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Apparently there is no "official" EWR thread. Why not?

I've had this EWR Original Woods Bike for a while and have slowly been getting it together. Finally this weekend I put the final touches on it and did my second ride (the first ride was done with the components that came on it when I bought it and they were rough).

The frame is from '94 and the build is roughly from the same era - maybe a little newer. I had planned on doing a full anodized blue components build, but the rasta Bullseye hubs just seemed right for this bike - the yellow center sections of the hubs are a perfect match to the yellow on the frame. So the result is a not-so-well coordinated hodgepodge of bright colors.

I like the way the bike rides downhill and on flat sections of trail. The frame moves easily to where you want it to go. It's a fun ride. The climbing, however, is just okay (IMO). Out of the saddle feels good, but in the saddle climbing on the steeps isn't as good as some bikes. I think moving the bars a little further forward will help weight the front end and improve the climbing.

Anyway, here a few pics:

<img src="https://eandsweb.com/bikes/pics/ewr/WP_000262.jpg">

<img src="https://eandsweb.com/bikes/pics/ewr/WP_000259.jpg">

<img src="https://eandsweb.com/bikes/pics/ewr/WP_000261.jpg">
 

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Cool early example, how does it ride?

EWR are still going, I'd love one their frames.

Ahh, cross braces on DH bars, that takes me back.

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I've always wanted one of those, but the couple of times I've seen them for sale I didn't have the cash available. One of these days...
 

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The oddest part of the frame is water bottle placement. There are bosses for two bottles: one under the down tube near the BB, and the other is behind the seat post (where I have a cage mounted). Neither is optimal for easy access - and the frame was built "pre Camelback." I guess that hydration was not a concern when it was designed.

The water bottle in the pics is for my dog. She went with me on the test ride so I added the bottle and cage for her. :)
 

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The oddest part of the frame is water bottle placement. There are bosses for two bottles: one under the down tube near the BB, and the other is behind the seat post (where I have a cage mounted). Neither is optimal for easy access - and the frame was built "pre Camelback." I guess that hydration was not a concern when it was designed.

The water bottle in the pics is for my dog. She went with me on the test ride so I added the bottle and cage for her. :)
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Thread can't be official without eastcoaststeve. Very nice, Laffeaux.

Hahaha...saw this thread yesterday, but didn't have time to reply.

I always get a bit green eyed when somebody posts one of these...yes, i want one badly,
but they seldom pop up and when they do they're generally priced out of my cheapskate budget.
I hammered craigslist for quite a while a while back trying to nab one, but struck out.

Glad to see this one ended up in capable hands.

Great build Laffeaux...I like it A LOT!

Thanks for the rider report too...living vicariously through you, lol.


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very nice bike...I too would like one...maybe one of these days...Jay did some neat things with geometry for technical east coast riding...always wanted to try one, but I am too much of a sucker for full suspension....even back then.
I couldnt imagine riding with the bars much more forward though...I have a rough time with long stems already...but you would know better since its yours...and you rode it.......have fun.
 

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I couldnt imagine riding with the bars much more forward though...I have a rough time with long stems already...but you would know better since its yours...and you rode it.......have fun.
I rotated the bars a little forward but kept the same stem - I'll give that a shot to see how it feels. Likely due to the short stays, on steep climbs the front end wants to lift a bit too easily. It's nice when the trail is rocky, but not so good when it's smooth.
 

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I love short stays...you can manual sooo nice with them....I like a dynamic ride...as in...jumping every root and rock I see and manualing whenever possible....ADHD..I just cant ride still.
 

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I rotated the bars a little forward but kept the same stem - I'll give that a shot to see how it feels. Likely due to the short stays, on steep climbs the front end wants to lift a bit too easily. It's nice when the trail is rocky, but not so good when it's smooth.
Try it again but with less water in your bottle. ;)

Cool lookin' machine if rocks, roots, and trials are your thing. Can't imagine the short stays help cornering at speed. :)
 

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thats a cool rant....actually, id like to see him manual an original hanebrink fat tire bike...but I do agree with most of what he said..I rode for many years before learning to manual well, but now I incorporate it into almost everything, it makes things more fun...especially good fordowned trees around 26" in diameter and larger (tire size)...alot of speed and a big manual...then just lift the legs and its over easy...learning to hop and jump while manualing makes all kinds of stuff fun....as far as cornering, well, the only bike that I have super short stays on never gets ridden in the dirt, so its always on berms (wood)....I can manual most any bike but what the guy is missing in a short rant is that geometry and setup change the ease of doing it...but with everything else...there are many trade offs to short stays.
 

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I think you're missing the point. If your "manual"-ing involves getting over downed trees, you're not doing a manual. You're simply lifting your wheel for a brief second to navigate an obstacle. But I'm not going to get into a semantic battle over it. You're the boss.
 

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ha...but i do agree...I just use it all over...its just too fun.....still learnin it though...it is a bit difficult.
Once you learn to manual well, then you learn to jump while manualing....kinda like a pre wheelie bunnyhop....just more silly tricks for kids.
 
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