wanted to replace my 1984 Trek frame with something like the A Homer
Hilson; but I also wanted to use my Paul's Neo Retro brakes, which
I love; I wanted 130 or 132 wheel spacing, because I already owned
two extra sets of wheels. I also wanted threaded inserts at the
crown & seat bridge for a pair of Honjo fenders; and, I wanted
it in an orange, like the original Rambouillet. When I wrote to
Grant Peterson about it he quoted me a price that was almost custom.
Then, while looking for a new crank I came across this frame set
and immediately realized it was almost everything I was looking
for. The lugs are simpler than the AHH, it's a single color, and
there is room for 35 mm tires with these fenders.
found the color hard to photograph, Hiroshi calls it "Moltini
Orange", but it reminds me of orange creamsicle, for those
of you old enough to remember them. This has been my every day bike
for the past year but in addition to commuting I've done mountains
with it and would concur with the review in Bicycle Quarterly -
the bike climbs nicely, descends solidly, and corners predictably.
It feels lively, is very stable at slow speed, which is important
in a commuter. It may be a tad light in the front. I let go of the
handlebars at 35+ MPH and got a small amount of front end vibration.
Since I'm not in the habit of doing this, it doesn't concern me.
The 62 cm (ctc) frame has a long, 60cm, TT, which gives me the first
bike I've ever owned without any TCO.
here are the details:
Frame & Fork : Ebisu All Purpose 62 CM (http://www.jitensha.com/eng/aboutframes_e.html
Wheels: These are Ultegra, with Open Pro, 28 Fr & 32 R, with 32MM
Pasellas; but sturdier 105 / Synergy will commute the 30 miles rt
to work every day.
Drive Train: Phil Wood BB; Sugino XD2, 48/34T; Hiroshi came through
with a beauty; Ultegra 12x27 9 spd; Campy Centaur Fr & R derailleurs;
Conex 908 chain; Silver bar ends, Speedplay Frog Pedals
Nitto seat post, Nitto Deluxe stem, Noodle bars with cloth tape
, Selle Anatomica Rubusto Saddle.
Brakes: Pauls Neo Retros with Cane Creek Levers (very good combination).
Accessories: Honjo Fluted Fenders, Nito Rear Rack, Carradice SQR,
DiNotte Dual Lithium Ion 5W Lights, Spanninga Rear Fender light
I've added the small Nitto Canti rack in the front since these were
photos at: http://gallery.me.com/mhechmer#100029