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My "New" Hardtail Race Bike. The Masochist.

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by ZenkiGarage, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. ZenkiGarage

    ZenkiGarage Monkey

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    So, I know a lot of you wont dig this build, but I had ton of fun building it, and its a ball to ride.
    I sold my full squish DH rig a couple years ago, and decided Id start riding again this year, but wanted a hardtail, so I built this up over the last 2 weeks.


    -The frame is a Soul Cycles Roscoe that i bought about 4 or 5 years ago and never finished building. I modified the rear triangle for more DH friendly geo(not perfect, but better). Ended up with 13.7 BB height and 63.5 HA.
    -White Bros. Groove fork
    -Answer direct mount stem
    -RaceFace Atlas 31" bars
    -Atom Lab Pimplite wheel set
    -Kenda Small Block 8's
    -Hope EVO M4 brakes
    -Gusset rotors
    -TSC 4130 175mm cranks
    -TSC Pivotal seat post
    -Tioga D-Spyder saddle
    -Odyssey JCPC pedals
    -Profile Chain tugs
    -ESI grips

    Right now the gearing is 30/14, and seems to work for fast-ish runs, will run 30/15 for more pedally courses.
    It ended up at 36.2 lbs, and I've nicknamed it the Masochist, for obvious reasons.








     
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  2. ZoRo

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    *ucking loving it! Hardtails are the ****, they teach how to ride proper like nothing else.

    What do you mean by "modifying the rear triangle"?
     
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    looks like a bunch of parts fell into the shape of a bicycle by accident. probably fun to ride though...

    and yeah, what is this "modification" that you speak of?
     
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  4. Sandwich

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    hows that fork durrrrr
     
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  5. 4130biker

    4130biker PM me about Tantrum Cycles!

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    I recognize that parking lot!
     
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  6. DirkaDirkaJack

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    seems a little odd to run a BB as high as a bike with 8 inches in the rear. i would think you could get away with a much lower BB which would be the (only) advantage of a HT...?
     
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  7. ZenkiGarage

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    Basically, I cut off the rear, took a length out of the seat stays(the isection that had the canti mounts) then replaced it with a shorter section, then welded it back up. That dropped the bb and slacked it out more. Wanted to drop the bb more but would have required a lot more cutting and rewelding. I definitely have the bug again, so next will be a complete custom frame.
     
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  8. ZenkiGarage

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    I really like it. My only complaints are weight, but I knew it was heavy before I ordered it. My only other complaint was that the leg guard bolts were nylon, so I replaced those.
     
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  9. Sandwich

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    Did you weigh it? I hear 8.5-9.5lbs. 8.5 is only a pound heavier than my 66, and that's not much for a freeridey fork. They go for cheap nowadays.
     
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  10. jonKranked

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    i loved the 66 i had on my old sx trail. rode it super hard, never had an issue.
     
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    That hardtail is sick.

    What 66 weighs 7.5 lbs? My 06 66RC2X weighed 6.5 lbs.

    EDIT: Just saw that the 2012 66 RCV weighs in at 7.0 lbs
     
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  12. ZenkiGarage

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    I didnt weigh it. I can though. I really like it, and at the price they are going for right now, I can ignore the extra poud or so.
     
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    Nice work there! very clean looking!

    Do you work in a machine shop or something?
     
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    Well if you get around to it, go for it. That's a really neat bike though, and after seeing the guy ripping in whistler on a hardtail, I'd imagine it would be a lot of fun.

    I think I pegged my 08 66 at 7.5lbs. It has some bushing slop and the axle doesn't hold. Would be great for somebody building up a cheaper DH bike, but I'm looking to upgrade. The damping is OK, it's the chassis I don't like. Supposedly Alistair might have some spare lowers, but I don't want to beg...and I wouldn't mind 8" of travel to balance out the 8.75 I have in the rear.
     
  15. ZenkiGarage

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    I've been a machinist / fabricator for pretty much my entire adult life.
     
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    That explains it, my question should actually have been 'are you a machinist by trade?'

    Again, nice work, and your idea about fabricating a whole frame gets my thumbs up too.
     
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    that looks fun, but I don't understand your tire choice.
     
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    Very cool looking bike, DH on a hardtail is great fun. I wouldn't go too mental with weight savings, I tried it and fuund the bike just got too nervous and a BB heit like yours won't help that much. I raced my hardtail for a season and a half and loved it then I bought a dually and only knocked a few seconds off my PB.
     
  19. ZenkiGarage

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    Because you dont know where i was riding lol. The trail I ride the most, the small blocks are money! Just have to watch the sidewalls. On rocky courses they'll be switched out.
     
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    I wasn't worried one bit about weight. The light parts I used, I only did because I thought they looked good haha.
     
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    daydreaming about a new rhythm line.....
    that's pretty dope...
     
  22. ZenkiGarage

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    Thanks man. Next will be a custom frame so I can get the BB a lot lower. Should make for a pretty rippin' hardtail.