Friday, May 29, 2009

The Number of the Beast.

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Built. It rides so damn nice its ridiculous...fast and relaxed, poised and sharp. It will be such a nice tool for the job.

So its not a proper cross bike, but what it *is*, is a machine ready and willing to do the dirty on road and trail for as long as my legs can keep it moving forward, right from the door. Mix it up, it will cope. Biomechanically, its silhouette means i wont get anything funky going on when i jump on the tIF to ride proper trails or the pinkster to do some touring.

Exactly what i wanted. As ever, thank you tim and thank you indy fab.

And yes, i used an end mill getting this together...i had an old dt swiss thru bolt rws skewer that needed the nut 'massaged' as it was prior to the final relieved nut they make now.

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Issues - how to make the fixed rear wheel i built work with a chainline that sits at 47mm at the chainring sits when the velosolo ring sits at 54mm chainline on the hub. Best idea so far (thank you phil!) is to send the hub to a friendly lathe to have its excesses removed and space the ring out a few mm...

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10 comments:

manchester trev said...

stunning! will i see you at the 3 peaks then......... what gearing is that on it?

dRjON said...

39-18

will miss the 3 peaks this year, unfortunately....have a top ride!

gfunk said...

is that sunshine in glasgow?!?

Anonymous said...

I still think it would look better with cross legal drop bars, but all in all it looks smashing. It's your bike, your set up, so well done; hope you get the issue's sorted.

Simon said...

What bars are they?

manchester trev said...

groovy luv-handles i think.

Anonymous said...

Keep coming back to this bike, looks fab! How are you setting up Avid BB7's and centre-loc discs?

dRjON said...

thanks (?) all for comments..i guess i knew it would divide folk ;-)~

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avid 160 adaptors, slx discs, steel conduit on the front to xtr cable and the rar is fulllength housing ready for cross season (already) with an additinal layer of heat shrik wrap to stop it vibrating and annoying me.

you need to be careful with avids to shimano mix as the disc callipers are way deeper than shimano, so you need the alloy carrier to be removed from the edge of the rotor. these discs are stiffer and much less likely to deform than the rubbish roundagon rotors. they also have better ultiamte power i think.,moreon the blog when i finally come in from the garden....

b1umb0y said...

Gorgeous bike! Looks like a very well thought out composition.

John said...

Looks feisty !!! Only one problem though you seem to have put a fixed cog on the back by accident, surely ???