Ron was convinced to give a Meriwether a try by his good friend Dale who has been riding a Ti 27.5 for a few years. We had a bit of a delay (understatement) in the Shimano parts arriving because of the Covid supply shortage, but eventually enough parts arrived and I was able to find the remaining parts online at superstores like Jenson…gotta do what you gotta do.
Geometry and fit are just for Ron with a strong XC influence as he loves to climb. Shorter 420mm chainstay length keeps the wheel planted and weighted on climbs, it fits 27.5×2.8 tires although BB height was “set” to mostly use 2.6’s. Internal cable routing for everything. Titanium low-rise bars for extra comfort, a portage handle, custom rear rack for puffy stuff while bikepacking, a 150mm Fox Transfer dropper post, and a 120mm Fox Stepcast fork. The stem changed to a red and gold i9 after these photos were taken to match the rest of the bike more. Wheels were built by RAZZ Wheels in Santa Rosa, CA and used Industry Nine hubs and NOX rims. We matched the decals to the frame decals to tie it all together. The color scheme is straight from his old Trek OCLV that had the same decal colors but on a painted carbon frame. The tires are one of my favorites that I wish came in a 29×2.6″ size: Schwalbe Rocket Ron (but of course!). Photo of Ron and Dale up on the Donner Lake Rim Trail near Truckee.