I love everything about MTBing, ups, downs, drops, rocks / roots / jumpy bits with the emphasis on having fun. A Chromag frame has been on the top of my wish-list for a while but I could not justify spending nearly a grand on a canadian made frame, even if some of them are welded by Chris Dekerf. I'd be too worried about putting a big dent in it than enjoying it. The Aperture frame is their made in Taiwan model, albeit in the best frame factories they could find. Straight out of the box I was impressed with the quality. I would bet that Chromag have the frames shipped to them from Taiwan and then finish prepping them alongside there in house built frames - seatpost, headset and BB all fitted in smooth as butter. In contrast my last frame left a big score mark down a new seatpost.
FRAME Chromag Aperture (medium)
FORKS Rock Shox Sektor RL U-Turn
HEADSET Cane Creek ss3
STEM Race Face Turbine 60*6
HANDLEBARS Easton EA70 low rise
SEATPOST Salsa shaft post
SEATPOST COLLAR / QR Salsa Seat Q.R.
SEAT Flite Ti saddle
BRAKES Hope x2 evo race with 160mm/160mm floating rotors
SHIFTERS Forge/Shimano thumbshifters
FRONT MECH Shimano XTR M952
REAR MECH Shimano XTR M950
CRANKS Race Face Turbine Exi 22/32/bash
CASSETTE Shimano XT M737 8 speed 11-30
PEDALS Canfield Crampon Ultimate
WHEELS Hope Pro2 Evo / Notubes Flow
TYRES Continental mountain king 2.2" / 2.4"
Some guys they just give up living/And start dying little by little, piece by piece/Some guys come home from work and wash up/And go racin' in the street.