Nukeproof Giga 290 Custom Pandemic build 6

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Parts
Brand
Model
Additional info

Parts

Frame
Nukeproof
Giga 290 Carbon
Frame: Nukeproof Giga 290 Carbon
Rear Shock
Fox Racing Shox
Float X2 Factory 2-Position Lever
Rear Shock: Fox Racing Shox Float X2 Factory 2-Position Lever
Fork
Fox Racing Shox
Fox 38 Factory Grip 2
180mm
Fork: Fox Racing Shox Fox 38 Factory Grip 2. Misc: 180mm
Headset
Nukeproof
Headset: Nukeproof
Handlebar
Syntace
Vector Carbon Superlight
760mm, rise 10mm
Handlebar: Syntace Vector Carbon Superlight. Misc: 760mm, rise 10mm
Stem
Syntace
Megaforce 2 40mm
Stem: Syntace Megaforce 2 40mm
Grips
Ergon
GE1 Factory Evo regular
frozen stealth/oil slick
Grips: Ergon GE1 Factory Evo regular. Misc: frozen stealth/oil slick
Brakes
Magura
MT7 Pro
Shigura set-up, SRAM HS2 centerlock rotors, 220-200mm front-rear
Brakes: Magura MT7 Pro. Misc: Shigura set-up, SRAM HS2 centerlock rotors, 220-200mm front-rear
Brake Levers
Shimano
XT M8120
Brake Levers: Shimano XT M8120
Shifters
SRAM
GX Eagle AXS
Shifters: SRAM GX Eagle AXS
Rear Derailleur
SRAM
GX Eagle AXS
Rear Derailleur: SRAM GX Eagle AXS
Chainguide
e*thirteen
LG1+ 32-36T
+ bash guard
Chainguide: e*thirteen LG1+ 32-36T. Misc: + bash guard
Cranks
SRAM
GX Eagle Lunar
170mm
Cranks: SRAM GX Eagle Lunar. Misc: 170mm
Chainrings / Sprocket
SRAM
GX Eagle 32T
Chainrings / Sprocket: SRAM GX Eagle 32T
Bottom Bracket
SRAM
DUB 73mm BSA
black
Bottom Bracket: SRAM DUB 73mm BSA. Misc: black
Chain
SRAM
XX1 Rainbow
Chain: SRAM XX1 Rainbow
Cassette / Rear Cog
SRAM
GX Eagle XG-1275
Cassette / Rear Cog: SRAM GX Eagle XG-1275
Pedals
Nukeproof
Horizon Pro Downhill
purple
Pedals: Nukeproof Horizon Pro Downhill. Misc: purple
Front Rim
DT Swiss
XM481
Front Rim: DT Swiss XM481
Rear Rim
DT Swiss
XM481
Rear Rim: DT Swiss XM481
Hubs
DT Swiss
DT350
Hubs: DT Swiss DT350
Spokes
DT Swiss
Competition DB Black
Spokes: DT Swiss Competition DB Black
Front Tire
Maxxis
Assegai 2.5 WT EXO+ MaxxGrip
epically hard to find(it or the DD)
Front Tire: Maxxis Assegai 2.5 WT EXO+ MaxxGrip. Misc: epically hard to find(it or the DD)
Rear Tire
Maxxis
Minnion DHR II 2.4 WT 3C DD
Rear Tire: Maxxis Minnion DHR II 2.4 WT 3C DD
Saddle
Nukeproof
Horizon Enduro
Sam Hill edition(*saddly*, it does not make me faster 😟)
Saddle: Nukeproof Horizon Enduro. Misc: Sam Hill edition(*saddly*, it does not make me faster 😟)
Seatpost
OneUp Components
V2 180mm
Wolftooth ReMote lever, purple
Seatpost: OneUp Components V2 180mm. Misc: Wolftooth ReMote lever, purple
Seatpost Clamp
Nukeproof
Seatpost Clamp: Nukeproof
General Info

General Info

Model Year
2021
Model Year:
2021
Riding Type
Trail / All-Mountain
Riding Type:
Trail / All-Mountain
Weight
36 lb 0.4 oz (16340 g)
Weight: 36 lb 0.4 oz (16340 g)
Additional Info

I written down a 40 minutes short story in which I was explaining how this bike came into life, since the moment of placing the frame order in February 2021 until its assembly in December 2021 and all the epic struggles in between, to get the necessary parts/components for it... but, vital decided that it needs me to log off instead of *save* 😁 .. so, I'll try to edit back the story at a later time. On short, it was hard to build it, even comically at some points but, in the end, it all worked out quite alright; if you consider one, get it!, it is quite awesome!
...................................................

so.. edit with the story.
the frame supposed to arrive in June.. but, in reality, it arrived late September.
I brought the fork in May(waiting for the frame to arrive as per the first discussion); when the frame finally arrived.. no components were to be seen or found anywhere(I am still trying to find a 780mm rise 25, Syntace Vector Carbon bar), Shimano drive trains where nonexistent; being annoyed by this, I decided to take the (financial) plunge and get a gx axs.. which was a good thing as the axs set is and feels very very good to use. Decent priced carbon crank-sets, on the other hand, where even more of a unicorn than Shimano's everything. Decided in one evening to go for the gx carbon.. only not to be able to source it anywhere since the very early next morning. #madagain; after some useless search in za interwebz, I took the alu one and try to go on/went on with my life... only to fail miserably.. as, very soon, I hit the epic problem of finding brakes, a one up dropper post, wheels and a maxxis assegai in DD casing for my front wheel(which I also did not have at that point in time). Getting a pair of magura calipers was not really a problem.. no but, getting some new 8000/8020s levers proved to be impossible. Seeing that, I tried to source a pair of 8100/8120s but I only succeded in finding the left lever from a small shop in another county.. then I had to wait some more.. look/search.. and, again, wait some more for the right side lever, which I managed to procure only from another country. It took 5 weeks to sort the brakes situation.. including the finding of a pair of 2mm centerlock rotors because... my usually wheel builder gave me an estimate for my wheel set delivery of minimum 2 months.. with the real possibility of extending that term due to missing stock for my rim/hub desired setup.. which I basically use since my first custom wheelset(tune, flow, sapim cx-ray); I had to think differently and started looking in the community; with a bit of luck, I found a guy that just removed his brand new wheels from an Orbea, considering them too heavy and enduro(?), opting to remove them from the start and replacing them with some high end carbon stuff(too trail oriented if you ask me🙄🤷🏿‍♂️); so, that's how I got a pair of wheels made custom only for Orbea by DT Swiss, with the designation XM1650; basically, they are XM481 rims(30mm internal), DT350 hubs and and Comp DB spokes. The hubs came with centerlock so.. once again, I had to search for almost 2 weeks for those two damn rotors. I could not find, for the love of G.O.D, anywhere, any magura rotors in 220-200mm FR, not necesarrily centerlock but, not even a damn 6 bolt. Shimano's were too slim and a 220mm was nowhere to be found; again, in a morning, I suddenly saw, in stock, SRAM's hs2 and went for them as a thirsty man plunges for water in a desert's oasis. TBH, they're not that great as, I tested a magura caliper-magura rotors set-up and that felt better.. or maybe I just need to put them to some serious descents and not the city/park/urban trails I can ride now when the snow is 5 to 7 ft in the mountains.
Then.. the cherry on the cake.. the maxxis assegai... maxxgrip!(of course, it had to be maxxgrip).. which, neither in DD, as I originally wanted, nor in exo+ form, which I tried to source as well.. cannot be found.. not then.. not now.. probably not ever again!(or smth); again, by some weird stroke of luck, in an obscure, very very little bike shop towards the edge of the city, I found a 2020 unsold assegai exo+.. which I took it #noquestionsasked, thus, having all the components to finish my bike.... after 9 months of waiting. It almost feels like I was waiting for my baby to arrive... which it did.. and I am not(nor was) dissapointed. I do hope for a future where we will be able to build bikes whenever we want and have the financial means but, as things look now, that's a thing for the history books and those time may never return to us.
Cheers guys!
E.

Additional Info:

I written down a 40 minutes short story in which I was explaining how this bike came into life, since the moment of placing the frame order in February 2021 until its assembly in December 2021 and all the epic struggles in between, to get the necessary parts/components for it... but, vital decided that it needs me to log off instead of *save* 😁 .. so, I'll try to edit back the story at a later time. On short, it was hard to build it, even comically at some points but, in the end, it all worked out quite alright; if you consider one, get it!, it is quite awesome!
...................................................

so.. edit with the story.
the frame supposed to arrive in June.. but, in reality, it arrived late September.
I brought the fork in May(waiting for the frame to arrive as per the first discussion); when the frame finally arrived.. no components were to be seen or found anywhere(I am still trying to find a 780mm rise 25, Syntace Vector Carbon bar), Shimano drive trains where nonexistent; being annoyed by this, I decided to take the (financial) plunge and get a gx axs.. which was a good thing as the axs set is and feels very very good to use. Decent priced carbon crank-sets, on the other hand, where even more of a unicorn than Shimano's everything. Decided in one evening to go for the gx carbon.. only not to be able to source it anywhere since the very early next morning. #madagain; after some useless search in za interwebz, I took the alu one and try to go on/went on with my life... only to fail miserably.. as, very soon, I hit the epic problem of finding brakes, a one up dropper post, wheels and a maxxis assegai in DD casing for my front wheel(which I also did not have at that point in time). Getting a pair of magura calipers was not really a problem.. no but, getting some new 8000/8020s levers proved to be impossible. Seeing that, I tried to source a pair of 8100/8120s but I only succeded in finding the left lever from a small shop in another county.. then I had to wait some more.. look/search.. and, again, wait some more for the right side lever, which I managed to procure only from another country. It took 5 weeks to sort the brakes situation.. including the finding of a pair of 2mm centerlock rotors because... my usually wheel builder gave me an estimate for my wheel set delivery of minimum 2 months.. with the real possibility of extending that term due to missing stock for my rim/hub desired setup.. which I basically use since my first custom wheelset(tune, flow, sapim cx-ray); I had to think differently and started looking in the community; with a bit of luck, I found a guy that just removed his brand new wheels from an Orbea, considering them too heavy and enduro(?), opting to remove them from the start and replacing them with some high end carbon stuff(too trail oriented if you ask me🙄🤷🏿‍♂️); so, that's how I got a pair of wheels made custom only for Orbea by DT Swiss, with the designation XM1650; basically, they are XM481 rims(30mm internal), DT350 hubs and and Comp DB spokes. The hubs came with centerlock so.. once again, I had to search for almost 2 weeks for those two damn rotors. I could not find, for the love of G.O.D, anywhere, any magura rotors in 220-200mm FR, not necesarrily centerlock but, not even a damn 6 bolt. Shimano's were too slim and a 220mm was nowhere to be found; again, in a morning, I suddenly saw, in stock, SRAM's hs2 and went for them as a thirsty man plunges for water in a desert's oasis. TBH, they're not that great as, I tested a magura caliper-magura rotors set-up and that felt better.. or maybe I just need to put them to some serious descents and not the city/park/urban trails I can ride now when the snow is 5 to 7 ft in the mountains.
Then.. the cherry on the cake.. the maxxis assegai... maxxgrip!(of course, it had to be maxxgrip).. which, neither in DD, as I originally wanted, nor in exo+ form, which I tried to source as well.. cannot be found.. not then.. not now.. probably not ever again!(or smth); again, by some weird stroke of luck, in an obscure, very very little bike shop towards the edge of the city, I found a 2020 unsold assegai exo+.. which I took it #noquestionsasked, thus, having all the components to finish my bike.... after 9 months of waiting. It almost feels like I was waiting for my baby to arrive... which it did.. and I am not(nor was) dissapointed. I do hope for a future where we will be able to build bikes whenever we want and have the financial means but, as things look now, that's a thing for the history books and those time may never return to us.
Cheers guys!
E.

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