Project Am/Enduro: Complete Bike Build


We finally finished Project AM/Enduro.  We wasted no time racing it either.  As soon as the last wrench was turned we promptly put it to use in the Bootleg Banzai Enduro.  Our focus was to build a light, fast trail bike that would be at home in any Enduro event.  We are pretty sure we succeeded.  We started off our foundation with Morewoods 150mm travel Sukuma frame.  Tons of hydroformed tubes and carbon fiber seat stays driving the DW Split Pivot suspension.  A Fox RP23 takes care of controlling the rear travel.  Our parts build was a combination of keeping things light, durable and simple.  The complete build came in and a respectable 29 lbs 6 oz, and that was with a dropper post, tubes and DH tires.  We went with the heavy duty tires since the day following our build we would  be racing the Banzai Enduro at Bootleg Canyon.  We figured we would sacrifice weight for durability and insurance against flats at this brutal venue.


Up front we wanted a simple and reliable fork and went with White Brothers 150mm Loop.  Our Loop came in at 4 lbs 2 oz with an uncut steer tube and 15mm Q-Taper axle installed.  The big magic though is not in the forks Q-Taper axle, it lies in the Aura Damper and its magnetically controlled threshold valve.  This is a great take to a “ProPedal” feel, but in a fork.  Allowing the bike to ride high in sprints, yet open up for larger hits without a harsh feel other forks can have.

White Brothers Loop Aura Damper Explained


Drive train consisted of Shimano SLX full kit including the new Shadow+ rear derailleur, Ice Tech brakes and direct mount front derailleur.   The budget friendly group still has all the fancy bells and whistles of the XT and XTR that we love.  The short levers have an awesome one finger feel to them and modulate much better than our previous generation Saints.  With their radical finned heat sink brake pads, fade was kept to a minimum during this weekends LONG enduro race. Shifting being handled by the 2×10 system featuring a direct mount front derailleur and a Shadow+ rear derailleur, kept the drivetrain flawless.  Chain retention was assisted by  cSixx’s new Doubler chain guide.  Since the SLX cranks we have do not accept the bash guard, we still opted to take advantage of its lower guide and inner plate benefits.  We will be also using Full Speed Ahead Afterburner cranks that will allow us to use the bash guard that accompanies the guide.


Gravity and FSA man up the front of the bike with the new Gradient bars, stem and Orbit Option angle adjustable headset.  The Morewood Sukuma comes stock with a 67.5 degree head angle.  We wanted to slacken things out just a bit to take advantage of this bikes high speed capabilities.  So -.5 cups were installed to adjust the feel we were after.  The 60mm Gradient stem has s rise or drop of 6 degrees.  It has an aluminum body with a slick carbon faceplate.  Our prototype/preproduction bars came in at 775 mm wide.


To keep rolling fast we chose the Sun Ringle Pro Charger SL wheelset.  At 1550 grams and built for All Mountain riding, these wheels fit the bill perfect.   Fast engagement, direct pull hubs with sexy bladed spokes and tall tubeless rims already prepped for Stan’s sealant to run the wheels tubeless.  In fact they even include the Stan’s for you!  For this first race at Bootleg Canyon we wrapped them in Vee Rubber Ninja tires.  The open yet fast rolling tread design kept us fast on the trail.  But the thick casing kept us riding without any pinched flats while running tubes!


Seating was handled by SQ Labs 611 race seat and DSP Bighorn dropper post.  With spending much of our time on bikes we don’t usually sit down for long, we looked for a saddle that would make the long climbs and flat trails this bike is likely to see, a bit more pleasurable.  The SQ Labs saddles come with 3 different elastomer type inserts (see the marshmallow under the seat, thats it) that allow the seat to flex left or right under your rump.  This allowed less interference during seated pedaling as it moved with you.  SQ Labs also have a system involved in ordering a saddle.  When you first place an order they ship out a sizing kit.  Once you have your measurements established from the sizing kit, you place your final order for the correct width saddle for your backside.

DSP Bighorn Dropper post added to the versatility to our bike during the frequent climbs and descents.  The cable actuated post makes set up simple and easy with the air pressure adjustments within the post help control its rise and fall.  A simple lever is easy to reach and can be put most places accessible to accommodate personal tastes of different riders.  Speaking of different tastes you can now get different colored horns to match your bike.  SEEN HERE!  The infinitely adjustable post worked flawlessly all weekend.

We would like to send out some special thanks for the following companies for helping us make Project AM/Enduro a reality.

Morewood Bikes

Devil Bear Racing

White Brothers Racing

Shimano MTB

Gravity Components

Full Speed Ahead


SQ Lab

Sun Ringle

Vee Rubber


The bike is slated to be at select events and rides.  If you see us fell free to stop us and ask us any questions.  Or ask them below and we will be sure to answer them.

About WingNutt

Rider, Racer, Owner of A long history in racing and riding, from BMX and freestyle to Downhill, Dual Slalom, 4X and even some Road races spans nearly 25 years. Spent some time working in bike shops. I love to ride my bike.

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