I would have liked to have been able to keep the bike “retro” rather than “restomod”, but somehow the circumstances pushed me in this direction.
The idea was to conjure out of this 20+ year old frame a short travel hardtail with an aggressively slack head angle that is light, durable and versatile.
I used to ride with a 120mm stem with 550mm wide bar. For the rebuild, I started out with a 50mm Wren stem with a 710mm Mt Zoom bar. There was little backsweep on the bar, which made it uncomfortable.
I was able to find a Chinese manufacturer on eBay that makes swaged bars to custom backsweep angles and widths. I ordered a very reasonably priced 700mm 8 deg bar, which I am very happy with.
The stem in the photo is an Intend XC stem, with negative rise and 65mm length. The slack seat tube angle meant that I needed to keep the front end low for climbing.
The top headset bearing is the Intend Stiffmaster. Heavy, but more than worth the weight, because this design maximizes the rigidity of the front end, which is going to be important for a bike with slack angles and a Fox 32 chassis.
Brass top cap from Bentley Components.
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