A few years ago I convinced Devin Lenz to build a one-off park bike. In the ensuing three years I've ridden it primarily as just that--a park bike--at Whistler, Winter Park, and Keystone. But I've also self-shuttled with it at Teton Pass and (next week) Black Rock. And I've done umpteen epic tech rides in Utah (Grafton Mesa, The Red Route, Gooseberry, Barrels, The Whole Enchilada) and Colorado (too many to list). In other words, I haven't let the fact that it was designed for one use prevent me from enjoying it many different ways.
Still, it shines first and foremost as a park bike. I'm in Whistler at the moment, and after three days in the park I haven't been able to find anything to further fine tune on it. It is more dialed, more a part of me when riding, than ever before.
And it looks like this.
LenzSport PBJ frame, size medium.
Dorado Pro, 175mm travel.
Swinger 6-way, 550# ti spring.
The 'brain' of the bike: DT 440 12 x 150 SS hub. 5 cog spread = 11 x 28.
Spokes are DT Comps, nips are DT Prolocks in alu, tires are WTB Dissents in 2.5, tubes are Bontrager race x lite 29", run at ~25psi.
Front hub is a stock DT Swiss 440 FR in 36h x 20mm. Same spokes/nips/tire/tube.
ENVE DH bars cut to 29.5", Hayes Prime brakes (8"f, 7"r), a single SRAM X7 twister moving a basic X9 short cage rear der. Oury lock-ons.
Straitline stubby, ti hardware.
MRP Camber cranks in 170. MRP 32t ring. MRP S4 guide. Basic Shimano pedals.
Maxle. But of course.
WTB Aviator on a hacked short Syntace post.
Superman seat-grab view.
I'm too tired from endless beatings in the park to gush about this bike right now. The fact that it is invisible beneath me anymore speaks volumes about how capable it is. Lap after lap of A-Line/Crank-it-Up/Dirt Merchant/GX/Angry Pirate/Crabapple Hits/Joyride/Lower Canadian DH/Ninja Cougar/Karate Monkey/GLC (and on and on and on) and the only thing I need to do at the end of a day is lube the chain. Just dialed.
* I'm using all of the available travel on every run, but I never clank, never even feel the bottom of either end. The fork rides high in the travel--dive has been dialed out. Super, incredibly, unbelievably supple on small stuff.
* I've had two flats (one a front pinch, one mysterious with no apparent cause) in three years of riding this bike--which tells you how much I *love* the tires.
* I can climb most XC trails with my chosen gearing, but I don't feel like I spin out when descending.
Nitpicks? I'd like to see a Maxle-type axle on the fork. 5 bolts in 2 sizes to install or remove the wheel? C'mon Manitou--it's a brilliant fork but for that one oversight.
I'd love to see some carbon (non-cold-transferring) lever blades on the brakes.
Lastly, I'd like to see the seat pillar of the frame get a touch lower. *I* don't notice it when riding, ever, but anytime you hand the bike to a rider to demo they comment on how high it feels right off the bat. I think it's more of a perceived issue than actual problem, but it's also probably fixable with a little ingenuity, and I can't see how it'll hurt.
Pretty minor stuff overall.
What more can I tell ya?
In a few days I'll have a vid that'll show why I'm so exhausted right now, but also what I'm on about. Such an amazing tool to have in the quiver.
Don't hesitate if I missed anything...
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