New Toy – Independent Fabrication
Not exactly sure as I haven’t weighed it, but hovering just under 20lbs I would say. For a big bloke’s bike (I am 6ft 2), it’s about as light as I would feel confident with.
They are all ‘custom sizing’ these days. IF no longer do stock sizes, but I doubt if I was much different from what would have been a standard 19 inch’ish bike.Posted 6 years ago
Independent do build quite a steep bike, and I went with their recommendations on geometry. It has super quick steering, but on steep rocky descents, it might be a bit nervous. It has 100mm forks, but I guess I could put something slightly longer on the slacken it a bit.
The green kit is growing on me. I just fancied something different to black.
Tang – Seven 29er went as part of the clearout. Down to 2 Pegoretti road bikes, 1 Seven road bike, 1 Seven crosser and this. Still have a bit of choice of nice wheels left, but not quite as much as before.Posted 6 years ago
Can I have the XTR groupset when you sell? 😉
Nice bike! Does look steep, but they’re the experts. I love my IF Ti (though mine came to me 2nd hand with a repair, so nowhere near full price!) Really springy and light feeling bike, beautiful to ride. Oh, and silver and Ti is where it’s at 8)
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/32746168@N08/5277755023/]DSCF4110[/url] by ten_sim, on FlickrPosted 6 years ago
Definite screw fail, you spotted right Steve. Rented house. Moving in 3 weeks to one we have just bought. Managed to get this expense passed just in time before the move! Need to keep my pennies now for really sexy things like carpets, blinds and sofas.
30mm of spacers at the moment. Might get shortened as I adjust to it, but you can always trim the steerer. A bit expensive to add to it though!Posted 6 years agoyounggeoffSubscriber
Hi, nice but what are the angles on that, and as TLH’s comment on blue and green not working I beg to differ 🙂Posted 6 years ago
Call me fickle, but after thinning out the bike collection I really missed the hardtail.
Having ridden Sevens for many, many years I decided to go for a bit of a change. A bit more compact and steeper geometry than I was used to, but such a fantastic ride. Feels much ‘lighter’. It is actually only slightly lighter than my old Seven, but feels more ‘zingy’ whilst managing to be stiff through the BB.
Welding is nicer than the Seven, ride is nicer than the Seven, weight is lower than the Seven. I guess the only downside is the finish. The Seven brushed finish just buffs up with a Scotchbrite pad, but the Independent Fabrication finish is a bit more difficult.
New XTR is (in my opinion at least) nicer than the XX I had on the Seven. Feels more robust, but the polished finish of the XTR looks a bit cheap. Is is more of a coating than a genuine polish. Still, works beautifully, and only time will tell on the finish.
15mm through axel at the front and Chris King Funbolts at the rear are noticeably stiffer than standard QRs that I have ridden before. As for the rest of the kit, you can’t really go far wrong with XTR, Chris King (hubs, BB and headset), Thomson, Easton and Stan’s Alpine.
After years using black Chris King, I am still not sure about the green, but it kind of matches the IF.
A very happy convert to the IF camp!
Posted 6 years ago
Thanks for the offer brassneck, I’ll bear it in mind! The green is definitely a grower.
As with all of my bikes, I go for the frame and build them myself. That’s half the fun, and I can take my time with some of the smaller details that a bike shop might not in the build such as rubber donuts on all of the outers to keep them quiet and stop frame rub. Takes ages, but the devil is in the detail.
Also, if you really shop around, going for the bespoke approach isn’t so expensive. Over the years I have built up a full collection of tools which helps with the build rather than needing to nip to the shop for help.
I got the frame in the US. Nothing against Mosquito (I have bought 2 Pegorettis from them). All of the Chris King came from Aspire and the rest came from Merlin. Had the wheels built by Harry Rowland. I think he is unbeatable. Never had a problem with any of the wheels he has built for me either directly, or purchased through Poshbikes (he does all of their building). I can true wheels, but building from scratch is beyond me!Posted 6 years agobrassneckSubscriber
It’s around £2700 for the frame only, depending on options etc
<Wonders if that is within 40th Present Spending range>
Looks just about perfect to me, custom too, doesn’t seem too bad at all – off the peg carbon sussers aren’t too far off that these days, for higher end brands. Luckily I’m slap in the middle of average (medium) so custom isn’t really a need for me.Posted 6 years ago
I am bit old school. Started MTBing in the late 80’s and haven’t really moved with the times! Have always preferred the look of a 90 degree stem (it isn’t negative rise). Regarding the spacers, I will probably drop a few, but didn’t want to cut the steerer too short at first. Anyway, in proportion to the bike, the spacers aren’t so long. Everything is bigger on a big bike.
I really like Thomson stems, and the only other choice is a 10 degree stem, which would be too upright for my liking, but maybe another option.
Regarding the head angle, as I said, the photo doesn’t do it justice. It really isn’t especially steep.Posted 6 years ago
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