UPDATE: I've got most of the bike finished, but I forgot to get cable housing yesterday. Doh. I'll get it and finish up tomorrow.
For right now, I had to cannibalize the Vagrants wheels, bars, stem and fork until I figure out what I'll need. The Pike and stem look pretty good so they will likely be staying. The pedals, bash, bars, saddle and wheels will not.
Frame with the rims it will be getting. Just need to get a blue set of Hope hubs after I decide on 2x9 or 2x6.
Well, it's about that time of year when I start thinking about building a new bike. I am going to need a bit of help though as most people I ride with have FS bikes and the shops don't have anything in stock that I want. I also haven't been riding long enough to be able to tell exactly how a bike will ride based on the geo.
I am going to keep the Vagrant, of course, but I need something for longer rides. The Vagrant beats the crap out of my back after the 1.5-2hour mark, once my legs are too tired to keep me standing. Was thinking about the TransAM, but not sure if it would be enough of a difference compared to the Vagrant. I will be riding singletrack in NE Ohio and PA mostly.
What I want...
-Steel Hardtail Frame/Disc brakes
-Room for 26x2.4 tires
-Comfortable enough to ride all day
-Slack enough but not too slack to carve and climb
-Tough enough to play in the rocks and not limit me
About me and my riding...I am 6' and 150 pounds. I like to pop off of rocks rather than roll through the smooth, faster line. I'm out there to see what I can ride over, not to see how fast I can go. I do like to carve the corners though.
SHORT(ER) VERSION: I want a steel hardtail frame for Ohio singletrack that is still fun to ride, but a bit more comfortable on long rides and better at climbing than the Vagrant.
Help me out here BF addicts. I know you have nothing better to do. Let the brainstorming begin!