Custom build CX/gravel/winter bike

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Beancouter
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by Beancouter

Thought I'd share my latest project. Wanted an occasional CX bike for winter trail riding. However basic plan was to build a 'wet bike' to replace my commuter with something that could take wider tyres and mudguards but also to replace my mountain bike which was never used.

Being an obsessive weight weenie it morphed into something else. Wanted hydraulic discs but aiming to try and get as close to 6.8 kg as possible. The reality was that 6.8kg with clinchers was always going to be a stretch and ended up at 7.2kg.

On Stans ironcross team wheels and Bontrager CX1 tyres it comes in about 50g heavier.

I'm sure the paint job and branding might not be everyone's (anyone's!) cup of tea but I'm really pleased with it.

Build list below pictures:

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Speeder Cycling CX disc frame
3T Luteus fork
Farports 38mm carbon clincher, CX rays and Novotech hubs
Conti 4 seasons -28mm
Sram s700 hydraulic discs
Sram exogram cranks with Extralite octaramp rc2
Zipp SL carbon handlebars
Extralite stem
Extralite top cap and expander
Rival rear derailleur (aerozine ceramic jockey wheels)
Fizik arione CX carbon braided saddle
Rival front changer
6kcycles carbon seatpost (27.2 with shim) - plan to change for syntace p6
Look keo 2 max pedals - to swap for xpedo m force 8ti

KB
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by KB

I like the bike; love the paint job even more. The only thing not to my taste is the levers; must be a case of function over aesthetics.

Very well done IMO.

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by Bregnhoj

This is a very nice bike. Specially, I like the frame a lot!

I'm not a fan of the Sram Red levers though... Seems too big. How do they feel?

More "massive" chainrings would do a great job. Or perhaps a single ring set-up.

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by lone wheeler

I think that looks amazing!!!! 8)

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by liam7020

Gorgeous and a great weight! Excellent.
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Beancouter
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by Beancouter

Thanks for the kind comments. If I am honest I haven't ridden it yet! Only picked up from LBS yesterday as needed hydraulic hoses shortening and family stuff today.

I agree with the comments on the levers; I don't think they look quite so bad 'in the flesh'. However, I am a sucker for new tech and wanted to give them a go.

As for the chain rings, as a WW can't resist the extralites - 458g for cranks and rings seals the deal!!!

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giant man
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by giant man

very nice, so I'm guessing the paint job came via the dealer, or straight from the factory painted?

Beancouter
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by Beancouter

No frame was imported direct and sprayed by a local paint shop, Ooey Custom. If I am being honest, inspiration for colour way came from parlee. Logos were my own design.

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giant man
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by giant man

yes, looks like the Gulf-Porsche Le Mans paint scheme, but hey, looks great imo

Beancouter
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by Beancouter

Your correct, inspiration was gulf racing with a parlee twist!

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by liam7020

Any idea of the frame weight? Looks a little like the FM059.
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Beancouter
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by Beancouter

1120g for the frame. Cable routing is different to the Dengfu. I wanted internal for gears and external (on downtube) for rear mech.

The bike frame is the same as that recently launched by Asylum cycles (called the Meuse).

Beancouter
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by Beancouter

Sorry, the other big attraction for me on the frame is it has a very short head tube compared to most CX bikes. Given I am planning to commute on it, I wanted lower front end - broadly speaking, the stack height is almost the same as my Cannondale evo.

May be considered less than perfect for a true CX bike, but I like it

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by cerro

Great looking, but would prefer a little thicker seatpost for that, looks too slim. Great winterbike
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by Beancouter

Next on list of bits to buy! Probably going to give a bit of weight away for comfort and get a syntace p6 hi flex (in 31.6)

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