You sure do love two wheeled vehicles.
Anyways, more pics. This is about as far as I can go at this time. Also, I made a mistake and won't be able to use the Dirty Harry brake lever I got from RG, because the Nitto riser bars are 24mm at the grips, instead of the 22.2mm I was expecting. The weld joint between the seatstay and dropout is a disappointment with a big blob of weld instead of the smooth filed finish of my old Rush. Seems like the finishing details on the new Rush are not as nice as the old ones. The chrome plate is well done, however.
Well, it's done. It's raining right now so I'm not going to ride it and get it all dirty, but took a few pics to show how it came out. I decided not to cut down the steerer tube right now, so that I've got more options with stem height.
Frameset: 2014 Soma Rush all chrome 49cm
Headset: Tange Levin NJS 1" threaded
Wheelset: Velo Orange Grand Cru track and Velox cloth rim tape
Tires: Panaracer Pasela PT folding, 700x28c front and 700x32c rear
Tubes: 700c x 28-32mm x 32mm PV
Cog: All-City stainless steel 18T x 1/8" with RG Steel Reserve stainless steel lockring
Crankset: Sugino Mighty road 165mm vintage 1970s crank arms with 44Tx1/8" chainring and Sugino 75 dust caps
Bottom Bracket: Sugino BB-7420 103mm JIS and Sugino chrome 15mm bolts
Chain: Miche Pista 1/8" and KMC K710 half-link
Pedals: MKS Urban Platform - silver
Toe Clips: MKS steel chrome - medium
Straps: Toshi Deluxe single - white
Seatpost: Velo Orange Grand Cru
Saddle: Brooks Team Pro Classic - honey
Handlebar: Nitto B260-AA riser - silver
Grips: OURY - muddy light brown
Stem: Nitto Dynamic quill, 25.4mm bar clamp, 90mm length
Brake: Tektro R540 caliper - silver and Tektro RL720 24mm right cross lever - black, Jagwire cable and housing
Water Bottle Cage: Andrews King Cage welded stainless steel tubing
Weight as pictured minus RG water bottle: 19.5 lbs.
Well, finally the sun came out and I had a chance to ride this beauty. The only adjustment that was needed was to tilt the nose of the Brooks saddle up a bit more. I almost dumped it making a u-turn when I forgot that a fat front tire plus toe clips means a lot more toe overlap. The mid 60s gearing is perfect for this more casual setup.
Sweet build Tejano. I mocked up a very similar component list when I first saw the new 2014 Rush frame for a future build, hopefully once I start making some extra money I can put it together.
Last edited by ThimbleSmash; 04-18-14 at 12:05 PM.
But your 1st pic demonstrates one of the reasons why I never liked Brooks saddles all that much. I am sorry but I find the nose pointed at the sky like that unattractive. I understand that may be how one needs to set a Brooks for comfort, but to me it is simply the reverse of guys pointing their saddles down for their comfort and they get mocked.
Why is one kind of odd saddle angle OK, while another is fodder for riducule?
BTW...how long you planning to keep that black brake lever
I've been close to pulling the trigger, love the threaded look
I think I might have an extra silver, right handed Tektro lever if you want.
It's kinda bugging me on your otherwise clean ride. PM me. Might take me a few days to swap out the extra black one I have.
The build turned out awesome TT.
drooling a little