I asked some questions regarding HT geometry on this thread earlier and got some really good answers and insight.
Since then I test rode some hardtails and could confirm and get a feel for some of this.
I'll order a custom HT frame this week and know pretty much what I want, except I am a bit unsure about my desired BB height.
It'll be a 650b since I have a 650b Pike and a nice wheel set kicking around.
I want it to be 66deg HA with a 140mm Pike unsagged. 452mm reach, 120mm headtube, 420mm chainstays, 470mm seat tube 74deg seat angle.
What do you guys think would a reasonable BB height be?
I'll use the bike for perfecting/practicing my riding skills, the manual, bunny hopping and some trials moves, casual trail riding on mellower trails, getting to the pump track and riding there.
I do have s nice Carbon enduro FS which I love for the high speed gnar trails. I don't need the hardtail for that or for the big mountains.
I want it to be a fun rather than a "fast" bike.
The 450mm reach is pretty short for me, I have monkey arms. My FS is 18mm longer and feels spot on with a 30mm stem. I'd go to a 40mm stem on the HT.
320mm? Too high?