Kent’s Trail 29er:

Kent’s bike is headed off to Colorado this week.  I call this style of mountain bike a trail hardtail.  It has slack and modern geometry like a 68 degree head angle/51mm offset fork for a long front center, but light steering feel, short chainstays, low bb, 60mm stem, and a 785mm bar.  It also uses a 120mm Pike and stout tubing to keep up with the lines the bike will make you want to take.  It’s not a cross country bike because it’s more capable than that, but it hardly carries a weight penitaly other than the heavier front tire (2.35 Hans Dampf).  It’s not an all mountian hardtail either, both the frame and the parts kit are too light for that category.  I’ve also adjusted the fit and seating position for great climbing and not completely biased toward downhilling. Basically, this bike is for riding any sort of singletrack trail, hence the name.  The frame on this particular bike was 3.4lbs

Kent selected my Shimano XT kit and swapped out the brakes for Hope Race x2s, the handlebar for a 785mm RaceFace carbon sixc, and changed the seatpost and seat for a titanium post with a ti railed Gobi.  I also added a Hope seat quick release so Kent can drop his seat for the downhills.  Dropper seatposts are an obvious choice here, but Kent wanted maximum ride comfort from the flexy ti post.  He plans to do a bit of bike packing and needs the comfort for those long outings.  I currently have a dropper post on my hardtail, but I rode the ti post/seat quick release combo for years to get that silky ride.  Dropping the seat manually just isn’t that hard and it does reduce one moving part.  I can attest to that, as I’ve had to send my dropper back due to a faulty cartridge twice this year.  With all that being said, Kent did opt for a 30.9mm seattube for future compatibility with dropper posts.  He also upgraded the hubs on his Arch EX wheels to DT 240s.  A hand brushed finish, a copper headbadge, and some black decals finish off the package.

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