Santa Cruz Bronson custom build from The Path Bike Shopby Jesse Peterson, Bike Technician at The Path Bike Shop.

I have a relatively new bike and it's pretty unique.

What I've built for myself isn't your usual Santa Cruz Bronson 2 CC. Although the Bronson 2 with it's 66 degree head angle and 150mm of snappy VPP travel is enough bike to race down most descents with predictable liveliness, I wanted a bike with as much rake as a DH bike could give without the dead feel of 8 inches of travel, so I created one!

It all starts off with a bike you think will accommodate the modifications you want to make. For instance, when I decided to slacken my bike and put a 29er fork and wheel on the front of the Bronson 2 (which I'll elaborate on later), I anticipated a raised bottom bracket height, so I didn't want a bike that had a bottom bracket that was over 13.5". Likewise, the seat tube will slacken too, so it had to have a steep angle to begin with! After all is said and done, the 13.43" bottom bracket height grew to 13.8," and that wasn't what I was going to be satisfied with. If I had started with something higher I might end up above 14" and that is a kind of weird feeling. Thus stated, I found the Bronson to accommodate these changes very well.

First, after choosing a bike that fits both your body, your style, and your plan, then you begin to compile your build.

Foes custom build from The Path Bike ShopHere's another great custom build to come from The Path Bike Shop, from the frame up.

The Foes Mixxer runs a 29 front end and a 27.5 rear. Here are some specs on this custom build:

  • RockShox Lyrik fork
  • SRAM XX1 11-speed drivetrain
  • Magura Trail carbon brakes
  • RockShox Reverb Stealth 170 seatpost
  • Race Face Six C cranks
  • Absolute Black Oval 32 T ring
  • Wheelset - Nox carbon rims with 240 hubs
  • Schwalbe Magic Mary tires

Here's what the customer had to say after his first ride:

"Went for a short spin on Saturday (Meadows, Stair Steps, Lizards) - WOW this thing is crying for the off menu goods! It ate up the waterfall on Stair Steps like nothing (of course), and held speed like crazy (of course) but what was really surprising was the acceleration and how efficiently it climbed."

custom built 2016 Turner RFX at The Path Bike Shop in Tustin, CAHere is a full custom built Turner RFX that we did for our customer, Rodel.

The build is made even sweeter with custom built carbon Derby rimmed wheelset, hand built here at The Path Bike Shop as well.

A few custom build specs:

  • Hope brakeset
  • SRAM X01 drivetrain
  • Chris King hubs
  • Chris King bottom bracket

Custom Kona Process 153 mountain bike at The Path Bike Shop in Tustin, CAIn preparation for the SoCal DH season coming just around the berm, Tani, the owner of The Path Bike Shop (a gravity-minded rider) has built up an extraordinary Enduro bike as well as a shop favorite - a Kona Process 153.

Many riders can definitely benefit from a true DH rig but if you have enough bike handling abilities, an Enduro bike can offer a more lively feel for the kind of terrain we have down here in SoCal. Especially at local ride locations like Snow Summit in Big Bear, CA!

Some of the unique features of this particular 153 build:

  • 170mm crankset (to get down and dirty)
  • ENVE M70 wheels (why not?)
  • Fox Float 36 w/2 volume reducers
  • SRAM GX 1x11 dérailleur
  • XO1 cassette (cuz it's lighter than anything else)
  • SRAM Guide RSC brakes
  • Customized ODI lock-on handlebar grips

Photos (clockwise, from top left):

Dog Rosie overlooks the new build.
Custom ODI lock-ons add a personalized detail.
Tani (pictured, left) and Erik "Auk" Akiyoshi (pictured, right) discuss future plans.

Custom built Kona Raijin titanium 29er at The Path Bike Shop in Tustin, CACheck out Pat's new custom built Kona titanium Raijin 29er!

Weighing in at 27.5 lbs, this bike is SOLID and trail ready.

Custom Kona Raijin Build Specs:

  • Rock Shox Pike RCT3 (set at 120)
  • Shimano XT 11sp shifters, derailleur, chain, and cassette
  • Shimano XT 8000 series brakes w/ RT-86 Ice Tech rotors (180ft/160rr)
  • Cane Creek 40 series headset
  • Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks w/ 28t chainring
  • Race Face Bottom Bracket
  • Race Face Turbine 35 60mm stem
  • Race Face SIXC 35 carbon handlebars
  • Industry Nine Trail 29er wheelset
  • Maxxis Tires: Minion DHF 2.3 front / Highroller2 2.3 rear
  • KS LEV Integra seatpost
  • Bontrager Evoke Ti saddle

 

Kyle and his custom Giant Trance Advanced 1 mountain bike at The Path Bike Shop in Tustin, CAKyle took home an amazing Giant Trance Advanced 1 with a 150mm RockShox Pike RCT3 fork!

This customized build is lightweight like an XC bike (26.3lbs) but set up aggressively like a Giant Trance SX.

Build Specs:

  • • Stans flow wheelset
  • • KS 150mm LEV Integra
  • • Maxxis Minion DHR/DHF combo tire set
  • • RaceFace Direct mount 30T chainring
  • • 800mm Santa Cruz bars
  • • RaceFace Turbine stem

 

 DT Swiss 240 Center Lock 28h Hubs and NOX Composites Teocalli Carbon 29er rims at The Path Bike Shopby Jesse Peterson, Sales and Mechanic at The Path Bike Shop Live Oak and Tustin locations

This is a custom MTB wheelset build for a customer who wanted something stiff and light for trail riding. I suggested he go with DT Swiss 240 Center Lock 28h Hubs and NOX Composites Teocalli Carbon 29er rims for his particular riding needs.

  • The DT Swiss Center Lock hubs let us mount the best rotor option available - the Shimano XTR RT99 rotors. These rotors keep the weight and temps down due to the ultra-cool alloy fins that shed heat, allowing riders to mount smaller rotors because they don't overheat like a standard rotor.
  • The NOX carbon rims are stiff and light, with an offset hole pattern that allows optimum spoke tensions and hook-less bead that may be the best in the industry when it comes to sidewall strength. The 26mm width and low weight of 385g per rim make it hard to beat!

The finished wheelset with rotors weighed in at just 1620g. Contact Us to order a set of your own custom wheels!

 

custom 2014 Kona Process 111 29er at The Path Bike Shop in Tustin, CAby Jesse Peterson, Sales and Mechanic at The Path Bike Shop Live Oak and Tustin locations

I built up a Kona Process 111 29er after many long rides on several other bikes. Three of my other favorite bikes are the Kona Process 153 29er, the Kona Hei-Hei 29er, and the Santa Cruz Nomad 27.5 Carbon. The reason for not building one of those last three models is because none of them can double as an XC bike and an Enduro bike quite the way the Process 111 does. They may handle in similar ways, but none of them have the ability to climb long ascents like Motorway, haul a$$ down steep descents, plus cruise over the Main Divide's dual-track the way my Kona Process 111 can.

Also, I like to manual a bike. When I need to pick up the front end, the Process 111 is King...and it's a 29er! It's got 111mm of plush rear travel on stiff 430mm chainstays, the standover of a DJ bike, and a 68-degree head tube angle. Plus, it's backed up for life by Kona. That's my bike. The components I chose for the custom build just sweeten it's handling and performance. 

Custom 2014 Kona Process 134 at The Path Bike Shop in Tustin, CAIt's a very unusual made-to-order build for one of our customers. This is our customer Nick and his new customized 2014 Kona Process 134.

What makes this build so special and so interesting? All controls are on the left side! The brakes work separately from each other: rear brake on the bottom, front brake on the top. Jesse (sales and mechanic here at The Path Bike Shop) worked out a great solution, making the seemingly impossible possible.

 

2013 Banshee Rune mountain bikeHere is a special custom build we did for a customer, and we love how it turned out.

This is the 2013 Banshee Rune. This custom build features a 27.5" front wheel and a 26" rear wheel, plus SRAM's new 1x11 drivetrain.

Why do we like the Banshee Rune here at The Path Bike Shop?

  • The frame can accommodate either 26" or 27.5" wheels...great options!
  • The perfect enduro race bike and all-mountain bike, it can do it all
  • Adjustable modular rear dropout system
  • Slack head angle (65 deg) and lower BB (13")

 

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