Monday, December 20, 2010
Well, since then, he's also become the proud owner of this Ellis frame as well, and he's written an interesting article about the whole custom bike experience for Embrocation Magazine's website. While it might not be the route everyone would choose, it is an interesting take on the process.
A link; http://www.embrocationmagazine.com/online/customs , and a pic of Chris' Ellis below.
Cheers, and a Merry Christmas,
Monday, December 6, 2010
I went with internal brake cable routing as well, to compliment the integrated Di2 wiring. The dark red panel on the seat tube is set off by a thin silver pinstripe.
Finally, the Ellis dropouts with an added loop to keep the wiring out of the way for wheel changes.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
While I was in Chicago dropping the bike off, I had a chance to catch up with James Lalonde, my former cross racer extraordinaire! He works just a couple blocks away from the Patagonia store at SRAM's headquarters. He offered to swing by the Patagonia store after the bike was up to take some pictures. Thanks, James!
The bike will be in the window until just after the holidays, so if you'd like to stop by and check it out, or just buy some awesome Patagonia gear, you can find directions to the store through the link on this post. http://www.patagonia.com/us/patagonia.go?assetid=1936
Monday, November 29, 2010
Finally, the Paragon chain stay mount disk brake dropouts.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Some of the lug carving along the way. I especially like this bottom bracket, it an unusual combination of tube diameters, plus the sockets are deep enough to do a bit more embellishment than most of the other shells out there.
Down tube lug with head tube mounted cable guides.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I asked my supplier if he'd ever consider getting the parts in stainless and while he agreed that it sounded like a good idea, he wasn't too interested in the extra cost it would involve and he already had quite a few of the existing parts. Next step, call Mark at Paragon and see what it would cost to get stainless ferrules made. Well, a sample and about $300 later, I got a small bag in the mail...
Stainless ferrules, and I managed to find 5/32" stainless tube for the cable run pretty easily from McMaster Carr, so now the entire internal routing is stainless steel. You can see both bits in the photo below.
Also in the photo, some cool new front dropouts from Keith Anderson, the TITO. These are steel plate with a special stainless insert, the perfect compliment to the Ellis 17/4 stainless rear dropouts! More pics below.
The other stainless touches will include washers on both the brake bridge and fork crown, and all the waterbottle bosses will now be stainless as well.
Here's some progression shots of the TITO's! It's probably cooler when you watch Keith video on Flickr.
I'll post more of this build soon!
Monday, November 8, 2010
One of my other justifications for building myself a new bike was to replace my single speed. While I love that bike, I really built it with the idea that I might actually use it on a track someday, so it's much more steep and short than I'd typically build for a road single speed. And after a couple years and no track riding, I figured it's time to face reality and build a bike that's more useful. That's why I spec'ed the Campy 1010a dropouts, it allows me to run the bike single speed when I want, but since the cable routing is internal, there's no unused braze ons hanging out when it is set up single.
Another shot of the head tube cable stops on the built bike. I've got some Continental Travel Contact tires on there right now, and while they advertise them as 37's, they're more like 32's with a taller tread.
A shot of the internal chainstay cable routing, and the SRAM Apex rear derailleur that helped me get my butt up the hills at D2R2 this past summer and that'll be doing it again next summer! Maybe I'll even do the 180k!
Rode it up to Estabrook park this past Sat. on a chilly (40's), but sunny day. Got there in time to catch some of the last cross races of the day and witness James' brother Marco crush in the Elite Men's race. Everyone else was racing for second! (No pics though, I forgot the camera!)