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Old 06-20-2017, 08:44 PM
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Red face Gravel Grinder frame build

Hey,

So I built a gravel frame. Pretty happy with how it came out so if you'd like to read through some of my brain vomit and see some pics of the build process check out the link and let me know what you think?

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Old 06-20-2017, 08:50 PM
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It looks really slick. I love the way flatmount looks.
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:55 PM
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Doin it right. I want to see the finish!
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:00 PM
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I'll update this post when I get finished pics!
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Old 06-20-2017, 08:52 PM
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I got a little preview of this frame and it's super hotness. Such nice work. Can't wait to see the finished bike!!

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Old 06-20-2017, 09:19 PM
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Very nice, Varco. You keep getting better and better. I love the headtube.

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Old 06-20-2017, 09:22 PM
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slick whip!
perhaps throw a carbon sleeve into the head tube to keep water from blowing in through those holes, and subsequently into the TT and DT breather holes? not a full length sleeve where it would interfere with the headset, just enough to back the holes.
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Old 06-20-2017, 09:57 PM
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slick whip!
perhaps throw a carbon sleeve into the head tube to keep water from blowing in through those holes, and subsequently into the TT and DT breather holes? not a full length sleeve where it would interfere with the headset, just enough to back the holes.
There is a half round stainless steel insert brazed in there.
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Old 06-21-2017, 10:25 PM
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Very nice, Varco. You keep getting better and better. I love the headtube.

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Too kind, too kind.

Yes, I really like how that came out too!!! Only prob is that it would be a bitch to block off the letters if you wanted to leave the SS behind the steel naked.
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Looks amazing and would love to hear how it rides.

With that frame weight there's almost no reason not to go with steel on a gravel build nowadays. Any word from the owner on how it compares to something like a Moots or Niner?
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Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-13-2018, 03:28 AM
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Looks amazing and would love to hear how it rides.

With that frame weight there's almost no reason not to go with steel on a gravel build nowadays. Any word from the owner on how it compares to something like a Moots or Niner?
Hey,
Sorry I just saw a notification for this over a year later. Ha!

I got to ride it once and the Columbus Spirit was like none other I've ridden. It had this flex to it that seemed to almost kick back at you and come out the rear wheel when you were on it full gas! Yet it was really comfortable on rougher surfaces.

I really couldn't compare it to the others but it was a smoother ride than my True Temper Vurses CX build.


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hello allan pal, i missed you here on the forum, your pictures. hope you are doing ok.
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hello allan pal, i missed you here on the forum, your pictures. hope you are doing ok.
Thank you! We are doing quite well here in the "Great" North. I am fearing the impending weather but my son and I have really been enjoying the cyclocross season here! It's just week after week of great racing at beautiful venues!

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Classy build from a classy guy. Glad I got to hang out with him today!

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