The latest complete build to come out of the workshop is this beauty of a TIG-welded steel dirt road bike. In terms of bicycle geometry, it is similar to a modern cyclocross race bike, but with a lower bottom bracket for stability and a slightly more relaxed and upright riding position (as dictated by the rider's fit) to provide some additional comfort on long rides.
The frame is built with a custom blend of tubing, including a Reynolds 853 front triangle and Columbus S-bend stays for added tire clearance. Velocity A23 wheels are fitted with WTB Nano 700c x 40mm tires, which have enough volume to tame rough roads, a refined tread pattern for traction on dirt and gravel, and light weight to feel relatively speedy. Tires like these are best run at lower pressures on rough terrain to absorb bumps in the road while providing traction and comfort.
Full rack and fender mounts are provided on the frame for the sake of long-term versatility. A cyclocross crankset (36/46 tooth chainrings) is combined with an 11-32 cassette for a wide and practical range of gears.
The combination of wide tires (40mm), powerful brakes, and a lightweight steel frame really make this bike sing on the myriad gravel and dirt roads around the workshop. This would be an excellent bicycle for an event like D2R2.
The frame was coated in an orange powder coat (RAL 2004) and then hand-sanded before decals were applied and a liquid clear coat sprayed on top. The liquid clear protects the decals and offers a high luster and polished finish.
A frame just like this one can be yours starting at $1800. A similar complete bicycle, with custom geometry and choice of frame and decal color, would cost about $4-5k, depending on component options.
As always, please get in touch with any questions! Thanks for looking.