My 1998 Dean Castanza
Wow, that Dean Castanza is stunning.
After a short time cycling (18 months back) I bought a Trek 1.9 frameset in 60cm and built it with a DA7800 groupset. After I'd finished and had ridden it a bit, I realised it was a tad too big:-
Then I found and built-up a used 2009 Defy2 frameset:-
Currently sitting on my 2012 CAAD10 Team frameset - which is where it'll stay!
CAAD10 Berzerker - Ultegra6800
CAAD10 Team - Ultegra6800
The Giant frame looks as big as the Trek frame!!
I do all my own work and only have a few bicycles that I received complete while the rest have been put together from the frame up and most have hand built wheels.
This also required the use of a torch... I still have a custom stem in the works and also hand built the wheels and built up the custom freewheel.
We did the custom powder in our shop as well.
I have taken it on moderately paced road rides in a more stripped down form with racing slicks and had no problem keeping up but really designed it for touring and travel as it will break down and fit in a suitcase.
It does not get much better than the Moulton either... few bikes combine ride quality and performance like these do and 20 inch wheels seem to be that point where any smaller requires some suspension / dampers.
The 20 is one of my most ridden bicycles and for a time it was seeing 500 + km a week... it is always fun to catch people on road bicycles and have them do a double take when they see these small wheels speeding along. The cartridge bearings hubs I used are also incredibly smooth and the bars can be dropped for a more aggressive riding position if desired.
Smaller wheeled bicycles have really come into their own and improvements in tyre technology have made the most difference... you can get the same racing tyres for a 20 inch wheel as you can a 700c and these are 40% lighter and have an aero profile that is only 60% of a full sized wheel.
I have a new wheelset in the works for my 20... will be going to a lighter 28 spoke rim (more than strong enough on a small wheel) and a 9 speed cassette which will allow for a slightly higher top gear, the current wheels will be going into another custom 20 build.
i'm so glad i dumped this p o s.
Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.
Traded away the frame to a fellow in Montreal for some useful bike parts.
Rescued frame, fork and headset from the bike co-op.
Wanted a single speed winter ride.