17 December 2006 - 23:26Finally…
After what has seemed like forever, the Bristol Flyer is going to fly.
With the lofty goal of 20 lbs, we set out to make a bike that would be as functional and durable as possible, with the least amount of excess material.
Well, we fell a bit short.
Because the bike industry is convinced that the “new” external bearing bottom bracket is the “way to go”, we lost 100g in the crank and BB. Thanks to Magura having a million front brakes and zero rear brakes, we made a slightly heavier choice so we could actually ride the bike.
I have always loved Magura brakes. They are light, and have plenty of power and feel at the lever, but they are slowly being eclipsed by Avid. The big problem, is that you just can’t get them.
It seemed as if we had to make all sorts of concessions, but the final result is in.
21lbs, without pedals.
I think that if we were able to build the original spec, we would be right on target.
Oh well, what is a pound between friends anyway?
So here are the pictures.