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  • So I broke the forks on my Heuvelmans CX frame a while back, so I swapped the SRAM Rival group set over to the Cannondale (formerly Cannondale Rack). This was always a temporary solution until I saved up enough to buy a new frame (and then I cracked the Cannondale). I wasn't sure what frame to get (was looking at the All City Mr Pink, Rawlands and some secondhand touring frames on eBay), when my friends shop got a Space Horse in. I wasn't initially sold on it, and was hesitant to go back to canti's, but after looking at some builds online I put a deposit it on there and started saving some $$$ for it (and a trip to Japan). This is my first brand new frame, so it's pretty exciting.

    What I wanted was a bike to do (almost) everything. I missed the bigger tyres of my CX bike, but liked the gearing of my road bike, but hated how limiting it was. I was also sick of clip on mudguards (the rattling and poor coverage), so I wanted full guards and I missed having a front rack. Hopefully this will cover commuting, longer hill rides (with a lot of gravel / single track) and maybe some (very light) touring.

    The build will be as follows:

    • Frame and fork: 55cm All City Space Horse (2014 model in blue)

    • Wheels and tyres: Black H+Son Archetype to Shimano 105 hubs, WTB Cross Wolf or Challenge Grifo (haven't decided yet, but they will only be temporary)

    • Groupset: SRAM Rival (shifters, cranks and dérailleurs with a mid cage rear dérailleur for 11-32 cassette), compact gearing (34/50). GXP bottom bracket.

    • Pedals: Time ATAC Aliums

    • Bar and Stem: Salsa Cowbell 2 (42cm I think, or 40cm) and a Sim Works by Nitto Dirty Rhonda stem. Lizard Skins DSP tape, MASH SF bar ends.

    • Headset: Cane Creek S8, MASH SF top cap.

    • Seat and seat post: 1990 Flite (reissue) and stock Giant two bolt seat post.

    • Brakes: Tektro CR720's with Kool Stop Salmon pads

    • Misc: SKS P45 Longboard mudguards, Soma porteur rack (black), Spur Cycles bell, Velo Orange "Moderniste" bidon cages.

    The first upgrades will be to more all-round tyres and pedals, probably Resist Nomads in 35's and Shimano A530 pedals (so I can wear "normal" shoes if I want). I'm also keen to get one of the Chrome front rack duffle bags and a Paul Gino light mount (or I might just DIY something similar).

    Photos to come.

  • This also sold me on the Soma porteur rack over the the Surly Nice Rack.

  • (Double post)

  • Picked up a package from the post office tonight and now have everything (except for the frame, which I'm picking up on the weekend) to build it up. Was slightly worried because I'm using a Shimano XT MTB cassette and I wasn't sure if it would work fine on the 105 hub, but there was no issues.

    Installed the cassette, tyres and tubes and fitted the levers, Sim Works stem and bell to the bars. There's also a photo of the MASH stem cap and bar ends I'm using.


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  • I've never come across that stem, you had it a while?

  • Looking forward to seeing the end result. Been after one of these for a while.. may part with some cash very soon :)

  • I'm looking forward to seeing the end result too!

  • Made by Nitto.

  • Lovely stem indeed... available in UK market?

  • I bought it in 2013 from Blue Lug in Japan. Haven't seen them outside Japan, but I think there's a U.S. distributor (maybe Hunter Cycles?) now as well.

    http://sim-works.com

  • Knocked together a quick light mount for my front rack tonight using a spare Velo Orange bar end plug and a old seat post off cut. It works, just needs the post to be cut straight (and I might use a non-scratched to shit one) and some tweaking so it sits level.


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  • Yeah this is exciting

  • Did some trading of tyres and ended up with a barely ridden set of these in 700 x 32:

    http://clementcycling.com/ush

    The reviews look pretty favourable for what I want in a tyre and fun fact we had a cat called Clement growing up (dad was a cyclist).

  • Subbed!

  • Mines ordered.. oops !

  • I like what you did here...I just ghetto'd up some tube wrapped in electrical tape on my dropout, with the same light...and same tyres, but 40's


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  • Paid the remaining balance off today, picking the frame up tomorrow night, and getting the headset installed, steerer cut and BB installed. I'll be building it up this weekend.

    The shop also had a carbon seatpost offcut... so I'll use that for my light mount. Gotta save the grams somewhere.


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  • Boom.

  • Really starting to love the All-city bikes, can't wait till my work horse comes! GL with the build!

  • Finally finished it this weekend. Took it for a quick shakedown ride in between rain showers today.

    Fuck this bike rules. Fits perfectly, rides awesome and it all came together reasonably easily.

    I'll take some better photos soon, but for now...

  • Nice one!

  • Lovely stuff. Looks great!

  • Hi, that's a nice looking bike indeed.
    By the way, which rack is that?

  • It's a Soma Porteur rack.

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