Proof of Concept: “Do-It-All” Bike

Brakes

When I was researching brakes I wanted to find a pair that offered a generous amount of power and modulation. The brakes needed to not be overly heavy and have some adjustment features to tune the brakes to my liking. I also wanted to make sure that I picked a rotor package with the same characteristics of being able to offer ample amounts of power and modulation.

Brakes – Formula K24

Why I chose Formula K24 brakes

By and large every pair of Formula’s I’ve ever been around were set up great. They always have a nice lever feel with superb modulation. The K24’s don’t cost as much as some of the higher end Formula’s but they still weigh less than most of their competitors and have more than enough power for me. I also really like the FCS adjustment which allows the stroke to be adjusted at the lever. It allows the me to set the point in the lever’s position where the pads will make contact with the rotor. I went with a 200mm rotor in the front because I knew I would be using this bike for downhilling quite often and a 200mm rotor offers more power, better heat dissipation, and modulation. The rear rotor is a 180mm in order to still offer good modulation with less weight.

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Cockpit

For the cockpit parts I tried to keep everything pretty simple and proven. I did however, sneak in a few personal pieces to keep things interesting. I wanted to use parts that would be durable enough for most situations but also didn’t tip the scales too heavily.

Grips – ODI Rogue lock-on

Why I chose ODI Rogue grips

Even though I have smaller hands I find the larger Rogue grip more comfortable. I like the cushion that if offers and the grip pattern functions well. I chose to go with lock-on’s cause they are easier to change when swapping parts.

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Handlebar – Syncros Bulk 7075 Alloy

Why I chose a Syncros Bulk handle bar

I chose the Syncros Bulk handlebar because I wanted to find an oversized bar that was readily available in a white colorway. The Bulk also comes in a very low 20mm rise that I found out works very well for me. I chose the lighter 7075 alloy version and chopped the bars down about 3/8’s of an inch on each side for a custom width that fits me.

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Handlebar end caps – Straitline

Why I chose Straitline bar end caps

I chose to run Straitline’s bar end caps because they are sleek looking and match my color scheme very well.

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Headset – Hope

Why I chose a Hope Headset

I went with a Hope headset because I wanted to try out a different headset product that had a good reputation. Everyone says Chris King is the best and I wanted to see how the competition stacks up. So far I have been impressed with the headset’s smoothness and ease of installation. The Head Doctor was a bit more tricky to install and adds a little more weight than a traditional starnut, but it is reusable and works quite well.

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Saddle – Tioga Spyder

Why I chose a Tioga Spyder saddle

This is probably one of the more controversial parts on the bike. While the Spyder saddle looks uncomfortable to the naked eye, it is actually quite comfortable due to the amount of flex. Durability might be an issue with this saddle over the long haul but for now it looks great, feels decent, and doesn’t weigh much.

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Seatpost – Thomson Masterpiece

Why I chose a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost

I went with Thomson’s Masterpiece seatpost because of its light weight and high strength qualities. While the Masterpiece is more money than the Elite, the little weight savings is nice.

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Seatpost collar – DKG Flip Lock

Why I chose a DKG Flip Lock seatpost collar

I went with the Flip Lock from DKG because it is one of the lighter quick releases available. It has really clean looks and is a classic part that works very well.

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Stem – Thomson X4

Why I chose a Thomson X4 stem

I went with Thomson’s X4 with 50mm of reach. This stem was an easy choice for me due to its great looks, quality construction, and light weight. The design won’t hurt your knees due to it’s curved rear section and is proven to secure well.

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