This is the official auction site for the UTA.
The final bid was: $11,500 (AmD.)
Bidding is now closed.
I built the UTA with the help of:
SRAM - Rockshox - Formula - Schwalbe - Industry 9 - Enve - Brooks - Chris King
The bike comes with two wheelsets. One AM and one XC, both I9 classic hubs laced to Enve rims. (both wheelsets with rotors and cassette. Ready to swap!) AM wheels come with Hans Dampf Tires and the XC wheels with Racing Ralphs.
Rockshox revelation XX dual air fork with lockout (you can choose on the fly between 120 and 140 travel, and you have lockout in either position).
Formula T1 brakes.
Chris King headset and bottom bracket.
Enve seat post, stem, and riser bars.
And a custom brooks swift ti saddle (nose rivet is a fast boy heart).
(The MSRP on the PARTS is just over $10K. That doesn't include the frame, of course).
I put this thing together with the express purpose of building myself what I felt was the ULTIMATE mountain bike (the fact that it may well turn out to be the ultimate bike I build is a bit of a twist!), to ride until I was no longer healthy enough to do so, at which point I would auction it off for some sort of cancer related charity. In the end our decision was to donate the proceeds to the Visiting Nurse Service of NY Home Hospice Program. You can read about my decision here.
The project was only possible because of the TOTAL generosity of the companies named. I designed what I felt was the IDEAL build, and to a company, they all came on board.
The frame is pretty unique for a 29er, particularly in the shortness of the chain stays (thus "tight ass"). The head angle is quite slack, on the other hand, and the fork has (your choice) 120 or 140 mm of travel (you can change it on the fly). The result is a surprisingly nimble all mountain bike that both climbs and decends with aplomb!