My effort to build the perfect race machine.
The frame is made by Frank Wadelton AKA Frank The Welder using a mix of Easton and Columbus tubing. It rides great, but at a race pace it transforms. You almost forget it under your bum. I've had steel and ti rigs which were much smoother when training, but I've never ridden anything so neutral, almost telepathic. When the game gets really fast, you have no time to appreciate the subtleties of nobler metals, and you just have to fly over things and enter into turns without too thinking because the reduced oxygen doesn't allow for excessively articulated brain output: the bike is gem in these situations.
Components are a mix of high end product a friend of mine distributes here in Italy. White Industries hubs and German Brake Force One stoppers matched to a German-A Kilo fork. Brakes and shock are incredibly light without suffering from the malfunctions typical of ligthweight components. Costly but reliable; well I remember reading the motto "light, cheap, strong, choose two" on an MBA mag, some time ago.
Calipers are CNC machined in Germany, and they hava a particular system, in that they don't have an oil reservoir. Pads are a bit farther from the rotors, which means less drag. They are not self centering, so you have an adjuster on the brake lever, which is made in injection moulded carbon. Stopping power is very good; modulation is so great that at first you have the impression that the bike is not stopping. The first part of the lever travel approaches the pad to the disc, the second part is the actual braking phase. Basically, it takes an hour to get used to them, but then you understand how well they work, even with those one finger levers. The only glitch is when you approach a fast turn, because blocking the wheel (if you are into this style of turning) requires more lever travel. But again, one you've got accustomed to it, it gives no problem.
The fork needs a break-in period, then it's incredibly smooth, but it has the advantage that, being it a parallelogram unit, it's very stiff and precise. I run it softer than its advised pressure because if set up following the company's recommendations it has an anti-dive effect in turns that I don't really like, since I feel it makes steering slower. As it is it's perfect because as I said it's very rigid anyway. Ah, no maintenance in one year and a half. Having it rebuilt shortly only because it's advised.
The crankset is an old Truvativ unit, sanded to give it a factory look. Just waiting for White Industries to release a 36-22 combo.
Well... for sure not everybody's cup of tea, but my personal, individual choice.... A retrobiker's approach to modernity
Results 1 to 11 of 11
Check out the hottest mountain bike products from these brands!
See All Interbike Coverage - Click Here »