I've been a member for a little while on here but not such a prolific poster. I thought I'd share with you my soon to be new build.
I've been road riding for a few years now, and before that I used to race downhill mountain bikes here in Japan. When I made the switch to road riding, I got myself a specialized Tarmac. A year or so later, I decided to upgrade and went with a Canyon CF SLX. Having ridden that for around 3 or 4 years, I decided it was time for a change. When looking around for a new bike, I stumbled upon a bike maker that immediately caught my eye. As I'm originally from Northern England, it seemed like fate that my next bike should be a Field Cycles. I contacted Harry at Field and put my name on the waiting list (which included paying a deposit). I then waited. I was given some good advice by someone who told me the best thing to do when you put your name on a waiting list for a custom build is to forget about it until they contact you.
With my name on the waiting list, I began to think about what bike I would like. One of the hardest things to decide was whether to go with disc brakes or rim brakes. Coming from the world of downhill MTBing, I would say I'm a reasonably confident descender and I'm very happy with the way rim brakes stop me on the downhills. With this in mind, I emailed Harry and told him to change my original choice from disc to rim brakes. If it ain't broke,don't fix it eh
Going custom opens up the possibility to choose your steel tubes. Having no experience with steel (apart from my specialized Langster that I ride everyday) I told Harry what I was after in a bike and he made suggestions as to what tubing would work. I've gone with a mix of Columbus and Reynolds 853 Pro team (the pro team drops a little weigh from the regular 853 apparently which will help in the mountains where I love to ride).
Once the frame manufacturing details were sorted, I was contacted by Tom, the designer. I had a Skype call with Tom to tell him what I was after. I also emailed him some photos of the Japanese mountains that I had taken many years earlier. Tom came back to me with some ideas. I picked one idea and then we dissected it and changed bits here and there. Over a couple of months period, we narrowed in to the final design. Tom, just like Harry, is a real stickler for detail and it shows in their work. Despite being super busy , they always had time to answer my inane questions.
The months have crawled by and I am pleased to say that I am close to the end of the journey. The painting was scheduled to be finished last week and now I have to wait for the final coat to harden. Once it has hardened, it will be photographed then shipped off to me.
I've had plenty of time to think about the build and I've pretty much got everything ready to put on the bike once the frame arrives in Japan.
The build includes the following
SRAM Red etap
Red compact crank (will be swapped for the red quarq Dzero when it arrives)
Enve 400mm compact bars
Chris King headset
Enve carbon road fork (2.0)
Brooks c13 cambium
Enve 2.2 SES tubs laced to CK hubs
I realise that the bike won't be anywhere near lightweight but I'm hoping that she will come in around the high seven kgs. (Although I wouldn't be surprised if it was over 8kg).
This was from a couple of weeks ago