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    Trigger 2 Custom Build finally done! My wait is finally over...

    About 4 months ago I broke my leg playing rugby. It was pretty bad and required surgery after breaking my tibia and fibula (see below). It ended my time as a rugby player but I am also a very avid mountain biker.



    During my recovery time I couldn't even be anything but horizontal which gave me a lot of Internet time, when I say Internet time I mean lusting over bike parts and learning from videos etc.
    whilst searching I came across a great deal on a trigger 2 2013 carbon frame and although I couldn't do anything yet it would give me something to look forward to and indeed work toward getting better.

    Anyway it would be my first full bike build from scratch. Today 14 weeks on from my break I finally took it out after finishing the shifter cables last night. The bike was so good to ride I can't even begin to explain. I'm looking forward to many years on my new bike and just wanted to share it with you good people to see what you think, be it negative or positive. It not only represents my love of mountain biking but the effort I put In to getting better and the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. I dropped a fair bit of HARD earned cash but it's priceless now IMO.

    Most of you know already but the trigger comes with a lefty. I went with the kp205 reducer kit for installing my fork. I went with a more aggressive build due to the terrain I ride. I never planned the gold accents but the Joplin had it so I tried a few more and I think it worked nice in the end.

    Here's the spec and pics:

    * Frame Size & Color: Black white Blue Cannondale Trigger 2 BallisTec Hi-Mod Carbon. Size Large.
    * Fork: Rock Shox Revelation 2014 150mm Tapered.
    * Brakes: Magura MT2 with BAT. Alligator Windcut 180/160 rotors
    * Cranks:Sram S1400
    * Front Derailleur: SramX7
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X9 Type 2 RBC
    * Pedals: Blackspire Sub4 (Blue)
    * Stem: Spank Spike Race 50mm 0 Rise (Blue)
    * Handlebar: Race Face Next Carbon 720mm
    * Seatpost: CB Joplin 4
    * Saddle: Selle Italia Nekkar
    * Bottom Bracket: Sram BB30
    * Cassette: Sram PG-1070
    * Chain: KMC X-10 Ti Gold
    * Headset: SI Reducer KP205
    * Grips: ODI Yeti (soon to be TMR Imprint Grips)
    * Front Tire: Continental X-King 2 2.4 Protection
    * Rear Tire: Continental X-King 2 2.4 Protection
    * Wheelset: Easton ea90 XC
    * Weight. 24.5 pounds all in.



























    A big thanks to my AWESOME LBS Martys Reliable Cycle in Morristown New Jersey who gave me loads of advice. I'm actually on my way out now to go buy them a crate of beer. I got a lot of advice on the forum also from you folks over different threads and for that i am eternally thankful for also.

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    Very nice
    Although, I'm not a fan of gold details TBH.
    I'd put blue hubs, regular silver chain and RS Reverb (black) to make it more in tone with the frame and fork.

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    Trigger 2 Custom Build finally done! My wait is finally over...

    Quote Originally Posted by Marin (CRO) View Post
    Very nice
    Although, I'm not a fan of gold details TBH.
    I'd put blue hubs, regular silver chain and RS Reverb (black) to make it more in tone with the frame and fork.
    I hear you. The wheelset actually was taken from my last ride. I wouldn't have clashed the red in on purpose. They are a good wheelset and I'm not about to fork out a load of cash again just yet.

    I wasn't going to go with the other gold accents but when I got the Joplin it had them on so I added the extra ones to make it all come together better. I really do want the hubs to be blue though.

    I've had a lot of people saying they like the gold accents so it's just all preferences I guess but I can definately see it not being for everyone that's for sure. Thanks for the feedback.


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    There's a french bike shop on Facebook.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Espace...04344392968247

    One of the guys there rides Trigger 1 (26er) and they upload ride clips on Youtube.

    It's very a nice bike, nimble and light, best for flowy trails.

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    Trigger 2 Custom Build finally done! My wait is finally over...

    Quote Originally Posted by Marin (CRO) View Post
    There's a french bike shop on Facebook.
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Espace...04344392968247

    One of the guys there rides Trigger 1 (26er) and they upload ride clips on Youtube.

    It's very a nice bike, nimble and light, best for flowy trails.
    I went out on 12 miles today on it. The thing is sweet and at 25 pounds for a trail bike it's pretty light too.

    Really love everything about it. The whole time I was out on it I just had a massive smile on my face!


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    Nice build. How does it ride with the 150 fork up front on the climbs?

    I got out on my Trigger 2 for the first time yesterday and was impressed with the bike. I still need to fine tune the fusion shock shock in the rear. Did you follow the weight chart pretty close?
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    Trigger 2 Custom Build finally done! My wait is finally over...

    Quote Originally Posted by smilycook View Post
    Nice build. How does it ride with the 150 fork up front on the climbs?

    I got out on my Trigger 2 for the first time yesterday and was impressed with the bike. I still need to fine tune the fusion shock shock in the rear. Did you follow the weight chart pretty close?
    Not going to lie it's still makes me smile now.
    The bike ate up the hills delightfully well. The rear shock I followed to the specs 331 and 101 psi for my weight. After riding it for the first time I'll be keeping it as is.
    It rides so nice I really didn't think bikes could be this good.

    I'm about to go tubeless too. Ust on wheelset and tires already I'm just waiting for the stans presta valves and sealant in the post as we speak.


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    Trigger 2 Custom Build finally done! My wait is finally over...

    Just did a little customization on the fork think it's a nice touch



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