Sez Sergio: Height: 5'10" PBH: 85.5 I built this Appa to be fun and fun it is. I already had a lot of the parts on hand but getting a few extra bits like the mountain style bar and changing the front rings to be more dirt friendly helped getting it just right. Big O tires with a slight tread make it great for running to the store, noodling around, and riding all around the East Bay. I haven't' felt 'underbiked' yet; this baby is stable pointing up, down, or straight ways.
We got 9 boxes of 100% merino Aussie wool on Wednesday afternoon and it's on the site now. It's mostly a restock of stuff we've had previously, like the quarter zip Vince is wearing above, but there are a couple new items mixed in like these thin beanies: Our popular mock neck tees are back too, both in Mossy: aand Navy: That wool gaiter I'm wearing above is also back in stock.
Almost all the components Alex wanted for his build were out of stock with long lead times, but it was well worth the wait. The build list includes: A Son28 Dyno hub paired with a Sinewave Beacon White Industries G30 cranks and MI5 rear hub Quill Rims Shimano DXR brakes and levers A Blue Lug/Nitto Losco bar with a Nitto Fillet Faceplate stem A Mark's rack with supplementary long struts for a little added weight capacity MKS Monarch pedals UltraDynamico tires - A Rose knobby in front and a Cava in back Our "stock" builds work great, but it's fun to put swanky stuff on the frames too.
This one was a long time coming. We had the same frame made last year, but, darnnit, we forgot the Schmidt dropouts that allow a dyno connection without the finicky plugs. That frame ended up going to my friend Mike who rides it constantly and likely wouldn't spec anything differently on his own custom, so it all worked out. Vaughn has been ultra-patient and he has a Hunq and Clem L to ride in the meantime anyway. And maybe a Legolas too, featured in this old vid. Vaughn went with Rene Herse cantis which we've never used before but seem to work just fine and look great. There's also a Robert-style pump peg on the seatstay. I prefer this DIY...