Orbea Occam 29

This bike is a game changer
This bike is a game changer

This bike has been a work in progress for quite some time… parts have been trickling in and I have enjoyed piecing it all together. Since Sea Otter and the Whiskey 50 have come and gone, I’ve decided that my first race on this bad boy is going to be the Big Mountain Enduro in Angel Fire, New Mexico on June 15th. With that in mind I wanted to share my build process with you. Building a badass bike is similar to growing a productive garden; it takes time, patience, skills, and the best components. Whether its precision bike parts and the right tools or it’s organic compost tilled into the soil and watered diligently – the end result is rewarding and will make you smile.

Hanging fresh parts on a brand new frame is fun and challenging at the same time. The Feedback Sports Pro Elite is essential to any bike build – it makes the job easy.  Especially having some of the key tools on the tool tray accessory as well as a cold one.

Here’s a gallery with some detailed shots of how it all came together. Huge thanks to Laura and Daniel (Orbea Tuff-Shed Team Owners) for making it all happen; from hand delivering rear shocks to priority shipping Formula Brakes from Italy. The support that this team has shown and the effort put forth is outstanding.

There have been lots of hands in getting this bike dialed… Sam from Shimano styled me out with the new clutch rear derailleur and the proper front derailleur – as well as some blingin’ blue cable housing and mechanical expertise. Frank from Orbea was a huge help in getting me the right parts to mount the prototype Epicon rear shock from SR Suntour.

Get stoked for Enduro : the evolution of cross country mountain biking.


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