Keywords: 27.5,27.5+,bike of the month,sram eagle

BOTM: low fat ONE+ - part 3

Andy Kessler - 29-Apr-2016
I had a so much fun building that bike. I had even more fun riding that bike…
...but lets start at the beginning of the creation of this BOTM beauty. Ok I have to admit I am a "lefty fan". I personally still believe it is one of the best forks out there. I was not sure if it will work with the 3.0 plus tires but if, then this would be a super light fork for plus tires even more as we have the much lighter 1.0 version in our warehouse (the 2.0 version would also not fit our frame geometry). And guess what? It works perfectly.

The day my SRAM  EUROPE contact Thomas showed me the first picture of the golden eagle group set, it was crystal clear how I wanted to built that bike. As a teenager I was a big fan of the John Player Special Formula 1 racing car. Not being a big fan of car racing this car was for me the the best looking formula 1 car ever….

The next thing was to get golden stickers for the ENVE M60 wheels that I had in my office. Thanks to our french agent Mohawks we made that happen. Also TUNE supported me with a quick shipment of golden hubs…. 

To get the new ONE + frame with a golden Top Tube decal was almost the easiest part.

At the end I had everything ready, only one very essential part of the bike was missing: the Golden Eagle group set. One week before my departure date it was still not confirmed… 2 days before departure finally I was holding it in my hands thanks to Andreas from SRAM Europe. He gave me one of the very few samples that he had. I really only realized by Sea Otter how few companies had any Eagle group set.

The very last bit that was missing on the bike was a bottle cage. I could not find a decent one here in Europe so Mark from Probikesupply organized us a very cool looking one from PDW. Even the model name did fit our bike: the owl meets the eagle!

I would love to make a limited edition run of this bike. If you have interest let me know:

ride on(e+)

I almost forgot this blog is about the specs: So here we go:

Component Model
Model ONE +
size Medium
color Matte black with gold decals
headset Cane Creek 42/52
fork Lefty Carbon XLR
stem  Syntac Flat Force 110mm
handlebar Enve sweep bar 760mm all black
handlebar grip ESI Racer, black
seatpost Enve 2 bolt, 27.2mm all black
saddle Fizik Tundra M1
brakes Magura MT8
rotors Magura
shifters SRAM XX1 Eagle gold
crank  SRAM XX1 Eagle gold
BB SRAM pressfit
chainrings SRAM 34T
rear derailleur SRAM XX1 Eagle gold
cassette SRAM XX1 Eagle, 10-50 gold
chain SRAM XX1 Eagle gold
wheel Enve M60
hubs Tune Cannonball/Kong
rims Enve M60
tire Schwalbe Rocket Ron, 27.5x3.0
extra MCFK carbon steerer
weight 8.6kg

Comments & Questions

Very interesting; inspired by JPS... In my country, we all loved that car, maybe also because of our national hero Ronnie Petersson (before his tragic crash). And, yeah, your very cool and beautiful BOTM looked familiar in some mysterious way.
Post #1 of 7. Posted by Bengan on 29-Apr-2016 10:57:43 GMT in reply to blog [0<--625]
Nice! What's the price expected for this build?
Post #2 of 7. Posted by Julien on 29-Apr-2016 14:38:09 GMT in reply to blog [0<--627]
Hi Julien, we have not finalized the price yet as we need first to make a decision if we built this limited edition. If you are interested send me a mail with your contact details :
Post #4 of 7. Posted by Andy Kessler on 02-May-2016 03:55:59 GMT in reply to post #2 [627<--629]
What an incredible looking bicycle. WOW - you guys have blown the bloody doors off with this one, very good indeed! Can you tell us a little more about MCFK steerer, Lefty, Syntace stem set up, it looks like a smart way round the issue of using a Lefty and keeping the handlebar height down. But how have you done it, magic, is the MCFK steer not normally one piece?
Post #3 of 7. Posted by John on 29-Apr-2016 18:05:28 GMT in reply to blog [0<--628]
Hi John, yes the MCFK steerer is one piece correct. The head tube of our ONE + frame is slightly shorter as on our 1.0. That gives just enough room to put the Syntace Flat Force stem below the upper bridge. One the Lefty 1.0 (much lighter than the 2.0) the bridge is fixed so not every stem will fit below. The actual assembly is quiet easy. You just put the stem below the bridge and then you slide the steerer from below trough headset-headtube-headset-stem.
Post #5 of 7. Posted by Andy Kessler on 02-May-2016 04:02:30 GMT in reply to post #3 [628<--630]
I wish you guys would make a single speed compatible version.
Post #6 of 7. Posted by Jack-O on 04-May-2016 17:31:10 GMT in reply to blog [0<--646]
Hi Jack, thanks for the comment. It's not likely we will make a dedicated single-speed version; while we like single-speed bikes it's not something we would ride ourselves often enough to warrant making our own frame for. And if it's not for us, it won't become an OPEN model. So the only hope is that we're caught by the single-speed virus in the future.
Post #7 of 7. Posted by Gerard Vroomen on 08-May-2016 13:17:03 GMT in reply to post #6 [646<--649]