Back in the late '90's I built lots of frames like this-cantilever brakes, level or near level top tube and room for 700x45 tires. Around 1991 there were only a few of us building frames like this- now they are very common , even if they have had extended upgrading such as disc brakes and carbon tapered steerer forks. That said, the geometry has not changed very much.
This one will no doubt be fitted with genuine cantilever brakes instead of V-style brakes. It also has a cable stop for a front der. , a component that has gone out of favor by most bike brands in the last few years.
The fork is set up to fit a number of styles of racks. The tubing is a mix of Columbus for the most part with some really light stays - the rider is pretty light so this should , along with the smaller diameter main tubes provide a supple ride. Put some big tires on this one and you won't feel a lot of the bumps.
This couple wanted forks panted to match - that is a fairly common request but they went a little further than most.These frames are adorned with custom ordered Jen Green badges. These badges are not the ones normally seen on my bikes but one-off customer designed and unique.
The two badges are not the same and actually arrived at the shop about a month apart. I only got the one on the left the day before these frames were to be picked up ! This husband-and-wife pair of frames are being built up at the Bicycle Outfitter in Los Altos, Calif. This venerable shop was well established before I built my first frame in 1978 so these frames are in experienced hands. I hope the mechanic isn't too upset at how tight I put the right side down tube gear cable adjuster-I wanted it to be welded onto the gusset, rather than the down tube itself to reduce stress on a very high-stress part of the frame.
You can see the adjuster in this photo. The frames are made for flat mount brakes and both have internal down-tube rear brake line routing.The blue frame is larger and has the newer logo. The wife's frame was too small for the newer logo so it has the classic logo-both are in gold.I put on gold seat collars to compliment the decals. I ran out of gold signature logos so I just hand-signed the frames with a gold paint pen the way I did when I was too broke to have decals decades ago.
An aluminum CX frame with fender mounts is becoming a popular thing on my build list.
This one has down tube cable routing like a road frame, giving me the idea that this one will do commute duties as well as the odd CX race, as long as we have a race season in 2020. With Covid-19 that is an uncertainty.
That said, this one is going out UPS today so the owner will get a jump on being ready for the mud between the course tape in the CX capitol of the new world.
Well , it is probably sold by the time you see this but I'm putting up the photos anyway. All 5'2" of Caroline Nolan rode this bike to many wins, some of which I got to witness. She has newer bikes now so this one goes up for sale. Other than the fact that it is pre-thru-axle and flat mount, it differs little from what she rides today.
I built up a more gravel-oriented tubeless carbon clincher wheelset for it so the bike can wear a few hats instead of just being a CX race bike.
I'm looking forward to making Caroline a new edition-assuming that there will be a 2020 CX season. Lets all hope for that and the end of this virus soon.