Spectre Titanium Custom

Following the success of the Aluminium/carbon Spectre mountain bike, which I designed the geometry for, the opportunity
arose to have something similar made in Titanium. Rather than just have the same frame made in ti, I tweaked the numbers a
bit. One of my objectives was to have a bike with better mud clearance, which means disc brakes. To acheive this I designed
the frame around a Pace carbon rigid fork (I managed to get hold of one of the earlier versions which isn't stupidly long!). The
headangle is set to combine with the fork rake to give slightly more trail than the Alu/carbon bike, for a little more high speed
stability, but hopefully without affecting the great technical singletrack handling.

When I duly got the frame, about nine months after sending the drawing off, it looked very impressive. The rear dropouts are
very neatly done, and there is plenty of clearance, even for a large rear tyre. I decided to build it up without any compromises,
so it is pretty much my ideal machine - just hoping that it lives up to the promise when I ride it now!

Racing cross country.


Frame: Spectre titanium, custom geometry
Fork: Pace RC31 carbon
Headset: Chris King NoThreadSet
Seatpost: USE Titanium Sumo, ti bolt
Saddle: Selle Italia SLR
Stem: Spectre aluminium, 110mm, ti bolts
Handlebars: Spectre carbon
Shifters: SRAM 9.0 gripshift
Brakes: Magura Marta SL disc, with ti/alu bolts
Bottom Bracket: American Classic ISIS
Chainset: Middleburn RS7 Duo 29/44, 170mm, alu bolts
Pedals: Shimano M540
Chain: KMC X9SL
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Chorus CT, alu bolts
Rear Derailleur: SRAM 9.0
Cassette: Shimano XT 11-32 9spd, alu lockring
Front Wheel: American Classic Disc custom
Rear Wheel: American Classic Disc custom
Tyres: Specialized S-Works Fast Trax, with Stan's NoTubes
Wheel skewers: Salsa Flipoffs, titanium
Bottle cages: Spectre carbon fibre

Weight: 18.5lbs