Saturday, 24 February 2018

Cruzbike unpacking

I'm going to keeep a record here of the build sequence and results, trials and tribulations of my S40 build. My overall aims for the build are
1) build an audax/touring capable bike, for use on my summer holidays this year on a tour of Scottish Islands
2) minimise the cost base, using components from my parts bin or donor bike
3) learn from it and try not to have a sense-of-humour-failure in the process.

I'll also be recording it here https://cruzbike.com/forum/threads/s40-build.12226/

So lets start with what's in the box and the basic frame assembly.

Main frame - looks very good, colour schemes and detail looking very good in the flesh, lots of bosses to attach things to, and the welds look nice and neat.

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Great detail and quality of welds

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Disc tabs won't get used for now, long reach calipers for the initial build

Boom, slider and front legs (can't think what else to call them)

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I gather I may need to fiddle around with the pulley for optimal cable routing. Luggage tag courtesy of BA whi had the privilege of getting it to the UK undamaged. A great transit box and packing from Cruzbike by the way.

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Forks, plenty of space there for the 28mm tyres I'll be running. Only detail issue I've had so far is the disc brake tab - with the mounting holes painted over, but again not an issue for now.

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I love that the seat is pre-drilled, and velcro'd, seating position was a major head scratcher on the build of my M5, and I'm still not convinced I have it quite right.

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The extras - touch up paint (nice to have), bar tape which will go into my spares box as will become evident later. 2 x headrest clamps, not sure why, and various spacers and fixings. Notice anything missing? Headrest cushion and cover - a couple of e-mails to Cruzbike and it'll be in the post - can't fault the customer service.

Next chapter - Frame Assembly

Oh, adn I ran today, only 7.5km-ish, and in an icy, biting easterly wind.  Not fun, HR way too high, and as a result the adrenalien caused a spike in blood glucose to WAY TOO HIGH, which I've had to correct afterwards.  Probably a combination of a few things - fatigue from the week in Houston and travel back yesterday, lack of recent running, and the weather conditions.

Yoga tomorrow. 
I'm going to keeep a record here of the build sequence and results, trials and tribulations of my S40 build.  My overall aims for the build are
1) build an audax/touring capable bike, for use on my summer holidays this year on a tour of Scottish Islands
2) minimise the cost base, using components from my parts bin or donor bike
3) learn from it and try not to have a sense-of-humour-failure in the process.

I'll also be recording it in my blog here https://adventuresofanathleticdiabetic.blogspot.co.uk/

So lets start with what's in the box and the basic frame assembly.

Main frame - looks very good, colour schemes and detail looking very good in the flesh, lots of bosses to attach things to, and the welds look nice and neat.  

[img]https://i.imgur.com/wsevO8m.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/ZuSO4jU.jpg[/img]
Great detail and quality of welds

[img]https://i.imgur.com/0CjjSUv.jpg[/img]
Disc tabs won't get used for now, long reach calipers for the initial build

Boom, slider and front legs (can't think what else to call them)

[img]https://i.imgur.com/BUEtSfa.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/JrtyuPZ.jpg[/img]

[img]https://i.imgur.com/xhTv3wv.jpg[/img]
I gather I may need to fiddle around with the pulley for optimal cable routing.  Luggage tag courtesy of BA whi had the privilege of getting it to the UK undamaged. A great transit box and packing from Cruzbike by the way.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/SaBtyID.jpg[/img]
Forks, plenty of space there for the 28mm tyres I'll be running.  Only detail issue I've had so far is the disc brake tab - with the mounting holes painted over, but again not an issue for now.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/zlxTbFj.jpg[/img]
I love that the seat is pre-drilled, and velcro'd, seating position was a major head scratcher on the build of my M5, and I'm still not convinced I have it quite right.

[img]https://i.imgur.com/jXuUxG8.jpg[/img]
The extras - touch up paint (nice to have), bar tape which will go into my spares box as will become evident later.  2 x headrest clamps, not sure why, and various spacers and fixings. Notice anything missing?  Headrest cushion and cover - a couple of e-mails to Cruzbike and it'll be in the post - can't fault the customer service.

Next chapter  - Frame Assembly

Friday, 23 February 2018

Watch this space

Photos will be coming shortly, I'm too busy with my hands right now.

This morning I returned from Houston with one of these https://cruzbike.com/s40, the frameset option.  I've built up the frame this afternoon, and will be removing most of the components from another bike to build it up.

All I can say is it's a thing of beauty to look at, and both functional and well made as well.

Photos have been taken, and will appear in the next few weeks as I take my time adding bits here and there.