Is it super? Is it something? The Super Something is ready for anything, an incredibly versatile platform here to handle all of your variable road and terrain needs. This bike will be really fun in a variety of setup and is designed to grow and change along with your riding style.
Through designing hundreds of custom bikes, Adam found that there is no tool for a specific job like a truly custom built scalpel of a bicycle. Many of those one-offs ended up in Adam’s hands to try out new geometries, parts and ideas. Those bikes were fun, but they came and went. The bikes that stuck around seemed to be the generally built, all purpose bikes. Ones that could be fun season after season, or reimagined with a new handlebar, tires, or some new setup when it started to feel stale. The Super Something is a bike you will want to keep around forever. Adaptable for anything or something.
Keep it simple. In our eyes, every “Gravel Bike” falls somewhere on the spectrum between a fat tired road bike on one side and a mountain bike on the other. The Super Something is about 40% of the way along that spectrum. Not going for full-on new school MTB geometry - because there is something really fun about riding a road bike where you aren’t supposed to - but also not turning a blind eye to the developments we have made on bicycle geometry in the past few years. Generally, these bikes have a slightly longer reach. They are made in mind to be ridden with a 50-90mm stem for optimal handling. They are designed with 700x42c tires in mind, but will clear larger or smaller depending on where you want to ride or what you want to try. Trends come and go, but this frame is set up to stick around for a long time and handle those standards you will always fall back on.
- Frame & fork Material: Double butted heat treated Chromoly Steel
- 142x12mm rear, 100x12mm front spacing
- 27.2mm Seat post
- 160mm Post mount or flat mount rear (With Pargon Machineworks rocker dropout inserts), ISO front brake mount on steel fork.
- Frame is also compatible with ENVE Adventure Fork (not included)
- Clearance for 700x55 c or 27.5x 2.1”
- 3 bottle cages, one under the Down tube
- 68mm BSA Bottom bracket Shell
- Compatible with EC34mm/44mm Headset, 1-1/8” steerer Steel fork
- Clearance for up to a 44T single chainring
- External Cable routing
- Rocker Dropouts for adjustable chainstay length or single speed. Frames ship with our own inserts, but they are compatible with Paragon Machine Works Inserts
- If you want to run flat mount brakes just get the flat mount rocker from PMW and run the Enve adventure fork)
The Super something is designed with versatility in mind. That said, the “base setting” for this bike is a 700x42c gravel bike with a 70mm Anna Lee stem and drop bar. Each size was designed for a range of saddle heights with the 70mm stem setup falling right in the middle of the range. As a rule of thumb, these bike are designed to fit like the labeled size. If you normally ride a 54 you should probably get a 54, if you normally ride a 60 you should probably get a 60 and so on. Some riders might prefer to size down and run a longer stem/more seat post for a more aggressive roadie fit, while others might opt to go up with an even shorter stem for that french fit and more stable handling. For a riser/flat bar setup I would recommend planning around a longer stem (90-110mm) or even sizing up if you know you never want to run drops. Shoot me an email if you have any questions, I am happy to make recommendations. Here are the saddle heights I had in mind, measured from the BB center to the top of the saddle center.
48CM - 640mm to 680mm 56CM - 720mm to 760mm
52CM - 660mm to 700mm 58CM - 750mm to 790mm
54CM - 690mm to 740mm 60CM - 780mm to 820mm
These numbers are just rough suggestions. Please double check and ask us or your bike fitter if you have any questions or concerns.
What Brakes can I run on the SuperSomething?
The SuperSomething ships ready to run post mount brakes. These are the brakes that we love for all of our personal builds because of their ease of adjustment, power and versatility. If you would like to run flat mount brakes, you will need to order a flat mount rocker insert for the brake side dropout and a flat mount carbon fork for the front. You can also use an adaptor from AS Solutions or Wolf Tooth components that will allow you to use the steel fork that ships with the frame.
Do I need to use FrameSaver on my SuperSomething?
Super Something frames are ED coated before being painted to protect from rust forever, no need to use frame saver.
Can I run a front derailleur?
The Super Something is designed around a 1x drivetrain but a 2x drivetrain is possible depending on the desired chainring size.
Can I install racks or fenders on the SuperSomething?
You can run racks and fenders on the Super Something! We have built frames up with 700x50mm tires and fenders still fit nicely in there, although if you live somewhere muddy you will probably want to run a max 48mm tire for some extra clearance.
The forks have a crown boss as well as a mid-blade and dropout boss that work with virtually any front rack. The rear end has 4 bosses as well that work great with most racks.
What size headset/crownrace do I need to order?
Here’s some SHIS for your bike mechanic. The Super Something framesets use a straight 1-1/8" steerer fork so make sure your headset is EC34/28.6 upper, EC44/30 lower. This size is available from just about all modern headset manufactures and allows you to run a carbon fork (or even a suss gravel fork) if you desire by simply swapping out the lower crown race for a larger one to accommodate a tapered steerer (33 or 40).
We've made it easy for you to order the correct headset along with your frame HERE.
What is included with this frameset?
All frames ship with a seat post clamp and thru axles included.
Where are the framesets manufactured?
Production frames like the Super Something are manufactured in Taiwan.
How should I set up my adjustable dropouts?
We recommend checking that your bolts have a little grease on them and that the bolts are torqued to 25-28 N-m.
What brake adaptor do I need for my SuperSomething Fork?
The SuperSomething forks use a standard ISO brake mount. This means you will need an ISO adaptor to mount your post mount brakes. The size of adaptor depends on what size rotor you want to run. We like a 160mm rotor with hydraulic brakes and 180mm rotor for mechanical brakes. You want a 0mm adaptor for a 160mm rotor or a 20mm adaptor for a 180mm rotor.