I've been eyeballing new frames for about six months now. I've talked with a number of builders, big and small, and I've decided to throw a leg over a Form Cycles frame. Not really a tough decision as they're amazing frames. Most of you are familiar with Form Cycles from Scott's build thread and from his feature of that bike in Overland Journal. Scott and I visited the Form Cycles HQ a couple years ago and developed an instant respect for Daryl Roberts and his beautiful machines. Scott's bike turned out incredibly well.
I'm after a bike with slightly different ride objectives than Scott's awesome rail. I'm after a bike that can be ridden at high tempo, day in and day out. I want it to be my race rig and even serve as a high performance bikepacking platform. Living in what some say is the singlespeed capital of the Southwest, I want my one gear, but like the idea of being able to add a full drivetrain for long epics and races like the Colorado Trail Race.
My first choice was obviously titanium. My second choice were flanged slider dropouts. These dropouts will indulge my singlespeed needs and provide derailleured options as well.(sample photo from Form Cycles)
The other thing I really wanted was a PressFitt 30 BB and 44mm head tube for added stiffness. I also went with Daryl's very stylish and subtle sandblasted frame "decals." (sample photo from Form Cycles)
The last thing I really wanted were internal cable guides. Not only do they look amazing, when I'm rolling singlespeed I won't have empty cable stops cramping my style.
I admit, I'm excited to be a part of the buzz surrounding Form Cycles. The press has been going wild about Form.
There are some other build decisions I've yet to make. I'm undecided on a few things.
Not sure what fork I'll ride. I do have some other fun ideas in my noggin. Stay tuned.