In our series of 'Staff Bike Checks', we look at what Wigglers are riding, and how they've modified and tweaked their bikes to make them unique. In this first post in the series, we look at Tim Wiggins's Team Wiggle Eastway Emitter R0; which has been set up for long distance road riding. Over to Tim...
A truly personal bike build...
Bikes are an incredibly personal thing. They take you to new places, allow you to push yourself, allow you to relax, and allow you to explore. I have always been one for modifying and tinkering with my bikes; for hours on-end. I enjoy tuning the set-up to be the most comfortable; and the best performing. Because of this obsessive personalisation, I was very grateful when Team Wiggle decided to run a different team bike format this year: rather than having stock bikes, which change every year, we instead have Eastway Emitter framesets; which we were left to build up, as we saw best for our kind of riding. I introduced the Emitter R0 frameset in an earlier blog: 'Introducing the Eastway Emitter R0'; in short though, it is a fully custom frameset, weighing in at 800 grams, and likely to be the future flagship frame in the Eastway bikes range.
So the frame is rather special; in its Wiggle livery colours and unique style. Our individual rider set-ups are pretty unique as well though. My build is focussed on endurance and reliability…
Having ridden with a Shimano Ultegra 6870 Di2 11 Speed Groupset for the last few seasons, I have made a big change to using Campagnolo Record mechanical on my Eastway Emitter build. I don't view it as a step backwards at all though; rather it is a personal preference, which I feel is more suited to my long hours in the saddle, and frequent riding in poor weather conditions. Call me old fashioned too, but I rather like the assuring 'clunk and click' of mechanical gearing.
In addition to the groupset, the build has a certain Italian theme to it elsewhere, too. The finishing kit; including the cockpit, seatpost and saddle, come from Fi'zi:k. I chose the new Fizik Arione VS Saddle (with K:IUM Rails), which I feel is perfectly suited to long distance comfort, but still has a racing look and feel.
My rolling stock is also from Campagnolo; in the form of the Campagnolo Zonda 2 Way Fit Clincher Wheelset, fitted with Hutchinson tubeless tyres. You can find out more about this choice in my blog 'The benefits of tubeless road'.
My accessories choice also has a distinctly European feel to it: with a Scicon saddlebag from Italy, and a USE Exposure light set from the UK. You need too much kit for a solo 200 mile ride to fit it all in your jersey pockets; whilst long hours in the saddle mean I run this light set as daytime running lights, all year round.
The only non-European component on the bike, is a set of well-used and well-abused Shimano Dura Ace 9000 SPD-SL Carbon Pedals. I have a thing about liking well worn-in pedals.
It is a superbly comfortable build, and although it isn't the lightest or flashiest build kit, it is super durable. Whether blasting round country lanes in the UK winter, or smashing it up alpine passes in the summer; this bike should serve me well.
- Frameset: Eastway Emitter R0 Full Carbon
- Bike weight: 7.3kg
- Wheelset: Campagnolo Zonda 2 Way Fit Clincher Wheelset
- Groupset: Campagnolo Record (mechanical)
- Chainset: Campagnolo Record Ultra Torque Carbon 11 Speed Chainset 52-36T
- Cassette: Campagnolo Record 11 Speed Cassette
- Handlebars: Fizik Cyrano R3 Road Handlebar 42cm
- Bar Tape: Fizik Endurance Tacky Handlebar Tape
- Stem: Fizik Cyrano R1 Road Stem 120mm
- Seatpost: Fizik Cyrano R3 Seat Post
- Saddle: Fizik Arione VS Saddle (with K:IUM Rails)
- Tyres: Hutchinson Fusion 5 Tubeless
- Pedals: Shimano Dura Ace 9000 SPD-SL Carbon Pedals
- Bottle Cages: LifeLine Professional Carbon Bottle Cage
- Saddlebag: Scicon Vortex 480 Saddle Bag
- Lights: Exposure Trace Light Set