Curto Cycles 1999 Advanced Mountaineer
Jim and all!
your review-. In 2005 I converted my 1999 Curtlo custom Advanced
Mountaineer mountain bike (fillet-brazed, triple butted and air-hardened
(True Temper OX Gold) to a 21st century interpretation of an English
three speed English touring bike. I wanted to evoke the1960's/1970's
Raleigh touring bikes while using up-to-date materials.
I ride mostly rails-to-trails, the Curtlo frame was perfectly suited
to the task, especially with its curved seat stays. I decided to
forego a more traditional touring frame and keep the Advanced Mountaineer.
(Think Thorn Touring bikes from SJS Cycles of England with its mountain
bike frames-sloping top tube, 1 1/8 inch steerer).
hand-built Curtlo has gone through several permutations. The only
thing NOT changed from the original setup from
1999 are the wheels - Mavic 217 rims, White Industry hubs and Wheelsmith
DB spokes - those and the Avid Arch supreme brakes (no longer made
Olive Green Metallic and cream panel paint job is courtesy of Assenmacher
Cycle shop right here in Michigan; again meant to be reminiscent
of 1960's and 70's raleigh touring bikes. The original paint was
British racing green.
the specs for those wanting to know:
Brooks sprung B67 saddle on a Kalloy Laprade seatpost;
1 X 9 setup: XT 9-spd cassette with a Sram 9-spd X-9 derailer;
Middleburn single chainring crankset;
MKS 1970's style rat trap pedals with reflectors - (Raleigh Touring
bikes used this type of pedal);
XTR brake and derailler cables in gray;
FSA titanium bottom bracket;
Sram X-0 9-spd thumb shifter (Again meant to replicate the famous
Sturmey Archer three speed internal gear hub only in nine speeds;
both thumb shifters!);
Nitto North Road handlebar - also known as an Albatross bar for
you Rivendell folks;
Vintage 1970's white grips;
Chris King Headset;
Carradice Barley Saddlebag;
NOS Nylon whitewall tires 1.75 off of ebay;
Fork: Tange Infinity.
may switch over to Schwalbe Returner tires (balloon tires) with
a non-sprung B-68 later this summer.