Got 2nd place in my catagory in the Snake Creek Gap Time Trial; 1st of 3 races, http://snake.nwgasorba.org/ Had a blast and the Sortie just ripped on the rocky technical climbs and the long downhills as the course is up and down 4 mountains! This is the hardest course around by far IMO.
So i bought the frame off this forum in November. Took my time gathering parts. Well most came off my old bike. Its about 90% complete, getting a new seat, and i haven't got the drive-train dialed in yet, still experimenting with a 1x9 setup....but here she is '10 sortie3
Can you please post some more pics of your bed rack set up you have going on there? Nice gas cap btw.
Sure, I built it in a few hours, cost $0 and it works awesome!! Don't really have to strap the bike down, i just do it for insurance Used a bunch of old tubes to it for a nice tight fit, and it'd adjustable for about anysize tire too.
I'm thinking about building a Sortie up for aggressive trail riding and maybe slalom racing/light dirt jumping.
I'm a light rider(130), and most of my local riding is pretty smooth but plenty of jumps.
I would build it as a 1x9 with something like a RS Sector u-turn, and some durable but light wheels and wide, low bars and a short stem.
Any thought on how it would fare built up as a slalom/slope bike?
P.S. I've owned an 08 Mission and loved it, but it was too much travel for my local trails.
I don't know about it being a slalom bike. You need to have an extremely stiff frame for slalom. I do not own a Sortie, so one of the others would be able to tell you better then me, but I wouldn't build up just any trail bike to do slalom with. I would imagine the Sortie frame may flex a little much in this application, aggressive trail it would handle just fine, probably still a little too much travel for dirt jumping. If you're talking freeride jumps, it would probably do alright on the small stuff, but hitting a DJ trail, you'll have to ride the rear shock at high pressure to give it enough pop to not rob your speed.
I know it'll cost more money to do it this way, but I'd just get one of the new Diamondback Skyliner slopestyle bikes when they release it... it's very similar to the mission frame, but it's 4" travel, and the top tube is super low swept. It would be right up your ally for freeride style jumps, dirt jump, and slalom. It would probably be alright for aggressive trail too. Now to wait and see if DB releases it for 2012
Yeah, the skyliner looks sweet!
I guess just want an everyday play bike thats light and snappy, but can still handle small drops and jumps. I'm getting tired of my long travel bike; I want to be able to feel the trail.
Its just a matter of getting the money. I'll def. do a build up with photos when I get it started.
Look for a 08 Sortie frame, it's a 4inch version and I love the frame, It would and could be a slalom racing/light dirt jumping. I have seen people build them up that way and heard good things. @ your size I don't see flex being a issue at all.
ok she is finished, im done spending money on this girl(for now) now if the damn snow would melt and the trails would dry up. Ima going to do a 15mile road ride on it today, but that going to be boring as hell