Friday, April 1, 2011

Custom Love

I love to ride, live to ride, and ride to live, Only once in a lifetime will I ever get a chance to build a bike like this.

It all started at a Christmas party of 09' and my buddy Mike had just got his custom built dirt jumper frame and brought it to the party freshly painted green, ole #3 we call it. It was a fun party lots of great beers and full of cyclist friends. Ben the builder was there and as I complimented him on the nice work on Mikes frame. I asked him to hold me a slot in the build que for a 29er steel frame of my own. Well fast forward Winter of 11' and the frame is in process of being built!!!!!!

After a careful selection of parts a bike was born that not only was very fun to plan and see the build process, it turned out to be an amazing bike to ride. Fast nimble, responsive, smooth uber fun. All the quality's you would love in a Mountain Bike. Well here is the story of my custom steel 29er hard tail being born, and a chance to share the experience with you.


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Ben and I meet at Trinity Brewing to go over final plans of the bike over a tasty nitro charged Flow IPA . We had a great discussion of how I wanted the bike to ride and it seem Ben had given some deep thought into the geometry.








Ben zapping (should say brazing) some metal on the main triangle





Head Tube






Seat Tube







Bottom Bracket before brazing








The rear axle mounts are really cool nice choice Ben!









Front triangle all brazed up...now comes the cleaning







"cleaned" frame being fitted for rear wheel














Parts start to arrive! A lot of thought, research, and care went in to each and every amazing MTB component selected for this bike.



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Industry Nine Enduro 29er Wheelset... BALLER!!!!





Fox F29 Talas




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Truvativ Noir 1:1 Carbon Cranks









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So the frame comes back from Spectrum Powder Works painted "matte black" and looks great really slick and stealthy!





More parts arrive

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My favorite saddle of all time





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xtr pedals





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10 Speed XO shifters and Derailleur




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couple of last little things.....












and.......










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a late night build thanks with the precise hands of Chris the months of waiting are over and the bike is finally built!









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Wow everything came together really nice and the bike fits perfect. There is something to be said about a bike that started as a dream and becomes reality made just for you. I look forward to all the adventure me and this bike will share.

Time to go RIDE. Now I just need figure out a name for it?????


BUILD LIST
Frame: Custom Samadhi Cycles 29er Steel
Fork: Fox F29 Talas 95mm - 120mm
Wheelset: Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset Pewter
Tires: Specialized Captian 2.0 Rear Purgatory 2.2 Front
Crankset: Truvativ Noir 1:1 32t ring
Cassette: Shimano XT 11-36
Stem: Thomson 80mm
Seatpost: 27.2 Gravity Dropper
Seat: SDG Bel Air Ti Rails
Handlebars: Sunline V1 762s
Headset: Crank Bros Cobalt C
Brakes: Shimano XT
Rotors: Shimano XT 160mm Rear 180mm Front
Pedals: Shimano XTR
Bottom Bracket: Truvativ GXP
Seatpost clamp: 33mm Flip lock
Rear Derailleur: Sram XO 10 Speed Short Cage
Tubes: 2 Scoops-Stans Notubes Sealant
Chain: KMC X9SL
Grips: Odi Ruffian
Shifter: Sram XO trigger







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1 comment:

chris said...

Nice blog! Hey momma, my picture is on the internet!