This road bike was built for myself as a promotional and showpeice for Gates Carbon Drive and, frankly, for my own enjoyment. This frame features Dedeccai OS Tubeset with a cyclocross fork. Paragon Machine dropouts dress up the business ends as well as providing discreet closure for the belt installation. Disc brake tabs were also added, because, I can. This frame serves daily duty as a commuter, all-day tourer, and cyclocross bike.
Painting was done with guidance from our experts at City Paints whose formula of self-etching primer, whatever-you-want, then topped with copious amounts of automotive clear coat. This results in not only making your basic paint job look fantastic, but also provides an incredibly durable coat that does not chip or mar easily. In the future, I will be working to improve these materials to bring more sustainable practices to the field. While the automotive clear coats are wonderful, they require a highly specialized and expensive spray booth to deal with the harmful volatiles.
The design of the gusset under the downtube is a small reference to those crazy eastern-bloc builders from the 70's and 80's that were always trying something different and were an enduring inspiration to me as a young cyclist.