With winter firmly in place, we're answering one of the most common questions from our friends stopping by the shop; "Well, what are you riding?". And we're doing in the form of blog posts.
First up is one near and dear to the current state of mind at Einstein Cycles, Cody's BBCo. Balthazar. It's an interesting bike and one with a compelling story already. The frame arrived just days before the 2015 Iceman Cometh and was built with parts of Jason Lowetz's Salsa Bucksaw. Boss Man's trademark Ritchey stem, bars, seat post, even his seat survived the conversion.
Cody isn't known for being particular, but for the race, he did make sure there were two little changes to the bike. First, he opted for a heavier aluminum Turbine crankset that is narrower and a bit closer to the CX Q-factor he's used to. The crank narrowly clears the stay, but it works. He also put on an elliptical (or oval) chain ring,
The rest of the build is a mix of SRAM XX1 (shifter, derailleur, cassette) and the first-ever stock BBCo. wheelset. The wheels, too, were a bit of a rush. The Industry 9 hubs arrived on Thursday afternoon, and it was Dan to the rescue (as always) to get them built up before close so Cody could ride them Friday morning before the expo.
While the bike initially featured the sub 1000 gram Schwalbe Jumbo Jims, Cody put on his favored 'snow tires', a set of 4" 45NRTH Dillingers. While the Jims are in the quiver for dirt and summer, Cody's a big fan of the Dillingers for snow, balancing traction, weight and low rolling resistance for riding on the Winter Sports Singletrack and Vasa.
We are 369 miles into the life of the bike and it's performing well. Especially at last weekend's Fat Camp Training Camp at Crystal Mountain, from rain-soaked road miles to some pristine snow-covered single track.