Friday, August 21, 2009

Jo's El Saltamontes

Hot off the workstand is this unique concoction of form and function. Jo has in recent times been drifting through life as a bikeless soul, and in an effort to change this collaborated with the Mountain Pedaler to spec and build a new El Saltamontes, resplendent in metallic blue.
The base ingredient of this white hot creation was Ventana's own Shimano XT build kit, complete with a sprinkling of Thomson and Chris King. Add to the mix a custom wheelset using the venerable Hope Pro 2 hubs on white ZTR 355 No Tubes Rims, and things started to get a bit racier. 2010 Fox F100 forks and the new boost valve equiped RP23 shock keep things plush in the gnarl. The finishing touch was a set of Gore Ride-on fully sealed cables in white. Proven in the muckiest of UK conditions these cables should see Jo with slick shifts slicker looks for years to come.
In what has been a recent theme of builds into the wee hours of the morning, Ollie and Jo assembled the bike with care, fueled by the bike building wonder food of fish and chips. Building from the ground up to Jo's dimensions resulted in a great fit, while and Ollie's technical recomendations produced a race ready bike that matches her aspirations for versatility and low maintenance.
Jo hit the hills for a maiden ride today, and if the post build spin was any indication, her new El Saltamontes will have rocked some socks!

Mountain Pedaler out...