I've been mostly lurking here for some time gleaning info on stuff that works and stuff that might not so I'll start with a 'thanks' to those who've shared up a pile of good info. I won't name names as I'd certainly miss several valuable contributors but all the regulars can consider themselves appreciated.
So, this is work in progress, but only minor tweaks away from being ready for prime time. It's had a week in Pisgah, a few chunky local rides (Ottawa) and is headed to Kingdom VT tomorrow for some flowy stuff where I expect I'll put a spotlight on the fox CTDs compromise.
Cane Creek 40 HS
Back; Hope pro2 EVO hub, sapim race, ArchEX, 2.35" Ardent (tubeless)
Front; Ind. Nine with 650b FlowEX, 2.35" Nobby Nic (tubeless)
Hope tech 2 evo brakes.
180mm icetech rotor front, 160mm Avid cleansweep rear
2x8 Gripshift drivetrain. X0 der back, 11-32 cassette, XT front der (XTR 2 ring with light bash)
90mm RF Turbine stem
RF CF Next bars uncut @ 725mm
Thomson elite setback post
WTB ti rail saddle
~28lb as is.
**will likely move to 1x10 with wolf ring and clutch der when the 8spd finally wears out (if I can't get more 8spd cassettes.)
I have the Industry Nine rear wheel on deck but haven't bothered to swap it in. It is presently built as 650b and while it "fits" with a neo moto, just throwing a leg over in the basement convinced me not to bother. ..it felt wrong just sitting still so the Ind Nine will get relaced to a 26" flowEX when time permits so I'll then have two wheel sets. a burly I9 and a weight weenie.
The rear shock is a conundrum. I would like to have it a bit more progressive in the latter half of the travel, but I'm also noticing that the more active back is aiding me a bit in the short techy climbs compared to my last trail bike so I'm recognizing some value to it the way it is. I do wish I could adjust the spring curve to ramp up a bit more later in the stroke even just to see if it does what I expect it would, but without doing something like sending it out to Suspension Experts or someone to fiddle with that's not an option with this shock. Anyway, it does do a lot of stuff very well and I don't think on it much when I'm riding so that says something.
I noticed that some of the folks here geek out on head angle numbers. Historically I've only thought of head angle in looser terms such as;
'choppered', 'DH slack' 'pretty slack' 'normal' 'steeper', 'xc steep', 'waaay steep', and 'Hutch trickstar'
so for giggles I measured this build at bang on 68 degrees with a good spirit level and 67.3 +/- .5 degrees with a digital instrument.
That's about where it sits for now. Road trip tomorrow!
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