My semi-custom steel hardtail project (Part 6)
I’ve been riding the Inbred for months now and I enjoy it more and more every time. Phenomenal bike, truly. I made some tweaks – I scrapped the Performance-branded Forte Pisgah tires a couple months ago in favor of some Schwalbe Nobby Nics (2.25s) and set them up tubeless. Both tires were 540g out of the box, compared to 730g each for the Pisgahs. I usually put a lot of sealant in my tires so I didn’t lose much weight there, but that’s not why I do it. The Nobby Nics have incredible grip – they’re like velcro in the turns – and the lost rotational weight has made the bike much more nimble. I also swapped out the seatpost for a longer one (350mm to 400mm) because I was maxed out on minimum insertion and wanted to make sure there wasn’t a chance of cracking the seat tube/top tube junction (prone to happen on frames with long post extension). I went with a zero offset post this time because the seat angle is very slack and I want to be centered over the bottom bracket more.The most exciting addition is a set of custom fork decals for the Revelation. The red/gray graphics on there were fugly and clashed with my black/green theme so I found a guy on Ebay who does custom vinyl stickers and ordered some in apple green. At $9.99 and $2.99 for shipping, they’re a downright bargain. A quality decal, your choice of colors and super fast shipping. His Ebay username is palmermtb and his family’s company name is Stickersbydesign.com – they do all sorts of other custom work too.
I have 581 miles on this bike now. It’s my go to ride – when I walk out to the garage and pick a steed it’s the first one I swing a leg over almost every time. Shame to my other bikes really, as they’re quite nice too. There’s a decked out Santa Cruz Blur LT and a carbon Cannondale SuperSix with full Ultegra. Sometimes it’s the simplest bikes that are the most fun.