Thanks to everyone who helped me learn about geos and sizing when it comes to what I plan to do with this bike. Coming from pretty much XC this is a whole new world to me. For now i plan to just use this as a big wheeled bmx. Maybe some day ill take it to a jump park and see how big my balls are...
Ill use this as a log until its complete.
The build is pretty much this - still waiting on the fork and a 2nd brake.
Giant STP Frame
Marzo DJ2 Fork
Take-off wheelset from my trance
LX Crank 175mm
BB7's with the front routed through the headset topcap
Totally a budget build, and i understand that. As i get more involved/skilled i plan to upgrade.
As for my gearing, I managed to find a magic gear and run it SS without having to use a tensioner/half-link!
36-16 to give me 58.5 gear inches. Never ridden a bike like this but from the research i did it seems people prefer between 55-60
The cranks rotate fine both directions but i do feel it may be on the tight side. I put the wheel snug in the dropout and then placed the chain on the top teeth of the chainring. I then rotate the crank and it rolled the chain in place. Theres not very much play when i press the chain in the middle top/bottom which worries me. I should have taken a picture of how much i am able to squeeze the chain so you guys have a better idea.
I really do not want to use a tension and i also still have a half link but from what i was testing out, using it would probably allow chain drop on hard hits.
What do you guys suggest?
Any other tips/advice on the overall bike is welcomed.
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