Dolan FXE

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by jayonabike, 26 Feb 2018.

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  1. jayonabike

    jayonabike Powered by caffeine & whisky

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    Ordered a new frame last night.
    First a bit of a back story......
    I wanted a new single speed and was thinking about a Mercian frame. Thing is I already have a geared Mercian bike and a Lee Cooper steel single speed so did I really want another steely.
    After much thought I’ve decided to go for an Aluminium frame with carbon forks. A lot cheaper I know but the idea is with the money saved I can splash out on expensive parts like carbon bars and seat post and build a nice lightweight winter trainer.
    I’ve had a good look round the web and came across the Dolan frame. Takes brakes, has 2 water bottle bosses and can also fit full mudguards which is a real plus on a bike used through winter.
    So last night I pushed the button and ordered the frame and forks and also a Sugino RD2 crank.
    I’ll post pics of the build here as and when I get the parts. I’m in no rush to get this on the road ASAP so I’m going to take my time with this
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  2. AndyRM

    AndyRM Guru

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    Nice frame!
     
  3. 3narf

    3narf For whom the bell dings

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    Smart; looks like a proper road frame as well, not a track frame with horizontal chainstays.
     
  4. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    @jayonabike are they drill at both ends for brakes ?

    How is the Lee Cooper doing ?
     
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    jayonabike

    jayonabike Powered by caffeine & whisky

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    Yes it’s drilled for front and rear brakes and has brake cable guides on the top tube.
    The Lee Cooper is great, such a smooth ride. It’s the bike I’ve been using the most recently. I’ve been riding it to work then swapping over the flat pedals for spd-sl for longer Sunday morning rides.
     
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  6. biggs682

    biggs682 Smile a mile bike provider

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    That's good on both answers , must admit i always enjoyed it as well
     
  7. 3narf

    3narf For whom the bell dings

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    I'm looking forward to getting my Lee Cooper on the road...
     
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    jayonabike

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    Frame turned up this morning

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    It looks very well made, very light too.

    The Sugino cranks match a treat

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  9. 3narf

    3narf For whom the bell dings

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    Looking forward to finding out how it rides on the road!

    It looks super stiff; you might have to grit your teeth but it should pick up well...
     
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    jayonabike

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    Wheels turned up this morning.
    I went for Halo Aerorage for the rear but didn’t want a track type wheel for the front (the front halo aerorage is quite heavy & I want this bike to be a light weight machine) so I went for their road wheel the Evaura.

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  11. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    What BB are you going to be using, have been thinking about putting together a lightweight fixie, i wish i had not sold the one i had,
    Am liking that frame.:okay:
     
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    jayonabike

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    I’m liking this Token BB

    http://www.velosolo.co.uk/tokenroad.html
     
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    jayonabike

    jayonabike Powered by caffeine & whisky

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    A big box from wiggle turned up

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    Fikiz carbon bars
    Fizik carbon seat post
    Fizik stem
    Fizik Arione saddle
    Fizik bar tape
    SRAM force brake calipers
    Swissstop pads
    Conti Grand Prix GT tyres
    Shimano brake cable set
    Garmin out front mount
     
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  14. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Thats just what i want.:okay:
     
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    jayonabike

    jayonabike Powered by caffeine & whisky

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    More bits

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    SRAM single speed levers
    Shimano R550 pedals
    White industries ENO freewheel (going 47/17 with this bike)

    Only one more order to come and I should be ready to start the build at the weekend.
     
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