I just finished the build this morning, it’s my first single speed in probably ten years other than riding muni.
I’ve been trying to find a hardtail that’ll serve dual purpose for pump/jump and light trials.
Build: (all but brakes and dropper are parts bin stuff)
Medium Chrome N9 Frame
Manitou Mattoc Pro 29/27+ 140mm (a-c 562mm)
Chromag Cockpit, 760mm 30mm Riser Bar, 35mm Stem, Fat Paw Grips
TRP Slate T4 Brakes
DT Swiss 350/Scraper i45/DHF 2.8/SS Gear Clamp 20t (rebuilding with WTB KOM Tough 30/DHF 2.5 WT/“dingle speed 20/22)
Canfield 160mm Cranks/28t Oval Chainring
RF Nylon Pedals
TransX Cableless Dropper 100mm/Hope QR Clamp
Brooks Cambium C17 Cutout Seat (pending)
Looks like a hardtail, rides like a hardtail. I need to focus on riding more forward to avoid being hammered by the rigid rear end 😆
It’s an agile bike, esp running a medium frame ( I’m 6’ tall). I have the wheel centered in the sliding drops so the CS at ~428mm which is a little longer than my other bikes, but it still manuals easily.
In terms of handling at speed, it’ll take some time get used to a hardtail, the plus tires mute trail feel, so it’ll be nice to get the skinnier tires mounted up.
In terms of geo, the long a-c short travel fork works well, though I could see riding it with a longer travel fork; though the drop at full compression would be staggering 😬
The bb height is 315mm, not too bad for a hardtail esp with short cranks. I’ll probably swap to 150mm cranks in time.
The build went really fast without a geared drivetrain and dropper cable. I do wish someone made a cableless dropper with more travel, the KS ETen is 125mm.
It’ll be a fun bike for goofing around and way more practical than a trials bike or straight DJ.
A Medium is not too small.