Just picked up the wife's new ride, and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. I've been quietly gathering parts over the last few months to build a "real" mountain bike for her. (She's been riding an older K2 Rosario "comfort" bike the last few years - even on the Tamarack trails and the fire roads around McCall - and claiming to me that it is a "real" mountain bike.) I wanted to surprise her with a new bike, even though it's not her birthday or anything - perhaps score some good hubby points!
Anyway, here's the final product - some parts from my bikes, some parts were bought or traded for locally, and some stuff I found pretty cheap on the internet. I think it weighs in the 24 - 25 lb range - not stupid light, but pretty nice for what I have in it.
Frame: Access XCL 16" (I rode one of these Access XCL's to a couple of podium spots last summer - they're really nice frames for cheap)
Fork: 2005 Manitou Skaeb Super, 80mm (off my race bike from last year)
Wheels: XT hubs, 221 rims (not light, but pretty bomber)
Derailleurs: SRAM X-7 rear, LX front
Shifters: SRAM X-7 triggers
Brakes/Levers: Avid SD 7 v-brakes and levers
Saddle: WTB Speed V (thanks cinnoman monkey)
Bar: Easton monkeylite carbon (low rise)
Stem: On One Inbred, 80mm
Post: Truvativ XR
Cranks: White Brothers (from my old CX bike)
Bottom Bracket: XT square taper
Headset: Cane Creek S-2
Tires: WTB Mutanos, 2.4 (what else?)
I'm going to spring this surprise on her tonight - I'm hoping she's more happy about the bike than she is pi$$ed about the money I spent on it!
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