This frame is mated to a steel fork that is 453 mm axle to crown. This is longer than a non-suspension corrected fork so I imagine the customer has an older shock fork that he might sub out on occasion. The frame and fork have fittings for 'Mud guards' as they say over there. Unlike here, there is wet weather in Scotland and plenty of times where the mud guards will be in use.
The build here is very traditional and rooted in the style that I adopted many years ago. The fork and the tubing is updated but the basic proportions and tub diameters are what I have been using since the early '90's. No reason to change something that works well.
When I got the list of requests from this customer I thought " Hey, these will be a couple of unique builds for me" and that was definitely the case. The forks are Whiskey #9 disc-road that have been painted to match. The rear dropouts are Paragon "-Poly-drops" , something I have never worked with.
The customer also opted for a Ritchey breakaway seat lug and an S&S coupler on the down tube.
The painter also had his hands full with the custom graphics but he did a stellar job on both frames and forks. The color-co-ordinated King bits don't hurt, either. Tapered steerers, thru-axles make these steel frames pretty modern in my estimation. I hope that they are as fun as they look out on the road.
This is a tall one -the rider is over 6'2". The frame will be paired with an Enve disc CX fork and will take up to 700x38 tires. The owner has a gravel commute so this steel frame is the appropriate tool for the job.
This build is a pretty smart pick of parts. The Ultegra group is made more deluxe with the Dura Ace hubs. There's a Cane Creek 110 headset and a Praxis Works crank and BB. The Paul's brakes are a mini-moto up front with a touring canti on the back. This combo reduces the fork jutter and makes the feel of the brakes nearly identical.
The bar and stem are from Ritchey and the seat post will also be Ritchey. This post and saddle are not what will be on the finished bike. Someone on the Yale cycling team will be riding a different sort of bike.
There's a bit more tire room on this one-700x28 tires should have plenty of room. The tapered steerer forks tend to have a bit more tire room as well so the combo should be good for a variety of road surfaces.
This rider is 170 lbs. and told me that he tends to be pretty rough on bikes so I went for a stout down tube. The rest of the set is fairly light without being delicate. The chain stays have a slight s-bend that allows for more tire room without needing additional crimps.
This is maybe the 6th frame I have blitzing the new pulser attachment for my welder. I know that this is old technology but for me it is new. The result is a tighter heat zone and a slightly more orderly bead. I am having fun getting up to speed with the new tool. There's always something to learn in the shop-it keeps me coming back every day.
there's a bit more to this frame than normal. Since it is equipped with Paragon slider dropouts there is the ability to not only run the bike with or without derailleurs but also to change the rear axle spec. There are inserts for 142x12 thru-axle that bolt right on just like the 135 Q.R. inserts pictured here.
There's bit of weight penalty with this hardware but it is almost like having two bikes in one.
The paint scheme has been done before on similar frame and that is where the customer got the idea for this panel and stripe option. It would be funny for the two bikes to meet on a trail somewhere......
This one is the official pit bike for the team, although it is technically my bike and I'll maybe do a few races this fall. The chain tension is adjusted with an eccentric BB from Beer components. This has to be the only good EBB I have used. The chainring is a 40 tooth rom Praxis Works, another Calif. company.
The wheels have hubs from Paul Components, yet another Calif. home grown component. The wheels are some I built with Mavic Reflex tubular rims and DT competition spokes. I think that the whole bike is just a hair over 17 lbs.
The head tube is a new one for me, a Dedaccai tapered unit for internal headset. I'll be interested to see how it holds up over the next couple of seasons.The fork is a re-painted Enve with a tapered steerer. There's a chance that soon I'll be able to make a thru-axle disc brake version of this bike. I'm sure it will be popular when it is available.