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Old 02-02-2017, 10:28 PM
beeemmjay beeemmjay is offline
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Ice Cold

I've been meaning to post a blurb about my new build (middle of last summer), but haven't taken any great photos, or written anything. Conveniently, a friend took care of both (unsolicited even).
So, this is an opportunity to shamelessly show off my new bike, draw some attention to my incredible LBS (Blacksmith Cycle, Toronto), and also shine some light on a new friend that writes a great blog (lifeisabeautifuldetail)- which is where amongst other great posts you'll find some fantastic photos and an overview.

(pre-new bike)

Blacksmith built me a killer custom steel Alchemy when they were based in Austin, TX, and when I was childless and in much better shape. It was a fairly racey set-up, with some cool kid tricks-

Fast forward a few years and a couple of kids later (read: very little ride time, and very little fitness). Riding a relatively agro geo bike with a 44mm HT, started to beat me up on longer rides. I began thinking about something with a slightly more relaxed geometry that would suit my one-bike reality: club rides, solo jaunts, and being competitive with myself.

(new bike)

Blacksmith and I started to talk about direction.

Material: from steel I knew I wasn't going carbon, probably not aluminum (even though I had ridden a surprisingly smooth aluminum Cyfac some years earlier), and Ti didn't do it for me (no offence to any diehards). The decision to stick with steel was a no-brainer.

Builder: I was really diggin Stoemper's aesthetic, but felt like I'd be rebuilding what I already had, they got scratched. There was a beautiful emerald green lugged Rauler in the shop that would have been spot on, but for whatever reason I couldn't wrap my head around the lugs (still no reason why). I did like the idea of an Italian bike though. The other option was a Cherubim (I know, not Italian). They're beautifully made, and I think very sharp, but there's a time commitment involved that didn't jive with my impatience. Scapin came knocking and I opened the door.

The Scapin Spirit has seen a number of iterations, this is the latest. It's TIG welded, Columbus Spirit Mega tubing, with a 1-1/8 HT, a 27.2mm ST, and a standard English BB. Thought I wanted a braze-on FD, but opted for a clamp; the Parlee clamp is so clean, you just can't go wrong!

Colour was immediately a choice between two of the five historic colours: red, white, black, ice blue and ruby red. Ruby red intrigued me, but I'm not a (ruby) red bike kinda guy- ice blue was the winner. The Rauler had me thinking- I like chrome! I wanted the drive side chain stay chromed; Scapin upped the ante and chromed the entire rear triangle!

Chorus was the answer of course.

Wheels: Tune Schwarzbrenner 25mm rims on Tune Mig 70 / Mag 180 hubs. These guys are great. Previously a little graphically loud- Schwartzbrenner really screamed at you, so I got rid of the logos.

The wheels are all black so the components were going to match, but all that black was a little overpowering; we switched gears and went silver- Tune post, stem and headset. King Stainless cages. Extralite expander and sexy Italian lady top cap. Went a little bar nuts and put on a Schmolke Compact. Tan sidewalls will replace my now bald all black rubber in the Spring (I think tan is the right choice). Ideally I'll add a silver frame pump then and keep the black to a minimum, save the cables, bar tape, and saddle- a suede San Marco Supercorsa.

Overall this guy is a winner. The 1-1/8" headtube is substantially more mellow in the front end than the previous 44mm, and it's much lighter. We lengthened the seat stays and dropped the BB (72mm). HT angle is 71.5*, ST angle 73.5*. Bike handling is great, predictable but still lively. If talking skis, I'd say the tips are de-tuned just enough to engage confidently without being grabby.

A series of pre- and post-build photos are on the lifeisabeautifuldetail blog post (link above)

A couple of my own quickies below:

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Old 02-03-2017, 05:16 AM
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very nice and well thought out build....congrats!
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Old 02-03-2017, 02:40 PM
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Wow, that is just flat out nice. love the transition from the color to the chrome.
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Old 02-03-2017, 03:01 PM
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Looks great. Well done!!
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Old 02-03-2017, 04:26 PM
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That's a sharp bike. And thanks for the good write up.
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:51 AM
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A Scapin R8 in that Ice Blue color has been a dream frameset of mine for years.
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Old 03-02-2017, 05:35 PM
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That Saddle!
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Old 03-03-2017, 09:20 PM
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An oldie but a goodie

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Old 03-04-2017, 08:21 AM
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The bike is as good as the well-written write up. Thank you and great ride. Enjoy it.
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