Emma is a professional mountain bike racer and the 2016 Fat Bike National Champion. She needed a road bike. She is very patient. Finally! Emma’s Do-It-All Road Bike features 2x11 compact, wide-range 50/34 11-32 drivetrain, hydro disc brakes, thru-axles front & rear, a custom Syntace X-12 compatible rear dropout system with a hangar optimized for road derailleurs, and clearance for 33mm tubular tires.
Emma is relatively small, so her frame features stand over clearance provided by an 80mm bottom bracket drop appropriate for 165mm crankarms, and a 421mm seat tube measured bottom bracket center to top-tube center. She sacrificed toe overlap in order to run standard-sized 700c wheel. The 458mm top tube slopes down 12˚ for standover clearance. The rear seatstays are asymmetric; the left kicks back 10mm and up 30mm to accommodate a post-mount brake bridge mount for 160mm rear disc brakes. The relatively short 420mm chainstay, 73.5˚ seat tube angle, and stiff chainstays provide a responsive ride.
The bottle mounts keep the center of gravity low; the seat tube bottle bosses straddle the front derailleur clamp. The bosses are titanium from Paragon Machine Works bonded in with vibration-resistant G/Flex. A set of Arundel SideLoaders allow easy access to the bottles. Together, the low bottle mounts, 80mm BB drop, a 71˚ head tube angle, and 48mm of fork rake provide stability on long, rough descents. Cosmetics are printed directly into the lugs or bonded to the frame. The UV-protective finish is easily refreshed.
Completing the package are 1) a TRP CX fork, 2) a set of Rolf Prima Ares 4 clinchers mounted with Challenge Strade Bianche “30mm” gravel tires (measured width 32mm) for training, and 3) a set of Rolf Prima Ares 4 tubulars with Challenge Team Edition Chicane 33mm cross tires.
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