- New hardtail frame……bargain content!
Nothing too whizzy / expensive, but I’m pleased with my new hardtail frame that arrived today. £150 from CRC – I was considering the Orange Clockwork / Crush, Airdrop Bitmap, Sonder Transmitter and the Nukeproof Scout. But I’m a bit partial to a bargain so bought this instead:
Posted 2 months ago
Ah did have £10 off with BC membership too – but I had to spend a little more to tip it from £149.99 to £150 to get it.
140mm fork required – I’ve got a 2nd hand 130mm Pike RC on way from eBay that I’ll change the airshaft on for a 140mm debonair one when I get a chance.
Got stuff from my 26er to go on it – stem / handlebars / Guide R’s / slightly retro rsp plummet dropper. Then got sram gx 1×11 and some Dt Swiss e1900 wheels from my Bird Aeris (that I’m building new wheels for) – with magic Mary / dhr2 tyres. Should be solid without being too heavy. The frame has fairly short chainstays so I’m hoping it’ll be playful and poppy, but has a 66 degree headangle and reasonable length (without being really long) so should be quite stable.Posted 2 months ago
I bought one too along with a Brand X 150mm dropper from Wiggle. Got some wheels/tyres from the classifieds, swapping drivetrain, brakes, bar, stem, cranks from my 26″ C456.
Fork will be a 140mm Fox 34 Performance that I have spare.
Just waiting for boost adaptors for the rear hub so I can build it up. Looking forward to riding it.Posted 2 months agodai3015Member
I bought one last week as well. Looks a really nice frame. I’m just in the process of building it up but struck a bit of a hiccup with the chainset. The Sram boost 32t hit the chainstay!
just ordered a 30t ring to try that instead
will update as build progresses, but a bargain frame for £140Posted 2 months ago
Not sure although it feels broadly similar in weight to my 2004 Kona Caldera frame which I’m looking to sell. That’s way less overbuilt / only 135qr etc.
Hopjng I’m not going to have the same drama as above with sram boost cranks – also with a 32t ring. Got a Truvativ Stylo eagle crank to go on with gxp B.B.Posted 2 months ago
lol at the on-one comment! The Vius is listed as max 32t chainring I think for 1x. Although there is front mech cable routing so you probably could run 2x with a band on front mech. No intention to do that myself – 32t x 10-42 will be fine for me. My enduro has 30t x 10-42 on it and I don’t run out of top speed ever.Posted 2 months agosimonhuscroftMember
I’m very tempted to get one of these to build up as a winter hardtail but I’m a bit torn between this and an ns eccentric alu 29 https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/ns-bikes-eccentric-alu-evo-29-frame-2018/rp-prod165985.
the ns is a touch slacker and has a lower bb but other than that they are fairly similar figures. Obviously the ns is designed around 29’’ but will take plus size 27.5 too where as the 27.5 will only take 2.4s.Posted 2 months agoleggyblondeMember
I bought an Octane One Prone in September:
Built it up with a mix of stuff from my old 26″ hardtail and Transition Scout: 140 Yaris, Hoptech Enduro 27.5, SLX/XT 1×11.
I love it! It just about fits Spesh 2.6 tyres and I’ve ridden it down the Losinj WC DH track with no issues (apart from the massive jumps but that’s my balls, not the bike) and it’s also great fun on local SE singletrack.Posted 2 months ago
By pure chance I’ve got 42mm offset forks that I won on eBay – just 130 instead of 140mm travel. Not convinced I’ll notice 10mm difference but when I get round to it I’ll swap the airshaft out to put it to 140mm – but it’ll be the new type with the bigger negative spring so that’ll probably make more difference than the travel extension.Posted 2 months ago
Started building mine up last night.
The way the front cable guides had been attached to the frame meant there wasn’t enough room for the hose clip. I know the clips are usually pretty rubbish and I managed to squeeze a cable tie in but maybe suggests the quality control at the factory isn’t the best.
Another thing to note is that spare mech hangers are out of stock and CRC couldn’t tell me when they were getting new stock. I’ve found them elsewhere but they’re 26 quid!Posted 2 months agobenpinnickSubscriber
The way the front cable guides had been attached to the frame meant there wasn’t enough room for the hose clip. I know the clips are usually pretty rubbish and I managed to squeeze a cable tie in but maybe suggests the quality control at the factory isn’t the best
Where do you think the ones that fail QC end up? 😉Posted 2 months ago
Mines partially built – starting routing some cable outlets last nights but I haven’t done the rear brake hose mounts yet. If the clips don’t fit (would see a pretty stupid flaw in the frame) I’ll just use zip ties like on other bikes I’ve had.
My gxp B.B / crankset places the 32t chainring very close to the chainstay – it’s a boost crank / ring on a boost frame but we’re literally talking maybe 2mm clearance. As far as I can workout the only way to increase clearance is a 30t chainring / 0mm offset chainring / face a couple of mm off the non drive side bb shell and add a spacer of the same amount on the drive side bb cup.
Given it’s not touching I think I’m good so will see how it works once the chain is on and setup.
The frame does look reasonably similar to the Nukeproofs Scout 275 and as they are both CRC brands they could well be made in the same factory. Maybe the scout gets better quality tubing and slightly more slack geometry?Posted 2 months ago
I think ht2 cranks have more side to side adjustability than gxp- but I think you’re going to struggle with both the non boost element and a 34t. Vitus list the max chainring size as 32t – there’s no way I’m getting a 34t boost spacer chainring on mine with that spacing. Maybe with a 0mm offset 34t it may fit but still tight I reckon.Posted 2 months ago
Yes the grass is a bit shoddy – we’re having an extension and it has builders smashing over it all day.
And yes my tyre brands don’t match / logos and valves aren’t aligned.
And I haven’t quite finished the build – I need to finish the gears and trim the derailleur cable, fit a new front caliper adapter (when it arrives) and clip in the front hose to the fork guide properly. Other than that, plus putting a longer airshaft in the fork (taking it from 130 to 140mm) it’s nearly perfect for me!
Posted 2 months ago
Spec is Pike RCs 130mm / Dt Swiss E1900 wheels / Sram GX 11 speed (10-42 cassette) / truvativ stylo gxp crank 32t nw chainring / magic Mary and dhr2 tyres / 50mm stem / 780mm bars / Guide R brakes / 200 & 160mm centreline rotors. Also a retro rsp dropper – when I have some spare cash I’ll probably swap it for a brand x ascend with internal routing.Posted 2 months ago
Finished building mine last night. 34t ring was indeed too big but I found an old 32t and used that, chain is really noisy on it under load, hopefully it’ll settle down.
Rode it to work this morning on a mix of road and easy BW, felt weird being on a hard tail after well over six months of full suss riding and the noisy chain ring was off putting. I’ll ride some more interesting trails on the way home 🙂
Posted 2 months ago
Not got a weight for the frame – I should have weighed it before building it up. I had 3 goes at weighing the bike quickly this morning – got 25lbs (clearly wrong) then around 28-29lbs. I think that’s more realistic. Noting I’ve got quite heavy wheels and tyres, a medium ish weight fork, a heavy dropper and nothing special stem / handlebar wise. The cranks feels pretty light though and came with an alloy chainring. I’d have preferred a steel one but it’s light!Posted 2 months ago
How is the stealth routing for the dropper Simon? Seemed a little odd going through the down tube, then popping out at the bottom, Under the bb then into the back of the seat tube.
My Aeris just stays externally routed and then goes into the front of the seat tube which seems more logical.
Also on your noisy chainring I’d say my chainring sounds the same. Probably noisiest in the 42 where the chain line is probably the least straight. It’s a new chainring and basically a new chain so thinking it’ll quieten down as they wear together.
To add it looks nice with the 34’s on it – did you buy them from the classifieds here?Posted 2 months ago
The internal dropper routing does look odd but works ok. I’ve carried over the continuous outer gear cable from my old hardatail and just zip tied it to the brake hose under the top tube and then zip tied it to the seat stay.
The Fox 34 was new from CRC back in May when they were just over £200, the Mattoc off my Trance had gone back for a warranty repair and I didn’t think I’d get it sorted before the Boltby Bash so I bought the 34 so I could race on the Trance.Posted 2 months ago
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