Hey guys. I thought I share my latest bike build as others may be interested in a conversion simliar to this.
I ride a lot of rough double track that doesn't require a mtn bike and is too much for my 'cross bike, so what's a guy to do to fill a niche in the stable? Build it of course!
This bike was inspired from my experience at D2R2 this year. as my 'cross bike with 35mm tires just wouldn't allow me to ride full gas, no brakes - which is no fun at all.
The build is centered around my trusty custom steel Waltworks 26er frame (yes he has built some). Because the BB height was around 13 inches, and I was planning to add more height with the 650b wheels, I had Walt do a custom steel fork with shorter legs to bring the BB back down to a respectable 12.5 inches from the ground. By doing this, it increased the STA and HTA, but it was originally spec'ed pretty slack, so I had enough room to play pushing my saddle back and a slightly shorter stem (and the appropriate fork rake to balance things out).
Anyway, it rides amazing for it's intended purpose. Very stable at high speed and corners exceptionally well. It even does well in tight single track.
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