FrameI have sourced and bought a Momsen STR 29 for the project.
I was 100% convinced to strip it down and give it a spray-job until I took it out of the box and saw it in the flesh. The Momsen STR 29 is sculpted using Reynolds 520 tubing and thanks to Tange sliding dropouts allows for geared or single speed drivetrains. I like this as it future-proofs my investment should I wish to run it geared somewhere in the future.
Thanks to a 44mm oversized headtube I can run a straight or tapered steerer. Although, as mentioned, I would prefer to run a tapered steerer. Fit and finish on the frame is up to Momsen's usual high standards with lots of attention to detail. I will share more pics of the frame in my next installment.
The STR29 is available in four colours ranging from classic to funky and can be bought directly from their online store: http://momsenbikes.com/shoponline
SaddleMy saddle of choice will be a Selle Italia Shiver. In it's current form it's dressed in Troy Lee Design graphics, but it will get a completely new makeover thanks to the team at www.velobrien.com. A nip and tuck of sorts. They will also work their magic on a set of lock-on grips I have lying around.
WheelsThe wheelset will be something from the American Classic catalogue. I am not going to run a dedicated single speed wheelset as this will limit my options in the future. I still haven't decided exactly, I have narrowed it down to either American Classic's Tubeless 29 or their latest Wide Lightning.
TyresI would ideally like to go with Schwalbe Kojaks or something similar, but I can't seem to find what I'm looking for in 29". The search continues.
Stem, Handlebar and SeatpostThe little OCD fella in me insists on having the stem, handlebar and seatpost come from the same family! Having searched far and wide for a handlebar and stem to suit my preference (bars must be wide and flat, stem must be short and low) I've ended up pulling the trigger on a Nukeproof handlebar, stem and seatpost in silver. Old meets new! Still waiting for it to arrive so I am unfortunately unable to share pics at the moment, but will include them in my build update next time round.
Nukeproof gear is available online from Dial'd Bikes. http://dialdbikes.co.za/nukeproof.html
Drivetrain & BrakeSingle speed for the win here. I'm keeping it simple and "clean" for the most part. Parts will be a combination of old and new, with lots of elbow grease required to get it looking new and sparkly silver. The bike will be built without a front brake as I feel there won't be a need for one on this bike. Let's see how long that lasts!
Pedals?I have something planned with the pedals, but we're not 100% sure yet that it will work. Stay tuned for more on this!
That's it for now. Any suggestions for a fork and tyres will be welcomed.
Check out the other installations: The Idea, The frame part 1, The frame part 2.
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