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Old 07-31-2021, 09:54 PM
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Zukas Road Disc

I got into the Zukas queue well over a year ago looking for a steel road bike that was similar to my old serotta fierte. Something to put long road miles on with room for some 28-30mm tires and a bike that is just easy to ride all day. This is my first custom frame and I'm definitely glad I did this.

The inspiration, a bike I owned a while back for a couple years



I asked for a low BB, not too stiff, external cables and 1-1/8" steerer, but with disc brakes. We went with a ritchey fork on this build. The build kit for this one is a bit of a mash up as I wanted to stick to a silver finish on my components for a more classic road look further complicated by what I can actually get my hands on the past few months.

I've got ritchey classic wheels, bar and stem and thomson post. Drivetrain is sram red 11 speed mechanical shift/hydro brake and will be using hope rx4+ silver calipers - the brakes were a lucky score on ebay as I had resigned to using the sram red post mount calipers with adapters. Red rear derailleur, ultegra 6600 front derailleur, and the crank is an old silver sram rival with FSA compact 34/50 chainrings paired with an 11-28 cassette should make easy work of just about anything.

Nate's first photo out of paint -



White industries headset installed



And build in progress





I need to order a BB now that I've settled on the crank and will run new (white) brake hoses. Hope to be rolling soon!

As this was wrapping up, I put another deposit to replace my drop bar mountain bike / bikepacking frame with something custom next winter with Nate, he's been super easy to work with!
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Old 07-31-2021, 10:50 PM
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That looks great! Impressive.
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Old 07-31-2021, 11:00 PM
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Nice! I always seem to like Nate's work. I'd like to see one in person.
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Old 07-31-2021, 11:05 PM
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Well that’s coming together nicely! Love the paint, and I bet it rolls sweet with those tires.
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Old 08-01-2021, 02:15 AM
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Wow, great bike and I dig the silver parts! Did you end up snagging silver sram flatmount RX4 brake calipers?! That was a lucky one - I gave up on finding them for my build later this year and found some Force FMs here on the Paceline.

Send me a photo just so my envy factor can skyrocket!!
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Old 08-01-2021, 06:36 AM
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This is gonna look great with all that silver!
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Old 08-01-2021, 01:33 PM
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Did you end up snagging silver sram flatmount RX4 brake calipers?!
I did, they popped up on ebay so I got lucky there even paying full price on them. I got a notice there was another set that went up today from the same seller....
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Old 09-19-2021, 06:16 PM
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Well, we're nearly done - just need to order a pair of paul calipers and I'll be done with this one Been a long wait to ride it, hope its worth it!



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Old 09-19-2021, 07:29 PM
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Geometry/specs, please!
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Old 09-19-2021, 07:50 PM
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Specs on the frame - Ritchey fork, straight 1-1/8" head tube, T47 BB, flat mount disc, thru axles. Building with ritchey classic components, red 22 shifters/RD/cassette, ultegra 6600 FD, sram rival crank w/ FSA chainrings. My only real gripe so far with this is that all the T47 BB's available are black

Building an external cable bike is a real joy, its so easy.

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Old 09-19-2021, 08:33 PM
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Paul calipers? Wasn't Hope the calipers you were able to snag?
Super sharp looking bike!
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Old 09-19-2021, 08:42 PM
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Paul calipers? Wasn't Hope the calipers you were able to snag?
Super sharp looking bike!
I ended up with an older set of Sram hydro levers and they just did not work with the Hope RX4+ and the bigger pistons in them.

For a sunny day road bike though, I think the Paul Klampers will do just fine. I havent decided if I regret not getting rim brakes, my big concern was parts availability down the road...
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Old 09-19-2021, 10:04 PM
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It looks like you have a KCNC rotor on the rear and a different one on the front. I have a 140mm 6 bolt matching KCNC if you're interested.
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Old 09-20-2021, 08:34 AM
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It looks like you have a KCNC rotor on the rear and a different one on the front. I have a 140mm 6 bolt matching KCNC if you're interested.
Good eye... I have a matching KCNC front, just hadnt gotten to changing it yet. The hope calipers I started with dictated a 160 rotor, but with those gone I'll be using a 140 in the rear.

Polished Klampers ordered now...

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Old 11-27-2021, 07:01 PM
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Welp, after a 10 week wait for paul klampers, she's done and got a short cold ride in this afternoon.

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