and just like Rome, not built in a day.
This story started around November last year when, away on a boys MTB weekend in Rotorua I was asked what my next bike would be? "Not sure yet but it'll probably be a 650b." Fast forward to March this year, 3 rides in as many months, snowed under with looking after 3 kids and trying to renovate a house I started dreaming of N+1 to help keep me sane. A reno and 3 kids means that reality hit and there was no way I was going to go N+1 unless I went N-1 first. Time to part ways with my beloved Viper Carbon hardtail which I knew from the first ride was too small for me but it was just so much fun to ride I kept for over 3 years. Not going to get much for a 3 yr old carbon hardtail so I decided to find a frame that would allow me to reuse as many parts from the Viper as possible (yeah like that was ever going to happen )
I started trawling the 650b forum, asked heaps of questions, and read, and read and read some more. After seeing some very promising threads here I set my mind on an On-One 456c which, of course, I would convert to 650b, hence my 1106BC.
Frame ordered... initial disappointment
followed by great On-One customer service
had me drooling over one of the nicest, no damn it, sexiest looking frames I have ever had my grubby little paws on. Standard fair was never going to suffice for this one, so I started to accumulate some bling. This started in June and I am still waiting for the last few bits to arrive before I can complete this build. I had intended to wait till it was finished before I started to "share" but there have been a number of people here that went above and beyond helping me move in the right direction. It's time I started to give a little back.
Just a little mind you, this Killer Bee is not complete so it would be wrong of me to show a full bike shot until she is. Until then, be teased
More pics tomorrow night, when my camera is charged
Last edited by emu26; 11-23-2012 at 02:47 AM.
Way to show off! Looking good Emu but we need to see more.
two more for the books.
A quick pic snapped for the tech guys at hygia after I sent them an email wanting to know why the adaptor they told me to get had the calliper sitting so high and if they were going to send the right one without a postage charge.
After sending the pics as requested I was sitting back looking at them when it dawned on me that the problem wasn't theirs, but mine. The result of building bikes late at night when you should be sleeping.
ignore that last pic, that was with a 160mm(?) avid adaptor fitted
Hey Emu what is your frame weight/size? Some say the 456C is on the heavy side true?
Sorry Pat, weight weenie days are long behind me. My frame is a large but it has not seen any scales. Yes they are heavier than similar sized carbon frames form other manufacturers but you're not buying a 6" carbon hardtail because you are after a light weight race frame. This is a play bike and I am more than happy to give up a couple of hundred grams to the likes of Scott, Crack n'fail or even the "chinese" unbrandeds for a stronger, beefier frame.
Well documented elsewhere on this forum but for those that haven't seen it
Obviously plenty of clearance in the back, clearance at chain stay / seat tube junction is less but still fairly good. Up front there is good clearance to the bridge. With the fork devoid of all air and all of my weight pushing down on the fork and with an over inflated tyre I do get tyre buzz, not enough to stop the tyre from rotation, but it's there none the less and enough for me to keep a close eye on it.
and in all her glory, well as much glory as possible sitting in the entry hall
Again, thanks to everyone here that has been so helpful, answering all of my questions, many inane at times, that has made finishing this build possible.
Still to do?
Well ride it of course, and with that will come adjustments to saddle height / position and changes / fine tuning to the stem stack height etc.
Possibly a dropper post, depending on if I can get comfortable with the saddle far enough forward to be able to negate the offset post currently used.
Everything else looks the shizz to me but only time will tell if looks have come at the expense of performance and if I will need to revert to function over form.
First ride will hopefully be this weekend, ride reports to follow
What is the bb height with the 650b?
Wow congrats, that is a lot of bling!
LO2 - mine sits at around 13 5/8" with a 130mm Velvet fork IIRC.
Thanks StiHacka, looks count with this one.
LO2 140mm fork BB is 350mm or about 13.8 inches
120mm fork BB is 345mm or about 13.58 inches
100mm fork setting BB is 340mm or about 13.4 inches.
All of the above should be accurate to within about 0.5 mm. Hope that helps.