More pics tomorrow...
Summary: I wanted a sport tourer to hammer the hills here in western Wisconsin. I had been riding a Cannondale 66cm R600. I wanted a more stable, comfortable ride. I also wanted to try out the theories firsthand on longer cranks for taller riders. I'm 6'8", 240 and long in the legs. Back in 2001 I had a C5-7 spinal fusion with 6 screws and a Ti plate installed. I'd only lost a but of mobility in my neck, by wanted to minimize a stiff neck after long rides. I'm 41 and wanted a bike to carry me into the next decade with happy, comfortable riding.
I'd researched a couple builders and decided on Gunnar, which is pretty much local to me. Richard Schwinn was extremely helpful in the process of collaborating on the geometry as was my LBS. We used the Sport as the basis for the design.
Gunnar delivered FAST. So fast in fact that I ended up staring at a crankless bike for a few weeks while I waited for High Sierra to get my custom 210mm integrated crankset.
I'll post geometry tomorrow as well.
For components, I went with HED Belgium rims and Phil Wood hubs in black. Had looooong lusted after a wheelset with those hubs. Cane Creek mid reach brakes (Sport features these for clearance). Ultegra 9 speed brifters and derailleurs, Ritchey comp stem and post, Biomax bars, and the timeless B-17 Brooks. Chris King headset and FSA 34 50 rings. 11-28 cassette. Panaracer Type A tires in 700x25c.
It was 41 degrees and blowing 30mph when I got home, so I only put a few miles on it. Overall impressions: fit is amazing. I cannot say I've ever been so comfortable and neutral on a bike before. The cranks felt weird. My legs felt like they'd never engaged the extent of the muscles before. It was strange. After about 3 miles, I no longer felt that odd sensation. What I did notice was the power responsiveness and the feeling of torque. I think I'm gonna like this... The BB and cranks felt really nice and stiff, far stiffer than my other bike. The HSC cranks are not pretty, but they are well made. The BB design is unlike anything I'd seen before. The frame soaked up bumps far better than the Cannondale and really felt stable and like it wanted to go in a straight line.
Will post more impressions as I clock the miles!