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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.
Fork Enve Cyclocross
Headset Chris King
seatpost clamp n/a
Seatpost Topper - Mosaic with Enve internals
Stem 110mm Enve - now slammed
Bar 44cm Enve - Compact
bottle cages and hardware
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
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
Here are some pics. I took of few of some of the parts along the way:
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