The ULTIMATE HARDTAIL Genesis Latitude Reynolds 853 steel mountain bike shimano XT Rockshox Thomson FSA
This bike is my pride and joy so prepare for some lengthy description..
I am selling my bellowed Genesis Latitude 853. In my opinion, it is one of the sexiest frames on the market, with excellent welding job and proportion of tube widths. The frame also features mounts for two water bottle cages, mudguard under downtube, mounts for heavy-duty rear rack and replaceable derailleur hanger. It must be seen in person to be fully appreciated. It was meant to be my ultimate hardtail project for weekend getaways, but I only had very few chances to use it.
I have kept all boxes for new components so if there is anything that you do not like on this bike you can sell on eBay as near new.
I have built this bike for myself, with an exceptional attention to detail and to the specification that captures majority of riding disciplines. It is a very comfortable and springy 853 Reynolds steel bike for all day riding. You have to try riding steel framed bikes to fully appreciate their benefits. It is hard to explain, but once you have tried you are not going back to alloy.
The frame itself is made of top of the range Reynolds 853 tubing with best strength to weight ratio and super trail-smoothing abilities. Genesis Latitude 853 Mountain Bike Frame features gusset free, triple butted Reynolds 853 DZB top and down tubes mated to a Reynolds 631 XX44 compatible head tube. The frame, which is both light and stiff while still retaining comfort for all day epic rides has a modern geometry with 22” top tube, relatively short 423mm chain stays and 44mm head tube to accommodate both, tapered and non-tapered fork steerers. The position on this bike is similar to likes of Stanton Slackline, or Cotic Soul.
This is a ‘fresh’ build with brand new XT drivetrain, SLX brakes including Deore XT iSpec B shifters , Thomson stem, FSA handlebar, Cane Creek headset is 1.1/8 for non-tapered steerers giving ability to swap for a rigid forks should you wish to convert to a commuter (frame will also accept 1.5” tapered steerer).
Quite unique about this bike is that I have built it to 3x10 setup, as I believe this is still the best option for MTB. Not only it gives you better gear ratio and speed, but also allows for many component options, such as fitting bash guard in place of outer ring, or replacing middle ring with a narrow wide chain ring; for 1 x setup while on trails.
The wheels are Bontrager Rhythm, probably the most underrated on the market. They are absolutely bomb proof whilst still being very lightweight and relatively inexpensive (yes I am big fan). These are Enduro-classed wheels with internal rim width of 23mm, built with DT Swiss spokes. I have just replaced all 6 bearings to Enduro dual LLB sealed, just to bring the wheelset back to ‘like new’ condition. They are perfectly true and no rookie ever messed up the spoke tensions! Also keeping them glued to the ground are brand new Specialized Fast Track Sport tyre 26” x 2.0” tyres. I will also include another set of Cyclecross Schwalbe CX Pro tyres 26” x 1.35” should you need to convert the bike to touring.
The forks are Rockshox Sektor 120-150mm travel and have been purchased specifically as I wanted reliable and most importantly predictable spring-loaded forks with decent performance. They have had a very easy life due to predominantly being used for commuting (in locked position) in the past on my other bike. Seals and stations are perfect.
Note: Genesis Frame, forks and wheels have been kept from my previous project. There are used, but in excellent condition.
Detailed breakdown of total build cost below:
Frame – Reynolds 853 - 17.5inch + clear invisi vinyl wrap - £420 (cost new)
Forks – Rockshox Sektor Gold RL dual 120mm-150mm fully adjustable – £480 (cost new)
Wheels – Bontrager Rhythm – 26inch Enduro Wheels with steel freehub – Approx. £370 (cost new)
Grips – Bontrager RL - £18 (cost new)
Seatpost – Bontrager Rhythm Pro - £59 (cost new)
Seatpost clamp - Genesis quick release
NEW Components (lightly used like new):
Brakes – Shimano SLX Ispec B with resin pads installed - £190
Rotors – Shimano RT66 – 160mm x 2 - £34
Shifters – Shimano XT Ispec B x 2 - £90 (ISpec mounts on brake clamp)
Gear Cable – Optislick XT M8000 laser - £24
Crank – Shimano XT M780 3x10 Speed - £136
Bearings – Enduro with dual LLB Seal 6805 x 2, 6903 x 2, 6902 x 2- Full Set - £53
Bottom bracket – Shimano XT - £24
Cassette – Shimano XT M771 - £49
Chain – KMC X10-93 – £15
Derailleurs – Rear: Shimano XT M786 10-speed shadow+, with clutch and Front: Shimano XT 3x10 dual pull, bottom mount - £95
Pedals – DMR Flat - £35
Tyres – 2 x Specialized Fast Track Sport tyre 26” x 2.0” and additional 2 x Schwalbe CX Pro 26” x 1.35”- £108
Stem –Thomson Elite - £69
Handlebar – FSA Afterburner 680mm - £64
Headset – Cane Creek – integrated 44mm - £40
Saddle – SDG Cr-Mo - £69
KS Kind Shocks dropper seat post - £115
Total cost of build: Approximately £2565
PLEASE NOTE: For majority above I still have the original packaging and I can include it in sale in case you want to re-sell and replace with the components of your liking.
First person to see will take.
11 days ago