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Never found what I wanted at the bike shop so I built my own.


2009 Giant Trance X1 with a Fox RP23, 2nd hand.




Send to paint shop,panel beater actually. Hit the virtual shop at CRC as well as a LBS and voila!








Anodized the suspension linkages to match the Hope hubs, a bit bling, may go for black next time round.




Hope Pro 2 hubs with Mavic 819 rims and Conti mountain/ race kings, tubeless.

Rocshox Revelation Team U Turn 120mm - 150mm with remote poplock.

XT Crankset and BB

Sram X9 F/ R/D and XO Gripshifters.

XT brakeset and rotors.

Ritchey H/Bars and stem with Hope headset.

Fizik Gobi.


1st test ride this AM.

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nice work, do u think the paint shop paint will be as tough as original giant paint?


Previous bike was an Anthem, 2008, also a silver blue combo. Factory paint was very thin. This is a solid base paint with a few coats of clear (very hard) so should outlast the factory paint job. Cost R380 so not a big deal to redo when I replace the suspension bearings.

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What is the weight?


13kg's fork is pretty heavy. I weigh 90 kg's so weight was never an issue rather strength and durability.

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Yes an awesome paint/build job.


Price not that bad as well.


Who did the anodizing?


Astro Anodizing in Sebenza, they have a minimum charge so I sent the bits in with some other goods. Think the min is R350.00.

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