I haven’t built myself a new frame for over 4 years,I felt no need. But the allure of titanium, some new “standards” and the advent of 29+ got to me. After building the “quiver killer” in my last post, I decided I must have one! So, I built myself one.
Many of the same features exist on this well thought out versatile frame, though mine is decidedly more “trail” and less “tour”.
Tires/wheels: Able to run 29, 29+ and 26×4″fat
Drive train : SS, dingle speed, 1X whatever, Rohloff IGH.
73mm BB shell
44mm head tube
Paragon Rocker dropouts
423mm chain stays, slammed forward (likely 430-35mm with 29+)
Curved and shaped tubes everywhere
Travel limited and tuned Maverick DUC32 for 29+ tires
XO1 crank with North Shore Billet 2x spider. This allows a slightly wider chain-line (tire clearance) and the ability to run a 2nd chain ring in the bash guard position for my preference, a “dingle speed” set up,.
Currently running 29×2.4 until the tire and wheel options I want are available ( Maxxis and Stans 29+). 1X7 (11-24) cassette on a single speed hub with shadow+ and a narrow-wide chain ring. It’s the first real gears I’ve run in a long time. With the trails here still drying out, I haven’t really been able to put it through its paces, but I can tell, I dig the top end speed I’ve been missing.
If you are interested in one this complicated it will set you back $3500