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2021 S&M Dagger

2021 S&M Dagger

2021 S&M Dagger build in sour grape

So I recently decided to get back into riding flatland in my 40s, after a 10+ year break. Not sure what prompted it - maybe the reissue of the heritage/legacy bikes from the 80s and 90s brought back the memories. Or maybe I just missed falling down in a dark parking lot LOL. In any case, I'd never owned an S&M before and they have a solid reputation, so I thought I'd build up a Dagger since the Intrikat has been discountinued and this is the next closest thing in terms of geometry. Plus I wanted to build a bike with as much American stuff as possible. As the saying goes, Buy American Stuff or Bye American Jobs.

Overall I'm pretty happy with it about 4 months in. I should have probably bought a longer frame as the 19 feels twitchy, but otherwise no complaints.

Frame: S&M Dagger, 19" top tube

Fork: S&M Fast Pitch, Odyssey headset

Bars: S&M Intrikat 8.5" rise, ODI Mushroom grips (still made in USA after all these years!). Madera Mast stem.

Cranks: S&M OEM 160mm with Ares 23t sprocket. I have to say these cranks have been underwhelming - simultaneously difficult to install while coming loose every other riding session.

Pedals: Odyssey Fantastic Plastic

Wheels: Rant Squad with polished rims, Party On v2 in front and Moonwalker II in back. For a discount/budget wheelset these have held up well so far. Odyssey Frequency G tires with Infinity Ka pegs.

Seat: Generic padded seat from Amazon with an Origin 8 post. I prefer the older style railed seats as they're more adjustable for comfort if you actually plan to ride the bike LOL (side glides anyone?).

Brakes: Frankenstein system cobbled together from garage leftovers. I think the calipers are 996 with springs, cables, and adjusters from other brakes. The levers are Sun/Promax generics from Amazon, with locks. I like these because of the length - you can pull them with 3 or 4 fingers, which helps prevent hand pain if you're old. Pads are Odyssey A pads, which are the next best thing since Kool Stop stopped making the Supra 2 in clear. Odyssey GTX gyro.
  • Freestyle / Flatland
  • Company: S&M Bikes
  • Model: Dagger
  • Wheel Size: 20"
  • Headtube angle: 75.3
  • Seattube angle: 71
  • Toptube length: 19
  • Headtube size: Internal
  • Seatpost size: 25.4
  • Details https://www.sandmbikes.com/product/hardgoods/frames/dagger-frame/