As long as I can remember, I always wanted to be able to fit a bigger tire in my cross bike. When I built my one and only frame, a lugged cross bike, in 1990, the biggest tire that it could fit in back was a 28. Back then there really weren’t much bigger cross tires anyway. I didn’t build it to race cross. I built it to ride trails and dirt roads. It was a fun riding bike, but I always thought it would be over-the-top-fun if it had fatter tires. Much fatter tires.
Fast forward to 2007 and I now have the opportunity to design a cross frame, some call it a monster cross, that is a reflection of what I want in a drop bar bike that is equally at home on the road or on the trail. This is what I’ve wanted for the past 17 years.
The steel used in the cross frame is a heat-treated, double butted, 4130 chrome-moly tubing that comes from the leading steel tubing supplier in Taiwan. It’s tubing I specified for the ride quality I want. Other features include Kirk Pacenti’s elegant Paris-Brest-Paris fork crown, clearance for up to 50 millimeters of rubber, and horizontal dropouts to fine-tune chainstay length or run it as a single-speed. No bike can truly “do it all,” but these come darn close.