I'm loving my new Pass Hunter Disc. These photos were taken when the frame was originally built-up. I've changed the pedals to MKS Cubes and the saddle is now a Brooks Pro Ti. I don't think the Brooks is necessarily a better saddle, but it was broken-in and unattached.
The bike rides and handles as well as any bike I've ridden, maybe better (and that includes several custom frames built for me). This is my first bike with hydraulic brakes and they do work very well. The brakes are so powerful that it takes some time to get used to them. But cable brakes work well enough, so don't think that you must have hydraulics.
This bike is built up with 11-speed. There is no need for 11-speed--it's simply planned obsolescence from the component manufacturers. It works as well as 10-speed or 9-speed, etc. I'm using it only for professional reasons, to become familiar with it and to test a new hub we are developing. Otherwise I would be riding 9 or 10-speed.
A complete build list is at the bottom of the post.
- 59cm Pass Hunter Disc frameset
- 11 speed prototype rear disc hub laced to PBP rim
- Front Disc hub laced to PBP rim
- Grand Cru Drillium crankset, 175mm
- MKII Long Setback Seatpost
- Model 6 Saddle, Brown (now a Brooks Pro Ti, because that's the only unattached broken-in saddle I had)
- 1 1/8" Grand Cru Sealed Bearing Headset
- Tall Stack Stem, 110mm
- Dajia Shallow Drop Handlebars, 46cm
- Grand Cru Leather Tape, brown
- Moderniste Bottle Cages
- Rustines Bar Plugs, orange
- Shimano 11-32 11 speed cassette
- Shimano RS685 11 speed, hydraulic shifters
- Shimano RS785 hydraulic brakes
- Shimano Icetech rotors
- Shimano 105 rear & front derailleurs
- MKS Cube clipless pedals (quick change type)
- WTB Nano 700x40c tires (38.7mm actual)