I finally found the time to put together a project that I started last fall. The frameset is a Van Dessel Gin and Trombones. I bought it off the 'net for $350. The seller told me that he was sponsored by another company, and had this (his personal bike) repainted and kept in the pits. I had all of the parts minus a front der ($45). It has a carbon fork/seat stays, BB30 and tapered headset. I personally dig the color. 19.5 lbs as shown:
I guess the saddle is new as well. After my recent plumbing problems I wondered if I should be sitting "on" the saddle rather than "in" the saddle. I went back to the drawing board and measured myself with both the Specialized and Bontrager seat measuring thing. My ischial tuberosity measurement said I need a 155mm saddle. Aside from my Brooks, the other saddles I was riding were 134mm. Not supporting my "sit bones" may have been forcing me to put pressure on the soft parts and causing me problems.
The first thing I noticed is that I needed to lower my saddle 2cm. Definitely less pressure as well. I've only ridden it a couple of times, but I am optimistic. Hopefully I will ride long this weekend and test it further.
This bike will not see any mid to back of pack finishes on the gravel events this spring. I was one of the unlucky ones who missed the lottery drawing of the Ragnorak. I will miss transiowa due to a conference in New Orleans. The Almazno 100 will be ridden with the man child on a tandem.
A recent sale of some TT wheels has made the thought of a new fatbike a workable idea.
More things to sell:
Offset 29'er wheels
Cannondale Slice Framset (54cm):
Have a good weekend.