I had been accumulating parts over the past year to build up a full suspension Giant frame I wrangled out of a relative, but when my weight wouldn't budge from around 250 no matter how much I rode my hardtail, I decided to not use the flimsey racer-boy Giant NRS Air frame for fear of it splitting down the middle and impaling me.
The parts list I had put together was quite impressive, so I figured I should just take all the parts and stuff them on my Hardrock Sport Disk and have a pretty badass bottom feeder.
But heck, that frame is awful heavy, ya know? I started thinking I needed a new lightweight frame that was sturdy enough to hold my fat butt. I didn't need to look very far. My brother had just bought an Access frame from Performance for $159, and after we put his bike together, it weighed in at around 25 lbs. He's a big kid and he said he could not detect any odd frame behavior and pronounced the Access frame to be a "pretty sweet ride".
So I bought a red one, slapped on my XT/XTR, Thomson, Avid, Cane Creek parts, and created the beast you see below. Unfortunately, I've only been able to ride it once since we finished it 3 weeks ago thanks to all the rain around here and a week-long business trip to SoCal. But I sure like looking at it.
It has a 2006 RS Reba Race, Avid BB5 brakes, XT shift/lever pods, XT cassette and front derailleur, XTR rear derailleur/cranks/chain, Thomson seatpost and stem, Mavic/DT Swiss Onyx wheels, ODI lock ons with Cane Creek Ergo II barends, Axonic World Force bar....and it weighs in at 28 lbs exactly. I lost almost 9 lbs from my HR Sport.
Say what you want about Performance, but this frame is pretty sweet. The tubing is shaped nicely, the welds are clean, it has a replaceable hanger, nice paint, and it feels sturdy as a rock. This frame was actually marketed by Supergo originally, but we know what happened there.
What do you think?
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