Updated 2010 Morewood Makulu 27.5"/650b 9

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Vital MTB member Sam_Halton
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Parts Brand Model Additional info
Frame Makulu 2010 Large
Rear Shock BOS Void 2 brand new
Fork Rock Shox Boxxer Team with Charger brand new
Handlebar Spank Spoon 785 red
Stem Syntace F44 DM 10 year warranty
Grips ODI Troy Lee Signature
Brakes Shimano Saint Front,. XT Rear 203mm front 185mm rear
Brake Levers Shimano XT levers Saint front caliper XT rear caliper
Shifters Shimano ZEE 10spd
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow + medium cage
Cranks Race Face Atlas FR 165mm red
Chainrings / Sprocket Race Face Narrow Wide 36t
Bottom Bracket Shimano Dura-Ace 7900
Chain KMC X10SL Gold
Cassette / Rear Cog SRAM Red OG 1090 10 Speed Cassette
Pedals DMR Vaults
Front Rim Stan's NoTubes Flow EX 650b
Rear Rim Stan's NoTubes Flow MK3 650b
Hubs Hadley Front Hadley Rear WTB super duty
Spokes DT Swiss competition spokes pro lock nips
Front Tire WTB Breakout 2.5 high grip tough sidewall
Rear Tire Maxxis Minnion DHR II 2.3 Double Down 2x120tpi casing
Saddle Serfas Stinger RS Ti rails 185grams
Seatpost Race Face Turbine 30.9mm
Seatpost Clamp Azonic
General Info
Model Year 2010
Riding Type Downhill
Weight 35 lb 0 oz (15876 g)
Additional Info This is a frame I purchased in January 2017 in hopes of having it built for the 2017 season, the plan was originally with 26" wheels which is what the frame was built for.... that never happened. I was having a hard time getting motivated to build a 26" dh race bike after riding friends 27.5 race rigs. Well, after it sat in my living room as a display piece for 9 months I finally said what the hell and tossed the rear wheel off my friends 27.5 trail bike on the rear, and it fit!!! With even more tire clearance than I had on my last Canfield Jedi! then it was go time. thanks to QBP putting a bunch of sweet stuff up on closeout (BOS shock and Boxxer Team) I was able to build my Morewood frame with brand new parts and update it to 650b for a total build under $1500, not including spare parts I had kicking around (hubs, brakes, front rim and tire, seat and seat post, and the crankset. bottom bracket height is at 13.75" and the only thing I might still change would be installing an angleset to get the head tube angle down a bit. t Haven't ridden the bike more than in my driveway and yard, hopefully getting to Creek or Thunder this weekend! The weight is done on a digital bathroom scale, obviously not 100% but I think its pretty accurate. Ill confirm it at the shop soon! Let me know what you think!
9 comments
  • crooksy

    9/25/2017 4:49 PM

    I am really liking this.......I am currently on a 2012 Makulu and while it is an awesome bike, have been looking to upgrade to be at least on par with the competition when I race. Now I know that you can put 27.5" wheels on it, I am thinking this is a better option for a cash strapped racer like me right now as I cant justify dropping 6-7k on a new race rig. I not long got my rig sorted just the way I like it (altough need new brakes, my avids exploded so now running SLX's as that all I had spare). Maybe I can look at a new set of wheels and an angleset.........thanks for proving this can be done to an oldr Makulu!

  • Sam_Halton

    10/6/2017 3:38 PM

    just noticed your comment, thanks! your thoughts are mine exactly, last couple races i did on a 26" dh bike felt like a serious disadvantage, this bike is my baller on a budget build. good luck with your resurrection!

  • bokCZ

    9/24/2017 1:59 AM

    eccentric shock bushings will be probably cheaper than angle set

  • Sam_Halton

    9/24/2017 10:16 AM

    yeah ive thought about just getting some offset bushings. I work at a shop so cost on the angle set isnt too bad, the bike could use a fresh headset either way. got out on the bike yesterday for the first time and it was awesome!

  • lister_yu

    9/25/2017 12:38 AM

    then maybe you try both and see what works better for you. cool project and I like the outcome very much. shows that there is room for good stuff even if it did not look like that at the beginning.

    cool idea and cool you finished it

  • Sam_Halton

    9/25/2017 7:42 AM

    my concern with running the offset bushing is that it is essentially running a shorter i2i shock, on full bottom out the wheel is already quite close to hitting the seat tube. any shorter on the shock/offset bushings and Im pretty sure I would run into issues with the rear tire hitting the frame.

  • Ezkaton

    9/25/2017 4:02 PM

    I was about to say, I'm running offsets on my Makulu of the same year (also won a Bike Of The Day!) on a 10.5x3.5" shock... but then I noticed you put 27.5" wheels on, whereas I'm on 26"! Haha.

    Now I know why it looks a bit weird at least!

  • iceman2058

    9/24/2017 1:13 AM

    Bike of the Day September 24, 2017!

  • Sam_Halton

    9/24/2017 10:14 AM

    thanks!! got out on it for the first time yesterday, the bike rips!

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