Carol wanted a bike to replace her beloved old Indy Fab but with an updated fit and updated parts. The bike is a true allrounder with geometry for gravel rides, touring, and allroad use but it’ll primarily be used for commuting all year round so i suggested to outfit it with a SON eDelux headlight, B&M micro tail light, and a Sinewave Reactor charger with all the wires hidden within the Rodeo Spork (v2).
She had this Deda bright green bar tape on a previous and wanted to match the frame to this color and i think we succeeded. It’s Energy Green from Prismatic Powder and it’s almost self-luminescent!
The new Shimano Ultegra flat-mount gruppo shifts and brakes flawlessly, i am impressed how easy it was to set up. Her bike fit recommended narrow 36cm bars so that’s what we found only available from Specialized. The gloss black aluminum Rene Herse (Honjo) fenders are beautiful but do have a learning curve and take some time to set up. But they are much higher quality than the other plastic fenders. The wheelset was laced up by my buddy Chris of Real Wheels in Nevada City and uses HED Belgium+ rims laced to a matte jet Chris King CL rear hub and SON28 12mm axle front hub. The widest tires she had been on were 28’s so i convinced her to go plush and try out the tubeless ready Panaracer GravelKing 700×38’s. The frame can fit up to a 700×45 or 650×50 with fenders if she finds she likes having the bigger tires. Classic road bike cable routing but with stainless steel guides since she lives in a rainy area and this will definitely see a lot of water. Stainless steel dropouts from Paragon Machine Works have two eyelets, one for fenders and one for a rear rack. The Spork can accommodate a low-rider rack like the Tubus Duo or a platform rack to carry panniers or a pizza, sky’s the limit! Bike as shown is 22lbs, frame only is 3.4lbs.