I decided I 'needed' a bike for the summer CX racing season but took too long. I nearly clicked on a brand new dirt cheap 105 Focus Mares whilst accumulating parts, but now glad i waited. If it breaks first race i'll look like a twat but then i'll have to build something else. It's not the dollars so much as the thrill of the chase.
Here's my new (to me) build up from the parts bin.
Many thanks to queequeg and Celeste boy for their incredibly generous donations of surplus parts.
Frame came from kerbside, a FLUID 29er, most likely a flatbar... dunno as i only got the bare alloy hydroformed frame. I checked it over closely, stripped the logos and resprayed all except the chain stays which quite aptly are stickered 'go with the flow...' I will probably sticker bomb it or make some nice loud vinyl wrap.
Carbon/alloy fork from queequeg.
Avid BB7s also from queequeg with generic 160mm rotors (painted centres black).
Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed ergo shifters and rear mech. I was going to fit Campy 11 speed but in the end couuldn't justify the $$$. 13-29 freewheel with NW 44 tooth from parts bin. Seems a good range at present. Not that many years/kilos ago, I used to be able to climb on my old 'red pig' shimergo cx with 1 x 8 (49/30) so it should do the do around here ( Adelaide's east).
Celeste boy donated me a Campagnolo front mech to play with ( i was going to pull it apart and reverse the linkage to make a top pull) but it was too big so bike is 1 x at present.
FSA carbon cranks. Paul chain catcher thingamee.
Jet black BB also from the roadside reconditioned with new bearings.
Thomson seatpost (27.2) and 30 year old Selle italia Flite.
Thomson 110mm stem. Weird old school super long reach/drop alloy bars. These are great for bunny hops as the reach is long enough to resemble a set of bar ends!
Waiting on a set of short reach/drop bars to complete. I will also change stem to 90/100mm I reckon as TT is quite long.
China carbon 50 mm clincher wheel set I rebuilt with brass nipples. WTB cross wolf 33mm cx treads. Will try and ghetto tubeless soon. Not sure as i haven't tried to ghetto carbon wheels before.
So far so good and 9.93 kg!
Just had a cortisone shot in my knee so initial long ride will not be until next weekend. Will chuck it in the car and do Jupiter creek/Kuitpo trails from Mylor. Any one want to come?