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.