This bike was a looooooooooong time in the making. Like the longest I've ever had to wait for a complete bike to come together.
I ordered the frame last November and it didn't arrive until February.
Then I ordered the shock and mistakenly, the wrong hardware.
Then I had to wait until someone had some 27.5, 160mm travel forks in stock.
Once I got the fork, I got the axle stuck in one of the hub end caps due to some rather thick anodization.
I was beginning to think this bike was cursed! Big props to Chris at Loose Nuts Cycles for talking me down off the edge more than once and helping me sort through the myriad issues.
Here is the build:
Frame: Kona Process 153, size large, aluminum
Rear travel: 153mm
Fork: SR Suntour Auron RC2, 160mm travel
Shock: Cane Creek DB Air CS (Climb Switch)
Wheels: Profile Racing Elite MTB hubs laced to WTB i25 rims
Tires: Maxxis (duh) 27.5x2.30 Minion DHF 3C / EXO / TR
Cranks: XX1 w/ 32T chainring
Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR 10 speed
Rear shifter: Shimano Zee
Cassette: Shimano XT 10 speed
Chain guide: Bionicon dangler thingy (just for a little extra security since I don't have a clutch style rear derailleur)
Brakes: Avid Elixir 7 Trail four piston
Rotors: Avid 180mm front and rear
Stem: Truvativ 40mm
Bars: Truvativ BooBar 780mm
Grips: ODI lock on, Vans edition
Seatpost: RockShox Reverb
Saddle: WTB Silverado
Pedals: (cheap) Shimano SPD
The build, including pedals, came out to 31 lbs flat which I'm very happy with considering this bike was built to be burly. It's also pretty awesome since my Chromag hard tail weighs about 30 lbs!
The fork is butter and the Cane Creek shock is a cool unit. I didn't mess around with the stock settings on the first couple of rides, just because I was so excited to have the bike together and didn't feel like it. I had some more time this weekend to adjust the settings and I've really got it dialed in! It's cool to feel the changes that just a couple clicks and turns can make to a bike.