Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Still here...

Sometimes, most times, it's too easy to ignore the blog due to posting images on the shop Facebook page or on the What's In The Stand tumblr.  And then the next thing I know a month passes just like that.  So, I'll try to rectify that situation with more quick and simple posts.  Here's a start.  

In the category of what's in the stand, here's some work that has passed through the doors at Black Mountain Cycles.  

Saratoga Frameworks cross bike came for a tune up and new tires.  Found out that, somehow, the original builder (not me) had fit a 10 speed cassette to the 11 speed Ultegra built bike.  It worked.  Sort of.  Works better now.

This 59cm cross bike was built.  The owner secured the frame several months ago and we got to building it around existing wheels.  SRAM build with White Industries crankset.  I can attest to the fact this will be a fun Marin Headlands ripper for the owner. 

Rebuilt front wheel with new SP dynamo hub that will see duty on the Tour Divide solo ITT soon.  Proud to build this for Leo Pershall. 

The owner of this 87/88 Ibis Custom brought the frame and parts to me for a build up.  The stem and bottle cages were recently painted to match the blue in the frame.  Sweet classic mountain bike.

White Industries freewheel overhaul.  Flushed and regreased the bearing.  Cleaned and lubed the pawls.  Just like new.  White Industries makes great bike parts.

New wheels for this Soulcraft.  White Industries hubs (have I mentioned I love White Industries parts?) and Enve M60 rims.  

Potts mountain bike came in for new cables, chain, brake pads, and overhaul of the King rear hub while the owner was out riding his Potts cross bike in the area.

Dialed in this Potts road bike with new cables and bar tape.

And finally, this Shimano Ultegra 6603 triple shifter needed to be replaced because the spring at the lower right corner was broken and it would no longer hold the pawl that works with cable pull in place.  Even if that one spring was replaceable, it would have been nigh on impossible to replace it with the level of disassembly required to get to the spring. 

(What's playing:  Johnny Cash Folsom Prison Blues)


Joe Dirt said...

Some cool bikes have passed through recently! I'm getting ready to build up a wheel with dynamo hiub. I had not heard of the SP hubs before, would you recommend a SP hub over something like the Shimano DH series? I'm looking for a disk brake hub mostly for commuting and some moderate mountain biking/bikepacking. Dusty MTB rather than muddy (AZ).

Thanks for all your posts

blackmountaincycles said...

I haven't had personal long-term feedback from any hubs except the Schmidt (which are excellent in dry or wet). The SP hub seems to be a favorite of some of the Tour Divide racers. If there is an event that will put equipment to the test, it's the Tour Divide. The SP should work well for you as would a Shimano. Both good equipment.

Joe Dirt said...

Thank you, I think I will give the SP hub a try. Seems to hold up pretty well by more than a few accounts.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for "taking the time" Mike. Some of us who felt physically ill looking at that dismantled brifter love stopping by here and seeing what you're up to. Always learn something new and the vintage bikes, well, I can never get enough of those.

This is off-topic but I'm curious why you specced a 130mm hub on your monstercross. There must be many like me with pretty nice Surly Cross-Check "allrounders" that would love an upgrade to one of your frames but our back hubs are 135.
As it is I like running a mountain 9-speed cassette with a compact double up front. Are there advantages to using a road hub?

blackmountaincycles said...

I did the 132.5 spacing on the frames for the first run. Everyone seemed to want road hubs so I changed to a dedicated 130 spacing. The main reason is simply that there are more 130mm rim brake hubs available and for the most part, they're lighter. A quick look at a database of currently available hubs show either a $40 Deore hub or a $225 DT Swiss 350 hub. Not much in between. Some, but not much.

The Cross Check wheels use a Shimano hub that can be converted to 130 by removing 5mm of spacer and redishing. No issue running 9 or 10 speed mountain cassette with a compact double up front. In fact, that's the gearing that my frame is pretty much designed around.

Anonymous said...

Ah, I didn't realize a MTN cassette fitted on a road hub, I thought that's where the extra 5mm went!
I went a bit overboard and built the Surly from a frameset with 36 spoke White Industries hubs and Salsa CX rims. They have remained true in six years of pretty aggressive riding, money well spent I guess.

blackmountaincycles said...

The cassette bodies are the same width mtn or road. The extra 5mm is on the left side. That sounds like a great set of wheels. Four more spokes go a long way to increasing wheel durability. Good investment.