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xcMuttleyxcMuttley Posts: 434
edited December 2016 in Your road bikes
Hi all!
This is the first bike built by my own two hands,
Thanks to Downland cycles (Invicta Frameworks) for the teaching, MSP autopaint for the paintwork, Geoff Moorhouse for the headtube badge, Bicis Y Mas the bike shop I have the pleasure of working at and to everyone else that helped in the process.

Frame was made from a mix of Reynolds 853 and Columbus Life,

Spec list:
Headset: Hope 1 1/8th Purple
Stem: Thomson 90mm
Handlebars: Ritchey Comp Evo Max
Levers: Cane Creek scr-5
Brakes: Avid Shorty Ultimate
Seatpost: Thomson Masterpiece
Saddle: San Marco Regale
Wheelset: (Built by myself at Bicis Y Mas)
Hub: Surly Ultra
Rims: H PLUS SON Archetype
Spokes: DT swiss competition
Nipples: DT swiss prolock
Tyres: Challenge Grifo (Set up tubeless)
Crankset: Miche Syntium HSP 39t
Chain: DID 1/8th Chain
Freewheel: Token 16t freewheel
Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy

Extras:
Bottle cage: King Cage Iris
Bartape: Cinelli Gel cork tape
Surly cable hanger

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I hope you all like it, will be the first of many!
Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/

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  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,639
    Like it very much.
  • Awesome, love the colour.
    “Faster, Faster, until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.” Hunter S Thompson
  • mm1mm1 Posts: 1,101
    That is a beautiful thing!
  • luv2rideluv2ride Posts: 2,362
    That's a beauty. Love it 8)
    ...especially the seat tube graphics...
    Scott Solace 10 disc - Kinesis Crosslight Pro6 disc - Scott CR1 SL - Pinnacle Arkose X 650b - Pinnacle Arkose 1x11 "monster cross" - Specialized Singlecross...& an Ernie Ball Musicman Stingray 4 string...
  • Thanks for all the kind words :)
    Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/
  • looks censored dynamite
  • Nicest bike i've seen on here and one of the few I'm jealous I don't own!
  • Love it... awesome!
  • only thing... assuming you haven't built the forks yourself, why not carbon forks?
  • Thanks again everyone! Actually the forks where also built by myself Ugo, maybe in the future I will switch them for carbon.
    Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/
  • xcMuttley wrote:
    Thanks again everyone! Actually the forks where also built by myself Ugo, maybe in the future I will switch them for carbon.

    That's keen... in which case it makes total sense...

    Although a Whisky No.7... :wink:

    PS: I love the chainset... never seen it before...
  • :wink: Might just have to build another frame to go with a whisky fork....Will be doing some more building in the new year all being well so watch this space!
    Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/
  • Somehow missed your comment about the chainset oops. The chainset is a miche syntium with some slight adjustments to make it a single ring, hidden bolt crank.
    Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,610
    That's some effort Mutley, wow. That's quite a lot of clearance between the seat tube and the rear wheel. Is that a deliberately relaxed angle for CX purposes? - I'm being naive here, know little about Cyclocross. Been toying with getting one for a while as there are so many gravel tracks in the Galloway hills. I could get lost, traffic free for hours.
    Quite happy to ride it for you and review it :wink:

    Whilst I am at it, I do love the RST Zero setback seat posts. I have one on both the summer bike and winter bike - they are a dream to adjust.
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • Thank you!
    Yes it is deliberately relaxed, but it is also set up quite far back on the track dropouts so is giving the impression of a big gap. Handling feels spot on but I will give it some more riding and may move the wheel in closer.
    Definitely worth buying a cyclocross bike, I've spent countless hours exploring on other cx bikes. Less fuss than riding the mountain bike in some situations too which is always a plus.
    Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,610
    Where did you deploy the Reynolds tubing and where did you deploy the Columbus tubing and why?
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • The front triangle is Columbus, the rear is Reynolds. I was hoping to go full Columbus at the start. But to get a 120 track spacing, with enough clearance for a cyclocross tyre, using lugs and without dimpling the chainstay the Reynolds tubing that was available to me was best for the job. The 853 rear will also give a slightly stiffer rear end which is a bonus that can be noticed when ragging around a single speed bike!

    I'm not going to begin to pretend that I know much about the metallurgy and characteristics of each tube out there but it is something I'm determined to learn along with everything else!
    Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,610
    Did you borrow a jig or did you make one?
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • To build this frame I was using one of the jigs at Downlands cycles whilst been taught by Brian. I am in the process of acquiring a frame jig to start building more frames in the new year all being well.
    Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,610
    xcMuttley wrote:
    To build this frame I was using one of the jigs at Downlands cycles whilst been taught by Brian. I am in the process of acquiring a frame jig to start building more frames in the new year all being well.

    Ooh yes! Keep us posted. What's the next project?

    How long did that one take you in hours?
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • I will do! Planning on a lugged road frame, but haven't decided on the finer details. Have a few people interested in having frames made so far which is very nice.

    Honestly in terms of hours I can't honestly say, there was a lot of practicing the different skills and I joined on a few other classes for the mechanic and bike fitting side in between.
    Check out my blog for my views and reviews: http://memylifeandmybike.blogspot.co.uk/
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