WeirdCat – long story – part 3 (Titanium and Steel)

So… That’s the end of this long and adventurous journey. WeirdCat FINALLY had his haute couture photo session in a bit extraordinary location.

Centenary Riverside Nature Reserve with it’s weird and fantastic Steel Henge proved to be superb background for my little snapping trip.

Here is full spec of current WeirdCat build.

Frame: Pact Bikes WeirdCat titanium, 177x12mm rocker dropouts, ID44 headtube.

Forks: Carver Bikes titanium 150x15mm spacing, Salsa Any Cage ready, tapered steerer.

Rims: Extreme Fat Tire Bikes full carbon, 90mm width, 32 holes drilling.

Spokes: DT Competition

Nipples: DT Competition + pressure relief steel washers.

Hubs: Hope Fat Sno 177×12 rear 40T upgrade, 150×15 front, 32 holes drilling.

Headset: Uberbikes ID44 for tapered steerer stainless steel bearings.

Front axle: Tribicycle

Rear axle: Paragon Machine Works

Tyres: Bontrager Chupacabra 29×3, TLR

Inner tubes: On-One 29×2.7

Rim tape: Surly vinyl for 100mm rims

Stem: Wake 40mm/0 deg (Funn Funnduro copy)

Handlebars: Exotic flat, carbon 720mm, 9 deg back sweep

Spacers: Various, alloy

Bottom bracket: FSA Platinum DH ISIS 100x148mm

Crankset: Middleburn RS7 ISIS

Chainring: On-One stainless steel 33T

Crankset bolts: Cro-Mo steel

Rear cog: On-One Groove Armada 21T

Reducer spacers: Various, alloy, Shimano, steel lock-ring.

Chain: Wippermann IG8

Seatpost: Thomson Elite

Saddle: Syncros AM

Grips: ODI X-Trainers with SSC lock-on clamps

Brakes/levers/hoses: Shimano BR-M785 XT, Shimano

Rotors: Aztec 180/180mm

Rotors bolts: titanium

Brake pads: SSC sintered

Bottle cage: Blackburn Chicane stainless steel

Before photo presentation some big, big thanks:

To Brat Richards (Monsieur Pact) to be extremely patient, helpful and professional. Not many people really wanted to build WeirdCat for me 🙂 Bow to Madame Pact…

To Davis Carver (Carver Bikes) for quickest possible service and running extra mile  in times of trouble.

To Tom Coghill (Extreme Fat Tire Bikes) for inspiration and proving that bad opinion in the internet is not the whole story and good, personal relationship with customer is the best measure of reality.

To Simon (Albany Cycles) for being as reassuring as Rock of Gibraltar for so many years. The most trustworthy, honest and professional LBS boss I EVER meet. Chapeau to him and all Albany Cycles crew.

A to all these that I didn’t mention but they made possible this Weird story to have happy ending 🙂

Ladies and Gentlemen here is WeirdCat. Enjoy…

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