling distances are a bit compromised by my love of skiing, salsa and travel, but in the season I can get quite serious and ride 4-5 times a week. Last season I had my highest ever distance at 3,842k.
Favorite riding area?
I am VERY lucky to live in Switzerland which has to have some of the best infrastructure for cyclists anywhere in the world. Apart from ridiculously breathtaking scenery, you have largely polite drivers, a brilliant train system that allows you to do really long rides knowing that you can just take a train home, superb road quality, and access to some fantastic racing as well as granfondos in France, Switzerland and even Italy if you are adventurous. I fancy myself as a bit of a climber and really enjoy riding up (and flying down) the fantastic alpine cols I have available to me in Switzerland but for fave riding spots anywhere, it would have to be the Lake Lugano/Como/Mmaggiore area on the Swiss Italian Border- There is quite simply nothing like it…
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Oh dear- Sooo many!
• Completing the last 100k of the 2012 TdF stage 10 from Macon to Bellegarde sur Valserine over the Col du Grand Colombier and the Col du Richemond a few hours prior to the peloton…
• Completing the climb up to Verbier ahead of the Tour de Suisse stage in 2012 – I am chasing Contador’s 2009 record of 20mins+ (my best time is 41mins and dropping!). …
• Climbing the Col du Ghisallo to the Chapel and meeting Fiorenzo Magni in the museum at the summit in 2010…
• Completing 10 Swiss cyclosportifs last season that included the climb up the Passo du San Gottardo, one of the last cobbled Alpine climbs in the Southern Swiss Alps and the 133k 6000m+ Alpen Challenge which crossed the 2315m Albula pass and the 2284 Julier pass in St Moritz
• Completing a brutal ride up the Sierra Nevada outside Granada up to almost 3000m while chasing the Vuelta in 2010….
• Beating a personal best in the tough climb in the Tour de Gruyere this year by 14(!) mins
It has definitely been a fun ride, and I LOVE my bike!
Well…I definitely need some better legs so am working on that upgrade as we speak! For me, the bike is better than I am, and the key is maintenance and just enjoying getting stronger and fitter. I will upgrade my list of cols and mountain passes and also seek to upgrade my list of countries visited on the bike as well!
I love that cycling requires strength, imagination, courage, determination, patience, preparation, and has a glorious and beautiful history. I highly recommend travelling with the bike to discover new amazing vistas and countries and never forgetting that amongst the goals and speeds and watts and km’s and other numbers, that cycling is just a pure thrill… Enjoy!