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Custom Mondraker RAZE Build…

Custom Mondraker RAZE dream build by BikeCo

Daydreaming about how I’d build up a Mondraker RAZE for myself…

BikeCo.com provides riders access to spec swaps to dial in personality, performance and look.

So what on my photoshopped dream custom Mondraker RAZE is fashion and what is function?

FUNCTION First

Both on this blog and in my build goals I put Function First… Some things are that important to my bike’s personality and my trail enjoyment that I can make sacrifices in other areas to make sure I’ve got my favorite bits in key places. This list is prioritized from top to bottom.

Tires. I will admit where I’m spoiled and, well, I’d rather not ride a bike than ride it with tires I KNOW won’t work… It’s one thing to test something you have reasonable faith in – but stretching way out in the tire world is a good way to end up in the bushes on your ride. I ride Minion DHF or DHR II front options with EXO+ or EXO sidewalls. In the rear I tend to lean into the same tires mentioned above or possibly an Aggressor. EXO+ or EXO sidewalls and lately I’ve been running a CushCore XC to keep off the rims a bit more.

Magura Brakes. Insert your favorite brake brand here. I prefer the modulation and power that Magura offer. Riders looking for a bit more instant bite tend to gravitate to Shimano’s lineup. Both Magura and Shimano offer a models at a variety of price points.

In my case, I run MT7 brakes currently but I’ve run MT5 for years and years (same pair made it through like 5 bikes or something?). If budget is tight I’m leaning into the MT5s for sure or maybe the MT7s with a standard lever. Both the MT5 and MT7 have lever upgrades down the line.

FOX Float X Rear Shock. Being a heavier rider I like the idea of a more robust shock. Also, since I tend to ride a variety of terrain, but my average before or after work rip isn’t super burly I gravitate to bikes like the RAZE or Yeti SB130’s travel range. You can get a bit more punch out of the bike with the Float X instead of the inline DPS.

Saddle. If you have a saddle you know you like stick with what works! Ergon and SQ Labs are the favorites around here although a lot of riders have been true to WTB for decades and why change what works?

Bars / Grips. Like your saddle if you know what you like you should run it. I run 785mm carbon bars from Renthal or RaceFace in 35mm rise. I find the sweep on both of these bars creates a nice, confident feel. Depending on your bar width and weight you might shop stiffer or more compliant bars. If you’re cutting your bars way down remember you’re losing some leverage and going to make them stiffer. So, if you start with the 810mm DH bar of one of your heros it might turn into a teeth rattler by the time you’ve got it fit to you. Chat with the sales team for insight on which bar is right for you.

FUNCTION & FASHION

So I feel like this is kind of a grey area.

XX1 Chain. The last couple builds I have run GX drivetrains, but, I have upgraded to the XX1 chain with great results. If you keep the drivetrain relatively clean and lube it appropriately the SRAM Eagle systems provide amazing total mileage.

The SRAM XX1 Chain is also available in Black (my current go to on a blacked out bike), Gold, Copper, or AXS Rainbow. All of these chains perform the same but the little bit of color flare can really set off a build.

Which brings us to

FASHION

It’s funny, I wear all black, nothing branded except for the occasional BikeCo hat or sweatshirt (or my Fight Like A Kid hat these days) but, when it comes to my bikes, motorcycles or cars I admit to being kinda vain! And why not – you should love looking at your bike. These Fashion bits are mainly vanity there are a variety of bits that can perform and hit a wide price point – but if you’ve got it in the budget why not go all in on looks too?

Putting together my interpretation of this dream Mondraker RAZE custom I wanted to compliment the frame’s colorway (which BTW, I really love even as someone who usually runs murdered out bikes).

I started the Fashion parts list with the XX1 Copper chain because I wanted to compliment the Kashima coated rear shock and fork.

FOX Factory Transfer Dropper. I also added a Factory dropper post for the same reason. Moving the Kashima accent color to all of the bike’s edges helps cohesively tie it in.

Magura MDR-P Rotors. While these are great rotors I tend to run the Magura HC options. But I loved the way the black insert looked (and made it easier to photoshop!)… The MDR-P has a greater heat capacity and is available in a 220mm option for riders who are really hard on their rotors.

Total Fashion change, but I pulled the forward facing “36” from the fork legs and I think the yellow graphics are much more balanced without it.

This one the guys at the shop will argue with me about – it really comes down to personal experience and preference…

SRAM AXS. Like I said, personal thing here. I run SRAM cable on my bikes. I like the simplicity. BUT, when I was messing about with the graphic removing the shift cable really does clean up the cockpit look! (Sorry I didn’t PS the rear derailleur in – I had a deadline on some stuff but I did remove the rear shift cable from the image!

What Would You Build?

Do you have your dream list of bits? How would you build your custom Mondraker RAZE?

Call 949.470.1099, email us, or use the website’s live chat to get answers on which bits are must have and which are “if they fit in the budget” specs based on your riding.

Learn More About My Dream Bits

Want to learn more about what we’ve mentioned? Check out the links to the products listed above:

Mondraker Bike Availability

TIRES learn about sidewall, compound and tread patterns for the best performance

BRAKES including Rotors & Maintenance

 

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Custom Ibis Ripmo: AXS, King, Magura

Custom Ibis Ripmo with SRAM AXS, Chris King and Magura Brakes

Custom Ibis Ripmo: SRAM AXS, Chris King, Magura

Enjoy some shots of this Ibis Ripmo before it heads to it’s new home. This Custom Ibis Ripmo features SRAM AXS, Chris King, Magura brakes and more.

SRAM AXS technology has proven robust and reliable. We’ve put a lot of riders out on the XX1 and X01 setups with great results. Crisp performance, excellent battery life and the clean lines without shifting or adjustable seatpost cables are most often mentioned as favorites with the AXS drivetrain and Reverb AXS seatpost.

RockShox Reverb Controller

 

The RockShox Reverb AXS controller and Magura MT7 brake could be paired with a Magura specialty mount for an even cleaner look. However, the upside to individual clamp mounts is improved finite adjustability. Which would you choose? (good problems to have either way right?)

 

RaceFace Kash Money Stem

 

The RaceFace Kash Money stem is a great colorway to accent a lot of builds. Imagine this stem with the new SRAM copper drivetrain…

Chris King inset headsets reduce load on the frame being a “one and done” product. With simple service your headset will easily last the frame’s service life.

This build features 30mm of  spacers so the rider can dial in the perfect setup. Modern bikes have tended to run taller cockpit setups for improved power transfer particularly in steep chutes.  When your handlebars are too low in steep terrain the bike will feel like it’s trying to “suck” out under you. Having your hands in a proper “power” position gives you the leverage to aggressively push through the steeps.

Handbuilt wheels by BikeCo.com

 

Ibis S35 Carbon rims laced to Chris King hubs

 

Ibis S35 carbon rims are a popular option for riders looking for a bit more compliance in their carbon hoops. Definitely not “noodle-y” the Ibis rims allow lighter riders or those without the ground speeds for ultra rigid options to improve small bump compliance and tire tracking. The Ibis’ rims are so popular it’s common to see them on other frame manufactures builds as well! On this build the Ibis rims are laced to Chris King hubs with DT Swiss Competition spokes.

 

Magura MT7 4 piston caliper detail

 

Magura brakes provide riders excellent modulation, power, long service intervals as well as tuneability with a variety of levers, rotors, rotor sizes and pad compounds. The most popular lever for the Magura MT7 brakes is currently the HC3 offering. The Magura HC3 brake lever provides easy leverage ratio as well as fit adjustment. The HC3 lever’s clear adjustment lines give riders a reference point to fine tune performance.

Another popular feature on the Magura brakes are the removable piston accents. Many riders pop these out for a quick spray paint or paint pen customization!

 

Chris King and SRAM Logos on wheel build

 

More popular components here at BikeCo. Chris King hubs are made in the USA, provide great engagement and with simple service are essentially lifetime hubs. DT Swiss spokes provide riders the most consistency production run to run. DT’s wire selection and manufacturing mean their spokes are second to none in terms of mechanical performance attributes.  SRAM Eagle cassettes are now available in 10-52t configurations as well as the 10-50t. The difference is the 52t requires the newer derailleur pulleys (which are larger). These are available on all AXS derailleurs as well as the new MAX mechanical derailleurs.

 

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Custom Yeti SB165 Build – ENVE, AXS

Custom Yeti SB165 Build

Custom Yeti SB165 Build

Enjoy some pics of this out of control custom Yeti SB165 build. Every aspect of this build has been taking into consideration from tip to tail.

Some of the build highlights include:
ENVE M7 carbon cockpit and M730 rims.
SRAM AXS Drivetrain.
Cane Creek EEWings Titanium Cranks (Tie-Dye).
Ergon grips and saddle.
Magura Brakes.
Chris King headset and hubs.
The list goes on and on!

 

SRAM AXS Eagle Oil Slick / Rainbow Chain and Cassette

 

The turquoise derailleur hanger provides a small, simple accent that plays a bit part in pulling this bike’s colorway together.

The new 52t SRAM Eagle cassette gives riders even a bit more gear to climb the burliest terrain.

Ride-Wrap frame protection will help keep this bike looking new well into its service life.

 

ENVE M7 stem with titanium oil slick hardware

 

It’s important to keep an eye on your titanium hardware. You don’t want it to seize (read, you don’t want to have to try to drill Titanium…) nor do you want it to back out. Pedro’s clicker tools are a great way to quickly check torque before your ride. Find more of our favorite SHOP TOOLS here.

 

Magura 4 piston brake caliper

 

Continuing with the attention to detail check out the polished Magura 4 piston brakes front and rear! Oil slick titanium hardware continues to set off these components.

Magura HC rotors, Chris King Matte Turquoise hubs and DT Swiss spokes make an appearance in this pic.

 

Custom Yeti Builds by BikeCo.com

 

Another look at this custom Yeti SB165 build…

In the market? Chat with our team about the perfect bike. Whether you’re shopping a total custom, a factory build with upgrades, a stock kit or a frame / frame kit upgrade we have you covered.

We offer riders access to the best brands, with the longest service intervals no matter budget. Our team is unmatched helping clients dial in setup before and after delivery.

Want to take your bike to the next level? Chat with us about our proprietary Pro Tune options to personalize your suspension setup.


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Custom Yeti SB140

Custom Yeti SB140 Build by BikeCo.com

Custom Yeti SB140

Enjoy a few pics of this custom Yeti SB140 build by BikeCo.com.

The Yeti SB140 fits in the mid travel 27.5″ wheel trail to light enduro category well. Designed as a poppy, flickable bike Yeti’s Switch Infinity gives the bike just the right amount of pop when pumping the trails.

This build is a size small and you see details that benefit a smaller / lighter rider.

First is the standard 27.5″ front wheel. While a mullet concept could be on the table for some smaller riders, this client prefers the quicker handling of the 27.5″ front.

You’ll also notice the 31.85mm RaceFace Next handlebars. Lighter riders can utilize the extra damping from the smaller diameter bar and stem to minimize hand pump and fatigue. This is doubly important for small and light riders since as we trim bars shorter to fit shoulder width we decrease the leverage. With less length and thus less leverage the bar becomes stiffer.

 

Custom Yeti SB140 RaceFace Cockpit

 

Chris King dropset headset in matte mango and a One-Up EDC orange top cap highlight the front end of the bike.

This build is slowed by Magura MT5 brakes with HC levers. This is an incredibly popular option for riders who are looking for the ultimate performance on a budget. Magura MT5 brakes provide excellent modulation and power while saving some dollars to put other places on your build!

 

Magura MT5 with HC Levers

 

Who Stops You?

The HC lever features a 1 finger shape with hooked blade for better finger retention in the rough stuff. Adjustable reach is controlled with the easily labeled allen set screw shown above.

If you’ve bounced around BikeCo.com you’ve seen a variety of posts about how positive our experiences are individually riding Magura MT5 and MT7 brakes. New to Magura? Chat with our team about the details on dialing in the right modulation, power and leverage.

 

NOX Farlow Rims

 

One of the favorite carbon rims: NOX Farlow. NOX Farlow rims have a 29mm internal width which pairs well with 2.3 to 2.6″ tire options.

Hard on rims? Consider adding CushCore rim protection to your build. CushCore offers the PRO and XC option in pairs or singles.

These Chris King / NOX Farlow wheels were hand built by our team with DT Swiss spokes. Lighter riders often benefit from mixing spokes for added wheel compliance and better small bump performance.

On another note – I love the bleed valves on the 2021 FOX 36 forks. Great to burp the gas gulp or buildup to improve small bump compliance. Especially if you have substantial altitude changes.

 

Yeti SB140 Custom Complete

More Custom SB140 Details

The One-Up adjustable post allows smaller, well and taller riders as well, the ability to adjust post travel.

This bike parallels how many of us here at BikeCo.com spec our own bikes. Magura MT5 brakes and SRAM GX drivetrain provide great performance without breaking the bank. That budget is reallocated to FOX Factory suspension and top tier hand-built wheels.

BikeCo Pro Tune Suspension front and rear will help this lighter rider get the best small bump compliance as well as shifting the compression controls into usable ranges. Think of Pro Tunes as narrowing and shifting the performance band depending on rider size, speed, aggression and terrain. By narrowing the performance window each click of rebound and compression is closer together making a more usable range of adjustments.

Custom Builds, Personalized Setup & Tunes

At BikeCo.com we provide access to the best setup, spec and tunes in MTB. The attention to detail whether you’re shopping a complete custom, factory build with upgrades, stock bike or simply a frame swap is unmatched.

Our team is able to help riders define what components will give their specific riding the most bang for the buck.

In the market? Call, email or chat in today!


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Custom Yeti SB130 NOX, King, ENVE

Yeti SB130 Custom Build by BikeCo

Custom Yeti SB130 NOX, King, ENVE

Enjoy some pictures of this custom Yeti SB130 by BikeCo.com.

One of the best things about the Yeti SB130 is the wide range of terrain that it’s at home in. This leads to a wide variety of builds that are all absolute bangers.

This build is highlighted with the best in MTB from tip to tail.

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Custom Ibis Ripmo V2 Build

Custom Ibis RIpmo V2 build by BikeCo.com

Custom Ibis Ripmo V2 Build

Enjoy some photos of this custom Ibis Ripmo V2 build! The Ibis Ripmo V2 features updated geometry as well as a revised DW link suspension. This custom Ripmo V2 by BikeCo.com is highlighted with some of the very best components in MTB.

A variety of purple components by Industry Nine, Hope, Wolf Tooth as well as Chris King contrast the Ibis Star Destroyer Grey frame. Continue reading Custom Ibis Ripmo V2 Build

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Custom Yeti SB140 Smoke Build

Custom Yeti SB140 build Onyx Vesper Nox Farlow

Custom Yeti SB140 Build

Enjoy some photos of thie Custom Yeti SB140 build featuring Onyx Vesper hubs laced to Nox Farlow rims.

This client wanted to build a bike that would look as good as it would ride. Using highlights of turquoise to set off the contrasting greys this bike is certainly a head turner.

Some of the build highlights include SRAM X01 AXS cranks, Deity Skywire handlebar and Copperhead stem, Shimano RT M800 rotors as well as the handbuilt Nox on Onyx wheelset.

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Custom Ibis RipmoAF Build

Custom Ibis RipmoAF Build King Nox

Custom Ibis RipmoAF Build

Enjoy some pictures of the latest custom Ibis RipmoAF Build from BikeCo.com. The RipmoAF is an aluminum frame with cutting edge DW suspension as well as Ibis’ proven geometry.

Designed with enduro riding in mind the RipmoAF is confident in big terrain at speed. Not ready for that? Well this chassis handles well on quick, nimble trail rides as well with extra forgiveness for riders who, well, occasionally miss a line.

This build is highlighted with some of the best components on the market.

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