I took the frame to a local bike shop today and it is confirmed that i could comfortably fit a 700c Rim on there with any tyre up to about a size 32. I’m opting for a size 25 tyre to give me a little more of a comfy ride over the smallest 23 size whilst still keeping a low profile look.
The frame and new forks will go off next week for a respray. I’m going to go for a powdercoat, it works out half the price of an enamel job. I can’t justify paying almost $150 more for the paint job than i did for the actual frame!
I have also bought some Orange Bike frame transfers from the UK. I’m debating whether i’ll actually use any of them. I was thinking of putting the Union Jack on the base of the seat tube on the frame and possibly putting a minimal orange logo on the headtube. I’ll see when the frame is painted and i have the decals to hand.
I mentioned back in earlier posts that i’m opting for a Black and White colour scheme. I have pretty much worked out most of the bikes spec now and what colour each component will be. The minimal monochrome approach should make for a very clean, tight looking bike.
Frame – Pure White
Forks – Black Carbon Blades
Headset – Black (Cane Creek S2 Inch)
Bars – Black (Chopped down Kore Race straight Bars) & Black (Chopped down Scott riser bars)
Grips – Black (Funn lock-ons) & White ( Oury Mtb style) not sure which to run yet
Seatpost – Black (haven’t decided what post)
Saddle – Black (Selle Italia Flite Original)
Rims – White (Velocity Deep Vs)
Hubs – Silver (Formula f&r Velocity branded)
Spokes – Silver (double butted DT Swiss)
Cranks – Black & silver (Sugino Messenger – not yet purchased)
Pedals – Black & Silver (MKS GR9, Clips)
Front Brake – Black (Carbon Tektro/Cannondale Canti)
Front Brake Cable – Black
Front Brake Lever – Dark Graphite Grey/Silver (XTR Servowave 2 finger pull)
Stem – Black (Thomson Elite X4)
Chain – (haven’t decided)
Bottle Cage bolts – Black (Not purchased yet)
Tyres – Black (Conti Ultra Gatorskins 700x25c)
It might not be that obvious yet but there is a common theme behind all the components going on to this bike. All the parts where possible will be black and white. The Thomson, Kore and Funn logos are all lasered in pure white and sit on satin back finishes. I think when everything comes together this will look stylish, clean and minimal.
I chose straight bars for reto factor too. I think i will cut them down a bit but its too early to say how much. I need to be sitting over a near built bike before making that decision. I’m not going to go crazy courier style where your elbows are virtually touching as you loose alot of steering control.
The Kore bars are light, pretty strong and great looking. I paid about $35 AUD for them and also got them from Chain Reaction Cycles UK.
I chose these grips for a couple of reasons. I really like the Funn brand and they are making some quality kit. They also have a really low profile pattern which i feel will suit the minimal stream-lined look that i’m going for.
I did toy with the idea of buying some track bike style longer grips but decided against it as i’m going to run a front break and it would mean cutting the grip to make room for the break lever. If i get really brave with the whole fixed gear thing and decide i don’t need the front break after a while i can just have a pair of back-up bars that i can switch over to.
In my quest for creating a bike with real mix of modern and retro styling, the Flite titanium saddle certainly brings a bit of old school cool factor. This saddle is the type of upgrade from stock that would have been put on the bike back in the mid ninties. At the time the concorde areoplane shaped lines of the saddle made the look of it unique and was highly sought after. It’s pretty light at around 175g, has real leather upholstery and the super light but strong titanium rails.
This saddle has been revamped over the years and has seen newer models appear on the market that have heavy embroidered logos slapped all over it. Lucky for me though that they still produce the orginal style. Don’t try and fix it if aint broke!
Pictured here is the new 1inch 1/8 Thomson Elite X4 Stem. It’s a 0 degree rise and 100mm long. The shim also pictured takes the steerer tube from 1inch up to an Inch 1/8. Its quite rare these days to find bikes with 1inch headtubes. Some road bikes still use 1inch tubes but mountain bikes are 1inch 1/8 and now some freeride/dh bikes are 1inch 1/5.
Given this is a road bike i want to be comfortable when leaning right over the bike and digging in on the peddles, the extra stem length coupled with the 21.5inch frame should keep me comfortable over longer periods of staying in a low position. I need to remember this bike is not getting thrown around and steering precision is not a major factor here. It should still however be a pretty responsive ride by any standards.
I paid about $85 AUD for stem and was bought from Chain Reaction Cycles UK. I paid $5 US for the shim and $30 US for shipping! The shim was bought online from a US bike store called Smart Bike Parts. This part was quite hard to find but essential so had to bite the bullet on shipping costs.
After two and half weeks the frame and forks arrive from the UK (thanks Will). On first inspection the frame seems to be in great condition. The shaping around the rear end where the trackends have been welded on looks seemless which is excellent news. There are plently of scuffs and marks but that doesn’t matter as its getting bead/shot blasted down to the bare metal and resprayed. I’ll talk a bit more about colour schemes in a later post. Here’s a few shots on arrival.