Gallery: Oren Martin’s Custom Sanner “SUV”

I live at the end of a dirt road in northern VT, during 2008 put 5000 miles on my commuting Jeep and 5000 km on my commuting bicycles. I’ve been utilizing a bike for transport since my folks gave me one for my birthday in 1960. Don’t use my bike for any altruistic reasons, or for health (both are probable side benefits), bike transport — because I like to. My new SUV, a lugged steel frame custom fit to my odd body size from Sanner Bicycles with Dedacciai oversized COM tubing, is set up as a 1×9 with these components:

  • Mavic A719 rims / XT hubs / Pasela TG folding 700x35C tires
  • Sugino XD2 cranks w/36t Sugino chain ring
  • Shimano bottom bracket
  • Shimano SLX derailleur
  • 11-34 SLX cassette
  • Shimano HG-73 chain
  • Cane Creek SCX-5 brakes
  • Cane Creek Crosstop levers
  • Cane Creek S-3 headset
  • Salsa short and shallow handlebar
  • Salsa stem
  • Ritchie Comp seat post
  • Dura Ace bar end shifter
  • Brooks Imperial saddle
  • Eggbeater pedals
  • Mirracycle mirror
  • Cateye Strada speedo

The actual riding weight is 24 lbs. Which, IMHO, is pretty reasonable considering the frame size [approx 58 cm] and components targeted at functional utility and comfort, not weight. I’m a large moose often riding on rough mostly unpaved dirt/gravel roads — I wanted an especially stout build.

The ride is a nice balance for a multi purpose, sport-touring, commuting bike. SUV’s handling is best described as neutral for me and responsive on turns, yet not twitchy or lethargic. Low speed feels good, at 4 kph I can easily steer around broken up pavement while coasting in slow traffic, confident of not having to put my foot down loosing momentum. Have not yet gone faster than 60 kph, handling at that speed was solid and stable; no shimmy or other bad vibes. If you are looking for a new steel frame, either lugged or welded, it would be hard to find a better combination of quality, comfort and value than the Sanner frameset and a pragmatic 1×9 setup. —Oren

3 Responses to “Gallery: Oren Martin’s Custom Sanner “SUV””

  • Apertome says:

    I had never heard of Sanner before — that’s a gorgeous bike! Thanks for sharing.

  • anon says:

    Very nice. But no fenders on a dirt road?

  • martian1 says:

    “Apertome says:
    I had never heard of Sanner before — that’s a gorgeous bike! Thanks for sharing.”
    Thanks, Sanner is a small new frame maker in Palo Alto, Ca. Does a nice job at reasonable cost

    “anon says:
    Very nice. But no fenders on a dirt road?”
    Still deciding on racks, fenders, etc.

    aka Oren Martin.

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