Hungry Monkey Part 3: The build kit

A custom build is always a rewarding project. Part of this is the agonising process of looking for the perfect fit of design and components. For me, the direction of the build gets locked down once the look, or in this case the colours, has been decided. Once that is done, then the hunt for a complementary build kit begins.
Hungry Monkey Build Kit.jpg

Searching for satisfactory components can take a while and bring about many direction changes - as I'm sure BogusOne can attest to. For instance, with this build the final look was only determined after it became clear that I wouldn't be able to get my hands on a green DVO Diamond fork in time. Seeing it all come together in the end is rewarding and a big part of why I go the bike build route rather buying a complete bike.

Frame: Mercer Bikes Hungry Monkey
Frame builder: Mercer Bikes

The frame and reasoning behind it has been covered thoroughly in Part 1 and Part 2. What is new, however, is the spray job by Bogus Designs (user BogusOne on The Hub) and the inspiration for it.

Hungry Monkey inspiration.jpg
The brief handed to Bogus Designs for the frame paint scheme.

The inspiration for the Hungry Monkey's look came from the big screen. The idea really took off when I saw custom paint jobs Field Cycles did on two of their bikes. I have become a big fan of their work and the incredible passion and attention to detail is obvious. Pearl Drums nailed the coffin shut when they showed a unique colour kit at the 2015 NAMM Show. I shared my ideas with Anton (BogusOne) and he took the initiative from there.

Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3 Dual Position, 150mm
Distributor: Cape Cycle Systems

There is not a lot that needs to be said about the Pike, as it's reputation precedes it. For the first time in years, I have gone with a dual position fork. This was done for two reasons. Firstly, there was the desire to compare how it feels out on the trails to fixed travel forks. Secondly, I thought it could be a good fit on the Hungry Monkey as the ability to drop the travel will come in handy when tackling technical climbs or using it as a "play" bike.

RockShox Pike.jpg

Wheelset: Derby Rims / Industry Nine Torch Hubs / DT Swiss Aerolite Spokes
Rims: Cycle Factory / Hubs: Rush Sports Cycling / Spokes: SCOTT Sports Africa

Derby Rims were the first properly wide, competitively priced and durable carbon rims to hit the market. Launched in the U.S. in 2013, they have proven themselves to be reliable, strong and a popular choice for custom wheel builders. I won't go into too much depth on the wide rim debate here, but I consider myself a believer following a good couple of months on a set of American Classic Wide Lightnings. The 34mm Inner / 40mm Outer profile of the Derby rims is a level up from the American Classics and if all the glowing reviews on the Ibis 741 rims (35mm Inner / 41mm Outer) are to be believed, then I shouldn't be disappointed with these.

Hungry Monkey Wheelset Dirby Rims Industry Nine Torch Hubs DT Swiss Aerolite Spokes.jpg

I picked Industry Nine hubs for their reliability, crazy sound, adaptability and super fast engagement. For what they offer, they are very competitively priced and the fact that one can order them in all sorts of anodised colours adds to the lure.

Going with a complete Industry Nine wheelset with red spokes was an option, but I soon realised that I would struggle to match the anodised red with the overall look of the bike. Instead, I opted for DT Swiss Aerolite spokes for their look, competitive weight and the wider profile of bladed spokes.

Drivetrain: SRAM X1
Distributor: Cape Cycle Systems

Chosen for the value it represents over its 1x11 siblings and (to be perfectly honest) being all black. I am looking forward to giving SRAM's entry 11-speed mountain bike groupset a go and comparing it to the XX1 and X01.

SRAM X1.jpg

Seatpost: RockShox Reverb Stealth, 125mm drop
Distributor: Cape Cycle Systems

Another RockShox product that doesn't need much of an intro or explanation. I like how the Stealth version keeps things neat and tidy, and being black plays well the overall look. In three years, I've only had one mechanical on a Reverb and that was when an OTB incident tore the hose and locked the post in the dropped position.

Brakes: Hope Stealth Tech Evo with 183mm floating rotors
Distributor: International Trade

The only piece of kit that has survived from my Ibis Mojo HDR build. Back then RockShox's Guide range of stoppers were just announced. It will be interesting to see how the Hope brakes fair against the Guide RSC's that I'm running on another bike. So far the RSC's have been faultless, but can they compete long term with Britain's finest? Time will tell.

Hope Stealth Race Rvo x2 disc brake.jpg

Tyres: Hans Dampf TLR 2.35 front, 2.25 rear
Distributor: Stage N9NE

I had these tyres on another bike and was impressed with their all-round performance; although sand seemed to be their weakness. Having experience with these tyres, I decided use them as a benchmark to assess the impact that the Derby Rims have on tyre performance. The tyres have been converted to tubeless using the supplied Derby rim tape and Stan's NoTubes sealant.

Pedals: Point1 Podium
Distributor: Not available locally.

Not as sticky as Spank's Spike flat pedal, but I had these in the parts bin and will probably ride them until they die.

Point1 Podium Pedal.jpg

Bottle Cages: Specialized Zee Cage II with EMT Cage Mount Tool
Distributor: Specialized SA

Credit to Specialized for their range of S.W.A.T. kit and gear. It offers solutions to problems that actually exist and brings versatility to riders - prefect. With these I will be able to hit the trails without the need for a hydration pack and will only need a pocket for an energy bar or cellphone. (With only 1 broken chain and no flats on tubeless tyres in over 6 years, I feel it's a calculated risk to not carry any spares or additional tools with me on rides).

Specialized Zee Cage II with EMT Cage Mount Tool.jpg

Handlebar & Stem: Easton Haven 35 Carbon 20mm Riser Bar, 750mm | Easton Haven 35 Stem, 50mm
Distributor: Hullabaloo

Easton Haven 35 Carbon 20mm Riser Bar 750mm.jpg

It is incredible how much mountain bike geometry, set up and trends have changed over the last couple of years. The revolution has pushed gear and kit to new heights with innovation resulting in a number of new standards. One of which is handlebars and stems with a 35mm clamping area. The additional diameter has allowed manufacturers to keep the weight down and strength up on wider bars. Easton was one of the first big players to release 35mm bars and stems and it certainly looks like it's here to stay and possibly take over as the steering of choice for longer travel bikes.

Saddle: SDG Duster Mountain Ti-Alloy
Distributor: A-Line MTB and Outdoor

Speed Defies Gravity has got to be the coolest name in the business! It's not the only reason it made the parts pick. I've been riding SDG saddles for the last couple of years and have found them to my liking and they've proven themselves to be very durable.

SDG Duster Mountain Ti-Alloy.JPG

Grips: ODI Rogue
Distributor: Cycles Africa

I have been a fan of ODI for as long as I can remember. With colour, width and feel options to suit just about every rider regardless of discipline. The Rogues have been my grip of choice, as they provide an extra bit of give without being too soft or spongy. Plus, they perform well come rain or shine.

Headset: Nukeproof Warhead 44IETS
Distributor: Dial'd Bikes

Along with a bike's bottom bracket, the headset is often an unsung hero expected to slave without much love and attention. This will be the first time I try a Nukeproof headset, but judging from the quality of their other gear I'm sure it will perform flawlessly.




101 Comments

BenGraham, Mar 09 2015 12:12

Really? You took time out your day to come and write this onto someone's custom build thread. You must be a really good person in real life.

Sure, you're welcome to your opinion. I suppose the inside voice was temporarily out of commission.

Wow. So much for open debate. You do realise that as soon as you make a personal character attack like that you completely invalidate the strength of your argument.

 

Lets all just agree all the time. Won't that be fun. Sometimes I troll, in this case I was simply being frank. I'm also not the only one on the internet who feels this way apparently.

 

http://singletrackwo...f-black-and-red

 

I stand by what I said. If you are looking for something unique; red black and white isn't it. You may love it and be very happy and that's great who am I to say otherwise but frankly I wasn't making a personal attack I was making an observation.

 

Also I never said the bike looked rubbish which it doesn't infact it looks great but it still doesn't scream "I'm the only one of my kind". If you attack people for not sharing your opinion you merely stifle the potential for real innovation and creativity at every level and create a boring homogenized culture.

 

And finally yes, I took a moment out of my day to comment on something that was put on a public platform encouraging discourse. Not only that I commented on something that appears to be an advertorial for Mercer bikes. I like the fact that a South African is building these amazing machines. But I also feel far too often the line between advertorial and forum thread is all too murky. TheHub creates trends, its only a matter of time before lots of these are riding around. Thus if I ever hope to own a bike that isn't black red and white I'd better voice my opinion now in this open platform in the hopes that some bike manufacturer notices.

 

Case in point: The vipa custom builds descended into a hilarious circus where the powers on the hub basically pushed the bike as the answer to every possible scenario. The underlying message being that whatever you ride is insufficient. You need to take out a loan and buy a Vipa or your life will never be complete. And guess what that bike was black red and white too. Lets all just remember that culture is driven by opinion. Opinion requires that someone disagrees with you. Unfortunately I read a book in 2007 called Culture Jam which makes me balk at most marketing exercises. I used to take the approach that if I had nothing nice to say I shouldn't say anything. But that resulted in me being railroaded by people who weren't afraid to voice their opinions so lately I've been telling people what I think when I think it.

 

Have a nice day.

SimpleDom, Mar 09 2015 12:21

Oh dear. In the spirit of giving Iwan his thread back, I've got nothing.

BenGraham, Mar 09 2015 12:24

Oh dear. In the spirit of giving Iwan his thread back, I've got nothing.

Don't worry I'm done discussing this. Nothing more to see her.

SimpleDom, Mar 09 2015 12:29

Don't worry I'm done discussing this. Nothing more to see her.

Except the next installment of awesome build thread.... Plenty to see here for the rest of us boring conformists.

Iwan, please..... I for one, can't wait to see more.

Iwan Kemp, Mar 09 2015 12:34

Except the next installment of awesome build thread.... Plenty to see here for the rest of us boring conformists.

Iwan, please..... I for one, can't wait to see more.

 

:thumbup:  You'd want to be around for Part 4. You know Bogus has pulled a rabbit out of a hat when a custom frame builder / sprayer from London asks him to email details on how he's done what he's done. 

 

And pics. Lots and lots of pics. 

IH8MUD, Mar 09 2015 12:39

FAAARK!!! This is nice!!  AWESOME!! :drool:  :drool:

 

Artwork! :thumbup:  :thumbup:

Wyatt Earp, Mar 09 2015 12:49

Red and black is really passe in the mtb world as far as I can tell. Surely they could have delivered something a little more interesting. All those visual references to come to the same conclusion as so many before. Red, black and white go together well. Grief its like no one who rides a bike has ever heard of colour theory.

 

http://www.lifehacke...hat-looks-good/

Ben Gray Hum

 

You see how it works, let me inform you .

Custom is anything that you cannot take off the shelf .

Something so unique that no two will look alike.

 

The age old theory of "if you have nothing good to say, rather say nothing"

Why don't you tell us what you think of this custom build ?

 

https://www.bikehub....al#entry2561893

 

 

Now in this case of Iwan's bike.

We have a custom built hand made frame with a paint job as per customers request, it doesn't get any better than that.

Stop being jealous .

Cptmayhem, Mar 09 2015 12:50

 

Have a nice day.

Snip.

 

Except that it's Iwan's PERSONAL bike build. Which, if you'd paid attention, is rather obvious. The frame comes in raw steel. The colours are HIS choice. You're essentially coming in here saying his design choices are shaite and he needs to go back to pre-school cos he's blind.

 

It is NOT an advertorial. It's a 4 part build diary based on Iwan's search for a long travel steel hardtail. Yes, it goes into the history of the bike, the maker and the reasons for his choices - but this is the thing - they're HIS choices. 

 

So, if you don't like the colour scheme, just say it's not for you. Don't tell him he's design challenged and needs to go back to the drawing board because black and red on MTB is passe, here's your colour wheel you fool.

 

There's the normal way of doing things, and then there's the way you did them./

Cptmayhem, Mar 09 2015 12:53

 

Why don't you tell us what you think of this custom build ?

 

it's shaite. Mostly because I'm jealous, and... No. That's the only reason.

amasendeinja, Mar 09 2015 01:05

Iwan, awesome thread and awesome build. Thanks for sharing. I love the small details that the bike what it is...it's all in the details. 

 

Enjoy the ride.... my next custom bike (once my wife is slightly less apoplectic after Shorn the Sheep) is a Mecer for sure. :)

Wyatt Earp, Mar 09 2015 01:13

it's shaite. Mostly because I'm jealous, and... No. That's the only reason.

Iwan's bike looks great, hope you are reading this drummer boy  :lol:

I also like the fact that he supports his LBS and spray-painter on a regular basis .

It pays off, one can see that .

Hairy, Mar 09 2015 01:28

Enough chit chat ... where is part 4 already .... you getting worse than that River Rat paddling down a stream in a bath tub thread already!

DJuice, Mar 09 2015 01:30

Verskoon die afrikaans.
Die vier beste kleure vir n fiets is:wit, rooi en swart.
Wit - is vinnig
Rooi - is vinniger
Swart - is die vinnigste
Wit, rooi, swart - f..... vinnig
Oeps, ek ry n Vipa en droom van n custom Vipa deur Bogus, jip wit, rooi en swart.

Iwan jou bike like awesome! Enjoy!

Wyatt Earp, Mar 09 2015 01:38

Verskoon die afrikaans.
Die vier beste kleure vir n fiets is:wit, rooi en swart.
Wit - is vinnig
Rooi - is vinniger
Swart - is die vinnigste
Wit, rooi, swart - f..... vinnig
Oeps, ek ry n Vipa en droom van n custom Vipa deur Bogus, jip wit, rooi en swart.

Iwan jou bike like awesome! Enjoy!

Dis Piele  :thumbup:

Brian Fantana, Mar 09 2015 01:44

This is one of the nicest bikes I have ever seen.  In addition to its good looks, it is an extremely versatile build as well. with this bike you will be able to ride everything from XC to agressive trail with relative ease.  Perfect for SA enduros as well.

 

Well done.

Cptmayhem, Mar 09 2015 01:59

Judging from the pic, it looks like a clear coat over the steel and not a full colour over ?

Just confirmed that this is indeed the case. Apparently it looks "Irn Bru-ish" in the sun, what with the brazing, clean metal and work-marks on the frame

 

 

I REALLY want to see this

popcorn_skollie, Mar 09 2015 02:02

Yor. Looking at this bike is like looking at a high class hooker you can't afford. In red fishnets nogal. Who laughs at you when you are naked. Sexy. And we all know she's a tease too. Now. Let us see if the carpet matches the drapes.

Cptmayhem, Mar 09 2015 02:09

Yor. Looking at this bike is like looking at a high class hooker you can't afford. In red fishnets nogal. Who laughs at you when you are naked. Sexy. And we all know she's a tease too. Now. Let us see if the carpet matches the drapes.

what carpet...  :whistling:

BogusOne, Mar 09 2015 02:16

Just confirmed that this is indeed the case. Apparently it looks "Irn Bru-ish" in the sun, what with the brazing, clean metal and work-marks on the frame

 

 

I REALLY want to see this

 

 

I have tog seen it in the flesh  :P  :rolleyes:  :devil:  :whistling:

Cptmayhem, Mar 09 2015 02:27

I have tog seen it in the flesh  :P  :rolleyes:  :devil:  :whistling:

shuddup. I'm not talking to you. You can't even get your colours straight!

Wyatt Earp, Mar 09 2015 02:29

shuddup. I'm not talking to you. You can't even get your colours straight!

I asked for Lotus colours and got an Australian cricket team jersey back .

Cptmayhem, Mar 09 2015 02:30

I asked for Lotus colours and got an Australian cricket team jersey back .

that was a baaaaaaaaaaa(d) mistake. 

BogusOne, Mar 09 2015 02:33

I asked for Lotus colours and got an Australian cricket team jersey back .

 

 

Thought it was a Springbok jersey  :whistling:

kevinsfish, Mar 09 2015 02:34

What a beauty...

Cptmayhem, Mar 09 2015 02:36

Thought it was a Springbok jersey  :whistling:

as I said... You don't know your colours. It was CLEARLY blue and black.