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    Custom Form Cycles Ti Prevail 29er

    Form Cycles is another great custom builder for those seeking custom Ti hardtails. Daryl has been a pleasure working with through the process so far. I contacted him back in mid October about building a Ti hardtail for a 5'5" rider. He responded almost instantly and the dialog was started to get the ball rolling.

    This bike included some forward thinking tweaks to the already custom geometry (loosely based on my True Fabrications SS) including a 44mm head tube and the integrated post mount rear brake mount. The primary purpose of this bike is some light XC racing duties and bike packing. Therefore the bike has a slightly lower bottom bracket than what I usually ride and as large a front triangle as possible to fit a frame bag. Ti was chosen after seeing friends painted or powder-coated bikes coming back from trips pretty thrashed so I wanted a low maintenance material that could hold up to the abuse. Daryl got the geometry down to keep a relatively level handlebar to saddle height ratio even with a 100mm fork.

    Setting expectations has been very good as well. Once I made my deposit, he communicated a delivery date and noted that with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up that things could get hectic. This being my 3rd custom frame I just asked that he keep me informed if things started to slip. As with anything custom, things often change and once we finally came to an agreement on the final geometry numbers, he has been communicating with me weekly with how the build is going. As a customer of a custom frame, I appreciated the expectation setting and the constant updates of where in the build process my frame was. He finally sent me pictures of my nearly completed frame this week and I was so excited I needed to share. I hope to have the bike built up over the next couple of weeks so that a completed picture can be posted.
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    Looks great! I'm similar height so I'm very interested in seeing your build being completed. Thanks for sharing.

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    That's only a 44mm HT? What's the diameter of the tubing then? Cool looking bike though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plearorma View Post
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    I understand what you are saying but have to disagree on principal.

    Very nice looking frame lost27. By the size of the tubing I would guess that you are a clyde like myself. I'm not sure if I am sold on the look of the brake mount though. Looks blocky compared to the rest of the frame. Though if it works then who cares!
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    That's a very nice looking frame there Bill. It sounds like an enjoyable custom experience. I can't wait to see it built up!

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    i LOVE it!! Congrats on a sweet looking frame... now let's see some build-up pics ASAP!!
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    Like the barrel post mounts.
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    Looks like you went with the thinner seat stays (guessing 5/8" vs 3/4"), and curved seat stay bridge. Haven't seen his post mounts until these pics. Not sure if I like them, but agree the barrel post mounts is a great idea.

    He puts a lot of little details into the frames I have seen that go under the radar.
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    Functionally I like that post mount, but if your going to do it that way why not just run an IS mount with an adaptor?

    The nice gentle bends in the SS look very clean btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mopartodd View Post
    That's only a 44mm HT? What's the diameter of the tubing then? Cool looking bike though.
    44 mm ID which is roughly 1.75". The head tubes have little flares on the ends that make them look a little bigger than they really are as well.

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    How do you adjust the chain tension?

    Am I reading it wrong that this is a Single Speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by squareback View Post
    How do you adjust the chain tension?

    Am I reading it wrong that this is a Single Speed?
    With a rear derailleur

    I guess I should have mentioned this is going to be a geared bike.

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    Envious of that rear brake mount...looks really nice!

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    Just a quick teaser pic, the seat post is actually going to be replaced with a custom straight Ti post from Form. Daryl also sandblasted the blue off the fork top caps to get them to match the frame a little better as well. Hope X2 Race brakes have not yet been mounted.
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    Beautiful Ti Frame.....but you lost me with the white rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onetrack View Post
    Beautiful Ti Frame.....but you lost me with the white rims.
    It'll make more sense when the white saddle is on and the seatpost replaced. Had Fox made black forks available to the general public then I would have gone with black rims.

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    10-4 lost27.....The Ti post and white saddle will pull it together.

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    More partial build pics
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    Nice Bill! Look forward to seeing it in person on the trails.

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    Would you mind sharing the diameters of the top and bottoms tubes?

    It's a sweet looking ride

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    I honestly have no idea on the tubing size, hopefully daryl can chime in

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    Looks awesome! Call me if you need help w/ anything.

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    Lookin' good! Top caps are a nice touch.

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    Here she is all built up, wish my camera took better pics. I need to make a few adjustments then break her in tomorrow!
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    It all came together beautifully!!
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    Pretty sweet, Bill. You officially have more custom frames than anyone I know. You going to be riding riding that bad ass thing tomorrow?

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    Great looking bike!

    Daryl and company do great work. I was wondering whose bike was holding up my soft tail fatty, now I know

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    Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetttt looking ride.

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    Very nice job!. I am in the process of building up my Lynskey TI frame, So I am really into your build for a different perspectives.

    Maybe post your build weight? Is that a terralogic fork?

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    The bike looks great built up. Is there any chance of getting a picture of the rear disc mount with the caliper on it?
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    Thanks guys, got her maiden ride in today 46 miles and 3700 feet of climbing. It is a very lively bike in all the right ways and climbs VERY well. I am more than pleased with how the build turned out all all the parts worked awesome. Can't wait to take her out again now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santabooze View Post
    Very nice job!. I am in the process of building up my Lynskey TI frame, So I am really into your build for a different perspectives.

    Maybe post your build weight? Is that a terralogic fork?
    The fork is just a F29 RLC Fit tapered with a 15QR. We weighed it at the shop and it came in right at 25lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaskar24 View Post
    The bike looks great built up. Is there any chance of getting a picture of the rear disc mount with the caliper on it?
    Here is a pics of the rear disc mount:
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    Itake back what I said in my first post about the brake mount. That looks like a really solid mount.
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    Awesome looking bike!

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    Sexy bike! I like the orange ano highlights.

    Working with Daryl now on getting a custom 29er built some time soon. I have owned and ridden a custom Form TI Revel (Road Bike) for about 2 years now, and still absolutely love it.

    A review of Form Cycles Prevail was just published in this months MTBA.

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    Ummm. The way his head tube is working with the king headset is sexy. Nice details. Top half especially, looks like a perfect match.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Ummm. The way his head tube is working with the king headset is sexy. Nice details. Top half especially, looks like a perfect match.
    Thanks, I'm kind of picky when it comes to details on my bikes. You should see my True Fabrications Singlespeed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guerdonian View Post
    Sexy bike! I like the orange ano highlights.

    Working with Daryl now on getting a custom 29er built some time soon. I have owned and ridden a custom Form TI Revel (Road Bike) for about 2 years now, and still absolutely love it.

    A review of Form Cycles Prevail was just published in this months MTBA.
    Cool! He certainly was a pleasure to work with. I saw the review in MTBA the other night... I like mine better

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    What an amazing build! How does it ride?

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    Very sweet build. Reallly diggin' the color combo.
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    Nice bike.... I wasn't sold at first on the blocky post mount but now I see how it all fits together and it's really well thought out. Enjoy!

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    Very nice bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lost27 View Post
    here she is all built up, wish my camera took better pics. I need to make a few adjustments then break her in tomorrow!
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    Lost27,

    I'm saving up $ to put a down payment and I've been talking to Daryl about the Prevail Ti 29er. He's been great answering my questions about the frame. My question(s)to you is how has your frame been holding up since you got it? What are some of the ride characteristics that you like about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rootsandrocks View Post
    Lost27,

    I'm saving up $ to put a down payment and I've been talking to Daryl about the Prevail Ti 29er. He's been great answering my questions about the frame. My question(s)to you is how has your frame been holding up since you got it? What are some of the ride characteristics that you like about it?
    The frame has been holding up fantastically. It is polished in a few places where I've velcroed my saddle bag but that is to be expected of any frame. I did have a few issues early on with the seatpost clamp but once I followed Daryl's instructions on lubing the Edge(Enve) insert and then torquing down I've had zero issues.

    As far as ride characteristics go, I LOVE this bike. It's the first one I grab to go ride as it it pedals easily to the trails and can handle all the technical trails that Austin has to offer. I've done several 5-10 hour rides on it and it is very comfortable. I've noticed that it climbs REALLY well in or out of the saddle. Riding with no hands down the street, its by far the most stable bike I own. It rails corners and feels very fast on the not so technical single track.

    I get complements on the classic lines and the attention to detail on the welds, seat stay arch, rear brake mount, and head tube all the time. I can't recommend Form enough.

    Its funny this thread popped up, yesterday I was looking at contacting Daryl to talk about getting a Revel (road bike) built.

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    For some reason I can't see the pictures on MTBR.com. Did you go with decals or sandblasted logos?

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    Weird, I can't see the photos either. In any case, I went with the bead blasted logos. I *think* if you google image search forums.mtbr.com you can see the pics

    Quote Originally Posted by rootsandrocks View Post
    For some reason I can't see the pictures on MTBR.com. Did you go with decals or sandblasted logos?

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    if i may also interject, i too love my prevail daryl and the boys built for me last year. it is a very fast, stable and comfortable ride. the workmanship is flawless and daryl's attention to detail is amazing. the ride also will be dictated by the geometry you go with as well. but i cannot say enough about form, truly great. i too have had some issues with the enve head on my ti post slipping, but think i have resolved it by following the lubing instructions to the t.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kreater View Post
    ...the ride also will be dictated by the geometry you go with as well....
    Good point, I actually had a custom True Fabrications singlespeed designed by Cody built for me prior to my Form. I loved that geometry so much that I got permission to send my geometry of my True Fab to Daryl to be tweaked around a 100mm fork and a slightly different application (XC racing/Bikepacking).

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