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New Bike For The New Year(12 posts)

New Bike For The New Yearzelig
Jan 1, 2002 2:02 PM
Finally built of the bike just before the New Year taking stuff off my Vortex after about 12,000 miles. One thing about Ti is you don't worry about the finish. Not the case now. Corrado's are built in Liverpool by Dave Lloyd, one of the builders at the now demised Cougar shop who built for Boardman and others. I went up there for a fitting in November. The frame's made of Deda SAT 14.5 tubing, bell shaped profile for down and top tubes with an externally (very subtle) butted seat tube. I could have had it built in Foco but liked the feel (that's one of the joys of going to the builder) and shape of the Deda. Frameset for a 54cm is 3.1 lbs and this one's about 50.5cm ctc and tig'd. All I know is that it's very light. Nothing unusual about the frame except for a 73 seat angle, an additional 15mm on the head tube, chrome on the rear dropouts and right chainstay. Fork is a Presenti (Mizuno) with an alloy steerer. The flightdeck sensor was put on after this picture as the build took longer than expected and I was running out of daylight.

I've only gotten about 50 miles on including 15 rather grizzly, actually dizzy, miles today. Early impressions are that this frame fits well (Lloyd made the top tube 2.5mm shorter than my Vortex), has nearly the comfort factor of Ti, and is incredibly stable. Haven't done any hard cornering as its been icy in London and there's sand on the road.

The last steel custom frame I had was when TSX was Columbus' latest offering. Steel tubing has come a long way since that time. I also have a Chas Roberts custom single speed frame which is waiting a crankset and wheels before being built. It will be interesting to see the difference in fit and ride.
Here's the piczelig
Jan 1, 2002 2:07 PM
Finally built of the bike just before the New Year taking stuff off my Vortex after about 12,000 miles. One thing about Ti is you don't worry about the finish. Not the case now. Corrado's are built in Liverpool by Dave Lloyd, one of the builders at the now demised Cougar shop who built for Boardman and others. I went up there for a fitting in November. The frame's made of Deda SAT 14.5 tubing, bell shaped profile for down and top tubes with an externally (very subtle) butted seat tube. I could have had it built in Foco but liked the feel (that's one of the joys of going to the builder) and shape of the Deda. Frameset for a 54cm is 3.1 lbs and this one's about 50.5cm ctc and tig'd. All I know is that it's very light. Nothing unusual about the frame except for a 73 seat angle, an additional 15mm on the head tube, chrome on the rear dropouts and right chainstay. Fork is a Presenti (Mizuno) with an alloy steerer. The flightdeck sensor was put on after this picture as the build took longer than expected and I was running out of daylight.

I've only gotten about 50 miles on including 15 rather grizzly, actually dizzy, miles today. Early impressions are that this frame fits well (Lloyd made the top tube 2.5mm shorter than my Vortex), has nearly the comfort factor of Ti, and is incredibly stable. Haven't done any hard cornering as its been icy in London and there's sand on the road.

The last steel custom frame I had was when TSX was Columbus' latest offering. Steel tubing has come a long way since that time. I also have a Chas Roberts custom single speed frame which is waiting a crankset and wheels before being built. It will be interesting to see the difference in fit and ride.
schweet looking custom... and I especially likeCT1
Jan 1, 2002 2:20 PM
That extended HT gives a very nice zero stack (or close to it) build up. I suspect more builders will be doing this as time goes on.

ride on
JohnG
Here's the picmackgoo
Jan 1, 2002 2:43 PM
Nice looking bike. What's that hanging off the seat?
I think its just a seatbag with some kind of reflector on it (nm)Allen az
Jan 1, 2002 3:55 PM
very purty. Is that a Record crank with Shimano everythingbill
Jan 1, 2002 6:14 PM
else? The bike nazis will get you for that.
very nice bikecrankset
Jan 1, 2002 6:34 PM
Congratulations on your new ride. Looks great,especially the bright red. What kind of fork is that? Also, did you have the frame treated somehow against rust? They say it rains a lot in England.
Good eye and yes, England's wetzelig1
Jan 2, 2002 4:13 AM
Yes, C-Record crank, later model with laser etched logo and Phil BB.

I treated the frame with Framesaver which I got from another builder, Chas Roberts of Croydon. Interestingly, many UK builders recommend and use Framesaver including Corrado who ran out at the time when my frame was ready.
Here's the pictr
Jan 1, 2002 8:37 PM
Very nice bike. I live in seattle, but i bought a nice stem from Lloyd.
Very nice; fairly aggressive stance!Leisure
Jan 2, 2002 4:31 AM
Very nice looking bike...John-d
Jan 2, 2002 6:08 AM
You made a good job of the build, BTW just how did you get permission to keep it in the kitchen?
Very nice!Tig
Jan 2, 2002 8:56 AM
Excellent choice of tubing. That is a very nice looking bike. I've run DA everything with Record cranks in the past as well, so I appreciate the mix. Let us know more about the feel of the frame when you get more miles on it.