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Old 04-14-2019, 11:35 AM
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Further to my thread about track bike fit. I decided to go for an altruiste. There are multiple reasons why, mostly like the idea of supporting a small builder in a small place.

As luck would have it, I ended up visiting New Brunswick this week and stopped in at the shop to meet Gabe and talk bikes.

He is a super nice guy that has built over 2500 frames as a welder for other brands. Under his own brand he has built about 400 frames over the past 6 years. While his love is dirt jumping, one of his biggest sellers are his track frames and forks.

He came to my attention from a redkite prayer podcast after his win for best of show at last year's NAHBS.

When I was there he was finishing painting a track frame and was putting the finishing touches on a monster cross style road frame built for di2 alfine and a belt drive with internal routing and a tonne of braze ons for bottles and bags.

Now onto my bike,which won't arrive until June. It will be a stock geometry 58 track frame and steel fork with custom paint. Fun thing is he has a large supply of true temper tubes, including S3. My bike will have a S3 biaxial downturn and teardrop top tube and be powder coated trawler orange.

Here are a few pics from his workshop. Pics of my bike to follow when it arrives.
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:46 AM
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Rad, this going to be a pure track bike for Milton or more of a street thing?
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:55 AM
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Pure track for milton.

His prices are really reasonable. Even more so for you US folks due to soft dollar.

His welds were very clean and even.
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:43 PM
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Kool. Looking at his instagram page there are alot of interesting designs.
I will be contacting him on a HT bikepacking rig soon,SS/carbon combo and 120 or 130 front end.
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Old 04-25-2019, 09:29 PM
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I know a couple folks who are really happy with their altruiste frames. What fork will you be putting on it?
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Old 04-25-2019, 10:46 PM
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Gabe is going to build me one.
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Old 09-30-2019, 08:20 PM
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Mine finally arrived. A bit later than agreed to, but it is here. The color is not what I was expecting but is cool as it is a shiny clear coat. If it had gone over a white base it would likely be a vibrant orange, which is what I was going for.

The frame and fork came packaged very well.

Love the head badge of a hermit crab claw and little details are found everywhere on the bike from my name punched into the drop outside to Gabe signing the steerer.

Will be built up as follows
Phil hubs laced to cxp rims I got here
Campy pista crank and bb
Parts bin stem,bar saddle

Still need tires and headset.

I'll post more pics and a review once I've ridden it a few times at the track.
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:00 PM
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Nice one!
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Old 10-03-2019, 03:13 PM
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cool triple triangle
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Old 10-07-2019, 09:47 AM
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And here it is built up. Took it for a quick test ride up and down the street to make sure everything was tight and the fit was where I wanted it. It has about 1 cm more drop and 1 cm more reach than my SV - exactly as I had planned for.

Last thing left to do is retape the bars.

One big decision is should I go with a white saddle and bar tape or stay black.
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Old 10-07-2019, 11:29 AM
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white, it just looks faster!
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Old 10-07-2019, 01:02 PM
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With those silver wheels, white may look better. The black saddle and tape may look better if you had silver cockpit parts to match the rims.

Either way, that’s a cool looking bike.


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Old 10-07-2019, 06:55 PM
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Totally subjective but black+black let the frame color be the star, IMO. Cool frame whatever way you go.
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Old 10-23-2019, 09:44 AM
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Ride Report - First night at the track

Last night was my first trip to the Milton Velodrome with the new bike. Got a few interesting comments about the bike, mostly that it looked purpose built and simple. I agree wirth the purpose built part, but the simple part is off, there are a tonne of little details in the frame and fork, that you have to look for and be able to see to appreciate.

In terms of the frame and fork, they are dead straight and handle predictably. I think going with the TT S3 tubing, especially the oversized biovalized downtube contributed to a very stiff frame that was still pretty light.

A minor quibble, likely based on what I am used to vs any fault of the frame, the bike steers very quick. In looking at geometry the head angle is steeper than what I am used to, and the bar width is narrower than the rentals so the front end is lively, but not so much that it takes too much energy/focus to control things.

I also have gotten so used to riding a bike with a low bottom bracket, the sensation of sitting on the bike vs in the bike took a few minutes to get used to again.

Overall I am very happy with the decision to get this bike, from a small builder that I was able to meet.

I'll try to get a picture of it at the track.

For people in the GTA, the Tuesday night Intermediate Structured Training class is not very full right now (last night there were 3 of us, plus 3 people doing special workouts), good time to get certified and come out. If transportation is an issue, reach out to me and we'll see if I can pick you up or drop off near a transit stop. I plan on going most Tuesdays between now and May.

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Old 11-15-2019, 12:48 PM
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And a picture at the track
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