Linus’ - “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” -MTB build

LINUS

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I’m starting with that as a motto as this may work wonderfully, or be a full John DeLorean / final product.

A bit of backstory:

— Had some super frustrating family health issues that between C19 & Seattle essentially shut down to incoming I-5 traffic as the CHAZ/CHOP thing was tossed on top - I could neither see, visit, even talk on the phone - with family who was in a major medical moment.
—Totally powerless, totally frustrated—

—So—

In order not to either go really mentally wrong & dark, or make a choice to drink to escape (can happen easily) - I came up with what will ensue.

Enjoy my nuttiness - I’m a thick skin so while we start in bikes, say what you like - I am crazy, but not mentally fragile :cool:

All that BS / pretext handled, the road so far:

An aluminum frame Santa Cruz Nomad G4 frame:

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Pic skips ahead a little, as it already is wearing a 2.8 Minion tire (27.5+) - and a 230/65 Fox DHX2 shock with a custom lower link (still raw AL).

A (literal) - metric eff-ton of work with calipers, trigonometry, and to be honest - some faith between me & the guy I bought the used frame from he wasn’t snowing me on RR triangle width esp as to trying to stuff a full 28.25” OD, Plus - width tire with a few MM to spare.

What you’re seeing in 1 pic is easily 30+ hrs of communication, design/copy, and mentally escape of what I was in.

The link was the big work as I made it / learned / pushed what I’m trying to master (Fusion 360 / CNC work). It took alot of time & kept me busy as it allows the shock to fit & increase travel a little.


So far, that’s the bulk of the project & updates will be slow as I want to keep this tail-heavy & not run a dual crown fork - so I’m like the masses waiting for a Fox 29’er / 180mm travel single-crown.

Also - my RR brake is backordered until ???

Overall, I’m gathering used parts & my goal is a 27.5+ bike that is a mini-V10 (Santa Cruz’ full DH bike) - call it a “V8”.

It’ll be a 1x11/12, will get prob 35mm rims so I can swap from Plus down to 2.5’s in dry dirt, etc.

As parts slowly creep in, I’ll update.

::: PS/edit -I’ll tag @jembourbe -he saw my comment/what I choose to do with my frustration & said ‘pics or didn’t happen / make a thread’ - so blame him ;) :cool: :p
 
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Nice work! So are you going with a reverse mullet: 29 up front and 27.5 in back?

Why did you want to run that particular frame shock? Nice skills fabbing your own link. Did you make it to receive the regular 7902/6902 bearings the stock Nomad linkage uses or go with something more exotic (but hopefully not proprietary)?

I don't know about keeping it trail-y. You're building a pretty big beast. It could go either way with the 1X or 2X crown fork. Either way you're not gonna want to ride it uphill. lol

Looking forward to the build!
 

LINUS

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@jembourbe - glad I tagged you, you get some terms alot may not yet.

I’d I could still go down in ::glorious flames:: - a bike where I toss $$, doesn’t do crap.

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—So a good idea of my use of this mutant: —

I casually pedal some 1/4mi from my now-house, throw my bike over a fence & duck some brush, to a fence gap where I grab my bike. yes, I’m 48yo. -still doing it-

They keep the ‘po foolk’ -out that way :cool::p

From there, I ride a full 750’-1000’ decent I groomed as a kid in the late 80’s that became a pedestrian trial/trail - 6 hard switchbacks, 2 you can stump-drop the switches. But they are now big drops IMO I was fearless @ 20yo of.

It’s steep enough, someone dropped posts & rope handrail on the inside 6’ of the switches for the walkers.

From there, now since ~2005, there‘s a golf course access road out, or you can ride asphalt - the decent parallels a par-3 shot over a 150’ drop to the green valley where the blackberry bushes are 600’+ in the canyon from the teebox for that hole - it’s a cool looking par 3 for golfing guys.

(can collect alot of free golfballs I re-sell :cool: :cool::cool: ) - think Titleist Pro V’s / & such. No cheap range balls, haha.
No lie- I hunt balls in Summer - fresh ones are worth the time & fun of the ride, and supplement $$.
Free money laying on the ground.

Once you’re at the bottom, the ride out is a gradual incline - you’re some 5+ miles before you’re back to grade - depends which path back you choose.

It’s a terrain-heavy course - carts only, to help give an idea.

The balls & rainwater all funnel down in a 10mo creek where walkers / bikers -collect them.

So my “home track” -is a quick warm, do a solid 700‘++ -of fun, then choose either the road now or old golf course equipment roads they drive the bigger mowers & tractors.

I’m spoiled - total truth.

So that‘s the full purpose/95% use of this bike.
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All that said, it’s the whole reason to build this bike.

Only real place I plan to ride, unless it’s a stunning winner to take elsewhere.

We’ll see....
 

LINUS

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Nice work! So are you going with a reverse mullet: 29 up front and 27.5 in back?

Why did you want to run that particular frame shock? Nice skills fabbing your own link. Did you make it to receive the regular 7902/6902 bearings the stock Nomad linkage uses or go with something more exotic (but hopefully not proprietary)?

I don't know about keeping it trail-y. You're building a pretty big beast. It could go either way with the 1X or 2X crown fork. Either way you're not gonna want to ride it uphill. lol

Looking forward to the build!
1) — Yup, expecting a 27.5+ isn’t going to fit the Fox bridge of a 27.5 fork, so expecting to be a 29’er.
Unless I catch a miracle, reverse mullet it’ll be. :meh:

Not fond of getting even slack-er of a head tube/29’er fork, but I’m sitting on a NOOP King headset already, so not buying a camber-offset one.

2) — for a RR shock, the lockout of a DHX2 works for climbing - I have a Push 11/6 & a DHX2 for the Bronson, the used DHX2 was $300 & with the link is the right size.

And the Push lever just is two levels of comp resist, neither act like a lockout - and I don’t feel like burning at least $850 on their next sale or $1100 reg price.

The link is a slightly less aggressive stretch of a Cascade Link and mine was built using standard replacement Nomad bearings & seals as I don’t know what Cascade does, but I didn’t want a complete 1-off unit.
And even if I have to replace bearings semi-often, Santa Cruz supports their bikes with parts really well.

Other things I’ve proved out/like - having a 203mm RR disc & a 180mm FR - backwards, but I like Saint brakes & I can swing/steer the FR end toward the fall line if I’m upright, or slide the rear if I’m leaned over.
Works awesome on the Bronson.

3) —I’m thinking of the new 12sp XX1 cassette with a 52t (hard maybe TBH) - but now after having Sram XX1 shifters on the Bronson, I like XTR’s hands down - so this will have Shimano shift/derailer, even at the expense of having to nix the new XX1 for a Shimano 12sp cassette (not sure what MSRP will be on the new XX1 52t - budget rules here)

I still need to keep wheels $$ in mind, but ideally I find some used Onyx hubs & build some 35-38mm internal wide hoops.

They will be a touch wide for Maxxis 2.5/2.6, but a touch narrow for full Maxxis Minion 2.8’s - but as close to happy medium as I can see.
Raceface makes a 38mm carbon hoop, and in reality I could break down my Onyx hubs from my spare wheels with Arc 30 hoops.

I really like the pawl engage of Onyx, and the silent freewheel - it’s cool not being chased by “angry bees” in freewheel :cool:

I did already get a new closeout Fox 2020 (not the 2021) seat stem. I’m totally excited as I keep hearing it’s not fussy like the ~2016/17 Rockshox oil unit I swear needs a bleed anytime I hang the bike vertical. Common issue I hear.

Anyhow - these are thoughts swirling / certain parts may change subject to finding good deals on used / on sale parts.


Comments / experiences with parts welcome.
 

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Looks like that's going to be a fun project. I haven't had any time off from Covid but it has kept me at home on the weekends. It's led to me ordering a new custom Ti frame I'll build up as a single speed. It's good to have projects that make you smile. This looks like it will be a hoot to ride. Sometimes it's the odd bike that brings the most fun.

What's the two tunes on your 11-6? I have one on my 5010v2 with DH and Climb modes. The climb mode is pretty stiff. Not a full lock out but it doesn't move much for me.

If you have a zs44/zs56 frame with a straight steerer tube (probably dual crown to find one), then here's a great and cheap option for an angleset. The Amazon warehouse deals are just customer returns and open box buys. I just scored a CC 110 ZS56 in blue for the new Ti frame for $30.

I realize you're already into the new Fox but you really should try the BikeYoke Revive. I got one from the second batch (first batch was for Kickstarter purchases) which still had to be purchased directly from Stefan. This is my 4th season on it and it hasn't failed me once. I'll have to do the occasional "revive" bleed which takes a 4mm allen wrench and 48 seconds. It's the only dropper brand in the fleet.

Good luck and keep us posted!
 

LINUS

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@jlm43 - TBH, I‘d have to fish up the papers from Push to tell you my 11-6 tune.
I intentionally ordered it 20#’s lighter than me, to keep it semi-plush.

So while I moan about it, it never was meant to be like the DHX’s - full lockout mode for me.
I run it soft on that local deep-drop, flip to the lever to firm-mode climbing out on my Bronson.

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Both brakes are here - Shimano Saints :cool: - Big boys know these are the gold standard.

Will post a pic of current collected parts soon.
 
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