As many of you saw in my other thread about my bike dying, I haven't been on a bike in a couple of weeks (My stable only had 1 bike). Last night my Shimano brake fluid showed up and I was able to bleed my brakes (I botched the hose shortening procedure and lost a bunch of fluid) which was the finishing touch on my new bike (aside from tuning the fork) and I got to take it out for my first ride this morning. Here are a few pictures:
My build list is:
2008 Marin Pine Mountain frame (steel)
SLX Crank (24/32/Bash)
SLX Front Der.
XT Rear Der.
XT Cassette (11-34 9 speed)
Deore M596 Brakes (203/180 Rotors)
Sun Ringle Black Flag Comp wheels
120mm RockShox Reba w/20mm Maxle
Vee Rubber Mission Tires (F-2.4 / R-2.0)
Frame was well used, wheels were gently used and fork was NOS from 2009. Everything else was sourced from the web (Jenson, Wiggle, Bike Wagon, and Ebay mostly). My initial impression is that I LOVE this bike! Fit is much better than my old bike making for a more comfortable ride and better performance (I got lucky on this since I just guessed on everthing). Since I don't yet have a fork pump this ride was actually "rigid" with the fork locked the whole time but I hardly noticed. Between the bigger wheels, better fit, and steel frame it was as smooth a ride as my old 26" HT - It should be much better when I have suspension. I think I will name it the Franken-Pine
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