Oct 29, 2002 4:22 PM
|After scoring the frame and a bunch of bits on EBay, I finished building this up a couple weeks ago. It's my all-purpose Mt. Tam fireroad bike when I don't feel like riding the singlespeed MTB. So far I love it.
WTB Speedmaster rims/XT hubs.
46x34 up front, 12x28 in the rear.
Ultegra short cage RD, DA front.
Salsa Bell Lap Bar.
Dia-Compe 287v levers and Paul cross levers.
Among other things...
I've never raced CX before, but that Toasted Head series is looking tempting. Maybe I'll have to drive up there one of these Sunday's and give it a go.
Oct 29, 2002 4:44 PM
|You should definitely come out to the next Toasted Head race! With the big hill out there, you could definitely use that 34/28 gear combo. I'll introduce myself when I recognize the bike. What do you think of the rims/brakes/brake lever combo? I am thinking of putting that exact combo on my Cross Check.|
Oct 29, 2002 7:05 PM
|Thanks! I came up with that combo sort of by process of elimination. The guys at Webcyclery recommended the rims, since I want to be able to run tires anywhere from 28 to 44, and both Kevin and Todd use the Speedmasters. I hate canti brakes, because I could never get the Ritchey's on my last CX rig dialed in, and the Avid Ultimate's were in my parts bin not being used, so on they went. The 287v are the only levers I'm aware of that pull enough cable for V brakes, and I put the Paul's because they're functional (and I think they look cool ;). The only negative, and it's minor, is that I don't think the hoods of the 287v are as comfortable as the hoods on the Ultegra levers on my road bike, and I spend most of my time on them. They're a little pointy at the top, which digs in between my thumb and forefinger. All in all though, the set up is working great. Stopping power is strong and they have nice modulation.
Maybe I'll see you out there one Sunday.
|Sweet Ride! LONG LIVE THE FRANKENBIKE||atpjunkie|
Oct 29, 2002 8:04 PM
|well done and on a budget I bet. Sweet barcons!
Oct 30, 2002 4:04 PM
|Those look pretty burly - what are they and what width are they? I am looking for a wide tire that rolls fast with a decent ammt of air volume - looks like you found it by the looks of the tread pattern|
|Ritchey Mount Cross||tamjam|
Oct 30, 2002 5:28 PM
|Size 38c. I wanted something wide since I expect to ride this bike a fair amount on the fireroads around my house, and they can get fairly rocky. The tires actually handle twisty pavement pretty well too, which is key, since I sometimes will take the fireroad up and the road back down.|
Oct 30, 2002 4:10 PM
|Thinking about getting a Spicer Ti cross frame, supposedly the same as the Voodoo Loa, and wondering what your size was and how it fit. Would you get another?|
Oct 30, 2002 5:37 PM
|Center BB to center top tube. The top tube is slightly sloping, so the effective top tube measurement is around 55.2 or 55.6, I can't remember which. Having bought it on EBay without being able to test ride it first, I am thrilled about how well it fits me. I honestly don't think I could get a much better fit from a custom frame. I'm 5'10" w/31ish inseam, by the way.|
Nov 1, 2002 2:51 PM
|my gf is 5'6/5'7 and rides a 52cm Loa (which she loves!). The frame fits her just about perfect as well, though it would be nice for her to have a bit more standover height.|
|how much tire clearance do you have?NM||chrisjohn02|
Nov 1, 2002 7:57 PM
Nov 2, 2002 11:35 AM
|I've got 38's on it now with ample clearance. I haven't tried anything wider, but I think I could probably go up to a 44 or 45.|| |