Oleg wanted to start cycling after his shoulder injury that made him almost quit one of his favorite sports, volleyball. He asked me to build him a custom bicycle frame to make sure that the bike will have correct fit considering his past injury. However, Oleg wasn’t sure what type frame he needed. So, we started a conversation. After learning what type of riding he wants to do, I suggested to him to build a Cylclocross (CX) bicycle. CX bike resembles a road bike, but it has larger clearances for tires that allows to ride off-road, and slightly different frame geometry with a slacker head tube/seat tube angles and fork’s longer axle-to-crown distance. After taking Oleg’s body measurements and then applying them in Bike CAD Pro, we agreed on the design and I started to work on the project.
I used light-weight True Temper’s OX Platinum steel alloy tubing to build main triangle and Columbus Zona tubing for stays. His bike has internal routing and equipped with Shimano’s mechanical disc breaks and Shimano CX drivetrain. In addition, I built for him a custom CX steel fork with True Temper’s fork blades, steerer tube and Paragon dropouts.