When Marchant Van Rooyen approached us wanting to build up a Grand Randonneur, we were slightly surprised as most of our customers are wanting the more modern disc brake compatible steel frames that we have to offer. We quickly learnt that Marchant was no ordinary customer and that he has built and ridden many custom bikes in the past.
So there was no need to give him any advice, he knew exactly what the wanted from a bike.
Here is what he wanted in his own words:
The objective of my build was:
I wanted a bike that fitted me comfortably, ie, could have a front end high enough and the reach not too long for me (as it tends to be with most racing bikes).
Road bike with clearance for wider tyres.
I like high quality steel frames that are not too burly.
SOMA Grand Randonneur frame set, Frame size 61.
IRD Rollerdrive needle bearing headset.
Nitto Technomic stem (100mm) and Noodle handlebars (46) Giant tape.
Soma Grand Randonneur EX 650b tyres on Pacenti SL23 650b rims.
Ultegra rear hub and Shutter Precsion SV8 front dyno hub
SHIMANO 105 10SPD Derailleurs. and Dura Ace down tube shifters.
Sram Rival OCT compact crankset with Shimano A600 pedals.
12-30 ultegra cluster.
Cane Creek SCR5 brake levers wit Tektro CR720 cantilevers.
Selle Anatomic saddle on Thompson post.
SOMA Champs Elysees mini front rack.
B&M IQ Cyo premium front with Secula Plus Rear dyno lights.
Zefal HPX pump.
King ti bottle cages.
Crane E-Ne bell.
Optional SKS 700cx50 fenders.
Bathroom scale weight +- 10 kg all in without accessories ( which could be 2.3kg)
Well done Marchant, we think its a beautiful, well thought out build and hope it brings you many miles of joy.