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2018 Brother Kepler

My first bike completely build by myself from the frame. A kind of gravel / randonneur bike between my Cyfac Albatros (mainly for road and fast rando) and my Rockrider 700 (mainly for path and chill out rando). Super comfy, lively and very-capable bike.

Frame:
Brother Kepler 2018, size 56, cr-mo 4130 double butted

Fork/Headset:
Ritchey Swiss Cross custom paint / FSA Orbit MX purple external

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano XTR M980 175mm / Shimano XT MT800

Pedals:
Time Atac XC8 carbon

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Sunrace CS-MX8 11s 11/46 / 40T oval aliexpress / Shimano XTR 11

Derailleurs/Shifters:
Shimano XTR M9000 11s with J-Tek ShiftMate 8A / Shimano Dura-Ace bar-end 11

Handlebars/Stem:
Salsa Cowchipper 2 44cm / Ritchey Classic 90mm

Saddle/Seatpost:
Brooks C17 carved / Thomson Elite 27,2

Brakes:
Shimano XTR M970 (last XTR v-brake edition) / Cane Creek v-brake levers

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
DT R460 32T / Stan's 3.30 / Vittoria Terreno Dry 40C

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
DT R460 32T / Stan's 3.30 / Vittoria Terreno Dry 40C

Accessories:
King Cage bottlecages, purple titanium skemers, Peaty's tubeless valves, Wahoo GPS, two tubes fixed with Voile Straps copies, reflectors on spokes

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Gravel version summer '18
  2. Gravel version spring '19
  3. Rando version autumn '19
  4. Gravel version spring ’20
  5. Rando version summer ’20
  6. Spring-summer 2021
  7. Spring 2023

Current Stage Info:

Lighter and nervous as ever. A luxury setup but mainly second-hand parts, for my main adventure bike

Added by zammit. Last updated 5 months ago.

7 Comments

henry510

henry510 says:

siiiick

Posted almost 3 years ago

pedaFird12

pedaFird12 says:

Nice build! Love the details, like the cable housing.
May I ask you, how tall and what your inseam is? I'm 175cm and have an inseam of 85cm and want to ride the Kepler from Gravel-Travel Trips. Don't know if I should take the 54 or 56....

Posted about 4 years ago

zammit

zammit says:

Hello. I think 54 or 56 could work with you, it depend also of your riding style (agressive, technical, comfy…). I'm 179 and inseam of 85cm. I'm very happy white my 56cm with 90mm stem and gravel handlebar (short reach), maybe a shorter frame (and with slopping) could be better for technical singletracks but for road and gravel road, this frame geometry seems perfect for me.

Posted about 4 years ago

xorg

xorg says:

Awesome build! I like the red bartape. I'm building up a 2018 Kepler myself! How much does the bike weigh?

Posted about 5 years ago

zammit

zammit says:

Orange bartape!!
No idea for the weight, around 10~11kg. I'm looking for a new wheelset for tubeless (too much puntures with the Gravel Grinder Race at ~2,5 bar) and maybe less weight.

Posted about 5 years ago

Nathap470

Nathap470 says:

Dope!

Posted almost 6 years ago

GhostRidingTheWhip

GhostRidingTheWhip says:

+1

Posted about 5 years ago