Thought it was time to post up my little street machine. I've had it for almost 2 years now and have enjoyed every minute of it. Its probably the bike that gets the most use in my stable, mostly because it needs no preparation or planning - just grab it and ride! Its no fuss, always works, can be used wherever for whatever, and is always fun whether riding "street" or just cruising around. The beauty of the true street bike really.
Interestingly this bike was originally the personal toy of Ben Benny (or Trialsguy on RB) who runs Rhythm Imports, the original local importer of NS Bikes among other brands. This explains why its a bit of a walking NS Bikes parts factory, not a bad thing though from what I've found. Great stems and bars, and brilliant hubs and pedals, let alone that frame. I've not needed nor wanted to change out any of the NS parts over the last 2 years, which says quite a lot as I am pretty fussy with the setup of my bikes.
Thinking about it now I should check with Ben the history of this particular frame, as I believe it might have been the very first NS Bikes frame (at least Suburban if not of the whole range) in Australia, as i think it was the original test-bed for the brand in this country.
I must admit I've been tempted recently to swap out the rigid fork for suspension and try my hand at dirt jumping, something that is very much unticked on my list of things to try. Apart from not finding a deal worth it for decent forks I also simply love the feel of it with the rigids. Its so fast and reactive and I really don't want to loose that... of course there is always the option of two forks. Suspension for dirt, rigid for street. Anyway, will see where that idea goes but for now I still find this bike a blast and probably will for a long time to come.
Only other thing I may look at changing in the future is the cranks, as I would love to try some 3-piece jobbies at some point, though my current setup is lighter and is yet to fail me (I'm not that heavy at ~75kg B.D.S. <- Birth Day Suit ).
Frame: 2006 NS Suburban in pearlesent white
Fork: 2007 24 Bicycles SanKuKai black rigids, 80mm corrected
Bars: NS Lil-Sista in black, 700mm width
Stem: NS Moto Pro in pearl white
Front Hub: NS Roller QR
Rear Hub: NS Coaster SS
Rims: Mavic EX721, hand built with Sapim SS spokes
Tyres: Schwalbe Table Top 2.25", F&R
Brakes: Saint levers, XT calipers, 6" XT rotors, F&R
Crankset: Shimano XT Hollowtech II, BBB CNC machined 32t sprocket
Pedals: NS Legeater sealed catridge pedals (they live up to their name, trust me!)
Freewheel: ACS Claw
Chain: KMC Cool Chain
Seat: SDG I-Beam Belair SL, white-camo
Seat Post: SDG I-Beam (cut)
Below are pics of its current setup as well as pics from from when I first got it sorted (I just really like the pics - R.I.P. Pentax *sob*). Also below are some riding pics taken a few weeks ago during a street session around Sydney Harbour (we happened to bump into amateur photographer who was an ex-mountainbiker and wanted to take photos of us mucking around LOL).
Cheers & thanks for looking.
Recent riding pics... (thanks to Tom Robinson)
static 180 hop:
3-4' side drop:
Initial setup (Jan 2007) with rear brake only, different tyres & saddle/post...