Mick's Life tubing Road Frame

A road frame for Mick, made of Columbus Life tubing: top and down-tubes in double-oversize road sizing, Life Road S-bend chainstays in the newly available Long-taper shape shape, and Life Road S-bend seat-stays. Rear dropouts are Paragon's stainless-steel version with replaceable derailleur hanger, masked paint at the rear-wheel-axle clamping surfaces. This frame has an oversize 31.7mm seat-tube and a welded-in custom-machined seat-tube insert for durability and retains the proven ride feel of the NOS (not oversize) 27.2mm size seatpost. The 57.4cm frame when built up with a mix of Record and Chorus components, hand-built wheels with Mavic Open Pro rims, Sapim spokes (nice wheels!) came in as a complete bike at 7.4kg.

Mick asked his mate to come up with a finish design, and since his mate creates these, it came up looking good. That's a Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork painted to match the frame. The white bands on the seatstays match the white panels so they were masked and painted. My painter Aaron has done a great job with little touches like the stainless-steel Columbine chain hanger. Photos by Cam Wells, plus one from the Maratona dles Dolomites which Mick got an entry to.

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