So while I await final details on the next customer build, I’ll take some time to show everyone my “daily driver” for 2013. I’m beginning to get that itch for singletrack. Snow has been fun, but it’s time for spring to arrive Old Man Winter. Hope you don’t mind taking a vacation till next year?

I’ve made a few updates to my personal trail build (pictured above) that I’m excited about. First up is I finally went tubeless… Yeah I know: 2013 and Kris Henry still isn’t tubeless yet? What the Hell!? Well I made the switch over the weekend. Dropped a pound from the overall build and it was a snap aside from the fact that I needed to switch out the rims (I already was running the tires necessary). What you’ll want to take notice is I’m running two different width rims however: Stans No Tubes ARCH EX 32 hole out back and a Stans No Tubes FLOW EX 32 Hole up front. The reason for this is I really like the added traction and cornering enhancement that a slightly wider rim provides up front. Here’s my “theory”: By opening up the tire a bit, I flatten the tire profile slightly and make the sidewalls more vertical in nature instead of pinching them. That greater vertical sidewall helps the feel on trail under heaving braking through turns IMO lending to greater traction and control. That’s just my theory and what I feel.


I had been running a modified 9 speed drivetrain which was actually 7 speeds. I also made the jump to a 1×10 as I’ve enjoyed it so much this winter on my fat bike. The type 2 rear derailleur is a great upgrade from the previous derailleurs of yore with virtually no sight of chainslap for miles.


Of note here is the addition of the Wolf Tooth Components XX1 style 104bcd 32t chainring. So you’ll note that this whole setup is guideless. I ran this on my fat bike most of the winter without issue but with this drivetrain upgrade, I want to test this ring out on some real singletrack. So stay tuned as I put this through it’s paces.


Build list is as follows…

Specs for Frame:

HT Angle: 70* (@20% Sag)
ST Angle: 73*
Chainstay: 16.25″
BB Drop 2.25″
TT Length: 23.5″

Component Spec:

Frame: Custom 44 Bikes 29″ frame
Fork: Fox 32 Talas 1.5 Taper with 15mm Thru Axle
Headset: Cane Creek ZS 40 Top Cup / Cane Creek EC 40 Bottom Cup
Wheels: Industry 9 Classic hubs – Stans Flow EX/Arch EX Rims (F/R)- DT Swiss Super Comp Spokes and alloy nips
Bars: ENVE Mountain Riser
Post: ENVE 25mm Setback
Stem: Thomson Elite 31.8 / 90deg / 90mm
Saddle: WTB Rocket V SLT W/ Ti Rails
Seat Clamp: Thomson
Cranks: e13 XC 175mm
Chainring: Wolf Tooth Components 104BCD 32t
Cassette: Sram 1050
Chain: Sram 1091R
Shifter: Sram XO 10spd
Derailleur: Sram X9 Type 2 10spd
Tires: Schwalbe Hans Dampf 2.3 – Schwalbe Rocket Ron F/R (Both tubeless and snakeskin…)
Brakes: Shimano XTR M988 Trail
Rotors: Avid Clean Sweep 185/160 F/R
Pedal: Crank Brothers Egg Beater
Grips: YETI Speed Grip ODI Lock-on (All time favorites kids)
Bar Plugs: Mash SF

25 lbs on the nose as pictured…