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    Filet-Brazed Custom Steel 26er

    This is a custom built filet-brazed steel bike by Bill Stevenson from Olympia, Washington. The frame was built in 1997. The builder offered me a '700c' mtn bike with prototype tires. I went with 26" wheels because I did not want to be limited to a set of prototype tires, or having to sew 29" tires by hand by splicing two 26" tires together. I liked the idea, especially at the time but hand stitching was more than I wanted to do.

    I am 6'4", with especially long arms and legs for my height which is why I got a custom frame.

    It's a steel frame with just the right mix of stiffness and resilience. I love it, 21 years later.

    Drivetrain is 2x8.
    20/29x11-13-16-20-24-30-36-42. The 20x42 is lower than I need most of the time and the 29x42 is a pretty low 'middle ring' climbing gear. The 29x11 is good for spinning up to 25-30 mph. I could probably ditch the 20t and just go with a 1x8, but I like having the 20x30 and 20x36 climbing gears. I started out on this bike 20+ years ago with a 22x28 low gear, lol. Times change with a split kneecap, broken neck, back, pelvis, arms, heel and multiple ankle surgeries....

    I am lucky to still be able to ride a mountain bike out in the woods, so no more bike messenger riding for me!

    Some of the noteable parts include

    Moots titanium seat post - the clamps are worn so the shim keeps the seat from slipping

    Titec Ithy's Amore titanium rail seat
    Titec Hellion titanium riser bar
    Control Tech Stem 1x1/8, 70mm
    Paul red v-brakes
    Ultimate Machine Green Brake Booster - Rear
    Purple Brake Booster - Front, Unknown Maker
    Tech Lite brake levers
    Origin 8 carbon fork
    Chris King headset
    Mavic 217/Xtr M950 wheels
    Race Face Turbine cranks
    Ritchey clipless pedals
    IRC Mythos 2.1/Backcountry 2.25, red wall tires
    Shimano Xt M737 bolt-on top pull front derailleur. - rare & weird

    The geometry is off-beat. 26" top tube, short chainstays. The curved seat tube makes a bit of difference in the ride quality. It was 71.5/74 with a suspension fork. I ran a Tange Big Fork for years that steepened the head angle to almost 74 degrees. It was criterium-bike quick and took awhile to get used to. Now, with a longer fork the angles are more like 70.5/73.
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    Last edited by phoenixbikes; 06-06-2018 at 10:34 PM.

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