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Homebuilt Low Trail Track/Road

I built another one! This was my first time brazing and it shows- hopefully the next one will be better. This bike is built with a track-esque geometry, 130mm spacing and provisions for gears. It can be run 1x, 2x or fixed, with axle spacers. Clears big boy chainrings and medium boy tires while keeping a real racy geometry for fast boy city riding. The intent was to run a low trail fork for front loading, so it has a Soma Champs Elysees with 65mm rake. I like the combo of a high bottom bracket, short rear center, and low trail for commuting and grocery shopping. Chainstays are 395mm, head tube is 73, seat tube is 74, bb drop is 53. #messlyfe fam, when will you try low trail on your porteur-racked track bikes?

Frame:
Lugged, Columbus Zona. Round-oval-round chainstays, long reach brakes

Fork/Headset:
Langster / Soma Champs Elysees, 380 A-C

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Sugino 75

Pedals:
T780 XT

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Superbe Pro 42T, 11-36

Derailleurs/Shifters:
DA 7900, 105

Handlebars/Stem:
Ritchey, Salsa

Saddle/Seatpost:
Romin Evo, PRO

Brakes:
600, R451

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Pasela 32

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Pasela 32

Accessories:
Sport Roller High Vis

Added by Kyono. Last updated 12 months ago.

8 Comments

vstkrc

vstkrc says:

"Used saves"

Posted about 1 year ago

vstkrc

vstkrc says:

Oh damn! That 53mm BB drop is so wonky-looking but I like that you're experimenting!

Posted about 1 year ago

Kyono

Kyono says:

pedal strike begone!

Posted about 1 year ago

Deluxe

Deluxe says:

this is fuckin sick

Posted about 1 year ago

sublorange

sublorange says:

i'm with you dude, it looks like so much fun to experiment with frame geo to feel for yourself how the ride changes. v jealous of your ability and opportunity to framebuild

Posted about 1 year ago

henry510

henry510 says:

53mm BB drop makes me think big descents would not be fun. cool and unique build.

Posted about 1 year ago

Kyono

Kyono says:

You're probably right. I'm not much a fan yet of how the low trail setup feels at high speed either, but this bike was made mainly for city riding. Not a lot of big descents in its future. I am interested in learning more about how the mismatched geometry works out in all situations though. There's probably a reason no one sells a bike like this but I think it fills a niche

Posted about 1 year ago

vstkrc

vstkrc says:

In my experience, low trail works much better with a front load than without, so it kinda encourages you to always carry stuff with you. Also, (more guessing than real experience here) a handlebar bag or something similar will impact handling more than low riders of similar weights.

Posted about 1 year ago