Alastair's Disc Road
Alastair got in touch a while back after seeing one of my builds on CycleExif. His brief was simple, he wanted a fast disc road bike that could carry him out onto the long roads around Melbourne. The main driving force in the design was simplicity so the order of the day was clean lines, unfussy paint and wireless shifting with sram eTap. We worked hard with his fitter to build a bike that would accommodate a predicted change of position as his fitness grows and with this in mind engineered in a larger bar drop.
The heart of the build is the Columbus HSS downtube. With a D section profile which widens at the BB and a centre wall thickness of 0.4mm this tube has an enviable ride quality with excellent stiffness and a great weight. When tied to Columbus short taper chainstays we can be certain that there is no power lost to flex.
At the rear our signature skinny stays make sure that road buzz remains just there - on the road - and by leaving out the bridge we encourage a little more flex giving us comfort in the saddle begging to be ridden for hours.
For a Quirk the paint is quite subdued and we fought hard to get something with a bit more finesse. In the end though Alastair proved us wrong and the solid black with pink highlights is arguably one of the slickest bikes we've done. Built up with the best components from Fizik, wireless shifting and Hunt carbon hoops, this bike is pure sexy simplicity.
Photos by Nikoo Hamzavi.