A customer, who I suspect has seen the previews of "Premium Rush" wants us to build, in his words: 'A cool, retro, urban attack bike'.
I would appreciate some input from you Guru's, but I was thinking along these lines: Soma 'Stanyan' frame w/ flat bars, sidepulls, Shimano 105 single ring crank, XT 36 hole hubs, DT Champion spokes, Mavic 'Open Sport' 36 hole rims, Conti 28mm. tires, 11-28 cassette, Sram chain, inexpensive pedals w/ clips and straps, Brooks Pro saddle and Park full frame pump. The customer weighs 200lbs. and 6'4" tall. Thanks for your input.
The customer is heavy, strong and powerful, believe me he is hard on wheels, he needs strong 36 spoke wheels, I even thought about tying and soldering the rear wheel spokes, and he wants the courier look but needs gears as his summer home is Pittsburg, Pa. He also likes the lugged/retro look and the Soma is hard to beat for the money; quality build with great finish. Thanks for your input.
An urban assault bike should, in my view be a singlespeed, not too high gear (42:17 or even lower)
fat but still nicely rolling tires
simple MTB frame, steel
(this will be the most controversial point, but IMHO, for an urban assault bike, it's essential) strong platform pedals