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    This one is en route to my doorstep.
    Building it up with SRAM, black bar/stem/post/saddle, and HED C2's with DA hubs. Hoping to have it built up in time for the long weekend.
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    Nice red. Sounds like the build will look good on it too.
     

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    I have had this for a little over a year now- best bike I have every owned.
     

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    I had not planned on getting a new bike this year, as my CAAD9 fit me nicely and was still fun to ride after 3+ years. However, in the past couple months, we decided to double down on Chicago for the foreseeable future, and have a baby coming this Fall. So I took the opportunity to seek out a new frame that may weigh a little more (Chicago being flat) but was more comfortable (Chicago being full of crap roads), because I'm sure my priorities are gonna be directed elsewhere soon enough.

    When I was first getting into cycling, and learned about the whole idea of custom frames, the brands I initially heard about were Seven, Serotta, and Indy Fab. I remember getting an IF catalog in the mail years ago and just thinking how cool they were, even at a time when I knew nothing about bikes. Fast forward to this year and I came thisclose to ordering a new Crown Jewel, but ultimately decided that the lead time would make it such that the frame would arrive too late in the summer to really put the miles in before the kid arrives. So, found this one here on Seattle Craigslist and it happened to be owned by a Vsalon member. I jumped; I had it built up, and here it is.







    If I was starting from new, I'd probably have chosen a different color, and maybe the classic 'block' font logo, but irregardless, this thing is handsome as hell. I can always get a repaint down the road anyways. I've also got a NOS Alpha Q fork to throw on it at some point, just to see how it rides, but I have a feeling I'll be mainly sticking with the steel fork.

    Only one ride so far, but I think I lucked out and made a good decision. Will post some more thoughts once I've put some miles in.
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    that bike looks great brother.

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    Looks really good and completely different than when I had it. I'm glad that it went to a good home - enjoy it!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Der_kruscher View Post
    Looks really good and completely different than when I had it. I'm glad that it went to a good home - enjoy it!
    Seeing how you had it built up definitely made me think about a silver bar/stem/post, but I figured I'd stick with what I had (which matches with the SRAM better besides.)

    I should also mention that Der_Kruscher was great to deal with and the bike arrived in pristine condition and nicely packed.
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    Righteous frame and build...
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin3mj View Post

    If I was starting from new, I'd probably have chosen a different color, and maybe the classic 'block' font logo, but irregardless, this thing is handsome as hell.
    I wouldn't change a thing, the color rocks and the script logo looks great on the bike IMHO.
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    what he said!
     

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    I built this up for a customer / friend a couple of months ago but forgot to post pics.

    It was built in a similar style to my IF but using titanium and current components - for example the Enve fork didn't exist when I built my bike. The rear brake runs full length housing so the new hydraulic Shimano can be incorporated when it's released. Once again Jesse and the crew at IF nailed it.

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    First disc road bike I've actually liked the look of. Lovely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichTheRoadie View Post
    First disc road bike I've actually liked the look of. Lovely.
    Agree. Although looking at the small amount of tyre clearance I reckon the fork designer completely missed the point.
     

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    The clearance don't look that bad, is tight but have seen worse. Sweet looking bike though.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs124 View Post
    Agree. Although looking at the small amount of tyre clearance I reckon the fork designer completely missed the point.
    Enve road disk will fit 28s. Enve 'cross disk will fit 42s.
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    Have your customer post a review of the bike and the braking when they have the chance. It's a topic of great interest and controversy lately and as someone who will own an IF in the not-so-distant future I'm looking forward to hearing about the disc brakes! Mine will have discs. I'm decided on that.

    That bike looks awesome! I'm liking IF more and more every day.
    La Cheeserie!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    Have your customer post a review of the bike and the braking when they have the chance. It's a topic of great interest and controversy lately and as someone who will own an IF in the not-so-distant future I'm looking forward to hearing about the disc brakes! Mine will have discs. I'm decided on that.

    That bike looks awesome! I'm liking IF more and more every day.
    Luck Swiss guy ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by robin3mj View Post
    If I was starting from new, I'd probably have chosen a different color, and maybe the classic 'block' font logo, but irregardless, this thing is handsome as hell. I can always get a repaint down the road anyways. I've also got a NOS Alpha Q fork to throw on it at some point, just to see how it rides, but I have a feeling I'll be mainly sticking with the steel fork.

    Only one ride so far, but I think I lucked out and made a good decision. Will post some more thoughts once I've put some miles in.
    I think the IF steel fork is totally classy. I have an ENVE fork on mine, and I've thought about getting IF to make a steel fork for it, but it rides so nicely right now no reason to upset the apple cart.
     

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    my last geared IF Deluxe was stolen. *heart broken* and I just couldn't resist building up another. frame was NOS purchased. all parts were purchased over a year period. pretty happy with end result here. and, needless to say, the ride is super good.


    First Peak Ride by chomeo, on Flickr


    Enve by chomeo, on Flickr


    XTR brakeset and beautiful dropouts by chomeo, on Flickr


    Cockpit by chomeo, on Flickr


    Buttery Kashima Coated by chomeo, on Flickr
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by cs124 View Post
    Agree. Although looking at the small amount of tyre clearance I reckon the fork designer completely missed the point.
    Normally I'd be high-fiving you over their smoldering corpse, but in this case the head tube is so short that it the 'road' version of the fork actually seems to serve a purpose

    (not that the bike necessarily needs discs when short-reach dual pivots are so awesome)

    What would you do to fit a fork that's a full inch taller into such a small bike?
     

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