A little over a year ago I started thinking about a new bike. My criteria was cyclocross, commuter, lightweight, light-touring, traditional geometry (not compact geometry). I was leaning toward a Rock Lobster when I got into a conversation with Todd Mosley. After he mentioned that he could do a custom steel frame for the same price as a stock tube Rock Lobster aluminum frame I was intrigued. I’d read many internet anecdotes of long wait lists from frame builders I had an interest in, but here was a no wait list option in my own city. It was an easy decision, honestly; I have long legs and a shorter torso so I always felt stretched on stock bikes, even after putting on a shorter stem, which of course affected handling. Going custom also solved my distaste for compact geometry frames which, because of my long legs, the saddle always looks extremely high, like I’m a bird up in a nest.

This is the bike: Paragon Machineworks Low Mount Disc Dropouts, 44mm Head Tube, Cable Guides, and Bottom Bracket Shell. True Temper S3 28.6 Seat Tube. Columbus Zona 30/16 S-Bend Chainstays, 16mm S-Bend Seatstays, 31.7mm Top Tube, and 38mm Down Tube. Cerakote Paint.

These are the parts: ENVE Carbon Disc Cross Fork Tapered, Cane Creek Headset, SRAM Force 22 Shifters/Rear Derailleur/Crank w/ 46/36 cross rings, Shimano 105 Front Derailleur, Shimano CX77 Mechanical Disc Brakes, Bontrager RL Isozone 44cm Bars, Bontrager XXX Carbon Seatpost, Bontrager XXX 29er Wheelset, Bontrager Team Issue Saddle, Bontrager CX0 700×34 Tires, Shimano Deore XT Trail Pedals, and wrapped with some Cinelli Mash Volee Tape.

Since receiving the frame in October I’ve put it through several paces. Gravel, street, singletrack, and ‘cross racing to a combined total of almost 2,000 miles. As I was putting another 30 on it today everything felt so right and fast on the trail that I had to stop and snap these pics. If you have a glimmer of thought about going custom you should do it. Don’t get me wrong, I still look at other bikes but every time I roll down my street on the Mosley I smile with satisfaction.

You can check out more Mosley Frameworks on his Flickr and follow him on Facebook. He builds frames, not websites.

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