- And there are so many gravel road options for riding just north of my house.
- And the KATY and Hamburg trails are pretty close too.
- And nobody can have just two bikes.
This is all the justification required to want a Gravel / Adventure bike. I decided that I wasn't going to buy any more new bikes a couple of years ago. They are way too much fun to build. I built a Specialized Roubaix for the road, and Jacob's Niner MTB. They both came out perfect. I started trolling craigs list, bike forums, and Ebay a few weeks ago watching for the deal that I knew would come. I was going to be flexible for either a rigid 29er or a CX frame as long as I could get the right size and a good deal, but it would have to be disc brake compatible. I didn't want to mess with caliper brakes or V brakes.
So last week I finally found one and scored a great deal on Ebay. It is a Made in USA 2003 Cannondale R1000 Cyclocross frame.
56cm CAAD7 6061 T6 aluminum with disc brake tabs
Wide aluminum fork with disc brake tabs
68 mm English bottom bracket
1 1/8 inch headset (frame came with a Campy Record headset)
130mm front axle spacing
135mm rear axle spacing
The frame has a scrape on the drive side chain stay where some previous chain suck dug in. Not deep, not structural, and will never be a problem. I think this bit of damage may have scared a lot of the other bidders away. Their loss, my gain!
My plans for this bike are:
1x10 drivetrain using the best parts I can scrounge.
700c wheels with discs
Biggest Schwalbe tires I can squeeze into the frame rails
And here are the brake mounts on the fork and frame:
Now that I've got it clamped up in my work stand I can start building. C
Gravel Bike Build - Part 2