BOTW - Ean's Custom Latigo RS1
By: Franco Bicycles | September, 13, 2017
Ean put together a mean Balcom S, armed with Dura-Ace 9000, HED Jet 4s, and a Pioneer powermeter. When he caught wind of what we were cooking up with the Latigo RS1, Ean knew he was ready for the next level. That next level is custom geometry. The Latigo RS1 has the ability to cater to the riders who like the feel of an endurance geometry, but want the look and abilities of a race bike.
Ean came with a vision and a purpose: a clean look that is fast on the flats while being light for the climbs. The ideal bike build.
So Ean made the switch to a SRAM Red eTap build. After riding a mechanical groupset, the ease of electronic shifting became alluring and the lack of wires really brought out the aesthetics. He got a Quarq DZero powermeter to highlight the SRAM build. His components also matched with a Zipp SL-70 Aero bars, a Zipp Speed stem and a Zipp SL carbon seatpost. Keep in line with his previous wheelset, Ean grabbed a great set of Zipp 303 NSW for the versatility and he topped of the bike with a Fizik Kurve saddle.
Now for the question on everyone's mind: how does the Latigo RS1 differ from the Balcom S? The geometry is of the Balcom S and the Latigo RS1 are the same, so how different could they be? Here's what Ean has to say: "I love the way it feels on the road. Smooth, fast, and very comfortable. My Latigo is the most comfortable and sweetest looking bike I have ever ridden. The build and fit are perfect, after a long ride there is no discomfort at all. The most noticeable difference has been the confidence in descending this bike gives me. I can be as aggressive as I want in the turns and the bike responds in kind. The bike is compliant on harsh roads and stiff through the turns."
The Latigo RS1 boasts a thinner seat post and paired with carbon handlebars your points of contact will feel less of the road, leaving you feeling fresher on long rides. There is improved power transfer due to a stiffer bottom bracket allowing for faster times up and down hills. Finally, with 28c tire clearance you'll have the confidence to take on whatever the road throws at you.