Andy is a seasoned rider who knows what he was after. This 29er can run Single Speed in the winter and geared in the spring and summer – and is bike packing ready for multi day adventures. A flexible platform which doesn’t sacrificing ride quality and looks straight out of Andy’s dream bikes when he got serious about MTB in the 90’s!
The boost rear end is an example of future proofing – where the bolt on cable guides and shimmed down seat tube allow Andy to run an externally routed dropper when he isn’t bike packing. On top of making single speed conversion straight and easy, the sliding dropouts allow Andy to lengthen the wheelbase when the bike is loaded too.
After getting his position dialed by Ben Hallam, I got to grips with the design: at the base of it is a selection of Columbus Zona and Deda steel. To make room for the tire and the chainset, I used a yoke manufactured by Konga in Finland.
When it comes to construction, the front triangle is filet brazed (and left un-filed, like all the other Mercredi!) and the rear end is mostly TIG welded. That ensures of the solidity of the rear end, especially around the stainless sliding dropout.
Andy’s references for paint were wonderful. Rob from Colourburn Studio and I were both taken by the Remi Rough paintings. It worked very well with the Mercredi vibe and would also be a great opportunity for Rob to use the hand painted technique he specialises in.
One of the best parts about making bikes is the face the riders make when they see their new machine ready for the first time. Andy saw his a little bit before it was all done, but his expression really didn’t disappoint.
Tube set– Columbus Zona, Deda, Konga
Fork– RockShox SID
Bearings – Hope
Groupset– Shimano XT
Finishing Kit -Thomson, Fabric
Wheels – Hope Pro4, WTB, Sapim
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