Once in a while you just have to say "f*ck it
" and just go mad on a spending spree.
Case in point:
I hadn't meant to, couldn't afford to and didn't want to but there are some things that just transcend reason. I just couldn't say no now could I, in fact I said yes within seconds of it being posted up on the For Sale board.
I had two reasons, first being that I have wanted one since forever, second being I wanted a 'modern' bike.
These frames are amazing but they have one key flaw - the brakes. Due to the long stays any powerful brake will flex the hell out of them and the braking becomes noodlely. So I committed sacrilege and had a top bloke in the US take it off to Steve Potts and John Castellano for some surgery to fix that braking issue with the addition of a disc brake. At the same time I had it refinished and set about collecting the finest parts I could.
A few short months later (apparently equivalent to a day or two in Marin time) this pitched up:
and after a bit of a disagreement regarding the rear shock I built this:
Rides like a dream, brakes on a sixpence, sprints like a...well you get the idea. 23lb of Euro-build US exotica.