Prepare yourselves my Freddly friends. This thread isn't going to be over quickly. Prepare for much hand wringing, rueing over decissions, flip flopping of opinion and general faffing like a teen girl before prom.
I've wondered about proportional cranks and their supposed advantages for years. But, could never quite justify the cost of a custom frame and cranks for an experiment and wasn't going to mount 200's to stock frame and risk going down from pedal strike. Yes, I mounted a 20mm foam block to the bottom of my pedal and proceeded to tear it off pretty quickly.
So, when a frame with appropriately high BB showed up on flee-bay and no one bought it, eventually it's designer and owner dropped the price to the point that I couldn't help myself. I placed the opening bid and none of the rest of you bid against me.
Subsequently, this showed up on my door step yesterday:
This project is competely off budget. There are a couple approaches I can take:
A. The "no budget" ghetto, recycled components, what I can find as cheap as possible, get it rolling now approach. I would prefer to keep my existing Cannondale whole, but, it could be canabalized if need be.
B. Build it how I want it. As funds are limited, this could take quite a while for me to acquire all the neccessary components.
Either way, the two things I must buy are: the cranks and a fork.
Oh, and the frame weighs 1480grms plus 23grms for the seat clamp.