Here is the Mule fully assembled. You can see the cable stops so he can go multi speed should he so desire.
The ENO hub, disc brake, curvy seat stays, and bridge. It all works.
Honestly, it has to be seen in person. It is really a striking bicycle.
OK, now down to the future fun. ButterCupII with a further shortened head tube to fit Devos more svelte frame. And how about reducing the wheel gap to 22mm, ala Jimbos ride. Lighter weight, stiffer(probably not noticable), and quicker handling. I would also remove the Pacenti chainstay brace.
The Mule is finished, but neither Devin nor I have any decent pic's of it. Keep checking his blog, it's a beautiful machine.
Above is a rendering of what Buttercup Redux will aspire to if the bike gods allow. The head tube is 10mm shorter to compensate for the 30mm FSA head set. It will also be a thinner wall thickness. In additon, the seat stays diameter will be reduced to 14mm and they will be attached to the seat tube lug ala fastback style. Can we come up with a sub 4lb. frame?
This will be Dylan's next frame. It is identical in concept to Buttercup. But, it will be faster because it is white.
And then there is this old horse. I started to convert it to disc brakes, but abandoned the idea because of the sand blast damaged head tube. Changed my mind again, I can't bring myself to toss a frame that fit so well and with Llewelyn lugs. When I am done with polished stainless and groovy colorways, it will be beautiful.
The front wheel really is dished properly, the tire isn't seated. The front brake cable was intentionally left long in case the bars are raised on final fit.
Like on Butter Cup, the seat post is too long and contacting the "bow" in the seat tube. It's possible that when I ball hone the seat tube it will slide all the way in. But who wants to carry all that extra weight!
It's a good looking bike and rode quite nice. Final finish at the shop with cock pit numbers from the SS or the Curtlo.
I actually did get the rear brake installed after taking this pic and before leaving for PIR. The white and mud go together quite well. The ENO hub is a bear as the eccentric constantly tries to settle at 12 o'clock and the wheel bolts want to walk out off the dropouts when you tighten them. I suppose it is a learned technique, or you hire a monkey to help. Tomorrow is USGP all day, so hopefully I can finish it Sunday..........
The paint job came out great! I don't believe it will need a 3rd coat of clear as thr logos blened in quite nice. Any way the temps are dropping too low to paint in my garage. Now to start amassing all the bits and pieces to begin final assembly.