Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Bruce Gordon Rock 'n Road...

I was pretty stoked to be asked to build this bike for Bruce Gordon.  It's funny, though.  Bruce is always cited for being a traditionalist when it comes to his bikes.  Steel tubing, 1" threaded steerer tubes...  The reality is that couldn't be further from the truth.  One look at some of the showstopper bikes he's produced for NAHBS, including this amazing lugged carbon fiber bike.  Yes, a carbon fiber frame.  It's a fallacy that frame builders who focus on steel shun carbon fiber.  A good frame builder works with the materials they know and the right material for the right application.  And Bruce works with steel, titanium, and, yes, carbon fiber.  He is a constructor, or constructeur, if you prefer, making frames and components.  

For this customer, steel was the material of choice and the parts of choice were the newest electric/hydraulic system from Shimano.  The "rust" powder coat finish is nicely set off with the Rock 'n Road gold/blue decals.  It turned out really great.

First prototype tubeless compatible 650b Rock 'n Road tires.

Wires and junction box neatly tucked into the down tube.

Shifting done and adjusted.  








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5 comments:

Drew Carlson said...

So, that's a bikepacking adventure bike, right?

blackmountaincycles said...

Sure. And a dirt road bike, and a whole host of other things it's super cable of tackling.

Tim said...

great bike. I hate it though. Must be the components sourced straight from hell. Yep, that's it.

Paul said...

Does Bruce Gordon uses threadless 1 1/8" steerers/stems now? I'd like to use a threadless stem on an old Rock N Road I'm thinking about buying - I was thinking of using an adapter to go from quill to 1 1/8". Is that what was used for this build?

blackmountaincycles said...

Bruce has been building with 1 1/8" threadless. This particular bike is this configuration. For your application, a quill adapter w/ a threadless stem is a good option.