27.5 plus Bikepacking Rig
Ian wanted a bike to tackle some serious long distance off road bike packing trips while keeping some capability to enjoy his local loops without the bags. The frame is a fillet brazed combination of Columbus Zona downtube/seattube/stays with Reynolds 853 oval top tube. With the main target being a comfortable long distance bike it features a 27,2 seat post. The geometry is biased towards carrying load, so uses a steeper head angle than a XC/trail bike and the chain stays are long enough to maintain weight on the front while climbing. Bolt on cable guides provide a neat solution to extra bosses for the King Anything Cage. Boost is great for achieving tyre clearance on plus bikes and the frame features Syntace X12 rear dropouts.
The build spec is a really nice combo of XT 11sp, Syntace wheelset, Whisky bars and post with the obvious Thomson stem and King headset.
Approx complete price $7k AUD
29in Single Speed
This is the second incarnation of my own single speed XC race bike, built in time for the very chilly Single Speed Worlds held in Woodend Victoria. This latest version testing a subtle geo and tubing change, playing with weight distribution while climbing, the riding position moved the the riders centre of gravity forwards while maintaining a similar wheel base and chain stay length. Still on the progressive end of geo for XC bikes with the front centre requiring a 69.5deg head angle. The build kit remains as original with Rock Shox SID 100mm forks, Syntace finishing kit, Paul thru axle hubs, Stans Crest ex rims. The SRAM XX1 boost cranks providing the chainlink for the single speed hub and white industries freewheel.
Approx complete price $6k AUD
29in TRAIL BIKE
Joel's brief was to replace an existing aluminium framed hardtail, with a bias slightly more towards trail geo and a dropper post. It features a custom bent Reynolds seat tube, custom 4130 44mm head tube, Paragon rocker dropouts and internal routing for the dropper post hose. This enters through a reinforced port near the head tube and makes the bend into the bottom of the seat tube, requires the use of the park internal routing tools but results in a super clean finish. Bolt on cable guides allow for the easy swap between gears and single speed.
Build kit includes some lovely RaceFace carbon cranks, rock shox reba fork and reverb post, King hubs with LB carbon rims.
Approx complete cost $7.5k AUD
29 plus TRAIL BIKE
This is the second iteration of my own 29+ trail bike. This platform has been really good for trying different steering geometry as the large tyre volume and low pressures really amplify the effects of steering trail changes. The large diameter wheels and tyres also seem to increase your awareness of the frames torsional stiffness. This frame features Columbus Zona downtube and stays with a Reynolds 853 TT and custom bent by Waltworks true temper 34,9 ST.
The build kit is made up of 11sp XTR, Hope cranks and brakes, enve cockpit and LB 50mm carbon rims. Given a fast flowy trail this bike rips!
Approx complete cost $8.5k AUD
27.5 plus TRAIL BIKE
the brief for Drew's 650B+ Trail bike was for a fun bike defending while maintaining good capability for local XC riding. The frame was designed to accomidate up to 3in wide tyres but for most general trail riding is the most fun with 2.8's. The frame is fillet brazed and made up of Columbus Zona and Reynolds 853. The small diameter of the 650B+ tyres mean the use of a curved seat tube isn't required for the climbing friendly 435mm chain stays. The curved seat stays allow for the low post mount rear calliper. Neat touches include internal dropper post routing and integrated stainless seat binder.
The paint scheme includes some very subtle details, including Drew's favourite local trail and map contour lines from the local mountains. Simon from VeloPaint excelled at matching the torquise anodised Chris King headset!
The build kit includes the noisiest hubs in the world, Industry 9 torch boost hubs, Reverb stealth dropper, SRAM X01, Fox 34 and LB 50mm carbon rims.
Approx complete build cost $8.5k AUD