Words By Tim Grant & Steve Day – Photos, Steve Day
Bike check is back and we have something a little unusual. Which catch up with Steve Day. You remember the guy who bears a resemblance to a certain X-Men. He also tends to like a challenge as well (who-are-you-the-wolverine-steve-day.) Well not one to disappoint he’s at it again. Sometimes it’s not just the racing that challenges but it can be getting that “just right” set up. So we find out what Steve is
Travers RussTi & Angus II… Hardtail Heaven?
Can you imagine the excitement? An unexpected call out of the blue from Travers… “I’m sponsoring SSEC-17 and doing a limited run of singlespeed specific frames with a few tweaks – what would you want?” Now, having been riding the Travers RussTi in 27.5+ trim since SSUK, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I fell in love with the RussTi from the first ride – such a sweet ride – accurate and comfortable over long rides and capable of dealing with anything thrown its way. To be asked what I would change was a tough one. Sliding dropouts to get rid of the tensioner that was required to be able to run singlespeed on the stock frame, and 2 bottle cages in the central triangle were as much as I could think of as I didn’t want to be responsible for screwing up what is an ace ride in the standard RussTi. The only other things that developed over the next few weeks was a shorter back-end and asymmetric chain-stays to allow a wider range of front ring sizes. The subsequent wait was excruciating, especially not being able to tell anyone what was coming!
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