Don’s mostly a singlespeeder and he’s got a SS I built for him 7 or 8 years ago, but he wanted a geared bike with a suspension fork for longer, rougher rides. Or maybe he just got old and lame like me and figured out gears and suspension can make up for creaky knees and wrists a little.
In any case, it’s a big bike for a tall fellow, built to handle everything the Wasatch can throw at him. Geometry:
-69.5 HTA, 73 (effective) STA
-For a 100mm travel tapered steerer fork
-65.5cm effective toptube, 71.3cm front center (yeah, that’s long!), 93mm trail
-43cm chainstays, clearance for a 2.4″ tire, no front derailleur
-Curves (toptube, seat tube, stays) for tire clearance and fun.
-32.5cm/12.8″ BB height (Don uses 180mm cranks and doesn’t like to hit his pedals on stuff)
-Supertherm front end mostly with Deda chainstays and trusty Paragon DR2010 dropouts. Frame weight is about 2300g.
So basically, a bike built for all-around XC adventure, on the stable side for long days in the saddle and rough terrain. Should be a blast!
Nick, this picture is for you – big as a garden gate, as you like to say!