We’ve done a good deal of builds in the past few months, here are some of them for you to salivate over.
Darrel’s Ritchey ‘Swiss Cross’
This belongs to Fitzrovia Bicycles employee, Darrel, and is one of the first of the current breed of Ritchey steel frames we’ve had through the doors. Built with a Campag Centaur group, Zonda wheels, and large volume Panaracer tyres, this is a seriously comfy commuter/light off-roader. I’m actually a bit jealous of this one.
Will’s Tonic Fabrications ‘Supernaught’
Will waited a long time for this to arrive, and it’s a bit special. He’s had it for a little while now though, but it’s a white lie including it in this recent builds post. Built with Mavic Ellipse track wheels, SRAM Omnium cranks and Thomson finishing kit, it’s light and stiff, exactly what you want from a city track bike.
Jim’s Surly ‘Long Haul Trucker’
Jim had been coming in for a while, continually spending money on keeping his old steed on the road, but ultimately he decided he needed something better, and a lot tougher. Surly’s Long Haul Trucker was an obvious choice; it’s strong, comfortable, and has all the necessary braze-ons for all manner of racks he may require in the future. He wanted it fairly upright, so we went for a slightly swept back handlebar to maintain an upright riding position. Along with that we spec’d a Shimano LX MTB group, just to keep things tough, along with full length mudguards and a rack to keep things practical. I think you’ll agree it looks the part.
Will’s Saracen ‘Kili Flyer X’
It’s quite rare these days that we get to do a mountain bike build, and they don’t get much nicer than this. It’s built around 650b wheels, with most of a Shimano XTR group, but SRAM XO cranks so a direct mount Woof Tooth Components chainring could be used with the 1×11 gearing. Add Thomson’s new dropper post, some very bling Whiskey bars, Fox forks, and tubeless Continental tyres, and you’ve got a pretty lightweight beast of a bike. It’s gonna see some serious action this year.