Thursday, December 17, 2009
Here it Is Again... One of Those "Never Say Never" Moments...
I always do this... Whenever I say I'm "never" going to do something, I always end up eating my words. I'm not even going to run thorough my long history of "nevers," because for anyone that knows me, they'll know this one is a wing dinger...
I'm selling my Bontrager Ti Lite.
It's definitely something I said I'd never do, and until Salsa decided to develop the El Mariachi in titanium, I wasn't even considering it. But the tipping point has arrived... I have to face the reality that I am a 29-inch wheel rider now and focus my resources there. To have such an incredible bicycle as this Ti Lite sitting pristine and unused borders on a crime. It's potential has never been fully realized. It's been sitting unridden for almost three full years now, since I built my green El Mariachi in March of 2007.
This bike is the definition of great handling in a 26-inch hardtail.
Details: It was built in 1996. It's a 19-inch, size large. The frame was built by Sandvik/TST. The bike includes a very special fork. The crown is a special Bontrager reduced-offset crown that RockShox made for Keith Bontrager during the 95-96 Judy era. The fork itself is a Y2k RockShox Sid SL (which use the same diameter/spacing as the Judy did, so the Sid stanctions went right into the Bontrager crown... An excellent way to get a fresh fork while preserving Bontrager's intended handling.
The bike's drivetrain is set up 1x8, with a SRAM Rocket shifter (trigger-style) shifting a Shimano Ultegra rear derailleur across a 12x32 XTR cassette. The wheelset uses Shimano Deore XT hubs laced to a Mavic 221 rim in the rear and a Bontrager Red Label rim in the front (the stock front wheel). I built the rear wheel and it has at most five rides on it. Both wheels are true, round and evenly tensioned. Tires are Intense -- a Cross Country 2.25 in the front and a System 2 2.0 in the rear. The crankset is a RaceFace Evolve DH with a single 36t Salsa chainring and a sweet stainless steel TMCO/Monkey Wrench Cycles chainguard. Thomson 27.0mm seatpost w/WTB SST saddle. Salsa stem w/Answer ProTaper 2-inch rise bar. Deore XT V-brakes w/KoolStop pads and Avid Speed Dial 2.0 levers. Ergon E1 grips.
Interested in getting yourself a great new titanium hardtail? One that's at once a piece of history, yet is as relevant and great handling today as it was the day it was built. Well then, get a hold of me. This Bontrager Ti Lite just might be what you're looking for. I still can't believe I'm selling it...
Quick edit: I'm also willing to part with just the frame/fork/headset/seatpost and stem. Since it's a 1-inch steerer, doing the frame and fork thing at least is the best way to go, and the 27.0 seatpost is a somewhat non-standard size, so I'll include that with the frameset as well.
Please contact me at dirtstories at gmail.com if you're interested in learning more.
Posted by MG