T'was a complete bike, using the tripster alloy build kit from Upgrade bikes with the exception on fitting ultegra mechs and the Fizik saddle/kInesis carbon post.
Did nr' enough 70 miles yesterday, out at 6am this morning for a few hours in the early morning summer haze before i had to help out on a mates farm, back out this afternoon and did the 7stanes Hardrock trail at Dalbeattie up to the slab without any hesitation or "oh-shit" moments at all, i passed a few folk on the trail which did raise a few eyebrows and comments when they met me further on, from there i cut down to Kippford to play about on the coastal and hill paths to Rockliff and finally back through the forest and home. Admittingly i have also been back out t'night for a couple of hours (just in door now) and i have finally put the bike back in the bedroom as i'm so shattered i can barely keep my eyes open - so that's a total mileage well into 3 figures.....I can't wait to get back on it t'morn for the journey along the river to work , i might take the extended off road long route.
I've got a v-nice cove hummer no-expense spared build that i've posted up on here before that rides fantastic and i love it but at this moment if i had to choose to save only one bike or just own one bike i'd choose the Tripster without the slightest hesitation as it is just utterly amazing, i certainly didn't hang about on the trails at Dalbeattie but it handled everything on the trail with obvious room to push it that bit more if i wanted, descending on drops down the scree slope on the first bit of singletrack was an arse twitchy experience but the bike handled it without any O-M-G moments.
Everyone needs a bike like this, really you do!.......