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The Horror! The Horror! What have I done???! What is this terror I see before me? MUH HA HA HAA HAAAAA!!

The Horror! The Horror! What have I done???! What is this terror I see before me? MUH HA HA HAA HAAAAA!!

What have I done? Well, I was told not to ride an MTB again, as its too risky for my fragile ageing body. I have this great dual-suspension MTB though, and I haven’t been able to ride. So I thought, hell, I’ll just build a full-suspension cross bike! I mean, why not?

Road components, rear suspension bike.

Rear suspension, disk brakes, road drivetrain.

You have created a monster, and it will destroy you!

Well, In hope not actually, quite the opposite. It should be the ideal multi-purpose bike. Squishy, go-anywhere…Apart from rock gardens and drop-offs and stuff that I was always rubbish at anyway. This will mean my poor long suffering back will be protected from the terrifying ravages of the marauding kerb jump, the torch-wielding country lane (with horrifying watery puddle) and the vengeful city pothole. NOTHING CAN STOP ME NOW!

Yes, road bars with all-mountain forks.

Your eyes! Yes, drop bars with 120mm suspension. NOOOOOO….

Down! Down, you fool!

So how does this THING ride? Well that stem is too long for starters. The wheelbase is about 10cm longer than my road bikes, so the geometry is VERY relaxed. So I’m going to fit a stubby Hope stem. Overall, from the short trips I’ve done so far, it feels really aggressive off road, sluggish on-road and is really good fun overall. It has also got me back into Shimano after a 15 year hiatus!

What is fun is that it causes cyclists to stare in open-mouthed wonder and often they find the monster too ugly, too repugnant to even look at. Maybe its the bolts through my neck and the head tube.

Duel suspension lockout, attached to the bars with an expander bolt botch.

Duel lockout botched onto the bars with an expander bolt.

Full build:

Frame: Scott Spark Carbon Mainframe. Aluminium swingarm.
Rear Shock: Rock Shox Ario 2.R Air 110mm travel
Fork: Rock Shox Reba SL 120m travel, with dual lockout (located on end of right bar end).
Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Ultegra 10 speed
Shifters: Dura-Ace 10 speed
Chainset: Shimano XT compact 38/26
Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT
Cassette: Shimano 105 10 speed 12-25
Chain: Shimano 105 10-speed
Pedals: Shimano SPD-530
Brakes: Avid BB7 Mechanical Road Disks, 160mm
Cables: Jagwire
Handlebars: FSA Wing Pro Compact Aluminium, 44cm.
Stem: Thomson X2
Rims: DT Swiss 445d 32h 26"
Front Hub: Scott Pro disk
Rear Hub: DT Swiss 370 Disc
Tyresn: Continental Pro Cross Country 1.5"
Saddle: Selle San Marco SKN (150mm width)
Seatpost: Scott RC 03-60 / 34.9mm
Weight: 10.7 KG

Beyold, The Ultimate Do Anything Bike!


  1. Hi, I like your mixed species bike and can only think of one thing you left out …. a thud buster seatpost. I run my full susser with one it does wonders for taking up the tiny bumps which the air shock is too firm to respond to.
    All the best.

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