had a good idea of what geometry I wanted, I'd been through
the complications of 29er head angles, fork offsets and trail
but really did want an expert framebuilder to check my thinking
and have an input.
had a good look around, direct to manufacturers in various countries
as well as framebuilders in the US and Canada, but I felt that
even from my initial emails with Justin he knew what he was
doing and would actually help me...
instinct proved to be right, we had a few iterations of the
frame design, allowing for specific 29er fork crown clearance
and chainstay issues, and the frame was designed around the
On One carbon superlight fork, with the assumption that suspension
fork geometry will catch up next year and I can fit suss forks
if I need to. At the moment many suspension forks are just longer
26" forks, which compromise the handling of a 29er, ie
they are not designed from scratch with 29er geometry.
same assumption was applied to rim choice, those are tubeless
rims but you can't get tubeless 29er tyres over here yet. I'm
running the Stan's system.
also had concerns about Ti tube selection, over-spec and it
will ride like an anvil, under-spec and it will be noodly. Again
Justin's experience and suggested tube diameters reassured me.
exactly what I wanted; compliant, a lovely ride, but still firm.
Huge ovalised down tube, nearly as wide as the BB shell takes
care of of non flex down there.
welds, quality... can't be faulted. As can't delivery and the
whole customer experience with Justin.
think one mate - an occasional cycling journo - summed it up
perfectly: 'it just looks right'.
only problem's been the bike's so sexy I can't face getting
it muddy! OK, maybe next weekend then.....