The final build last week pulled out all the bells and whistles. Except there were neither bells nor whistles on this bike. Yet. This turned into a complete bike build after deciding the owner's current mountain bike couldn't be converted into more of a touring bike because of the lack of eyelets and braze-ons. This build was a fun process and it turned out pretty nice. The owner will be using this for commuting and weekend camping trips up into the mountains or over to the beach.
The bike was built with on of the 59cm gray Monster Cross frames. Shifting is Shimano 105 ten-speed an XT rear derailleur. There is an STI barrel adjuster on the rear derailleur to manage cable tension. The cranks are a great option for folks wanting to use 10-speed road shifters but want lower gears than what is commonly available from Shimano or SRAM's road or cross groups. Sure, a mountain double crank could be used, but the problem with mountain cranks is that their pedal stance is really wide and they have a 50mm chainline which the 105 front derailleur won't reach to. And by using 105 STI shifters, one has to use a road front derailleur. Use of bar-con levers allows any front derailleur to be used including mountain.
Back on track. The specific parts used on this build necessitated these exact parts. Oh yeah, the crank. The crank is a new Sugino OX601XD model that has a unique bolt pattern that allows for a big range of gear options. This particular build is a 46/30 combo. One could achieve this with a White Industries VBC crank, but it's my experience the VBC cranks don't play well with 10-speed chains. This Sugino crank is most definitely 10-speed compatible providing crisp up and down shifting.
Other highlights are the Mavic A719 rims with the Schmidt SON28 front hub and Ultegra rear hub. Rubber meets the tarmac via Panaracer Pasela TG 32 tires. Salsa Woodchipper bars and Pro Moto 1 stem, Brooks bar tape and B17 Special saddle, Tubus rear rack and a Salsa Minimalist front rack (to carry a sleeping bag), Honjo hammered fenders, and White Industries Urban pedals with Bruce Gordon half-clips. The whole thing comes to a stop via Paul Components high-polished Mini-Moto brakes.
The bike turned out really nice. My test ride on the bike was fun. The bike was really smooth, comfortable, and quiet. I thoroughly enjoyed building this bike and hearing how nice it rode from the new owner.
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