I just finished building my new rando bike and thought you guys might like to see it:
I was originally going to build it around a Surly Crosscheck frame but I stumbled into the Pake for half the price and couldn't pass it up (I think I paid about $240 + $35 shipping for frame and fork IIRC). Overall I'm happy with the frame. It's a great value and I would buy it again though I have a couple of small complaints.
I built the front wheel with a SON 28 & SuperNova E3 system that I ordered from Peter White. I selected the E3 over the E6 because there are no mountains to barrel down where I live but I frequently ride through inner-city neighborhoods at night and I want to see as much of my environment as possible.
I've got the headlight mounted on my fork for now to leave room for a bag up front. I'm trying to score a set of Acorn bags but what I want hasn't been in stock since I've had the cash to make a purchase. I'm going to give it a few more weeks before I break down and get something from Rivendell, Velo Orange, or Wallingford.
Here are the general specs:
XT Derailleurs, Cassette, Chain, Rear Hub
SON 26 Front Hub
Salsa Delgado Rims
DT Double Butted Spokes (built the wheels myself)
Sugino XD-2 Triple Crankset
Shimano Cartridge Bottom Bracket (don't remember the model number)
Nitto Noodle Bars
Tektro Cantilever Brakes and Levers
Dura-Ace Bar End Shifters
Panaracer Pasela 700Cx32's folding w/tourguard
Shimano PD-M324 SPD/Platform Pedals
I finished it last Friday and it's been a busy week so I've only managed 55 miles so far - mostly from a late night ride on Monday night. I'm dying to take her out for some long rides but I'm probably going to have to settle for 30-40 mile night rides for the next couple of weeks .
Oh, and the saddle is low in this picture but I did end up leaving the steerer completely uncut putting the bars an inch above the saddle - maybe a tad more. I might end up bringing them down a smidge. I haven't decided yet.