Back in August — almost half a year ago, now — I said that I had managed to get on the list for the not-for-retail-sale Gary Fisher Superfly Singlespeed (or, as I like to call it, The SingleFly).
Well, after the exquisite agony of this long wait — a wait for what I imagine as my ultimate dream bike — lookie what finally showed up at the shop last Friday afternoon.
And here’s a closeup of the dropouts:
And the fork — which I had expected to be white, like on the geared SuperFly, is instead black. Which is definitely a better match for the frame.
And the top tube.
Really, there’s just one problem with this frame:
It’s not mine.
Yeah, you read right.
Those pictures are all of Brent Hulme’s (owner / operator of SLC Bicycle Co.) Superfly SS. Including that one above of him gleefully licking it.
And it’s the wrong size, so I can’t steal it.
See, the frames are trickling in, little by little. And I don’t know if it’s a first-come-first-served order, or a size-based thing, or what, but my exquisite agony continues.
Here’s the thing, though. Having had this long to wait for the frame, I’ve had plenty of time to think about my build for this bike — and plenty of time to save up for some pretty nice parts.
Now, I should ‘fess up to something here. While I usually write at least somewhat for you, my audience, this whole post — and especially the rest of it — is pretty much for myself. Just me, drooling over all these presents I’ve given myself.
You’re still here? OK, but this isn’t going to be pretty.
Well, it’s pretty to me, but that’s not my point.
Here’s what my SuperFly SS build obsession looks like, as of this moment:
- Custom wheelset, built by Mike Curiak . Featuring pink Chris King hubs. It is my fervent hope that someday I will grow up to be Mike Curiak. If you read his blog, you will see why.
- On-One Carbon Fork . Yeah, I’ll also have a suspension fork, but I like riding my SS fully rigid, mostly.
- Truvativ Noir 1.1G Cranks . For no other reason than that they are beautiful.
- Avid Juicy Ultimate Brakes. I agonized over the brakes, and finally decided to go with the nicest ones I could find that still were likely to have parts available in most any bike shop.
- Time ATAC pedals. Just like on my other MTBs.
- Selle Italia SLR. Just like the saddle on all my other bikes — both mountain and road.
- Bontrager Big Sweep bar. I wonder if this mostly-flat, reasonably-light bar has enough sweep (12 degrees) that my right arm won’t go to sleep. That would be nice. (No link, because I can’t find it on the Bontrager site.)
- Titec J-Bar. I’m a big fan of Jeff Jones’ unusual designs, so I’m interested in trying this out — has the sweep I’m looking for, and the stubs up top might be nice for a change of hand position on long rides. (No link because Titec foolishly went with a Flash-based site, making links directly to a particular product impossible. Bad move, Titec!)
- An On-One Mary Bar. An earlier version of today’s post lamented that I couldn’t find my favorite bar of all time — the On-One Mary Bar — for sale in the U.S. In the comments section, Tinker (not Juarez, I assume) set me straight — U.S. customers can buy direct from the manufacturer, and the price, shipped from the UK, is totally fair. Also, Thom said he could hook me up with a Mary from his existing stock. Thanks for helping me out, guys!
- Arundel Dave-O bottle cages. Because they’re beautiful, and have the reputation of never ever ever ejecting bottles.
- Bontrager Race X Lite ACC . Carbon’s kinda a theme on this bike.
- Ergon GE1 grips . Thanks, Jeff!
- Bontrager XXX Lite grips . Thanks, Travis!
So now all I need to get is the frame.
Could Be Worse
Of course, waiting for a frame for this long is an excruciating lesson in delayed gratification. But I’m coping pretty well. After all, the weather’s not great for riding, yet. Having the bike built up and ready to go and then not being able to take it out and ride it might be even worse than not having the bike at all.
It’s hard to say.
Soon, though, Spring will be here. And so will my frame.
And then there will be rejoicing.