Custom Steamroller

 

Custom Steamroller
Custom Steamroller

Almost everything on the bike has been upgraded.  The brake levers below are Pauls – lovely finish and very minimal.  The stem is a nice VO stem with a classic silver finish.  On the top tube are cable stops that we added when the frame was about to be powder coated.  The forks were chromed at the same time.

Custom Steamroller - Brake levers and stem

 

It has a Paul Funky Monkey cable stop for the front brake (which is a Paul Racer M, a nice CNC centerpull brake).  The cable top is one of the best out there, with some drop on it, enough offset to clear the headset, a nice locking mechanism and a barrel adjuster.  Everything you could want really.  The headset is a black Chris King Sotto Voce.  It has some of the nicest bearings you’ll see on a bike and is terrific quality all round.

Custom Steamroller

The seat is a Brooks Imperial and it rests on a Grand Cru seatpost.  The seatpost has a lot off offset which makes it a good match for Brooks seats, which have short rails and don’t allow as much adjustment as more modern saddles.

Custom Steamroller

The bar tape is Fizik microtex.  It lasts for ages, grips well, and looks great.

Custom Steamroller

And the new wheels we built for it are Phil Wood hubs laced to H+Son Archetype rims.  They are shod with Vittoria Randonneur tyres.  The result is an extremely practical tough wheelset that is still light enough to ride nicely and should work for 10s of thousands of kilometers without giving any grief.

Custom Steamroller

Altogether it’s a lovely bike – tough, comfortable and zippy.

Custom Steamroller

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