Readers’ Rigs: Calfee MantaFly 101
Today’s Readers’ Rig is a totally custom rear suspension Calfee MantaFly 101 owned by PEZ fan Andrew. Individual colors, Shimano DuraAce Di2, a selection of nice wheels to choose from and plenty of custom touches means Andrew and his Calfee get plenty of attention on his home roads of Colorado.
Name: Andrew Ross
Location: Denver, CO. USA
Bike: Calfee MantaFly 101 (Dragonfly with Manta rear suspension.)
Groupset: Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 9070
Wheels: Chris King Ceramic Hubs, Samin C-XRay spokes, Reynolds 32 rims with Vittoria CX tubulars, or Schwalbe UltremoZX on Reynolds Attack wheels.
Pedals: SpeedPlay Zero
Saddle: Specialized Romin Pro.
Other: Absolute Black chaingrings, Paint by Spectrum Powderworks.
Weight: 16 lbs in tubulars (7.3kg)
When did you buy it?
What made you choose this bike?
Meeting them and other builders at NAHBS, and seeing their commitment to custom work.
What modifications/additions have you done?
It’s all custom, so no changes, really.
What components are you running?
DuraAce Di2. It’s a blessing for creaky old hands.
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
I’d like to stay healthy for a year to find out! I’ve managed 3-4,000 but plan for lots more if I can put a good streak together. I’ve got five new screws and a plate in my hip and a broken collarbone to come back from, but making steady progress.
What do you love about this bike?
My first nice bike after I graduated college was a 1988 Tesch 101 with Columbus tubing. This is the same geometry and paint scheme as the Tesch. Awesome for crits and screaming down canyons, comfortable for alt-road.
Favorite riding area?
Red Rocks Park is a beautiful landmark, including an open air amphitheater carved out of sandstone, and winding roads through step canyons, back over Dinosaur Ridge, making a 40 mile loop from my house. There are various different add-ons and loops you can throw in including the quintessential Front Range climb, Lookout Mountain.
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
I love the Gran Fondo Moab. It’s a great target for early season fitness. I’ve done it three times, and gotten faster each one; I love picking people off on the long descent and flat in to the finish. I can’t wait for it to come back in 2018.
I’m pretty happy as-is, but a pair of gold Extralite Streeters would be the ultimate luxury.
Ride as much as you can.
Thanks to Andrew for sharing his ride with us. Got a bike that you’re proud of? Well how about sharing it with fellow PEZ fans and getting it featured in Readers’ Rigs so we can all stare at it! Send us a Readers’ Rigs submission direct to [email protected] and your bike could be featured in all its glory here on the pages of PEZ.