Brandon’s gravel bike

Brandon’s gravel bike

Brandon asked me to build him a capable drop-bar bike with modern features – an integrated seatmast, fully hidden hoses, wireless shifting, 1x drivetrain and one-piece bar-stem.

After working with a fitter locally, Brandon and I spent some time making sure we had his contact points precisely located (knowing we wouldn’t have any adjustment once the integrated front end was assembled!), then I created a design based on this fit and my understanding of how he wanted the bike to ride. With the fully internal brake hoses, there is a limited selection of forks built to accommodate this – we used the No.6 carbon gravel fork, which offered the largest tire clearance we could find. This pairs with the Enve headset and bar/stem.

To gain rear tire clearance whilst keeping the chainstays short, the seattube is offset forward on the T47 BB, and the seatmast cap is built with 20mm of rear offset. The seatmast is custom externally butted to tune the ride and reduce weight.

The frame has internally brazed bosses for the Kaibab Customs frame bag; this combined with the four bottle mounts allow for long rides with no support or stops required. The chainstays were carefully shaped to maximise tire clearance (700×50 fits fine) and chainring space.

Crisp white paint by Colorworks is accented by the colorful Industry 9 wheelset. The final weight complete as shown is 20.9lbs.

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