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Kogswell Komplete!(18 posts)

Kogswell Komplete!Andy M-S
Jan 17, 2004 4:18 PM
OK, here's my completed Kogswell...componentry as follows:

Frame: Kogswell 58cm derailer frameset, steel, lugged
Fork: Kogswell steel, lugged
Levers: Campy Centaur
Bars: Ritchey Comp
Stem: Ritchey Comp
Headset: Ritchey (low-end, but works)w/2.5cm of spacers
Post: Ritchey Comp
Saddle: Brooks Swift
Brakes: Tektro long reach dual-pivot w/KoolStop pads
Cages: Planet Bike
Crank: Stronglight Speedlight 175mm 53/39
BB: Campy Record
Pedals: Ultegra SPD
Derailers: Shimano 105 front, Ultegra rear
Chain: Scahs/SRAM PC89
Cassette: Ultegra 12-27
Hubs: 105
Rims: Sun ME14A 32h
Tape by Mr. Cinelli
How about some fender clearance?Andy M-S
Jan 17, 2004 4:22 PM
Here we see the extra room in front (that's a 25mm Michelin Dynamic, by the way)
And some room in back...Andy M-S
Jan 17, 2004 4:24 PM
Here's a look at the brake bridge and surroundings...
Very classy. Nice bike.nmKG 361
Jan 17, 2004 4:33 PM
re: Kogswell Komplete!Akirasho
Jan 17, 2004 4:24 PM
... very classy...

Have you been able to test ride it yet? Looking forward to a complete ride report asap.

Be the bike.
Test RideAndy M-S
Jan 17, 2004 7:19 PM
I had been hoping to test ride today, since we had temps in the low 30s...alas, it was not to be. We had a minor ice storm, and it was so bad my spouse couldn't even get our minivan up the slight slope of the driveway. I went out to scrape it off and if you stepped onto the slope, you just sailed down.

So I decided discretion was the better part of valor. If the weather is OK in the morning, I'm going for a ride.
Jan 17, 2004 6:11 PM
She looks sleek, long and low - how long is the top tube?

I like the 25C tires - what would you recommend for an 800 mile trip through the Rockies? I'm definitely going up from my 23Cs for the trip. Do you like the Michelins for touring/distance?

Please post your ride impressions!

TiresAndy M-S
Jan 17, 2004 7:16 PM
I'm no lightweight at about 200#, but I try to ride light, so I've never had any trouble with 700x23, but I thought it might be nice to try something wider, so...that's what I've got here.

Frankly, the Dynamics are very good tires. Not light, they are wire-bead, but very inexpensive. But they're still fairly new, so I don't know how well they'll hold up. These same tires did very well on my commuter last fall; I'm looking forward to giving them more of a workout this year. FWIW, they're certainly a far better tire than the Axial Sport Michelin was selling a couple of years back.

The tires that I *do* know to be excellent are the Michelin Axial Carbons. I put a lot of miles on those in last two years. You can get them in the 25mm width (I have a friend who uses them on his tandem) but they're pretty costly--around $35/tire compared to about $12 for the Dynamics.

When you say rockies, are you talking RTR? If so, then the Carbons would be my first choice. If you're talking loaded (or semi-loaded) I'd consider the Dynamics in their 28mm size (hard to get, but available last time I checked).
what's that little hole?wooden legs
Jan 17, 2004 7:33 PM
what's the little hole in the third pic on the seat tube in between the seat stays?
what's that little hole?SenorPedro
Jan 17, 2004 7:54 PM
Thats the termination of the slit in the seat tube where the binder bolt goes. They use a round hole because it is less likely to stress and crack than a straight cut.

My question is - What are you doing to make the Ergo and the Shimano work together in harmony? From my experience, campy stuff doesn't like to shift shimano stuff.

Bike looks great.

C & SAndy M-S
Jan 17, 2004 9:58 PM
I'm using this method:

It's worked well for me before, and it should work well again...
The Rockies trip is ultra-light self-supported (read VISA!),BowWow
Jan 18, 2004 12:07 PM
800 miles in 5 days, 10 to 12 hours a day in the saddle. Leaving Cardston, Alberta on July 29th, travelling Highway 89 through Great Falls, Lewiston, Yellowstone, Jackson, Bear Lake, Logan, Ogden, SLC. Catching a ride back to Cardston on August 6th.

I'm planning on the 25C tires mostly for comfort, although my steel Prodigy has a very sweet ride! I'll definitely look into the Dynamics, but I'm sure the 28's won't fit. As you get more miles on these let me know what you think. The price is definitely right!

More Info...Andy M-S
Jan 19, 2004 8:55 AM
Here's a link to the full frame spec for a 58cm frame:

According to the spec sheet Kogswell provides, it's 57.9.
re: Kogswell Komplete!Welshboy
Jan 18, 2004 11:04 AM
Nice bike Andy. Does the top tube slope up slightly or is it dead level?

I really like the look of a lugged steel frame with a 1.1/8" non-integrated aheadset. The fractionally heavier weight is a small price to pay for access to the current Ahead stems without using shims. Hats off to Kogswell! Most British framebuilders don't even know the lugs exist and when steered towards them take great delight in telling you why it's a bad idea.
SlopeAndy M-S
Jan 18, 2004 2:25 PM
There's a slight slope, I don't know quite how much. I didn't think I'd like a sloping TT, but I must say, it works on this bike.
when's Spacely going to put out a bike? nmArnold Zefal
Jan 18, 2004 5:31 PM
about the rim...FORT-Cyclist
Jan 19, 2004 4:08 AM
how well are these rims made.
any problems with loose eyelets?
have you checked the weight?

some time ago I had a sun venus rim, it was poorly welded, the eyelets came out and the weight was way above the claimed one.

it's a very nice bike.
about the rim...Andy M-S
Jan 19, 2004 4:31 AM
I don't care much about weight...I've had these rims for 8,000 miles plus. Last fall I found a crack that went through an eyelet on the rear after a particularly rough ride on which I also broke one spoke, so I don't know the exact sequence. In any event, I picked up a replacement rim and rebuilt the I guess I could say that I've had pretty good experience with these things...