Took delivery of another custom Arvon today and thought I'd share a few pictures... I will get to test drive and demo this bike in the coming weeks and my initial impression was simply... WOW.
I have this response every time I get to play with any of his bikes but this one almost fits me, or will, when I change out the stem to something shorter. Even with a stem that is about 30mm too long I was not at all uncomfortable on my test ride.
She is almost as long as my extrabike... but not quite... and if I swapped in trekking bars my reach would be nearly identical.
I am really impressed by the custom rear hub... it will take two 8 speed clusters and is 0 dish by virtue of it's extra wide dropout spacing and is also 48 spokes. One could run a close range 8 on one side for flat riding and tailwinds and a wide range 8 on the flip for climbing and tacking.
In a pinch the 8 speed indexed shifters can be switched to friction and any thread on freewheel will work... these cartridge bearing hubs do not come equipped to accept cassettes as Arvon was never sold on the superiority of cassettes and opted to engineer and build a better freewheel hub.
The Ultegra drive does what Ultegra is supposed to do... it shifts very smoothly and this bike is deceptively fast and not as heavy as it looks... if it was not for it's wheelbase one could carry it up a flight of stairs quite easily.
Hope you enjoy the pics... there will be a few more to follow as there are some very cool features on this rather nice frame.