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Thread: Cove Hustler 29 - The Sub $2000 29er Trail Bike Challenge Build

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    Default Cove Hustler 29 - The Sub $2000 29er Trail Bike Challenge Build

    Was looking for a bit of a change of scene trail bike wise and had someone interested in buying my old Spec Camber 29 but money is a bit tight right now so I challenged myself to build up a decent 130mm 29er trail bike with a new frame and 11 speed XT for under $2000. Wanted to build something slack-ish, no nonsense and low maintenance. Ended up settling on a 2015 Cove Hustler 29 frame that was being run out on CRC.

    Frame, shock, headset and groupset picked up for around $1200 and the rest is a mix of bits from the parts bin, Australian online stores, gumtree and RB.

    First spin this morning and its pretty damn impressive.

    Frame - Cove Hustler 29 2015 large
    Rear shock - Fox factory CTD kashima (130mm)
    Front shock/fork - Fox 32 Float Fit 130mm
    Handlebars - Renthal Fatbar lite
    Stem - Raceface 60mm
    Headset - Nukeproof
    Grips - ESI Chunky
    Saddle - Specialized Henge
    Seatpost - Generic 31.6
    Front brake - Avid Elixir 203mm
    Rear brake - Avid Elixir 180mm
    Cranks - XT BB, SLX Hollowtech II w/ Blackspire 32
    Chain - XT 11 speed
    Pedals - Shimano SPD
    Rear derailleur - Shimano XT medium Cage
    Rear shifter - Shimano XT
    Cassette - XT 11-42 11 Speed
    Front hub - Black
    Rear hub - Also Black
    Front rim - Alex
    Rear rim - Roval
    Spokes - DT Comp
    Nipples - DT brass
    Tyres - Maxxis HR II exo tr 3c /Kenda Nevegal 2.2

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    Nicely done - I've always been a big fan of Coves.

    For under 2k you've done well.

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    Really nice build - love coves
    So what was the final cost


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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb888 View Post
    Really nice build - love coves
    So what was the final cost


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    $1297- frame, shock, headset, chainring, cassette, shifter, rear mech, seatpost clamp and cables

    $450ish second hand fork off gumtree

    $130 - new front alex wheel from merlin

    $50 - second hand rear wheel, tires and rotors off facebook

    $30 - bb from pushys

    $55 - brake adapters, seatpost and maxle from cyclingdeal

    $55 - slx cranks off RB

    $5 - set of banged up elixirs off a mate

    Bars, seat, stem, pedals and grips from the parts bin (which is kinda cheating but hey they werent being used)
    Last edited by oliosky; 03-11-2016 at 01:32 PM.

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    Looks good, what's the tyre clearance like? Do you think you could fit a 2.8 in there and run 27+?

    How's it ride compared to the camber?

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    Looks good man.

    How's it compare to the camber?

    What's the tyre clearance like, would 2.8's fit to run it as a 27+

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Hopkins View Post
    Looks good, what's the tyre clearance like? Do you think you could fit a 2.8 in there and run 27+?

    How's it ride compared to the camber?
    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Hopkins View Post
    Looks good man.

    How's it compare to the camber?

    What's the tyre clearance like, would 2.8's fit to run it as a 27+

    Cheers
    Hey mate. I reckon there wouldnt be enough room for a plus tire unfortunately. The cove rides great, solid in the rough stuff and stable at a bit of pace. In comparison to the camber, the cove really holds it line better, but it definitely doesnt go up hill as well.

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    Recently, picked up some cheap sram guides, 45mm stem and addded a shrader valve to the IFP fill point on the float CTD so can tune IFP depth/pressure and fill without having to send the shock away.

    Its turned out to be a really fun capable bike.

    http://imgur.com/xaXi4gM

    http://imgur.com/mTPvpvr

    http://imgur.com/DOYgjoh

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    New 140mm RS Yari and some offset bushings. Low key trail slayer.

    http://imgur.com/a/cm4aW

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    5/7. Needs banana for scale
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