The latest Bike Of The Week is homegrown. NYC Velo’s own Service Manager, Brett Champlain, offers his custom steel Rosko single speed MTB 29er for review. Brett who focuses on endurace MTB events and cyclocross racing, recently completed Iron Cross 11 on the bike in question before sending it off for a coat of paint. He needed to race the bike in Pennsylvania in his search for inspiration for the final color of his new race machine. A goal of Brett’s is to complete the Great Divide off-road race on this very bike. See pictures below of the bike in its raw, unpainted form:
Brett, as the Service Department’s go to guy for custom wheel assemblies, he laced up hubs from Paul Components in California to Velocity (manufactured in Florida) Blunt tubeless-specific rims. The fork is a uni crown design with tapered fork blades made by Rosko in Brooklyn.
After compressing the top cap and fastening the stem, Brett removes the top cap to create a “storage container” for use during competition.
Seth Rosko also built Brett’s Cyclocross bike, finished in the same green hue as the temporary decals on this frame.
In it’s current form, the frame retains an authentic race patina.
Not surprisingly the bike is fitted with a Chris King headset and a Ritchey stem and bar combo.
With endurance racing in mind, Brett instructed the builder to make provisions for a 3rd water bottle mount on the down tube.
The drivetrain utilizes British-made Middleburn cranks with a 32 chainring and Shimano XT clipless pedals.
Shimano’s hydraulic XTR brakes ensure that Brett manages his speed appropriately.
This bike is super light, fast and smooth to ride, we all wish Brett much success as he takes it to the trails!
Photos by Wilis Johnson