Signed. Sealed. Delivered. Client came across the pond to pick it up. I couldn’t NOT take him out for a ride to break in his new custom 44 Bikes Long Travel 650b. I strung together a bunch of singletrack and made sure we hit some of the best DH runs local to the shop (saved a few for his next visit…). Here’s the finished product all spit shined. Enjoy. Sort of a mix of components: XTR Trail Brakes, XTR Cranks but built around Sram’s XD driver on Industry 9 hubs to mate up with Sram’s XX1 11 speed cassette, XX1 Shifter and XX1 rear derailleur. I9’s were laced by your truly to Stan’s ARCH EX 650b rims, 32 hole of course with DT Swiss Double Butted spokes and alloy nips. Schwalbe’s venerable Hans Dampf up front and Nobby Nic out back handled traction duties. Set up tubeless no doubt. Fox Float 140mm travel suspension fork up front with a Rock Shox Reverb Stealth dropper post for when things get hairy. Trusty Shimano XT Pedals, ODI grips, Raceface stem, ENVE Mtn. Risers (740mm wide…) and a Wolftooth Dropstop 32t chainring for a true guideless 1×11 setup. Triger Drylac’s Sparkle Granny Smith Dormant Powder applied by Big Jim over at Rev Limit Auto in Merrimack, NH provides for a little pop and flash out on the trail.