New bike time! Finally the 650B racing bike Stag by California based company Rawland has landed. For me it replaces the beef-gravy-brown Surly Cross-Check that I wrote about in the past. The new bike is "teal colored", but to me it looks blue like water. With a lot of sparkles.
Sean from Rawland Cycles has designed an absolutely wonderful and charming bicycle with the Stag. I managed to build it up without any big issues. Fit is great and it rides sooo smoothly - it's hard to believe. Worlds better than the Crosscheck, which was butchered for parts anyway. I just need a new handlebar bag now, as the old one is much to small and sits too low on the rack.
The Stag was pressed into service for a three day tour through the Eifel region here in Germany - the Eifel-Hoehen-Route, fitted with a Tubus lowrider for this task.
In general it's currently just outfitted with a lot of the Surly's parts plus new wheels and fenders. These are VO Zeppelins, wheels are build with Ambrosio Keba 650B rims (very sturdy Paris-Roubaix-Euro rims, but a bit heavy).
The rest is: Kore/Tektro brakes, drivetrain with Suntour Superbe indexed 7-speed shifters, Shimano Deore / 600 Derailers on 8-speed Shimano cassette (11-28) - SRAM chain, Busch/Mueller lights, NOS Stronglight 100 LX cranks (46/32) etc. Everything works, all is fine!
I am using the Electra rando front rack, which fits perfectly over the wheels with fenders. This rack uses a recessed nut so I had to drill open the brake hole in the fork crown's back to 8 mm wide - which was pretty hard to do - very strong metal in that crown!
The old decaleur doesn't fit anymore, so I currently use a piece of lace:
More details? I found an interesting use for the cantilever brake cable stop: Mine fits the threads of the brass bell I'm using. So I have no need for a special bell mount spacer. I needed a version with a hammer type striker, the other version with a traditional striker would not clear the stem. But at least the new bell is louder!
What else? Well I now run a dynamo light in place of the old battery light in the front. Back still is battery. I still have to find a nice way to route the light cable. Maybe someone on the Rawland Owners Group will have an inspiring solution to this. There you can find more images of other nice Stag builds.