Over the last few months I had the pleasure of building a custom muni for John Long (Vivalargo), which he has dubbed the Flying Toucan. He had specific ideas about what he wanted, but was also open to any ideas or concerns that I had. His main goal was to have a light weight muni, but it needed to withstand the stresses of an aggressive riding style combined with the often brutal terrain of the Santa Barbara area.
Here is what we put together:
Light Ryder aluminum frame built by Scott Bridgeman
CNC brake mount installation and crown lowering by Wallis Design
Yellow powder coat
Wallis Design seat assembly
DeRail carbon fiber/Kevlar base with stainless steel threaded inserts and hardware, DeathGrip handle, CF rear bumper, modified Gemcrest leather cover, Molded carbon fiber brake lever matched to DG handle shape, WD stainless steel offset brake lever mount, WD Velcro air pillow
Dave Stockton wheel assembly
Black 14/15 spokes DT Swiss
Black brass nipples
Black 170mm cranks
Black Profile hub
Salsa polyester rim tape
“World’s Strongest” wheel build
Specialized 24 x 3 standard weight tube
Wallis Design “FootHold” crown cleat
Thomson Elite 25.4 x 330 mm seat post
Magura HS33 brakes, black, with black anodized caliper clamps
Salsa Flip-lock seat post clamp
Shimano MX-30 platform pedals, with custom black paint
Tire – Shown with a Gazz, but I shipped the muni without a tire at John’s request.
The wheel that Dave built is extremely nice. Highly tensioned and very true, with top quality components. He was also able to accommodate us on the all-black component request.
Photos are in a gallery at http://gallery.unicyclist.com/VivalargoMuni The pictures were taken hurriedly just before it went in the box, and wish I had gotten some different shots. Too late now as I hear the SB rocks are already taking their toll on the pretty yelow powder coat.
The brake installation was the same process I first used on Rod Wylie’s (teachndad) and is detailed in that gallery: http://gallery.unicyclist.com/Wilder-brake-project
Many thanks to John for being great to work with, being very patient, and having confidence in my abilities and judgement. I hope you get many hours of pleasure from your Flying Toucan.