Muddymoles mountain biking in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

Marin Nail Trail – Project Bumblebee

Posted by DaveC | June 17, 2009 | 5 comments so far

Marin Nail Trail with slick MTB road tyres
So I wanted another bike. One to use on the Tarmac.

So using Mark’s old Nail Trail frame as a starting point I set about begging for bits. Wheels from Colin’s Inbred, brakes from only Tony knows what, On One rigid fork from Jez and a can of Smoothrite from B&Q.

Since the photo I’ve added a new seat pin and clamp so the seat no longer retracts of its own accord. Also put the original Marin 130mm stem back on but lost the bright blue look with the help of the Smoothrite.

It rides rather well and I’m sure it would be a capable off road machine but I think I’d want a cable front disc at least. Aim to put a 48t ring on it as I spend a lot of time in top on the two rides I’ve been out on with Jem.

Frame Marin Nail Trail 1999
Forks On-one Inbred rigid resprayed black
Headset Cane Creek
Bars EA30 flat bars with bar ends
Stem FSA OS115 105mm
Shifters old Shimano LX
Front mech Shimano LX
Rear mech 2003 Deore LX in black and gold
Chain SRAM PC951
Cassette 2009 Deore 11-32t
Chainset 2009 Shimano Deore LX in black
Front brake old Shimano Deore LX V-brake
Rear brake old Shimano Deore LX V-brake
Rims On-one Reetard
Hubs On-one Dog hubs
Tyres Specialized Fat Boy
Rear Shock N/A
Seatpost ?
Saddle Specialized BG
Pedals Time ATAC

Filed under Bikes in June 2009


About the author

Dave's been riding seriously since about 1997 and is one of the founding Molefathers — along with Matt and Mark — that came up with the idea of a MTB website for Mole Valley riders.

He's had several different bikes but it's now mainly 29ers in Dave's stable, apart from an Orange 5.

Current Bikes: Orange 5, Salsa Spearfish and Kona Big Unit

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  1. tony says:

    It looks even better in the flesh but when you’ve got a six year old the only project bumblebee that will impress is the transformer bumblebee

    BTW did I get you to sign the disclaimer before you took those brakes?

  2. Dave says:

    Hi Tony, After discs the whole rim brake experience is “interesting”. I’m thinking I might go cable disc on the front….

    It looks better with a new black seat pin and clamp.

  3. Matt says:

    That Nail Trail is a great looking bike with the black and yellow colour scheme, very purposeful.

    Bet you’re wondering what it’ll be like with fat tyres off road though?

    Has to be done surely with dry trails. Just don’t expect V’s to stop you quite so quickly!!

  4. Muddymoles says:

    It’s a ScandAL – review

    The On-one ScandAL is a great basis for a light-ish XC build, perfect for the Surrey Hills

  5. Related: It's a ScandAL - review | Reviews, Bikes | Muddymoles: Mountain biking (MTB) in the Surrey Hills and Mole Valley

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