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Old 11-17-2016, 03:05 PM
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Kirk Terraplane all-road

Here is my new Kirk.

I just finished putting it together. SRAM CX1, Fizik fittings, SP dynamo, Ergott wheels, Compass BJP's, Revox cantis. The IQ-X headlight and PDW fenders are coming soon. Cantilevers, yeah they are still great. This is the successor to my green Kirk MRB which I recently sold - that was maybe my favorite bike ever, but I wanted to tweak a few things and adjust the fit... so Dave kindly built me another. The ride is just as good this time around with a nice mix of snap and comfort for excellent riding almost anywhere. Joe Bell's paintwork is quite something. Indoors it looks red, but outdoors it turns a deep sparkling autumn orange that flows like water over the smooth fillet joints. The coloring is inspired by the 2011 NAHBS Kirk, and I reworked the contrast color arrangement to fit current Kirk logo styling. The afternoon sunlight was just right for pictures.
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Old 11-17-2016, 03:08 PM
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Very nice!
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Old 11-17-2016, 03:36 PM
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Gorgeous bike Steve! Enjoy!
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Old 11-17-2016, 03:50 PM
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lordy thats a mighty fine ride. does it get any better?

Please report back on the Compass Bon Jon Jovi passes, running them tubeless or with tubes?
thinking of running some on my Ergott/Pacentis as well. i even opened their website this afternoon and almost bought some. im just not sure they will fit, haha.
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Old 11-17-2016, 04:14 PM
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lordy thats a mighty fine ride. does it get any better?

Please report back on the Compass Bon Jon Jovi passes, running them tubeless or with tubes?
thinking of running some on my Ergott/Pacentis as well. i even opened their website this afternoon and almost bought some. im just not sure they will fit, haha.
Better? Maybe not, but there are all kinds of equally excellent around here.

The BJPs are great. I've actually been riding this set off and on this year on another bike...with inner tubes at 40-50psi. As you would expect, the ride quality splits the difference between the excellent Compass 32 (my favorite) and larger 38+ Compass offerings which are overkill for my everyday riding. These are tires for a ride without a plan.
Tubeless would be a lay-up with these, but they work nicely with inner tubes as well. These measure just over 36mm wide on the Easton R90SL rims (19.5/24 internal/external).
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Old 11-17-2016, 04:14 PM
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Wow, that's cool. Any specific reason for going canti when you also have a disc Zanc? Or just sticking to the last design where there's no reason to change it?
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Old 11-17-2016, 04:29 PM
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Wow, that's cool. Any specific reason for going canti when you also have a disc Zanc? Or just sticking to the last design where there's no reason to change it?
Hydro discs are awesome for the braking and for the wheel design they facilitate, and I love riding with them especially where wet+dirt is happening.

However, a good cantilever set up properly is still a joy to ride...though not at all the same as a disc brake. Also, cantilevers look cool.

No reason to change anything if I can have one of each.
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Old 11-17-2016, 05:00 PM
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Beauty!

Will you good enough fender clearance with those tires? They look so much bigger than 35mm in the photos.
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Old 11-17-2016, 05:51 PM
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That came out really nicely, from fillet brazing and paint to wheels. Must be a pleasure to ride--enjoy!
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Beauty!

Will you good enough fender clearance with those tires? They look so much bigger than 35mm in the photos.
Good question.
The specification was 33+fenders, 36 without. It could probably fit certain fenders over the BJP tires with adequate clearance - the PDW fenders are thin and fortunately shaped for that, more so than Honjos. Though my plan is to run Compass 32s under PDW fenders with good clearance.

Yeah those tires do look huge.
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She's a beauty

Great paint scheme. What's the color name and/or code?
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Old 11-17-2016, 07:24 PM
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Having both disc and rim brake bikes lets you be better friends with your favorite wheel builders...
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Sparky pal, is your new kirk going to D2R2 next year?
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Great paint scheme. What's the color name and/or code?
I once had this orange Rivendell Rambouillet. The paint was a terrific orange pearl...anyone remember those orange Rams? Beautiful. I bet Joe Bell painted that bike. In any case, that 2011 NAHBS Kirk reminded me of orange Rambouillet paintwork but only better, darker, more intense. My new Kirk attempts to replicate that 2011 Kirk specifically. Unfortunately I don't know the color numbers etc because the base coat is a hand-mixed color that is a deep nearly-red shade of orange. It is finished with a pearl overspray. I bet Joe would tell you more about it if you asked him nicely.
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