Bike Thieves Suck. We featured Elliot‘s original Shonky back in 2017 as one of our early dream builds. Since then he had refined the build, swapping out the fork for a Rock Shox Pike DJ, the tires for Maxxis DTH’s and the hubs for a matching set of Chris Kings. In fact, he’d had the new Chris King built wheels for less than a week when the bike was stolen from his home. After insurance promptly paid out, he went about sourcing kit, some from parts bins like the crank, pedals, stem and bars and some new. The finished result is Elliot’s Dream Shonky V2.
The 2019 steel Shonky frame formed the base of Elliot’s new build. A second-hand set of Race Face Turbine cranks found in a shop parts bin get the bike moving, while an old set of One Up alloy pedals keep his feet in the right place. A black KMC half-link chain connects the direct mount 32t chainring to a 15t cog out back.
A 15t Chris King cog that is… Mounted to a Chris King SS rear hub slammed forward in the bikes sliding horizontal dropouts.
Up front you’ll find a fresh RockShox Pike DJ.
The wheels are handbuilt by Wide Open, and are Stans Flow MK3’s laced to Chris King ISO hubs, wire bead Maxxis DTH tires round out the wheel package.
Dirt jumpers do not seem to be that worried about braking and that’s reflected in Elliot’s choice of the base model SRAM Level brakes and a 140mm rear rotor.
$20 more would have got him a SRAM matchmaker clamp. Why though? Our new gum colored Key Grips provide ample… um… grip…
The rest of the cockpit comes from his father’s parts bin. An old Thomson Elite 31.8 stem holds a Stevie Smith bar in place.
Finding matching non-boost Chris King hubs proved to be a problem, but in the end, resulted in a pretty rad “happy accident”.
OneUp’s alloy pedals provide ample grip for Elliot’s waffle soles and occasionally, his shins.
And the build is rounded out with a Brandon Semenuk pro model Overture saddle from Chromag.