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Postby djrez4 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:09 am

I just ordered one of these:

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Considering the components, it's a damn good deal. I'll eventually need to swap out a few pieces of the cockpit, maybe put a new crankset on there, and go tubeless on the tires, but it'll be a good ride right out of the box. She's going to be my winter ride and commuter on snow days.
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Postby jumbo » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:48 am

I have seen one of those in the local bike shop. Never really tried them though.
I have the one below, and it was fun to ride this years RAGBRAI.
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Postby onion » Tue Sep 09, 2014 12:03 pm

Thought you meant motorcycles, I got this today.

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Postby djrez4 » Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:09 pm

Nice. I like the blue rims. They match the Z.
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Postby nismoZtuner » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:25 pm

onion wrote:Thought you meant motorcycles, I got this today.

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I also thought the same..

How do you like your new bike?
Not so long ago I was talking with jlam572 about getting a bike but not sure..
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Postby CCRider » Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:23 pm

djrez4 wrote:I just ordered one of these:

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Considering the components, it's a damn good deal. I'll eventually need to swap out a few pieces of the cockpit, maybe put a new crankset on there, and go tubeless on the tires, but it'll be a good ride right out of the box. She's going to be my winter ride and commuter on snow days.


That's an awesome looking bike. I've started to see these from various manufacturers in the bike shops. Is this mainly for snow and mud or is it a full mountain bike? I've wondered if the tires soak up some of the bumps like a front shock would. It also seems like it would be a little heavy with such big tires but it sure looks cool - I may have to order one from bikesdirect.

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Postby djrez4 » Wed Sep 10, 2014 9:31 am

I plan on using it for snow, mostly. But you better believe that it'll be out on the trails a few times before the snow piles up.

Incidentally, we're scheduled for our first snow on Friday.
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Postby djrez4 » Tue Sep 30, 2014 8:45 pm

My project for the evening - going tubeless.

I picked up a pair of 24x2.75 tubes from my LBS tonight, cut them in half, and washed all the talc out of the inside. I'm going to mount them to the rims, put the tires on with about 6oz of Stan's sealant in them, and try to seat them with my compressor. Also, on the suggestion of my LBS, this has become a 3-5 beer project.

If you're curious, this is what I'm doing, without the foam.
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Postby djrez4 » Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:23 am

Tubeless succeeded and has been holding air nicely, but I realized that the bike is just too darn small for me. It has almost the exact same geometry as my single-speed 29er, but something obviously got lost. I just don't fit on it. So, it has to go! I ran into a guy at the local shop that may buy it. Otherwise, it may fit my wife. (Separate task - convince wife going for a bike ride in the cold and snow is a good idea.)

So, I'll probably end up ordering a carbon frame direct from China and build it up myself.

In the meantime, I picked up a new project - a Van Dessel WTF. I'm slowly (not so slowly) collecting parts to build it up as a belt-drive, single-speed, all season commuter. So far, it has a set of Avid BB7 road disc brakes (which I'm in the process of dismantling and cleaning), Salsa Woodchipper handlebars and a set of Whisky Parts Co. No. 7 carbon wheels.

The SRAM x9 hubs on those wheels are cheap crap, so I found a set of Chris King hubs. Can't decide if they'll end up on the carbon rims or if I'll build something for the 29er instead. Either way, $730 worth of hub for $175 on Craigslist is too good to pass up.

I still need a few parts before it's ready to roll:
  • crankset - Truvativ AKA if I can find one
  • stem and seatpost - I only use Thomson, but I have to wait until everything else gets sorted so I can get the right sizes.
  • proper saddle - thinking Selle Anatomica X Series
  • belt drive components

It's always fun building a new bike.
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