I probably should have started this thread a few weeks ago when the project got underway, but not being a regular here I didn't think to, so it's only now I'm starting the thread.
This project started at Mayhem a few weeks ago. While riding with the RB crew was great, I couldn't help but notice everyone that kept passing me were on 29ers. This sparked a fire inside me, and as soon as I got home I started thinking about what I might be able to build.
The first plan was to go super stripped down SS. High end, super clean, super light. This plan was ruined after I realised that there were only a few racey frames with horizontal dropouts that were in my price range. I also wanted the possibility of going geared in the future, so something with swappable dropouts (or horizontals with a hanger) was needed. This is exactly what I found in the On-One.
Unfortunately that all changed when I realised that On-One had recently put the Lurcher on sale, so there were no horizontal dropouts in stock, with no ETA. So I bit the bullet and decided to build it up geared from the get go.
The intention was always to build it up with the main bits as new parts (frame, forks, wheels, brakes) but drivetrain second hand if I could find it. I couldn't. So the cranks were bought new, the shifters were bought new, the rear mech was from eBay and the cassette from the old bike. The finishing kit was bought second hand, and although initially I built it up with a standard seatpost, I saw a good deal on a brand new second hand Reverb, so I splashed some cash on that.
Anyway enough chat, pictures and spec time.
What I started with.
What it became after 2 evenings in the garage.
An hour at the weekend turned it into this
And this was last night.Frame
On One LurcherForks
ESI Extra ChunkyFront Brake
Hope Stealth Tech X2 EVOFront Rotor
Hope Floating RotorFront Shifter
SRAM XXFront Rim
Stans ZTR CrestFront Spokes
Sapim RaceFront Hub
Hope Pro2 EVOFront QR
Rocket Ron EvolutionSeatpost
Rock Shox ReverbSeat clamp
SRAM BB92 GXP PressfitCranks
Time ATACRear Brake
Hope Stealth Tech X2 EVORear Rotor
Hope Floating RotorRear Rim
Stans ZTR CrestRear Spokes
Sapim RaceRear Hub
Hope Pro2 EVORear QR
Rocket Ron EvolutionCassette
All in all it comes in at just over 9kg with the dropper post.
I hope you like the build, I took it out last night and absolutely loved it, can't wait to get out on it again which will probably be tonight. The bar height needs tweaking, but that will be done ride by ride until I am happy with it.
Oh and the reason it's a series of firsts. It's my first 29er, first build where I've spared no expense, my first carbon MTB as well as my first high end MTB build.