Robbie, from the Pedalers Fork outside of LA, saw my 29er at NAHBS in Denver two years ago, and asked me to build one for him. He requested a carbon Lefty fork, and I suggested an alternative layout to the twin toptubes – here the toptube is ovalised and curved, then the seatstays flow out from the toptube at the seattube junction, arcing in two planes: to match the curve of the toptube from the side, and also curving out to provide tire clearance.
The seattube is also curved and ovalised to allow for short (434mm (17″)) chainstays – these have an s-bend for chainring and heel clearance. This is my first frame to feature a rear thru-axle, with the Syntace X-12 system being used, which includes a direct mount derailleur hanger.
The build features a full XTR Di2 1×11 setup, with the battery hidden inside the fork steerer. The wheels have Chris King hubs with Enve 60-40 rims, with the logos painted to match the sour apple anodizing. Final weight as shown is 22.8lbs.