Another Curtis XC9
After along gestation period, 2 weeks ago my XC9 arrived.
Unashamedly based on Candodavid’s original but with 44mm head tube, 30.9mm seat tube (for greater dropper options) and sliders rather than EBB. Geometry based on Pace RC129, Niner SIR9 and Candodavid’s XC9 and pretty much the reach of a ‘Large’ and the height (head & seat tube lengths) of a ‘Medium’.
Most of the time was taken sorting out the dropouts. I wanted Paragons – and the frame does use PMW slider inserts – but this required custom dropouts to allow the brass joints. Gary re-designed these to bring the slider “inside’ the stays rather than hanging out the back of the frame. I’m well chuffed with the look.
Polished finish under clear powdercoat looks stunning (to my eyes anyway).
Built up over the last fortnight with much Helicopter tape. Stem still isn’t right and cables to be shortened, and KS Lev orientation to be adjusted … and crud / RRP products to be added to fuglify it. First ride (after a year off with injury) was a blast despite the Reba pressure being totally wrong.
It rides like a bike, and just what I wanted. So far KS Lev has impressed (although fitting and the remote was difficult), Bagnoli cassette parts not yet right (shifting is hesitant so more adjustment to get it right), Reba pressure guidelines are way off the mark, and XT brakes are brilliant.
Can’t recommend Curtis Bikes enough if you want to go custom. It’ll cost you more but you do get exactly what you ask for with no compromises.Posted 4 years agodjtomMember
I’m still in love with my Curtis Super-X Team Howies bike, after what must be 11 years of ownership. I don’t do much dirt jumping any more, but it’s one bike I can’t see myself ever selling, even if I have only ridden it once in the last year. Love Curtises (Curti?)Posted 4 years ago
Sliders for keeping options open. It’ll be rigid SS in the winter, geared and suspended in the summer – dropper may be seasonal too.
I was tempted to get routing for Rohloff included too (as you can get Rohloff compatible sliders from Paragon) but that would have festooned it with cable guides, and having had a Rohloff before I’m not sure I’d go back to one.
It’s 1 x only as there’s no front mech stop. That keeps the top tube guides down to 3 and keeps it neat and tidy.
Cranks – agree. Middleburn would be the ideal, but too pricey at the moment. Did have some WI ENOs but I want external BB (as I have a couple of Phil Wood units and they are rather nice).Posted 4 years ago
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