So some of you might remember this thread about my son's Orbea build
XS Orbea D'Ella build for my son
Well it's been 2 years and it has worked out SO well (just got back from my son's first trip biking in Moab) that it was time to do a build for my Daughter who is 17m younger.
The way I do these builds is by starting early and making them earn every part. We make a chart and they have to get 10 checks for each item by doing chores without being asked and other good things. Once they earn a part we take that part and put in on the bike and talk about what it does. This is a great learning experience and from my experience makes them really value the bike once built.
I would have loved to get another Orbea but could not find one anywhere. In fact I had a pretty hard time finding a 12.5"-13.5" frame anywhere. I finally went with a Ghost 9000se from ChainReaction. I am pretty impressed with the frame but it has a couple of issues. First thing I discovered was it comes with a modular cable guide system and you have to buy the cable guides separate something CRC forgot to let you know about when purchasing the frame, so this took another order and added $45 to the cost of the frame. (NOT cool if you ask me) Also and this is a bigger issue the head tube was wrong. So it specs a tapered head tube with an ZS headset. Once the headset was ordered and taken to install the races I found the top was within spec but the bottom was not!! Not only was it not round but it was too small at just over 54mm and had been spec'd for a 56mm race. This led me to three options. I could return it to England, take a sanding wheel and dremel tool to it or find a good machine shop to fix the frame. All three felt like really bad options. As luck would have it a friend of a friend is a machinist for an airspace company and a cyclist and was able to machine the lower headtube and install the race for the spec'd headset....but still
I will update as build evolves but so far we have
Titec seat post
Fox RL 32 100mm
CrossRide disk wheels
Raceface shorty stem
Sinz 140mm crank
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