It's arrived! In parts mind you, so the Christmas holidays will be spent putting it together. So here's the deal.
Back in June I came across Pronghorn racing on the web - a relatively new Danish bike manufacturer who specialise in top end race bikes. The full suss bikes had a distinctive rear shock configuration, with the can sitting on top of the top tube, while the hard tail frame was coming in at a tiny 1.03 kg and the kit options were pretty class. I had been thinking about getting a new bike for 2010 at that stage, and after a couple of weeks of research I knew that the PHM1000 hardtail was what I wanted.
It was also at this stage that I noticed that PH were looking for riders to sponsor, so I got a mail together and sent onto the marketing manager Jez Crook. A week later Jez rang and after a good chat we worked out a deal for me (and subsequently Oisin) to ride in the Pronghorn colors for 2010. Yes, sponsorship!
After a bit of humming and hawing I finally figured out the bike kit I wanted and here it is:
- PHM1000 hardtail frame (18")
- Pronghorn 1490 wheels
- Shimano XTR Drive train
- Shimano XTR Pedals
- Shimano XTR Brakes
- Pronghorn handle bar, stem and seatpost (all carbon)
- Pronghorn foam grips
- Magura Durin Race 80mm
- Selle Italia SLR saddle
- Ashima AirRotors
- Schwalbe Nobby Nic's
- Cane Creek IS-3 headset
The Christmas will be spent putting the bike together. I'll be sticking up photos as things progress (right now its all still sitting in boxes in the spare room). Our racing kit will arrive in March.
I'm really excited to have gotten sponsorship - especially since I'm an old fella :) . Seriously though, it'll give me that extra motivation in training which hopefully will pay off in the races. Once the bike is built up I'll be sticking up a few posts on my initial thoughts.