Is it a cyclocrosser? Is it a commuter? An all-roader? A ‘gravel grinder’? Come to think of it, the only things missing from the latest Signal Cycle are S&S couplers, which would turn it into the ultimate travel bike — for the discerning touring-adventuring-‘cross racer.
Portland’s Signal Cycles are well versed in creating multi-talented bikes, just as they are in building single-minded machines. This one is for a returning customer — always a nice compliment and a solid reminder that Signal’s Nate Meschke and Matt Cardinal are doing something right.
For those who snort at the expense of a custom frame, it’s also a solution for riders on a budget. If you want three different bikes but the Finance Minister will only sign off on one, why not invest in a bike that excels in all three genres? Although, if it looks like this, it’s worth the price of three.
The customer’s first bike was a more straight-forward fendered road bike — with S&S couplers — but this order was a bit more adventurous. He’ll race cross with it, then use it as a commuter (there’s a custom Signal rear rack to go with it) and explore some back roads with it also.
A matching custom stem sits atop the head tube, mounting a cockpit equipped with ‘cross-specific Gevenalle levers and a shifter that operates the 1×10 drivetrain. The necessary braze-ons are there, however, to accommodate a front shift cable, using a simple two-bolt process.
The front chainring is a 42T Wolftooth cog, minimising chain slip without the need for a retention device. It’s an ingenious development for modern drivetrains, and looks the business, too. The whole setup is complemented by the paint, applied by Spectrum Powderworks in Colorado Springs.
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