Here's a little frame I brazed up yesterday. I started on this last week and it was inspired by all the recent talk of endurance bikes. I also found something on a gravel road racer that I believed was made by Salsa, maybe? Anyway, I don't know how many gravel road races there actually are however I do know that from the time I bought my first cross bike some 14-15 years ago, I always thought it would be great to have a frame that would accommodate the cross tires but still fit under your average caliper road brake. Cross brakes are quite a bit better now than they used to be, sort of, not really, I guess I was never good at setting them up properly. I actually had V-brakes on my first cross bike, a steel Bianchi sized 60cm, and it had a Marzocchi suspension fork with about an inch of travel. The fork weighs more than most of the frames that I build. Damn, that bike was a beast to ride but it made for some killer winter training and I vaguely remember winning one downhill city limit street sign sprint. This frame is a 56cm with a 56.5cm top tube, has 73 degree angles, and a 60mm bb drop. I put some beefy chain stays on it and lengthened them to about 420 mm to accommodate a 28-32c tire. I got some sweet Racer Medium brakes from Paul's Components the other day that I think I may incorporate into the project, or you could use a long pull caliper from Cane Creek, Shimano, or whoever else but I doubt they'll look as cool as Paul's.
Internal brake cable...
..out the back door and down.
The Anne Marie has been finished for a while now but I forgot that I built this frame with the intention of wider tires, mainly for safety reasons. My wife is a little accident prone. Anyway, regular calipers wouldn't quite reach the braking surface and so I had to wait on some longer pull brakes. She's fixin to go give it a test ride right now.
These Cane Creek calipers fit the bill.
Love those pedals. Ride Sally ride! My mother-in-law's name is Sally.
The Marzoke I was talking about. Tipped the scales at 3.44 lbs. I've got some plans for this thing somewhere down the road. Just waiting for the right application.
Paul's Racer Medium brakes.