31 March 2009 - 13:26Put’em Up, Put’em Up!!!
This is an interesting bike, and cooler than cool too.
Although the basic soul of the bike is ‘cross inspired, you can build it several ways to Tuesday, geared, fixed, single, disc, canti… Versatility is the name of the game here. Pictured here is my new bike to be.
Yes, I know, another new bike. I was having a bit of a battle trying to decide how I wanted to build it. I decided that this bike was going to be a landing platform for all my randon drop bar bits and pieces I’ve managed to collect over the years. After my last screaming descent down Loomis Hill on my Van Dessel, I decided that disc brakes were going to be taking care of the stopping. 50 mph and canti brakes? yeah, woefully inadequate… Why discs aren’t standard ‘cross equipment, I have no idea.
I can’t believe that we actually used to ride these brakes on mountain bikes back in the day.
I also decided I like gears too, which is convenient as I have a first generation Rival group that will get to see use again. I also have a mango flavored Royale wheelset that is collecting dust, and a pile of other stuff too rad to be sitting in one of my boxes of random parts.
I already have one of these bad boys out the door, pictured below with gold bits, tubeless Royales and a SRAM Rival group. I havent gotten a ride report back yet, but the customer was pretty stoked. I should have mine finished by weeks end.
This beast will be the perfect Gravel Grinder weapon.