Friday, May 31, 2013

Bike building

If you can't ride bikes, building them is the next best thing.

I sent the Travelers Check rear triangle and fork off to Alex at A-Train Cycles get the brake bosses repositioned for 650b wheels; Alex was great to deal with, does fine work at relatively affordable prices with reasonable turn around. If you need minor frame repairs or S&S Couplers installed he is a good resource, and if your pockets are deep enough for a custom frame, check out his submission to this years NAHBS.

Shutter Precision SV-8 32h front dynamo, from our friends at Intelligent Design Cycles
Initial impressions out of the box: the craftsmanship, fit and finish of this hub look to be top notch. 
Overall appearance is very classy and will look great on the travelers check with silver DT Competition spokes lacked to the Velocity Synergy.  Weighing in at 390g, my SV-8 is13g heavier than published weight.
Velocity Synergy Off-Set rear wheel; 
Asymmetrical drilling allows for even spoke tension for a stronger wheel.
 Velocity 135mm rear ATB hub, will keep the chain-line a bit wider to ensure clearance of wide rubber.
The hub in my care-pack from Velocity was a 36h, so the full wheel-set build will have to wait...
I was able to lace up the front successfully.  

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