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The frame, fork and front cable hanger were made by me, here in Chicago, IL.
- Campy Record 10sp shifters and derailleurs
- Loaded Precision stem, headset, and seatpost (all from their x-lite series)
- Boat anchor Vento G3 wheels that will hopefully be replaced sometime this season
- Kenda Happy Medium tires
- Ritchey WCS Curve bars
- Spooky brakes w/ kool stop pads and holders
- White Industries VBC cranks (46/38)
No idea on current weight, but it's certainly no feather.
I agree, who cares about weight, but with that said, I would surmise the weight is still acceptable at about 19 lbs, give or take (no?)
The ride, just from the pictures, is sure to be sublime. Very nice, durable and classy build package.
On the frame...
The front triangle is made from True Temper S3 tubing joined with a low-silver-bearing filler alloy called Fillet Pro which is about 3x stronger than brass and melts at a much lower temperature so it is less likely to distort thin tubing like S3. The seatstays are upside down columbus life stays that i bent on a wooden mandrel, and the chainstays are thin, straight gauge 4130 that I formed by hand with a bench vise and some carved out wooden blocks. The dropouts are hooded paragon machineworks with a replaceable hanger.
The fork is also True Temper tubing - their KIT-FB-7 blades, and light(er) weight ox platinum steerer tube.
You can see some build pics on my flickr page here.
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one thought, the brake hanger is a bit big - presumably to reduce flex, but since the fork is rather custom, what are your thoughts about a nice hanger on the fork instead?
I did indeed make the frame and fork; I'm a builder located in chicago, illinois. I build fillet brazed and lugged steel frames, many (most?) of which are cyclocross bikes.
The hanger is a bit of a test run... I wanted to try making a really solid, long-drop hanger to see if it would help with chatter. I threw that one together pretty quickly out of a bit of 1/8" steel flat bar, a hacksaw, and a bench grinder. I made a couple different sizes for some friends to try out the thought being that if it worked well I would have a small batch made out of aluminum and try to sell them to my cx-loving brethren. I could've drilled it out a bit, but admittedly it was a bit of a rush job. More than a few folks have asked about mounting a hanger to the steel fork, and I may well give it a shot - the larger issue is trying to make it look pretty.
Frans - thanks for the props on the cranks. They're white industries VBC road cranks and I really like them. Currently geared 46/38, but I think I might try swapping out the 46 for a 44 or even a 42.
humbleframeworks.cc is my website, but there's really nothing there aside from a link to flickr and a tumblr that i don't update anymore. You can find me on facebook, and also via the emails at humbleframeworks at gmail - thanks again!
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