So, finally last night managed to finish my new Surly Krampus build. Woohoo!
Thanks Charlie tBM!
Really looking forward to getting out on it, quick ride round the neighbourhood suggests it is very "different".
However, as the 6th bike I have built from scratch (as in 6th new frame, many more strips and builds in between), this was by far the most dificult. EVERYTHING was a **** bodge, very few items fit as expected. Very dificult and frustrating, all other builds were a straight bolt on and go.
1)BB threads had paint on them - needed trip to LBS to sort-em out
2)(not fault of frame)- my single chainring (widgit) solution caught on the chainstay - need much spacer bodging to get to fit
3)Headset refused to go in using my normal press - kept tilting at the last minute as if headtube not round. 2 hours of hell. Aaagh! Resorted to big hammer and block of wood. Sorted.
4) Front brake IS mounts a funny location - any adapter meant brake caliper interfered with spokes and adapter interfered with disc. Most odd (had to check few times I was doing ti right). Much dremmeling of adapter eventually solved.
5) Rear IS mounts meant when caliper mounted (with correct adapter for disc size), needed more spacer bodging get the wheel to turn. gnnnnnnnffffffeeeeccckkkkk
6) Bike quite long, so existing gravity dropper cable too shrot (aaaarghgh!)
7) Now very late last night - ruined 3M of gear cable outer housing trying to figure out the right length for the rear mech, until realised I was using the cable for the front, not the rear mech. Mong!
8 ) After 2 months of dusty trails, new bike build completion = biblical rain. Cock.
An interesting mix of a challenging frame and total user incompetence! Any other pet peeves in building up a bike from you lot?