Ben’s very special gravel grinder
Ben, being a very tall at 6'9", just couldn’t find bikes to fit him. He came to us and when he maxed out the bike fit jig we knew it would take a lot of special measures to make this bike for him. We had to use two jigs to do his fit: one for the reach and one for the stack.
The frame is made from a selection of oversized tubes. The down tube is a 42mm MTB down tube (the only one long enough), while the top tube is actually a 35mm down tube – no standard top tube was big enough for the job. We created a custom turned 300mm head tube, and fitted a Parlee Gravel fork as it was the only fork available with a 400mm steerer.
The build itself utilised SRAM Rival for the groupset and fi’zi:k for the finishing kit. Despite the size, the whole build came in at just 10.4kg. The paint job on this bike is absolutely stunning, using a ‘rubble’ paint – a super tough finish developed for industrial floor coating. The front end of the bike has an amazing splatter effect using a mix of metallic bronze and blues that shimmers and sparkles in the sunlight.
Custom Quirk Cycles frame painted by Cole Coatings Workshop
Columbus Life and Zona tubing
Parlee Gravel Fork
SRAM Rival1 groupset
Fi’zi:k R5 controls
Columbus Compass 44 Headset
Photos by Nikoo Hamzavi