|Singular Cycles Buzzard|
While the way the Mason was set up wasn't perfect for this area, I saw potential for fun. The bike steered well, it climbed reasonably well, and you could make what we have for technical areas a laughing stock, since the bike was so capable and stable.
So, the Mason ended up going back to its home after the test, but I still was thinking about this sort of set up and here comes a frame that might just do a similar trick for me, namely, the Singular Buzzard. Sam at Singular likes steel, and he has a great eye for classic looking aesthetic design, even if it is applied across a very new, rakish sort of bicycle. These are things that appeal to me greatly and why I already own a Singular Gryphon. Additionally, Sam did his homework here and made the Buzzard with a feature set that should prove versatile and "future-proof" for a while. 44mm head tube for both straight and tapered steer tubes, ISCG tabs, and a dropper post friendly seat tube diameter are all here.
I have a lot of parts to finish this frame out already. I just have to decide how I am going to go about it. Wheels and tires, brakes, dropper post, stem, cranks, derailleurs, and just about everything is here. But I may want to try some alternatives. Like 1 X 10 gearing, or really wide bars, or a different stem that I may not have.
But I've got time to think it over. I just pulled the trigger on this, so it will be awhile before I see it here. Stay tuned for updates on the Buzzard and more on some other projects coming soon.