John first got in touch after riding several of the Epic Echapée; rides covering a vast range of terrains for extra long days on the saddle. Relatively new to off-roading, John wanted a bike he could ride in the woods nearby, race at the local leagues, but also tackle epic days on the saddle with.
I picked a mix of Columbus steel for the frame and a Whisky Parts N9 carbon fork, for a light and responsive ride that allows to clear 42c tires on 700c wheels and 2.0 on 650b. That makes for a reliable racing rig – even in muddy conditions – and a super versatile adventure bike.
The cable routing uses cable clips on bosses along the top tube. Shouldering is easy, so is maintaining the bike after every outing. The groupset was built around a White Industries G30 crankset and a Hope 11-40 cassette. Gears to ride up almost anything, whilst still being able to put the hammer down when the town sign shows.
The paint design was a really rewarding process. John brought on inspiration from his sportswear background; we settled with a subtle design with hints to the texture and patterns of some performance fabrics, in a rich sandy yellow with a matte finish. Colourburn Studio applied the paint with infinite patience.
After a few training rides, John decided to throw himself in the deep end and raced locals’ favourite cross course: Cyclopark. “It’s so punchy and fun to ride” he says – “and comfortable too! I love it.”
Tube set– Columbus Spirit and Zona
Fork– Whisky Parts N9
Bearings – Hope, White Industries
Groupset– White Industries, SRAM Rival
Finishing Kit -Zipp, Fabric
Handbuilt Wheels – By Arkane Wheel Works – Hope RS4, Kinlin XR22, Sapim CX Sprint – Vittoria Terreno