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Montague Swissbike X50 — blacked out

My all-around commuter / adventure / bikepacking / touring bike, N==1.

Monocoque 18". Custom drawn 7005 Series Aluminum with FIT System. Power Angle geometry.

SR Suntour Suspension. 63mm travel. Alloy one piece lower. 1-1/8″ diameter

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
170mm crank arm. Black./Sealed Cartridge 68mm English Threaded.

Mks FD-7 folding pedals

Shimano./6 speed 14-28./42-34-24./OEM

Shimano Tourney./Shimano RevoShift.

Ergon GS1 grips/KCNC Rampant flat Handlebar 25.4x600mm

Ergon SFC3-S Fitness Gel Saddle (small)./Redshift Shockstop Suspension Seatpost and 27.2--30.0 shim

Tektro Alloy V-Brakes. Alloy Levers.

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
26” Geoorbital wheel (or 26” x 1.5" Alloy 36 hole Weinmann 519 rim. Silver with quick release. assembled by JBI Wheelmaster/Serfas Drifter Tire with FPS 26 x 2.0”)

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
26” x 1.5" Alloy 36 hole Weinmann 519 rim. Silver./Sealed rear with quick release. assembled by JBI Wheelmaster/Serfas Drifter Tire with FPS 26 x 2.0”.

Cateye Strada Cadence CC-RD200, Neoprene chainstay protector, Banjo Brothers Deluxe Mini Seat Bag (Black), Cygolite Metro 400 Hot Shot USB Combo Lights (front (handlebar) and rear (on saddlebag or trunk bag)), Cateye 570R integrated reflector/light (on rack), Montague kickstand (actually a Greenfield KS2B), Greenfield kickstand rubber foot, Oi bicycle bell, Ivation Multi-Function Bicycle Speaker (attached to extension bar of HDPE pipe held in place by two Cateye mounts and bolts in threaded couplers, and SKS Spaero Mini Bicycle Pump (Deep Black)), molle frame bag w/ small bags attached to it, flask, and aluminum bottle cage cold-formed to hold it w/ Topeak QR Waterbottle Cagemount. Pyramid Mountain Bike Clip On Fender (front), Spoke Reflector Reflective Mount Clip Strips, Montague Rackstand, Axa Victory Frame Lock Black, AXA V Brake Mounting Bracket, AXA RLC 100 Plug-In-Chain for Frame Lock 100cm (in left side top tube bag), Ortlieb Trunk Bag RC. Toolkit: (mounted to bike) Fix-it-sticks mounted to Molle bag, Topeak Ninja C chain tool Toolkit: (in right side top tube bag): Victorinox Bike tool kit, Lezyne patch kit, Park Tool TB-2 Emergency Tire Boot, Genuine Innovations tire levers (they have an abrasive area molded in), Genuine Innovations CO2 and inflation valve, VAR triple spoke wrench, 8mm Motion Pro titanium combination wrench Other: Giant Rack Strap, Fenix Heavy Duty CARGO NET Bike Rear Racks Carrier Baskets Secure 25-40cm Elastic Black, Lighter wrapped in tape, survival whistle w/ compass, flashlight, mirror, magnifying glass and (empty) compartment.

More Info:
Mostly stock. Outfitting it as I learn.

Bike History

Click a link below to see past stages of this bike.

  1. Initial customization
  2. Early Customization
  3. Almost done
  4. Almost ready for the new year
  5. Winter commuting/mountain biking
  6. Summer commuting
  7. Summer commuting tweaking
  8. Commuting

Current Stage Info:

Lock as mounted slightly interferes with folding --- will need to have bolts replaced w/ BHCS, or change to disc brake on rear.

EDC bag (second handlebar bag, not usually carried): Silca T-Ratchet + Ti-Torque Kit, Leatherman PST, Leatherman Crunch, Vintage adjustable bike wrench, assortment of bits, adapters and sockets, and Kershaw Torx T Tool in two Altoids tins.

Chrome Industries Welterweight Kadet Sling Bag: Spyderco SpyderWrench, Mininch Toolpen, Toolpen Mini and Wrenchit

Montague bag.

Spare chain, rivets, wheel box?

Studded tires, new rear rim, second front rim 24mm wide.

To do: Inventory fasteners

Hand-built wheels (same rim width as Geoorbital), IRD Classica Freewheel 6-Speed 13T--32, Geoorbital wheel (24mm rim, 28mm tires).

May replace bell w/ black model, replace Topeak Ninja C chain tool w/ Mineral Barstow (or will need to paint the green plastic which the former leave exposed), add front and rear cameras maybe. Topeak Flashstand Fat Bike Stand and hard case to hold for storage / transport. Hard-sided 26" wheel storage bag or improvise hard side panels?

Tidalforce component list: Shimano Deore XT M771 Derailleur, Shimano XTR brakes, FSA Gossamer 30/38/52 tooth crank set, RockShox Tora 302 Forks, Cane Creek Thudbuster ST seat suspension and Alex DX32 Downhill Trail Rims.

Ergon GP1 Neo Grips did not work out --- plastic clamp. Brooks Cambium C15 saddle did not work out, less comfortable than the Bontrager.

Last step: consider fairing, possibly Brooks Saddles D-Shaped Tool Bag

Added by WillAdams. Last updated over 3 years ago.



SteveEth says:

Agreed! After just getting mine on the road I'm already looking to lighten up.

Posted over 6 years ago


SteveEth says:

Amazing job putting it all together! Im in the beginning stages of setting up an older Paratrooper and going with a Green/Brown combo and looking for a MolleFrame that will suit it. Great ideas here!

Posted over 6 years ago


WillAdams says:

Thanks! I need to lighten it a bit by reducing some of the redundancy --- hoping that switching to titanium and plastic fasteners will help in that.

Posted over 6 years ago