Matt’s road disc bike

Matt asked me to build him a disc brake road bike, along the lines of some previous builds, but with 1x eTap shifting and custom paint from Colorworks.

The geometry was designed to match Matt’s fit, and provide the handling he was looking for without wheel/toe overlap. The frame features a T47 BB to allow for fitting a Cannondale BB30 crank whilst accommodating full internal routing for the rear disc hose. The headtube is an oversize 44mm with a Chris King headset to fit the Enve tapered fork.

A Syntace X12 rear thru-axle secures the rear wheel, with a custom minimalist flat mount on the chainstay for the disc caliper. The regular cage eTap derailleur shifts the 11-32 cassette just fine, with a 48T chainring up front. Enve 4.5AR rims are built onto Chris King R45 hubs, and shod with Schwalbe Pro One 28mm tires.

The complete bike as shown comes in at 17.4lbs.

The package arrived this morning and I was able to get a ride in. The ride is nice, smooth which I expected but still impressive. Not sure if it is the wheels, frame, or combination of everything, but it makes my old carbon frame Cannondale feel like a child’s toy. Shifting is spot on, gearing is good so far, but I did not tackle any long or steep hills today. If needed I could drop to 46 tooth ring I suppose. I did road, dirt, and gravel today, always a good time.

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