After much deliberation and buying of bits the latest bike is built and has had a maiden ride.
For the past 2 years I've ridden a Yeti ASR and the motivation for this bike was a spin on my '93 Team Marin about a year ago. I loved the responsiveness, not that the Yeti isn't, and the different riding style you need on a HT. Finding this frame with a discount last Oct started the journey...
It's a 16.5' 2010 Van Nic Tuareg frame, with Ti seatpost and collar
2011 Fox F100 RL forks
XT 3x10 drivechain
Hope Tech 2 brakes (braided/floating)
Hope pro2 Evo hubs on crest rims with Ralphs
Very bling KCNC cockpit
2011 Xtr spds
Kindly built by Plush Hill cycles who sourced most of the bits for me.
Comes in at bang on 23lbs with pedals.
Took it for it's first spin to the top of the Long Mynd and although I need to do a fair bit of tweaking it feels very fast. There's a fair bit of new stuff to get used to as I've never ridden a Ti bike or tubeless tyres before.
Got it with me this week in the North West so will be looking to finish early tomorrow night to get out for a spin.
More detailed photos to follow if there's interest.