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Project 24 Update: The Build

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After over two months of planning and anticipation, it’s exciting to pull a collection of parts together into an honest-to-goodness, rideable bicycle.  As with any ground-up build, there were some lessons learned and last-minute parts ordering, but with just about a month to go before race day, everything came together very nicely.  At this point, the Project 24 Ellsworth Truth has seen 120 miles of riding- and several of its components many more.  Happily, it’s proving to be exactly what I had in mind.

When all is said and done, the Truth came together (with pedals, a bottle cage, sealant, and computer) at a shade under 25lb.  While that is significantly heavier than the advertised weight of a lot of cross country bikes, those are often weighed in their smallest size without pedals, let alone accessories or the critical-in-the-desert 2 scoops of Stan’s sealant per UST tire.  Really, there isn’t anywhere on this bike to shave a whole lot of weight without making some serious financial or durability sacrifices. Still, the size Large frame came in at 5.9lb with its Fox shock and the Candy 3 pedals aren’t Crank Brothers’ lightest.  The biggest change will come when Schwalbe’s tubeless-ready 2011 tires replace the older UST models currently fitted.  Click ‘more‘ for the details…