After building Christine a really cool, a bit radical, mountain bike, XC Death Project Nukeproof Scout, I had toyed around with the idea of ridding her of the aluminum hell that is her Cannondale Quick. Something SMOOTH, fast, supple yet that handles like a champ!
A few months went by as I mulled over how to bring it up to her. Drop some hints "so, if there was one thing you could change about either of your bikes, what would it be..." But nothing really worked "they're fine" she would say.
Fine wasn't good enough though. I wanted AMAZING! So then I just dropped the bomb: "So, I was thinking about getting you a steel frame bike, a COTIC"....
And the snowball started! She was excited. I was too...I love building bikes! So after some thought, some sizing issues to work out, the spreadsheets came out and the build has begun! the frame is on order, a small COTIC Escapade in Ano Gray. Super cool even though she wanted purple. But I'll do some purple bits, just for her.
Sleek. Light. Fast! Super cool! This one will be really cool when it's done. Lots of steel and carbon! Nice wide tires. Go over anything frame! Just a great all arounder that will put the Cannondale 'off the shelf' bike to shame. Let the build begin!
Steel! It's real! The frame is going to be smooth and supple to ride! Carbon fork to save some weight and provide more positive steering. And of course, a Jones bar...because drop bars suck!
Something unique and cool! Darn Europeans get all the good stuff! Bulletproof and fast-rolling! But wide enough for the tough stuff if it comes along.
Lightweight and work great! I have the Rival1 on my gravel bike and love it! So these are just that much better. A change to Gravel Death Project too? We'll see.
Start Date: Ordered 7/1/2020
COTIC Escapade steel frame: Small
COTIC Carbon Mk5 fork
Pirelli Cinturato Grave H 700x45 tires
NEXTIE Carbon gravel rims
DT Swiss350 hub rear
SP Dynamo hub front
TRP Hylex RS hydro brakes
TRP Slate Levers
TRP 160mm rotors fr/rear
Wolftooth Premium headset
Wolftooth headset spacers
Wolftooth Seatpost clamp
SRAM PG1130 Cassette 9-42
SRAM X1 Shifter
SRAM PC1130 chain
SRAM GX Derailleur
SRAM CX Rival1 carbon crankset
Wolftooth purple ring bolts