So....where to begin. Gravel Death Project started this site. Gravel Death Project started my journey into my own builds, in a way. Gravel Death Project briefly died, becoming a drop bar "Tarmac Death Project v.1" build...but, seeing as I'm NOT a road guy or a drop bar guy it seems, even though I do a lot of road riding, it's back and better than ever! With a flat bar!
Faster, leaner, meaner, stronger! I had an epiphany the other day riding around the woods of Akron Ohio. I got home. Looked at the old girl sitting there in the corner of my room, collecting dust and...BAM! Idea!
Remove fenders and the rack. Make it lighter and faster. Then put some burlier tires on it, add a dropper...new brakes, same drivetrain...Gravel Death Project is going to be a real gravel bike!
Aside from a Hydro brake upgrade soon, Gravel Death Project is back and better than ever!
It all started with a SOMA Wolverine frame and fork. The idea of the bike was reliability, sustainability and ease of repairs. And it snowballed from there...
I'm NOT a drop bar guy. So not doing a drop bar...it's flat, as all Gravel Bikes should be!
Not sure where this idea came from initially, but in an effort to make the bike 'self sustaining', I had to go with a Dynamo hub. And not just any Dynamo hub...a SCHMIDT hub! Bulletproof, German made goodness!
Along with the Dynamo hub you need Dynamo lights. The whole point of the bike being self contained. I toyed around with lights for months...settling on Supernova. Amazing little light and taillight combo!
Early on the Gravel Death Project came about, by accident. Ryan at Beat Cycles labeled my build sheet with this moniker. And it stuck. And I had Valter in Spain make this for me. An integral part of why we are here.
I toiled over rims for a long time. Wanted something made here. Wanted something super cool and lightweight. These HED Belgium+ rims were a no brainer. Great looking rim, built here and of the utmost quality! HED!
I loved my WTB's, but needed something more...gravel! So went with another great tire: Rambler! 700x50 and ready to roll!
The Rear hub was another item of contention. I REALLY wanted another Onyx Racing hub...amazing, quiet, built here...but for cost reasons I went with White Industries. Which by no means is a skimp! This thing is rock solid and has a great BUZZZ to it. Just miss my Instant engagement, quiet Onyx, just a bit...
Brooks. I could never understand how something so hard could be comfy?! Well, we'll see. I got a Cambium, waterproof. So far so good...but...we'll see.
Ahhh...Whisky! This was a shout out to Ryan at Beat Cycles. We used to sit and drink Whisky in the AM on Wednesday and Sunday's. For hours we'd talk. In the winter, when it was slow. So the tip of the hat to that, and it's Carbon...and cool!
This cute little guy is part of a oft overlooked, but vital ingredient in any good build...the headset! Again, made here, and, to be honest, really just got it for the logo! Ok...and it's a great piece! I went with the Cane Creek 110 as well as that one is made in the USA and worth the extra cost to me.
Going hydro on here and why not the best! LOL. It's overkill for sure, but hey, I had an extra set.
The drive-train was something I just went with what was recommended, but I did specify: "Climb like a motherf&@$er!" I wanted this thing to go up/over/around/down anything, and wanted to go with SRAM. So we did the GX drive-train and it's a monster! LOVE it!
The SRAM Rival1 crank and SRAM Team Bottom Bracket round out the drive-train. I will be upgrading to another Wolftooth Elliptical chainring soon. That was a super add to my first upgraded bike, the Cannondale Quick1.
Shimano Rotors and DT Swiss spokes round out the wheels.
Then of course I have my fun Headtube cap from Twin6. Love their tshirts, sock and stuff, BTW.
Pedals are another thing that there are TONS of out there...but I wanted something that was flat on one side and this setup was about the only thing that had nobbies for grip when using flat shoes. And Shimano makes great pedals!
Rebuild date: 6/1/2020
2018 SOMA Wolverine frame
SOMA QR fork
ProTaper Carbon 2020 bar
Whisky stem 50mm
Whisky carbon seat post
Brooks C17 saddle
Came Creek 110 headset
TRP Quadiem brakes
Schmidt SON dynamo front hub
White Industries rear hub
HED Belgium+ rims
DT Swiss Comp Spokes
Maxxis Rambler 700x50
SRAM GX 1x12 drivetrain
SRAM GX shifter
SRAM Rival1 crankset
SRAM Rival1 Chainring
SRAM Team Bottom Bracket
Wolftooth rear thru-axle
Supernova E3 Pure 3 headlight
Supernova E3 taillight
Shimano 160mm rotors
Shimano PD-EH500 pedals