I'm a Soul Man – Caution – no Sam and Dave content
My new Soul.
Built from a new frame and loads of bits from my old Mondraker.
Cotic soul medium 2013 frame.
Fox RLC 120mm
KS Lev with Fizik Gobi XM
Easton Haven Stem and Haven Carbon Bars (and spare wheels)
Hope/Stans Flow/EX with Tubeless Racing Ralph
Hope everything else I think.
1×10 and weighs, 11.5kgs / 25.5 lbs
I’ve shortened the braided hoses already but may possibly actually measure them this time and do it properly.
I think I lined up the Valves, tyre branding and wheel stickers quite well and I’ve used blue anodised bits to make it go as fast as possible.
This is my first attempt at anything even remotely DIY, I’m feeling all proud but worried the chain is too short. Is it me or does the rear mech look just wrong? (Works perfectly BTW)
Only had a couple of minutes to do these photos so shoved it in a bit of a dirty / industrial setting so all you background nitpicking experts could party all night.
I’ll take some proper photos when I get a minute or two spare.
So, what’s Wrong/Right; Good/Bad?
Love the Bore Caps in Blue:Posted 4 years ago
Brickwork is shabby indeed.
I’m in two minds about the blue stuff too. I tried it all in black and it looks a bit unloved really. The bore caps were team green and looked bad with the orange frame. It was done to try and tie in the top of the Fox legs which are both that blue. Might lose the seat clamp and the stem cap though. Might not.
I’m 5 foot 9 on a medium and it feels perfect. Very chuckable compared to my Blue Pig. Tubeless feels weird at the moment but I’m still playing with pressures.
Many thanks again for the comments. Will post better pics when I do them.Posted 4 years ago
My Blue Pig X is a Medium too IIRC. Love it but I’ve never touched what a 150mm fork can do really and it’s time to sell it on I think.
Fits me well but I struggled to keep the front wheel on the ground when it still had a granny ring and it was pointed up a hill. Used a 50mm stem – was awesome going down though and going 1×10 cured most everything else.
Build it up, they are great bikes.Posted 4 years agomboySubscriber
Chain can’t be too short if it all works perfectly. By the very fact it “works perfectly”, the chain isn’t short enough to be “too short”. If anything, looking at the angle of the mech and the gear it’s in, I’d say there might even be scope for removing another link, but I’d measure it first of course… In a 1×10 setup with the chain as short as you can go, the rear mech will almost point horizontally forward in 1st gear, and in top the mech cage will be about vertical. If its angled back much, or anywhere near slack, you’ve got too long a chain.
Bike looks nice though. Get some grippy tyres on it instead of those RR’s and get out and shred the trails on it!Posted 4 years ago
Thanks all. Will take pics of the chain in top and bottom and post up tomorrow. It is almost vertical but the chain just just has a curve in it over the jockey wheels.
I was 18 stone when I bought those brakes and whilst I’m only 13 stone now, I’m still over weight and under skilled enough to feel I need them.
Racing Ralph are a complete unknown to me (think I got them cheap) what would you all suggest for typical West Yorkshire mud, rock and tarmac. How about the Ralph on the back and a Nobby nic or rubber queen up front?Posted 4 years ago
Have a look at the diagram in the middle panel of this techdoc. For some reason the mech hanger on a Soul is shaped so it’s easy to miss the stop.
I’m asuming your mech is an XT RD M770 or similar. Also bear in mind that the diagram shows the mounting position viewed from the non-drive side. 😀Posted 4 years ago
Many thanks to Scapegoat / Chives. I owe you both a pint or 10.
Exactly as described – I’d missed the stop completely. I guess this is why I built one – to learn how it all works and goes together. All makes perfect sense now and seems really obvious.
Next, question – can I put links back in the chain?Posted 4 years ago
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