Monday, 2 May 2016

Bike Profile: Eastway Emitter R0

My Eastway Emitter R0 is a truly custom build. At the start of 2016, we decided to do something a bit different with Team Wiggle bikes; rather than have identical loan bikes for the year, we would each have a frameset, and be responsible for building it up ourselves. The idea allowed us to choose parts that truly fitted our style of riding, and that were optimal for purpose.

My Eastway Emitter is built up for endurance road riding, and has a distinctly Italian theme.

The build kit features a Campagnolo Record mechanical groupset; as well as Campagnolo Zonda 2-way Fit wheels, fitted with Hutchinson tubeless road tyres (Read my blog on 'Going Tubeless on Road Tyres').

The finishing kit comes from fi'zi:k; whilst accessories come from LifeLine, Scicon Bags and Bar Fly.

It might not be the lightest or most high-tech build, but it is comfortable and reliable. You need good reliable kit when you're riding 200 mile unsupported missions, and travelling abroad for events.

Bike Specification:

The Eastway Emitter R0 frame before building


My first year on Campagnolo, and I'm loving it.

I chose a 52-36T 'super-compact' chainset

Campagnolo and Italian parts feature heavily in the build

A Campagnolo Zonda 2-Way Fit Wheelset, fitted with Hutchinson tubeless tyres

Clean and simple stoppers from Campagnolo

The cockpit is all-alloy - the Fizik Cyrano R3

The seatpost is also Fizik Cyrano R3, fitted with a Fizik Arione VS saddle

The little things... I love the Fizik Endurance Super Tacky Bar Tape

Ritchey headsets come as standard with Eastway frames

I'm a big fan of these LifeLine Professional Carbon Bottle Cages

A LifeLine Chain Catcher keeps the chain in check

A set of well-used Shimano Dura Ace pedals are the only Japanese component on the build

The little details...

The Eastway Emitter R0 is a great looking bike

Critical Measurements:

  • A. Effective Top Tube: 560mm
  • B. Stem Length: 120mm
  • C. Saddle Tip to Bar: 565mm
  • D. Saddle Tip to Brake Hood: 730mm
  • E. Saddle to Floor: 1016mm
  • F: Bar to Floor: 900mm
  • G: Saddle Height: 783mm
  • H: Saddle Setback: 35mm
  • I: Saddle Length: 300mm
  • J: Saddle Offset: 25mm
  • K: Crank Length: 172.5mm

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Review: Tate Labs Rain Fly Rear Mudguard

Fed up with a wet back (and crack), and want some protection from road and trail spray? This new Rain Fly guard from Tate Labs could well be the solution...

Many readers will have seen and/or used an Ass Saver mudguard. The neat laser-cut plastic flap slots underneath your saddle, and provides valuable protection for your butt; while adding only minimal weight and aerodynamic drag. It is a KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) approach to reducing the "mud-slick" effect.

The Ass Saver works well; but it isn't without its faults. The most significant downfall for the Swedish designed product, is that it rather too easily goes askew; exposing your back to your rear wheel. The second, is that it doesn't really provide protection for the back of your legs, or for a saddlebag or rear light housed on your seatpost. The new Tate Labs Rain Fly promises to follow in the lightweight minimalist footsteps of the Ass Saver, but to overcome these two short-comings.

The guard attaches to your seat stays using simple zip-ties, which means it will fit onto almost any frame, whether road, cyclocross or MTB. It sits solidly in place, and has proven resistant to moving; even with knocks, off-road riding and bike washing.

As mudguards go, the Tate Labs Rain Fly looks good, too. It looks aero, minimalist and sleek. 'Fenders' aren't meant to enhance the aesthetics of your bike, they are designed to improve comfort; but this one doesn't take away too much from your bike's street cred.

Crucially though, does it work? I am pleased to say it does, rather well. Much like an Ass Saver, it significantly reduces the amount of mud and spray plastered onto your vulnerable back. In addition though, it also protects the back of your legs from spray; keeping them warmer and more comfortable. It also does a great job of keeping your seat-collar, saddlebag and rear light muck-free; all of which are worth protecting.

It is a similar KISS approach to the Ass Saver; but I would argue it provides equal simplicity, but with better protection. KISS that mucky butt goodbye!

View the Tate Labs Rain Fly Mudguard at Wiggle (Link)

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Ride Photo Blog: The Wight CX Century

The sound. The sound of flints and gravel; pinging and crunching beneath wheels. The sound, of tubeless tyres hitting tarmac, momentarily; buzzing like an angry bee. The sound of friends, wincing and shouting; as they fly down chalk downland and rutted single-track, slightly out of control. The sound, of cyclocross.

Today, I rode a CX Century. 100 miles of chalk, gravel and mud; intermingled with very occasional tarmac respite. I rode 100km of it with great friends; old friends and new.

It was a superb day to be in the saddle of the Kona Private Jake - a bike which has affirmed itself as my new favourite.

Here's a photo essay, to sum up the day's events...

I've reached 1000km on the Kona Private Jake to date. She is quite frankly, superb.

Ben unfortunately punctured early on, and the huge sidewall gash put end to his ride.

My Kona Private Jake, and Chris's Kona Rove. Sitting pretty.

Worth the climb.

Green and Blue.

Café stop - #fuelfortheride

100km. Looking back out to The Needles. Plenty more hills yet to come.

The Kona needed a lie down.

I needed some Bounce. 

My new favourite. Looking well used and abused - The Kona Private Jake

My custom GripGrab toe covers seemed to do the trick. Job done. 

There were a few lumps along the way... A great day in the saddle.