You may have seen this bike over in GOALHOLE’s Lookin’ at ya Bits section, and that is because Dany Majard was so excited about his new bike that he wanted to show it off everywhere. I do not blame him for this since the frame is as beautiful as a resurrected Greek goddess. Hera, Artemis, Aphrodite, and Demeter all coalesce into this custom SingleBe frame.
Name: Dany Majard
Started Playing: August 2009
Club: Brno Kolo Polo
Team name: BKP
I played intermittently in Kansas for about two years and went through a few changes before getting something decent to play on. When I had to get a new frame again because the old one broke, I decided to do it right at last instead of finding a second hand mountain bike to tweak. A big motivation was to get S&S couplers so that I could take my bike around the world with me when I travel for work (3-4 times a year). I debated the solutions for a while until I found a Czech brand that was thrilled on trying and had some nice frames to show off. I therefore left behind the Joust and such options as I was really happy to keep Czech money within Czech Republic. They got certified by sandsmachine and we started working on the project. I really like the result and they were super helpful throughout the process. If I had to do it again, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Their name ? SingleBe Bikes.
Frame & fork: Custom SingleBe 5-0 with all the good stuff I desired. We added much bling with the paint job that continues their tradition of half/half paint job with touches inspired by the stunning work of Firefly bikes (to which I have no connection whatsoever). The fork is a Charge plug that I found for 1 cent on Ebay (Oh the joys of Ebay in the US…). The guys at SingleBe were kind enough to weld mounts on it and sandblast it.
Drivetrain: Ebay once granted me a bontrager SS crank+BB with a Profile impreial 32t sprocket for about $14. I didn’t say no. From my experience with Trial riding I knew that I wanted quick engagement so I used the money I saved on the cranckset to buy a second hand Echo TR freewheel (108p of engagement, 9 pawls). It’s a tad noisier than the SL (i.e. the loudest on the market, according to Tartybikes) but I like to use the noise as a scare tactic in game and for pedestrians (it works 10x better than a bell). I am switching to a BlB 120p 20t though as 32×18 doesn’t give enough leverage for quick maneuverability about the rear wheel (and it all goes into my knees).
I am now dissatisfied with the high flex of the crank and am looking for a better solution. Time to switch to external BB ?
Wheelset: My front wheel is a mavic Crossland that Ebay offered me for $16 (didn’t I tell you ?). 24h radial tubeless with silk smooth bearings. I protected these spokes with wheelcovers from the get go and the damn thing is still true, even though the axle snapped once. It is light as hell too. My rear wheel is a Chucker laced on a 48h Surly Old new hub by a Crow’s Foot pattern. I used to ride rear brake only and I tacoed so many rear wheels skidding that I decided to go all out. Hence the Crow’s Foot lacing. Now I realize that I don’t really need such a burly wheel with front/double brakes and I will certainly go lighter next time.
Brakes: Paul Duplex + Nokon + Avid Arch Rival 25.
Stem/Bars/Headset: Kore B52 70mm stem with Origin 8 Urban Riser on echo SL headset.
Seatpost/Saddle: Brooks B17 on a standard seatpost.
Website: HERE is the page for the bike in English. Check it out, they will make whatever you ask and they make snow bikes too!