I don’t build many complete bikes, especially as complete as this one. Ryan had a vision of what he wanted to get built for his 40th birthday and what you see below is the result. It took longer than expected to get the parts (new normal) so it didn’t arrive on time to celebrate with him, but it was able to meet him in Ft. Collins, CO to do their first rides together in the Rockies before heading home to Pennsylvania.
The frame was built to be a dedicated singlespeed so there are Paragon Sliding dropouts and no cable guides for a rear derailleur. It’s got internal cable housing for the rear brake and the 150mm Fox Transfer internal dropper post. ENVE M6 bar, Shimano XT brakes, Absolute Black singlespeed cog and chainring were new ones to me and are stunning. I turned a couple of Ti cassette spacers on the lathe to match the front chainline. It’s amazing how difficult a chain was to find. I finally found a rather nice 8-speed Connex to use. Holding the spindle and steerer are a Cane Creek Hellbender T47 bottom bracket and White Industries headset, very nice parts.
The geometry: 67 deg HTA, 75 deg effective STA, Super short 415mm chainstays with a 2.6″ tire and up to a 2.8 if desired a little farther back, 630mm top tube length, 760mm front center with a Fox 34 120mm travel fork. The purple Industry Nine stem and wheelset started that theme and the beautifully machined Engin collar matched them well. Agave Finishworks did an amazing job with the anodization, totally changing the look and feel of the frame and it really completes the look of the bike. Peter even put stripes on the Cane Creek brushed Ti eeWing cranks. I’m grateful for the opportunity to build such a good looking bike and that Ryan wanted to have my name anodized on the frame too! Thanks again and i hope you enjoy your new adventure buddy!