Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dirtbag 2012

First, a warning. This is not a true "dirtbag" build. Some parts (notably fork, wheels) are actually quite nice and you could cut several hundred dollars off just by changing them out (or going rigid). But I figure if you're spending 4 figures on a frame, spending <$200 on a suspension fork doesn't make a ton of sense. You might disagree, and that's fine - you can come up with your own dirtbag build.

Dirtbag Build 2012

Frame: Waltworks Custom and Johnny Cash black PC ($900 more for full suspension)
Fork: Rockshox Reba RL
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Stem: Kalloy Ultralite
Handlebar: Truvativ aluminum flat
Brake levers: FR-5
Shifters: X-7
Front derailleur: XT direct mount
Rear derailleur: X-7
Chain: PC1031
Cassette: PG1050
Crankset: Shimano Deore w/BB
Seatpost: Kalloy
Brakes: Avid BB-7
Wheelset: ZTR hubs/any Stan's rim
Tubes: Tubeless goop
Tires: Nanoraptor steel bead
Grips/tape: WCS
Saddle: Speed V comp

Damage: $2500, or maybe as low as $2100 or so if you go cheap on the fork and wheels.


Dave said...

apart from a couple items (tires, seatpost), that's far from real dirtbag. it's a pretty solid, no-nonsense build. it would be the usual $900 upcharge for FS?

Walt said...

Hey Dave -

Yeah, it's not really "dirtbag". I could whack $500+ off of that easily, but the parts would be so crap that there would really be no point, IMO.

Extra $900 gets you the FS version with RP23, yes.

Walt said...

Followup: With a cheaper headset, XT/719 wheels, and a Voodoo rigid fork, this drops to about exactly $2k.

Dave said...

Thanks Walt. Bouncing off boulders has me thinking about supplementing my mtb stable with something other than a rigid SS. Your FS Dirtbag is actually quite in line with mass-produced offerings like the Salsa Horsethief, for example. Would it be ok to bounce a few ideas off you via email?

Walt said...

Dave -

Of course. Email me anytime.

Mike said...

Since we have approximate weights on the dream and smart build, what do you think this dirtbag build will be? and also for FS?

I'm with Dave, this is a solid build and in the price range of other off the shelf FS bikes.

I've spent my bike budget (and my wife is counting) already this year on wheels but seriously thinking about a Waltworks in the future.

Walt said...

I'd guess 25-26# for the hardtail, add 2-3 for FS depending on how it's configured?