I've been out of action due to injury and am immensly bored, left pondering bikes and components I otherwise wouldn't. I've been lusting/e-riding after several bikes lately. One of them is a custom Ventana, either a Ciclon or El Rey. With the prospect of shorter stays I'm psyched on an El Rey for now. I don't believe that one needs a ton of travel to ride the most rugged terrain. You just need to either slow down, pick better lines, or be smooth. That said, 4" rear on a 29er would be enough for me in just about any situation sans shuttle runs.
Terrain: Pedaling anything and everything. My goal is always to clean whatever lies ahead going up or down, that's what drives me to ride. This bike would be ridden on everything from flowy sierra ST to technical rock crawling to blasting rock gardens, and the occassional drop, to tranny is preferred.
Build: Flows, 120 Reba, combo of XTR/XT/XO kit, 2x10 w/bash, 70mm stem, 711 bars, no carbon. Complete weight about 30lbs.
Numbers: Custom El Rey, all measurements are with 4" rockers, 120 Reba and 2.4 Ardents F/R. This is a medium/large frame for a 5'10.5" rider with 34" inseam.
HT: 3.75" or whatever allows my approx stack height
Stack: Approx 23.75"
ETT: Approx 23.25"
STA: Approx 75*
BB Height: 13"
WB: Goal would be 45" even
An option to run the Reba at 140 with a flush lower cup would be nice too. This would slacken it slightly and raise the BB.
The BB height will determine STA allowance, which will determine the ETT. My reach number has to be spot on though.
What do you guys think of these numbers? Too aggressive, not aggressive enough, too low, too slack? What would you want?
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Thread: Thoughts - Custom El Rey
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