Friday I got two packages. One was a neccessary part for the new bike from Cane Creek.
I'll talk about that tomorrow.
The other was the actual frame I'd be sticking the headset in.
I am no longer crying wolf. A real frame showed up, and as far as I can tell it matches the drawing quite nicely.
Skipping along to the full on shot and not teasing any further, here it is.
Of course I weighed it (weighted it, for you MTBR folks).
Respectable, but .15lbs have got to go.
I got what I wanted. Full on Cane Creek 110 ZS44/28.6~EC44/40 in action.
This headset lets you run a tapered fork in a non-tapered zero stack compatible head tube. The 110 has been redesigned, but as I said, that is a topic for tomorrow.
The dropouts were a modified design by YESS. I like hooded dropouts for my own anal retentive reasons. I was pleased that they were able to acquiesce my request.
The post mount brake was not my idea. Thomas Wood designed it, and so be it, it was added to the frame. It works.
Is it the way of the future? Sure, a Blade Runner future complete with sex robots.
Chainstays? We got 'em. Clearance for mud, goop, and run down British children.
Room for two water bottles? Why yes, we can accommodate your hydration needs.
That third cable guide was my idea. At first I liked it, and then I didn't, but now I do again.
27.2 ti post, no shim, sexy new white seatpost collar with a ti bolt (still not light enough to break the 20lb mark).
That's a Niner Biocentric EBB in there. I've already pitched my fits about sliders here and
here. It works for me. Hate on it all you want, but debating the merits of SS tensioning systems is the cause of more civil unrest than wealth distribution, taxes targeting the middle class, and the multi-billion dollar subsidized corn industry. Be careful, you might start a riot.
I was hoping that the new geometry would get me on some flat bars. I was correct. After one ride I knew they were on order, so they are now on order, and happiness is coming soon. You might have noticed I chose to go with the sticker as opposed to Peter's brass headbadge.
He's not pleased with my decision, but I have made him ill countless times over this bike, so whatever. He got his revenge.
And here are all the little details for those that have to know:
First and foremost, I will not be racing for Peter or Misfit Psycles in 2011. Obviously I will be on this frame when I race almost all the time, but as far as being some exorbitantly paid rider representing the Empire?
I can still ride my Tallboy whenever I want to. I can wear what I want to wear, pick and choose my pieces parts, and go wherever the hell I damn well please.
Peter is a friend. He asked me why I wouldn't I ride one of his frames since I wasn't really racing for anybody in particular back in 2010. I told him how I felt about sliders, and he deservedly scoffed me.
He said "What if I let you have an EBB?"
I said "If we're going to do that how about this, that, and the other?"
Obviously there is a marketing angle to the project, but it was also about exploring future possibilities. I think the Cane Creek 110 ZS44/28.6~EC44/40 is a pretty brilliant idea that makes things a lot better for small builders, but I think it should be considered by the big boys as well. It's just tits. I'm not saying that Misfit's going to be making major changes to future designs, but Peter just got back from the Taipei bike show, and he was pretty excited (about more than just the cheap food).
Frame weight? It's 4.3lbs. I compared it to the One9 with the rear brake adapter and shim installed (and with both frames with their respective headsets in place) and the difference was .6lbs. I figured that was a better apples to apples comparison.
Peter was pleased to point out that my "custom preferred" cockpit dimensions were surprisingly similar to his medium frame, with just slightly more relaxed geometry and more standover.
The powder coat. Half accident, half what I wanted in the first place but was afraid to ask for, and what I want on the next one. My wife says it's pretty.
Not entirely sure what we will do differently on the next one if there is a next one which we think there will be. I guess I should ride it a bit more before we go there.
Oh, and I quoted what movie in the title of my post?