Leap 29er Build

Leap8I received one of the first long awaited Xtracycle Leap Bolt-On Kits yesterday and spent the evening building up this test bike.  It rides beautifully and was definitely worth the wait.  There is no back-end sway which was a common complaint with the original Xtracycle Free Radical kits.  The bike handles great with a load and the 180 disc rotor in the back allows for ample stopping power on the hills. I opted for a 203 rotor up front just to be on the safe side. The hills on St Thomas are brutal and I have a tendency to overload my bikes.  Below is the build list and a series of photos.  To keep the cost down I opted for a Nashbar 29er frame. This has a cromoly front triangle for some cushion and Hi-ten steel in the chain & seat stays for rigidity.  Coupled with the Hi-ten Leap framework it seems to function well without breaking the bank. As a comparison, I just got a Surly Big Dummy frameset brought in by cargo ship and the total cost of frame and freight came to over $1500. So $775 for this frame/fork/Leap Kit comes in about half the price of the Dummy but in my opinion, a stronger finished bike.

Prices include shipping to Virgin Islands

Nashbar steel 29er Frame Large (Metallic Green) $200.00
Nashbar rigid fork $75.00

Extracycle Leap 29 framework $500.00
Extracycle Chain Roller 25.00
Racing Speed Headset (green) $45.00


Rims – DT Swiss 545d 700c Disc Black 32-H (X2) $80.00
Chosen Front Hub (green) $35.00
Chosen Rear Hub (green) $45.00
Green Alloy Spoke Nipples $17.00
64 Wheelsmith Stainless Steel Spokes $64.00
Custom Wheel Labor @ $35.00 X 2 $70.00
Rim strips @ $5.00 X 2 = $10.00
SunRace CSMS3 10 Speed 11-42t Cassette $50.00
Shimano SLX Rear Derailleur M675-SGS Shadow Plus $60.00
KMC Chain $21.00
Bottom Bracket $20.00

Stem Uno AS-021 90mm $22.00
Handlebar Cannondale $24.00
Grips Lock-On (orange) $18.00
Shifter 10 speed SLX M660 $30.00

Avid BB7 Brake Calipers $85.00
Avid G2 Rotors $20.00
Avid SpeedDial 7 Brake Levers $27.00
Saddle Fizik (orange) $57.00
Seatpost C4 $20.00
Pedals Shimano PD-A530 $45.00
WTB Vulpine 29″x2.1″ Tires $90.00
Tubes – Kenda 29×2.1 (X2) $20.00
Cables & Housing (orange) $25.00
Raceface Crankset w/32t narrow/wide Ring $160.00

Sub Total $1960.00

Xtracycle Kit (Bags, Racks, Rack Locks, Deck) $425.00
Sub Total Complete Cargo Bike $2385.00

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