I guess I'd primarily call myself a mountain bike guy, but I've been wanting to build up a road bike for training, fitness and putting in some miles with some friends. I have worked a couple times with Michigan frame builder Scott Quiring in the past, he's built me two different Ti hardtail 29er mountain bike frames. One geared, one dedicated singlespeed.
For those who haven't met or talked with Scott, he's good people. The guy is a pleasure to work with and has always treated me right while at the same time entertaining a variety of special requests on frame builds, whether finish work or design stuff. I contacted him and talked a few times about a road bike and had some difficulty deciding whether to have him build a Ti bike vs. something in steel. In one of those conversations he mentioned that he'd built a couple frames recently from Columbus XCr stainless, and offered that it might be just the ticket for this project.
I'm relatively local to Scott so I went and got fitted for a custom geometry. Yes, as you can guess from the pics I'm a shorter dude, but on the previous projects he did a great job fitting me to the point that the bikes felt extremely natural and comfy, straight off the workstand. This project was no exception.
I run external BB on my mountain bikes but wanted to go BB30 on this one. Scott had started one other at the time but agreed to take this on as well. We agreed that leaving some portion of the bike unfinished would be a cool look, so the front triangle is pearl white, with exposed XCr stays. I debated long and hard about panels, but wanted a super-clean look. I didn't really want decals either, so after some discussion, we came up with the idea of having the logos applied pre-paintwork, and then removed - to allow raw XCr show thru as the "logos" on the frame. It came out just as I'd hoped.
Build Weight: 15.8 lbs (as pictured below, with pedals)
It's not a superlight package, but not bad for a metal bike having a good 'ol Thomson post, Ritchey stem, alloy wheelset, steel-spindle pedals, etc. All good, solid stuff and it should make for a solid/durable package.
The build is as follows:
Frame: Quiring custom in Columbus XCr Stainless Steel
Fork: Edge Composites Road 1.0
Bars: Edge Composites
Gruppo: SRAM Red (BB30/Compact)
Wheelset: American Classic 420 Aero3
Stem: Ritchey WCS 4-Axis
Post: Thomson Masterpiece
Pedals: Time RXS Carbon
Someday down the road when cash allows, I may try to finish off the Edge cockpit with post/stem and maybe even a set of 45's. For now, I think I'll focus on getting some miles on the bike and learning to be a roadie... ;)
Some quick pics of the build, and I have some closeups of the frame I can add later if anyone's interested:
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