She’s Not Wasted! … An Addict Emerges From Rehab

Trying not to go too much into detail but the Addict SL frameset that I rode throughout Europe for several years turned up stateside with a crack in the seat tube, originating from the front derailleur tab.

It sat in my basement, stuffed up in the rafters, for several months. I would often go down there and we both looked at each other… both of us in sorry states of our former selves.

Around the time that I was getting serious about fixing myself, I decided the Addict should also get back to enjoying life. So I sent it off to Calfee… one of the best carbon repair artisans in the business.

Calfee Delivery

Calfee Delivery

Of course it’s hard to say if a ‘repair’ is just a temporary hack to keep a frame going for a few more months, or if it actually delivers a clean slate. But after sniffing around (see photo) the repaired areas, it was obvious that Calfee takes ownership in their repairs since they are riders too. Tech savvy riders who know what it’s like to loose a frame and what it’s like to have a great ride.

Cyclists, and even more-so, the cycling industry, is very small in the grand scheme of things and these days outsourcing looks very good on paper. But there is just something about a Northern Frenchman handing you an installed 25mm tubular, or a clothing company on the Mediterranean that makes kit for the hot summer months, or a local bike shop giving mountain bike tire advice which is home to the nastiest single-track you’ve never been able to ride. Let’s face it. Our sport is 100% temps libre or in other words, just regular people trying to enjoy their free time as much as possible.

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I’m always happy when people are even more into details than I am. As you can see from the repair, the Addict is fully ready to ride again, and one would argue that it’s even more refined than before – with the removal of the flashy ‘Addict’ seat tube logo and the derailleur tab is now fully painted and clear-coated (the derailleur tab is nude carbon stock from the manufacturer).

I tried to take into account all the very positive experiences with new products over the years, as well as look for areas where my current configuration could be improved. SRAM Red had a new iteration of shifters, derailleurs, and cassettes… my KCNC brakes have descended me down hundreds-of-thousands of meters, but I was sure a better brake existed. Sources for lightening my pedals have been dried up over the years so I was now back to stock. I discovered the 3T Ergonova bar several years back which is good for my strange proportions… but it’s not the prettiest bar in the bunch.

So…

3T Ergonova LTD

3T Ergonova LTD after the first pass of 80-Grit

Sanding in progress

Sanding in progress

SRAM Red Levers (Stock)

SRAM Red Levers (Stock)

SRAM Red Levers, tuned, sanded, and refinished

SRAM Red Levers, tuned, sanded, and refinished

Addict SL on the scale

Addict SL on the scale

 Finished

Finished

3T Ergonova LTD, minus the paint

3T Ergonova LTD, minus the paint

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SRAM Red Levers

SRAM Red Levers

It seems strange but actually my home-made bow-ties have much better engagement feel than the stock bow-ties. Quite happy with this.

Pedals with Ti Bow-Ties

Pedals with Ti Bow-Ties

MCFK Sub-5  Collar

MCFK Sub-5 Collar

Mountain-Ready Cassette (plus some hair-on-the-dog for good luck)

Mountain-Ready Cassette (plus some hair-on-the-dog for good luck)

Veloflex Extreme (holding air!)

Veloflex Extreme (holding air!)

Veloflex Carbon for the rear

Veloflex Carbon for the rear

Modified Fibre-Lyte back plate on SRAM Red

Modified Fibre-Lyte back plate on SRAM Red

Rear Derailleur modified with Hex limit screws

Rear Derailleur modified with Hex limit screws

XX-Light pulleys

XX-Light pulleys

KMC DLC Black Chain

KMC DLC Black Chain

MCFK Saddle & 350mm Seatpost

MCFK Saddle & 350mm Seatpost

Gravitas Brakes

Gravitas Brakes

And full-bike glory:
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Flat-Lander Sibling

Flat-Lander Sibling

Zipp VumaQuad, although the new SRAM Red is a nice alternative now

Zipp VumaQuad, although the new SRAM Red is a nice alternative now

Tune Cages

Tune Cages

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