The first prototype of the Smitty was assembled in about an hour and a half with parts we had close at hand in the shop and, while we had a general plan, the end result exceeded our expectations and left us with a very cool ride and time to get to the Brewer’s Hill Superweek Race!
We started with a hand-built frame from Tom Teesdale, coupled that with a Salsa Fargo fork and added a sweet custom paint job in metallic copper.
We added a Cane Creek S2 Ahead Set, Easton EA70 stem and Titec H-Bar handlebars for the control center.
The Ritchey saddle sits atop a great 27.2 Sasla Shaft™ seatpost.
A black Sugino crank with a 42-tooth chainring handles the front end of the chain loop while the rear hub, an 8-speed Shimano Nexus hub with a Coaster Brake (Yup, a coaster brake!), handles the rear. A Shimano Micro-shift twist shifter connects us to the hub. The front hub is a Shimano Generator unit to power the headlight.
The rims are Salsa Delgado™ 22.5mm hoops built with Wheelsmith spokes and wearing HUGE Schwalbe Big Apple 2.35 tires.
All the parts really work well together and the bike is a blast to ride. If you are looking for an All-City, commuter ride the Smitty is a great choice.