Readers’ Rigs: Peter’s Firefly Ti/Carbon Road
Today’s reader Peter from California has owned a massive 40+ bikes since the cycling bug bit him, but he thinks his custom Firefly Ti/Carbon Road could well be his last…
Name: Peter Schindler
Location: Santa Rosa, Ca, USA
Bike: Firefly Ti/Carbon Road
Groupset: Dura Ace Di2
Wheels: ENVE, White Industry hubs.
Pedals: Shimano Dura Ace
Saddle: SWorks Romin EVO
Other: ENVE bar, stem seat post, bottle cages and fork
Weight: 16 Lbs. (7.25kg)
When did you buy it?
Ordered December 2016, delivered June 2017.
What made you choose this bike?
Due to issues with my neck after 43 years of riding I needed a very tall head tube but I still wanted a bike that handled and felt like a racing bicycle. I already have a steel Firefly so I knew Kevin Wolfson at Firefly and trusted his design expertise. Jeff who fitted me at the local Trek store sent a video to Kevin along with my measurements and he was able to build a bike that feels very similar to my SWorks Tarmac when descending but allows me to spend hours in the saddle without causing pain from the discs in my neck. This is an extremely comfortable bike that still handles like a racing bike. Firefly craftsmanship is second to none, their welds are works of art.
What modifications/additions have you done?
None to do!
What components are you running?
ENVE wheels with Dura Ace Di2. I’ve got two sets of ENVE wheels, the 5.6 and 3.4. The 5.6 have 28mm tubeless tires with a SRAM Red 11/28 and the 3.4 have SWorks 26mm tires with tubes and a SRAM Red 11/30. I like the construction and gear ratios of the SRAM cassettes better than the spacing on the Shimano cassettes. Specifically on the 11/28 SRAM sets it up with a 16 tooth cog which is one of my favorite gears when paired with my compact 50/34 Rotor cranks.
How many miles/kilometers do you do a year?
6000 miles a year (9700km).
What do you love about this bike?
Of the 40 or more bikes I have owned since I started riding in 1974, this bike is the one that brings the biggest smile to my face. I look forward to every ride. I have never named any of my previous bikes but I call this one “Magic Carpet” because it just glides along. There are a lot of steep climbs and descents in Santa Rosa so I am particularly enjoying riding with disc brakes. Although this bike is a bit heavier than my previous bikes, I don’t notice the weight because the fit is spot on and the power transfer is perfect. I cannot remember the last time I felt this comfortable on a bike.
Favorite riding area?
Santa Rosa. It is still beautiful in spite of the fires.
Favorite riding experience on your bike?
Descending a road with sweeping curves.
There is nothing left to do. I have two sets of wheels with different size tires and different ratio cassettes so that I ride what is best for a particular route.
This Firefly is the ultimate bike. I know that the optimum number of bikes is N+1 but this bike requires a new equation.
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