This is the bike I wanted to build a couple years ago, but ended up buying the Astrix instead. Last spring though, I got my hands on a Rock Shox DHO, and I had an idea for a new project.
But just how far do we take it? Would you built a bike around a headset? A set of hubs? That little cable guide for the rear brake that clamps onto the seattube of a Kona?
I don't think it's a competition to see who can be the most esoteric, but it feels that way sometimes.
Maybe years ago, not long after TeamCow was formed, a friend of the Team was loaned a Heckler from a local shop he did some work for. It was orange with a polished rear end, and a Rock Shox Judy XL double-crown fork. One cold October day, I took it out for a ride. It was one of my favourite days on a bike. I was out there just killing trails I loved as it started to snow. It was a great day on a great bike, and I really felt like a good rider.
Maybe you can see where I'm going with this? I'm not building a bike around the fork, or that crazy hub, or a set of frame decals even - I'm building a bike around a feeling.
I threw this together in about 30 minutes just to see if it fit well. On one brake and one derailleur I rode it to the end of the driveway, and it felt good, so I can finally get serious about it.
First, I bought an air shock for it. The Super Deluxe feels pretty good, but it's missing the upper plate for the spring. I'll find one eventually, but an air shock is just easier to tune anyway.
I'll be running those RaceFace Turbine cranks, in a 2x10 with an XT derailleur and XTR shifters. Then we have the SRAM 9.0 composite brake levers, and they'll be pulling XTR V-brakes. We have a Chromag bar and grips, an On-One stem, RaceFace Thermo headset and some fat Continental Hans Dampf tires.
I just need a 36H rear hub now - but this has been hard to find so far. Then I'm going to repaint and new decals. I think it'll be far better than that bike I rode on that cold October day, so hopefully I'll get an even better feel from it.