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Posted: Oct 4, 2017 at 13:23 Quote
Most German touring bikes still come with hydro style v brakes. It's weird.

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 8:33 Quote
Wooo!

Just picked up my first hardtail frame in nearly 8 years. I needed something to compliment my 160/170mm Commencal, which although it pedals really damn well is just a bit of tank for 90% of my riding. I've been trying to sell the Commencal's frame for awhile, but without much luck, so I think I'm going to be stuck with it. Hence, the need for something lighter, faster, simpler.

I decided that because I have a 32lbs alloy 160mm bike, that I didn't want my XC/TR bike to weight anywhere near the same amount. I debated going for a $1200-$1600 used carbon XC frame like the Niner RKT, Specialized Epic, etc, but realized that was a lot of money for not a lot of travel.

I searched and searched, comparing carbon hardtails like the Canfield EPO against steel hardtails like the Soma Valhallen, but the carbon stuff was too expensive and too restrictive on tire sizes, and the steel stuff was all 6.5lbs or more.

Decided that plenty of people ride alloy bikes for just about everything, and plenty of manufacturers make high quality aluminum bikes, so why be so worried about frame material? Sure, a titanium, steel, or even carbon bike might dampen some vibrations and make a more comfortable long distance bike, so do big tires, which are my current fascination.

I found a local guy who was designing frames and having them made overseas. Not a catalog bike, more of a "small batch custom".

4.5lbs for frame with axle, fitment for 29x2.5 or 275x3.2, 435 chainstays, nice long 467 reach on the large. Basically, a Big Honzo that is lighter.

Pics when built...haha

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 9:20 Quote
What is the build plan?

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 9:45 Quote
Budget.

I've got a the makings of a whole bike laying around the garage.

- 2016 Fox 34 FIT4 Plus 150mm (I'll lower it to 130)
- Shimano XT 1x11
- DT Swiss X1500 29er wheelset (or 275 Stans Flow on DT350s that desperately need new rims)
- 275x2.8's or light 29 tires if need be.
- Haven't decided on a dropper post yet. I want something cheap with a paddle style lever. No Wolftooth, I said cheap.
- Shimano SLX/Zee combo. 160mm rear, 180mm front.

My hope is to build the bike with spares parts to a value of around $900-$1000. Frame was $400. I'll probably list it for sale for $999 as soon as it's built just as to get rid of spare parts. I don't like stuff sitting in the garage for too long, even if it is good stuff. That being said, I rode a similar budget hardtail 29er for the better part of 7 years, only sold it because it couldn't fit a dropper post.

Might list my Commencal as a complete bike for $1600 (was $2300 new). I really want a GG Smash.

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 16:02 Quote
Here is my XC/AM garage parts build up. Coming to life....

-09 Gary Fisher Rumblefish (painted)
-Chinese 35mm ID, carbon wheel set. 650b
-Schwalbe Nobby Nics 27.5x2.8
-29er Fox Talas 34 110/140mm
Possibly changing out to a Fox float 34 Kash., 27.5 150mm.
-Fox transfer dropper 150mm
-Sram XO crank. 170mm

Aiming for a budget friendly / spare parts build up.
Thoughts, ideas, gripes all welcome Smile

New life for an older frame.
New life for an older frame.

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 16:35 Quote
Remove Enve decals, add chain and chain ring.

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 16:36 Quote
So go without a derailluer and brakes?

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 16:38 Quote
wicked54 wrote:
Here is my XC/AM garage parts build up. Coming to life....

-09 Gary Fisher Rumblefish (painted)
-Chinese 35mm ID, carbon wheel set. 650b
-Schwalbe Nobby Nics 27.5x2.8
-29er Fox Talas 34 110/140mm
Possibly changing out to a Fox float 34 Kash., 27.5 150mm.
-Fox transfer dropper 150mm
-Sram XO crank. 170mm

How'd you paint it? Strip it first?

The Rumblefish is a 29er, so rocking the taller fork and 170mm cranks probably helps.

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 17:02 Quote
PHeller wrote:
So go without a derailluer and brakes?

Touche. The Chenves were more obvious.

Posted: Oct 23, 2017 at 17:26 Quote
Chenves....lol. Loving the idea for some new wheel decals. lol
Frame was stripped followed by rattle can primer, black semi gloss paint and matt clear.


Brakes, chain, pedals, shifter and derailleur on the way.
-Brakes, Avid Elixir 3, white.
-Sram GX 10 speed shifter.
-Sram medium cage GX derailleur.
Still a work in progress.....

Posted: Oct 26, 2017 at 13:46 Quote
My Carver with some upgrades,
Carver ICB 1.0 Updated
Hope Carbon bar Hope Tech 3 brakes.
Bommelmaster Carbon Oval Chainguide

Posted: Oct 26, 2017 at 13:49 Quote
I don't like the bulbous look of the Hope bars but man I love that weave!!!

Posted: Oct 27, 2017 at 15:37 Quote
fantaman wrote:
My Carver with some upgrades,
Carver ICB 1.0 Updated
Hope Carbon bar Hope Tech 3 brakes.
Bommelmaster Carbon Oval Chainguide

That is so clean!

Posted: Nov 11, 2017 at 5:21 Quote
redbull gergetit 2017
my wolf !
https://i.imgur.com/ZDnNyms.jpg


 
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