December 30, 2017
Kingdom Vendetta X2 MediumFox 34 Factory Fork, 150mmChris King Inset 7 HeadsetRaceface Turbine R 35, 32mm StemRaceface Next 35 Carbon Bar, 760mm x 10mm RiseRaceface Half Nelson lock on gripsRockshox Reverb Stealth 125mm dropper postSDG Circuit MTN Ti Alloy saddleHope 30mm BBHope Stealth Race E4 Evo front and rearHope floating rotors, 180mm front, 160mm rearRaceface Turbine Cinch Crankset 32T chainringSram XX1 mechSram XX1 cassetteSram XX1 chainSixth Element 34mm Race wheelset built on Hope Pro4 boost hubsNukeproof Horizon Comp flat pedalsMaxxis High Roller 2 front tyre. Maxxis Ardent rear tyre
Having not ridden a hardtail in over 6 years, i was taking a big gamble with my dream build as I wasn't 100% sure I would be able to make the switch to a rigid frame. But within minutes I was instantly transported back to my younger days having fun riding BMX as the bike feels so playful!I live local to some DH tracks that local volunteers help fund/build, so naturally riding a hardcore hardtail, I thought I would put the Venetta X2 through it's paces. OMG It rides like a dream and combined with carbon wheels the handling is so precise. With the long and slack geometry of the Vendetta X2, I opted for a short 32mm stem which amplifies the precision steering. Riding a medium (16.7") frame at 5' 8" this feels spot on sizing for me.The ride back home was flatish/uphill xc trails and it was a joy to ride even for long distances. The titanium frame saps the trail buzz I would normally get riding aluminium hardtails, and the ride quality is awesome without the weight penalty of a full sus.My childhood dream of owning a titanium mountain bike is now realised without disappointment! This bike quite simply puts a great big smile on my face! I'm counting down the hours to the next ride. 😀"
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