I’ve made a new thread to get some opinions from Tarck on new bike build. Ive thinned the heard and dissassembled 4 bikes from the stable and in the process of selling those off to fund a new bike project-650b bike. I own a Px10 that i converted to 650b and love the fast marshmellows ride, and want true 650b bike next. I have thought about going balleur and go with a 650b Boulder or the Box Dog Pelican now available in 650b for all sizes. But, the wait would put it into the end of summer/fall before i would get it. So my choice is going to be a Velo Orange Polyvalent Mk2. Next year maybe the Boulder or Pelican might end up as another n+1, and then the VO made into a porteur city build.
The main use of it will be commutting (18.5 miles each way 1/3 of it dirt roads) and some longer rides on the weekend. I have been using my
Nishiki Seral rando bike and it is great, but some more rubber than the 32mm Paselas will be great.
Here is my basic build kit idea. I might save doll hairs in the beginning by borrowing the 650b wheelset from the px10:
60 cm Polyvalent=long top tube, but I am 6’6" so the extra length will be fine
VO or honjo metal fenders
Miche roller bearing headset
Handspun wheels=lx/synergy rear and lx dyno/synergy front
Cyo front and rear ?
Hetre or ?
8 or 9 speed downtube indexed shifter
Deore rear or Ultegra SL mid cage
Rival 48/34, TA 5 pin cyclotouriste 46/30, or older deore lx 48/34
Brooks pro or swallow copy
Silver kalloy post
Tektro cr720 brakes cane creek aero levers
Nitto m12 or VO porteur rack
VO decaluer with Gb28 bag
Nitto technomic with noodles or rando bars
The listed stuff above i have from the other bikes i took apart except for the frameset, headset, bars, wheels, tires, 9 speed downtube shifters/TA rings, and lights. I could even make it a full Sram Rival build as i already have the crank and a front derailleur, and a coworker has a new Rival rd (short cage) and set of shifters that he would sell me for a decent price. Everything else isnt hard to get as i am a bike shop monkey and can get most things on pro deals.
I typed a lot and really have asked any questions yet. Basically i am looking for opinions/experience on what drivetrain parts to use and stuff i dont have yet: tires, fenders, rear light, bars, and whatever else.