I am really excited about this last project. Firstly, I had previously built a bike for Tra’s boyfriend, Matthew, which is one of my all-time favorite projects, so I was extra stoked to have another bike in their collection. Secondly, Tra came to me with a pretty specific idea of the bike she wanted, and her requests were very much inline with the kind of bikes I like building.
The project centered around a few key elements; modern design/aesthetic, disc brakes, S and S couplers, and room for bigger tires. To achieve this I used Columbus Zona tubing with S-bend stays, fillet brazed construction, Pacenti MTB fork crown, quite a few pieces from Paragon Machine Works, and my road fork disc tab.
The clean, modern look of the frame is further complimented by an array of very nice parts and exceptional paint work by Rudi at Gold Coast Paint Works. Tra picked out some really nice components that will work well, look sharp, and not totally cash out one’s bank account. The wheels have a White Industries rear hub, and Schmidt Son28 dynamo front hub laced to WTB KOM rims. The drivetrain is a straightforward Shimano 105. The bike is finished off with Thomson stem and seat post, Ritchey bars, and a Brooks Cambium saddle. As most often is the case, it took Tra a little time to decide on the colors for her bike. This allowed me time to design a really cool and unique paint scheme, and Rudi’s execution was spot on. It looks good in the pictures, and even better in person. This will certainly be a hard bike to say goodbye to, especially as it’s pretty close to my size.