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Old 07-21-16, 09:44 PM
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Second bike build in the books!

I finely finished my second bike build today. My first was a hard tail mountain bike, and now my gravel/ adventure/ whatever bike is complete. I'll have to say that I'm finding that building a bike is a lot of fun, so much so that would be hard pressed to buy a complete bike again. This build was a Niner RLT Steel frame, with full Shimano Ultegra drive train, with hydro disc brakes. Also, I used a Wolf Tooth Roadlink which let me go with an old guy, hill climbing friendly 11-36 cassette matched to my 50/34 compact crank. The first shakedown ride included a nice short steep climb which made me glad to have bigger gears out back.

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In the cold winter months of snow and ice, I ride an old mountain bike to stay in shape but especially enjoy shopping for a nice C&V frame to build on.
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Very pretty and fun-looking.
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
In the cold winter months of snow and ice, I ride an old mountain bike to stay in shape but especially enjoy shopping for a nice C&V frame to build on.
Building on a nice C&V frame is indeed rewarding.

Frameset: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo, Vienna, Austria (capo.at), plain gauge Reynolds 531, sloping fork crown
Saddle: 1973 Brooks Pro, since replaced with a 2016 maroon(!) Brooks Team Pro, which looks even sharper
Seatpost: 26.4mm Campag. microadjust
Brakes: original Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpulls
Shifters: original Campagnolo
Rear derailleur: 1980 Campag. 980
Front derailleur: late 1970s(?) Campag. Record
Bottom bracket: Campag. Veloce sealed cartridge
Wheelset: 1981 Ofmega (pseudo-Campag.) low flange 36 hole hubs, Nisi rims, 13-23 Regina America 6-speed freewheel
Crankset: Campag. Veloce 50-42-39 triple shown, since replaced with Nervar Star 47-38
Pedals: MKS Silvan road quills with aluminum Campag. toeclips
Water bottle mounts: Minoura
Pump: Zefal HP-X, size 3, since replaced with one with a white body to complement the white head tube
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
Building on a nice C&V frame is indeed rewarding.

Frameset: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo, Vienna, Austria (capo.at), plain gauge Reynolds 531, sloping fork crown
Saddle: 1973 Brooks Pro, since replaced with a 2016 maroon(!) Brooks Team Pro, which looks even sharper
Seatpost: 26.4mm Campag. microadjust
Brakes: original Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpulls
Shifters: original Campagnolo
Rear derailleur: 1980 Campag. 980
Front derailleur: late 1970s(?) Campag. Record
Bottom bracket: Campag. Veloce sealed cartridge
Wheelset: 1981 Ofmega (pseudo-Campag.) low flange 36 hole hubs, Nisi rims, 13-23 Regina America 6-speed freewheel
Crankset: Campag. Veloce 50-42-39 triple shown, since replaced with Nervar Star 47-38
Pedals: MKS Silvan road quills with aluminum Campag. toeclips
Water bottle mounts: Minoura
Pump: Zefal HP-X, size 3, since replaced with one with a white body to complement the white head tube
Nice job!
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I'm Off to the LBS to take some apart, I Box and ship other tourist's bikes
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Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
I finely finished my second bike build today. My first was a hard tail mountain bike, and now my gravel/ adventure/ whatever bike is complete. I'll have to say that I'm finding that building a bike is a lot of fun, so much so that would be hard pressed to buy a complete bike again. This build was a Niner RLT Steel frame, with full Shimano Ultegra drive train, with hydro disc brakes. Also, I used a Wolf Tooth Roadlink which let me go with an old guy, hill climbing friendly 11-36 cassette matched to my 50/34 compact crank. The first shakedown ride included a nice short steep climb which made me glad to have bigger gears out back.

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Old 07-23-16, 10:21 AM
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Nice build, Hill-Pumper! I know what you mean about the joys of doing a custom build up from a frame. I've been doing that on most of my bikes for a long time. Even when I buy a complete bike, I invariably make changes to get things just the way I want them. Sometimes the custom spec is for comfort, sometimes for gearing range, sometimes for make the bike suit a specific type of riding and sometimes just for the fun of trying something different.
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Old 07-24-16, 04:57 AM
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Great bike! I hope you get a lot of fun miles on it.

I built my first bike last year, and will never buy anything but a frame again. Also, building wheels is the most meditative thing you can do. I loved the process.
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Old 07-24-16, 06:00 AM
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That is a very nice looking bike.
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So, if I've stripped my old Team Fuji down to it's bearings, does putting it all back together count as a bike build?

Congrats on the build, looks like fun.
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Old 07-25-16, 06:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Wileyrat View Post
So, if I've stripped my old Team Fuji down to it's bearings, does putting it all back together count as a bike build?

Congrats on the build, looks like fun.
If you customize it by changing at least a few of the components to create a new and unique combination, then it would. In the early to mid 1970s many of us did custom bike builds to achieve that sweet spot of a European frame with a Japanese transmission. One could start with a lowly Peugeot UO-8 or equivalent, switch to aluminum rims and SunTour derailleurs, and end up with a surprisingly capable road bike.
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Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post


Such a beautiful bike that I had to quote the photo again. Great job!
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Originally Posted by h2oxtc View Post
Such a beautiful bike that I had to quote the photo again. Great job!
Thank you for the kind words from all of you. I now have a little time on the bike, and will say that doing 10 plus miles of washboard gravel roads certainly helped me find every nut or bolt that was not tight enough. I'm still dialing in the fit, but getting close now. The one surprise is how stiff the front end is on abrupt edges, almost to the point of uncomfortable. Hopefully there is a solution for that. Otherwise, the steel and big tires make for a magic carpet ride on gravel and rough road. My one other happy surprise is how much I enjoy the big cogs out back. My cadence going uphill can stay at a nice steady pace without rising my heart rate so high. There seem to be a few other benefits that I noticed, that I may put the same setup on my road oriented bike.
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Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
I finely finished my second bike build today. My first was a hard tail mountain bike, and now my gravel/ adventure/ whatever bike is complete. I'll have to say that I'm finding that building a bike is a lot of fun, so much so that would be hard pressed to buy a complete bike again. This build was a Niner RLT Steel frame, with full Shimano Ultegra drive train, with hydro disc brakes. Also, I used a Wolf Tooth Roadlink which let me go with an old guy, hill climbing friendly 11-36 cassette matched to my 50/34 compact crank. The first shakedown ride included a nice short steep climb which made me glad to have bigger gears out back.

Make me one please.
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Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
Thank you for the kind words from all of you. I now have a little time on the bike, and will say that doing 10 plus miles of washboard gravel roads certainly helped me find every nut or bolt that was not tight enough. I'm still dialing in the fit, but getting close now. The one surprise is how stiff the front end is on abrupt edges, almost to the point of uncomfortable. Hopefully there is a solution for that...
How much air pressure are you running in your tires? Tubes or tubeless?
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Originally Posted by BluesDawg View Post
How much air pressure are you running in your tires? Tubes or tubeless?
I'm running 40C Maxxis Rambler's at 40 psi tubeless. I'll note I did find a review from someone else riding the same bike, and they also noticed the stiff front fork. My thoughts are maybe to change some of my riding technique by riding light on the front end, or lofting the front on square edges when possible.
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I have heard that about the Niner fork and most carbon cross/gravel forks currently available. If 40psi is working in the rear, you can probably go 5-10psi lower in front which should help take off some of the edge. I'm running 38 rear and 32 front on my AWOL with Clement MSO 40mm tires set up tubeless. Riding light over bumps is always a good idea imho.
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Beautiful bike and nice build. Congrats on doing it yourself twice. Much more satisfying than buying a stock bike.


I run 33mm knobbies @65psi for gravel & lite off-road. For anything else I would want some suspension. I guess 40mm @ 40psi must be for cyclocross & mud, outside my comfort zone.
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Beautiful bike and nice build. Congrats on doing it yourself twice. Much more satisfying than buying a stock bike. ...
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I finely finished my second bike build today. My first was a hard tail mountain bike, and now my gravel/ adventure/ whatever bike is complete. I'll have to say that I'm finding that building a bike is a lot of fun, so much so that would be hard pressed to buy a complete bike again. This build was a Niner RLT Steel frame, with full Shimano Ultegra drive train, with hydro disc brakes. Also, I used a Wolf Tooth Roadlink which let me go with an old guy, hill climbing friendly 11-36 cassette matched to my 50/34 compact crank. The first shakedown ride included a nice short steep climb which made me glad to have bigger gears out back.

Great looking bike. I'm thinking of converting my Secteur into something similar.
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Originally Posted by Hill-Pumper View Post
I finely finished my second bike build today. My first was a hard tail mountain bike, and now my gravel/ adventure/ whatever bike is complete. I'll have to say that I'm finding that building a bike is a lot of fun, so much so that would be hard pressed to buy a complete bike again. This build was a Niner RLT Steel frame, with full Shimano Ultegra drive train, with hydro disc brakes. Also, I used a Wolf Tooth Roadlink which let me go with an old guy, hill climbing friendly 11-36 cassette matched to my 50/34 compact crank. The first shakedown ride included a nice short steep climb which made me glad to have bigger gears out back.

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