Today's hot topic is this beautiful Motobecane Fly Titanium 29" that was recently brought to the shop for a custom build! We were asked to build up this bicycle from the frame, as a capable, but not overly-built mountain bike, ready to shred Kickapoo, all without breaking the bank. The process of building up this bicycle from the frame began with some back-and-forth with the customer. Questions like - How are you going to use the bike? What kind of riding do you do? What do you really need out of your bike? - became the first steps towards getting an idea of what the customer desired. These questions are important considerations one need ask themselves when building and specifically picking parts for a bicycle. The best feeling bike come from one that fits what you require physically (e.g. the geometry), and in what fits your riding style or riding preferences. In this instance, the answer to these questions manifested as a low-travel-suspension, 1x10 speed, mechanical disc brake trail shredder! Riding it around the neighborhood it feels sharp, and precise, yet confident and certain in its path. It's as at home on the road with the fork locked out, as it is shredding down some bumpy paths with 100mm of cushiony travel keeping things plush and predictable. If you're interested in this most recent Itty Bitty Bike Shop custom build, read on below for more details, and the full specifications in the 'Bike Nerd Bits' section.
Bike Nerd Bits
Bars - Truvati Descendant Risers (31.8mm Stem Clamp Diameter, 760mm Width, 20mm Rise)
Bottom Bracket - SRAM GXP Team (English Threaded External Cup, 68/73mm BB Shell, 22/24mm Spindle)
Brake Calipers - TRP Spyke Mechanical Disc Brake (Post Mount)
Brake Levers - TRP Spyke Brake Lever Set
Brake Rotor - TRP-29 Slotted 6-Bolt Rotor (180mm Rotor Front and Rear)
Cassette - Sunrace CSMX3 (10 Speed Cassette, 11-42t, Black-NLS)
Chain - SRAM PC-1091R
Crankset - SRAM GX 1000 (10/11 Speed, 170mm Crank Arms, 32t Chainring, GXP Interface, 68/73mm BB Shell)
Derailleur, Rear - SRAM GX Type 2 (10 Speed, Long Cage, Black)
Fork - Rock Shox 30 Gold RL A2 (100mm Travel, 1 1/8" Stright Steer Tube, 51mm Offset, 29" Wheel Compatibility)
Frame - 2006 Motobecane Fly Titanium (29" Wheel Size, 34mm Straight Head Tube, 100mm/135mm QR Spacing, English Threaded BB)
Grips - Lizard Skins MOAB Lock On Grips (Black 130mm)
Headset - Cane Creek Forty External Cup ( 1 1/8" Straight, 34mm Headtube, Threadless Headset, EC34/28.6/H16 | EC34/30/H12)
Saddle - Brooks Cambium All Weather C17
Seatpost - Whisky Alloy Seatpost 27.2 (Zero Offset)
Shifter, Rear - SRAM GX 10 Speed
Stem - Truvati Stylo T20 (60mm, 5deg Rise, 31.8mm Bar Clamp Diameter, 28.6mm Steer Clamp Diameter)
Tires - WTB Nano ( 2.1x29")
Wheelset - Sta-Tru Speed Tuned 29" (32H, QR, Disc IS 6-Bolt, 100/135mm Spacing, Deore Hubs)
Above - TRP Brake Lever set, with Lizard Skins MOAB Lock on Grips, and SRAM GX 10 Speed Rear Shifter. Cockpit Details.
Above - Grip pattern detail on Lizard Skins MOAB Lock On Grips
Above - Brooks Cambium C17 All Weather
Above - Drive train detail | SRAM GX 10 Speed Rear Derailleur Long Cage, With Sunrace 11-42t Black Cassette, and SRAM PC-1091R Chain. More detail about build specifications above.
See our Instagram post about this bicycle here.
Many happy miles ahead,
Simon and Geoff