Saturday, February 12, 2011

Road frame - 1st build up...

It's interesting that with all the demand for my cross frames, the first build was actually a road frame. This one went to my friend Amanda (the second build will be a cross bike for her husband, Ken). Amanda is the one responsible for the champagne-like color on the road frames. Good thing I listened because, so far, all road frames sold are champagne. She was also insistent on silver components. Going all silver is not that easy. Sure there are plenty of silver parts still available, but getting the right parts for a custom build took some doing. In the end, the bike weighs 20lb. 5oz. with pedals. I think the frame weight was 3 lb. 15 oz. Should have written that down.

Here's a rundown of the basic build of her 53cm road frame:
SRAM Apex shifters w/ Rival rear derailleur and an Apex front
Shimano R600 compact crank
SRAM 11-32 cassette
Shimano long reach brake calipers
White Industries 28h hubs and DT RR415 rims with DT Revolution spokes and alloy nipples (wheels weighed 1460 grams)
Continental 4-Season 28 tires
Within the next couple of days, it will also get a set of Honjo fenders as well.

She's already got some time on it, including some dirt path riding and says it's a great riding bike. Sure think it looks great too.

Ten

Brake

White Ind.

Chainstay

ten 010

ten 011

Road frame build

(What's playing: Natalie Merchant Build A Levee)

12 comments:

Amanda Eichstaedt said...

Hey, that's my bike!

Jerry said...

that is a beautiful bike

Kevin said...

Wow, that one came out beautiful! I love the champagne with silver components. Looks fantastic.

Guitar Ted said...

Agreed with previous commenters, (It is Amanda's bike and it is beautiful!)

By the way, what brand stem is that? Looks like an IRD, perhaps?

blackmountaincycles said...

Thanks, all. G-T: It's a Dimension stem.

Ari said...

Really good choice of components. That bike should run smooth for a long time.
ari

David said...

Mike,
That is a beautiful build. Very similar to what I would like to create for my wife. Why did Amanda choose a Rival derailleur over the Apex? Will the Rival handle the 32 cog OK?
David

blackmountaincycles said...

Thanks, David. Rival over Apex as it's a touch lighter and the cage is all aluminum instead of a steel inner cage plate like Apex. Both Apex and Rival have a mid-cage length to handle a 32 cog. You can also use a mountain rear derailleur if you want to go to a 36.

Anonymous said...

"You can also use a mountain rear derailleur if you want to go to a 36."

I thought the dirt derailleurs had a 1:1 ratio and the road had a different ratio called "Exact Actuation"? Did they recently make their road and dirt stuff compatible?

Gloria said...

I see in the chainstay photo there's room for fat tires! How fat?

blackmountaincycles said...

SRAM's 9-speed derailleurs do use 1:1. Their 10-speed use "Exact Actuation" same as their road derailleurs and Double Tap shifters. http://www.sram.com/sram/road/technologies/187

blackmountaincycles said...

Gloria - 33 Jack Brown's most definitely.