This will be the 3rd frame for Heyride (Josh). He’s one of my top ‘sponsored athletes’. No, i don’t have sponsored athletes, just trusting friends that like to ride bikes.
This frame is a near duplicate of the frame he has now and has been riding for a year and a half (frame #6). It’s still in relatively fine shape except for the rattlecan orange paintjob that’s faded and chipping. Also, on his current frame, I didn’t get the rear triangle perfect and any tire larger than a 2.0 gets too close to the left/non-driveside chainstay and will rub when his powerful legs flex the bike when he stands up. So for this frame, he’ll be able to use a 2.4″ tire of his choice and still have 17″ chainstays with a front derailleur (direct mount) for 3×9.
The geometry is almost identical to what he has now and really digs: It’s a 29er with 69/72.5 HTA/STA, 670 front center, 43″ wheelbase, 17″ actual chainstay length, 87mm trail, and a 12.2″ bottom bracket height. The ‘other’ specs: it’s ~ a 19″ frame (seat tube center to top) with a 23.7″ effective top tube length, and the frame’s built around a 100mm Rock Shox Reba with 51mm of offset. I slackened the head tube angle to 69 from 69.5, I shortened up the front center 15mm, and shortened up the seat tube to keep the same standover because the new frame has a bent top tube. Should be a quick handling bike that still rails the downhills and leans itself into corners.
Here are some photos of the build along the way: