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  1. Objective was to build a bike that can handle anything I personally ride: technical routes @ Tokai etc yet not black routes where I'd require more travel. A comfortable biike. And a fast bike, I always ride fast! Really had to balance all of these factors. Bike has reasonably progressive geometry. I wanted ideally an XL frame so I could slam the saddle to the front but this large came up second hand on Bike Hub at a great price. 68 degree HT angle so it's quick to turn and climbs well with a short stem and really wide bars. I didn't want to go cheap but certainly didn't want anything that is too pricey and 'show-offy' (ironic since I'm posting this bike build!). Avoided SRAM due to exorbitant pricing and opted for a 'workmanship build' of Shimano XT, SLX and Deore. SLX cassette R2k at present time, SRAM GX Eagle about double if not mistaken. I didn't spend money anywhere unneccessarily such as an XT derailleur to save ~20 grams etc. Built by Hermanus Cycles - mechanic was really thorough with excellent attention to detail and communication. Wheels handbuilt by Nicholas - wheelbuilder.co.za for R10k. Great guy to deal with. Without further ado... YETI SB100 frame (full carbon) - 2020 (2nd hand)Fox 34 Kashima fork - 120mm (2nd hand)Fox DPS EVOL Kashima shock - 100mm (2nd hand)Spank 350 rims - 30.5 mm ID / 29"Cure hubs by Thirteen Industries (rear hub a whopping 108 points of engagement!)MAXXIS Rekon 2.6" front tyre / MAXXIS Forekaster 2.35" rear tyreSpecialized Phenom saddle - TI railsShimano XT shifter - 12spShimano SLX cranksShimano XT flat pedalsCSIX 36t chainringShimano SLX cassette 10-51KMC X12 chainTransX 150mm dropper (2nd hand)Spank Race 50mm stemShimano Deore M6100 brakesShimano XT rotors (180mm front / 160mm rear)Shimano MT500 bottom bracket CSIX 800mm carbon handlebarCannondale gripsCSIX headet spacers and top capCSIX ISCG05 chain guideAll Mountain fork guardAll Mountain crank defenderAll Mountain frame protectionBBB chainstay protectorTACX water bottle holderScott cable wrappersTOTAL COST: ~R67.5k
  2. After almost 2 years of going back and forth on with what to replace my trusty Santa Cruz 5010, I finally left holy ground and pulled the trigger on a Deviate Highlander frame. A FREAKIN' 29er... I'm getting the black edition with 150mm rear travel. The aim is a more trail orientated bike, rather than full enduro, ie. no Zeb or 38 or piggy back shock. I haven't 100% decided on the build, but it will most probably be: RS Lyrik Ultimate 160mm; CaneCreek DB Air IL DT rims laced to Hope hubs Hope X2 brakes from my current bike SLX 12x group set (this is a big change for me: I haven't ridden Shitmano since before 2004) Bike Yoke Revive dropper. It's been great to deal with Ben from Deviate. I wish the SA distributors of bikes I was looking at, were this keen on doing business. Now for the long wait until July...
  3. Hi I am building a Fuji gran fondo 2,5 I have bought a frame from a fellow hubber but the thru axels where not with the frame and I can’t seem to figure out what I need to buy ? All the info I can find says 12x 142 however nothing about thread pitch, and if the front and rear are the same size (I assume not ) Any advice would be hugely appreciated.
  4. Hi Last year I received a Bike for my 7-yr old son, which made me think about giving away bikes for others in need of one. I had a mountain bike that belonged to my eldest son, 18, who did not ride anymore. So I found a schoolboy who had to travel to school to give it to. Long story short. I wanted to do this again. So I gathered parts from friends. I have rear mechs and cassettes and a 26" wheel set and a 26" shock, 29" tires and mismatched pedals and some other parts. Hoping to build a bike from the unwanted parts of others. I got another bike together and a boy in our suburb took it out on a trail with me last weekend. I would like to build a bike for a friend though. He has been an amazing support to others although he earns mere peanuts. I was wondering if any of you have a similar desire and would like to build a bike or give away some parts to help me build a bike. He is 176 cm tall. I guess a medium to large frame would suit him well. I was hoping to build a 29er. If you are able to, please let me know. Thank you. Regards Michael
  5. I purchased a steel frame, on the cheap. I hate the paint work, think of stripping it and respraying it. Dont know where to start, I have asked around for quote on doing this and all of them have been more than the cost of the frame. Any suggestion on where I can go to get this done in Cape Town. Or is it something I could DIY, just a clear coat over the steel? Just worried about the thru axles and small part.
  6. Hi guys! I'm very excited, and proud, to introduce Skorsie to you. A few weeks ago I realised that my 2008 Merida 26er was getting long in the tooth, and that I needed something fresh and interesting. Buying a brand new bike that was specced according to my needs (read "wants") was out of the question, as I'm a junior in the advertising industry, and the pay cheque wasn't going to stretch that far. Building Skorsie not only made the whole excursion affordable, but also taught me a great deal about bicycles. The most valuable part was the people I met along the way (I will name them shortly). These guys gave me great deals on mint condition pre-owned stuff, they gave me priceless advice, as well as physical technical help. Thank you to: Renier Hugo for the great deals on the wheels and brakes, as well as your advice and enthusiasm; Wicus (Me rida my bicycle) for the great deal on the fork, and being a great seller; Iwan Kemp for letting me ride your beautiful ST-F (yes, the one with the one-of-a-kind paint job!) as well as all your advice and links to nice things; a very special thank you to Kobus van der Poel (kvdp) from Darling Fietsgoeters who helped me build the bike, reply to my 70 000 Whatsapps, who gave me mountains of advice, and who helped me every step of the way with literally everything, while also having to plan and map the routes for DBX! Janos Plekker from Evo Bikes for sorting me out with odd bits, and the guys from Recycles who did a few final tweaks. Below is a complete list of components for interest sake: Frame: 2018 Momsen ST-R (XL) Fork: 2017 RockShox Recon 100mm Wheels: ALEX MD21 on American Classic hubs Tyres: Maxxis Ardent Race 2.35 (F) Maxxis Icon 2.20 ® Rotors: Avid 160mm Brakes: Shimano BR-M315 Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT Hollowtech Gruppo: Full Shimano SLX 1x11 (32T F & 11-42 R) Chain: KMC Black/Silver Pedals: Shimano XC SPD Handlebars: Momsen Alloy 720 mm x 31.8mm Stem: Momsen Alloy 70mm Seatpost: Momsen Alloy Saddle: Momsen Grips: ESI Chunky Silicone Bottle Cages: Ryder Big Mouth ---------- Feast your eyes on the pictures below! Jakes
  7. And ended up with a floor full of parts that looked like this: Build went quite smoothly at around 3 hours. And ridden about 75km on it so far in the past week. Lots of playing around still to do on suspension, but finally when I get a break from work and travel will take some proper pics of it. Key takeaways: I dont like Eagle. It's my first non-Shimano bike. Shifter ergonomics modelled on Zuma's economics policies I'm sure.Those who say it feels like a 650b, are spot on. Much nicer than other 29er's I tried.I fitted the tyres on the rims and pumped them up to pop with a hand pump. Only thing to still do is to tidy up the brake hose lengths and bleed. More pics on weekend.
  8. Hey guys, I am undertaking my first "From the ground up" bike build and I need some help regarding this build. I have purchased (currently waiting for arrival) a Ragley Big Wig XL frame. This frame uses Boost rear spacing and has a 73mm BSA Shell for the BB At the moment I am looking at which components I can, should and should not transfer from my old bike. Right now it's pretty much just the drivetrain I'm having trouble with. I have a 2013 Scott Scale 940 which has the XT 3x10 Drivetrain (Shimano XT FC-M780 Hollowtech 2) and a 68mm BB Shell. On the new bike I want to convert to 1x??. My options are: Buy a new Groupset, cranks and BB Buy Used Groupset and cranks, new BB Convert my XT 3x10 to 1x10 (So that I can upgrade later)(Is this even possible??) If I go for Opt 1 and buy new, what would you guys recommend I buy? I was thinking: SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 Upgrade KitLyne / Rapide Crankset (With their accompanying BB's)If I go for Opt 2, have you got any advice as per what to look out for to make sure that whatever I buy is compatible with my frame? If I go for Opt 3 and convert my 3x10 here are my questions: If I just put the single 30T Chainring onto my 3x crank, how do I ensure the chainline is correct and works with my 10spd casette on the boost rear hub?How do I know if my existing crank works with a new BB that will fit the 73mm Shell?I'm assuming that the currently installed 68mm BB won't work on the new frame since it has a 73mm BB ShellGeneral Notes: There is no overall budget for this build, i'm building it over time and want to finish at the beginning of April. Everything I buy must be best bang for buck kind of range, or slightly higher-end.If you guys recommend something higher because you have more experience than I do in this field, just tell me. I'm totally novice at this building thing, but very excited about it and I really need the help!From your guys experience, is there any component/s or items that I must not overlook and forget about IE: Cables and such?? Thanx guys. Bennie
  9. I have been toying with the idea of getting myself a pair of goggles for All mountain riding and possibly to be used with my half lid at the Enduro events. Had my first ride in the wet last weekend and boy! my face and shades was covered in SPLAT... Also, hitting 60km/hr on two occasions at enduro events, had my eyes watery behind the shades. Enough said, i think this is more than enough motivation to consider getting pimp'd with some awesome looking stuffs. Was roaming about and these tickled my fancy: Fox AIRSPC goggles 100% Accuri Von Zipper Bushwick XT These Three above are pretty much in the same price range. Performance wise... i cannot comment though. Keen to hear what you guys think... to goggles or not to goggles? haha better yet lets see yours!?!
  10. Hint # 01: basic frame specs alluded to in the topic title..
  11. Where: Inanda Valley When: 30-31 July Over the last couple years of riding in the valley, Rohan has discovered some trails that are perfect for the more adventurous rider. We have decided to dedicate a weekend to playing around on these trails. - Riders will be shuttle assisted to the top - These are raw, natural trails and some of them have never been fully ridden, so we advise riders to bring their body armor. - To keep cost low, we are asking riders to bring certain meals (please see poster for more info) Cost - R750 BYO Tent - R950 Safari tent & stretcher provided If you are keen to join in on the fun, give me a shout on info@detourtrails.co.za Cheers Adele
  12. With kilometres of natural trails, Lesotho is truly a trail riders paradise! The 2015 Lesotho Extreme was an action packed weekend of incredible trail riding and spectacular scenery. Check out the video here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bbwFQr-UgEs Go to our website to find out more about the 2016 Lesotho Extreme: http://www.detourtrails.co.za/lesotho-extreme-trail-festival/
  13. Howzit guys, Any advice on the new Five Ten Freerider contact shoes? Need to get some decent shoes for flat pedals for all mountain riding here in Stellenbosch. http://www.fiveten.com/us/freerider-contact-black-red Any advice would be appreciated on this shoe or any other Five Ten shoe. Dawels
  14. I was looking through the Your Enduro Ride thread (https://community.bikehub.co.za/topic/126041-your-enduro-ride) as I have been looking at buying another MTB, something with more travel. There are some sweet rides in that thread but I don't see where people are getting the frames or even entire bikes from. I don't have anything particular in mind just yet but I was wondering where people are getting such a wide range of frames. Are you all mainly importing / bringing them in yourselves? Any advice would be appreciated. Cheers
  15. Hi All. If you're looking for some amazing Gravity orientated, vehicle assisted riding this may be the trip for you. http://www.detourtrails.co.za/rad-rides-all-mountain-tours/ The trails are stupidly good and are some of the best anywhere. Sections will technically challenge the most skilled rider but your average "enduro" rider will be right at home and have a great time. Check the website for details or check the previous discussion in this forum from one of the scouting trips: https://community.bikehub.co.za/topic/137578-lesotho-all-mountain-weekend/?hl=lesotho See you on the hill.
  16. Nicko

    Canyon Strive

    Hey guys So I'm going to Europe in May/June for a short trip and to do a bit of riding in Switzerland and Italy. And I was thinking of getting a bike while I was over there. Currently I race Enduro and Downhill, I'm not going for the podium, but I do aim to always improve my times and my overall position. For Enduro I ride a 26" Giant Trance 2012, it's pretty well kitted out... For Downhill I ride a Giant Glory 01, it's a 2011, fairly stock. I'm toying with the idea of selling both of these to buy a Canyon Spectral Al 6.0 Race... One of the reasons is that my trance doesn't seem to be able to cut it anymore, when I'm going really fast through bumpy stuff with the Revelation fork it just doesn't quite cut it. So I toyed with the idea of getting a Pike, but that's a 10grand fork on it's own. And i think it will be capable for downhill, cause most of the tracks in KZN aren't too gnarly, and I don't do the big jumps yet (that's the main reason). So it could possibly be faster for me in face I know a lot of people are going to say get the YT Capra, but the availability of that bike is an issue, I won't be able to get it in time. I think this Canyon Strive is definitely in the same bracket of bike... So what do you guys think about my plan? Any insight will be helpful...
  17. A custom build is always a rewarding project. Part of this is the agonising process of looking for the perfect fit of design and components. For me, the direction of the build gets locked down once the look, or in this case the colours, has been decided. Once that is done, then the hunt for a complementary build kit begins. Click here to view the article
  18. Searching for satisfactory components can take a while and bring about many direction changes - as I'm sure BogusOne can attest to. For instance, with this build the final look was only determined after it became clear that I wouldn't be able to get my hands on a green DVO Diamond fork in time. Seeing it all come together in the end is rewarding and a big part of why I go the bike build route rather buying a complete bike. Frame: Mercer Bikes Hungry Monkey Frame builder: Mercer Bikes The frame and reasoning behind it has been covered thoroughly in Part 1 and Part 2. What is new, however, is the spray job by Bogus Designs (user BogusOne on The Hub) and the inspiration for it. The brief handed to Bogus Designs for the frame paint scheme. The inspiration for the Hungry Monkey's look came from the big screen. The idea really took off when I saw custom paint jobs Field Cycles did on two of their bikes. I have become a big fan of their work and the incredible passion and attention to detail is obvious. Pearl Drums nailed the coffin shut when they showed a unique colour kit at the 2015 NAMM Show. I shared my ideas with Anton (BogusOne) and he took the initiative from there. Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 Dual Position, 150mm Distributor: Cape Cycle Systems There is not a lot that needs to be said about the Pike, as it's reputation precedes it. For the first time in years, I have gone with a dual position fork. This was done for two reasons. Firstly, there was the desire to compare how it feels out on the trails to fixed travel forks. Secondly, I thought it could be a good fit on the Hungry Monkey as the ability to drop the travel will come in handy when tackling technical climbs or using it as a "play" bike. Wheelset: Derby Rims / Industry Nine Torch Hubs / DT Swiss Aerolite Spokes Rims: Cycle Factory / Hubs: Rush Sports Cycling / Spokes: SCOTT Sports Africa Derby Rims were the first properly wide, competitively priced and durable carbon rims to hit the market. Launched in the U.S. in 2013, they have proven themselves to be reliable, strong and a popular choice for custom wheel builders. I won't go into too much depth on the wide rim debate here, but I consider myself a believer following a good couple of months on a set of American Classic Wide Lightnings. The 34mm Inner / 40mm Outer profile of the Derby rims is a level up from the American Classics and if all the glowing reviews on the Ibis 741 rims (35mm Inner / 41mm Outer) are to be believed, then I shouldn't be disappointed with these. I picked Industry Nine hubs for their reliability, crazy sound, adaptability and super fast engagement. For what they offer, they are very competitively priced and the fact that one can order them in all sorts of anodised colours adds to the lure. Going with a complete Industry Nine wheelset with red spokes was an option, but I soon realised that I would struggle to match the anodised red with the overall look of the bike. Instead, I opted for DT Swiss Aerolite spokes for their look, competitive weight and the wider profile of bladed spokes. Drivetrain: SRAM X1 Distributor: Cape Cycle Systems Chosen for the value it represents over its 1x11 siblings and (to be perfectly honest) being all black. I am looking forward to giving SRAM's entry 11-speed mountain bike groupset a go and comparing it to the XX1 and X01. Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 125mm drop Distributor: Cape Cycle Systems Another RockShox product that doesn't need much of an intro or explanation. I like how the Stealth version keeps things neat and tidy, and being black plays well the overall look. In three years, I've only had one mechanical on a Reverb and that was when an OTB incident tore the hose and locked the post in the dropped position. Brakes: Hope Stealth Tech Evo with 183mm floating rotors Distributor: International Trade The only piece of kit that has survived from my Ibis Mojo HDR build. Back then RockShox's Guide range of stoppers were just announced. It will be interesting to see how the Hope brakes fair against the Guide RSC's that I'm running on another bike. So far the RSC's have been faultless, but can they compete long term with Britain's finest? Time will tell. Tyres: Hans Dampf TLR 2.35 front, 2.25 rear Distributor: Stage N9NE I had these tyres on another bike and was impressed with their all-round performance; although sand seemed to be their weakness. Having experience with these tyres, I decided use them as a benchmark to assess the impact that the Derby Rims have on tyre performance. The tyres have been converted to tubeless using the supplied Derby rim tape and Stan's NoTubes sealant. Pedals: Point1 Podium Distributor: Not available locally. Not as sticky as Spank's Spike flat pedal, but I had these in the parts bin and will probably ride them until they die. Bottle Cages: Specialized Zee Cage II with EMT Cage Mount Tool Distributor: Specialized SA Credit to Specialized for their range of S.W.A.T. kit and gear. It offers solutions to problems that actually exist and brings versatility to riders - prefect. With these I will be able to hit the trails without the need for a hydration pack and will only need a pocket for an energy bar or cellphone. (With only 1 broken chain and no flats on tubeless tyres in over 6 years, I feel it's a calculated risk to not carry any spares or additional tools with me on rides). Handlebar & Stem: Easton Haven 35 Carbon 20mm Riser Bar, 750mm | Easton Haven 35 Stem, 50mm Distributor: Hullabaloo It is incredible how much mountain bike geometry, set up and trends have changed over the last couple of years. The revolution has pushed gear and kit to new heights with innovation resulting in a number of new standards. One of which is handlebars and stems with a 35mm clamping area. The additional diameter has allowed manufacturers to keep the weight down and strength up on wider bars. Easton was one of the first big players to release 35mm bars and stems and it certainly looks like it's here to stay and possibly take over as the steering of choice for longer travel bikes. Saddle: SDG Duster Mountain Ti-Alloy Distributor: A-Line MTB and Outdoor Speed Defies Gravity has got to be the coolest name in the business! It's not the only reason it made the parts pick. I've been riding SDG saddles for the last couple of years and have found them to my liking and they've proven themselves to be very durable. Grips: ODI Rogue Distributor: Cycles Africa I have been a fan of ODI for as long as I can remember. With colour, width and feel options to suit just about every rider regardless of discipline. The Rogues have been my grip of choice, as they provide an extra bit of give without being too soft or spongy. Plus, they perform well come rain or shine. Headset: Nukeproof Warhead 44IETS Distributor: Dial'd Bikes Along with a bike's bottom bracket, the headset is often an unsung hero expected to slave without much love and attention. This will be the first time I try a Nukeproof headset, but judging from the quality of their other gear I'm sure it will perform flawlessly.
  19. Hi Guys, I currently have a Giant Anthem X1 which I had for about 5 years (with a frame replacement in between) which I am generally still happy with, although the confidence going downhill is worse compared to my old Giant VT-2.What a bike - but got stolen. It is perfect for the Nissan Trailseeker series and most of the trails in and around Pta. I am playing with the idea of a trail/all-mountain/enduro bike for stage racing and when I go to Cape Town and trails with more technical downhill. I think the trail bike will be better and less punishing over 3 days in the saddle. Travel around 140mm, dropper seat and slr/xt (sram equivalents) is about the specs needed - nothing too fancy. It looks like my options if the budget is <30K is basically limited to the Giant Trance 2. (I will be very happy with another Giant and the bike gets good reviews). Any other options in the price range? (I prefer a 27.5 over the 29" which I don't like in terms of looks) Also it looks like a lot of the importers don't bring in the 27.5 trail bikes? I don't see them on websites. (GT Force, Trek Remedy, Scott Genius, Specialized Stumpy FSR etc...)
  20. So, it's time to look at a new ride. I'm currently selling my Nukeproof Snap and Argyle fork (if you're keen PM me )and looking for a 140mm+ all mountainy ride. I've found a fork, 160mm Fox Talas, and have all but decided on an NS Soda Air, but thought I would put it to the people for some opinion. My budget is max 17,000 for a frame, has to be 26 and minimum 140mm travel. And go...
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