Hi! My name is Peter and i love to build and ride bikes. I'm always on the hunt for new ideas, old parts and the next project. And always remember rule #4: "It is, absolutely, without question, unequivocally, about the bike."
I found this frame in a cycling forum and bought it right away. It's a customized geometry based on the original Kocmo Roadmaster M/L size with a slightly shorter top and steering tube. SRAM's Force 22 groupset makes it clean and simple, especially after changing the big chainring to a lighter and more elegant one from Tune.
The bike is fitted with my favourite "Concept CEX" road bar, a stem and seatpost from the same manufacturer - which is a brand of Focus Bikes from Germany. The wheelset is from Fulcrum, a "Racing Quattro Carbon" which is light and stiff. Finally, a Brooks Cambrium C13 saddle fits to the classic look of the bike.
After selling the Bis Bash Bosh i needed a replacement for cross and gravel rides. I found a SRAM Apex groupset on ebay as well as a pair of TRP HY/RD semi-hydraulic disc brakes and some other parts. I took the Mavic Crossride wheelset that was leftover from the Rocklobster and a pair of Schwalbe "Smart Sam" tyres in 47-622C and put that all together. If you keep the pressure below 3.5 bar, it rides super smooth over any terrain and fast enough on tarmac. I'm pretty sure it will make lots of fun on gravel, too. Unfortunately the tyres are a bit to wide on the rear wheel so i have to look out for some 45-622C tyres, maybe from WTB or so. Will update this soon.
Converted this frame to a singlespeed city bike, since it already had some fenders installed and with some leftover parts it was gopod enough for some city rides. After buying a serious ride for the city it was converted into a monstercross version.
This one is a very comfy gravel and cyclocross frame. I've fitted it with the components of it's predecessor: SRAM's Force CX1 crank with a 38t chainring and a 12-36 cassette, a SRAM GX 2.1 drailleur shifted by SRAM Apex STI Shifter. The bike feels great, but it has a very upright seating position - you have to get used to that, because it doesn't feel that racy and fast. But it's light and the eye-catching colored frame is very well-built and thought-out. I didn't use liners for the internal cable routing, instead i've installed stiff cable housings all the way through the frame to ensure perfect braking and shiftig. The wheels are the newer version Fulcrum Racing 5 DB with thru-axles - which are a good idea when using disc brakes. It is also fitted with a Rose Bikes road bar, a No-Name stem, Easton seatpost and the lovely Brooks Cambium C13 saddle.
A very classic steel frame and a bargain from eBay. Couldn't resist. It's fitted with a 38t chainring and a 12-36 cassette, shifted by a SRAM GX 2.1 drailleur. Works like a charm and offers a lot of versatility for gravel trips, hilly trails and lots of fun in the dunes of the north sea isles. The wheels are Fulcrum Racing 5 DB, which are relatively light, stiff and capable to take some harder shocks on rough trails.
It's fitted with the same "Concept CEX" road bar, a Syntace stem and seatpost and a Brooks Cambium C13 saddle which fits perfectly with the steel frame made by Paul Sadoff in Santa Cruz.
This one's for the city. I was searching for a cheap, reliable frame which could handle massive tyres. So i found this one and it takes 700x44 Smart Sams from Schwalbe. They are inflated to about 50psi which makes it a very smooth ride over the rough streets and bicycle paths of Cologne.
Modifications were made to the crank which was changed to a SRAM Apex 42t, my favourite road bar from CEX again, some more comfortable S500 Series STIs from SRAM and the powerful Smart RL321 tail light. The rest is unchanged and perfectly fine for a everday bike.
The Pickenflick is a very clean and well built titanium cyclocross frame. I added H+SON Archetype wheels and a 1x11 SRAM Rival (42t with 11-36 cassette) since that seemed to be the best balance between having a modern groupset and saving some bucks when it comes to maintenance costs - which are a bit higher on cyclocross bikes due to the higher wear of the components in muddy conditions. The hydraulic brakes are excellent and add a huge amount of security when descending hills or riding in wet condition.
Riding it on gravel roads is really nice and with the Challenge Gravel Grinder Plus tyres it rolls well on tarmac, too.
That one was my first carbon bike. It was fitted with Shimano's Ultegra Di2 which is a great groupset. The electric shifting works super precise and quick, with a lot less servicing to be done due to the lack of cables and the need to re-adjust the derailleurs. I liked this one a lot but some fine day i found the Kocmo Roadmaster so it had to go and find a new owner.
This one is the predecessor of the Pickenflick above. The frame was around 250 EURs at a local store so i snapped it and put some old Shimano 105 components on it. But riding through the dunes of north sea isle Amrum shredded the STIs and the rear derailleur - so i went for the SRAM Rival 1x11 group. With the excellent H+SON Archetype wheelset and some cheap Schwalbe Racing Ralph's it rides fantastic. The frame is excellent - it's light, stiff and well-thought-out in terms of cable routing since all cables are routed on the upper tubes to keep them clean from mud.
The Giant TCX SLR 2 was the first cyclocross bike i bought. It's a great frame with the rock-solid Shimano 105 5700 Groupset, very versatile - with a secound pair of wheels you have a do-it-all for summer rides on the road and winter training in muddy conditions. Sadly, the inner cable routing was extremely noisy and Giant wasn't able to solve this. That's a bit annoying for a bike which is being ridden mainly in rough conditions... Some months later it had to leave for the much lighter Fuji Cross 1.1.
The initial plan was: Finding some parts on ebay. I gave a 10 EUR bid on this one and accidentially won the auction. So i had an almost complete bike which needed some cleaning and the replacement of the worn-out crank. Despite ripping it apart, i decided to replace the crank, chain and cassette, give it some new bar tape and tyres and then sell it... which came out to be a great deal for me. And the new owner, of course.
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