Picked this thing up off the local craigslist last month.
It's a 2006 Iron Horse Yakuza Aniki.
Previous owner painted it white over the factory paint because he didn't like the stock graphics. I didn't care too much, I just wanted a full suspension bike and saw this as a good starting point to build a good all around trail bike without dropping a ton of coin at one time.
Here's a crappy cell phone shot of how it looked when I brought it home and cleaned it.
It had the stock WTB dual duty wheels, Spinner Ammo fork, Fox Vanilla R rear shock, ITS Ninja 2.65 front and 2.35 rear tires, SRAM X-4 shifters and rear derailleur, Tektro rear mechanical brake with front and rear rotors. No front brake lever or caliper.
It weighed 43.5lbs.
I stripped the bike down and got to work removing every trace of paint from the frame and rear suspension arm.
Then primed, painted, and cleared the thing then re-assembled with a set of Transition Revolution 32 wheels and Avid Elixir CR 203mm hydraulic discs.
Got some Troy Lee Designs ODI lock-ons, a SRAM XO rear derailleur, and scored a RockShox Monarch 4.2 High Volume rear shock.
Ordered some Crank Bros. Candy Xs for it and slapped them on. I run Candy Cs on my 29er, figured I might as well just get another set of cheap Candys.
After all that work I weighed it again...
42.1lbs. Any weight loss can be attributed to going from a coil shock to air and ditching the platform pedals for Candys.
I knew I didn't NEED those big-ass 2.65 front and 2.35 rear tires so I picked up a set of 2.1 Panaracer Fire XC Pros. Mounted them and re-weighed the bike...
37.1lbs! Lost 5lbs of rotating mass!
I'm thinking these 203mm rotors just might be overkill now.
Messed up the new paint while working on it. Was taking the chain apart and it whipped around and slapped the top of the rear swingarm...chipped the paint. Placed a sticker over it and put one under where the rear derailleur cable contacts the swingarm.
The next thing to do is get some XO triggers and a decent front fork. This thing is horrid...and it's a boat anchor. I'm thinking I can lose another 5-7lbs easy just by changing forks. If I go with a 140mm Lefty I can probably shed 8-9lbs.
Then there's other little things like crankset/bottom bracket, seat/seatpost, and handlebars that I can change to shed more weight. I'm curious to see just how light this thing can get.
Riding it is a freakin' blast. I'm strong in the legs so going uphill isn't too bad. It doesn't climb as well as my hardtail Cannondale 29er but I don't expect it to.
Point the bastard downhill and it's ready to be driven like a tank. If the front fork was smoother and didn't clunk at full extension I'd be happy. It works, it's just clunky...and heavy. It'll get replaced in time.
It'll come around. I figure a sub-30lb full-suspension ride based on a 2006 Freeride frame won't be too bad as an all-mountain bike.
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