Well, I finally got it finished, and it turned out great!! I'm sure that this bike is best looking one that I have built, the finnish came out really nice and the I think the powdercoat looks great. It's hard to tell in the pics, but it's sparkly purple too. I dig it.
Anyway, It was like 50 degrees in Bozeman today, so just about as perfect as it gets for a January bike ride. The bike rides just about how I wanted it too, which is cool! I'm not a big fan of being super hunched over or drops, so I built it short, and that seems to have done the trick.
I also think I did a really good job of tube selection for this bike. It seems to be stiff in all the right places. I had virtually no noticeable flex in the chain stays or rear triangle, which is awesome, but still that good steeley feeling. "Laterally stiff, yet vertically compliant" you might say.
Anyhow, I'm very pleased with the end result. I can't wait to take it on some dirt!
Oh, and those gears... they're not too bad either.
|Bridger Bowl in the background|
|cable routing, seat stay bridge|
|another one with the bridgers. Pretty ride.|