Ash’s FGC

Ash’s FGC

This build is a bit of a different take on the Folding Gravel Concept layout. It uses the same folding frame design, but with some adjustments for larger tire clearance (namely using a wide format T47 BB shell), and with cantilever brakes.

Built around 44mm tires, there is plenty of clearance both at the frame and the Ritchey fork. The Paragon sliding dropouts allow for two different functions – there is one wheel with a 12spd cassette which is used with the dropout insert that has a derailleur hanger, with wireless SRAM AXS shifting. Then there is a second wheel with a Paul flip-flop hub that provides either singlespeed or fixed gear riding.

The frame is built with a stainless steel downtube and headtube, so that the logos could be polished and reverse-masked during paint. In this way the frame matches the components – polished silver was used wherever possible, with parts from Paul Components, White Industries, Chris King and Velocity.

As with all of the folding bike designs, this bike can be packed into a checkable case with minimal disassembly (but only with one of the rear wheel options!). The custom stem uses a Paragon faceplate to enable easy removal of the handlebars, and includes internal cable routing for the front brake cable.

Paint is by Colorworks, and the final weight (without pedals) is 19.1lbs in singlespeed mode, or 20.3lbs with gears.

One Comment

  1. just… beautiful, extraordinary, a little bit old-fashioned and special (as all your builds I tend to say…)

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