Sunday, January 9, 2011

A "BIG" bike for a "BIG" guy

At 6" 3" and 270lbs Steven has always felt he was riding bikes that were to small for him. So when he decided to have a bike custom built his search led him to the Rivendell Hunquapillar. Steven ordered his frame set direct from Rivendell including headset, special gold flake paint, and Bull Moose handlebars to be delivered direct to VicsClassicBikes. He and I spent the next several weeks planing this build. We took one system at a time, carefully going over options before deciding on the components. Here is what we came up with.

Starting with the wheels, we decided to have Peter White Cycles do the wheel build. Steven was sure that he wanted Velocity Chucker rims. The front hub is a Sanyo Dyno Hub that powers the LumoTec lighting system and the rear hub is a Velocity. Both wheels are laced with Wheelsmith 14G double butted stainless steel spokes.

The drive train starts out with a SKF sealed bottom bracket. This was the first SKF BB that I have installed and I have to say that I am impressed. From the quality of the unit with drive side roller bearings and moisture seal to the 2 year warranty - SKF has come up with a winner. I will be using this bottom bracket a lot more in the future.

Velo Orange fluted compact crank set, 48x34. Cassett - Shimano HG-40 8 speed 11-34-Rivendell Grip King pedals. Front derailleur - Shimano Ultegra 6700 and the rear is Shimano Deore XT M771. Shifting is handled by Shimano 8 speed bar end shifters mounted to Pauls Thumies. All tied together with a SRAM PC890 chain.

Stopping power is supplied by Paul's Cantilever brakes and levers including Paul's Moon Units for straddle wire attachment. Front and rear generator powered lights by Bush Muller.

Nitto racks front and rear will handle any load Steven needs to carry. A Brooks Flyer Special saddle is mounted atop a Nitto S83 post and complemented by Brooks leather grips.

Additional bits included Velo Orange water bottle cage, Cat Eye Strada 6 function Wireless computer, Crane brass bell, and Plescher 2 leg center kick stand. Steven will protect his head with a Bern helmet.

It has been a pleasure and honor to work with Steven on this build. This is a unique high end build that doesn't come along very often. I hope it brings Him many years of cycling enjoyment.

A big bike for a big man.