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    "Rat Rod" DH Hardtail

    Well, after an entire season of getting burned by newfangled gear (cough.. Zoke cough...), I decided that sometimes the simple things are better things. Not necessarily because they work better, or worse than anything else but because they take you back to the simpler time when riding a bike was done for the shear enjoyment of riding a bike.

    Having grown up riding BMX and flatland freestyle back in the 80's (yes, I'm old), I spent most my time on rigid 20"s. When I got into MTBing, my first several bikes were all hardtails, all the way up until 2004 in fact. Since then my body has been broken, my joints ache and it seems that I am constantly breaking "the latest and greatest" gear, so I finally said enough. Time to get back to basic's. Time to build a new "oldschool" DH hardtail.

    Using the true hotrodders mentality of building what you can with what you got, I managed to gather together enough parts between what I had sitting in the garage and what Soul Cycles was nice enough to donate (Thanks Chad!) to put this beast together.
    After taking her out on her shake down run this morning, I couldn't be happier. Sure, its harsh, its loud, you literally can't ride it any other way that standing up the whole time and you feel every bump, drop and rock in your kidneys but damn it's fun

    So without further ado, I give you the "RatRod".





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    Soul Cycles Sluggo - Custom painted and pin striped with John Deere flat black paint
    2002 Monster T
    DMR ExType Chromo Cranks
    Transition Revolution 32's
    Wellgo B-57's
    Avid BB7's
    SRAM X.7/X.9 Drivetrain
    Race Face Diabolus Seatpost
    Pabst Blue Ribbon Saddle
    Geax "White Edition" Lobo Mas Loco 2.5" Tires
    Deity Bars
    Custom Clydesdale Prototype Stem
    Cane Creek Double XC Flush 1.5 - 1 1/8 Headset

    Weight: 43lbs even

    Total out of pocket build cost: $378

    Oh, and you all can skip the "OMG WTF! A HARDTAIL WITH A MONSTER" comments, the frame was designed for it and is actually still sporting a fairly steep head angle.

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    thats one heavy hardtail. it has a nice spec. though. I would change the monsterTs to some 40s or boxxers and itll be around 40lb. Nice bike though.


    What is the HT angle on that??
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    Love the white walls.

    Thats true old school chopper style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djponee
    thats one heavy hardtail. it has a nice spec. though. I would change the monsterTs to some 40s or boxxers and itll be around 40lb. Nice bike though.


    What is the HT angle on that??
    Um, did you notice how much I spent building this thing? There is no point to dropping $1500 on a fork for it. It'll probably get ridden once a month, tops.

    Head angle is 67 degrees with the 175mm Monster.

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    wow... that thing sure looks like a one of a kind ride... Sweet... XD

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    Those tires, are supedo sick.
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    Im not a DH'er, but I love it! Wish I had that kinda talent to build something that sweet! Nice job.

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    thats sick. and sixsixtysix, it looks nice enough to have lots of money spent on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Djponee
    thats sick. and sixsixtysix, it looks nice enough to have lots of money spent on it.
    Thanks, I like it. It was totally built for fun and for someone who has never ridden a Monster T until today, I can say Zoke needs to get back to basics too, those things are butter.

    As for worthy of spending money on, I have my Dirtbag for my main big bike (AKA "The Money Pit") and I have been testing out the Soul Cycles new 5" AM prototype all summer as my pedaling bike, which for anyone who thinks it would be fun to be the guinea pig for a band new bike design, it's a pain in the a$$

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    That's one of the nicest looking hardtails I've ever seen. Props on the style factor.

    It seems backwards to me that, having been as broken and battered as you were, you would choose to use an HT for DH but if the fun has been worth it for you so far, then I guess it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hesh to Steel
    That's one of the nicest looking hardtails I've ever seen. Props on the style factor.

    It seems backwards to me that, having been as broken and battered as you were, you would choose to use an HT for DH but if the fun has been worth it for you so far, then I guess it makes sense.
    Thanks!

    Yes, I have been broken and battered, and honestly, I am at the point where I hurt no matter if I am on my fully or not, so the couple times I may pull this thing out of the garage a month to ride it, won't make too much of a difference.

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    That is by far the sickest DH hardtail I have ever laid eyes on.
    Just another frame to add to the list for a possible hardtail build...
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    Quote Originally Posted by motormonkeyr6
    That is by far the sickest DH hardtail I have ever laid eyes on.
    Just another frame to add to the list for a possible hardtail build...
    Thanks, unfortunately you can't get the Sluggo anymore. Soul Cycles discontinued them and gave me the last 4 frames for myself and some of our local crew. They are talking about redesigning them, but its down the line after their whole new line of full suspension bikes.

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    Love that thang! Hope to see it out on the trails sometime, maybe scam a test ride? ()
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    Radical... I would rock those tires all day long!

    In a couple years when you re-build it, you should go for the full Barris custom metalic green paint job with some chrome lowrider mirrors...
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    I'd ride that
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixsixtysix
    for someone who has never ridden a Monster T until today, I can say Zoke needs to get back to basics too, those things are butter.
    Told you so

    Glad it found a good home.
    Can't wait to see this one in person.

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    Looks awesome. 43lbs is not too bad, I bet it's a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixsixtysix
    Thanks, unfortunately you can't get the Sluggo anymore. Soul Cycles discontinued them and gave me the last 4 frames for myself and some of our local crew. They are talking about redesigning them, but its down the line after their whole new line of full suspension bikes.
    Damn!
    Im using a P2 with a Talas right now as my all round hardtail. Looking to acquire a frame more DH/FR oriented.
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    That's simply the nicest freeride/dh hardtail I've seen till now! It actually looks proportional compared to many other bikes.

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    Nice bike! You must have some cool stuff lying around in your garage! all i have is crap
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    Super duper cool bike.

    The photo makes it look miniature though!
    Hi I'm GiantGeoff. I don't really ride a Giant at all anymore. But I am pretty tall.

    Nice to meat you.

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    That is a beast! I love that frame!
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    The hottest hardtail, i've ever seen!
    Myself riding on a Sasquatch,
    so i cannot put on a triple, it's a pity.
    The look is awesome, and the weight is cool:
    heavier bike sticking better to the ground.
    I ride 95% of the time standing,
    and i cannot complain with my 66VF,
    it eats up everything...

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    Thanks for all the kind words

    Just goes to show you don't need to drop $5k to get a sick bike together. The frame is totally a Evil Imperial "knock off" but imitation is the dearest form of flattery right?

    I am curious to see if Evil comes back at Interbike this year.

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