Custom builds…even for the groms.  

Ty is one of those people that brings his bike in for major service during the winter months when wait times are shorter, and so are the daylight hours for riding.  

He was in dropping his off his Scott Genius for service and inquired about used bikes for his 9 year old daughter.  We didn’t have anything used at the time that would fit her, but we had a few bikes in-stock in Small and Extra Small that could be a possibility.  

His first goal was to search Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace for a quality used mountain bike that he could upgrade.  Nothing was coming up that seemed to fit the bill and he realized that most of the used bikes he was seeing on the market would require such an investment that maybe it made sense to start with a new bike.  

A few days later, Ty returned to the shop with his daughter.  Adam showed them a few options, but when his daughter spied the Haro Double Peak Sport in Matte Sage with pink Deity Components grips on it, that color way was something she was stoked about.  We were building that bike up for another customer, so luckily we had another one in-stock in her size.  While color does not play a role in function, it’s important for rider stoke, so don’t let in-stock inventory be the limiter on building the bike of your dreams.  

A big concern with the bike is how we could make it more trail worthy for his little shredder so we focused on drivetrain upgrades and fit.  Everyone loves a good 1x drivetrain and it’s really great for riders that like the simplicity of only shifting in the rear.  So we researched parts we could order and parts we have in stock.  

The Drivetrain

We were able to outfit her new Haro Double Peak Sport with a Shimano XT 1×11 drivetrain with a Wolftooth 30T chainring up front.  Big priorities were climbing gears as his daughter is only 9 years old.  The rear hub was compatible wth the cassette which allowed us to increase her cassette to one with a 46 tooth count on the climbing gear, making it more enjoyable for a day on the trails with dad.  Of course, we had to customize the style and she selected pink Deity Knuckleduster grips and some pink pedals we had in stock that color matched and are a great size for youth feet.  

The Fit

We’ve discussed the flashy parts of the bike build, but there are many details that go into building a bike for a rider.  We focus on fit at Rolling H Cycles and replaced the 60mm stem with a 40mm stem length helping the extra small frame fit now and she still has some room to grow.  We also went with a shorter seat post and trimmed  1/2″ off each side of the handlebars. 

Tread is the next upgrade Ty will make to his daughter’s trusty new steed.   

Specs on the custom bicycle build. 

Taking the stock bike and making it a dream bike.

  • Haro Double Peak Sport
  • Size XS
  • Shimano XT 1 x 11 drivetrain
  • WolfTooth Components 30Tooth Chainring
  • Deity Components Knuckleduster grips

    Ty is also very savvy and took advantage of our popular bicycle trade-in program.  Be watching our sales floor in the next couple of weeks for an upgraded used full suspension and a pink youth mountain bike.  

Have you done upgrades or built a bike from the frame up?  We would love to hear your stories in the comments.  If you are interested in doing a custom build, drop by and talk with us!  We are here to help you make your dream build a reality.


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