Reader’s Ride: Geekhouse Mudville with Full Internal Di2 and Shimano Disc Brakes

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (14)

Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

Famous for fun colors and happy customers, geekhouse has always produced some of our favorite custom bikes, but until recently, they had never produced a frame with Di2 internal routing.

This all changed earlier this year, when repeat customer Kerry Waldman asked Founder Marty Walsh to build his Mudville CX bike a little differently.

Head past the break to see the end result….

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (13)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

The Mudville is one of the five “models” that geekhouse currently produces, each is custom tailored to fit the customer. This one is intended to be a versatile CX racer, but pulls double duty on the road.

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (6)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

Kerry knew he wanted a bike built around Shimano’s new Di2 Hydraulic groupset, and if he was going to go the custom route, the frame needed to have internal routing.

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (5)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

Not content to do just plain internal routing, Marty accented the cable entry ports and bottle cage mounts with braze on stars.

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (1)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

The headset, bottom bracket, and hubs, are all Chris King bits anodized Mango, while the cockpit, and custom painted fork, are from Enve.

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (2)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

To compliment the Mango components, a number of orange components were also selected, including grip tape, Salsa Seatpost Collar, and Skewers.

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (9)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

Rodder Racing, represent!

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (4)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

Basic versions of the Mudville frame begin at $1,399, but this one features additional add-ons, such as True Temper OX Platinum Tubing, a 44mm head tube, and Paragon Dropouts and Disc Brake Mounts.

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (3)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

The CX wheels are HED Belgium + hoops on CK R45 Hubs, while the road wheels are custom Reynold 46 hoops on (you guessed it) CK R45 hubs.

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (8)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

The inspiration for the gun metal gray color scheme came from the Shimano 6870 components the bike was built around.

Geekhouse Mudville Internal Di2 (10)Photo Credit: Paul Chan, CChanphotography

The end product is a show room quality bike that any rider would be proud to own. You’re a lucky dude Kerry! Thanks for sharing your build.


Hotep - 06/26/14 - 10:21am

Nice looking bike, but the fork needs to NOT be orange.

badbikemechanicx - 06/26/14 - 10:23am

geekhouses are sweet

Superstantial - 06/26/14 - 10:37am

Nice bike, I hope Kerry rides the hell out of it. Geekhouse knows their business. That looks like an unusual headset spacer, no?

Nice writing, Saris.

fourthandvine - 06/26/14 - 10:40am

Lovely bike! In fact, I have something that looks remarkably similar 😉

Chris McGrath - 06/26/14 - 10:42am

The orange fork is dope. If anything the bar-tape has to go as it’s not even the matching Fizik orange.

Colin M - 06/26/14 - 10:55am

Love it!

Rider/owner must be a mountain biker because that cockpit looks slack.

Orange and grey is a nice combo. Props. Smart to go with Shimano rather than the Avid halfass disc setup.

T - 06/26/14 - 11:23am

I am always concerned about custom geometry that requires spacers under the stem…even if it is a cool looking spacer.

Mike - 06/26/14 - 12:11pm

Hey T, there are a number of reasons it is smart to have spacers on a custom bike. Two quick ones are the fact that you want build a custom bike to last the owner a long time. People change their riding position over time and a couple spacers allows that ability without building custom stems. Second, it is a bit lighter. Small aluminum or carbon spacers are lighter than the large diameter steel headtube. Of course this has to be balanced because you want to avoid putting too many spacers and create a weak or flexy set up.

That is at least my perspective as a hobby level frame builder.

anonymous - 06/26/14 - 12:16pm

It doesn’t need a spacer under the stem, although the head tube could be a little taller.

You don’t want to bring up the front of the top tube too much because that increases standover and you don’t want to bring down the rear of the top tube for shouldering.

That spacer is ~30mm with a -6 stem. I don’t know the specifics, but with a positive rise stem he could get the spacers under ~10mm for adjustability and saves some steerer in case he ever wants to go up, although the bars are pretty high already. It also makes the stem parallel to the top tube, which is important to some people.

Henry - 06/26/14 - 12:37pm

Awesome looking bike!

BUT one question? How are you able to determine the size of the HS spacer???

Matt - 06/26/14 - 12:51pm

Very rad ride. Some kind of countdown to cross readers ride series would be pretty neat (nudge nudge).

Aaron - 06/26/14 - 1:03pm

This bike is so dope and yet people are fussing over ithe number of headset spacers. Sometimes you don’t want to cut a $500 fork just because it looks nice for pictures. For petes sake.

Kovas - 06/26/14 - 1:33pm

Nice clean bike. The big companies should take a hint from folks like Geekhouse… Keeping it simple, subtle, clean and refined.

I use a spacer on my custom frame, and my aging back thanks me…

Da Owner - 06/26/14 - 1:40pm

Man, that little Ti spacer from Moots is the star! The spacer is a Moots RSL spacer in 20mm. When I build a bike for myself, I always start with a 20mm spacer. Then after a proper fitting if the stem needs to go lower, it does. This spacer was just hanging around the workshop from a pervious project so I figured it would look good on the bike.

Thanks for all the compliments, I plan on riding the snot of this thing just like the hard tail that Marty built for me.

fugawee - 06/26/14 - 1:44pm

That bike is preeeeeety.

souleur - 06/26/14 - 1:50pm

those welds are gravy baby!!
super high end craftsmanship!!

Ajax - 06/26/14 - 3:09pm

Say no to the neon orange fork. Either do the whole bike orange, or not.

TBone - 06/26/14 - 3:46pm

Wow. Simply gorgeous.

Kjeld - 06/26/14 - 3:50pm

Brilliant bike! The only thing I would change is the owner…to me. Thanks for sharing.

OTB bOb - 06/26/14 - 4:42pm

One sweet whip!! I just might have found my new ride.

Marty Walsh - 06/26/14 - 7:45pm

Thanks guys, we actually spend more time thinking about headset spacers than the bikes themselves. Which is why we are soon to be stopping production on custom frames, to concentrate solely on headset spacers. Some might say this is a bold move, but you just gotta really stick by your guns. And by guns, I mean spacers. Really it’s about building around your core. Thanks!

drewsey junction - 06/26/14 - 8:22pm

Marty- Thanks for the laugh! Also, the bikes is gorges, much like Ithica. All these ignorants can follow protocol from Slaughterhouse Five and take a flying #$@% at a rolling doughnut. Your bikes are righteous.

Eric Hancock - 06/26/14 - 10:58pm

I think this is the nicest Geekhouse I’ve ever seen. Begs to be ridden.

I’m embarrassed for these armchair critics making comments about headset spacers.

OTB bOb - 06/26/14 - 11:44pm

Can’t stop drooling sending an email tomorrow!!

Mario - 06/27/14 - 4:46am

Hoops? You wantend to Write rims!

mr_lover_lover - 06/27/14 - 11:20am

nice build for a hipster. who knew?

Ripnshread - 06/27/14 - 12:26pm

Almost thought I had mistakingly gone to …lol

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