- Nov 17, 2012
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- Broken Hill, Australia
Been planning this build for a while...
Always loved the idea of those Redline Monocog bikes and Electra MOTO, a sort of rigid frame MTB with disc brakes crossed with a modern BMX single speed:
Those are cool bikes, but possibly a bit too modern and hip for me, needs a more retro frame and taller Klunker style bars, while I am at it I may as well upgrade the discs to full 203mm front and rear, upgrade the hubs to full heavy duty 48 spoke BMX trick bike, 14mm axle, sealed bearing units, and change the cranks to BMX 3 piece to match, maybe sliding drops on the rear with integrated disc calliper mount...
And that was as far as I got until I started talking to @OddJob, turns out this dude knows his stuff! He mentioned that he would be out of this build-off due to prior commitments and when I mentioned I would be doing 2 builds, he jokingly suggested I name one after him, well, I named it after his new bike shed: BACK40 Bikes!
He helped me refine the bike idea to give it some cool details and make it a much better bike to ride, mainly due to having incredibly short chainstays to help it change direction better and make it a fun "Chuckable" bike.
Here is the build board:
Those chain stays measure out at 14", which is as far as I could go due to the 26x2.5 Kenda Nevegal tires measuring out to 27"!
Of course the biggest problem with my plan is that nobody makes 14mm axled 48 spoke hubs with a disc mount... But they do make these:
Which means if I use a flip flop BMX hub for the rear and a standard rear on the front, I can do this:
Of course that means I will be using the small 'metric' side of the flip flop hub for the freewheel, which means I can drop to a 14 tooth freewheel, allowing me to drop the front to a tiny 30 tooth! Picked up a TuffNeck 30 for the front:
Other big issue is finding 26" rims with 48 spoke holes! I searched hard for them, and even searched for undrilled ones, but the only ones I found were super expensive, until I looked at an add on eBay for a closing down bike shop, there was one line at the end that said: "We have these tandem rims in 48 spoke too, please enquire" I ended up with 2 tandem weight rated, 48 spoke, double wall, eyeletted rims for peanuts!
Not sure yet if I will use one of my bargain Gyes saddles yet on it, but it may happen:
Anyway, that is as far as I have gotten, need to start throwing sparks and spoking rims!