When I 1st built my Manitou HT bitd, it had Pace rigid forks , Royce B/B, Middleburn chainset and Hope hubs (on Mavic rims
). Other bits were Jap or US.
To clarify, this is more the direction I was hoping this thread would take.
I am not really after people confirming the build of UK frames with / without UK parts - I think that was a slightly erroneously used smokescreen on my part.
What I was meaning to focus on was quintessentially USA frames being built with non-USA parts - such as eg, a Manitou, a Fat, a Yeti etc...
Building a Manitou with Pace forks for example, and Middleburn cranks is something I would feel uncomfortable doing - and that is not intended as a downer on anyone building a bike that way, just that I would find it compromising.
Obviously there are plenty of UK alternatives to the Ringle / Grafton / Nuke / Bullseye etc etc component choices - but how do people feel about using them on USA-centric frames?
To offer a slight insight (no pics I'm afraid as yet) I will be building a very USA focused frame with all USA parts (save shifters / mechs / rims and chain). I am also building up a set of wheels specifically bought with this frame in mind as they are of the same year, and the colours work with everything else. However, the hubs are very much UK (GoldTec) and I don't think GoldTec made anything like the impression in USA that say, Ringle hubs made in UK.
As such, I'm not sure how 'authentic' I'd consider the build with them on...
I am aware the immediate response of many will be "Just put the bloody wheels on and ride the thing you ponce." but I'm afraid these are the types of 'issues' I always face when doing builds and thought for once I would share thoughts / musings with other members.
P.S. - Ed would be the first to admit he is without style, and that I have not made a mistake in confirming this.