Call it a bit premature if you like but I'm thinking this may be new favorite bike to build. This is gonna a be a traditional road bike built with a 1" steerer but just enough room in the fork to accommodate a 30c tire. I have built a couple for other people but have yet to ride one myself. I've ridden everything within a couple millimeters of it but never this exact style. The ease of maintenance, the simplicity of a caliper brake, and the room to run a wider tire that will handle much more than your average road tire will make this a very well-rounded versatile ride. This will be a go-to ride. Save your high-dollar carbon racer for the races and train all year long on this thing. Years ago when I raced on a regular basis I would spend my winters training on a cross bike on the road just to ride something durable with lots of resistance. I didn't worry about scratching it up, jumped the curbs, rode it off-road, suffered, and enjoyed every minute of it when race season rolled around, not to mention looked forward to riding it when the season ended.
I had planned on having just a couple more millimeters of clearance since I had a little extra room to spare under the caliper. The distance between the top of the tire and the fork crown turned out just as I had planned and I never even thought I would come up this tight between the blades. The tire that I built this fork around just barely fits. There aren't many tires in the 30c tire category. This is my favorite as far as concept and size go but it's a cheap Kenda tire that doesn't feel very well made. With that said, I have ridden many a mile on this tire. Can almost get through the entire winter with a pair if you rotate them. I'm on the search for some other tires that may fit the bill. I think Specialized makes a fat road tire that would work and I believe it would be a bit higher quality. I'm not a big Specialized fan but I'm willing to see what they have. Other than that I'm back down to the 28c department which is full of choices. It'll all work out in the end and come out almost as tight as this fork did. Almost I say. Should be done here shortly.
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