I've always got a few projects going on, but I wanted to share this one, because it's a bit different.
I picked up the frame from a friend of mine who owns a local shop. It was a demo for a company, to show off their hydro-forming and welding skills. It's been walnut blasted, and is raw aluminum. Next I got some Mavic Cross Ride wheels, with 24 bladed, straight-pull spokes. They're wrapped in Bontrager Hardcase tires, which have a crazy tall profile, and are about an inch taller than a regular 26x2.0 tire. I'm still searching for a rigid fork, as the Kona on there is for a 29er. The combination of light weight, and tall, high-pressure tires will make for a fun and fast bike on the road and hardpack.
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And yes, a rigid fork. I like flat bar road bikes, and this is sort of a compromise. The fork I'm looking at weighs about 1.5 pounds, but if I can score another X-Fusion Velvet, I'd run one, since it's under four pounds. I have two 29ers, so this is for speed.
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If I go single speed, it's just a bigger version of my 24" BMX. I calculated out the gear inches for a 3x9 MTB combo, and that would give me a cruising speed of nearly 20MPH, maxing out at close to 30. That's about right for its intended use.
In Australia, we used to trail ride with the 24" bikes, and they were quite fun. But the geometry left a bit to be desired. From an application standpoint, a 26" fully rigid single speed would be pretty redundant. A 3x9 drivetrain makes more sense. And I certainly have the spares to make it happen.
Just saw some trekking bars that would look great on it too. It may end up being the ultimate hybrid of road, mountain, and beach cruiser.