Iain’s gravel frame
Iain came to me with a good idea of what he wanted for a custom gravel build – with a bit of back and forth on the numbers we got the geometry sorted out, built around a 3T ‘cross fork. The frame fits a standard road crank, with clearance for 40mm tires and has short (416mm) chainstays. With a bit of tube manipulation to the stays I was able to get this all to work.
The frame has a 44mm headtube with a Chris King Inset headset to fit the tapered fork. The downtube is a Columbus Life aero, and the rear dropouts are Syntace X12 thru-axle.
Iain decided that he will run SRAM eTap, so that made the gear cable routing easy (ie there is none!), with internal routing through the downtube for the rear brake hose, which leads to custom flat mounts at the back.
The finish features a powder base by Custom Powderworks, with great color matching for the fork in wet paint by Colorworks, who also did the orange accents (including the Silca frame pump painted to match).