Proof of Concept: “Do-It-All” Bike

written by: J.A. Caldwell

, Proof of Concept: “Do-It-All” Bike


We put together a “Do-It-All” Bike Build Guide in order to help out riders in their quest to build a good all around bike. Questions on this type of bike have came up more and more lately and we felt that we could help out the community with a detailed guide on what parts would do well for this type of build.

As a proof of concept I have created my own “Do-It-All” bike that I feel should be able to handle itself very well in varying terrain. I wanted to create a bike that very versatile by using adjustable parts as well as have the construction needed to handle abuse. After all of the part decisions were made I am confident that my build will work well for me as “Do-It-All” bike.

As with all builds they are very personal in nature. This build was built for me. I weigh 140-145lbs with gear and stand 5′ 7″ tall. Yes, I am a skinny little guy but what can I do? I try to ride light and pick my lines carefully. I usually don’t go charging rock gardens with reckless abandon or really do anything too crazy. I am by no means an expert but I’m aspiring to get there. This build was monitored closely for weight as well as performance. These characteristics allow me to run a few parts that others might not be able to get away with as easily. If this is your case there are a lot of alternative parts on the market that should work well for you in order to adjust your build to your riding style.

On the subsequent pages I’ll go through my build part by part and explain why I chose them for this build. While I picked each part for its benefits, each part will have its problems as well. A full breakdown of all of my weights and lots of pictures will follow. Hopefully this information will help you with your next build and give you some insight into possible part choices.

The full gallery of all the pictures from the build can be seen here.

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