I wanted a hardtail to compliment my full suspension bikes, something light I could climb well with and put in a lot of miles. I went back and forth on 26 vs 29 but ultimately went 26. I had so many 26" parts that it was significantly cheaper. I was actually able to sell some of my extra parts and pocket cash in the end. I had to buy the frame, stem, headset, seat and shifters but I already had everything else. Took it on the shakedown ride last night and it's a lot of fun. Feels really nimble and light. I geared it for climbing but have other cassettes and 42/28 rings if I need them.
The frame arrived from On One USA within a couple of days of ordering. Really nice looking, especially for $200. The black annodize looks good and everything assembled smoothly. The "smoothie regular" headset is kind of ugly, the top race sticks out so far I thought it was installed wrong and actually removed it and re installed. Functionally the headset should be fine but it sits proud of the headtube and isn't very visually appealing. My cheap bathroom scale says it weighs about 25 pounds, hopefully it's a little lighter than that though.
Parts spec: 20" scandal frame, Truvativ stem and post, Sunline bars, SRAM x9 2x10 cranks with 39/26 X0 rings, X9 front derailleur, Shimano 9 speed 12-36 cassette, X7 everything else, Avid 7 brakes with Formula rotors, Fox 100 rlc fork, FSA XC 300 wheels, Ignitor tires, Oury grips, On One smoothie headset, Shimano spd pedals, WTB Silverado saddle
Looking forward to putting a lot of miles in on this rig
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