- First ever bike build :) – my baby Solaris
RD – not just a negative rise, a 25 degree negative rise 😯
Float – a bit, but I can’t really bunny hop very well anyway
Forks – Reba RL 100mm
American Classic Race wheels
Bars and stem – Ritchey pro and USE flat bars
2 x 10 Shimano with KCNC cranks
KCNC post and Sella Italia saddle
Eyerideit – not too sure on racing it, I’m only 5’6″ so I’m not sure whether I’ll get it to work well enough, it’s gonna depend on the course. As I do endurance stuff if I can get it to work then there should be a big advantage of keeping rolling. But then trying to move it when tired is gonna be harder too.Posted 4 years ago
Tom – front tyre is Gaex Aka. They came on my friend’s second hand Anthem but don’t seem to like going onto Stans rims. Popped on mine dead easily. It’s pretty heavy so if you’re bothered about weight I wouldn’t go for it but I reckon it’s going to be great summer tyre and looks pretty good for resisting thorns.Posted 4 years ago
Pretty pleased with my handiwork even if it did take me ages to do and stopped me riding it most of last weekend. I do confess that it looks like a clown’s bike – I still remain unconvinced that 29ers work in small sizes. Time and a lot of riding will tell 🙂
Managed to get it sub-22lb which isn’t bad for a steel frame. Judicial use of CRC vouchers and team trade accounts has helped keep weight down without completely blowing the budget.
Done a little blog about it too
NB. Photos deliberately taken on trails so at least you can’t criticise the state of my lawn 😉 Although I do allow you to criticise the photos if you like, cos they’re rubbishPosted 4 years ago
Matt – Rebas seem ok so far but I’ve not ridden it on anything big yet. I’m also fairly light as MTB-ers go so hoping they’ll be ok.
Yeah, the stem is bonkers but as said it’s to keep the bars low. I had an adjustable stem to try out different -ve rises, it’s amazing how much difference it made dropping it that low, both up and down hill. So looks weird, feels good. Saddle just higher than the bars.Posted 4 years agoletmetalktomarkSubscriber
I like that.
At 22lbs makes my XL look most portly 😆
A rather boring question if I may …..
Does using an integral lower headset cup cause the fork to fowl the frame?
I ask As I may swap out my external Hope cup for an integral one as a) I don’t currently use a tapered fork and b) it would drop the front end a touch.Posted 4 years agoscotroutesSubscriber
That does look properly tiny – and I’m only an inch taller than you
I was running my Scandal 29er with a -17 degree stem, i.e. horizontal. I rather liked the look of that so set up my El Mariachi the same but then found I needed a stack of spacers under the stem to get it high enough so ended up reversing it to angle upwards.
Oh – and is there enough clearance between the fork dials and the underside of the frame, it looks like they might hit.Posted 4 years ago
Mark / Scot – yep, the forks do foul, only on the side with the lock-out adjuster though. Have actually just stuck a bigger bottom cup in it as the lower headset might have got the bars down a bit more but they made the headtube angle a tad steep and I kept over steering and sending myself flying over the top. Forks don’t foul and I might steer better but lost a bit of the drop I had.Posted 4 years agoRusty SpannerSubscriber
I like that.
What’s the standover like?
Oh – and is there enough clearance between the fork dials and the underside of the frame, it looks like they might hit.
Would be a deal breaker for me – my 15inch Rock Lobster did the same until I changed the headset.Posted 4 years ago
You’re bound to stack it on that side sooner or later!VortexracingSubscriber
Looks good, did you do the Enduro 6 on it at the weekend? I’m sure i saw a small Solaris, together with a small Soda being ridden by the AQR team/s?
I’m only 5ft 4″ and fancy trying one to see how it compares to my Soul. Which i have managed to get to just over 22lbs as well. 😀
Looks good, but I’m a little unsure about the stem.Posted 4 years agoPacemanSubscriber
I do confess that it looks like a clown’s bike – I still remain unconvinced that 29ers work in small sizes. Time and a lot of riding will tell.
Looks great to me, really like it, and nice to see one that’s not orange colour like the ones my local trail buddies ride. Also n’owt wrong with the neg-rise stem if it works for you. 😀Posted 4 years ago
Vortex – I was at Enduro6 but not riding. You saw the other small Solaris that was made as a prototype ridden by Kate Potter for the Cotic – A Quick Release team. I can’t possibly go that fast.
As far as the stem goes, it works and gets me in the right position with a load of grip. Whether it’s aesthetically pleasing or not is more of a Marmite debate.Posted 4 years agodavidtaylforthMember
I think it looks a bit daft. Can you get enough weight over the front end with that position? Can you actually ride it as opposed to just hold on and pedal it? Although I guess that’s one of the benefits of big wheels.
Just doesnt look like it’d ride well at all.
I’m sure Cy Cotic said 29ers don’t really work for shorter folk. Hence why they initially didnt make them any smaller than a “medium” size.Posted 4 years ago
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