I woke up today wondering what to do next. Tarmac/road project? A carbon-framed beast? Nothing?! What? No, never! So I sat thinking...
But what led to all these stray thoughts? It started a few weeks ago thinking about a new fork for Gravel Death Project. Why? No clue. Again, why not?! Anyway, I started again this morning, but this time was measuring out GDP for a dropper post. It's a thought I've had for quite some time now...lower center of gravity, better handling, more peace of mind on long steep descents, whatever the case.
I measured the seat post, looked up droppers...then stopped dead in my tracks. Hmmmm...
Fatter rubber. More stable chassis. More aggressive geometry...but still a big bike that can carry the world on its stanchions...Better, faster, stronger...
And here we are. Research, research, research. Surly. ECR29+. It was a dead heat with Bombtrack. But this one was closer to GDP in the overall size and feel. So Surly it is!
So this bike has been built and running mad for months now...flawlessly! It's BIG, Heavy!, burly and fast! I LOVE IT! It will go over anything, as I was witness to that on a random ride in Akron one morning...it went places all bagged up that I wouldn't go with my Mountain bikes! It's a beast and I'm glad to have it. More fun on this bugger later, but now? I put some extra effort into the long forgotten Gravel Death Project redo. See that one here...
Jan 29, 2023: Crazy thing happened...I was looking at pictures of the bikes and came across this beast. I saw something, hidden under the bags and racks...I saw a fat tired, light, fast, capable beast...I got to the shop and started the transformation...wait til you see this!
Looking for an MTB drivetrain, but with a twist. So went with this to give me more 'streetable' gearing on a robust setup
After much debate and toiling over...I landed on this! Big rubber, burly to carry the world and able to cruise over ANYTHING!
I use these on all my touring/city bikes and LOVE them! So I swapped out the Jones bar for this and...love it!
This one was a fluke. I wanted Onyx for the silence! But the cost!? UGH. I got a set of Bitex on my Solaris Max Stan's Flow wheelset and love them! Pretty quiet, smooth, rolls great...sooo...less costly and very nice!
I had to. Wanted to match the valve stems!
Deciding on Nextie was hard...yet easy. The Best low-cost carbon wheels on the market! And super customizable! Matte 3k carbon, outline purple lettering, Bitex/SP hubs, silver nipples, 50mm wide! All thanks to Speedgearbike.com
GX Eagle is some of the best stuff out there. No sense spending money on the high-end stuff if you don’t need to.
Lightest on the market and bulletproof!
Just put the trusty TRP's on this beast! Just better brakes!
MucOff Oil-slick valve stems and titanium brake rotor bolts...attention to details.
I use a Schmidt on my SOMA, but a just as good but less costly SP might be in order for the ODP. Was going to reuse the Schmidt, but am going TA on this build
Only the best of the best
Wheels Mfg BB's! Made in the USA and a great BB. A go to for the money and quality!
Came with the bike and stainless!
The ONLY touring flat bar I use
This one is new! I usually use brandX, but they didn't have a 110 mm drop and external route. So one of the best of the rest...PNW!
I love using these on the brakes if available. Cleans up room on the bar, especially Jones bars. Even though they have tons of room, this area is always a bit tight.
It works and works well!
Reusing the best of the best in bags! Oveja Negra. And they just work well, fit the new bike perfect and match the scheme!
Yes, these fit the 3" tires! Only issue is the front one's struts are too short. We'll fix that!
The best German lights you can buy, bar none!
Burly and heavy duty!
The best of the best from Germany!
Start date: 2/1/2020
End Date: 3/25/2020
First Ride: 3/26/2020
Rebuild date: 1/29/2023
Surly ECR 29+ frameset - Tank Green
Surly ECR 29+ fork
Cane Creek headset
NEXTIE 3k matte carbon rims
-Bitex rear boost hub
-SP Dynamo front hub
29 x 2.8" Terrene Cake Eater rubber
e*thirteen 12sp cassette - 9-50t
SRAM GX Eagle Derailleur
SRAM GX Eagle Shifter
SRAM GX Eagle Chain
e*thirteen XCX Carbon cranks
Unite Components 34t Chainring
ProTaper 2020 Bar
RevGrips pro grips
TRP G Spec Trail SLC brakes
TRP TR29 rotors 180/160
SKS Bluemel75 fenders
Custom fit Reaper guard
PNW Pine dropper post 110mm
Supernova mini PRO LED lights
Oveja Negra bags
MucOff Oil-slick valve stems
Titanium brake rotor bolts