Rock Shox SID
Race face – bars, stem, seatpost, crankset, headset
Sram - shifters, deraillers, brakes, cassette
Mavic Crossmax UST wheels
Ritchey Vector Pro seat
Time ATAC pedals
Continental Twister Pro tires
This bike is the most stable, predictable, and comfortable bike I have ever ridden, ever. It goes exactly where I think it should, holds the trail exceptionally well, climbs well, and handles descents as well as any hard-tail I’ve ever ridden. The bike just about becomes part of me on the trail. I will be buried with this bike.
I placed the order when the disk brake rage was just starting, and as a result, they didn’t offer a the Custom Deluxe with a rear disk boss. I had a severe issue with this as in the fall after I bought the bike (I took delivery in april ’02) I was at pedros fest, and what did I see at the IF tent? A custom deluxe Ti with a rear disk dropout. I asked the guy about it, and he said they released it that summer.
I told him I placed the order for my bike in march and was told they didn’t have a rear disk option.
He said that was true in march.
Me: When did you decide to offer it?
Him: last fall
Me: why didn’t they tell me it was in the works when I ordered the bike?
Him: uh, I wouldn’t be able to know that unless I knew who you talked to.
Me: well that sucks, I would have waited if I knew. Can this one be retrofitted?
Me: why not?
Him: the whole geometry of the bike has changed, this dropout will only fit with these stays, so we would have to replace the entire rear triangle. And since the geometry would be incompatible, would have to replace the front triangle too.
Me: so I be buying a whole new bike
Me: that sucks
Still, it doesn’t take away from the bike. The bike, I don’t have a problem with, but I had a few choice words for the company.