Linnea is one of our Embro regulars on the mountain and cyclocross scenes. This year, she's been riding and racing on a Stevens Prestige.
The Prestige is Stevens' race bike made from 7000 series alloy. It uses the same full carbon fork as the Stevens Team Carbon, but has a different, somewhat more relaxed geometry relative to the Carbon's extremely aggressive, road-bike-like front end. The angles are the same; the clearance is the same but the head tube on the Prestige is a bit taller and thus a more realistic bike for many riders. Linnea's new bike is a 54cm Prestige built up with our first Ultegra Di2 group. We modified the frame to accept the internal cable system that is an option with both of Shimano's electronic groupsets. This is also the first of the 2012 Prestige frames, which retains the same light, remarkably stiff ride of the previous edition bike but has a new top tube that is lighter than the previous version and also features a flat design with internal cable routing, thus making it perfect for lifting and shouldering.
Linnea's bike with a full Ultegra Di2 parts kit, Avid Shorty Ultimate Brakes, Fulcrum Racing Speed wheels, 3T Team components, FMB tubular tires and Shimano XT SPD pedals weighs in at 17.4 pounds. We finished building this bike and got some photos of it just as the first drops of the recent northeastern snow storm began to fall. More reactions to the Ultegra Di2 once we've had a chance to sample it in action. Enjoy.
Linnea's new 2012 Stevens Prestige race bike. This is a 54cm frameset with the new Ultegra Di2 parts kit.
This bike uses the Team level finishing kit from 3T, which includes carbon bar and stem with Fulcrum Racing Speed tubular wheels.
The Ultegra battery installed in a standard fashion beneath the downtube bottle bosses keeps it more or less clear of mud.
Linnea uses the Ergosum carbon bars from 3T and Lizard Skins DSP bar wrap in white, which is super grippy and cleans up well.
The Di2 junction box clips neatly onto the front brake housing. Because the Di2 shifters have no moving parts in them they can be made small and light.
For the moment, Linnea's bike uses a 34x50 compact crank, although she will likely switch to a more cross-specific chainring setup before long.
The 2012 version of the Prestige uses a completely new style top tube that's lighter and has a flat profile for easy shouldering. It also has internal cable routing, which is a nice feature on any cross bike as it makes the bike easier to grab and lift.
Linnea's Fulcrum tubular wheels are essentially Shimano-compatible versions of Campagnolo Bora wheels. These have Linnea's favorite FMB SSC tubular 32 tires glued on them.
The business end of the bike: Electronic front and rear derailleurs with internal cable routing.
The Ultegra Di2 rear derailleur quickly and accurately moves the chain up and down the cassette and does so reliably in even the worst conditions.
Please visit our web store for more information on the Stevens Prestige, including specs and pricing on a bicycle built with Ultegra Di2.