I mused about getting one of these at the same point in time I build my Soul.
Since then I have always admired the frames and they relative rareness/unpopularity.
When the option presented itself to get one recently I jumped at it.
This is a 2012 XL frame. Given its XL badge I don't think its a gate
In quick succession two 30.0 Thomson posts were snapped up for bargainous prices - The straight one pictured and a layback just in case.
The bike is running an 8 speed Alfine but I am also after a SS specific rear wheel for a bit of choice. I also have a Reba Team fork to replace the Salsa forks if needed.
Being a tart I like the way the stainless steel dropouts on the forks match the chrome rear of the frame - as I say I am a tart.
Not ridden in anger yet as I still have the rear brake to bleed.
Unsurprisingly she is no lightweight - steel frame, steel forks, Alfine - but it should be sub 30lbs.
Anyhoo a couple of quick pics:
What do we think?