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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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