Buying & Building the Steve Potts 2012 Award Winning Ti Bike

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This was a great weekend for Niners football, beer drinking, and wheel building. My frame and fork should be ready very soon, so this weekend I dug out the wheel building tools, refreshed my memory by re-reading the literature, and went at it.

The build consists of:

  • DT Revolution Spokes
  • Alloy nipples
  • Stans Crest Rims
  • Stans rim tape and valves with removable cores

Front wheel weighs in at 770g, rear wheel is 885g.
Front tire weighs 830g, and rear tire weighs 795g.

Tires are Ardent 2.4 and 2.25, and they both aired up with a floor pump. I haven’t added sealant yet, and the front is actually holding air. I’ll hold off on sealant for the rear until I get the frame, just in case I have clearance issues with this tire.

Rotors and cassette installed today. One thing is for sure. The Shimano cassette is not nearly as pretty as the Sram cassettes.

It’s been a while since I’ve had any updates to share. After my visit with him in December, he still had to add all the finishing touches to the frame, and he also had to build the fork. I knew he was busy working on many projects. So I waited. It turned out he had several forks to make, so he saved set-up time by making several at once. The fork is with the painter this week, so it should be done very soon.

If you’ve been following Steve’s blog, you know he’s been cranking out a bunch of new stems. A few weeks ago, he emailed me to see if I had ordered a stem. (He was about to head into the shop to do some mitering, and he wanted to make sure he didn’t forget anyone. I had not ordered a stem.) After a couple more email exchanges with him… attached below is a picture of my new stem.

I knew Steve was going to get really busy around this time of year as he prepares for the NAHBS in March. I was just hoping to get my bike before the show. He sent me the pic of the stems last night with a note saying the fork is being painted this week. So I went to bed very happy, knowing that I’ll be getting my bike any day now. This morning, I get another email from Steve:

“I have an opportunity to show your bike at the NAHBS. I have been asked to enter a 29er for best titanium and best tig welded bike. It can be shown as a frame or complete bike. The show is March 2, 3 and 4th. Let me know if this is something you would like to do.”

Looks like I’ll be going to Sacramento for the handmade bike show this year!

Photo credit goes to Steve. Check out his blog here: wwwstevepottsbicycles.com

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