Van Nicholas Tuareg 650b – 27.5″ mountain bike

It’s finished – 26/05/2013

Following my last post concerning the Van Nicholas Tuareg frame build, this is just is a quick post with just the finished bike and list of components without going into all the details

For complete build details : http://wp.me/pc5vi-xJ

Finished

Build finally finished 26/05/2013

Frame : Van Nicholas Tuareg Ti, weight 1.76 kilos

Fork : Magura TS8 R100, weight 1, 57 kilos (update June 2014 : fitted with new stanchions that give  more clearance for the tyres and the new 15mm axle)

Wheels : Handbuilt NoTubes Crest, Duke King Kong Hubs, with CxRay sapin spokes & DT prolock hexa nipples, weight  1.38 kilos the pair

Brakes : Hope Tech X2, 180cm front, 160cm back with Hope matchmakers

Gears : 10 speed, XTR : derailleur and shifters

Drive train : Sram XO 26/39 and Sram cassette XG1099, chain XTR

Components : Race Face seat post, stem and handlebars, Chris King headset, XTR pedals

Tyres : Front : Rocket Ron, Back : Rubena Scylla

Saddle : Italia SLR flow 160 gms

Total  weight with pedals 10,44 kilos

March / April : Have been operated on for a hernia inguinal I’m unable to do any sport for some weeks, so tests and observations to come later and some slight modifs will be made once I can ride again.

First ride : Photo – only 13km just to test if all OK and am not up to a real ride yet. (handlbars, rear dérailleur & saddle changed since)

Update : Have now managed to get a couple of rides on the bike, can I really notice anything different from the 26″ version, I’m not really sure, I feel its faster on the flats, (but then the wheels are so so smooth) I’ve managed to do some technical downs, that I normally do on foot (the bike or in my mind / head ? that is the question)

August 2014 : Have sadly ridden very little this year, as got knocked of my road bike in January, as this took some time to heal, then with the bad weather, and other lousy excuses, biking has sadly taken a back seat, all being well will be riding again in the 2014 edition of the Roc d’Azur, for some serious MTBing

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “Van Nicholas Tuareg 650b – 27.5″ mountain bike

  1. Marko

    Hah, i try to ride all the year with my MTB-this was around -10 C and windy,still a great ride,with some winter clothes and a chance to test my new Ti seatpost (made in Russia!)🙂

  2. Hi
    For the beta test you’d have to be here in France🙂
    The time I have, sadly need a couple more weeks to get over an operation that I’ve just had, and allowed no sport what so ever ….

    Nice looking Zion, and well done for getting out in the snow, must have been cold

  3. Marko

    I’ll beta test it if you don’t have the time in next 3 weeks😉
    Looks like a great build,hope you’ll enjoy it!!!
    Have a nice riding and cheers from happy Zion owner!🙂

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