It doesn’t have to make sense. What it does make is me not so angry about work. Not sure why that is. Don’t care. I’m building a new bike.
Well I’ve got a serious All Mountain full suspension. 2013 Kona process. I could list parts spec but whatever. I got it down to 29lbs as a 1×10. It’s fast, and fun:
After about 150 miles on the bike and 250 on the X-Fusion Slant I’m loving them both. Too bad it’s been in the shop for over a week with the RockShox Monarch + HV RCT3 in dire need of service. But let’s face it – a raked out bike with a a long wheelbase, while pretty decent at peddling, isn’t the most svelt for plowing around in my awkward XC fashion.
I’m also poor. A Wildlife Ecologist. And I really don’t know that I’ll ever see it as “ok” to spend $5k+ on a bike. I just can’t. So, hardtail. I’ve also had 3 back surgeries. So gotta be steel yo. I’ve looked through a list of bikes (frames only):
- NS Eccentric (nsbikes.com)
- Ragley Blue Pig
- One One 456
- On One 45650B (650B version)
- Transition Trans Am
I scoured geometries, made tables to compare numbers among these and against the Trek Remedy and the Kona Process since I can’t test ride any of these locally (sad) and returning frames is a pain. I almost pulled the trigger on the Ragley Blue Pig (super badass bike) but could not find it in a large. Same with the NS Eccentric. In the end I decided to go with the On One 45650B. I’ve had two On One’s before:
For the life of me I can’t find a picture of the Summer Season complete. But it was FUN. Great company, great bikes.
Considering the market shift I chose to go with the 650B version. I can run it super slack and low with 26″ wheels, or build up 650B parts and be able to swap out and/or upgrade later.
So the frame, headset, and 2014 150mm Revelation are on the way. I picked up the Frame straight from Planet-X-USA.com (the US arm of On One), and I’ve turned to a great guy Ethan at DirtMerchantBicycles for the fork and headset. Ethan has helped me out before and does a great job hunting down and hookin up good deals!
I’ll update when I get some progress rolling. If you have suggestions for wheels, I’d love to hear them. Or if you have thoughts on hardcore hardtails: