Isn’t this the way of it? I try to sell one bike, the last blue Strong. Going to save the money I say, going to put it away for later I say, I’m done getting new bikes for awhile I say and I’m just going to wait for the custom Triton Gravel Grinder frameset I’m having built up I say… Yeah, right, that lasted a whole month maybe, until I spotted this custom 2014 built Eriksen titanium road frameset on eBay and then the Paceline (bont evil, evil places).
The looking soon became the offering, which soon became the haggling, which soon became the purchasing. That was shortly followed by the waiting, not so patiently for the big bike box to arrive. Another lie I told myself was that I wasn’t going to build it up until next fall/winter (ha!). While waiting for the big box, I purchased not one, but two wheelsets! Uhg, I’m horrible, at least I admit it openly. The first wheelset I purchased was a set of Zipp 404 Firecrest carbon clinchers, I thought it was going to be great, lightweight, deep, american made, quite nice. The second wheelset I just couldn’t pass up when it showed up on Craigslist down in Portland; a set of ENVE 3.4’s laced with CX Rays up to a set of turquoise Chris King R45’s, drool! Now I need to sell the Zipps, oh well.
The first thing I noticed upon removing the frame from the box was the amazing welds, these beads on it are so tight, it’s simply stunning. The tubing diameter choices are also wonderfully well thought out and just make sense with the oversized 44mm headtube.
The frameset was already fitted with an ENVE tapered road fork and Cane Creek 110 headset. After the purchase of the turquoise king hubs, I felt it only right to purchase a Chris King Inset 7 headset in the matching turquoise. I took the bike to Joey at Indigenous Wheel Co. here in Tacoma, WA to get the headset fit, which he did a stellar job of! He also hooked me up and applied a set of blackout ENVE decals for the fork that I’d picked up.
I have a lot more planned for it and I can’t wait to see it come together!