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  • toby1
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    What an oddity, sure it’ll gain some attention, but I reckon it’ll be very capable.

    I know it’s an unfinished build but that is no excuse for taking a non-driveside picture, with the valves not aligned to 6pm and the tyres and valves not aligned 😉

    DrP
    Member

    Hey – it IS finished!!

    Well, I’ve future plans to rebuild the wheels, and might change the brake pads when they wear out….

    DrP

    EDIT – Pisswangle – I forgot to line up the rear valve/logo…..!

    DrP
    Member

    With what friends and lovers call my ‘obsession with slightly atypical bikes’ continuing, I felt there was space in the garage (there really isn’t – it’s a mess) for this sort of thing….





    Clearly it started life a a Kona DrFine (Giggle) purchased from Loddrik from ‘ere…
    Originally flat barred and trigger shifted (Alfine), I got some Midges and Versa Shifters, again from here. Then got some R505 cable calipers from, erm, here…
    The cables came from a shop though!! And some CX tyres are in the post too!

    It’s my first drop barred bike, so of course I had to have Midge bars just to be ‘funky and alternative’! It’s taken a few twists and trials to get the hoods set up comfortably, but as this is taking my drop bar virginity, to me it all feels great!

    The sliding drop-outs are a pleasure to use – much nicer than plain old horizontals, which I have on the fixie – there is a bit of a weight penalty, and TBH like ‘one of Sisco’s laydeezz’ all the weight is in the back 😯 , But I suppose it gives a bit more weight over the traction wheel (Perhaps…)

    The plan is for this to be my ‘pretty much do everything bike’, and is going to be replacing the use of a car completely for work – you can make a patient group get used to most things TBH, and turning up on a bike is often a conversation starter (once on a home visit I met a lovely old couple who used to race FIXED TANDEMS! Bonkers)

    So, anyway, comment away on the paving, grass, and if you wish, the bike!!

    DrP

    DrP
    Member

    Well, what can I say!
    Stuck some Smart Sam’s on it, and this thing is ORESUM!

    Flies along the tarmac, flies along the grass and gravel…A bit ‘different’ (from a meta5 with phat tyres) down fast tech descents, but this may well turn out to be my most versatile and favouritestes bike!!

    If you’re a bit ‘cross-curious’, go for it!!

    DrP

    (the best thing is you can make new Strava segments that involve road and trail!)

    Looks great . . . But it really does make me wonder if any cycling psychologists out there want to do a Phd on what someones bike says about their personality 🙂

    ryreed
    Member

    Really like that…looks good

    Premier Icon soundninjauk
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    I love the colour and the lines. I must admit I don’t fully understand what’s going on at the back though?

    DrP
    Member

    ..what’s going on at the back though?

    Well, there’s:
    -sliding dropouts
    -disc brake
    -hitch for towing trailer! I bet it’s that that put you off!!

    As for the colour, it’s become affectionately known as “the polished turd”…

    DrP

    Premier Icon soundninjauk
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    -hitch for towing trailer! I bet it’s that that put you off!!

    So that’s what it is. I seeeeeee.

    This is not helping my desire for a newer shinier sexier commuter bike. Dammit people.

    1 shed
    Member

    Very nice bike that, drop bar off road is quite good fun.

    DrP
    Member

    Feedback time….
    So, took the CX bike for a group blast last night – South Downs /Woods areas…
    The ground was dry and hard- VERY hard! You really notice every trail bump with skinny tyres at 70PSI!
    It’s not rocky here, but very rooty – It took a few tried to ‘figure out’ the weight balance whilst riding the drops. That is to say, you have to really put effort in to ‘deweight’ the front going over roots/ruts, but once you’ve figured it, that’s fine.

    I did miss suspension/fat tyres when bombing along the singletrack – I got ‘pinged off’ at one point as I hit a stump coming around a corner at speed, and got bounced into the bushes!

    However – I had a smile on my face the whole time, and was being ‘very noisy’ the whole ride (“whoa””Wow””eek” etc!), so all in all it was a cracking ride on a cracking bike!

    Here’s the ride on strava…

    DrP

    Premier Icon pictonroad
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    It was fast on the twitchy bits and you only got one puncture so I’d say that was a success.

    Only falling off properly once was a result too!

    STATO
    Member

    If your riding in the drops all the time (especially offroad) try putting them a bit higher. You have quite a considerable saddle-bar drop if your using the drops as the main hand position.

    DrP
    Member

    You have quite a considerable saddle-bar drop if your using the drops as the main hand position.

    I take that on board but it’s not discomfort, rather the ‘getting used’ to the position.

    DrP

    STATO
    Member

    Thats what i meant really, you probably wouldnt have an XC bike with that amount of drop, will make it much more ‘usable’ offroad if you nudge them up a bit, weight balance as you say. Of course each to their own, just passing knowledge learned through similar experience.

    I should say i never got on with midge bars either (twisted wrist in funny way), salsa Cowbell much nicer.

    DrP
    Member

    True.
    Though it may dent phenomenal road speed somewhat if i did… 😉

    There’s steerer space – can always give it a go…

    DrP

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