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Pink Monster

My go every where, ride every surface, do every thing forever bike. Incredibly fun. A love letter to early 90's mountain biking, but on a modern monstercross frame and with modern parts where appropriate. The front drivetrain is a complete '94-'96 M737 Deore XT group, with newer chainrings. The rear drivetrain is an early 2000s Dura Ace RD-7700-GS and an SLX 9-speed cassette. Hubs, BB, and canti brakes are from the '92-'94 XTR group. Headset and cockpit are all modern/new.

Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross (V5, March 2016 edition), 56cm

Stock fork / Cane Creek 40

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Deore XT FC-M737 170mm, Shimano BB-UN91 107mm

Shimano Deore XT PD-M737

3x9 / Shimano CS-HG80 11-28 / RaceFace 44/32/22

Front: Shimano Deore XT FD-M738 / Rear: Shimano Dura Ace RD-7700-GS / Shimano SL-BS77 shifters

Velo Orange Dajia Far 48cm / Thomson Elite X2 +17 Deg 100mm

WTB Volt / Shimano Dura Ace SP-7410 / Paul Quick Release Seatpost Collar

Shimano XTR BR-M900 canti brakes with Deore LX BR-M565 pad holders and Koolstop pads / Gevenalle brake levers

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
36-spoke Shimano XTR HB-M900 laced to Pacenti Brevet rim.

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
36-spoke Shimano XTR FH-M900, with XTR FH-M950 titanium freehub body and respaced to 130mm, laced to Pacenti Brevet rim.

Surly Hurdy Gurdy. 3x King Cage stainless steel bottle cages. Outer Shell Adventure handlebar bag.

Bike History

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

  1. Initial Build
  2. Better handlebars
  3. Wringing it out
  4. Going places
  5. Wider bars
  6. Status update
  7. Silver rims

Current Stage Info:

Finally got some silver rim wheels back on the bike in September 2018

Added by semyorka. Last updated almost 5 years ago.



lessmore says:


Posted about 5 years ago


vp1337 says:

Super cool setup, I'm envy! :P

Posted almost 6 years ago


semyorka says:

It's a really great bike. Black Mountain Cycles just got in another shipment, a nice deep blue or neon green... I'm so tempted to get another one to build up as a more road/commuter style bike.

Posted almost 6 years ago


Nathap470 says:

insanely awesome bike!!

Posted about 6 years ago


GhostRidingTheWhip says:


Posted almost 5 years ago


Emory_H says:

Lovely. How needed are the Hurdy Gurdy?

Posted over 6 years ago


semyorka says:

It was definitely needed with the original hubs - the skewers that came with the Grand Bois hubs weren't great. The Shimano skewers on the bike now are bombproof but the chain tug is still nice to have - positively retains the axle, and it'll allow me to single-speed the bike if I bust the RD somewhere miles away from civilization.

Posted over 6 years ago