New Conversion: Bike Check
I’m really excited to share my newest build, the Breakbrake17 26er Charmer (on 29ers). I’ve been fortunate to have the support from Yang and BB17 for nearly 1 year now and I am very grateful to have been able to work on the Charmer frames and other parts. With all of the hype around negative bottom brackets I decided it was time to give a spin. As most everyone who has switched has commented, the raised center of gravity takes a few pedals to settle in to. A change in 5.5cm makes a drastic difference. Apart from that however, the 26er still has the same solid clearance as the original Charmer and rolls just as smooth. The higher bb does necessitate taller bars in order to off set the higher seat. Against the guidance of some of the Zlog crew I sought out some 4″ Immortis Bucket Bars. Torey seemed to get down with them and their cruiser style for some reason appealed to me. Definitely the stiffest handlebars i’ve ridden. The narrow cross bar and back sweep also required some getting used to. Apart from that, I’m running a slotted 14mm axle on 14mm dropouts (weight savings) that will soon be replaced by an appropriate hub and axle combo. Also, riding an Unknown chainring and a cushy set of Phoenix v2 straps. Also, the Premium pivotal was the best investment of $25 hands down. Thanks to all those who supported the build and my daily enjoyment on it.