It’s back! NS Eccentric rocks Wellywood

A couple of years ago I bought myself an NS eccentric hard tail. 140-150mm travel, 27.5 wheels, thru axles. Everything you’d want on a hardcore hardtail.

It’s had many guises over the last wee while, but i’ve now built it up again, with what I consider the best build yet.

Hardcore hardtails are still all the rage but to make the most of them here a a few tips to getting the best out of your much loved slede:

  1. Don’t over spec  it’s not meant to be high-end, half the fun is riding something you don’t car too much about
  2. Not too much travel yes you can bang on a 160/170mm but the bike’s geometry is going to be out of sink: 140/150mm max is going to produce the most fun
  3. keep the front end low. with longer front travel and no rear suspension the front end is going to rise up like a chopper from easy rider: slam the stem onto the headtube.
  4. Don’t expect to be as fast on the rocky stuff hardtail riding is about finding new lines and challenging yourself on sections that normally you glide over on your fully: enjoy the new challenge and hone in your skills, it’ll pay dividends once you get back on your fully
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unleash the beast

Spec

  • Frame: NS Bikes Eccentric frame (size large)
  • Fork: Rockshox Revelations 150mm (thanks Jono for the sale)
  • Wheels: DT Swiss 533DB Enduro rims / XT hubs
  • Tyres: Specialized Butcher/Slaughter (fr/rr) (cheers iride)
  • Stem: DMR Defy 50mm
  • Handler bars: Spank spoon
  • Brakes: slx/xt mash up (thank Ali for lending me the XT brake!)
  • Drive train: Sram/Shimano  mash up of all sorts

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