Finally got this built, after purchasing the frame almost two years ago before moving out from Melbourne. It’s a Black Mountain Cycles Cross Frame, designed by its owner Mike Varley, produced in Taiwan. Earlier this year they’ve also introduced their US-made frames, courtesy of SF-based Falconer Cycles, with slightly different features.
I’d intended the bike to be more of a travelling rather than a race machine. The current 2:1 gearing is based on past experience running this combo fixed on my Cross-Check, and this is the first time I’m running it SS. So far it’s okay, I still prefer 2:1 fixed, but I’ve only done low kms anyway so we’ll see - hopefully if I end up making it for tomorrow’s Brisbane Gravel Grinder.
Most parts are as planned, with the exception of the bottom bracket and cranks (the wide chainstays only allow 110BCD, so my options are fairly limited). Still waiting for some salmon pads too - as a first time Shorty 6 user, I can honestly say they do live up to their squealing reputation! I’m also still deciding on the setback post, currently feeling a bit too far back. Did flip the stem and it did feel better, but again, it’s still only early.
Big ups to Gypsy for parts and resilience to get the correct chainline, the FOA mob for TB14 advice, and angry for gearing counselling.
50cm Black Mountain Cycle Cross Frame
Salsa Woodchipper 2 Handlebar
TRP RRL Brake Levers
Avid Shorty 6 Cantilever Brakes
Thomson Elite Stem
Cane Creek 40 Headset
Thomson Elite Setback Seatpost
Brooks Team Pro Saddle
Specialized Bottle Cages
Sinz Expert Cranks 170mm
Sinz Expert Chainring 36T
Crank Brothers Candy 3 Pedals
H+Son TB14 Rims
Phil Wood Hubs
Schwalbe Marathon Mondials 700x40
WI Eno Freewheel 18T