Back in March, I posted some pictures of a stealth black Turner Sultan project that Mudpie was working on.
At that time, he was riding a 32 lbs. red RFX that seemed to be fitting the bill for the new Asheville, NC local. Due to an attempt at flying incident on Green’s Lick at Bent Creek, MP dented the RFX and had to build up the newly painted Sultan in a hurry to be ready for our HIP rides over the past weekend. The build came out even better than I had imagined. All of the parts came over from the original white/polished build with the exception of the fork, bar, pedals and saddle.
Here are the changes:
White Brothers fork
Older Time ATAC’s
Sycros Carbon Bar
New Time ATAC Ti
Gravity DH Bar
Selle Italia Saddle
The flat black front and rear really sets the bike off with the red Chris King headset and white Fox fork. Mudpie put a real beating on this bike down Pilot Rock DH in Pisgah over the weekend. Even with the F29 at 100mm, this is a very capable bike. I think he was missing the RFX during the really rocky sections, but the Sultan is a great all day bike. It climbs incredibly well and the larger wheels help the 4 inch bike feel like it has just a little bit more travel than it really does. As for the looks…I’ll let you judge for yourself, but by taking a look at the set of pictures below, you can tell this is a great looking ride. This is by far the best looking Sultan I have seen so far. Now all it needs is some all black Industry Nine’s on Stans Flow rims…
I founded Bike198 back in 2007 and started riding bikes seriously in 1994. A lot has changed since that time and one of the greatest releases is still getting out on the bike and shredding trail or tearing up the road.