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February 2019 I bought a BXT 29'er frame from the Amazon BXT store. It was the same price as AliXpress, and Amazon offers some customer service. I bought components one at a time, and ended up finding some great deals on Shimano SLX 11 speed and a light wheel and tire set. The rest came together every time I caught a sale or a good deal on decent generic China parts. I finally had it together in July 2019, and refined over the next 6 months. The end product was a 23lb rigid hardtail with 29x2.2" Continental tires, 1x11 speed, and hydraulic disc brakes. Carbon fiber seatpost, handlebar, and fork, Velocity Blunt 35mm wide rims (25mm inside).. The bike rides great, handles well, and operates as smoothly as any I've ever had the chance to ride. Much smoother than I expected a rigid hardtail to ride. Still going strong in 2021. The catch is, cycling still takes effort.
Sitting near the old trailhead where I missed the first turn and slid down a hill to a watery landing. Ah, memories...
An hour riding today, and I ended up with a mud spattered stripe down my back and inseams, and an achy body that's screaming at me as I wish for sleep.
Post by desertbikes on Mar 18, 2021 5:40:39 GMT -7
A new post about a self propelled, two wheel contrivance. Amazing! That's a nice looking rig. I read all the posts when it was on the now defunct big box prison forum. It would have been at least a $3000 bike if you bought it from a shop. You rode an hour? If you haven't been riding regularly you might consider working back into it a little slower to avoid injury. Balls-out after winter hibernation is for the young & healthy my friend
It was a good ride, nothing too hard, just these rolling Kentucky hills..
This BXT would compare directly to a 2016-2018 Trek CX bike, which would have been the $3000.00+ bike you mentioned. I could have finished out the 3k on Shimano XT or SRAM Eagle wireless components. Actually, I set a $1000.00 budget for this bike right from the start, and I did build a nice bike for $1005.00, but then I added a carbon fiber handlebar, and a different saddle. I was at $1100.00. The following year, I set out to build a single speed Schwinn Santis MTB, and when it just didn't work out as planned, I returned it to almost stock, and gave it to my son. The wheelset that was bought for that project, went on this bike.. So, I'm still calling it $1100.00.. I'd still be happy on the other wheelset. The weight lost in the newer wheelset was offset by the saddle change. Fenders would just add weight to an 'expensive-for-me' experiment in light weight MTB's.
23 lbs! ... i'm playing the "add a pound, subtract half a pound" game, too.
You or the bike?
Check out the Bog fender & mud guard, cat. Have that on the old Deception. Don't remember the brand on the Bikes Direct bike but it's posted in that thread I think. We're talking a few ounces & they're flexible so crashes don't bother them.
lurker: cows? we have cows? how now?
Jun 2, 2021 15:03:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: Just don't let the cows out.
Jun 2, 2021 7:06:14 GMT -7
lurker: oops, sometimes i forget to log out. seems kind of impolite. like leaving the door hanging open when going out.
Jun 1, 2021 13:15:24 GMT -7
lurker: "old" is a good thing mainly in the context of "not dead yet"
May 28, 2021 6:37:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: "sick" is good in today's lingo. Like "bad" was back in our century. Maybe "old" will be like that someday.
May 28, 2021 5:35:22 GMT -7
lurker: vet patched him together pretty good. he'll be ok. actually i just called a GTA video's viewers "sick". nothing but gratuitous violence. i guess i'm officially old.
May 26, 2021 9:22:00 GMT -7
desertbikes: That's a shame. Funny how we can watch videos of dozens of humans getting wasted in grotesque ways but when they pan in on that cute little puppy, we all think, "Not the puppy!!" Is he/she gonna be OK?
May 26, 2021 8:33:46 GMT -7
lurker: speaking of no more disctretionary spending, dog got hurt, expensive vet visit. cha-ching!
May 26, 2021 4:07:54 GMT -7
lurker: seems like i'm always making some cheesy thing.
May 25, 2021 8:36:58 GMT -7
desertbikes: And our hottest discussion topic is lurker's latest DIY project - building cheese!
May 25, 2021 8:13:49 GMT -7
desertbikes: The Catman is among the living!
May 25, 2021 8:10:28 GMT -7
lurker: it's really too soon to say, but it does seem to help my back.
May 23, 2021 17:47:17 GMT -7
lurker: i did some pre-shopping online and just resigned myself to no more discretionary spending for a while.
May 23, 2021 17:46:28 GMT -7
desertbikes: We're about to enter mattress hunting territory too. Not looking forward to it.
May 23, 2021 6:22:33 GMT -7
lurker: bought a new mattress today, OMG i could have bought a running, driveable used car for that price.
May 21, 2021 18:48:04 GMT -7
lurker: yes, it's been pleasant here too, but this a.m. i worked up a sweat while walking the dog. they're saying 94 on sunday. :eek:
May 19, 2021 10:16:57 GMT -7
desertbikes: My little side project has turned into a job which I intend to alleviate by next week. Missed some nice outdoor home maintenance weather here.
May 19, 2021 9:02:23 GMT -7
lurker: i called them back, was going to whisper vile epithets into their ears but their voicemail box wasn't configured. so i posted their number with warning on FB instead.
May 14, 2021 8:19:33 GMT -7
desertbikes: Press 1. Go ahead & do it. Ya know ya want to. Tell em everything they want to know. Just don't tell them about the ten million $$$$ that Nigerian princess was laundering thru you
May 14, 2021 5:47:30 GMT -7
desertbikes: Sorry, Tom. Didn't smoke? Bet you were a chewer tho. It's a KY state law that we all must be missing a front tooth by 40 & use at least one type of tobacco product.
May 13, 2021 7:52:47 GMT -7