I've felt teased over the last few months seeing 'Thorpie's' and 'letmetalktomark' Soul build threads on here. I've had the frame since January and have been slowly gathering parts for the build.
It is a modern build with a couple of retro traits such as the Flite and thumb shifters, which are statutory items on any bike I have. This should be my Retro bike of the future considering the last 'new' bike purchase was my Pace, 13 years ago.
I took it out for the first time today around the singletrack of last year’s Brighton Big Dog course. It is a proper blast to ride, takes me back to my teens when I rode my Orange P7 for the first time. I'd go as far to say that it exceeds my expectations.
I need to trim the brake hoses a little when I pick some fluid up this week, but barring that I'm not going to change anything.
Modern build complete to save riding my retro steeds into the grave and save the retro bikes riding my back into the grave... I think it is time for another Retro build.
Frame: Cotic Soul 2010 Medium
Fork: Fox Talas RLC 09
Headset: Chris King Classic
Handlebar: Easton Monkey Bar EC70 CNT
Brakes: 2010 Hope X2 Race
Shifters: 9sp Dura Ace shifters on Pauls Component bar con mounts
Rear Derailleur: XTR
Cassette: XTR 11-32
Chain: Sram PC991 Hollow Pin
Crank Bolts: Middleburn
Bottom Bracket: Shimano XTR
Pedals: Crank Bros eggbeater 4xTi
Hub Skewers: Salsa / Fox QR15
Rims: Mavic 717 Disc
Hubs: Chris King with QR15 conversion
Tyres: Continental Mountain King 2.2
Saddle: Flite Ti TT
Seatpost: Moots Titanium
Seatpost Binder: Hope QR