2017 Knolly Warden Carbon, black, 100% custom build



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You can read my thorough review of the bike on Vital MTB, but this is quite possibly the best all mountain bike I've owned to date. I am a mountain bike instructor and ex-mechanic, and have ridden many, many bikes - but as far as inspiring confidence and being quite literally maintenance-free, this bike takes the cake.

Geometry and info from Knolly can be found here: https://www.knollybikes.com/wardencarbon

I have been curious about Knolly since their early days, but this is the first time I've owned one. I was admittedly skeptical given the different design philosophy employed by Knolly, but I ate my words...the bike's suspension is so effective it makes other rigs feel constipated by comparison. You can really tell that the Knolly guys ride hard, and understand that when riding on the edge, traction is the single most important asset to the rider. The rear wheel on this bike finds grip where it simply shouldn't, and the support through the full stroke of the suspension is excellent. The frame is quite progressive, so while I prefer the 'pop' provided by a good air shock, running a coil would work very well and plenty of riders have done it.

The bike has been meticulously cared for, and has lived in my dedicated bike shop room off of my garage (yeah, it's awesome having a girlfriend who let's me do this...). I'm selling because I'm buying a downhill bike again, and want to get a shorter travel bike that is more suited to trail riding rather than being a centered all arounder.

Specs are as follows - all parts are 2017:

Frame: Knolly Warden Carbon, black, size large
Headset: Cane Creek 40, flush
Shock: DVO Topaz T3, 2 bands in positive chamber and 1 in negative. Custom rebound tune for better response in high speed chatter. Fresh rebuild ~7 rides ago.
Fork: 2017 Fox 36 Float RC2 Factory. 170mm, but includes spacer to reduce travel to 160mm. Fresh bath oil change with with Fox Gold oil. Boost spacing. 1 orange volume spacer installed. Custom purple decals.
Wheels: Industry Nine Enduro S, Boost front, 142x12 rear. Best wheels I've ever owned - will certainly be buying the same set for my next bike.
Brakes: SRAM Guide RSC, 200mm front rotor and 180mm rear. Metallic pads installed with loads of life, fresh bleed. Includes stock organic pads too.
Cranks: RaceFace Turbine, 175mm arms, 32 tooth Cinch narrow-wide ring
Shifter: SRAM X01 11-speed, black
Derailleur: SRAM GX 11-speed
Cassette: SRAM X1 11-speed, 10-42
Handlebar: Deity Skyline 787, 25mm rise
Stem: Chromag Ranger, purple, 50mm
Grips: Ergon GD1 - best grips around!
Seatpost: Fox Transfer Performance, with Wolftooth remote
Seat: Ergon SMA3 Pro, ti rails. Finish has worn off the rails a bit.
Seat clamp: Chromag NQR, purple
Tires: Maxxis DHR2 3C, 2.3. Tubeless with Stans sealant.

EXTRAS: Cush Core inserts, installed! Full replacement bushing kit for upper frame linkage for when the time comes!
DOES NOTE INCLUDE: Pedals, bottle cage, chain guide

Serious inquiries only. Buyer pays shipping and PayPal fees.
Frame Size: Large
Country: USA
Keywords: Knolly, Warden, enduro, all mountain, carbon

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