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Competition: Dream bike build

| Blog, Competitions, Mountain Biking Uk | 05/04/2013 09:08am

Chain Reaction Cycles have given us the keys to their warehouse and we need you to help us
build an amazing bike to give away!

To help celebrate MBUK’s 25th anniversary this year, Chain Reaction Cycles have joined forces with us and agreed to hand over the keys to their warehouse. Yup, they’ve very kindly given us free reign of their vast product range so we can select the best components with which to build an absolutely cracking bike – one that we’ll then give away to one lucky reader in our 25th anniversary issue.

And we want you to help us. We want to hear your suggestions, ideas and advice as to what the bike should comprise. It’s quite a simple process – keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages from 5 April where we’ll be talking about the options in various categories every couple of days. Head over to Chain Reaction Cycle’s website to have a look through the gear options and then hit us with your thoughts, comments, ideas. This is your chance to persuade us, disagree with us, give us any (non-abusive!) feedback you want really on what we should use.

We have some good ideas already but want to hear what you think. Tell us what we should be picking and why. Leave your suggestions below, or tell us on Facebook or Twitter!

The final build will be revealed in MBUK’s 25th anniversary issue (on sale 31 May) and you’ll have the chance to win it and be featured in MBUK. Get thinking and hit the links to get involved now!



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21 Responses to “Competition: Dream bike build”

  1. lewys phillips says:

    santa cruz nomad

    enve am 26 on chris king

    bos deville

    bos vip’r

    enve bars

    easton havoc stem

    rockshox reverb

    xtr 2×10 drive train

    xtr mech f&r

    Csixx doubler chainguide

    XTR trail brakes

    continental rubber queen 2.2

    fizik gobi xm

  2. Stephen Gous says:

    oh yeah!
    holding thumbs and hoping,
    my suggestion is an AM/Enduro ride based on the Intense Tracer 2 or Carbine in either 26″ or 27.5″, with Spank components and wheelset, SRAM X0 2×10 drivetrain and Formula or Hope brakes

  3. Luke Rainbow says:

    Leaf Ruler frame
    NS Rotary Pro hubs laced to NS Trailmasters
    Avid Code R brake for the rear ONLY
    Fit Indent cranks in 175mm
    Tree heat treated steel 25tooth sprocket
    Shadow Conspiracy halk link chain
    Rockshox Pike 426 forks
    Renthal Jumpbars
    Shadow Conspiracy bottom bracket and headset
    Nukeproof pedals
    Maxxis DTH tyres
    Leaf Evo stem
    Avid HS1 rotor

  4. Pieter Steyn says:

    Well i finally got the oportunity of a lifetime, to ride the Cape Epic in 2014. got me someone sponsoring the entry fee, but still need a bike sponsor for my team mate and I. This lead me to doing some homework as to what the ultimate cross country MTB would look like.

    OPTION 1 (South African frame)
    Frame: MOMSEN Vipa 29 Carbon
    Fork: DT Swiss XRC 100 Carbon Air, 100mm
    Shock: DT Swiss X313 Carbon Remote
    Group set: SRAM XX1
    Brakes: Avid XX World Cup
    Parts: Syncros FL1.0 Carbon, FSA carbon SL-K
    Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ralph Snakeskin (tubeless)

    OPTION 2 (international frame)
    Frame: SCOTT Spark 29 Carbon HMX NET
    Fork: DT Swiss XRC 100 Carbon Air, 100mm
    Shock: DT Swiss X313 Carbon Remote
    Group set: SRAM XX1
    Brakes: Avid XX World Cup
    Parts: Syncros FL1.0 Carbon, FSA carbon SL-K
    Tires: Schwalbe Racing Ralph Snakeskin (tubeless)

  5. Josh Wilson says:

    shimano saint needs to be on the bike

  6. Andrzej says:

    What better way to celebrate 25th anniversary, then building a bike that that will sum up 25 yers of evolution of mtb scene ?
    An all mountain bike ?

    Some 150mm frame (Commencal VIP Meta AM in lemon green looks killer!)
    XX1 Drivetrain – It’s speaks for it self.
    Light Rock Shox Revelation XX World Cup (the more xx the better:)
    Some light and strong Easton Haven Carbon MTB wheels (the more carbon the better:))

    That would be a good base for anniversary bike!

  7. Shane McGeown says:

    This would be my choice, gravity enduro bullit!, one can only dream.

    Nukeproof Mega AM Frame – RockShox Monarch + 2013

    Rock Shox Revelation XX World Cup – XLoc – Tapered 2013

    SRAM GXP BB Cups – Ceramic Bearings

    SRAM XX1 BB30 168 Q-Factor 11sp Chainset

    SRAM XX1 11 Speed Rear Mech

    SRAM XX1 11sp Trigger Shifter

    Nukeproof Neutron Mag-Ti Flat Pedals 2013

    Formula R1 Racing Disc Brake Set 2012

    Rock Shox Reverb Seatpost 2012

    Mavic 2013 Crossmax SX Wheelset

    Crank Brothers Cobalt 11 Carbon Stem 2012

    Easton Haven Carbon Riser Bar 2011

    RaceFace Sniper Grips With Locks

  8. Mike Barry says:

    This really is simples for me. A take it anywhere all-round fun bike.
    Climbing, cruising and most importantly shredding should be a blast with this set up :)
    Not all super lightweight parts, some tough bits so it can take some abuse also.

    Nukeproof Mega TR
    Rockshox Pike 150mm
    Nukeproof Generator 20mm Front and back
    Avid Elixir XO Brakes 180 Front and Back
    Reverb Seatpost
    CrankBros Mallet 3 pedals
    Renthal FatBar Riser
    Nukeproof Warhead Stem
    Cane Creek DB Air
    SRAM XX1 Groupset
    Maxxis Ardent Tyres

  9. Mark says:

    Frame: Lightweight, aerodynamic, stiff, durable but a little forgiving in the corners.
    Shifters & Levers: Ergo-designed, lightweight, smooth change – Dura-Ace Di2?
    Brakes: Sexy design, yes it’s possible – SRAM Red?
    Derailleurs: Smooth, unobtrusive action – Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 or SRAM Red Aero
    Chainset: The sexy (here I go again) Shimano Dura-Ace 9000
    Rims: Mavics or DT Swiss pls!

    Having said that, the experts seem to know a thing or two about putting a bike together so why not just let me have a shiny new De Rosa, Corratec or Eddy Merckx ;-)

  10. Dion Vickery says:

    If i was to have any frame it would be an Intense M9 FRO with the 2013 RockShox BoXXer Solo Airs.
    Shimano SAINT M825 crankset with an E Thirteen LG1+ chain guided along with a Hope MTB Ceramic bottom bracket. Nukeproof Proton Mag-Ti Flat Pedals 2013 edition.
    Up front it would be good to have, Deity Components CZ38 Special Handlebar 2013 with a Cane Creek AngleSet ZS49 – ZS49/30 and for stem Hope Top Crown & Integrated Stem – Boxxer and Shimano Deore M590 9 Speed Trigger Shifter. Da Bomb Holy Sh*t 2.0 Black Grips 2013.
    The brakes would have to be Shimano Saint M820 Disc Brake.
    At the rear end of the bike a Shimano SLX M662 Shadow 9 Speed Rear Mech to hang under a Shimano Deore HG50 9 Speed MTB Cassette.
    The wheels of choice are Halo Freedom rims with Hope pro 2 EVO hubs, DT Swiss Anodized Alloy Nipples and DT Swiss Champion PG Black Spokes with any rim tape. Airwave DH tubes and Maxxis minion DHF dual ply tyres front and rear.
    For the sitting area i would choose a simple Brave Brave Seatpost with a Hope seat clamp with QR and to sit on is Deity Components Mainline DH Saddle 2012.

    I think that is everything, that is the kind of bike i would buy if i had the money, i would choose all the colours when it came round to buying. Ah well i better get saving :)

  11. Finian Wall says:

    PLEASE READ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hi my name is Finian and im 16 years old. When i saw the post about this competition on facebook I was shocked as just two days ago I spent 2 hours trawling through crc website looking for my dream parts and frame and adding them to my wishlist just to see what the price would come to and of course the tag was big, so big I could only dream of being able to afford it in the near future. Also i just got onto the Irish xc youth developent squad and I really am saving every penney i can to try and upgrade my bike. So this competition is really worth a lash for me.

    I love the new idea of a 29er bike these days so I will start off with the 2013 Commencal Skin TI 29er (LARGE) .

    My main use for this bike will be xc racing therefore I will need to make the bike as light as possible and with just 100mm travel, so im going to go for the Rock Shox SID XX WC 100 -29″ XLOCK TAPERED 2013 fork.

    For the wheels im going to go with the Easton Havon Carbon MTB 29ER wheelset.

    I For the chainset im going with the FSA SL-K MTB 386 BB30 10speed

  12. Finian Wall says:

    i hit submit by accident there but I love the 2 by 10 gear set up so thats wy i picked that chainset.

    For the rest of my drivetrain I will go for the shimano xtr medium cage rear derailer and the xtr front derailer with xtr shifters.

    I will go with Formula the one disc brakes 2012.

    FSA orbit is carbon ceramic headset

    FSA K-FORCE Light carbon seatpost 2012


    FSA SL-K Carbon pro flat bar

    FSA K-Force bottlecage

    pz racing carbon seat clamp

    shimano xtr chain

    shimano xtr cassete

    selle italia sl xc flow saddle

    shimano xt pedals

    and finally Race Face strafe grips. :)

    Thanks for reading.

  13. Andrew perrin says:

    Anything, as long as its matt black!

  14. Vladas says:

    # Frame: AMR UHM Carbon/Carbon MIMS SCL
    # Stem: Ritchey WCS 31.8 mm
    # Forks: FOX Forx 32F Air FIT Kashima CTD 120 mm Tapered 15 QR
    # Headset: Ritchey WCS Tapered
    # Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Carbon UD Rizer 9 D 710 mm 31.8 mm
    # Seatpost: Ritchey WCS Carbon Monolink 31.6 mm
    # Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Monolink XP
    # Rear Derailleur: Shimano XTR 10-Speed
    # Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
    # Shifter: Shimano XTR SL
    # Lever: Magura MT8
    # BB: Shimano Pressfit BB
    # Crank: Shimano XTR 42-32-24
    # Brakes: Magura MT8 Disc 180 mm
    # Tyre: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25
    # Fulcrum Red Carbon XRP 6-Bolt MTB Wheelset 2013
    # Cassette: Shimano XTR 11-34
    # Rear Shock: FOX Float CTD Kashima 120 mm Boost Valve

  15. Tsetse says:

    All the following components have been chosen from the Chain Reaction Cycles website. It is all from brands they supply so I am hoping they have the stock in their warehouse for you. Here is the very ultimate (in my opinion) MTB build.

    Frame: 2013 Commencal VIP Meta SX (Neon Yellow)
    Shock: Rock Shox Vivid Air R2C (200x57mm) (Black)
    Fork: Rock Shox Lyrik RC2L Dual Position Air (White)
    Wheelset: Mavic Crossmax SX 6 Bolt (White)
    Headset: Cane Creek Angleset ZS44 – ZS56/30 (Black)
    Brakes: Avid XO Trail w/ Carbon Fibre Lever (Silver)
    Rotors: Avid HS1 200mm Front/180mm Rear
    Drivetrain: Sram XX1 w/ 34t Chainring and Gripshift! (Because it’s sexy)
    Chainguide: E Thirteen XCX (Black)
    Handlebar: Thomson Downhill Alloy Riser Bar (Black) (Something that will last all eternity)
    Stem: Thomson Elite X4 50mm 0 deg rise 1.1/8″ 31.8 clamp (Black) (To match the bars)
    Seatpost: Rockshox Reverb 31.6mm 380mm 125mm Travel LH Remote (Black)
    Saddle: Fizik Gobi XM K:ium (Black)
    Seat Collar: Thomson Seat Collar 34.9mm (Silver)
    Tires: Schwalbe Hans Dampf Trailstar Snakeskin TL-ready 26×2.35
    Grips: ODI Ruffian (Black, classic grips)
    Pedals: Straitline AMP Ti Axle (Ti-Grey)

    The resulting build will be a very downhill-happy high-end enduro bike. The components have been chosen for the best performance both downhill and uphill. The bike is mainly neon yellow and black with some white/silver/grey highlights to make the bike really pop in the sunlight. Dream build for sure!

  16. Would you create the best enduro bike ever ?

  17. Alastauir Sellers says:

    Ragley Piglet Ti frame- good British-designed classic shaped hardtail: represents the true history of Mountain Biking. This frame can do anything and looks good; it’s a timeless frame.

    Fork-Rock Shox Revelation of some sort. Rock Shox did the first suspension fork as featured in MBUK back in the day.

    Wheels- some light and strong rims with Hope hubs (blue?) with matching Hope headset

    Drivetrain- it has to be XTR really doesn’t it? Double chain set look better. Possibly the SRAM XXI drive train for simplicity. Some of those nice sealed cables.

    Brakes can be XTR or soemthing nice from Avid.
    Reverb seatpost, a classic Flite Titanium seat.

    Some white ONZA porcupines would be good if you can get them!

  18. Stuart Moore says:

    See if you can build a better nukeproof snap than mine ? Or a nukeproof rook

  19. Tom Szuta says:

    I should start to complete all my favourite parts I wish to be assembled together to expose state of the art mountain “rocky” bike. These parts could be the following:
    - as light as possible (preferred carbon) – frame including rear suspension with the highest travel capability;
    - high performance double air pressured front forks with the highest travel capability with possible regulation;
    - good components durable tires with super sticky tread – recommended Schwalbe tires;
    - carbon seatpot with regulated height;
    - mineral hubs: front and rear – to avoid damage after high jumps;
    - drivetrain components: light chain, 10 racks light sprocket, smooth mechanism of pulley and derailleur;
    - juicy brand hydraulic brakes including formula discs; including mineral high performance pads;
    - gadgets such as: LED bright rechargeable lights – front and rear;
    - anti-theft system with distinctive alarm system.

  20. Tom Szuta says:

    My bespoken size of frame would be 20′.