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Here's how Ariel built his new 2014 Specialized S-Works Carbon Demo with Ohlins shock:
*Fox Float 40
*DT Swiss FR600 laced to DT240s hubs
*Put the 135mm rear end from his Team Replica on this one
*Made a custom 11-23T, 7 gear cassette using the black plastic guide that came with the Replica
*36T Renthal chainring and e13 LG+1 guide
*SRAM X0 Type 2 derailleur
* Spy Mitch Ropelato's prototype Renthal stem holding onto the Renthal Fatbar!!
Check out Ariel's new trail bike! Santa Cruz Bronson with RockShox Pike fork, Industry Nine Torch Enduro wheelset , Chris King headset, SRAM XX1 drivetrain, RockShox Stealth Reverb, Truvativ cockpit, Deity Decoy pedals, and Maxxis High Roller II rubber. It's getting a RockShox Monarch Plus shock upgrade too!
Working with bikes all day at the shop I see many Solos, many similar to mine, but I guess its like the Rifleman's Creed: there are many like it, but this one is mine. I can't believe how quickly this little bike has grown on me and since I built it up its been nothing but smiles and trails. The Solo has a zippy ride feel, is possible to ride up climbs and manages to feel both stable and peppy on descents. Its inaugural ride was at Sandy Ridge and most recently I ran it through the paces at Storey Burn. This is my first 650b bike and I have no doubt that I chose correctly in picking wheel size. The bike has a great build right out of the box, but here are a couple of things that I swapped out to make it fit my preferences:
ODI Lock On Grips. I chose the Vans ones, because they are awesome. I'll also mention that I initially thought I would want to chop down the bars right away to fit my small shoulders, but I've been riding them at the stock size of 730mm and don't feel the need to trim them. The wide bar and short stem are great for control and handling.
Next is the saddle. The boys at the shop like the stock saddle, but on a ride around the block I very quickly discovered that it wasn't going to work for me. At all. So I threw on the Terry Damselfly that I had on my old bike. Right now I've got the stock seatpost, but without a doubt I'll add a Reverb Stealth on the next paycheck.
The stock crank at the R-Kit level comes with a triple, but I really couldn't imagine a time in which I would need or use a 42 so I pulled it off and replaced it with an e*thirteen bashguard. Its practical and I think it looks nice too.
No doubt I will swap out and customize it more as I ride (or do something dumb and break it) but for now I'm about as stoked as can be. Good fit, good frame, good components, good ride. What more can a girl ask for?
Scott put this one together for the shop. Deity Cryptkeeper frame, Manitou Circus fork, Spank Tweet rims on DMR hubs, Spank Spoon stem, Deity crank, sprocket, pedals, pivotal post and saddle, and Topsoil bars, and a Shimano Deore brake. Smart build, keeping in light and tight for a reasonable $1699. Weighs around 25lbs.
This is the last of a breed--a USA made titanium Salsa. They're now made overseas, but this one was welded by Lynskey in Tennessee. Built up with Rock Shox Reba, Shimano XT drivetrain, Avid Elixir XX brakes, Mavic Crossride wheels, and Ritchey WCS Trail bars, FSA stem, Race Face seatpost and WTB saddle. Weighs in at 26 lbs without pedals. On sale for $4199.
Yup, we do custom road builds too. S-works Amira with the new Shimano Di2.
2014 Santa Cruz V10 Carbon with Rock Shox Vivid Air and Fox Float 40. Smart build with Shimano Zee drivetrain and brakes, Spank Spoon wheelset, SDG I-Fly saddle and carbon Microbeam post. Deity Decoy pedals and CZ handlebar, Thomson DM Stem. e13 SRS chainguide. Maxxis Minion DHF and Highroller tires. Bike weighs in at 35lbs!!! One could easily drop some weight off this rig if desired.
This Monday we put together a rad Specialized Evo build for a customer. He narrowed it down to either full XT 2x10 with an E.13 double guide, or XX1. We had a full XX1 kit in stock, as well as a DT Swiss all-mountain wheelset with a new driver for the 10-42 11speed cassette. Match that up with a Fox Float 34 160mm travel Kashima Coat, Haven carbon handlebars and a Haven stem, Shimano XT brakes.The bike build came out at 26 lbs, 14 oz. Smoking light for a 150mm trail bike. Pedal up, Smash down!