Tubeless succeeded and has been holding air nicely, but I realized that the bike is just too darn small for me. It has almost the exact same geometry as my single-speed 29er, but something obviously got lost. I just don't fit on it. So, it has to go! I ran into a guy at the local shop that may buy it. Otherwise, it may fit my wife. (Separate task - convince wife going for a bike ride in the cold and snow is a good idea.)
So, I'll probably end up ordering a carbon frame direct from China and build it up myself.
In the meantime, I picked up a new project - a Van Dessel WTF
. I'm slowly (not so slowly) collecting parts to build it up as a belt-drive, single-speed, all season commuter. So far, it has a set of Avid BB7 road disc brakes
(which I'm in the process of dismantling and cleaning), Salsa Woodchipper handlebars
and a set of Whisky Parts Co. No. 7 carbon wheels
The SRAM x9 hubs on those wheels are cheap crap, so I found a set of Chris King hubs
. Can't decide if they'll end up on the carbon rims or if I'll build something for the 29er instead. Either way, $730 worth of hub for $175 on Craigslist is too good to pass up.
I still need a few parts before it's ready to roll:
- crankset - Truvativ AKA if I can find one
- stem and seatpost - I only use Thomson, but I have to wait until everything else gets sorted so I can get the right sizes.
- proper saddle - thinking Selle Anatomica X Series
- belt drive components
It's always fun building a new bike.
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