Everyone that knows me, knows that I can't ride street or dirt jump to save my life. With that in mind I decided that I wanted to build some new skills that would help me out on the trails. This spring I set out to build up a little hard tail on a budget as I can't justify spending the money on a bike that will be so terrain specific. A DH or freeride rig, dumping cash is justifiable, but this bike would come to existence through low budget means.
Here's my budget build results:My original build up was with a frame that my buddy Mark gave me and all my old XC parts that had been sitting in the corner collecting dust. I quickly learned that the frame was too small and that gears would not be the way to go for this type of bike. Back to the the drawing board.
Since I really didn't want to break the bank on this bike, I decided that it was time to trade parts that I had for parts that I'd need and buy used as well in order to get a proper build up. Ok so lets see what I have laying around in the dusty corner that someone else could use and start going through parts that buddies have that I could acquire.
Ok first thing I thought I'd be getting was a correct fitting frame, but that took longer to figure out. In the mean time I acquired a fork that would work with my perfectly good front wheel (I've had this wheel since the first Brodie Devo came out in Silver with Hayes disk brakes-it was a revolutionary bike for me). Next up I wanted to go SS in the rear, so I either needed a SS conversion kit or a SS hub. As luck would have it, my buddy mike needed a rear DH 12x150mm rear wheel and he happened to have a new SS 26" rear wheel. Trade ya? Done!
I have a lot of semi used tires kicking around as most riders tend to collect them too, but ones that would be nice to ride at the DJs and park are kinda foreign to me. I had a Larsen TT 2.35 with a cut casing, so with some glue and a thick tire patch it was repaired. Off to the shop to find a rear tire now. Lots of shops have "used" or clearance tire piles and I found myself a Kenda K-Rad 2.3 for like $15 in one of those piles. While I was out picking up parts, I bought a KMC BMX chain for like $25 as I don't want to try to keep a nice MTB chain in good shape while a BMX chain is made to take a lot more abuse-right tool for the job.
Back at home I uncovered my old (basically brand new) Shimano Hone crank set that were wrecked in an unfortunate pedal thread incident. After talking to the local mechanic, he took a drill to them and installed a heli-coil for me. I found an old Race Face X-type BB that still spun, so a little mix n' match and I have a set up to spin on.
So I was getting quite the collection of parts ready, time to find a frame! I read the following caption in a press release and decided "what the heck, I'll spend money on the frame!":Thanks to Deity Components white is all the rage and we're jumping on the bandwagon too... besides it just looks good!!! We now have white Bada Bing bars in 2" and 3" as well as a limited number of Riots in white. We also have the Brassknuckle seat, Revolver sprockets, and Underboss zero rise back in stock. Check it out at BlackMarketBikes.com and all the other rider owned brands.
I made some calls to figure out who sells the Black Market bikes in Canada and to see what size my 5'11" body would require. Once I was sorted on the 22" TT White Riot frame, I decided that new bars and pedals would be ok to buy as well. I went with the RIOT frame over the MOB for cash purposes only-they are identical in spec, but the RIOT is made over seas and more affordable. Some white 2" rise Bada Bing bars sounded cool and really all the kids have white bars these days.... Pedals were tougher to pick out-too many colors. I said to surprise me on the color but that I'd give the 1664 Shaved Beavers a try as I'd ridden a buddy's Beaver Traps in the past and they seemed to cut it just fine. Thankfully the frame came with an FSA Impact intergrated headset as I would have gone-"oh crap" once it showed up.
Assembly was the easy task. Found an old 27.2 seat post with a 2 bolt head and an old Block 8 Sofa King seat (all the kids say to run the non XC seats, so I was glad to find this). An old Azonic Shorty stem and ODI grips attached themselves nicely to the new Bada Bing bar. I almost overlooked the need to stop the bike, but thankfully my buddy Jordan had a lightly used Avid Juicy 7 brake. So after some bartering, I now had an Avid Juicy 7 brake.
Everything else bolted up nicely to the frame. I decided to add chain tugs to the horizontal drop outs in order the possibly save myself an unwanted crash should the rear wheel shift under pedaling. Wow it looks good, but something was missing. Ah some Pinkbike.com bar caps will finish the build nicely!Have a look at the whole parts list and cost
|Frame & Size||Black Market Riot - White - 22" TT||$499 CDN|
|Fork||2006 Manitou Gold Label Series 2|
•100mm Travel (Firm)
|Headset||FSA Impact 1-1/8" Integrated ||Incl. w/ frame|
|Crankarms||Shimano Hone, 170 mm in Black||Had and Repaired|
|Chainrings||Race Face 32T||Had|
|Bash Ring||Envy Bash Ring||Had|
|Bottom Bracket||Race Face X Type 68/73mm||Had|
|Pedals||1664 Shaved Beavers-Aluminum|
|Rear Cog||Axiom 16T||Incl. w/ hub|
|Handlebar||Black Market Bada Bing|
•2 inch riser in White
|Stem||Azonic Shorty - 50 mm - Black||Had|
|Grips||ODI Ruffian Lock Ons||Had|
|Rear Brake||Avid Juicy 7 with 6" rotor||Traded for it.|
|Front Wheel||Hayes front hub - regular axle - disk ready - Rhyno lite rim||Had|
|Rear Wheel||Axiom SS disk hub - Alex Supra BH rim - Bolt on axle||Traded for it.|
|Front tire||Maxxis Larsen TT 2.35||Had|
|Rear Tire||Kenda K-Rad 2.3||$15|
|Saddle||Block 8 Sofa King||Had|
|Seatpost||Kalloy 2 Bolt (27.2)||Had|
|Extras||Pinkbike.com bar caps|
DMR chain tugs
Well in the end I spent just over $700, but my bike is something that I am enjoying the ride of and I got rid of a lot of parts that I am no longer using. I could have just as easily rolled into the local shop and bought a whole bike for less, but like I said, I'm stoked on the outcome and hell I spent more on my DH fork than on this whole bike! The white frame draws a lot of attention at the pump track and DJs from the groms, but the cool part is they are willing to answer my questions and give advice to see an old chubby guy learn with the rest of the kids. Should be a good summer of learning a whole new aspect of biking.
If you are looking for a Black Market frame in Canada, have your local shop contact 1664 Distribution
or if you live in the states call up or email the folks at www.ride-this.com