Took new customer James’ custom Giant hardtail XC MTB out for a blast today. The bike was brought to me already powdercoated – as something of an unfinished project with a few ‘issues’ – so we agree to start again. James supplied most of the parts, I did the rest including properly preparing the frame for the rebuild post-refinishing. We’re undecided as to which colour wheels look best – silver or black – hence the mismatch in the photos. I think silver actually. A pretty straight forward build, just swap out the tyres for trail use, and a blast to ride!

Frame: Giant aluminium hardtail (powdercoated)
Fork: Rock Shox Tora S-Lite
Headset: FSA semi-integrated
Stem: Mongoose
Handlebar: Gusset Open Prison
Grips: Charge
Brakes: Avid BB7 MTN
Rotors: Avid 180mm CS
Levers: Avid Speed Dial
Cables: Jagwire
Shifters: Shimano Deore 9 speed
Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT
Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore LX
Cassette: SRAM 970
Chain: KMC
Crankset: Shimano Deore (42/32/22)
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Hollowtech II
Wheels: TBC
Tyres: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 26 x 2.0″
Tubes: Continental
Saddle: WTB
Seatpost: FSA