Kingroons Inde Fab reminded me to post up the recent revamp of my Deluxe 29er.
The pink Independent was my go-to bike for the regular Sunday group rides for over 2 years and then decomissioned (but not sold). This year over the Easter weekend I put it back together with a seslection of used bits from the cave. Richard will approve of the matching skinny steel IF fork.
Admittedly the fork was sourced on purpose for it. And the initial plan was to build it up as a Singlespeed, but that faltered. None of the intended cranksets fitted over the Exzentriker BB cups that I wanted to use and avoid a tensioner. So it ended up a 1x11v, with the other update of note the 25 degree sweep bars. This is up from 12deg previously, and I am a sweep bar convert, should have done that for the first build too.
The first outings were a blast, I really connected with the bike. It is light and agile at 9,6kg and the handling is completely intuitive. Plus the ride is quite comfortable, even supple for a rigid steel bike. Steel IS real.
Common sense was never common
28h silver rear Suntour hub
32h Ritchey champagne WCS front hub