Matt S. 650b Winter-Trainer/Rambler
Matt S. requested a modern/classic looking, steel framed bike that he could commute on all year long around San Francisco and take out to the areas for some longer rambles around the Bay Area on the weekends.
The frame is made up of lightweight Columbus Spirit biovalized/shaped tubing in the front end with an externally butted Life seat tube and Columbus Zona s-bend stays in the rear for the big tire and fender clearances required. We also constructed a custom steel fork for disc braking forces with additional mounting points for fenders and racks as well to accommodate a small front load or no front load at all.
We worked closely together to create a bike that fit Matt well and that would be fun to ride in many conditions with some rack mounts as well should he want to load up and go camping and stuff. The component group consists of Shimano Ultegra 6800/rs685 mechanical shifting/hydraulic disc braking, 11-speed derailleurs with a GS rear for an 11-32 tooth cassette and a White Industries crankset and square taper BB for some lower gearing options and a classy look. The cockpit is composed of Thomson a seatpost and stem with Deda Zero 100 bars with a copper plated steel rail Brooks B-17 saddle for all-day comfort once he puts in the miles to break it in properly ;-) For the wheels we got a hold of some more goodness in the form of some Hed Belgium 650b rims, White Industries CLD hubs, Simano RT-99 disc rotors, Sapim spokes, some supple skinwall 38mm Compass 'Loup Loup' tires, and some Paul Components skewers to lock it all down securely.
Other tidbits inclue some nice powdercoat work by Spectrum Powderworks with the new font graphics from House Industries, a Nitto front rack, Shimano pedals that are SPD or non-SPD friendly, Brooks 'Honey' leather bar tape and some good cable routing so that everything works well together and keeps things smooth.
We shipped the bike down to the Bay area via BikeCaddy fully assembled so all he had to do was take it out of the box, rotate the bars, stick in his saddle and seatpost and put on the front wheel. Easy peasy...
Michael P.'s Titanium S&S "all-road" Disc Brake Travel Bike
Michael wanted a bike that he could take on the road with him while he travels for work and for his frequent visits to the Hawaiian Islands for family and fun. The frame has room for 40mm tires with no fender mounts as he doesnt intend to ride in the rain but wants to be able to fit some large tires for dirt roads and rough pavement wherever he goes. Built up with an Enve CX disc fork, and Reynolds carbon clinchers he shouldnt have any problems when the going gets rough. The shifting will be sweet with a a Shimano Dura-Ace group and the bike packing is made easy w TRP Spire SLC cable actuated disc brake calipers and XTR center-lock rotors which are easy to take off and put back on when its time to ride. Other details include Enve stem and post, navy Chris King headset and BB, a Fizik Antares R3 saddle, 3T Carbon bars, titanium King Cage h2o cages, and Schwalbe 'One' 28mm tires for road usage.
A lot of thought and planning goes into creating a bike like this which is made to fit, perform well, and pack up and reassemble with a minimum of struggle. Details like choosing the center-lock rotors and an ISO disc mount with cable actuated brakes help to make this process go smoothly when travelling with a minimum of set-up time and a maximum of cycling enjoyment on any road he chooses.
Mark's Winter Trainer
This bike was made for a local guy named Mark Hamilton (Mark H.). It is a steel framed "Winter-Trainer" model made with Columbus HSS main tubes and Life s-bend stays with a 44mm HT and low-mount disc disc dropouts from Paragon Machine Works. The paint (powdercoat frame wet paint fork) was done by Spectrum Powderworks in Sulphur Yellow with black and turquoise graphics with a matte clear on both the frame and Whisky No.7 disc fork with fender mounts. Although the bike is shown without fenders, it is designed to take them easily with mounts on the fork, dropouts and stays but hey, its been a long, hot and dry Summer...
The bike was built up with Shimano Ultegra 6800 with a GS rear derailleur, RS685 cable shifting and hydro disc brakes with RS785 calipers, Headset and BB from Chris King, and a Thomson cockpit with Deda Zero 100 bars wrapped in Fizik Performance tape. The wheels are handbuilt with White Industries CLD hubs with Shimano XTR rotors (160mm front/140mm rear) laced with Sapim spokes on all black Hed Belgium rims with 30mm Challenge Strada Bianca tires for 'all-road' use and a nice supplesse ride and steady braking, all held on with Paul skewers. Other details include a Selle Italia black suede Turbo saddle, Time ATAC pedals for versatility and stainless steel bottle cages from King Cage.
Like most bike that I make, I prefer to spec parts from other "Made in the USA" makers :-)
Matt's Butted Ti di2 disc road machine
This is a butted Ti Di2 hydro Disc brake bike w Custom 'team' paint and high-rez printed "Bomber Girl" and "Misfits" graphics under the clearcoat.
Full Shimano DA/RS785 build with internal wiring, Chris King BB and headset, Enve road disc fork, bars and stem, a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost, a Selle Italia 'Team Edition' Saddle (I forget the model) and some Fizik Performance bar tape with some nice electrical tape color accents. Wheels are Enve SES 3.4 rims laced to DT 240 hubs with Sapim CX-Ray spokes, XTR rotors (140mm front & rear) w Conti GP 4000s tires and Paul skewers. Other details include Ti King Cage bottle cages and powdercoat/paint by Spectrum Powderworks and Custom Classic Paint.