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by Scott Penzarella on October 18, 2012
by Bill Keller
My love affair with a beautiful French woman began in March 2012.I had to wait three months to be introduced, but she was well worth waiting for. One day I got the call from SV that my custom hand made and hand painted " stealth " black CYFAC Absolu had arrived. Josh, SV' s bike builder extraordinaire, was as excited as I was to assemble it. I love Cyfac's attention to detail and craftmanship! In addition SV put on Mavic's lightest ( clincher ) climbing wheels, the R-sys SLR. To top it off, thanks to Chris Reed, my machine would be powered by the new Campy eps electronic shifter. It was a match made in heaven. My experience owning and riding the Absolu has been nothing short of fantastic.
Recently I had the opportunity to compete in Trois Etapes, a three stage/day charity bike race in the French Alps. To my pleasant surprise Scott Penzarella had organized Cyfac Absolu's, complete with Mavic R-sys wheels and the latest Shimano Ui2, for all of us to use in the race. We were truly the envy of all the competing teams. It is one thing to casually ride an Absolu. It's another thing to race on one. You can't help but feel like a pro as you easily glide around tight descending corners and cruise up steep terrain. Even Carlos Sastre, 2008 Tour de France winner and lead pro for Trois Etapes, was suitably impressed with our Cyfac's. In fact, he kindly autographed every bike for us!
Following the race, the five Absolu's were shipped back to the Cyfac factory where they are being polished up and clear coated before traveling on to California. Hopefully in time to mark the opening of the new Studio Velo store in downtown Mill Valley. It is my understanding that Scott may raffle off one or more of these beautiful autographed machines to celebrate the new facility. I hope so because I plan on buying a number of tickets in the hopes of winning one.