Well I just picked up my bike. I think it was worth the wait. The only thing missing is the Cherry (wood) fenders that I have to still finish.
The bike is a custom touring built by Hugh Black of True North Cycles. I’m a bit of a giant so the bike is built for a load and a 6'5" rider. That top tube is really a high end (I forget the tube name) downtube, it really is massive! Check out the welds! I have not rode it too far as it is really cold and windy today, but next week it going to get warm. We are still fooling around with the stack height of the stem.
Here is the build up parts if anyone is interested.
Frame Custom Steel
Wheels Ambrosio Keba, XT Hubs, DT Swiss spokes 36 hole, 3 cross. Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires.
RaceFace Turbine Cranks
RaceFace Diablous Headset.
Nitto Noodle Bars 48 cm (these things are huge)
Thudbuster seat post. (Double purple elostomers)
B.B. Phil Wood
Avid Arch Rival “V” brakes
Shimano Bar End Shifters.
Shimanoe XTR Front and LX rear derailleurs.
Brooks B-17 Special Seat.