I have ridden and raced a 29er mountain bike for the past two seasons. When I finally made the decision to move to a 29er, I knew it would be quite the expense to build. Sure, some parts will swap over, but not the fork, wheels or tires. I thought the best way was to sell my Titus Racer-X Ti (I hated to do it) and start from scratch. I also didn’t want to buy a bike “off the rack”. I like to build it with the parts that I like. There has always been things that I like and have always used.
I also consider myself a master at finding closeouts and deals. So, when I started to look for a frame, they seemed to be more than I wanted to spend. But I new BikeIsland.com would have some deals. I did my research and I know what I need for sizing. But I couldn’t really find exactly what I needed. And I didn’t want to spend $600-$800 on a frame if I didn’t have to. So, I decided on a 17″ Motobecane Fantom 29…$165.00. The frame was a bit taller that I would have liked, but the reach was right.
After 2 seasons, I thought that I would start to look around to see if I could find a reasonably priced frame that might fit a little better. First search was for a Niner EMD 16.5″. That is the first 29er that I ever rode, and the fit was very good. But the best price I could find was more than I wanted to spend. After all, I didn’t need a new frame, I just want to see if I could find a little bit of a better fit. So, next was BikeIsland.com and BikesDirect.com to see what was available for a Motobecane. Motobecane redesigned the Fantom 29 for 2012, and sizing is different that what I currently have. I found my frame…15.5″ Motobecane Fantom 29. Completely redesigned and Kenisis built. Not able to buy just the frame, I had to get a frame/(low end)fork package. That’s ok, I can either sell the fork or put it on the 17″ frame and build for a spare bike.
It was time for a complete overhaul, so I figured that this is as good a time as any to pick up a frame and build a new bike. Stripping down the “old” bike and cleaning the parts a very tedious and time consuming process. But, when you a through, it’s actually a pretty good feeling. It almost feels like you have all new stuff. I still need drivetrain parts, chain, cassette and chainrings, but what I have is still rideable. They’re not completely worn out yet. The bike is built, test rides are done and fine tuning is done. Time to get back on the trails.