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NSMB - 2021 - Hardtail Thread

March 31, 2021, 11:48 a.m.
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Joined: March 28, 2017

first real ride last night, new chain is coming today. Super fun bike. It's def long, but descending is hilarously fast. Can't wait to take it to some longer fast flowy descents, Thornhill, SSC etc.

March 31, 2021, 11:50 a.m.
Posts: 55
Joined: Aug. 13, 2017

My Krampus with 120mm Pike and -2 HS.  I've done 2 proper rides on it this week and really loving being back ragging a HT.  My Murmur is in the shed getting very jealous...  I'm now running 70mm rise Ergotec 12 degree back sweep bars with 10mm of spacers under the stem and its feeling good.

April 5, 2021, 2:42 p.m.
Posts: 25
Joined: March 28, 2017

got my Carbon Honzo frame and some bits for sale if anyone is interested in building up a fancy HT.

https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/3028098/

April 5, 2021, 9:34 p.m.
Posts: 906
Joined: March 15, 2013

I have the strong desire to replace my Wideangle with a Torrent but there is no stock. Sad face.

April 15, 2021, 7:51 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 5, 2010

My hardtail’s almost done. 

The cheap ”Koozer” hub on this wheelset has some problems so I’ve ordered a new freehub body. And I also picked up a spare wheelset of Hope Pro 4 hubs laced to Chromag BA30 rims. 

I like the orange so much I’m tempted to keep this wheelset, but I’m expecting the spare wheelset will never be taken off once it’s on. 

April 15, 2021, 7:59 a.m.
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Joined: July 9, 2004

Oh wow does that orange and green work well.

April 24, 2021, 9:32 a.m.
Posts: 39
Joined: March 8, 2017

I finally decided to replace my Chromag Surface with something different. The Surface is such a great, versatile bike but for me there were a few things I wanted such as better tire clearance (big fan of the 29x2.6 format which was a very tight fit on the Surface), a few more mounts for bikepacking trips, sliding dropouts for chainstay length and maybe a bit lighter. A deal came up on a Why Wayward and I'd been thinking about those a while so decided to pull the trigger. I swapped all my parts over, sold off the high-end parts of the Why build and am nearing "zero sum" territory which is nice :)

Frame - Why Wayward V.2 - Large

Fork - MRP Ribbon Coil - 140mm

Wheels - Onyx hubs laced to NOBL TR36 rims

Tires - Maxxis Aggressor 2.5 rear; Minion DHF 2.6 front (soon to be 2.6 Rekons or Teravail Honchos)

Drivetrain - Shimano XTR 1x11 with Garbaruk 10-50 cassette

Cranks - White Industries

Pedals - One Up

Bars - SQLab carbon 45mm rise - 16 degree sweep (love these, have the 12 degree sweep ones on my full sus)

Think that covers it, had a few rides so far and love it for my more XC-ish rides. Had it out at the Bellingham pumptrack yesterday which was awesome (and quite a workout!).

Cheers All!


 Last edited by: michel77 on April 24, 2021, 9:35 a.m., edited 1 time in total.
April 27, 2021, 3:26 a.m.
Posts: 143
Joined: May 1, 2018

I managed to get a CSU warranty on my 36, so popped a Smashpot in, dropped it to 130mm and banged it on the singlespeed. So much better tracking that the Sapphire34 (and a load heavier).

April 28, 2021, 10:51 p.m.
Posts: 146
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017

Nice looking machine, Heinous.

May 7, 2021, 9:51 a.m.
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Joined: Jan. 5, 2010

Did anyone have a 2017 Chromag Stylus? 

  1. Was it a 142mm rear end?
  2. How was the standover (size L)?

My trans am has more of a “trail” geometry, perfect for riding to to work. But I’m looking at picking up the stylus to eventually inherit all of the nice parts off my Kona Process. I’d like to be able to ride it very aggressively.

June 11, 2021, 4:34 p.m.
Posts: 126
Joined: Aug. 29, 2010

Stoked with my new steel hardtail frame!

After getting my G1 and riding a bike that fit properly my HonzoST wasn't cutting it any more. It felt tiny! As luck would have it I sold an old frame and set out to get new steel hardtail that would hopefully fit and compliment my G1.

The sale of the frame didn't allow for the cost of a custom built frame. So, the Pole Taival was the closest to the numbers I thought I wanted.

I moved almost everything from my HonzoST to this frame. I needed to get a new dropper because the seat tube is 30.9 instead of the 31.6 on the Honzo. I also went matchy-matchy highlights with the housing/hose!

The build.

-Pole Taival XL

-RS Lyrik Ultimate RC2 160mm

-Works Components -1.5° angleset

-Chromag HiFi stem 40mm

-Chromag FU50 bar 800mm

-Sram Code RSC 200mm F/R

-Sensus Meaty Paw grips

-Sram GX shifter/RD

-Bike Yoke Revive 213mm dropper

-Wolftooth/9.8 dropper trigger

-Chromag Trailmaster saddle

-Sram Stylo Dub cranks 170mm

-CrankBros Mallet DH LS pedals

-OneUp Switch oval 28T chainring

-OneUp Bash Guide

-SunRace 50-11T cassette

-Chromag BA30 wheelset

-Schwalbe Magic Mary and Big Betty Addix Soft 2.6

-Tannus Armour inserts

Using an online bike geo calculator these are the numbers I came up with. These numbers started with a 572mm A2C and a -1.5° angleset.

HA 62.2°

STA 75°

WB 1345.3mm

Reach 525.2mm

Stack 671.8mm


 Last edited by: RideEverything on June 11, 2021, 4:37 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
June 12, 2021, 7:53 a.m.
Posts: 429
Joined: Jan. 2, 2018

Posted by: Cheez1ts

Did anyone have a 2017 Chromag Stylus? 

  1. Was it a 142mm rear end?
  2. How was the standover (size L)?

My trans am has more of a “trail” geometry, perfect for riding to to work. But I’m looking at picking up the stylus to eventually inherit all of the nice parts off my Kona Process. I’d like to be able to ride it very aggressively.

I had a 2017, the black with chrome decals. It was boost but I wouldn't assume. I think 2017 was the first year of boost for a lot of bikes so maybe could go either way. 

Mine was an M/L and standover was fine, buy I specifically avoided the L because the seat tube was a lot longer, which I'm definitely not a fan of on that type of bike. 

The latest stylus frame have about 30mm shorter seat tubes and I imagine correspondingly better standover. I'm 5'11" fwiw

June 14, 2021, 1:21 a.m.
Posts: 43
Joined: March 14, 2017

Looking at https://chromagbikes.com/pages/bike-archive they revised the Stylus in 2016 and 2019, that's not to say they didn't change the spacing between those times.  Should be relatively easy to measure the spacing.

June 22, 2021, 7:02 a.m.
Posts: 9
Joined: March 24, 2020

I just finished building my new hardtail, a Canfield Nimble 9. I bought it to complete my Ripmo which is build on the burly side... I only have one ride so far but it's good to ride a hardtail again (last one was a Kona with manitou or marzocchi fork maybe 15 years ago...). It really has a compliant ride even with tires on the smaller side (Dissector 2.4/Rekon 2.4). I had to deal with Canfield a few time and they responded to my mails in less than 2 hours every time. Really amazing consumer service...

Canfield Nimble 9 Chery Cola XL frame

Rockshox Lyrik Ultimate matte 160mm 42mm offset

We are one Insider Carbon wheelset with DT350 hubs

Dissector 2,4/Rekon 2.4

Shimano XT shifter, SLX rear mech 12 speed, SLX cassette, XT chain, SLX 4 pistons brakes

Galfer 180mm rotors, Galfer pro pads

Raceface Turbine Crankset 170mm

Absolute black oval 32T

Oneup V2 dropper (210mm!) with oneup lever

Sqlab 611 Ergowave saddle

Sqlab 30X carbon bars, 16 degrees backswept, 45mm rise

Spank pedals and stem

Ergon grip

Edit: I'm not able to add picture... don't know why... Probably not enough posts


 Last edited by: LewisQC on June 22, 2021, 10:16 a.m., edited 5 times in total.
June 22, 2021, 10:19 p.m.
Posts: 146
Joined: Feb. 24, 2017

Posted by: LewisQC

Edit: I'm not able to add picture... don't know why... Probably not enough posts

Smaller files? Links to pics hosted on another site? 

I hope you can make it work, I'd like to see this.

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