Saturday, July 23, 2016

Chromag Samurai 650b custom build

I have been chatting with Ian Ritz from Chromag for almost a decade before finally pulling the trigger on this sweet new Samurai frame. Chromag still makes a few models in its frame line up in BC, Canada. The Samurai is one of these models. I can tell by the craftsmanship that this is a special piece of work.

The head tube is tapered 44mm to 56mm making it perfect for a Chris King Inset headset.

The head tube forming/butting/junction is impressive.

Some of the parts for this build are lightly used, namely the wheels. Sour apple Chris King hubs laced to Nox Farlow rims using Sapim CX-Ray spokes and polyax alloy nips. I love these wheels and ran them previously on a Santa Cruz Nomad C. 

Full XTR drivetrain with 11-40 cassette and Hope E4 4-piston calipers front and rear.

Here's the build specs:

Chromag Samurai M/L
2015 Fox 36 Float 160mm
Chris King Inset2
Raceface SIXC bars
TLD lock-ons
Chris King ISO disc front 20mm
Chris King ISO disc rear 142x12
Nox Farlow rims
Sapim CX-Ray spokes
Sapim Polyax spoke nipples
Maxxis Ardent 27.5" 2.4
Hope Tech 3 E4 levers and calipers
Hope 203mm floating rotor (front)
Hope 180mm floating rotor (rear)
Thomson stealth dropper
Raceface Turbine Cinch 170mm cranks
Wolftooth 30t cinch chainring
Raceface 73mm bb 30mm
Point1 Podium pedals
XTR 11spd rr shifter
XTR shadow plus rr mech
XTR 11-40 cassette
KMC DLC 11spd chain

If you want to check it out in person, email me

Brantley SmithAbout Me
Hello, I am Brantley Smith and have been riding road and mountain bikes since the mid 90's. I previously worked here at Ride-A-Bike from mid-97 to mid-2000 doing repairs and other duties around the shop. I attended Wester Carolina University and graduated in 2004 with a computer information systems degree. Add my to your circles.