1. strong enough to resist the impact and explosive force of bombs or shells: a bombproof shelter.
–verb (used with object)
2. to make bombproof.
Back at Interbike, Guitar Ted, Mike and I had a chance to have some coffee and chat bikes with Gary Fisher. A big part of that discussion was how the newer technology, while having it’s benefits in the race scene, are causing mountain bikes to suffer on longterm durability. Guitar Ted and I kept discussing this afterwards and out of that came the idea for creating a Bombproof bike.
We decided to spec out a bike with affordable and durable parts. Don’t concentrate on weight or cutting edge technology, just find some parts that will make a bike that lasts a long time.
Here’s our process for the project…
- Get feedback on the spec list (below) and make a final
- Gather the parts and build the bike
- Test ride
- Change parts that don’t perform satisfactory
- Announce final spec list and offer the kit for sale somewhere
(repeat steps 3 and 4 for several months)
I differed most of creating the list to Guitar Ted as he’s the resident Crooked Cog wrench-head. So without further ado, I present the tentative spec list for the Blue Collar Bombproof Bike project…
Frame/Fork: Surly Insigator frame and fork
Crankset: Shimano FC-MC20 with 104/64 BCD rings, square taper BB compatible or Sugino XD-300 square taper BB compatible with 110/74 BCD rings.
Bottom Bracket: Shimano UN-53 118mm spindle or SKF equivilent
Shifters: SRAM MRX-Comp grip shift type 7spd
Hubs: Shimano Deore front and rear
Cassette: Shimano 13-34T 7spd.
Chain: SRAM PC-48 with Power Link
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore
Brakes: Tektro linear pull
Levers: Tektro linear pull compatible
Cables/Housings: Jagwire or equivilent
Seat Post: Kalloy (cheap, does the job)
Handle Bar: Dimension or equivilent (See seat post for why)
Stem: Ditto above
Saddle: Personal preferance (WTB has a commuter saddle in it’s line up)
Grips: Personal preferance (Suggest we get some from Ergon)
Pedals: Personal preferance
Rims: Laced to a Sun Rhynolite, Salsa Gordo, or equivelent rim
We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions so please leave a comment.