So this was a surprise. The Cannondale cranks arrived today and actually look really good. Good enough to use on the bike before getting a proper refurb.
Finally finished sanding down the rims. I took an awful lot longer than I had hoped it would. The area surrounding the spoke holes was particularly difficult to clean up, because the spoke holes are raised. Clear coat will be applied somewhere next week, so hoping I can send them off to a wheel builder soon afterwards.
Just took delivery of some nice parts for the bike.
The saddle is a Berk Lupina. I read some great reviews on this saddle, which made me want to give it a shot. I also bought a Fabric Scoop Radius something, in case it doens't work out.
The cranks are NOS SRAM XX1's with a GXP axle. I have a Hope bottom bracket on the way, which I hope will work with this. These will be replacing the Hollowgrams I had planned. I thought all I needed was a new axle and a bottom bracket, but turns out they require a special offset fat bike chainring to make it work on a fat bike. With all the add ons adding up significantly to the price, it just didn't make sense anymore.
The Hope bottom bracket arrived yesterday. This gave me a chance to check if the cranks with the 30T chainring clear the frame. Good news is the cranks do, bad news is the chainring does not (as you can tell by the damaged paint). I suppose I could go down to 28T. But that would limit my top end speed even more. So I am considering putting a dimple in the chain stay where it hits the chainring. With a bit of luck this may even give me space to fit a 32T. This seems like a setup that might work.
Rims are ready for clear coat. Not sure how long it will take before they are finished. Hoping next week.
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