What was I thinking? Such a silly question. I was thinking of how to take ONE thing and turn it into something else when you can't really do much anymore to change that original thing. Confused? Yeah, no worries. I am most of the time myself!
See, Gravel Death Project has become my personal baby. My trial and error bike. My "went-from-a-hardcore-touring-bike" to a downright FetherWeight tarmac monster! At home on the gravel as well as the trail and road! Fast. Light. Capable. Flat bar! Yeah, F those damn drop bars.
So what is the Northwoods Death Project? It started with an email to a subsidiary of Wolftooth, or the reverse, whichever. "Hey, I carry WT, can I carry OTSO for my frame options?". The guy over at OTSO emailed me all excited about the website and having a bike build, crazy Death Projects like!
He sent me a frame to mess around with. And mess I will! HAHAHAHA....yeah, like that crazy Joker laugh! And besides. I wanted a LIGHTER gravel bike. So we'll see...but this one will be super unique. As long as I get it to fit me right that is.
How so? Sit down for this one:
-Mountain drivetrain! Yeah, 12 speed. Combo of e*thirteen XC carbon and lightweight 9-46 cassette. With a 40t front ring. And...TRP TR12 shifter and derailleur. Why? Why NOT!
-Flat bar! Yeah, ProTaper 2020 most likely. I don't do drop bars. I see them as pointless for control and off-road ability. Nuff said.
-Super fat tires! I have some Rene' Herse Fleecer Ridge/Oracle 700x55's coming as well as a set of Antelope Hill 700x55...for more all-around use.
-Stupid brakes. TRP's? The new Carbon/Titanium Hayes? We'll see...
So anyway. Talk about desecration! OTSO won't know what hit them when they see this beast!
This one is going to get CRAZY quick!
Lightweight carbon gravel frame that's pretty darn spectacular!
Premium 3k carbon. Light. Fast. Wrapped around polished White Ind hubs and Sapim CX Ray spokes. Wicked!
The best 12-speed derailleur and shifter out there! Period.
My go-to for almost all of my bikes! Lightweight and crisp! Works great with anything out there!
Overkill? NAH! The best of the best for the application! Incredible modulation and stopping power.
Super cool w/150mm of internal travel! And the external pressure port is fantastic!
My lastest go-to for comfy and sticky as hell grips!
Lightest in the world? YUP! And just so easy to work with! The BB is e13 too for simplicity's sake.
Super light carbon bar that's got a great feel to the slight angle! LOVE THESE!
The Rene herse got old quick. 2 flats in 2 rides...ugh! So on went the "winter" tires, the Mezcal! For summer? I'll swap to Torreno's.
Start Date: 10-10-2020
End Date: 10-10-2020
First ride: 10-11-2020
OTSO Waheela C carbon frameset XL
OTSO Carbon fork
Wolftooth Premium Headset
Vittoria Mezcal 29x2.1 (winter)
Vittoria Torreno 29x1.9 (summer)
The Death Projects GR22 Carbon Wheelset
e*thirteen 9-46 12spd cassette
e*thirteen XCX carbon cranks
e*thirteen 40t UL ring
TRP TR12 Derailleur
TRP TR12 Shifter
DVO Garnet 150mm dropper
Wolftooth Dropper trigger
TRP Quadiem brakes
TRP 2 piece 160mm rotors
RevGrips race grips
KNOG Cobber lights
Oveja Negra top tube bag
Wolftooth B-RAD system w/bag
Magped pedals, lightweight magnesium