So here we are again my friend! My first build was my COTIC Solaris Max, Mountain Death Project! The FIRST build! And it was epic! British Racing Green, smattered with camo and orange bits. Just...really wicked!
That bike made me a better rider! Long, low, slack and fast! A big wheeled beast of a bike...
Then? It was gone. Sold to a friend of mine on a whim one day. But lo, the day has come that Mountain Death Project is back! COTIC released the NEW version. Nothing too crazy, steeper seat angle, and more versatile frame. And a sweet looking SuperNova Orange! I'm in! I ordered one, just in time for them to be sold out, once again.
This build will shame the last one. And that one was epic! But, this one will be tamer in a way. Less travel. Last time I ran 160mm on a 140 max frame...oops! This time we'll keep it at 140mm. A bit steeper head angle, but still slack.
*** It'll be light. Quick. Nimble and as versatile as my ECR, but in mountain gear. It's going to be a pretty radical XC bike...Wireless drivetrain, narrower tires, light, fast. It's going to be what the original Was NOT...but better. You'll see...****SSCCREEEECCHHHing HALT!!!!****
So change of plans on all the XC talk! Seeing as how Northwoods Death Project and Phantom Death Project is coming soon, I decided to make this a more hardcore hardtail, again! :) Just like the last one! But better!
Some wide RideFast Racing carbon wheels, 2.4" Versus All Mountain rubber, and a bit more travel...150mm of DVO butter smoothness! Yeah. Now it feels right! Stay tuned!
Having sold my first COTIC, my favorite, I had to replace it! So here you go! Mountain Death Project II
I kept the wireless setup from the GG Gnarvana. And thankfully! can't wait to put this through it's paces this time around.
I love e*thirteen stuff! Light, stiff and bulletproof! I use it almost solely on all my builds.
I needed more travel. So swapped out the DVO for a brandX I had in stock. External so it's easier to mess with and 25mm more travel! It's an all-mountain bike after all!
Because they just work!
Something new to mess with! Great reviews. Why not?! I'll keep you posted on these babies!
Swapping the Helm back out with DVO, why? BUTTER! Smooth and a bit less finicky to mess with. GO with what works, right?
Another set of these bad boys! LOVE them! Light and super-durable carbon wheels. When only the best will do!
Frame Ordered: 7/01/2020
Start Date: 8/09/2020
End Date: 8/11/2020
First Ride: 8/12/2020
COTIC Solaris Max XL Supernova Orange
DVO Diamond 150mm 51 offset fork
Cane Creek 110 headset
e*thirteen race carbon 30mm rise bar
e*thirteen 40mm x 35mm stem
Unite Co bashguard
e*thirteen alloy race pedals
Wheels Mfg BB
SRAM AXS X01 drivetrain:
-SRAM X01 Cassette
-SRAM X01 Carbon crankset
-SRAM X01 Wireless derailleur
-SRAM XX1 chain
RideFast Racing Mainline wheelset
Versus 29 x 2.4" All Mountain rubber
Schwalbe Racing Ray/Racing Ralph 29x2.25
Custom "The Death Projects" carbon wheels - hand built
White Industries Hubs
TRP SLC Brakes
TRP TR29 203mm rotors fr
TRP TR29 180mm rotor rear
BrandX 150mm external dropper
Wolftooth Dropper trigger
Terry Fly Ti saddle