Matt wanted an allroad-style bike but using smaller diameter Ti tubing and a now old school 1-1/8” head tube for a non-tapered steerer steel fork. He wanted us to build a forever bike. The smaller diameter tubing is a little lighter, has a more classic road frame aesthetic, and is more compliant than the now trend of stiffer frames, in my opinion due to the predominance of carbon and the influence of racing on all bikes whether they’re race bikes or not.
The fork is steel with one of my last sets of True Temper fork blades. Both legs have internal wiring, one for a dynamo light and the other for brake housing. It has bosses for full fenders for year-round riding. It’s also got the first flat-mount brake boss that I have fabricated, not super common for steel forks. The front triangle has internal cable routing for the rear brake, front and rear derailleurs. The rear triangle and fork fit up to a 700×42 or 38 with fenders. Like many of the frames I build, I sent it to Matt for him to build up with parts he sourced himself. He wanted to be part of the build process that way, taking his time to get it set up. In these times, this is also very practical since many parts are still backordered and big online retailers have things I cannot source.
The finishwork is a simple garnet bead blast with painted downtube decals and a bronze headbadge, nothing flashy but durable. Thanks Matt and enjoy!