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Old 07-24-2017, 01:11 AM
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Kent Eriksen custom all-road

Here's my new custom Kent Eriksen all-road bike (welded by Brad Bingham). It has seen all sorts of paved and dirt roads in the Bay Area and handles beautifully on both. I have a road-bike that Kent built for me back in 2009 and wanted something with similar geometry but with disc brakes and clearance for 40mm tires. As before, my experience ordering the bike from Kent (and now Brad) was very positive and I highly recommend adding Eriksen to your shortlist if you're looking for custom Ti!

The build is pretty straightforward:
- Ultegra Di2 disc groupset, compact crank, 11x32 cassette
- Eriksen custom stem and setback sweetpost
- Parlee disc fork (15mm thru-axle flat-mount)
- DT Swiss R 23 Spline DB wheelset w/40mm Clement X'Plor MSOs (non-tubeless)
- Deda RHM bars
- Selle Italia SLR Nubuk saddle
- Shimano XTR SPD pedals
- King Ti cages
- Supacaz bartape
- Silca Impero frame pump

Weight is around 19lbs without pedals and pump.



















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Old 07-24-2017, 05:30 AM
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Congrats, that thing is beautiful and I imagine rides just as nice. I love the timeless look of many of the Ti bikes.

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Old 07-24-2017, 06:51 AM
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purrrfect. love the brown bits.
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:19 AM
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this thing is incredible. I just stared at the photo of the seat tube junction welds for about five minutes. it's just gorgeous. congrats!
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:28 AM
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Wow, those welds
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Old 07-24-2017, 08:32 AM
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that's a seriously nice bike.
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Old 07-24-2017, 11:13 AM
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That's just about perfect. The only thing I would change is the frame size, so it would fit me.
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Old 07-24-2017, 11:24 AM
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damn, thats nice, thanks for sharing this dream machine
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:35 PM
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Wow! What a beaut! Those welds are stunning!
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Old 07-24-2017, 02:56 PM
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That is a perfect looking bike. Love that saddle too!
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Old 07-24-2017, 03:02 PM
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That's a heckuva rig. Congrats!
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Old 07-24-2017, 03:27 PM
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Beautiful bike.

May I ask a question? I'm looking at my first Ti bike. Would be a wet ride bike, not downpours etc, but misty/foggy days. Also would like to double duty as a all road / gravel grinder. One builder said I should go 40 mm clearance for that style bike. I had been thinking more eurocross style for tire selection. Like 33mm. I really don't want to give up much of race bike handling as I would ride this on our Saturday mornings my world championship rides at least 40-50% of Saturday's. I'd have two wheel sets. One with the gravel tires. One with tubulars for Saturday am.

How much, if any,l does this bike give up to your Ericksen road bike in terms of handling or general raciness?

Thx

Jon
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Old 07-24-2017, 03:29 PM
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Old 07-24-2017, 05:03 PM
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So nice
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Old 07-24-2017, 06:25 PM
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Beautiful bike.

May I ask a question? I'm looking at my first Ti bike. Would be a wet ride bike, not downpours etc, but misty/foggy days. Also would like to double duty as a all road / gravel grinder. One builder said I should go 40 mm clearance for that style bike. I had been thinking more eurocross style for tire selection. Like 33mm. I really don't want to give up much of race bike handling as I would ride this on our Saturday mornings my world championship rides at least 40-50% of Saturday's. I'd have two wheel sets. One with the gravel tires. One with tubulars for Saturday am.

How much, if any,l does this bike give up to your Ericksen road bike in terms of handling or general raciness?

Thx

Jon
Hi Jon,

With the 40mm tires, my times up a popular local climb (Kings Mountain Rd in Woodside, CA) are about 1 minute less when compared to my "proper" road bikes. I'd attribute this primarily to the increased rolling resistance of the X'Plor MSOs. I think having a second wheelset with narrower tires would make that difference go away. I haven't yet done a fast group ride on this bike but I suspect the bike is not going to hold me back as much as my level of fitness (or lack thereof).

The handling seems pretty similar to my Eriksen road bike, but is ever so-lightly biased in favor of stability over agility. These are the main geometry differences:
- top tube length is similar on both (54.5cm)
- wheelbase on my gravel bike is slightly longer (102cm vs 97.7cm)
- chainstays on my gravel bike are slightly longer (43cm vs 41cm)
- headtube angle on my gravel bike is slightly slacker (73º vs 71.6º)

The great thing about a custom bike is you can have a conversation with the builder about the exact things you're looking for, and they can come up with a geometry that meets your requirements.

I initially wanted clearance for up to 45mm tires, but after speaking with Kent and Brad, I was convinced to stick with 40mm because I wanted the handling to be similar to my road bike.

Hope this helps!
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