David at DSC is responsible for the artistic paintwork on this frame. I have always admired David’s expression of his medium, but now so more than ever. We got together one morning to discuss the frame and over a cup of tea at 6.30am he said to me “I only work on projects I want to get involved with”. Those words were enough for me to leave him, uninterrupted to get on with transforming my blank canvas into this work of art. And I’m really glad I did because the results are spot on.
I designed the frame to be ridden fast with a stiff handling, going some way in changing the perceptions of steel a being heavy, floppy ride. For the frame I used Columbus HSS Spirit and for the chain stays Columbus Max. The frame is all fillet brazed and filed smoothly for the seamless integration between tubes. The head tube is externally tapered for a tapered fork with internal cups for an integrated headset which gives the frame a cleaner finish. The internal routing for the rear brake allows the entry point for the housing on the drive side which give the cable a gentle curve and keeps the housing off the head tube. I used Di2 which has been run internally to keep everything clean.
A big thank you to Josh Greet for the photos.
Columbus HSS Spirit, Columbus Max chainstays
One off Death Spray Custom wizardy
Di2 Ultegra 11speed
Front: Enve 3.4 SES 35mm to Chris King, Clincher
Rear: Enve 3.4 SES 45mm to Chris King, Clincher