Build A Road Bike for Year-Round Use


Name :Konstantin Kleine

Origin :Germany, living in Switzerland

Information : Height 180cm, Weight 70kg,
32 years old



Frame&Fork : Merlin Inferno

Headset : Merlin

Expander : Schmolke

Saddle : Selle Italia SLR Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow

Handlebar : 3T Aeronova Team Stealth 40cm
Profile Design Sonic CSX M clip-on (TT setup)

Stem : Ritchey WCS C220

Bar Tape : Fizik Microtex Superlight

Derailleur : Shimano Ultegra 6870

Cables : Shimano Di2

Shifters : Shimano ST-R785
Shimano Di2 SW-R671 clip-on (TT setup)

Brakes : Shimano BR-RS805

Crankset : FSA SL-K Light ABS BB386Evo 172.5mm

Powermeter : 4iiii Podiiiium

Chainrings : Absolute Black Oval 52/36

Bottom Bracket : FSA BB386Evo/BB86

Pedals : Shimano PD-ES600

Chain : Shimano CN-HG701-11

Cassette : Shimano CS-R8000 11-32

Bottle Cages : Blackburn Cinch

Garmin Mount : Rotor / 3D printed (TT setup)


Rims : Light Bicycle AR56 Disc matte UD internal nipple holes

Hubs : Novatec D411CB-12/D412CB-X12-11S

Spokes : Sapim CX-Ray straight-pull

Thru Axles : The Robert Axle Project

Disc Rotors : Jagwire Pro LR1 160/140mm

Tires : Continental 5000TL 25mm

Sealant : Stans NoTubes

I cannot imagine how my life would be without cycling.

I have been cycling for as long as I can remember. It is much more than a sport for me. I only started racing in my 30s, but loved cycling and even wrenching on my own bikes during primary school. I have cycled in the Alps, crossed the Pamir mountains, and made some of my best friends through cycling. A bicycle means freedom for me, and I love to share this passion, helping friends and colleagues get on the bicycle, organise rides for my community, and participate in the Critical Mass to fight for better conditions on the roads.

I needed a road bike, not exclusively a TT bike, but something I could also use for training and some Gran Fondos.

After a friend persuaded me to try doing a Triathlon with him in the winter of 2019, and we had signed up for a Half-Ironman distance event in July 2019 together, it became apparent that I needed a road bike. The goal was not an exclusively TT/Triathlon-bike, but something I could also use for training rides and maybe some Gran Fondos. For these purposes, the Light Bicycle AR56 rims seemed a good choice - quite lightweight, aerodynamic, and backed by a reputed manufacturer. An added benefit was that I could have the rims made exactly to my specifications, in my case that meant internal nipples, and decals that match the frame perfectly.

Now, about 1 1/2 years later, the bicycle, especially the wheels, have surpassed all my expectations.

I have ridden over 10000km on them, and they are still perfectly true, although I haven’t spared them from any kind of challenge - riding outdoors all year round, two half-ironman-distance triathlons, several amateur endurance races with more than 200km/5000m+ per day, bikepacking, light gravel… I am definitely very happy with the wheels and will soon order from Light Bicycle again for a gravel race build.


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