I enjoy building bikes. I especially enjoy building bikes for friends, doubly so bikes that they’ve spent nights dreaming up. My buddy Chad came in proudly holding his metallic gold Surly Instigator 2.0, “Let’s build my bike!” He had some specifics, needed advice for the rest.
The Instigator 2.0 is designed to run 26+ wheels and tires. Outside diameter about 27.5. We decided to go with a 27.5 set up. A set of Stan’s Arch hoops on Stan’s branded hubs, 142 x 12 in the rear and 110 x 15 in the front. WTB Vigilante and Trail Boss are the rolling rubber, light fast casing.
His other two specifics were a King Headset, in Mango and a Fox 36 Float. The Surly runs a straight 44mm headtube so we went with an King Inset 7. This is the 2nd year of the 36 with EVOL air spring and it’s spectacular! Kashima of course.
Drive train is the solid performing and value priced SRAM GX Eagle. 12 speed grouppo for about $500 including cranks! Hard to beat this set up for anywhere near this price. Stoppers are the ultra reliable Shimano XT disc brakes.
The entire build was focused on reliability, durability and performance without breaking the bank. Spend money where it gave us the best performance difference. The other support pieces are Raceface, Thomson and Deity.
Looking forward to delivering this bike to Chad. Anxious to hear his review. My check over ride hints that this rig will be a fun, swoopy, carvy, hard-charging, wheelie and manualing fool! Should be as much fun getting to the trails as it is shredding trails!
Dream it up and let’s build it. -QP
- Surly Instigator 2.0 (Double-butted Steel, 4130 Chromoly)
- SRAM GX Eagle derailleur, cassette, crankset and shifter
- Chris King Inset 7 headset in mango
- Deity bars, Raceface stem and Thomson seatpost
- Shimano XT brakes
- 2018 Fox 36 Factory Float with Kashima.
- Stan’s Arch wheelset in 27.5. 142 x 12 and 110 x 15
- WTB Vigilante and Trail Boss tires