Single speed build project: Final build

What feels like an eternity is finally coming to a close: My Momsen STR29 Single speed is ready to ride in all it's Gulf Oil racing colors glory. Looking back at all the installments and browsing through the pictures I've taken along the way it's hard to believe where it all started and where we are now.

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If you only knew what was in wait for you.

 

The saddle was an old, used Selle Italia Shiver in Troy Lee Designs colours that belonged to my riding buddy. It's been on 3 builds before this one and has seen it's fair share of action. The brothers at www.velobrien.com took it into their care and set about recovering it and in doing so restoring it to it's former glory - only better. They also gave a set of Momsen lock-on grips I had the full leather treatment.

 

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The stitching (by hand) and finishing touches on the saddle and grips are of the highest quality and gives it a premium look and feel.

 

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Final Build

Frame: Momsen STR29 with custom spray job by fellow Hubber, BogusOne
Crank: SRAM X5 33T
Wheels: American Classic Tubeless 29
Tires: Momsen Mount Graham 2.20 120tpi Tubeless
Handlebar: Momsen Design Up / Down Carbon
Stem: Momsen Design Downer
Saddle: Selle Italia Shiver re-covered by velobrien.com
Grips: Momsen Design Lock-On grips re-covered by velobrien.com
Brakes: Avid Elixer 7 Trail with 160mm rotors
Single Speed Conversion: Gusset Double Six
Chain: SRAM 9spd
Fork: Rapide Pitchfork
Weight: 10.07kg

 

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Finally built and looking pretty in all its glory

 

I would still like to replace the presta valves with black ones, either change the wheels to something with a flat black rim or remove the decals from these. I also want to change the crank bolts with black ones, remove the decals from the seat post, swap the headset for a less ridiculous looking one, replace the top cap and add the wooden pedals that have been in the works for some time now. Front brake hose also needs a trim. It may be built, but still a little way from completely finished.

 

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A bit of carbon fibre in the cockpit to match the fork, and a touch of old-school class with leather grips.

 

First ride on it was a hoot. No other way to describe it. No gears and no suspension takes some getting used to, but once you've covered a couple of km's and realise it's just you and the bike, and there's little that can compare to just being out on a bike. Riding a new bike and realising that you don't need to do any additional set up or suspension tweaks is a special feeling. It will be some time before I'm able to pedal a single speed bike to the top of anything, but the journey there will at least be heaps of fun.

 

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All in all I am very happy with how it's come out. It's been the most fun I've had with a build and definitely worth the extra effort. Big thanks to BogusOne and the brothers from velobrien.com. Working with them was not only effortless, but also inspiring as they added their own creative touches to the project. It's always nice to work with creatives who can take your idea or suggestion to the next level.

 

Check out the previous installations: The idea, The build kit, The frame part 1, The frame part 2.






48 Comments

Bibi, Jul 04 2014 12:32

Bike Art;)

RodTi, Jul 04 2014 12:44

Bike porn!! Congrats - she's a beaut!

On a side note, don't know if I'd be able to ride -- would be too nervous about dust, and heaven forbid - scratches... :whistle:

banna, Jul 04 2014 12:50

Bike porn!! Congrats - she's a beaut!

On a side note, don't know if I'd be able to ride -- would be too nervous about dust, and heaven forbid - scratches... :whistle:

That's why you should always build two bikes. ;)

Shebeen, Jul 04 2014 12:51

damn, that's a nice job.

total saddle porn, got me thinking

cough cough, have noticed no photos of the pedals, yet you 'say' you've ridden it.

doppelganger, Jul 04 2014 01:25

Lovely work!

Where did you get those tires?!

rock, Jul 04 2014 01:46

what size is the cog? looks tiny.

xloop, Jul 04 2014 03:38

Nice Project. Is that the Bogus Paint Job that was done recently ?

Beattbox, Jul 04 2014 03:49

That has turned out incredibly well Crow! Well done.

Pusher, Jul 04 2014 03:55

Very very nice. Congrats.

Wil6, Jul 04 2014 03:59

Incredible! A work of art

Maximis, Jul 04 2014 04:26

Love the old and new mix going on there, looks sick man nice work

jcmeyerSS, Jul 04 2014 04:30

what a beaut

Bat, Jul 04 2014 06:34

Very nice. Enjoy

SyncSA, Jul 04 2014 10:56

Wow! What a ride!

Iwan Kemp, Jul 05 2014 01:31

damn, that's a nice job.

total saddle porn, got me thinking

cough cough, have noticed no photos of the pedals, yet you 'say' you've ridden it.


That's cause I took these pics before I "rode" it. Have been working on pedals since this projects inception- haven't quite worked like planned and didn't want to take pics with old SPD's or my flats.

Can highly recommend the guys at velobrien.com for any saddle or leather works.

Iwan Kemp, Jul 06 2014 04:55

what size is the cog? looks tiny.


16T

ridin dirty, Jul 06 2014 06:23

Wow this is such an awesome build. Well done!

Iwan Kemp, Jul 07 2014 03:33

Nice Project. Is that the Bogus Paint Job that was done recently ?


It's one of them, yes. He did a fantastic job on the Momsen.

MTBc, Jul 08 2014 09:23

oh wow. very nice build, wasn't sure what to expect when i saw the WIP, but the final outcome is a masterpiece.

igknot, Jul 08 2014 09:42

Very nice.

whistler, Jul 08 2014 01:36

Well done!

Waxhead Menzies, Jul 10 2014 07:28

Very lekker man. I will post some photo's of my SS 29'er Mtb custom build - used a Contraband frame with a ecentic BB, fully rigid Ritchie carbon front fork. Removed 12 of the frame lugs and had a custom spray job by Alex. Also used Velobrien to wrap my saddle in Kudo black. Doing Jozi, Transcape and Jhb2C on it.........very excited

Solstice, Jul 10 2014 01:11

I cannot get enough of looking at this bike...I think its brilliantly done

Grebel, Jul 10 2014 01:31

That really came out nice :thumbup: Nicely done Iwan!

Iwan Kemp, Jul 12 2014 10:34

Some more pics

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