In a recent issue of VeloNews magazine, there was an article on the prospect of building a 100% Made in the USA bicycle.
The idea was intriguing, if not only for the challenge. Ultimately, it wasn’t possible. The tires and most of the drivetrain could not be sourced in the States (with the exception of a singlespeed belt-drive by Gates with a Phil Wood chainring and cog).
Not long after reading that article, we had the opportunity to give the MUSA build a shot.
A good customer of ours, Mr. Burke, has been hunting for the ideal bike for years and settled, quite perfectly, on a custom Waterford SR-33. After a couple conversations, we determined we could exceed his needs and fit within budget with a good number of MUSA components. The notable exceptions were drivetrain & brakes, tires, hbars, and saddle. We had decided on an Ultegra Group for the drivetrain and Continental for tires. We went with an in-house favorite, the Deda RHM02, for the handlebar. And the Fizik Aliante VS is a great saddle that is both super sleek and super comfortable.
The American products included King Headset (OR), Thomson Stem and Hbars (GA) , Velocity A23 rims (production recently moved to FL), White Industries H2 & H3 Hubs (CA), DT Spokes (CO), and, of course, the gorgeous Waterford SR-33 frame and fork (WI).
Mr. Burke was very satisfied with his new bike. He immediate jettisoned to his Iowan testing grounds for a few days of riding.
One of the revelations from the build is the White Ind/A23 wheelset. Super light, super tough, super delicious AND relatively affordable for the final weight (1610g – 32h 3x). You can expect to see more of those around here soon.
More images in our Waterford Gallery here.