Here is my old Flight - I got it via a buy it now ebay auction as a frame and fork combo and built it up from parts I had laying around and stuff I bought via the mtbr.com classifieds. I really liked it, but wasn't able to keep it for long. I miss it a bit:
I sold my 26" FS frame, fork and another frame then embarked on my Ebay journey to piece together this work of art. Purpose - to replace my commuter bike (circa 96 Raleigh M60, my first MTB), serve as a CX candidate if I do that again and pull duty as a loaner for my Dad when he comes to visit. It also was a place to use most of the parts I'd taken off other bikes and had cluttering up my bike shelf.
Behold - the palate of color and majesty that is below:
- 2007 21" Monocog Flight frame (ebay)
- 2008 Monocog Flight fork (ebay)
- worn out Maxxis Crossmark rear / worn out Bontrager Dry X front (this thing's abrasion resistant sidewalls provide enough strength to run low pressures and make the rigid feel not so rigid) - sourced from my tub-o-tires
- Truvativ Stylo 1:1, 180mm, taken from my Sultan
- Titec H-bar with the front position cut off, saving 60 grams for those weight weenies who care (I was more interested in removing excess material so maybe I could get away with riding these in a CX event) - used these on my old Rook
- Thomson stem from old Rook
- Hayes brakes w/ V7 front/V6 rear rotors, orange Danger Boy levers, taken from my old 26" full suspension
- Mavic A317s and XT hubs, ebay find, but new items
- Selle Italia saddle, ebay
- Thomson seatpost - ebay
- pewter King headset, from old 26" FS bike
About the only things I bought from a store for this build was an N-gear jumpstop (it's going to end up 1x9 for commuting duty) and the green Salsa liplock.
Haha, most people have their swill beer of choice. I'm a fan of PBR first and High Life second, but would prefer almost any Belgian or microbrew before the swill. Not a fan of anything Anheuser-Busch or Coors.
A friend and I tried a trail near campus and found it still too wet to ride (trying to be good trail stewards by NOT riding on a wet trail). It's not surprising that it was still wet, given that it's mostly flat.
So, we tried the only other trail in town - a very hilly and technical trail. By my standards anyway...
It's was remarkably dry, save for a couple of drainaige crossings where the dip was a bit wet and muddy. 99.5% of the trail was bone dry. I came off the bike twice, both times in those little muddy dips. A little too much for the 29's perhaps...
Overall I was thrilled at how well the bike did. I may be yet another victim of the rattling headset issue though. I need to ride it a little more to be sure that's where the noise is coming from.
A couple of improvements I plan to make based on her maiden trail ride:
- Disc Brakes: I miss disc brakes, so that may come even before clipless pedals
- Clipless Pedals: I slipped off the pedals once and the seat hit pretty hard, well, um, there. Ouch.
- QR for the seat post. See above. I really should have lowered it a bit, but left the tool in the Jeep. Also, since I throw the bike in the back of the Jeep, the wheel and seat need to come off each time I transport it. A pain without QR.
- A better GPS mount. Homebrew just couldn't cut it.
- Lose weight. About 20 lbs. That would be off of me, not the bike. :madmax:
Overall I'm pleased with the bike. Never once did I wish I had a lower or higher gear, which was probably the biggest concern I had initially, especially with the hills. We probably tackled too technical a trail for as little riding as we've done so far this year, but when it's all you have to choose from, you take what you can get.
Here's my Monocog 29er. It is a 15 inch with dirt drop handlebars and a tommicog. Gearing is 32/20 on the freewheel and 32/19 on the fixed side. I have a Brooks B-17 on order and will be taping the handlebars shortly.
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