Style for miles for your Monday!
Every time I look at the photos I hesitate, and you’ll have to allow me a little leeway as it’s just such a sick bike and the best build I’ve probably ever done, but the time has come to part ways with this beauty. It just doesn’t really fit me very well. So I’m putting my Croll mtb up for sale. I’m willing to sell in a variety of scenarios, and will be parting out if the frameset sells.
Frame and Fork – $450
Frame, Fork, and logo’d King Headset – $525
Add seat post +30
Complete Bike as Built: $1100 – heck of a deal right there
TT: 22.5″ C-T-C
ST: 18.5″ C-T-C
Shifter: Deore XT Thumbies 7 Speed (with hidden click)
Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR M-900
Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR M-900
Cassette: Shimano XTR M950
Brake Levers: Paul Component
Handelbar: White Brothers Ti
Stem: Unknown steel
Headset: Chris King, No Logo
Cranks: White Industries
Pedals: Not included
Wheels: White Industries laced to Mavic SUP217, blue alloy nips
Quick Release: Ringle Holey
Tires: Onza Aggro 2.1, front NOS
Seatpost: Control Tech, NOS
Saddle: Selle Italia Turbo
A truly beautiful, stark voice in the darkness has now left us… In all the years behind me, and in my years to come this has been one that will forever be marked by the departure of greatness.
This has been a long time coming and the first in what I hope will be a series of ground-up designed, small batch, made in USA products that will be done under the Holy Mountain banner. Holy Mountain represents a dream to partner with my talented friends to create unique useful things that will endure.
Photos by Kyle B. Kelley
Holy Mountain Work Apron
Made in the USA of heavy duty canvas and industrial thread, built to last a lifetime.
Putting to use our years of experience working in bike shops and doing greasy jobs, we’ve designed the classic work apron of our dreams. It’s got three main waist pockets, an upper pocket for small parts and tools with a pen slot, and durable webbing shoulder and waist straps with a leather harness.
Available in the most practical color of all for an apron – black
Patch Made in USA by Falls Creek Outfitters
Handmade in Baltimore USA
Production Size: 20 pieces
And if you also pick up a Superfriends Cap, I’ll throw in a free patch too!
This one’s been a long time in the works… I’ve been wishing to try this whole drop-bar dirt bike thing that’s all the rage with the kids but have had a bunch of projects ahead of it in the cue. It also took quite a bit of time to figure out a setup that would work, which although I’m currently riding this, it’s a bit questionable whether or not it “works” or is safe.
The MB-1 came to me bone stock with an XT group and I always thought that the paint job demanded to be mated with an XTR M-950 setup. It’s a special bike, a 1994 10th Anniversary and last of the MB-1’s, and it cried out for an extra special build. While the stem and bar probably won’t stay too long, I’m beyond happy with the way the rest of it turned out.
1994 Bridgestone MB-1
Frame: Tange Prestige Tubing
Cranks: XTR M-952
Bottom Bracket: XTR M-952
Rear Derailleur: XTR M-952
Front Derailleur: XTR M-900
Shifters: Suntour Bar Cons (friction shifting 9 speeds)
Hubs: Ringle Bubba Front Hub, Shimano XT Rear
Rims: Mavic SUP 217 oil slick
Skewers: Paul Components
Cassette: SRAM 990
Tires: Kenda Small Block Eights
Stem: Crust Bikes Limp Dick
Bars: Salsa Woodchipper
Brake Levers: Cane Creek SCR-5
Seatpost: Nitto 65
Saddle: Brooks Professional
Headset: Suntour XC Pro / WTB Greaseguard
Bottle Cage: Ringle
Dang it, off center I’ll fixe it as soon as I get a chance
You know how sometimes a good bike part just feels like a good bike part in your hand? These Paul skewers feel like that.
I had been planning to use a vintage WTB Dirt Drop and an old Nitto Dirt Drop stem for the conversion, but I just wasn’t getting the bar height I was looking for. Then separately this Crust Bikes Limp Dick stem entered my life and sat around looking for a home. It took a while for me to connect the dots and realize that I could potentially use it on the MB-1 with a quill adapter, which is what you see going on here.
Cool right? Well not exactly. The stem comes with a burly bolt that connects to the star-nut, which I’m not using in this system as it’s not long enough to make it down to the wedge in the quill adapter. (please forgive my explanation, it’s only going to make sense if you’re familiar with quill to threadless adapters which are basically a quill stem but instead of the “stem” it has a 1 1/8″ cylinder that you bolt a threadless stem onto) This means that the only thing keeping the stem on the bike is that one pinch bolt. Now I grant you, the top cap bolt that goes to the star-nut is never really intended to be structural in the common application.
So, knowing that my setup was definitely not what the builder intended, I queried Crust as to whether he thought this might be safe and the builder told me that although the star-nut bolt wasn’t structural, he always thought of it as a nice piece of mind backup.
So no sign off from the stem maker.
My next step, talk to some of my engineer friends.
Now, my engineer friends are some pretty gnarly folks, definitely not adverse to trying weird stuff on their own rigs. Their verdict: How much do you value your teeth?
Basically, I’m using some wide ass bars, on a tall stem, which has the potential to generate a crap ton of leverage and there’s only one pinch bolt. Now if there were two pinch bolts, maybe. Or if I was using the long bolt that reaches the star nut as backup against my stem flying off, maybe. But when you add it all up…. So yeah, definitely not recommended, don’t try this at home stuff.
I rode it once to work, and I think I’m going to ride it again tomorrow on the River Bottoms. Gingerly. Mostly just to decide if I love it enough to see if I can convince Crust to make me one with two pinch bolts for my weird application.
Minty XTR cranks sourced from Jeff Archer of First Flight (RIP)
Those rims tho!
An old Professional that I long ago tried to make it look like a racer had customized it by cutting away the unnecessary material and adding speed holes. You know my motto: customize everything!
The bike’s signature touch
So there you have it, don’t try this one at home kids!
No action photos this year, just a few portraits that I’m stoked on.