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Custom 650B Gravel - Porteur - Commuter

This was a long-time dream project — to design a frame that could be built up for purposes ranging from gravel-grinding, to centuries, to fully loaded touring (including touring overseas) It needed to have disc brakes to support tires ranging from 26x2.1", 650x42b, or 700x25c (all have similar overall diameters). It needed adjustable dropouts to support single-speed, belt drive, and to simply play with chainstay length (short point of 420mm, long point of 445mm) It needed a flat top tube to maintain a classic porteur style look. It needed S&S couplers to travel without extra baggage fees It needed to be strong enough to handle being throw around by baggage handlers in a box and also to support 100lbs of cargo This is the result. Frame front triangle is double OS True Temper Plat OX (8/5/8), rear triangle is straight guage. Frame is no weight weenie at about 6lbs flat, but it handles beautifully fully loaded and is probably stiffer than could possibly be needed unloaded (but the 650x40 tires make for a pretty plush ride). A rohloff belt-drive setup is probably in this bike's future to have a low-maintenance and grease-free travel setup.

Frame:
Snyder Cycles — Custom

Fork/Headset:
Surly Disc Trucker / Chris King

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
VRCR Ceramic GXP

Pedals:
MKS Lambda EZY Superior

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
White Industries GR30 44/24, 165

Derailleurs/Shifters:
SRAM Force FD, SRAM X9 Long Case Rear, SRAM TT900 Carbon bar-end shifters

Handlebars/Stem:
Nitto Choco 54cm, Nitto UI-31 100mm

Saddle/Seatpost:
Brooks Imperial B17 Narrow

Brakes:
Avid BB7 Road S

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
DT XM401 / DT 350 Straight Pull / Pari-Moto 650x38b

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
DT XM401 / DT 350 Straight Pull / Pari-Moto 650x38b

Accessories:
Pass & Stow Rack, Tubus Logo Rear Rack, Brooks Panniers, Mission Workshop Helmsman rolltop rack bag.

More Info:
Designed to be as travel friendly as possible with quick release pedals, Pass & Stow rack that can break apart to lay flat, a single bolt stem, thru-axles, etc.

Bike History

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

  1. Initial
  2. Stage 2

Added by skygao. Last updated over 2 years ago.

10 Comments

dickeysezso

dickeysezso says:

This is so bitchin'. Love the concept. OX Platinum ftw.

Posted over 3 years ago

dickeysezso

dickeysezso says:

Oh shit, also, didn't realize this was a Snyder! haha. Are you in Atlanta?! You should add a Snyder tag. There's a few on here already.

Posted over 3 years ago

skygao

skygao says:

Thanks! And yup, in ATL.

Posted over 3 years ago

parfumisme

parfumisme says:

so neat, given all the considerations!. You think these lightweight rims will handle the long term abuse, or you have a more bulletproof secondary wheelset?

Posted over 3 years ago

skygao

skygao says:

They've been rock solid so far even with ~80lbs of cargo. If I was ever to do something serious like a month long tour across Africa I'd probably opt for 36 spoke 26" set just for the peace of mind you get with overbuilt strength and widely available parts.

That said, even if the wheel broke, I could just pop in whatever 26" wheel a shop had.

Posted over 3 years ago

chrughes

chrughes says:

Really cool build. What bag are you using on the Cetma?

Posted almost 4 years ago

skygao

skygao says:

Chrome's front rack bag, but wouldn't recommend it. Attachment system isn't particularly well thought out and lack of structure makes the roll top hard to pack.

Posted over 3 years ago

Big_toque

Big_toque says:

So f'ing rad.

Posted about 4 years ago

Nathap470

Nathap470 says:

HOT

Posted about 4 years ago

ghostridethewhip

ghostridethewhip says:

+1

Posted about 4 years ago