No matter what type of cycling you enjoy, buying a complete bike is easy and can sometimes save you money in the long run, but there is just something extra special about building a bike from the frame up. A custom build lets you pick the exact parts you need/want and get everything sized just right for you; the perfect handlebars, cranks, forks, saddle, seatpost, pedals, and more just how you want them. Plus, you can customize your bikes looks to match your style.
We teamed up with The Bike Dads to show you how to build a mountain bike from the frame up. Colin shares why a frame up build is a good idea, ways to save money on your frame and components, and the important items, tools, and measurements you'll need to get the job done right. If you ride road or gravel bikes, these helpful tips still largely apply to your custom bike build. If you're ready to start your build, use the links below to shop and directly support The Bike Dads and help them make even more informative cycling content.
Mountain bikes are ever-evolving. Every year mountain bikes get beefier, lighter, and stiffer. Technology progresses rapidly leaving previous generations in the dust. The Evil Offering V1 Frameset is an all-new mountain bike from Evil that has long travel and 29" wheels so riders can conquer everything that is placed in front of them. It starts with a carbon fiber frame that has the DELTA system, or better known as Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus. The DELTA system provides a supple feel early on in the travel with a bottomless ramp at the end of the travel. The frame also has a flip-chip that allows riders to be able to adjust their frame's geometry on the fly by flipping the chip. This chip flip leaves the leverage rate curve unchanged. All you're changing is the bottom bracket height and head angle.
Mountain bikes are ever-evolving. Every year mountain bikes get beefier, lighter, and stiffer. Technology progresses rapidly leaving previous generations in the dust. The Evil Offering V1 Fox Frameset is a mountain bike from Evil that has long travel and 29" wheels so riders can conquer everything that is placed in front of them. It starts with a carbon fiber frame that has the DELTA system, or better known as Dave's Extra Legitimate Travel Apparatus. The DELTA system provides a supple feel early on in the travel with a bottomless ramp at the end of the travel. The frame also has a flip-chip that allows riders to be able to adjust their frame's geometry on the fly by flipping the chip. This chip flip leaves the leverage rate curve unchanged. All you're changing is the bottom bracket height and head angle.
From the mind of mountain bike revolutionary, Dave Weagle, Evil’s aggressive 29er, The Wreckoning, is here to change the game. This bike is as fun as it is versatile, able to climb, slash berms, rip chutes, and blast gaps with ease. As the wheel size of trail and enduro bikes continues to change, Evil decided to experiment with a 29er that could do it all. The result is a 160mm travel lightweight carbon frame with the outstanding DELTA System, and low, slack, geometry. Short, responsive chainstays and an adjustable bottom bracket height make this a bike that can suit a range of riding styles.
Wrench it yourself with Foundation Bike Tools! From pedal wrenches to repair stands, Foundation Bike Tools offers a collection of quality tools that are essential to keeping your bike in top shape and ready for adventure. Foundation Bike Tools is here to give you an extra set of hands for basic fixes, maintenance, repairs, and installations. The home mechanic's new best friend!
Whether you're tuning things up in the garage or making adjustments between races, the Foundation Bike Repair Stand is here to give you a hand! The triangle base and aluminum construction provide a sturdy platform that doesn't rock during repairs, while the head clamp rotates 360 degrees for easy access to all parts of the bike. The included tool tray conveniently attaches to the main shaft of stand keeping all your Foundation Bike Tools for the job within reach. The Foundation Bike Repair Stand folds down quickly and easily for convenient storage and easy carrying.
The Foundation Standard Bike Tool Kit is the perfect kit for jump-starting your own bike tool collection. From tire levers to hub cone spanners, the Foundation Standrad Bike Tool Kit includes an arrangement of the most commonly used bikes tools for basic upkeep and cleaning. The custom-molded, nearly indestructible polycarbonate carrying case allows convenient storage and easy traveling. Never be without the right tool!
For Shimano use
The Foundation Headset Press Tool addresses a common problem - how do you press a metal headset into a metal frame? Existing tools simply don't work and shouldn't be tried. The Foundation Headset Press Tool confronts this need with its shop-grade steel construction and proven design that accommodates 1" and 1 1/8" headsets cups. The extra-long handles offer additional leverage that makes headset cup installation a snap.
Now, we're at the fun part; picking all the beautiful and capable components that will make your dream build a reality! Once you've chosen the bike frame that will be the backbone of your build, you can select each and every bike component to make the complete bike uniquely yours; from MTB suspension, to brakes, drivetrains, and more. A frame-up MTB build (or any bike really) allows you to perfectly tailor the fit and finish of every part of your bike. Use the link below to start shopping and if you have any questions on compatibility or the best options for your build, our Gear Advisor Pros are ready to chat.
Hopefully this short guide has helped you get inspired to start your custom mountain bike build. To learn more about compatibility and things to consider when building up a bike or for help choosing a bike, cycling gear, or components, contact a Gear Advisor for expert help on all things related to biking.
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