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Old 04-29-2018, 10:34 AM
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Stinner 27.5+ Hardtail

This one was a learning experience for me. MTB technology has changed entirely since I bought my last hardtail 10 years ago and I had to demo a ton of bikes just to figure out what I wanted. I ultimately decided to go with the flow of where things seem to be heading: long, slack, and low with 27.5+ tires and a long travel fork.

The guys at Stinner knocked this out of the park. James over there and I went back and forth on paint for a good while before landing on this matte manzanita-midnight fade that looks amazing (the inspiration was the Fort Point branding for the local folks). Colin at Studio Velo in Mill Valley (who I believe is on the forum now) made it all happen and brought it to life.

Ride report: as much fun as I've had on a bike in 10 years. Great on singletrack of course, but where I'm really having fun with it is on the doubletrack and rutted coastal roads that I used to ride my Hunter CX bike on. The confidence a bike like this gives you to let it rip and soak up missed lines is amazing, and after 40 miles I feel a lot fresher than expected. It's going to see a lot of miles, especially since the missus is over the moon I'm spending more time off the road and away from traffic...

Build is the standard "the cost got away from me" collection of parts:
Fox Float fork and dropper
SRAM Eagle
White Industries M30 crank and BB
XT hydros
Enve / Thompson cockpit
Enve M640s laced to CK Boost hubs
Maxxis REKON+ (in gumwall, of course)







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Old 04-29-2018, 10:48 AM
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Sick build! Love the color. Bike looks like a hoot! Off road is definitely a nice change a pace


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Old 04-29-2018, 10:57 AM
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Oh man--what color, what a bike--awesome!
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Old 04-29-2018, 11:07 AM
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing. That paint and build is amazing.


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Old 04-29-2018, 10:00 PM
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Oh man, I love that color. Congrats.

Agree. Trails much safer then streets. At least around here.

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Old 04-29-2018, 10:22 PM
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I design my next mtb in my head all the time.

This is the closest I’ve come to actually looking at it.

Very cool! I hope it rides like a dream for you.
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Old 04-30-2018, 10:18 AM
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Sweet ride!
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:26 PM
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Very nice build. I also love that paint!
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:33 PM
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Wow that is stunning. Exactly what I'd want in a hardtail
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Old 04-30-2018, 05:47 PM
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Dream hard tail right there! Paint and build are spot on.
If you really want carve up some dirt, throw a Minion DHF on front.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:07 PM
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Old 05-01-2018, 09:45 AM
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Awesome. How much travel on the fork?
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:46 PM
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Thanks y’all. Definitely good to get off the streets — and with so much dirt around the Bay Area the bike trends are really paying dividends up here.

140 travel on the fork. My last hardtail MTB was a rigid, so taking a little getting used to but feels amazing.
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Old 05-07-2018, 04:29 AM
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What bikes did you demo before finalizing these specs? Not too many big brands who have demo bikes out there are making bikes like this (yet).

I have a Kona Honzo ST which is similar to your Stinner and the only things I'd change about it if I went custom:

- lighten the build - the Honzo ST frame is overbuilt for my use
- raise the BB half an inch or so - in 27.5+ mode it's too low
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Old 05-07-2018, 10:02 AM
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What bikes did you demo before finalizing these specs? Not too many big brands who have demo bikes out there are making bikes like this (yet).

I have a Kona Honzo ST which is similar to your Stinner and the only things I'd change about it if I went custom:

- lighten the build - the Honzo ST frame is overbuilt for my use
- raise the BB half an inch or so - in 27.5+ mode it's too low
There are more than I had expected. I liked the Honzo a lot, but yea too heavy. A friend of mine has a Ghost Kato that I really liked, as well, but it was a little twitchier than I wanted. The real sweet spot for me was the new Santa Cruz Chameleon, and the Stinner is built somewhat around that geometry.
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