|Singular Cycles Gryphon Mk3 (Image courtesy of Singular Cycles)|
As I've said before, I have a lot of the parts necessary to get the bike most of the way there. I have identified those parts and I have noted a thing or two I need to get in to make this all work. I thought it might be fun to share where I am going on this build.
First of all, I have had to resist the temptation to go single speed. I have too many single speeds and this bike doesn't have to be another one. So, geared it is, and I am going to lean toward doing a 2X 11 speed system for a drive train.
I have an older silver LX 104 BCD crank that is set up as a triple currently. Singular says that won't work, but a double will. So, I will likely shed the granny gear and go 2X. This will turn my rear XD cassette on the Project Wide Gravel Wheels v2. Note that if you click that link, the last paragraph states that, "I probably do not have the right bike for these wheels....", and I was contemplating blowing them apart to re-lace the rims to something else. But then the Gryphon Mk3 came along and.....everything fell into place.
|Detail of the paint job (Image courtesy of Singular Cycles)|
The 30mm inside rim width should support the 29" X 2.8" Teravail Coronado tires I have already too, so the wheels are pretty much a done deal.
Somewhere I have a set of TRP flat mount brakes sitting unused and I need to get those rounded up. They are cable pull, of course, which leads me to the levers I am using.
Those would be a set of Gevenalle levers in silver with the shifter mounts on them, in typical Gevenalle fashion. I have used Gevenalle shifters/levers for over ten years on various bikes, but most notably on the Fargo Gen I. So, I am very familiar with them. They offer a system that is configurable for 7/8/9/10/11/12 speed set ups, and I think I have the 9 speed Shimano lever on there currently. This leads me to the first thing I need to get.
That would be shifters compatible with the Gevenalle mounts. I could take a chance and use their road shifter which would be a direct replacement for the one I have on the lever I want to use already. However; I may have a bit of trouble getting a 42T large rear cog to work with a long cage Ultegra rear derailleur. So, I also have a Gevenalle GX MTB compatible lever with their 10speed MicroShift lever installed on there. I could do one of two things here, based upon the fact that the road and MTB mounts are not compatible with the opposite type shifter.
|Side view. (Image courtesy of Singular Cycles)|
I could swap mounts and use the MTB mount with a DynaSys 11 speed derailleur I already have. I would have to order in the appropriate 11 speed lever from Gevenalle. OR I could order a SRAM lever with shifter already mounted and use a SRAM derailleur I already have.
I'm leaning going toward the Shimano route, just because I like Shimano. But I have to get something nailed down soon and get it coming.
I have a bottom bracket, head set, stem, handle bars, seat post, stem spacers,rotors, and pedals all lined up. I will need cables and housings, which I can buy from my job at the Collective. Let's see.... That leaves a saddle, (got plenty of those) and handle bar tape. I think I'll get myself something nice in terms of handle bar tape soon, but with the build being mostly nuetral colors, (the "wheat" colored frame/fork, silver components, black rims, tan sidewall tires), I am thinking I may pull that silver-ish looking cloth tape from Grepp which is on the Orange Crush currently, or get some leather tape. Or I could order new Grepp tape as well.
Stay tuned. This should be a fun build.