Metallic Teal 52cm Norther Lyon Dream Bike
Metallic Teal 52cm Norther Lyon Dream Bike
52cm Norther Lyon unique complete build in Fine Dark Teal Metallic aka Misty Aquarius . All built up and ready to attack a zillion spirited miles.
We originally intended to send this bike to Path Less Pedaled for a review, and would love it if it makes it to them at some point, but it’s winter and they’re out of town and Montana’s all snowed in anyways and we need to keep financing new and fun builds. So we’d love it if you had it, and if you wanted to let them review it and have your bike gain a little notoriety all the better!
About the build:
We couldn’t help ourselves so we went all out on this classically inspired but modern performance dream build.
I’d say lets start with the frame, but we have all the details on the Norther Lyon page. So lets start with the wheels! new Grand Boise 32 hole high polished 650b rims, hand built by Sugar Wheels with the highest quality spokes and nipples. The front hub is the Shutter Precision PV-8 dynamo hub in silver. The rear hub is a NOS 9 speed Shimano Ultegra. Arguably one of the best hubs of all times, with modern function and classic “small barrel” looks and bright silver finish with chrome hardware. The tires are Pacenti 650Bx42mm made in the same factory that makes all the best 650B tires. These are ultra light tires considered “event” tires by many. They’re covered in fully hammered alloy Cycles Grand Bois, by Honjo, fenders with special with polished stays and special domed hardware. None finer!
We kept the Ultegra theme going with matching NOS derailleurs too! Again arguably among the best ever made and just as lovely.
To keep with the classic feel of the vintage French inspired bike we went with NOS 170mm Specialties T.A. Pro 5 Vis cranks! With new T.A. compact chain rings in 46/30, and held together with modern stainless steel Velo ORange 50.4 mm chainring bolts. This rests on a Shimano UN55 118mm Sealed Cartridge Bottom Bracket. The drive train is rounded out with a KMC 9 speed chain and Sram 9 speed cassette controlled by NOS 9 speed Dura Ace downtube indexing shifters! My personal favorite shifters of all times!
The braking system uses vintage M.A.F.A.C “RAID” brakes, custom high polished with all NOS hardware! They are matched to Shimano’s new “Dura-Ace/Ultegra” version of their classic Ultegra brake levers. The rear cable hanger is a chrome plated Nitto item, while the front is a bright silver modern item with a classic look in bright silver but made for the one inch threadless steer tube. Cables are Sram stainless as they are one of the nicest smoothest cables on the market. Housing is Jaguar Braided Gold. We went with this because it was cool, and we liked the way it compliments the down tube decal.
Saddle is a new Brooks Cambium C-17 with a glossy black look. We wrapped the Compass Light 44cm rando bars with Black Newbaums cloth tape and custom layered it with Amber shellac and clear shellac to get the desired shade and shine to match the Brooks saddle. The bar tape is finished off with a Newbaums Hemp twine at the tops and wine corks at the drops. The saddle sits on a NOS American Classic seat post, because they are high polished and among the lightest and most beautiful seat posts in the world! The bars are held to the bike with an 80mm bright silver IRD 17 degree stem flipped upside down to have the classic level look. Headset spacers are the very cool grooved, bright silver one inch, and now unattainable, Ciari brand. The headset is a NOS Miche needle bearing in one inch threadless, and stripped and custom polished!
The stem is also attached to a custom prototype stainless quick release decaleur that keeps the Gilles Berthoud GB-28 Handle bar bag securely in place. The bag also rests on a Compass CP-! chrome front rack by Nitto. The front rack also has a little arm on the left side that holds the silver B&M IQ-SX dynamo headlight. A subtle B&M fender mount taillight is wired into the headlight following a slick internal path. It exits the headlight and follows the headlight wire through a grommet into the front fender. They both exit the front fender just behind the fork crown. The headlight wire pops into a reinforced hole in the fork leg and then exits through another down by the drop out and plugs into the hub. The taillight wire finds it’s way into a similar reinforced hole in the down tube and pops out a hole in the bottom bracket shell only to enter another grommet in the rear fender. It follows the rear fender exiting just below the taillight. All the wires have quick disconnects in all the right spots to make removing the fork or rear fender a snap!
The last detail is the pump. We place two pump pegs on the non drive seat stay to hold a pump out of the way. We then take the classic bright silver Lezyne pump and carefully disassemble them and add a spring. This allows them to compress and jam in-between the two pegs. This way you always have a pump with you on long rides just in case of a flat emergency.
The whole bike weighs in at just over 25 lbs. A shockingly low weight for a bike with full fenders, dynamo hub, lights, a bag and very large heavy BMX flat pedals! Hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars would have to be spent custom shaving every little gram to make a bike any lighter (and way less reliable).
I hope you enjoyed reading about this build, fallen in love, and want to buy it :)