Titanium Single Speed Build

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In my opinion there is no greater satisfaction than building up a bike and having success on it at the races or any other bike adventure. I built up a Lynskey Ridgeline 26″ single speed a few years back with success and since then I have graduated to the 29″ platform, so it was time to add some 29″ metal to the fleet. Titanium is the perfect metal that possesses all of the properties that one could possibly want in a bike frame. I have carbon framed bikes and they are joy to ride but titanium has a unique quality that is hard to deny. I went with the Lynksey Ridgeline SL 29″ frame. Lynskey has been putting out solid titanium frames for years. I have always respected their craftsmanship and they are built in the USA. This bike aka “CAP” has become my fav bike. It truly rides like a dream and has a smooth disposition. I look forward to many years of fun and pain on this machine. My build comes in at 18.5 lbs and it is nimble in the technical and stiff in the railing.

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From the Lynksey description of the frame features and specs:

“Tapered/integrated headtube with internal stainless cartridge bearings
12×142 thru axle dropout configuration
Front fork: Best suited for 120mm
Tire size: Clearance for up to a 2.5 tire width
Front derailleur type: 34.9 low mount top pull front derailleur
Cable routing: all “under” top tube
Downtube cable routing for Shimano side pull front derailleur”

“Headtube Design Tapered/Integrated
Bottom Bracket Type 73mm standard english
Seatpost Diameter 27.2 mm
Seat Tube Diameter 34.9mm
Wheel Size 27.5 inch
Max Tire Width 2.5
Dropouts 12×142 Thru Axle Fixed Recommended DT Swiss 12x1mm thread pitch
Rear Spacing 142mm
Brake Type Disc”

I chose to outfit CAP with the following:

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Lynskey Ridgeline 29 SL Ti Frame- Small
Whisky Carbon Fork
Sram Avid XX Disc Brakes
Trucker Co Disc Brake Pads
Jagwire Brake Lines and Quick Fit Kit-Titanium
Hayes 160mm Disc Rotors, Ti Fasteners Trucker Co
Cane Creek 110 Headset- 42/52
Loaded Xlite 760 Carbon UD Handlebar- 760mm, Flat
Loaded AM XC Stem- 85mm, 27.2mm Gray
Loaded AM XC Seat Post- 30.9mm, Gray
Fizik M1 Carbon Saddle
Kogel Ceramic Bottom Bracket
Industry Nine Ultralite Torch 29 Blue Wheel Set
Maxxis Crossmark EXO TR 29×2.2
KMC Gold Chain- 10
Wolf Tooth Chain Rings 32×17, Black
Shimano XTR 9020 1x Crank + CRing Bolts
ESI Grips- Turquoise
Shimano XTR Pedals
Paragon Machine Works Ti SS Slider Hardware
Velo Solo Single Speed Spacer Kit
Titanium Fasteners for Brakes
Crankskins
Crank End Protectors
Trucker Co Valves
Togs
Spurcycle Bell

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2017 is starting to shape up to be a year of a solid mix of endurance racing and this bike will be at the forefront of most of those endeavors. This bike takes me back to a time when I was (still am) a child jumping that BMX bike off of concrete block board jumps in the driveway.

Cheers and a Happy 2017!!!

 

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On One ‘OO’ Single Speed Build

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‘OO’ (Double-Ought Buckshot), my moniker for this beast. It is a lightweight, single-speed, carbonic-flexing puncher of a machine. I am so looking forward to getting this puncher out on the race courses this year. I expect it to slice and dice the single track in my endurance races over the year and beyond. I have tested it out over the winter in various places and I have been super impressed with it. I have swapped a few parts in and out over this time. I have settled on the below list of componentry, which I feel will accommodate my needs and style like a disco inferno going off in the pale moonlight. It is light and agile. It climbs and descends while sticking to the rail of the trail. The frame (On-One Lurcher) is solid and durable with a sleekly commando presence. The geometry seems to be dialed in well for a cued in responsiveness to the trail. A few noteworthy standouts on the frame: Optional hanger plates to run it as single speed or geared, beefy bottom bracket housing and tapered head set tube for steering stability, lightweight carbon that is stiff and responsive. The all black look is the look for me as I like to sneak around stealthily and “BAM” there I am, hahaha!

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As for the parts that I used to piece this solid frame together, well I did some research as I always do in my lab of madness and delved into my jumbled contortion of experience with builds and use of parts over the years with an emphasis towards effective and durable lightweight components. After all is said and done, the ‘OO’ weighs in at 18.5 lbs. 20150226_172333 (3)Yes, that is with pedals, grips, valve stems, water-bottle cage and tire sealant. The ‘OO’ is super light but yet strong and it will PUNCH!

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It will get a full test next weekend at the Tommy Knocker 10 Hour in Silver City, NM. Can’t wait to leave this snow encrusted tundra of the East and rock it in the sunshine of the southwest for spring break.

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Build Up:

Wheelset- Loaded Ultra X-Lite Carbon Tubeless Rims (29″, 32 H) with Industry 9 Classic Torch Hubs

Tires- Continental Race King 2.2

Crank- SRAM XX1 Carbon Crank 170 mm

Bottom Bracket- Kogel Ceramic Pressfit 92 mm

Pedals- xpedo M-Force 4 Ti

Chain Rings- Blackspire 32 T  on the front accompanied by a Chris King 19 T on the rear

Chain- Shimano XTR

Chain Tensioner- Surly Tuggnut

Fork- Whisky No. 9

Headset- Cane Creek 110 ZS 44 Upper 49 Lower

Handlebar- Loaded X-Lite Carbon Flat 710 mm

Stem- Loaded X-Lite w/Ti 90 mm

Seat Post- Loaded X-Lite w/Ti 31.6 mm

Saddle- SDG Fly

Grips- ESI

Brakes- Avid XX

Rotors- Clarks Floating 160 mm

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Cheerios!!!