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    Well I Did It! New Bike

    I finally did it!
    I ordered a custom made made touring bike. Almost 3 hours of fitting and discussing ideas. So far a great (but not cheap) experience. Have not finalized parts yet, and won't be getting the bike before spring (my choice). The hardest part so far was to choose a colour, (I hope this is the last bike I will buy), I went with Metalic Green.
    What makes me feel a little more justified in springing for the custom, is that when I sat on my current bike to take some measurements, the size and geometry where so far wrong that I had to use a bike from the shop. I have road this bike 4000 kms this year, just think how far I can go on the new bike!

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    Well ya didnt tell us what it is and how you are building it up. I chuckled at your post. I built a custom and one of the hardest was choosing a colour. Coincidently enough...metallic green. I have good feelings about you new ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sth
    Well ya didnt tell us what it is and how you are building it up. I chuckled at your post. I built a custom and one of the hardest was choosing a colour. Coincidently enough...metallic green. I have good feelings about you new ride.

    Green bikes are fastest. Always get green when you can, even for a touring bike. Red bikes are nearly as fast.
    Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.....Milton Friedman

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    It's a True North Touring Frame built by Hugh Black. As to how I'm building it up: much of that is up in the air. The ideas so far:
    -SalsaDrop Bars
    -LX Deralier Front and Back
    - Phil Wood Bottom bracket
    - Race Face Turbine Crank
    - Bar End Shifters
    - Seat Brooks B17
    - Seatpost Thudbuster

    Wheels? Leaning towards DaVinci V22 Rims laced to White Hubs or Velocity Rims and/or XT Hubs

    Brakes? V Type? or Perhaps front Mechanical Disk

    I am open to comments or ideas on any of the above choices

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    If you want disc brakes, the frame will have to be made to accomodate them. But, it sounds like you have enough time.

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    Congrats! The bike I had built was a True North as well. Hugh does nice work and is very patient and accommodating. I had him build a rigid mtn style frame for my all purpose commuter/tourer/day tripper. Other that one nagging problem (that he will fix), I am very happy. I have about 4000km on it including several short trips and my 2wk summer tour. Unfortunately I have been sidelined with an injury since the end of Aug and havent ridden it since then and wont be for some time.

    Sounds like you will have a different set up as far as components go (rd vs mtn) but I can really vouch for discs. Unless this will be a distance tourer only, discs are the way to go. If you use it for road touring only you might give it a second thought. I dont think we use our brakes a lot on tour, unlike commuting in the rain etc so the extra expense and minor hassles might be saved with good V's or calipers.

    Good luck.

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    Sth I'm kind of going for a mix of road/mountain components. Anywhere I need strength I'm leaning toward mountain stuff. (I'm a big guy) Good advice on the disk brakes.
    Where I am really still up in air is over hubs, I really can't afford Phil Woods, and I seem wear out XT's in less then 3 years.

    I'm glad your happy with Hugh's work. I almost got a frame from him years ago when he was just starting out. It's kind of neat that the guy designing and building your frame is a Mechanical Engineer.

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    I had a hard time fretting over what hub to use. I was going to go with sealed cartridge bearing Hope hubs. Phils or Kings would be nice but the cost was just too great to justify. In the end I went with the tried and true XT hubs. With proper maintenance they should last years for me...a light weight. Are you using 26" or 700 wheels?

    Hugh did a great job and Stefan, his painter, did a great job with the finish.

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    700 wheels, should be faster, and I'm 6'5" and I've always thought 26 inch wheels looked a little small for me.

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