Stan is practically my neighbor and our kids go to school together. He told me that he used to ride a lot and wanted to start riding again. We talked about the benefits of custom frame versus mass-produced frames and different types of frame materials that are utilized in the bicycle construction such as steel, aluminum, carbon fiber and titanium. Each of these materials have different characteristics, however, all could be shaped into similar quality ride by a frame builder. The major thing to consider here is the price of the material, its weight and durability as well as geometry and proper fit of the bike. Also, wheels play major part on how the bike feels and rides. Although, steel is “real” and steel frames offer the best balance of cost, weight and durability as well as its unique more forgiving ride qualities due to properties of the steel, there is no clear choice what frame material is better or worse.
Stan’s bike frame was constructed around the fork (built-in house) geometry with axle to crown measure between cross and road bikes and clearances to accommodate wheels with 34 mm tires. We used True Temper’s OX Platinum steel tubing and Paragon Machine Works’ dropouts and braze on components to build the frame. Internal cable routing for derailleurs and brakes housing.
The bike is equipped with Shimano Ultegra 6800 group and hydraulic disc brakes, PRO cockpit components and cyclocross/gravel Rolf Prima ECX disc wheelset with hand-made 30c Challenge Strada Bianca tires.
I am a little behind on this post. Stan was riding this bike for about three months now and this is what he had to say after his first ride: “Just tested 22 miles. Awesome bike. Runs great. Need to adjust saddle. Thank you. Bike is insane!!!”
Enjoy the photos of the bike and stay tuned for a next post on our dirt fat bike.