Saturday, December 15, 2007

Handmade Cyclocross Bike #23: Gary's Curtlo

Gary sent in his blue Curtlo, which is almost light enough to make it into both +1lap galleries.

Here is the skinny:

Steel frame – True Temper S3 tubing; 3.4# for the frame.

Alpha Q fork

Campagnolo Chorus derailleurs and shifters

Cane Creek SCX-5 Brakes

One Salsa Crosstop lever – Rear Brake

Bontrager Race X-Lite tubular wheels with Tufo T30 Pro tires

12-25 Cassette, 39/46 rings on Chorus cranks

SPD Pedals

Ritchey WCS stem, bar and seatpost

San Marco Era saddle

Total bike is 18.7# with the tubular wheels. Doug built it up with curved seat stays, and it handles and rides like a dream! For those that believe that a ‘Cross bike has to be ultra stiff, I have proof otherwise. The flex in the rear allows the bike to hook up better in rough terrain, and I have less fatigue. The bike still sprints well, too.

If you have a handmade cyclocross bike or one under 18 pounds email it to me at plusonelap at gmail dot com

1 comment:

Scott Sweeney said...

I love steel bikes....I race on an 853 Voodoo that currently comes in at 19 lbs. The extra weight for me is a suitable trade off for an awesome ride. Great to see that a steel ride is damn close to the light weight gallery as well!