I will post build pics as we go.
Normally this wouldn't take too long, but the lack of shock hardware has me stymied. We could drop $62 on RWC needle bearings I guess.
Thanks for the links to the shock mount kit
In the end we ordered two need bearing kits from RWC. Probably spent $25 more than we needed to. As far as the bolts go. I have been running a regular M8 in the linkage of my spider for a while with no problems. I may just run to home depot and get some 40mm m8 bolts and lock nuts. I guess I could call my local fastenal and get SS m8x50 bolts.
I think at some point I will put together a shopping list for those wishing to build up this frame.
Also there is no front derailleur mount. We'll be using an e-type. From the tubing profile I think that is the only solution. I'll know more when I get the crank on. There might be a place for a high mount clamp. it looks like bottom pull is required as well.
This frame is not exactly a good practice run for first time builders.
Yeah that looks like the front derailleur mount
We have an e-type for the build it will be nice to just bolt it on. My question is how long will they keep making e-type derailleurs.
We're gonna start building tomorrow night. I'll try to document as much as I can. I think that we might be able to get pretty far without another trip to the bike shop. But my guess is that the lower shock mount is going to need a shock bolt kit from another frame. I will try to post a photo of what I'm talking about, but let's put it this way there's no room for a lock nut to hold the M8 bolt, we're gonna need some special kind of M8 nut on the end of a 50-60mm M8 bolt.
Building the AC-036 Chinese carbon 29er fully
The frame arrived without shock as expected we also needed shock hardware and
bolts as well, you'll also need an e-type front derailleur (more on that later)
Shock - Rockshox RT3 high tune 6.5"
Mounting hardware - Rockshox sells a 22.2mm by 8mm bolt setup. You'll need two
Or you can go to RWC and get needle bearing kits for 22.2mm spacing
Shock bolts m8x40mm with a lock nut and and m8x50mm (some kind of specialty nut) I'm MacGivering
somthing up out of brass
E-type front derailleur we used XT
If you want to use a non-tapered shock you'll need a baseplate from cane creek
You'll need to take apart all the pivots and grease them. There are bearings in the lower
and upper main pivots. Everything else has bolts that act as bushings. I fear for
the longevity of the pivots. When it came out of the box you could not cycle the suspension with
The bike went together without too much hassle the internal cables allow the cable outers to
route through the frame. Everything routes under the bottom bracket including the rear brake line.
See the photos.
The rally killer is the front der. There is no access to the cable bolt in the
inner ring position. So you need to do some serious trial and error to get cable
tension right. The largest issue was the alignment. Without some shims the
front derailleur sits with the rear toed out. The solution is to put two washers
under the derauilleur mounting plate (see photo below) once that was addressed the
front shifted like butter.
The assembled bike:
1) it's light. Built up with X9/XT an old Reba Race an XTR-M960 crank and Stan's
Arches on 3.30 hubs it came in at 26.4 LBS that includes a rather heavy carbon
wrapped seatpost from ICAN. For reference that's a bit lighter
than my Spider 29 with a lefty and X0.
2) The suspension feels quite nice with the RT-3 at 30% sag. It wa a nice balaced ride with the
Reba. I'm waiting for Eric to ride and give me the full report. He was overjoyed
with how the bike came out.
I'll conclude by saying the finish of the bike is really nice. Now that I've built
one up I think I could go start to finish in a few hours. Cabling this bike is
pretty easy once you understand the whole front derailleur issue. With having to buy
a shock and hardware, it's hardly a super cheap build. It really is in the
neighborhood of a spearfish and a decent build puts it in Giant Anthem territory.
But none of those bikes will build this light. I am favorably inclined towards this
frame. I expect the price to come down and with some opportunistic shopping one could
put together a very light build for about $2K.