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 Post subject: Buddysnack's Mosaic XT-1
PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:38 am 
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I recently sold my custom fillet brazed 1988 Brodie Romax, and in exchange, I was able to upgrade to my next 30 year bike...A Mosaic XT-1. The choice actually came in a rather happenstance manner. I went to my local candy shop (Blacksmith Cycle in Toronto) to see what rare exotica they had on offer for a new Cyclocross bike. At first I wanted a Carbon Weight Weenie ride (I had convereted my 2008 Fisher Superfly to a sub 9kg Monster Cross and wanted to go lighter). Mike suggested a few brands, I was mainly interested in the 3T Exploro or the Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie. After a visit to The 11 to check out an Open UP, I was totally uninspired by factory plastic, so decided to go custom. For me, that meant fulfilling my 1980s Merlin dreams - going Titanium.

Blacksmith had 4 brands to choose from - Mosaic, No22, Wittson and Curve. I loved the look of the No22, but the combination of wait time and non-internal routing meant no. The Curve was a BSA, and I had some SISL cranks I wanted to use. Wittson was interesting - Mosaic level custom at No22 level price...but the welds were more "European" than I would have liked, and I have loved the Mosaic story and brand for some time. I bite the bullet and went for the XT-1.

It took 3 fitting to iron out the geometry and fit. There is a great write up from another Mosaic owner (from Blacksmith as well) that totally reflects my experience. It's worth a read if you have considered going custom, or if you have gone that route and want to compare: https://lifeisabeautifuldetail.com/blog ... ect-part-1

I had already bought future proof wheels from Mike for my Superfly - Xentis Squad Disc 4.2. My Superfly has QRs, and I knew that anything I had would be Thru Axle, so these were the perfect fit. I also got to try out MTB Dugast Tubulars...so nice and spritely!

I have now taken it for 1 ride, and I definitely hit Custom Nirvana. I have never gotten on a bike that felt so perfect. I do need to lower the hoods a bit, but that's no biggie. I set it up with 2 wheelsets - a set of Tubulars and some clinchers (for either Road Tires or Mud/Wide options). While adventure biking is my greatest love, I have also started racing cross so need to stay within the 33.

Brand: Mosaic Type: XT-1

Final weight: have yet to weigh it all..kg./lb.

Frame: 1600g
Fork Enve Cyclocross
hanger
Headset Chris King
seatpost clamp n/a
Seatpost Topper - Mosaic with Enve internals
Seat 160g
Stem 110mm Enve - now slammed
Bar 44cm Enve - Compact
Bartape Supacaz
bottle cages and hardware
Outer Cables
Inner Cables
Brakes Shimano 785
Front derailleur n/a
Rear derailleur XTR DI2
Crankset Cannondale/Quarq Hollowgram SISL
Bottom Bracket Enduro PF30
Chainrings 38 Tooth Absolute Black OR 46 Tooth Sram narrow wide
Chainring bolts
Chain Ultegra
Shifters Shimano 785
Cassette XTR 11-40 OR Sram Red 11-32, may get Sram XX1 10-42
Wheels: Xentis Squad 4.2 OR Pacenti 25/Tune 28-28/CX Ray spokes
Inntertubes - Tubular OR Continental
Tires Challenge Fango Tubular OR Compass Barlow Pass
Pedals Crank Bros Eggbeater 11
Polar/garmin/computer mounts Enve Out Front
Tape/glue Continental

Here are some pics. I took of few of some of the parts along the way:
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 Post subject: Buddysnack's Mosaic XT-1
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:44 am 
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Here she is in her natural habitat.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:15 am 
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Damn, that's a clean build. How are you liking the 1X?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2016 5:40 pm 
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Fixie82 wrote:
Damn, that's a clean build. How are you liking the 1X?


So far I think it's awesome. I was surprised by riding the 46 front, 11-40 rear on the weekend. It was an everything ride - road, gravel, off road, steep hills. I felt like I had all the gears I wanted, and the jumps didn't seem to bother me much at all. The only thing the ride wasn't was consistent - the terrain changed around a lot. Perhaps if there were long steady sections with very little variation, I might have longed for more gears. I imagine for CX racing, I will set my gearing based on the course with the front chainring, and then run the 11-32 in the rear.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 2:42 pm 
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I really like this one.

I run 46 - 11-32 for both road and 'cross and it's almost perfect.

50t in the front for summer though.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:07 pm 
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And now that this is WW: what is the total weight...?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:01 am 
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I will weigh tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:35 pm 
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8.51 kg, approx 57 frame.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:39 am 
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a superb build, congrats! as much as I understood, you went for a completely custom geometry, right? didn't want a slightly longer headtube to avoid a stack of spacers?

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Geometry is fully custom, and now I have a mini spacer only. For some reason, Blacksmith started with a thick spacer when they did the build...I guess start high and go down. The spacers are matched to the stem. Really pretty, although not necessay. Right after I took the initial photos I dropped the stem lower with just a tiny spacer. Figured that would get a comment...

Yesterday I did a 4 hour adventure cross ride with the stem fully slammed and the brake hoods dropped a bit from where they were originally set. That was maybe a hair too low, so I raised it up a skosh. Still ironing out the ride...

I also switched the rear cassette on the adventure set up to a Sram XO1 10-42 vs XTR. Much lighter.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2016 2:17 pm 
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I know why they started so high...to avoid cutting the steerer until I had tried the bike. I am ready to trim to this point now...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:09 pm 
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Just installed some custom 38 wide Dugasts for winter Monstercross duty. Psyched to try.

I got a set of the 40s that they make as standard, but they ended up measuring closer to 42 which doesn't fit in my frame. Excited to try...

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:21 pm 
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That looks beautiful

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Awesome!

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