Ah my beautiful plaything. This was my first non road bike I built. And when I say I built, a Mr. Sullivan from London built. He is a genius at setting bikes up properly, I learned a lot from him. The way he sets up the bike, tweaking the geometry with this stem and that bar rise creates such a sensation. A need for speed with the utmost control and stability. The bikes he builds come with a healthy serving of confidence and finesse. I am constantly learning about these little nuances in componentry and how they can really bring out the quality inherently found in well made frames.
This NS is built with Japanese Chromo tubes with custom offset butting, internal gusseting. The company, based in Poland, really make a properly thought out frame. I built this up with help and donation from my friends in London. Their first step was to take me to a pump track and watch me destroy myself and their lovely bikes as I got the hang of it. Once I completed a full circuit, I never looked back. I needed one of these machines. And so the search began for a frame I could afford and components to suit. With expert guidance from Mr. Sullivan, a Mr. Stoddard and a Mr. Sharpe I slowly amassed parts:
Frame: NS Suburban 26(tire size) in matt Orange by NS Bikes made with Japanese cromoly, special offset butted tubes with integrated gussets (if you don’t know them look up them up).
Hand built Front Wheel by Mr. Sullivan: Mavic 321 Disc Rim, black laced with DT Swiss black spokes to NS Rotary Hub (20mm through axle)
Hand built Rear Wheel by Mr. Sullivan: Mavic 321 Disc Rims, black laced with DT Swiss black spokes to NS Rotary Hub
Tires: Intense Micro Knobby 26 x 2.25 (they hold 100 PSI all day long and that makes keeping up with road bikes surprisingly easy and entertaining)
Fork: Society Xeno 100mm, 20mm Through Axle
Pedals: Eason Flatboys
Stem: 50mm Thompson Elite X4
Brakes: Hayes HFX 9 disc brakes with Danger boy Leavers (super comfy and good grasp with just two fingers thanks to Mr. Sharpe). I stuck a large rotor on the front for the added stopping power for city riding, and I just like coming to aggressive stops with the back tire hovering an inch or so off the ground.
Crank: Shimano Hollowtech Deor
Bars: Truvative Stylo Race
Rear Mech: Deor XT short cage
Ori Lock on grips, black
Truvative chain guide
Shimano Deor Rapid fire shifter
Shimano CS 6500 Ultegra 9spd Rear cassett