Not having the right kit isn't going to be a good excuse, so my bike of choice for the Etape is my Felt F4. It's a 2011 ex-demo model that I managed to pick up from a shop in London, and... I'm delighted with it!
Weighing-in at a little of 7kg (official weight it 7.2kg, excluding pedals) and with full Shimano Ultegra equipment throughout, it's an absolute joy to ride. Which is a good thing, as I'm going to have to spend many, many hours on it over the next weeks and months!
For anyone that's really interested (and for me to keep a record...) here's the full spec...
Felt F4 2011 spec
The Felt F4 2011 Road Bike. With a UHC Performance MMC carbon fiber frame and fork plus a smart mix of competition-ready components, the F4 would be right at home in any professional race. The lightweight, stiff and razor-sharp ride of the frame, built with Felt's InsideOut "internally optimized" manufacturing, is perfectly complemented by a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain, Shimano wheels and handpicked performance parts.
Frame: Felt Road UHC Performance MMC Carbon Fibre Frame w/ 3KP Weave, InsideOut Internal Moulding Process, BB30 Shell, External Cable Routing, Carbon Fibre dropouts & Forged replaceable derailleur hanger, 907g
Fork:Felt UHC Advanced 100% Carbon Fibre Monocoque Fork w/ 3KP Weave; TaperControl Carbon 1.125" - 1.5" Steerer tube, Crown, Blades, and Dropouts, Integrated Aluminum Crown Race, 370g
Front Derailleur:Shimano Ultegra braze-on, double
Rear Derailleur:Shimano Ultegra SS Short Cage
Shifters:Shimano Ultegra STI, 20 speed
Chainset:Ultegra Compact, Aluminum, Hollowtech II Splined Hollow Crank Arm
Chainrings:50/34 Tooth AL7075 T6 Aluminum CNC AL7075 110mm BCD Chainrings
Bottom Bracket:FSA BB30 Bearings w/ 24mm Adaptor for Hollowtech II Crankset
Cassette:Shimano Cassette, 11-25T
Front Brake:Shimano Ultegra Super SLR Dual Pivot w/ Cartridge Brake Shoes
Rear Brake:Shimano Ultegra Super SLR Dual Pivot w/ Cartridge Brake Shoes
Brake Levers:Shimano Ultegra STIHandlebars:FELT VS 6061 Aluminum Bar
Stem:FELT SL 6061 Aluminum 3D ForgedHeadset:FSA NO.42 1.125" - 1.5" Integrated
Grips:Felt Gel Ribbon Cork Tape w/ Felt 3D Logo
Rims:MAVIC Ksyrium Equipe 21mm deep 6106 aluminum rim
Front Hub:MAVIC QRM Aluminum 20H Front hub with B101 quick release
Rear Hub:MAVIC QRM Aluminum 20H Rear hub with FTS-L Shimano 10 speed compatible freehub body and B101 quick release
Spokes:MAVIC Ksyrium Equipe Stainless Steel Bladed, Butted, Straight Pull
Front Tyre:Vittoria Rubino Pro, 700c x 23c, 150tpi
Rear Tyre:Vittoria Rubino Pro, 700c x 23c, 150tpi
Saddle:Felt SL Road Saddle w/ Carbon Fibre Injection Molded Base
Seatpost:Felt UHC Performance Carbon Fibre Design
Seat Binder:AL Forged Aluminum