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    Your first MTB build.

    Here's my first Frankenstein bike and my first 26er. My first MTB is a 29er and was curious about 26ers, so I decided to get various parts and build it myself - thought it was a good way to learn about bike mechanics and also found it fun to tinker around with bikes. I basically purchased a 2008 Kona Five-O frame and went from there. It took a while because I waited for deals and used items and such.

    Definitely a different ride than my Airborne 29er...very nimble and U-Turns like a breeze. I think I'll use this to practice my bunny hops - I'm having problems doing it on my 29er. Here's the final product. What do you think? Let's see your first build!

    Kona Five-O
    Rockshox Recon Coil Fork with 85-130mm adj. Travel.
    Avid BB7 Mechanical Brakes 160mm rotors
    DT Swiss XR400 w/ Continental Race King Tubeless tires.
    Easton Stem - $3 at Jenson!
    1x9 Setup w/ Jumpstop and Bashguard
    Iodine 2 handlebar
    Iodine 3 Saddle
    SRAM X9 Rear Derailleur Mid cage $35 brand new at bikewagon!










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    That turned out great!

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    Yes you do learn a lot doing you own build. My 1st build and 1st mtb was back in Sept last year. Riding a 26" hybrid for 10 months before then. The build used all new parts and got the lbs to press in the bb30 bearings and bleed the brakes. Have since replaced the BB30 bearings myself now that I have the tools.

    Built up with a rigid fork, now I run it with the SID RCT3 fork.

    Photo taken back in April after Krank Dirtwear 4hr Race. 2nd place 2sec behind the winner in the 45+ Cat
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    Whoa, that looks like a lightweight rig their dude! Weight?

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    Quote Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    1x9 Setup w/ Jumpstop and Bashguard

    Nice build, always better when you get your hands dirty
    How much did the crankset set you back, if I might ask.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    Whoa, that looks like a lightweight rig their dude! Weight?
    Was 10kg (22lb) when I finished the build with carbon rigid fork and saddle. The SID RCT3 added another 1kg to the bike. Have shaved some weight back off with changing to lighter ergon grips than the original bar end ones (never really used the bar ends) and also swapped out the carbon post and bars for lighter XC ones so would be currently be somewhere between 10.5kg to 11kg. Not overly light but climbs hills like a goat. With my hybrid use to get a stiff back after a couple of hours in the saddle. This bike after a 6 hour ride no sore back, shoulders or wrist, just an overall tired feeling
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    Quote Originally Posted by aikane View Post
    Nice build, always better when you get your hands dirty
    How much did the crankset set you back, if I might ask.
    Free it came with the Kona frame. The frame was $140 - with seatpost, handle bars, crankset and bashguard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dereknz View Post
    Was 10kg (22lb) when I finished the build with carbon rigid fork and saddle. The SID RCT3 added another 1kg to the bike. Have shaved some weight back off with changing to lighter ergon grips than the original bar end ones (never really used the bar ends) and also swapped out the carbon post and bars for lighter XC ones so would be currently be somewhere between 10.5kg to 11kg. Not overly light but climbs hills like a goat. With my hybrid use to get a stiff back after a couple of hours in the saddle. This bike after a 6 hour ride no sore back, shoulders or wrist, just an overall tired feeling
    If you want to shave more grams, you could get rid of that front Derailleur

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    Quote Originally Posted by adonis_abril View Post
    If you want to shave more grams, you could get rid of that front Derailleur
    Would be ok over the winter but need my granny gear in the summer for my summit climbing rides.
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    My first built to completion is my diSSent SS...

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    Friggin' coward. Give me a red chiclet instead of debating like a man. You don't deserve your green blocks.

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    My first build is my Diamondback Response. It's super close to being done, I just want a good set of brakes (taking suggestions)
    It has the following upgrades-
    Fox F32 forks
    Easton EA70 wheelset
    Shimano deore xt crankset
    Shimano deore xt Rear Derailleur (I also have the front, but it isnt fitting correctly, so stock will do for now)
    Kore stem
    Answer pro taper handlebars
    ergon gr2 grips
    seatpost (I don't know what brand)
    and a saddle (also don't know what brand)
    So basically only stock parts are the frame and the brakes.





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    My first build is still a work in progress. It was more of a resurrection than anything.

    Your first MTB build.-imageuploadedbytapatalk1344658212.121692.jpg

    I will eventually throw a rigid fork on it. I will also run a 1x9 on it like my Rush.

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    My first build I`m still having a blast riding the crap out of it.I have since dropped that stem down between the spacers.
    Azonic DS-1
    X Fusion Enix RLR
    FSA Mega V Cranks
    BBG bashguard
    Sram Pc-971 chain and 11-28 cassette
    Race Face Turbine Bars
    Origin8 UL Pro stem-spacers and seatpost clamp
    Old Zoom micro adjust seatpost,Azonic saddle,Animal Pedals
    Woodman sealed headset, XT Der`s,BB7 brakes,Attack 9 shifters
    Velocity Blundt rims XT hubs,IRC Mythos II tires cheap buy but they are working just fine.Around a $1000 spent. Weight 25.6 lbs I think I did pretty good for the money and what a grand will buy at the LBS.
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    posting here to get my 5+ posts so i can make a thread in the newbie section. kinda dumb if u ask me. (the 5 post rule not the bike lol just for clarifacation)

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    Quote Originally Posted by roblee View Post
    My first build I`m still having a blast riding the crap out of it.
    Looks simple and clean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sickmak90 View Post
    My first build is still a work in progress. It was more of a resurrection than anything.

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    I will eventually throw a rigid fork on it. I will also run a 1x9 on it like my Rush.

    Uhhhh...it's missing tires

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nrlions View Post
    My first build is my Diamondback Response. It's super close to being done, I just want a good set of brakes (taking suggestions)
    It has the following upgrades-
    Fox F32 forks
    Easton EA70 wheelset
    Shimano deore xt crankset
    Shimano deore xt Rear Derailleur (I also have the front, but it isnt fitting correctly, so stock will do for now)
    Kore stem
    Answer pro taper handlebars
    ergon gr2 grips
    seatpost (I don't know what brand)
    and a saddle (also don't know what brand)
    So basically only stock parts are the frame and the brakes.

    Looks cool, but why does it look short...like a folding bike? Maybe it's the angle of shot but the frame looks like a 29er frame using 26er Wheelset...could be just my eyes.

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    Very nice bikes.
    I'll post pictures of my bikes soon.

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