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I've had my Kelly Knobby X for 3 or 4 years and have always liked the ride quality and looks of the frame/fork. I haven't raced cross for 2 seasons and probably won't be racing cross in the near future. I felt like I needed to do something with the frame...sell it or start riding it. Selling it is out of the question as I won it after a season of working my tail off so I'm attached to it to some extent.

I figured out a while back that Mutano 44's just barely fit...but with the eno rotated to the back they fit with 3-4mm clearance on each side....enough for me. The eno came from my lovely girlfriend's parts bin(how many of you can say that?) and the rest of the parts were hanging around in my garage.

It turned out pretty nice. I just got back from a few hours on it and it's a blast. Climbing the steep stuff is challenging with drop bars.....I may try out a moustache in order to get may hands a little wider and my weight further back. I'll likely remove the inline levers....the bars are high enough that I can comfortably descend in the drops and probably won't have a use for the secondary levers.

All in all it's been a fun project....breathing life into a bike that would otherwise be hanging in the rafters.

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Dig the color.

But what I really wanna know is what FS bike you are going to buy with the proceeds from that Yeti you sold :confused:
 

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Bigwheel said:
Dig the color.

But what I really wanna know is what FS bike you are going to buy with the proceeds from that Yeti you sold :confused:
As much as I regret to say it....that money left the bike collection and went to non-bike items:-(

I did keep some of the money stashed away for a few Pace 29" forks when they are available next month.

However, If I was to buy an FS(and I may in the next year or soo) it would be a Leviathan, no doubt about it.

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Nice Bike B -

Get's me itching to finish off my Kelly saga.

You really need to try some Midges on that thing. They are the perfect bar for such a bike IMO. I really dig the shallow drop.

Check your PM.

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you have too many cool bikes. love that color. The Curtlo that I picked up on Ebay a few weeks ago and that is getting horizontal drop outs will be close to that same color. (no it is not a 29er, but $100 can't be wrong)
 

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Nice! I love my Kelly CX too. Great riding bike for sure. Feels good on the road and the trail. I've been known to slip a Conti Vapor up front for the hell of it. Fits w/room to spare.
 

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Works for me

Kind of a conversion from race bike to trail bike? I have a similar project (never raced, tho), and I have found the bar top brake levers unnecessary for trail riding. I run Midge bars, and they put the levers to where you can get real braking power all the time. Wish I could get a 44c in back, my 35c Kenda Kross Supremes are the biggest knobbiest tires I get go with, but they work suprisingly well.

Doesn't Bianchi have a copyright on that color or something, by the way?
 

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Nice, is that bashgaurd for your freeriding expeditions? :D
Yep, this is the play bike I was talking about the other night :p

No, actually the bash gaurd is there for 2 reasons:

1.To keep grease off my pant legs while riding to fourbucks.
2.The chainring needed to go in the middle ring position for chainline sake....I hate the look of cranks with one ring in the middle position...looks like something missing. It's an odd compulsion akin to orbkbldr and his ti on ti frame/fork obsession:)

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donkey said:
2.The chainring needed to go in the middle ring position for chainline sake....I hate the look of cranks with one ring in the middle position...looks like something missing. It's an odd compulsion akin to orbkbldr and his ti on ti frame/fork obsession:)

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is that worse than putting a thudbuster on a beautiful ti frame?
 

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is that worse than putting a thudbuster on a beautiful ti frame?
Hmmm...I'll say this.....it's not as bad as a riser bar mounted on an upside down stem with 3 inches of spacers underneath.

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donkey said:
Yep, this is the play bike I was talking about the other night :p

No, actually the bash gaurd is there for 2 reasons:

1.To keep grease off my pant legs while riding to fourbucks.
2.The chainring needed to go in the middle ring position for chainline sake....I hate the look of cranks with one ring in the middle position...looks like something missing. It's an odd compulsion akin to orbkbldr and his ti on ti frame/fork obsession:)

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speaking of this I ordered a Ti fork for the Dean. It will be a bit until it gets here. I'll be running the Reba until then. I just had to do it.
 

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nice bike!

and sorry to sidetrack the conversation but i notice you are running those inline levers with V's. are they designed o work with V's? if so what kind are they? i need to put some V's on mine and the gf's crosschecks and don't really feel like the 287v levers... something like those would be perfect!
 

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nice bike!

and sorry to sidetrack the conversation but i notice you are running those inline levers with V's. are they designed o work with V's? if so what kind are they? i need to put some V's on mine and the gf's crosschecks and don't really feel like the 287v levers... something like those would be perfect!
The inline levers are IRD's. They are canti levers but I am using a travel agent on the v-brakes themselves. Not the best solution but it's what I had laying around.

As for you situation....I believe Paul makes an inline v-brake lever. But then your inline levers would work well with V's but not your main levers....no good.

Hope that helps,

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I go without

I have found that it is possible to adapt to the feel of canti brake levers and v-brakes - at least in the rear. I run Avid road disc in the front.
 
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