Mark’s 29er

I built Mark a road bike previously – this time he asked me for a mountain bike to match. The brief was to have a bike that handled and fit like his 26″ bike, but with the bigger wheels and SRAM’s XX1 groupset. Mark liked the curved twin toptubes/seatstays I did for my personal bike, so those were incorporated, as was a curved seattube to keep the chainstay length short with 2.4″ tires. The fork is a Whiskey rigid carbon model, which is long enough to allow for a suspension fork in the future if needed. But that length meant a pretty short headtube to keep the bars low enough. The rest of the parts are a balance of lightweight and durability, with an Enve bar, 3T stem, FSA seastpost, NoTubes rims and e13 hubs. Complete weight comes in at just over 20lbs. The finish is a tough flat black powdercoat from Custom Powderworks, and the photographs are thanks to Tina Buescher.

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