B u i l d i n g M y N e w B i k e
The Klein is 7 years old this year, and what with a 5 day-a-week training schedule to (try and) keep to, now seems like a good time to get in some backup. Buying a new bike would be far too easy, so I've gone the second hand route for a frame. Add in a "reasonable" budget for some quality bits, and let's see what happens...
First the frame. One week looking at the Singletrack Classifieds was all it took to spot a 2005 (20th Anniversary Edition) 16" Rocky Mountain Blizzard frame, only 5 months out of the shop. The top tube might be too small for me, but I only figured this out after I'd bought it, so here's hoping a long stem will fix things.
The original 2005 Blizzard looked like this:
It's a Reynolds 853 steel hardtail, hand made and hand painted in Canada, with a bonkers RRP of £600 just for the frame. Luckily my second hand frame came in at less than half that price. It's in good condition, check it out...
The chap who sold me the frame also had Race Face carbon seat post and handlebars for sale, so I snapped up those too. The bars are in good condition but the seat post has a nasty scratch on it. Maybe if I ignore it it'll go away.
Wiggle have delivered the components, and Merlin have delivered the custom-built wheels. Rock on!
Here's what it all looks like before I trash it...
Pay day has been and gone and the brakes are here! A brand spanking new set of Avid Juicy 5s, 185mm front and 160mm rear. In the words of Spud, "To brake is to admit defeat". But should I feel the need to wave the white flag, these are still the worlds best looking budget hydraulic disc brakes.
Front forks in actually turning up shocker! "In stock and ready to dispatch" my arse, Winstanley Bikes. They're about as new as you can get though, assembled in Taiwan less than a month ago (but 2 weeks after I actually ordered them).
A highly scientific method for determining what length of stem I need: plug in the forks, sit on bike, and imagine where the bars should be. Verdict? I need something looong. A 130mm Ritchey Comp is ordered.
Build day! It's great sunny weather, I only have a moderate hangover, and there's a 4 hour X-List playing on Xfm. On with the shorts, off with the shirt, and let's do some half naked bike building.
I've tried to go for a selection of quality kit without breaking the bank (too much).
Original spec vs Fozard 2007 spec: