Brian DeGroodt came to us this past fall for his Tour Divide steed.
We wanted something light, efficient, and good looking. Here’s the outcome:
Brian DeGroodt is Dutch; his bike is orange. It’s big, but weighs less than 24 lbs.
The frame is custom fit, sized for Brian and his intended use (long rides, minimal maintenance) and his intended goals, including a very long race this summer.
The frame is constructed of Easton Scandium where applicable, including a pear shaped down tube, and the externally butted seat tube for added torsional rigidity. We added a third water bottle mount and full length cable housing for the long (long) rides. The stays use carbon fiber to reduce some weight and add compliance.
The build features a full SRAM XX 2×10 compliment, built around their PressFit 30 bottom bracket standard, which I’m now totally sold on. This BB30 platform affords a large (stiff but lightweight) crank spindle and big, smooth & durable bearings… with less complexity on the frame side of things than a standard BB30 shell.
The bike rolls on a set of NoTubes Arch 29/ DT 240 wheels, built with orange/gold nipples and finished with a pair of WTB Nanoraptor tires, a Divide favorite.
Handling duties are given to the shockingly smooth Cane Creek 110 headset, a pair of Ergon grips on a Thomson stem and Truvativ Noir World Cup handlebar. Note the seamless integration of the XX remote lockout on the left shifter/brake lever pod.
We also built a spare, or separate rear triangle for this bike, for dedicated singlespeed use.
Brian came down to the shop and helped out with the final assembly on his bike, and joined us at the Newport Beach Film Festival for the screening of Ride The Divide there. Brian is a fun guy. I’ll be watching his blue dot for sure.