My Custom Crisp Titanium 29er
A project 10 months in the making, my new custom built titanium 29er MTB. Built by this Darren Crisp in Italy (http://www.crisptitanium.com/blog).
I haven’t had a chance to ride it yet. I just finished building it this afternoon. I’ll get out on it tomorrow.
I put the deposit down on the frame in the summer, it was a bit of a wait, Darren doesn’t make too many frames in the year. Well worth it though.
I built the bike up myself. I’ve a couple of details to sort out – the forks need decals (on the way) and the seatclamp is temporary (the orange one I got with the post is the wrong size).
Industry 9 Hubs on Stans Crest 29er rims. I went with brown hubs rather than just been obvious and getting black.
The forks were resprayed to match, again black would have been obvious, I think brown looks good. It needs decals though, I have a set (in orange) on the way, we’ll see how they look. The steerer needs cut again.
I’m running the drivetrain 1×9, an 11-36 cassette and a 36T front chainring on a modded XTR M960 crankset.
More frame detail – the decals are etched.
Full spec is:
Fox F29 100mm
Industry 9 hubs on Stans Crest with Rocket Ron, tubeless
Enve Carbon Riser brs
XTR Race brakes
XTR 9 speed shifter
Saint rear mech
Moots Open Road RSL stem 100mm
Fizik Gobi XM Kium Saddle
MRP 1x chainkeeper
Eggbeater SL pedals
XTR M960 cranks
Chris King bottom bracket and inset headset
The most expensive stem in the world.
Posted 7 years ago
I don’t really ride much that’s particularly steep. It’s a kinda do-it-all bike. The geometry is a bit old school.
The forks were one of the riskier details, I’m 50-50 on it at the moment. As I say, doing them black would have been obvious. Hopefully the decals will make a difference.
The Saint mech is because it’s designed for close ratios and it works perfectly for 1×9 setups because of the tight spring. It ways only a wee bit more than XT.
The bars are still for sale. 640mm, 9 degrees sweep. £50 + postage of your choice. http://www.envecomposites.com/handlebars/mtb.aspx
I don’t subscribe to the valve/logo alignment pish.
The stem is titanium, the bars are not titanium because you need to use a shim which looks a mess. I don’t think the stem cap doesn’t match – doesn’t match what? The alternative was silver, red or blue.
I know, it’s ridiculously indulgent. Courtesy or Mr Accident Compensation.Posted 7 years ago
The spokes next to the valve holes are orange. The rest are brown. That helps with punctures. Even without them, I think I can live with the extra couple of seconds to find the valves.
Just checked – the head angle is the same as the Singular Swift. Which I don’t think is thought of as too steep, is it?
Price was significantly north of £6k. Accident Compo, 2 bike sales, a bit of overtime and 9 months of saving for the rest. Still skint this month though.Posted 7 years ago
It strikes me as a little anal. On the other hand, the whole bike is a bit like that! Next time I take the tyres off, I’ll think about it, how’s that? I’ve never bothered before.
The stem is titanium, the faceplate is aluminium. If the faceplate was anodized to match, it wouldn’t (match) and it’d look weird I think. So, black it is. The silver one looked odd (to my eye).
Thanks for all the kind comments.Posted 7 years ago
Next time I take the tyres off, I’ll think about it, how’s that?
Much better, I can sleep peacefully now 😀
Guess it does match the bars. Have you got a weight for the whole thing? I’m really starting to like the brown forks. And for a 29er, it looks surprisingly “normal”.Posted 7 years ago
The compo was about half of it. No idea how I ended up with so much, there wasn’t much wrong with me!
Darren Crisp is from the US but lives and works in Italy.
I’m 6’4″, so 29er is really the only choice for me. A 26er looks odd in my size, I think.
The forks take a while to grow on you, definitely.Posted 7 years agotk46halMember
Don’t worry about the negative comments! It’s always the same folk and you do get used to it! Besides, they don’t really mean it! 😉Posted 7 years ago
By the way! Lovely bike! 😆
P.S.For all you brown fans out there the Austin is painted in Russet brown. I know! I used to mix gallons of the stuff in the early 80’s! 😥
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