Oct 24.16 – Colin’s XC machine

When he first got in touch with Donhou, Colin was actually looking for a custom road bike – but after borrowing an MTB frame from a buddy he was instantly gripped by the mountain bike bug. Suddenly the slick custom road bike project he’d had in mind morphed into a down and dirty trail-thrasher.

We don’t get to build many MTB frames, so it was a real pleasure to work on this awesome build for Colin – especially as MTB is so close to our hearts.

Not content with just bombing the local trails, Colin has taken his newfound passion for all things offroad to such extremes that he wanted a steed which would be suited to the awesome Cykelvasan MTB race in Sweden. A gruelling challenge based upon the Vasaloppet ski race, it’s run over gravel and single track through dense pine forests – so the bike had to be really up for the test.

Colin’s frame is a mix of Reynolds and KVA stainless with DT Swiss wheels and forks. The groupset is the powerful SRAM XX1, and the bike is dressed with a Thomson finishing kit. The 650b wheel size makes this a nimble ride that’s still got enough size to smash over smaller obstacles.

The brushed stainless steel frame is wrapped up in ‘black magic pearl’ black with red highlights, marrying it perfectly to the components. We wish Colin ‘lycka till’ for his race in Sweden!