DevilWork Cycles 2017
I`ve completed the DevilWork Cycles bike far in 2013. I built this bike with a mix of Shimano Deore XT 737 and XTR 952 components, but as time ran I gradually replaced XTR components and in the end the bike ended up with all Deore XT 737. Check it out.
The frame remains the same. It is a stainless steel hardtail welded from Reynolds 725/853 tubes. Let me shortly remind you that this is a custom hand-made frame by DevilWork Cycles from a city of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. The frame supports classic cantilever bridge-style cable stop and drop-outs that were machined by Paragon Machine Works. I`ve made classic white basic painting with custom airbrush in Michelin green. In addition to that I made a set of DevilWork Cycles decals in custom specific design.
Paduano Racing Titanium fork is a jewel of the bike. Pretty unique titanium rigid fork with a custom geometry and brutal finish. The fork supports custom titanium front cantilever cable-stop and cantilever (or V-brake) bosses only.
There`s still opportunity to buy never used or mounted HP-M741 headset. Normally it`s a threaded version, thus I had to mill the threads off of the upper cup to allow mounting a 1 1/8" steerer. I ride titanium top cap and headset bolt on top of that. Titanium Titec Fat Head stem and Titec Pluto Ti 118 handlebars joined together in a classic titanium cockpit. No changes at all. Handlebars` width (555mm) no more fits my personal needs, thus I requested a friend of mine to rough out a pair of extender plugs to the handlebars up to 600mm. The cockpit was newly re-completed with a pair of ESI Chunky silicone grips and a new-school pair of brake and shifter combos from Deore XT 739 series. Well, it`s not 737 series, but I like them and they work pretty good with Deore XT 737 cantilever brakes.
It has been far double-confirmed that my choice of Moots titanium seatpost with setback was right. Having chance to ride custom steel frame I thought using alternative to classic seatpost clamp – a quick release. I ride SQ-M730 quick release that perfectly fits my expectations. I`d changed the saddle again and I returned back to the Selle Italia Flite in very rare green leather. This is the best option for this retro bike project.
As I stated before, I`ve replaced all XTR components with Deore XT ones. That`s life. First of all I mounted up a set of 5-arm cranks FC-M737 with original XT chain rings and bolts. Bottom bracket is BB-UN52. Then I replaced the cassette. Nowadays I`m using 8-speed CS-M900 from a very first Shimano XTR series. Well, exception, but no objection to its quality and new-old-stock condition. Chain rings are IG-specific, thus IG-70 chain.
Front derailleur FD-M737 and rear derailleur RD-M737 found their solid place on this bike, too. They both work with new-school ST-M739 shifters. I mounted complete sets of BR-M737 front and rear cantilever brakes with replaceable M-System cartridge pads. BTW, you may remember a legend of MTB - Miguel Martinez, who was ridding this unusual combination late in 90s. So do I. Together with the brakes I still use a pair of brand new Avid Tri-Dangle cantilever brake cable hangers and old-stock Shimano M-System cables and housing.
Wheels for that bike have remained on HB-M737 front and FH-M737 rear hubs. Both hubs have been previously cleaned and perfectly repaired. Shimano XTR quick releases were replaced with original pair of Shimano Deore XT skewers. The hubs were laced to classic Mavic XC717 rims using DT Swiss Revolution spokes and SAPIM nipples. I kept Michelin Wildgripper Sprint tyres with Maxxis Ultralite inner tubes. Job well done.
Indisputable requirement to protect the frame is a "chain deflector" – Shimano Deore XT DF-M730, so called “Shark Fin”.