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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Anticipation- YBB 2.0

Here's the first shot of the 2012 Moots Mooto X YBB.  As the build kit gets rehabbed and the wheels get assembled I'll be working on this as time allows.  

The bike was supposed to have black decals, so right now it's sitting at home awaiting the black decal kit with the red ones removed.

The build will be many of the parts that made up its predecessor- 10 speed Sram X0 groupset (including brakes), Chris King hubs, Stan's NoTubes Crest rims, KMC X10 SL Ti chain, Easton EC70 bar, Easton EA 70 stem, WTB Devo Carbon saddle, XTR pedals, Moots Setback Ti post and a Cane Creek 110 headset.

I'm still undecided on tires, but I have Kenda Karmas sitting in a box collecting dust so I'll probably run those.

I'll post more updates as this bike comes together.  As much as I'd like to get this done I have neither time nor all of the parts to so.  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ross Schnell's Trek Remedy

It's no secret that I'm taken with the idea of Super D and other alternative format mountain bike events.  One of the stars of the enduro downhill and Super D scene is Ross Schnell.  Schnell was part of the Trek VW Olympic distance XC squad and managed to stay connected with Trek as a sponsor even after the team folded.

These shots are of last year's Remedy that Schnell rode in the Ashland Super D Race.  The frame is an aluminum model with some customization to run a Rock Shox Monarch instead of the normally spec'ed Fox.

All pictures courtesy of pinkbike.com.

Custom paint, full Bontrager build kit including tires and Crank Brothers everywhere possible- wheels, bar,  dropper post, and of course pedals.

Rock Shox Revelation fork with carbon crown and steerer.  I've never ridden one of these, but it seems like it would be like a jacked up REBA, and that's a good thing.  The Revelation will have a 29er variant available in 2012, for what that's worth.

Tapered steerer- what isn't these days?  Gary Klein was right all those years ago.

Long shot of the MRP single ring chain guide and 1 x 10 drivetrain setup.  Pretty sweet.

And yes, I want one, even though there are carbon versions available.