Gabe’s requirements for a new road frame got right to the bottom of the VYNL Bikes philosophy. It’s what we like to call the one-and-done trifecta: a frame that’s easy to work on with a race-bred geometry for the occasional race series and no-brainer features that make the bike fun for ripping around with friends. Gabe settled on our Road Disc frame because it lacks “proprietary nonsense and combines a race geometry while still having capacity to run a comfortable tire for when that matters.”
Gabe is 5’11” and opted for a 55cm frame. He chose the Cerakote raw finish which is highly durable for everyday riding, no matter the conditions.
Gabe built his bike with SRAM 11 speed eTap HRD. He had the wireless derailleurs from a previous rim brake build and was able to score a deal on the eTap shifters and calipers. SRAM wireless shifting bonus: it’s quite compatible across series and easy to work with. Not to mention the ultra clean cockpit sans shifting cables. Gabe says the move to road disc allows him to share wheels with his cyclocross bike, saving precious space in a small NYC apartment.
Gabe’s Road Disc rolls on Hunt Aerodynamicist 54 with 26mmPirelli PZero Race SL. Gabe is a fan of Hunt for their quality and service .”It makes it a great match for the frame considering the ample tire clearance,” noting that he can run a wider tire without sacrificing any speed.
Gabe’s cockpit choice is the Zipp Service Course SL, claiming is the best bang for the buck and looks good too. Gabe sourced the bar and stem used and saved some pennies.
Gabe’s personal finishing touches include small anodized accents to match his team kit in orange and pink.
After some initial rides, Gabe is enjoying his Road Disc’s well-matched geometry that fits his body type and riding style, making every ride feel good. Check out our Sizing Guide for tips on getting your own bike fit and sizing up a VYNL Bikes frame.
Gabe plans to line up at some crits, local race series and regional stage races. Good luck this season, Gabe!