Big Forest Bike And Boys On The Airstrip

Robert from Big Forest suggested I build the bike up fully and ride it before sending the frame for painting. Just to check alignment again and that we hadn’t forgotten any important braze-ons.

In late January I threw on some old and / or cheap components just for test purposes. But with all the snow on the ground I couldn’t get to ride it outside until last week.

I took two of the boys to the local airstrip in Neubiberg. First impressions? I like it. A lot. Everything works. Near perfect position for a day long effort. Here’s what we did on Strava.

I’m in the UK now but next week I’ll send it for painting at Gutenbiken. No photos yet but there's a glimpse of the bike on the video above and here. I'll shoot a full gallery when the build is complete.


  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed Short Cage
  • Chain: Shimano 105 5800 11 Speed
  • Cassette: Shimano 105 5800 11 speed 11-28
  • Brake Calipers: Shimano 105 5800
  • Chainset: Shimano 105 5700 175mm
  • Bottom Bracket: Shimano BB-R60 Hollowtech
  • Chainring: Wolf Tooth Narrow Wide 52T
  • Pedals: Shimano Ultegra 6800 (with extra 4mm)
  • Seatpost: Thomson Elite Inline
  • Seat Clamp Bolt: ?
  • Saddle: Fizik Arione
  • Bottle Cages: Elite Ciusi
  • Behind Saddle Bottle Holder: Tacx
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40 Series Low Stack
  • Forks: Condor Pioggia
  • Stem: Deda Zero 100 Team Track Stem 110mm
  • Base Bars: Deda Chrononero Team
  • Clip-Ons: Profile T2+
  • Right Gear Shifter: Shimano Dura Ace 9000 Bar End 11 Speed
  • Bar Tape: Deda
  • Brake Levers: Tektro TL720 Aero


In 2015 I took a 2 day Cytec wheel building course with ATG in King's Cross. Since then I've built about half a dozen wheels for my own use.

For this bike I'll be using DT Swiss RR 511 rims on Shimano 105 FH-5800 11 speed hubs with 32 DT Swiss Competiton Double Butted spokes.