Pake C’Mute Frame Up Bike Build
Pake C’Mute Frame Up Bike Build
Part 1 – Choosing a frameset
After acknowledging my indecisiveness regarding the use for this bike, I decided to get a versatile frame that would allow for a fast road bike but be equally at home with fatter tires and a cyclocross setup. After initially being taken with the Surly Pacer at my LBS, I decided steel was the perfect material for the frame. Without getting into the intricacies of steel versus aluminum versus carbon, suffice it to say steel offered the best ride quality and aesthetics I was looking for. After some searching on the interwebs, I narrowed my frame choices to the following:
All these frames are great platforms, so I ended up making my choice based on color options, price, and uniqueness.
And the winner… by now you know.. is the Pake C’Mute. I liked the fact that I’d never seen a Pake anywhere in San Francisco, and the gray color was really cool. I could already see the brown leather accents setting off the subdued frame. It was also the cheapest option of the bunch, but after looking at a couple Pake builds online, they seemed to have very high build quality and durability.
I ordered the 58cm frame and matching fork from one of their online distributors (offered free shipping). Upon arrival, the frame was in great shape but needed to be prepped before installing any parts. After reading the heated online debates, I decided not to apply framesaver — I’m not riding in the rain and will store the bike in a dry place. It may not last decades, but that’s fine with me.
Before bolting parts to the frame, I needed to have the bottom bracket and headtube faced and chased. This requires some pretty expensive tools so I left the task to my LBS. Basically, they grind away the paint and metal to insure you have a clean and square surface to mount the assemblies to the frame. The chasing also cleans out the threads in the bottom bracket to insure the installation of the bottom bracket goes smoothly. Last thing you want to do is cross-thread your bottom bracket shell and potentially ruin your new frame. I also inspected all the lugs and braze-ons for the canti-lever brakes, downtube shifters, and cable stops to insure they were straight and ready for components.
After downloading the frameset specs and measurements from Pake Bikes, I was ready to start choosing the components.
Part 1.5 – Piecing together the build component by component
When starting to look for components, I quickly became overwhelmed with all the choices and slight variations available. So before I started buying stuff, I decided on an overall look for the bike. I opted for a classic aesthetic that uses timeless shapes and finishes applied to modern bike technology. This helped immensely as I could start filtering components by shape and color. Overall, I didn’t feel like I had to compromise any aspect of the bike due to limited selection and it actually helped to have only five choices instead of one hundred and five choices.
I put the bike together over a month or so, and while it took longer than I wanted, it allowed for me to get great deals on parts. I used the following vendors to source parts:
Some other sites that often inspired me and my choices:
And away we go! Next week’s post will cover choosing a wheelset and tires.