OK. Touring bikes!
Feels like I have been doing a lot of these lately. I'm going to go ahead and admit it. Touring bikes are really not my favorite to build. But when Brody approached me about this bike, I just couldn't say no.
If you don't already know about Brody and his adventures I would recommend you check it out. One of his most notable adventures was his Pedal To peaks project where he biked and skied a bunch of volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest.
Word on the street is that Brody has some more bike adventures up his sleeve. Whatever he decides to throw at it, this custom built touring bike should be up to the task.
The frame is pretty standard touring bike fare. Long chanstays, higher trail. We went with a nice beefy tubeset to keep things feeling stable when loaded down. While Brody convinced me to go with a straight top tube, it does have a cool oval profile.
The build kit is a mix or "ready to be beat to hell" and "smart money". A Sram Rival crank and shifters paired with a clutched X9 derailleur is in it for the long haul. Brody decided on a 1X set up for decreased complexity and increased suffering. He's into that.
Rounded out with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes, a burly Velocity Cliffhanger wheelset, racks burly enough that Brody could pedal me to some peaks and my favorite saddle - the Cambium from Brooks.
This bike is sure to see some use, and I can't wait to see where it goes!
Keep up with Brody's Adventures here: https://instagram.com/brodyleven/