Done lurking, first post since ecmtb and bike porn pics

Hi all, I’ve been lurking around on here for a little while and seeing as I’ve been riding a lot again (or at least trying to) I’d start posting again. I was a big poster way back in the ecmtb days as Nope, I’m just posting here under my real name and ditching that silliness.

Oh yes, the bike porn part. I had been drooling over a couple of new different bikes over the last several months, I’ve always been a hardtail rider and wanted something a bit more interesting, more hardcore, agile, you know… fun. So on a quest I went, aluminum is boring I said, I’ve had a million of em, oh and I want more travel and also a short rear end, I want something that can whip around corners, something that… pops. It still must climb well though!

So off on a journey I went, discovering a few small bike companies out of the UK, Cotic Bikes, Stanton, and a few others. Also a company in Poland called NS Bikes that previously made mostly BMX bikes, Oh and Chromag in BC. The Stanton Slackline Ti is now my dream bike, but that’s a bit out of my price range right now. One night browsing on Pinkbike however, not really looking for anything in particular I came across a NS Bikes Surge frame, 2012, never built up, in Halifax! Well, if that isn’t a sign I don’t know what is. Needless to say I made an offer and had it in my hands that night, at a great price as well, and so the build commenced.

It has been recently finished (is it really ever finished?) and here are some pics. I’ve only had it out three times so far and it is one of the funnest bikes I have ever ridden, riding a steel frame again with a modern geometry is really cool. I had been afraid about how it would climb, it’s a more aggressive setup then my old Kona and it’s 3lbs heavier, after riding it in Whopper and Spider Lake those fears have been put to rest, it climbs just as well as any other bike I’ve ever had.

2012 NS Surge, 4130 double butted Sanko chromoly, Manitou Minute Expert 130mm, Deore, LX, XT parts and BB7 brakes. Weighing in around 30lbs. I kept the drivetrain and wheels off my old Kona Caldera, and my Chris King headset that I’ve had since 1999.

Cheers, and see you on the trails.

Welcome to the forum Aaron…

If you want to meet up with some of the crew on here, try and make it out to the Tuesday night ride sometime… this Tuesday is extra special… jk :?

Nice ride by the way… the last hardtail I had was a Woodman ‘D’… super slack geo with a short rear end… loved that bike. I have done stuff on that bike that I haven’t attempted on my squishies since… I was just comfortable and confidence inspiring.

nice bike,and welcome back

Welcome aboard! Haven’t heard your old ECMTB name for eons! Sick rig, BTW.

Sweet bike! I recently built up a steel hard tail (on-one), I almost pulled the trigger on that same fork but I’m worried it will be a bit too long.

Thanks for the Welcomes!

Which on-one? The Inbred or the 456? Both of them we’re on my short list until the opportunity to pick up the Surge frame. A 130mm would be tall for an Inbred but a 456 can take up to 150mm, the Surge frame is rated up to 160mm so I figure 130mm is a good compromise. Actually the fork was the hardest decision, I originally wasn’t going to go as far as 130mm, I took a gamble though and got it. After riding it I now feel like I could have gone to 140mm, 150mm may be too much for the trails around here though. It seems to climb as well as any bike I’ve had, and I used to have primarily XC race bikes before my Kona Caldera. I’ve actually been impressed with how well it climbs. The on-one 456 however has a way slacker head angle than the Surge so that frame would obviously handle a lot different with the same fork.

I’ve got an Inbred, I’ve only gotten to ride it a few times but I loved it so far. Wanted the 456 before they changed the geo to the 456 EVO and slackened it out quite a bit. I’ll probably end up with a 120mm fork. I’ve seen people online with 130mm and have no worries that the frame could take it, just worried it would handle poorly. I’ve got a 80mm fox on it now, it’s spaced up to 100, but it’s really closer to 90mm.

Oh wow, yea the 456 EVO’s HA is 65.7, that’s crazy lol. The Imbred is much more reasonable, and 120mm is pretty well perfect for a hardtail on the trails around here. I couldn’t decide between that or 140 so 130 it was.