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Tikbalang MK1 Titanium Downhill Enduro bike 18

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Frame: Other
Rear Shock: EXT Storia LOK. Misc.: 250x75
Fork: RockShox BoXXer Ultimate 2020. Misc.: 200mm 46mm offset
Headset: Funn zs56/56
Handlebar: Renthal Fatbar Carbon 780mm
Stem: DMR 50mm
Grips: DMR Brendog Deathgrip
Brakes: Shimano XTR M9120
Brake Levers: Shimano XTR M9120
Shifters: Shimano XTR 11 Speed
Front Derailleur: -------
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR 11 Speed
Chainguide: ------- . Misc.: will be fitting one soon. wanted to know if I need a lower roller first.
Cranks: Race Face Next SL G4 170mm
Chainrings / Sprocket: Other Absolute Black Oval 30T
Bottom Bracket: e*thirteen BSA 30mm
Chain: KMC X11EL
Cassette / Rear Cog: SRAM XX1 10-42
Pedals: Other
Front Rim: Other Ibis 942 Carbon
Rear Rim: Other Ibis 942 Carbon
Hubs: Other Hope Pro 4 front/ Onyx rear
Spokes: Other Pillar triple butted spokes
Front Tire: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 WT Exo
Rear Tire: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 WT Exo
Saddle: Fabric
Seatpost: BikeYoke Revive 160mm
Seatpost Clamp: Other China carbon
General Info
Model Year: 2019
Riding Type: Downhill
Weight: 37 lb 7.7 oz (17000 g)
Additional Info: Wanted a downhill bike with a bottle cage or an enduro bike with downhill travel numbers. No one is making one so I designed one myself. Will be testing it out soon. Probably rides like crap. rearward axle path for 75% of the 215mm rear travel. 63.5 degrees head angle, 475mm reach, 15mm bb drop. About the same progressivity as a Mondarker Summum. Also apart from the fork and shock everything else came from my previous bike so not exactly downhill spec parts.

Vital MTB member _Lan _Lan 12/23/2019 4:30 AM

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Couldn't get on with the EXT Storia. Felt harsh no matter what permutation of settings I use. Bought a Fox X2, started at 25% sag with 4 volume spacers and factory recommended setting and it's already so much better. Maybe the EXT has a very aggressive compression tune.

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Thanks for the nice words guys and thanks for the feature Vitalmtb.

I designed the bike but left the fabrication to the experts. It would be prohibitively expensive to do it myself.

Been busy with work and the holidays lately so have little time to test and setup the bike.

First time to test it the idler pulley bearing which had ceramic coated balls but plastic races broke on the 2nd lap before I even had the chance to make adjustments to the suspension.

2nd time to test I changed the bearing to a steel one and it held up. The bike felt good even in the tight switchbacks and didn't feel cumbersome at all. But it was a trail that I rarely go to and it also didn't have the rough rocky square edge hits that might show the advantages of a rear axle path and 29er wheels. Altough a fast youngster did say he liked it after taking it out for a lap so that's encouraging.

Finally, going to test it on the new year on a trail I'm familiar with which also have the rockies that will favor this kind of bike. I'm also slowly building up the speed. Checking the pivots and welds after every run and trying to feel what the bike is doing before committing 100% just to be safe. Also have a 27.5 tues to compare to.

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As a novice frame builder myself, id say NEVER talk down of yourself smile
Id like to give you a big FUCK YEAH!!!!!!
Its my dream to start building enduro bikes!

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A thing of beauty Sir! Don't sell yourself short. I'm sure it will ride sweet, If only because you made it your self.

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I like it! I have a Frankenvinci Wilsonstein Downduro 27.5 front, 26 rear mullet. 11-36 cassette with mid cage deraileur, 28 tooth oval front chainring. KS Lev dropper. 215mm rear, 203 front Boxxer. 27.5 by 2.35 MM Supergravity Vertstar front tire, 26 by 2.5 MM DH Addix Ultrasoft rear. Cushcore front and rear. Super weird but works great. Thinking of puting 9 speed Microshift Advent gruppo on it.

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