Hello to everyone:
First I wanted to say I'm a long time lurker and now its time to reach out for my rookie post.
I wanted some help building my first freewheel bike!
I have always had a mountain bike (07 Cannondale f5), however I am moving to a city where I will need something a little zoomier for the road and lighter for the hikes up the steps. I have always enjoyed the look and feel of the track bikes, and I do have experience with a friends Pista.
In my time lurking on this site-I have compiled a list of frames I would like to start with, but need help on everything else really-save for the saddle and the wheels.
These are the frames that I have narrowed my search down to:
ALL CITY BIG BLOCK
MERCIER KILO TT
GLOBE ROLL 1
*I know the EAI is more expensive, however I can get it in black right now. All the other frames I will have to take to a shop and get them painted. Not too keen on any other color.
Here are my details: I am 5'11" 185 lbs, and will ride this on the flat roads of DC. I wont be doing any jumps or anything like that. I was leaning to a 55" frame; I have a 32" inseam; I'm not too sure if I should go for a smaller frame or not. I would like a bike that's more agile and light.
Thanks for the suggestion-I was leaning to the Pista as a complete setup. Ive got experience with them and how they handle. I found a retailer selling them for $699. Figured it was a better value for the setup than the kilo since i'd have to replace what I'm reading are crappy components on the TT. I do not want to strip a Pista frame; that chrome finish sure is nice!
Well, actually I DID notice those hills when I was there in Georgetown. Ill be primarily in the Archives area of town, going from work to home. Think a complete Pista will be a good buy? I do like the TT: especially since its half the price of the Pista, however I'm worried about having to replace components pretty quick.
Here is an updated status to my build:
I am going to go with either the SOMA or the Steamroller for the frame.
I'll take a hit on the paint should I go the soma route, but here is the parts list thus far:
Crankset: SRAM S300 170mm 48T(a buddy is giving me his because he is parting out his old rig)
Pedals: MKS Sylvan Stream Pedal
Headset: IRD technoglide
Saddle: Brooks Team Pro Classic Saddle
Wheels: Velocity Deep V Wheel set (I need to know what size would work for my application). I like their halos too, but my concern is getting the right size.
Ill need some input on the stem and seatpost (brand and measurements).
The stem in particular is throwing me off; I THINK I would use a negative rise stem with the riser handle bars.
Bottom bracket: Need recommendations
Handlebars: Need recommendations
Freewheel: Need recommendations
As always, thanks for the help, I was able to make some progress last night and Im looking forward to the help.