Well I finally finished my Major Jake build-up tonight. I know it's a CX frame but it'll basically be used as a 29" MTB as well as my winter commuter. I figured that this setup would be the best of both worlds and so far, it feels great. I took it out tonight on the singletrack near my house and my first thought is..."Wow, this thing is fast!". It was dark out and I had just bought a Light & Motion Solo Logic so I was also trying that out for the first time, and riding that trail in the dark for the first time.
Well the bike does feel extremely fast on the trails. I took some of the really steep hills out of the creek valley and I felt like I was climbing way faster than I normally could on the Rockhopper, in a higher gear. I also took it down a couple of the steep valley walls and it felt great descending. And with the light, I felt like I could go as fast as I normally do during the day. I'm going to use it to commute to work tomorrow and I am looking forward to taking it on more singletrack trails tomorrow night.
I built this bike on a moderately cheap budget but I am extremely happy with the way it turned out, I think it actually looks pretty sweet too. I waited on deals for most of the parts (i.e., eBay, LBS) or I bought parts to upgrade the Rockhopper and swapped the RH parts onto the Major Jake. I haven't added up what I spent on it, nor have I weighed it yet. It's light, being a full rigid and all, but not super light because I went for durability on some parts, rather than weight savings (i.e., Mavic 36H touring rims).
Well, here is the build:
Major Jake frame, 2001, previously assembled but never used, 58cm
Kona P2 Disc fork
Tange cartridge headset
Specialized 120mm, -6deg stem
Truvativ XC Race flat bar
Deore front derailleur
LX rear derailleur
Truvativ 5D crank with 44/32/22 (going to get larger rings)
Shimano HG-53 chain
105 cassette (12-25)
Hayes brake levers
Hayes HMX-1 front brake with 8" rotor
Shimano Acera (I think) rear V-brake, will be upgraded to Avid SD SL when the Rockhopper gets discs
Mavic A719 36H black rims
DT Swiss Competition silver spokes and brass nipples
Hayes Elite front hub w/XT skewer
Shimano Tiagra rear hub w/Specialized skewer
Hutchinson Gold Elite Pro CX tires 700x30 (want to try something fatter)
MEC tubes and rim tape
Kalloy seat binder
Specialized BG saddle
And here are the pictures:
I just threw the light onto the bar to try it out...it worked great but now it is on the helmet which should work better for the tight, twisty singletrack I ride near my house.