Dear Mercian involved with my new frame,
Thank you Mark for the email and pictures I,m sure this post will be well liked.
My King of Mercia arrived safely in Arizona last week. The shipping guy brought it to my office, so there ended my work day! The box looked like it had seen some action but once opened the frame was pristine (the wrapping of the frame was so meticulous). Well, to say that I was beyond happy is an understatement! The paint is absolutely incredible, I love it! It was worrying for me to step out of my comfort zone (I have a grey Colnago C59, a grey Eddy Merckx, a brushed metal Moots and a bare metal Turner), so any colour not on the US navy's list for potential battleship finish details is somewhat foreign to me. The colours really pop in the sun, and we have a lot of sun in Arizona.
I had it built up by Fairwheel Bikes in Tucson (not sure if you know of Fairwheel, it is Weight Weenie Mecca) the day after it arrived, had lots of positive comments walking it into the shop and a couple of wolf whistles! Mechanic put it together listening to New Order in honour of the British frame!
Here is a description and pictures of the complete bike should you want to add this to your blog:
Here is my King of Mercia all the way from Arizona.
Groupset is Campagnolo Record 11
Wheels are Record hubs, 32 3x DT Revs, DT RR440 rims
Thomson Masterpiece post
Selle Italia SLR Flow saddle
3T ARX Team stem
3T Ergosum Team bar
Chris King No-threadset headset
Time Xpresso 12 pedals
Tacx Tao carbon cages
For any weight weenies out there, it weighs in at 18.8 lbs complete in a 61cm frame with Reynolds 853 OS pipes. The paint is unbelievable! I was excited prior to getting it after seeing pictures on-line but a picture doesn't come close to how good your work is!
I've tried to combine the two Mercian loves: chickens and bikes, I hope you enjoy!