Van Nicholas Tuareg Titanium 27.5″ 650b Hardtail

My 1*11 setup – cross country MTB 🙂

Updated : March 2021

Photo taken March 2021

Following my last posts concerning the Van Nicholas Tuareg 27.5″ frame build, this is my latest post with all modifications since it’s original build, started in 2013, there have been quite a few….
–For the original build details :

Basically the main modifications were : Going to a 1 * 11 setup. Changing my Magura fork to a RockShox Sid RL, and also adding a dropper ROCKSHOX Reverb AXS wireless control

The bike rides like a dream, it’s handles great, feels perfect, I can’t criticise it, even after 7 years or so, it still feels like new, that’s the thing about Ti frames, they don’t age, no worn, scratched, chipped paint.

I’ve basically got it perfect, maybe I’ll go to a Shimano XTR 1*12 setup (I hate the XT 11 cassette, it looks horrible, but at the time XTR wasn’t an option) just to have a better / smoother choice in the cassette range but that will be expensive as I need to change just about everything, I’m also interested in the Sram Axs drive system, no wires like the dropper post, now that’s neat, but again so expensive…

A great MTB, a great ride

Taken March 2021 with the new AXS dropper seat post.

Frame : Van Nicholas Tuareg Ti, weight 1.76 kilos
Fork : Rockshox RL SID 100mm, weight 1, 57 kilos

Wheels : Handbuilt NoTubes Crest, Duke King Kong Hubs Front and Hope Pro at the back ( The Duke broke on me while doing the Roc ), with CxRay sapin spokes & DT prolock hexa nipples, weight 1.38 kilos the pair
Tyres : Front : Maxxis Ardent. Back : Maxxis Icon

Brakes : Hope Tech X2, 160cm front, 160cm. Sadly no more matchmakers from Hope as they don’t make them for the tech X2 and the XTR shifter version 2018
Gears : Cassette XT M800 11 speed. Shimano XTR M9000 Shadow Plus Rear Derailleur (Shimano don’t do XTR in 11 speed setups) and Shimano XTR SL-M9000-I Rapidfire back shifter
Drive train : SRAM XO with a X-Sync Direct Mount 6mm Offset 11V 32 chainring. Chain XTR

Components : Race Face stem and handlebars, Chris King headset, XTR pedals
Seat post : Dropper ROCKSHOX Reverb AXS wireless control, 650 gms
Saddle : Brooks Ti C3

If you want the details concerning the older 26″ version

Total weight with pedals about 11.70 kilos

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