Nov 23, 2018 by Evan Bailey
The build is finished! It took longer than expected but in reality it didn’t take too long. Had I not messed up the crank removal, it would have been a much quicker build but that’s what happens sometimes.
In the last update I was finishing up the install on the Avid mechanical discs I robbed off of my old 26” bike. I finished adjusting them which luckily on those brakes, is surprisingly easy for mechanical disc brakes. I did some adjustments on the derailleur, and shortened the chain to accommodate the new 32T chainring up front.
I then installed the new handlebar grips, cleaned it up, lubed the chain and I think we are done!
I’m happy with the outcome. So much better than what it was before. The tires are narrower than I was expecting and wanted but due to the lefty rigid fork, the rims and tires can’t get too wide, so we’ll see out they perform on the trails. I hope he has enough traction!
Down the road maybe we will update the wheelset and add a front suspension fork to it.
As mentioned before, this was supposed to be a Christmas present for my oldest son. My wife and I decided to give it to him early since the weather in Houston has had its nice days lately and we don’t know what the weather will be like on Christmas day.
We had the bike waiting for him when he got back from his friend’s birthday party and the silly kid didn’t even notice the bike was in the room for a few minutes. He finally saw it and was super excited and surprised. He jumped on it right away and started riding it in the front yard and luckily it fit with room to grow. See video below for his first ride... and crashes.
Shifting gears and only using a brake lever to stop is still a new concept to him so we will need to practice. We plan to first practice along some of the drainage creeks near our neighborhood before we venture out onto a real trail. More adventures to come!
Oh, so here is the breakdown of the final build. The brakes unfortunately could have been a budget breaker for this ultra cheap build. Luckily I had the old Avids as an option so MY final price didn’t change.
Project Cannondale 24 Final Costs:
Total Upgrades: $108
Total Costs: $228
Misc expenses that are partial use and will be used on other projects