Spent the last week putting together this build. Normally all my bikes are set-up Retrogrouch style, but since I've been in the mood to tinker I decided to try something different. This bike is basically a series of experiments.
First, I wanted to try out 650b, and since I was already rocking a 650b wheel set I figured I might as well toss in some Grand Bois Hetres into the mix and see what all the hype is about. I also thought that going with disc brakes would open up the possibility of running 700cs and 650bs interchangeably, so I wanted to get the feel for that style of brake and with the idea of a bike that can suddenly become specialized through 5 minute wheel set changes. In addition, for the first time I Slimed my tubes and I purchased tire wipers. I'm wondering if that combination (or one alone) is enough to allow me to ride performance tires in an area known for goat head thorns.
My initial impressions about disc brakes have been negative (however, the rotor aren't set up perfectly), but I've been really happy with the tires and wheels. I'll wait a little longer and put in a couple of hundred miles on the bike before I do a follow up on how some of these components fared long term.