Bike Check

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been discovering the pleasure of having some suspension between the trail and our limbs. Hell, why didn’t we do this ealier? At the moment I’m feeling like I’m never gonna ride any other bike soon .. But on the other hand, I think I wouldn’t have been riding and building all the other bikes – Singlespeed, Fixie, Polo, Fatbike etc. – if I had build a full suspension bike some years ago. For me, it’s my first suspension bike ever, I even haven’t had a suspension fork before as Ricky did. So at the moment it’s all about those bikes. We’ve been riding all the local trails a lot, I even got a full face helmet, went to a bikepark and even find myself following and watching the Enduro World Series (the Dirt TV/Mpora stuff is awesome!).

For the bike nerds we are, stock bikes wouldn’t have done it, so we have build our own:

Ricky’s Liteville 301 Mk 11
Her main goal was to have a light bike, that’s capable of going uphill is good as downhill. With a frame weight under 3 kg including the damper, a quite neutral geometrie and handling, the 301 suits her needs perfectly. Beeing close to 1,70, she went for the medium size to have a comfortable position on longer rides. The lever arm triggering the damper is available in a 140 and a 160 mm version. She went for the bigger one, of course. The latest version even sports an opening for her mighty Reverb Stealth. On the front, she went for the brand new all black Rock Shox Revelation RCT3, sporting lightweight 150 mm of travel that can be lowered by 30 mm for the ultimate climbing geometry. The Syntace cockpit has been taken off her old racing bike, upgraded by some lovely ESI Chunky grips. Drivetrain and braking is pretty straight forward Shimano XT, that’s been always her favorite groupset. As it is a lady’s bike, there has to be some color in it, implemented by those beautiful pink Hope hubs and purple nipples, laced to wide but lightweight NoTubes Flow EX rims using DT’s Revolution spokes.

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Specs en detail
Frame – Liteville 301 Mk 11, size M, raw, 160 mm lever, incl. headset, Rockguard II and company tuned Fox Float CTD
Fork – Rock Shox Revelation RCT3, 2014 model, 150 mm
Rims – NoTubes Flow EX
Hubs – Hope Pro 2 Evo
Spokes – DT Revolution, 12 mm DT allloy nipples
Tires – Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.35 (non Super Gravity Version, Trail Star front, Pace Star Rear), Schwalbe Doc Blue tubeless kit
Brakes – Shimano BR-M785, 180 mm front and back
Shifter – Shimano SL-M780
Front derailleur – Shimano FD-M785 + E-type plate
Rear derailleur – Shimano RD-M786 (shadow plus), SGS
Cassette – Shimano CS-M771, 11-34 teeth
Chain – Shimano CN-HG95
Cranks – FC-M785, 38/24 teeth, incl. BB
Pedals – Shimano PD-M780
Seatpost – Rock Shox Reverb Stealth, 150 mm, Connectamajig
Seatpost clamp – Syntace Superlock 2
Stem – Syntace Megaforce 2, 50 mm
Stem cap – girlsridetoo.de
Spacer – Syntace Megaspacer (20 mm) + no name (10 mm)
Bars – Syntace Vector 2014, 12°, 700 mm
Grips – ESI Chunky Update (not to been seen in the pictures): ESI Racer’s edge (pink)

Update (not to been seen in the pictures):
King Cage with purple screws
Purple Carbocage pulley
Pink ESI Racer’s Edge grips

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I don’t like the looks of the XT levers but the brake’s performance is unmatched.

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Fine craftsmanship on the 301 + the Rockguard II that protects the derailleur and stiffens up the hanger.

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It’s a ladies bike.

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To get that straight: Girlsridetoo.

My Carver ICB
This is a quite special frame, because it’s complete geometry, tubing and functionality is crowd-sourced by the Internet Bike Community Forum trough surveys and voting. It then got produced by the german company Carver. Now it is available for purchase through Carver as a frameset and three complete build bikes – which specs have been chosen by surveys and voting as well. I got a unpainted preproduction frameset, got it powdercoated and built it up by myself, as always. The frame is really versatile as it allows for 26″ or 650b wheels through an exchangable dropout and two travel positions for the shock (150 or 170 mm using a 215 mm shock) that each have another connection point allowing for slacker geometry angles within the travel position. It’s even possible to use a longer shock (222 mm) that allows for almost 190 mm of travel, if so desired. For the start, I went with the most steep, 150 mm setup and didn’t have the need for more so far. While Ricky having lots of Shimano parts, I find myself having lots of Hope stuff. For the drivetrain, I originally had the plan to get some Sram stuff but somehow ended up with Shimano as well. I also did an experiment with the rear derailleur as I mounted a short cage Zee (but with the FR B-Link that can take big ring cassettes) in a 2×10 setup for a bigger ground clearance. Of course 2×10 doesn’t fit into the Zee’s capacity and you have to sacrifice the 2 or 3 lowest gears on the big chainring and the 2 or 3 highest gears on the small chainring. I have been worried a little by this in the run-up but it turned out working really well, as you normally don’t use those gears anyway and my shifting habits easily adopted to it.

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Specs en detail
Frame – Carver ICB, size M (44 cm), powder-coated in RAL 2002 (blood orange)
Shock – X-Fusion Vector Air HLR, 215 x 63 mm
Fork – Rock Shox Pike 2014, Solo Air, 160 mm
Rims – Spank Ooozy
Hubs – Hope Pro 2 Evo
Spokes – DT Revolution, 12 mm DT allloy nipples
Tires – Continental Rubber Queen (Trail King) 2.2, Schwalbe Doc Blue tubeless kit
Brakes – Hope Race M4, 180 mm front and back, Update (not to been seen in the pictures): Hope H mount adaptor on the front
Shifter – Shimano SL-M980
Front derailleur – Shimano FD-M675, direct mount
Rear derailleur – Shimano RD-M640, SSW
Cassette – Shimano CS-M771, 11-32 teeth
Chain – Shimano CN-HG95
Cranks – e*thirteen TRS dual, 36/22
Chainguide – e*thirteen TRS+ Dual DMB Guide
BB – e*thirteen XC, TiNi, BSA
Pedals – Hope F20
Seatpost – Rock Shox Reverb Stealth, 150 mm
Seatpost clamp – Tune Schraubwürger
Saddle – Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow
Stem – Easton Haven, 50 mm
Spacer – no name Update (not to been seen in the pictures): Reset Racing (20 mm)
Headset – Reset Racing Flatstack A4
Bars – Sixpack Leader 750
Grips – Ergon GA1 Evo

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Shiny bars to match the rims + Hope’s CNC porn.

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Swap the dropout for 650b + the lovely Shimano Zee.

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Shiny part 2.

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Flip the chip on the shock’s lower mount for changing the travel and/or geometry.

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2 thoughts on “Bike Check

  1. Like to buy mine? ;)
    I’m really thinking of replacing it with a sweet minimalistic 29er or even 26er. I mean Pugs is great but I’m not sure if I really need it. It’s maybe 10% of the time that it makes sense and is an advantage but the rest of the time .. I could easily save 4-5 kg, have better handling and feeling, a more stable and universal build and maybe even a coil spring fork. Would have big rims (35 or 40 mm) tires (2.35+) as well. This frame really looks perfect to me: http://www.mi-tech.de/bikes/tykeroex29.htm .. and affordable. Will think it through during the winter.

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