Sette Razzo = Single Rigid

OK, no it doesn’t, but mine is. My Sette Razzo build is more of a parts bin build than Joe’s White Zion, but I’m not jealous since mine is a 29er! 😉 The Sette Razzo came to us just under two weeks ago from pricepoint and after finding some parts and picking up a tensioner kit, we finally have it built up.

The shiny finish on the Razzo makes matching anything to it pretty easy

The decision to go SS was quite easy. Everyone else was doing it, so why not me? j/k. I’ve been intrigued with SS ever since I picked up a SS commuting bike. I have been enjoying my singlespeed commutes to work so much that I knew the next logical step would be to try it out on the trail. Of course my commute to work is nearly flat and the trails are… well not flat. At times, I do wonder what kind of pain I’ve gotten myself into.

Got to run the bigger rubber up front for more cush. Rigid is tough on the body, but big wheels and bigger rubber makes up for the lack of suspension

Rigid was an easy decision as well. I really liked the eXotic Carbon fork on a previous bike so it was an easy call to go back to rigid for the Razzo build. A carbon fork which dampens some of the trail chatter plus a wide front tire provides me with enough cushion for most of the rides I’ll ever do on a singlespeed bike… at least that’s what I currently think. We’ll see if that changes with more saddle time. One thing I’ll have to be aware of is how much air pressure I run up front. I want enough to prevent pinch flats, but not so much as to lose the cush.

Forte’s Singlespeed Conversion Kit made for an switch to SS. Not the cleanest look, but effective

The easiest decision was getting the Forte Singlespeed Conversion Kit. I received a gift card to Performance for Christmas and we’ve had some good feedback in regards to the kit. But if Performance sold the White Industries Eccentric Eno Disc Hub, I’d have a much more difficult time with the decision. Thankfully, they don’t and my wallet is safe.

Shiny spacers to go along with the shiny frame. Props to our master mechanic RL for all the help with the build

First ride will be this week. Running through some of the geometry numbers shows I might need to shorten up the stem a little. We’ll see, though. Geometry numbers are just that: numbers. Although geometry numbers can indicate a lot of different things, riding is still the best way to determine comfort. Riding the bike will let me know for sure whether I need to perform a couple of parts swaps. Keep checking back in as I get in some rides on the Sette Razzo.

New Rigid Single Speed project

For my birthday last month, my fiancé bought me a Zion 660 EBB (eccentric bottom bracket) frame from Jenson USA.  At first, I wasn’t quite sure which route I wanted to build the bike – either Rigid SS, SS w/suspension or a 1×9.  Unsure for awhile, I even thought about returning the frame and save the money for something else.  With several bikes already in my stable, do I really need another one?  Uhhh… YES

IMG_9583 copy by you.                                       ZION 660 EBB frame

All this recent talk about rigid bikes on our site hasn’t helped.  As a matter of fact I finally decided to go with… a rigid SS build.

I’ve heard both good and bad things about the Zion EBB frame.  However I’ve always been one to take good care of my things, so I don’t foresee having too many problems… at least I hope not.  I am very excited to build this.  The frame is a 4130 double butted chromoloy and comes in at 5.26 lbs.  With many spare parts in my garage, I’m sure I’ll be able to have this completed sooner than later.  It probably won’t be the lightest off the bat, but I’ll be able to ride it a lot sooner.  I’ll make changes along the way or as appropriate.

IMG_9578 copy by you.                                        EBB-Eccentric Bottom Bracket

First on the build in the Axis SL headset from WOOdman components.  Following RL’s instructional video on “how to install a headset”, the build in under way. 

IMG_9586 by you.                                      Frame weighing in at 5.26lbs.

Waiting in the wings are Race Face ISIS BB and Deus crankset.  I also have a Sun Ringle Singletrack wheelset, laced to XT hubs ready to assemble with new Maxxis Larsen TTs (also received for my bday from

I’ll be posting updates regularly on the build so stay tuned.

A Return to Rigid

eXotic Carbon rigid fork

Today was a beautiful morning to put in some mountain biking time on the recently installed eXotic carbon 29er fork. I went to my nearby trail while it was still dark and put in a slow paced 8 miles.

Carbon weave… oh so pretty

It’s funny because my body seemed to subconsciously realize that I am not training for a race. I don’t know why or how but after 5 minutes of riding I found myself going real soft and smooth. I wasn’t at my normal “push myself? speed. I’m sure it wasn’t the new fork because a few days earlier I took it out for a ride and I was pushing it pretty hard. It was a little odd not having the constant desire to push myself and see if I could get my fastest time possible on this route. Rather on hills that I’d usually choose a middle gear in the back, I chose a lower gear. On parts that I would normally blast down and “deftly? carve, I gently rolled through and enjoyed the scenery. It was nice.

Nice crown

It was especially nice with the carbon fork. My previous time on a rigid fork was a steel fork that the Mono 9 came with. The steel fork was very nice. It made me a believer in riding rigid. And now that I have this carbon fork I’m enjoying my rigid days again.

Crossing a bridge, the eXotic fork was raring to go

Nirve Night Owl First Impressions

We received the Nirve Night Owl last week. We’ll be testing this bike as a daily commuter and as a single speed rigid bike. Though the Nirve doesn’t recommend that the Night Owl be used as a bike for the single track, I decided to see what kind of fun I could have with it.

This morning I woke up a bit earlier than normal so I could get out on the local trail to test ride the Night Owl. The bike rolls rather fast thanks to its 44t chain ring. The rear freewheel, from what I can tell maybe a 16t. The bike flies down the trail.

nirve night owl

I went ahead and swapped out the tires with some Bontrager XR Jones for this purpose. The stock beach cruiser style tires wouldn’t do so well out on the moist trail.

After a few miles of initial testing, the Night Owl seems to do pretty well. The only thing I saw was some discoloration from the rim wall due to applying the brakes.

The Night Owl is also proving to be a great commuter bike. I’ve been testing this around Fullerton and Brea, Ca. and the bike is simply fun! For some weird reason, the Night Owl brings out the kid in me. The bars make me think that I’m riding a BMX, but the size and the speed does remind me of a mountain bike. Not only is it a handsome bike, but you immediately smile as soon as you take your first few pedal strokes.