Browsed by
Month: July 2015

Got It Right – Its Dumb Ass Luck – Whishart 29’er 140mm Long Travel Hardtail

Got It Right – Its Dumb Ass Luck – Whishart 29’er 140mm Long Travel Hardtail

Its taken close to 6 months from design to build to decide if I made a mistake in the design. The build:

– Whishart 29’er – steel hardtail – Paragon sliding dropouts; fillet brazed – Black pearl – Toxic Design Labs – 67deg HT; 73deg ST
– SRAM XX1 Drivetrain
– XTR M-985 Crank with Wolf Components 30 tooth ring
– Easton Haven 35mm Stem (50mm long)
– Chromag 35mm carbon bar
– Easton EC90 XC Wheelset
– RS Revelation RLT 140-110 DP Fork
– SRAM Guide RS Brakes
– RS Reverb Dropper Post
– Nevagal 2.2 Front tire
– Conti Trail King 2.2 Rear tire

Weight 27.2 lbs

Okay – so I know that most people could never afford this type of bike or get why; however not withstanding, mounting these parts to a never ridden; only designed frame.  But, as soon as I mounted the pedals, strapped on my shoes, and threw my leg over top tube, I knew I had winner!  The bike rides like its 27.5 bike on steroids, with short snappy rear end, short wheelbase, stiff & amazing ride.  It climbs really well and similar to other 29’er bike in its stand and hammer on really steep trails.  The downs are amazing on this bike and it seems that there are not many trails that I wouldn’t go down.  In fact, I’m nailing off PR’s on Strava on steep technical steeps that I established on my G-Spot.  This hardtail satisfies my previously empty part of my cycling soul and I’ve been drinking it up as much as I can. Most people will not get it and I can hear the “why bother, its just a bike”, but although I didn’t make it, I was there almost every step in the journey.  Where the bike takes me now is unknown and I’m calling this part of the journey complete. It was fun, rewarding and I learned a lot!