i thought the title was ironic since no one remembers/knows who built these frames...
ANYWAY, I finally "finished" my new build. frame was purchased not too long ago from here.
specs (most robbed from a modern donor bike):
6600 shifters, FD, crankset
headset: campy SR
wheelset: mavic open pro, ultegra hubs. I know, the rims are don't match (one is dark gray, one is black w/silver breaking surface)... but one cannot be too picky when that's what comes on your donor bike).
bars / stem: cinelli
frame: columbus SLX
some issues i've had building up this frame:
1. decent chromed forks are hard to find! i'm still looking for one to replace the one that is it (which came from a BF member). 1/2 mm shorter and it wouldn't have fit - had to take out the campy spacer. I'm still looking for one ~.5 - 1cm longer... the current one makes me a but nervous b/c it is barely long enough, but it has gotten me rolling. I have a threadless one if all else fails, but didn't really want to go that route.
2. Seat to bar drop. the frame turned out a little larger than i had expected. I moved from a 52cm ctc frame to a 57 ctc frame (ironically both have 55/56cm top tubes), so i'm used to much less headtube and more seat to bar drop (my carbon race bike has a nice pretty good drop). my ideal frame would be 55/56 square. Anyone have suggestions for where i might find a quill stem with more of a downward angle (120-130mm - black prefered) w/ou going the threadless route? the one on right now is 130mm cinelli.
3. bar tape suggestions? the color of this frame was advertised as 'maroon'. however, when i got the frame, i thought it looked more on the purple side, so i ordered some black/purple bar tape (pictured). I'm not a huge fan of multi-colored bar tape, but i thought that if any bike could pull it off, it was this one. well, when the bar tape showed up, i quickly realized how not true purple my bike was... it is more like fuchsia. I hope that doesn't make anyone uncomfortable. it is certainly unique, which i was going for. I'm not sure how much i like the purple/black bar tape and am thinking about switching. What color? i know white would look nice, but i don't like lighter bar tapes - they get dirty. black is boring. i was thinking of trying this, which looks like a closer match: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
and without further ado, pictures! the background is pretty busy i know, but i like it. I'm going to go back for more pictures when it is cloudy to get more uniform color.
and some for those who cannot handle all that color / prefer a more simple background.
sorry for the long post, next time i will go for shorter and funnier.