Building A Dream Bike

Building A Dream Bike

The majority of bikes we test come with a solid selection of parts that get the job done; however, sometimes “good enough” just isn’t good enough. I began sourcing parts to build the bike of my dreams—one that could shred as hard as I think I do when my head hits the pillow. My project started around the idea of building a bike with a Shimano XTR 12-speed drivetrain. This alone proved to be a difficult task, considering the system wasn’t widely available until sometime after the drivetrain was released. I then reached out to our good friends at Pivot who graciously offered up a Mach 6 carbon frame. It features 155mm of dw-link suspension and 27.5-inch wheels to suit the playful attitude I was looking to achieve.

OneUp Components came on board, supplying a handlebar and stem combo and a long-travel dropper post. Fox sent out a Factory Series fork to ensure performance requirements were met, and a custom pair of WeAreOne wheels with Industry Nine hubs was built by Razz Wheels. Those wheels were then wrapped in Maxxis rubber and filled with Orange Seal tire sealant. No longer will I wait till my eyes are closed to ride this dream machine, because it’s alive and ready for singletrack.

Frame: Pivot Mach 6 Carbon (dw-link suspension, 155mm travel)

“The Mach 6 is a versatile enduro bike that pedals well and smashes descents.”

Shock: Fox DPX2 (with matching graphics and Pivot sag indicator)

Fork: Fox 36 Factory Series (FIT GRIP2 Damper, 160mm travel)

“Color-matched graphics add extra pop.”

Handlebar: OneUp Carbon handlebar (800mm width)

“The oval shape is designed to offer vertical compliance for a smoother ride.”

Stem: OneUp EDC stem (50mm length)

“The integrated EDC tool offers the ability to stash a multi-tool, tire lever and chain breaker inside the fork’s steer tube.”

Grips: Deity Knuckle Dusters

“They offer grip and comfort with or without gloves.”

Drivetrain: Shimano XTR M9100 Series (12-speed, 10-51-tooth cassette)

Crankset: Shimano XTR M9100 Series (34-tooth)

Wheels: WeAreOne Union 29 carbon (30mm inner width)

“Razz Wheels whipped up this custom wheelset for us using an added splash of color.”

Hubs: Industry 9 Hydra (32-hole)

“Nineteen hubs provide high engagement and a classic sound.”

Rear tire: Maxxis Minion DHR II (27.5×2.4″)

“Filled with Orange Seal.”

Front tire: Maxxis Minion DHF (27.5×2.5″)

“Filled with Orange Seal.”

Chain guard: OneUp bash guide, ISCG05 mount, Orange chainguide

“OneUp’s guard helps protect the chainring while also preventing the chain from bouncing off.”

Pedals: Deity TMAC

Brakes: Shimano XTR M9120 (enduro-specific 4-piston calipers, Ice-Technologies Freeza 180mm rotors)

“The four-piston brakes offer loads of power that’s easy to modulate.”

Dropper post: OneUp (170mm travel)

“Allows for maximum travel due to the drop rail mount and short overall length.”

Saddle: WTB Volt Team (titanium rails)

“This saddle is lightweight and comfortable.”

Seatpost clamp: Deity Circuit

“The oversized bolt adds clamping power.”


Head tube angle: 65.8º

Seat tube angle: 74.8º

Chainstay length: 430mm (16.95″)

Reach (size medium) 440mm (17.3″)

Bottom bracket height: 346mm (13.6″)


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