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Old 01-14-11, 07:12 PM   #1
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Just built a new ride.

steel frame, fillet brazed columbus aero tubing, BB30 SRAM force converted to single with RED ring. Full Carbon Fork. b43's laced to Phil track hubs with DT Swiss spokes. Nitto bar. Deda Pista stem. waiting on saddle, paint and headset. What are your thoughts??


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Old 01-14-11, 07:18 PM   #2
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Very cool. I would get it powder cleared raw.
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please enclose pictures of someone actually riding that in the drops.
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@ adriano it's deceiving. HB to saddle is 27 inches. saddle to HB top is 8in. It's only in a mocked up state but we were all very surprised when we hopped on today.
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Old 01-14-11, 07:26 PM   #5
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That bike looks huge.
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That looks painful to ride
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Old 01-14-11, 07:32 PM   #7
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@evil 54.5 CM TT BB is high. Frame is Track geometry. Saddle hits me about 1in above my waist im 5'10 wear a 30" PANT inseam. It looks imposing because of the mast.
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Lol, My boss said if i grow to 5'7 he'll purchase me a new frame. I'll never grow.

Thats crazy. Im only 5'5....
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I mean, nice bike and all but you may want to post a picture after the bike is put together. Or do you just rest your chin on the top half of that fork?

Also, why the SRAM conversion? It just doesnt seem to be a very cost effective upgrade in any sense of the words. I mean, I dont get why people want a really really nice crankset? Its only going to spin as fast as you make it no matter if it has RED, Messenger, or anything printed on it. I dont mean to call you out specifically for that but ive seen it done alot. I mean, a steel frame, carbon fork, and pursuit geometry just really leave me confused on where/how this bike is meant to be ridden.
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I mean, nice bike and all but you may want to post a picture after the bike is put together. Or do you just rest your chin on the top half of that fork?

Also, why the SRAM conversion? It just doesnt seem to be a very cost effective upgrade in any sense of the words. I mean, I dont get why people want a really really nice crankset? Its only going to spin as fast as you make it no matter if it has RED, Messenger, or anything printed on it. I dont mean to call you out specifically for that but ive seen it done alot. I mean, a steel frame, carbon fork, and pursuit geometry just really leave me confused on where/how this bike is meant to be ridden.
hes having the frameset painted and a headset installed.

the sram conversion was for running a bb30. im not even going to answer the second part with the steel frame+carbon fork/crankset discussion. the answer is pretty obvious.
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If thats getting ridden on the street it's ridiculous.
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hes having the frameset painted and a headset installed.

the sram conversion was for running a bb30. im not even going to answer the second part with the steel frame+carbon fork/crankset discussion. the answer is pretty obvious.

Its really not as obvious as you might think. That bike is not going to perform well on a track nor on the road.

To me, a bike is a practical machine made for riding and typically oriented around the type of riding they will do. This just takes a bike made for something out of its element (track racing), and puts it into something its not made to do (commute or even be ridden casually as a road bike).
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i understand, and agree this frameset does not look well suited for the road, but when you say its not going to perform on the track, what do you mean? take a look at some of don walker's work, and get back to me on that one.

a carbon fork makes for a plush ride (as a langster owner, you should know) as well as lighter weight, and actually, in a custom frame, easier replacement. with higher end cranksets you pay for better finishing, smoother bottom brackets, cold forged arms, non stamped chainrings, etc.

i understand you wanted a eighthinch julian rear wheel? is that practical? is fixed gear the most 'practical' choice? exactly.

please take a look at this, i am pretty sure this guy knows what he is doing. can't have a little fun?
http://www.stanridgespeed.com/
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Touche. You make valid points. I think its a nice ride either way and would be fun to ride but just horribly uncomfortable to do anything other than race or ride just the mile to campus in.
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yes, we can both agree on that, as do our backs.
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Old 01-14-11, 09:41 PM   #17
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Our backs? I just put a 2by4 down my spine. Instant posture change. And splinters..
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Old 01-14-11, 09:42 PM   #18
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I'd like to see the clearance of the rear wheel. This shot--blocked by than crank arm--makes it look minimal, which I understand is functional. But still, I'd like to see more pics!
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JJust a question, Where the hell did you get that built? I saw a frame just like that.. Is that thing 2 days old? Cause thats what i read on the other bike...
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@XianRL - You can click on the link under the photo he posted to see his flickr, which has more images of the bike. There is a wheel cutout.

@evil - He's a builder. He built it.
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That bike looks bad! I know its not everyone's cup of tea but its refreshing to see people still trying to make stuff that at least looks good. I don't know about the 8 inch bar drop but hey, some people are more flexible than others.

I like the angles but I could never ride something like that. Maybe on the track but seems like it would be a pain on the street.
A while back I had an idea to make a similar bike but life got in the way. I was planning the BB around the BB86 standard so I could press fit some bearings into the frame for a set of Omnium cranks. That would also give me more lateral real estate on the BB shell to flare the seat tube and create a stiffer BB/seat tube joint.

Which Columbus set did you end up using? I couldn't find anything with that seat mast in my catalog. Also, what are you using for your seat post? I see that Columbus now has the mini post designed for seat masts. I can't tell from the photo if you are using that or another internal solution.
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I second keeping it raw, it looks awesome. That Leader fork being the same thickness as the frame tubes really work well. Why are the dropouts reverse?
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Lol, My boss said if i grow to 5'7 he'll purchase me a new frame. I'll never grow.

Thats crazy. Im only 5'5....
Just do yoga for a month. You will probably make it. Make him eat those words! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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Old 01-15-11, 10:00 AM   #24
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Hey everyone. Thanks for all the comments. I agree with what everyone has said. It is a ridiculous bike that has been hanging around in my brain for the last 6 months. @evil you're right. I'm a frame builder. @ingle this exercise was just that an exploration of form and the use of a BB30 crank in a steel application. @Cap you're right bud it does not make sense! I totally agree I was pushing my boundaries as a builder and working with geometry. @Ingle I used a nova DT for the seat tube after a study of the internal butt sections. You're right there is nothing currently available as a ST with the specs you see on my bike. The killer part is my solution for the binder mechanism on a round 27.2 seattube I brazed internally to the top of the aero tube. Notice you cant see a binder bolt? I have an access on the non-drive side to keep the drive side clean. This is the binder.. i was in the shower one morning and thought of this.. laugh.. it's funny when the stuff is visualized. I caped the top and cut a 28mm hole after capping.

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^ this is genius +1
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