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2.3 tires Rear is Racing Ralph Front is Maxxis Forcaster
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I have a 2021 Fuse Expert, and am looking to maximize the use of the front/main triangle. I'd like to utilize (2) water bottles (I don't like carrying water on my back), and whatever else. It seems the triangle is so small that only "side-load" cages and smaller bottles are possible. It seems that a 21oz bottle on the seat-tube, and a 21-24oz bottle on the down-tube will work, but would absolutely need to be in "side-load" cages. How have others "utilized" their mounting bosses? How have you accessorized your main triangle? I'm not interested in a triangle bag. The down tube has 3 bosses, seat tube has 2. Was thinking about maybe trying the Specialized Zee Cage II cages and maybe a SWAT EMT Cage Mount MTB Tool on the down-tube cage. Photos are not my bikes. They are for reference only. Thanks

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I have a 2021 Fuse Expert, and am looking to maximize the use of the front/main triangle. I'd like to utilize (2) water bottles (I don't like carrying water on my back), and whatever else. It seems the triangle is so small that only "side-load" cages and smaller bottles are possible. It seems that a 21oz bottle on the seat-tube, and a 21-24oz bottle on the down-tube will work, but would absolutely need to be in "side-load" cages. How have others "utilized" their mounting bosses? How have you accessorized your main triangle? I'm not interested in a triangle bag. The down tube has 3 bosses, seat tube has 2. Was thinking about maybe trying the Specialized Zee Cage II cages and maybe a SWAT EMT Cage Mount MTB Tool on the down-tube cage. Photos are not my bikes. They are for reference only. Thanks

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What don't you like about carrying water on your back? Have you considered a waist water pack?
 

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What don't you like about carrying water on your back? Have you considered a waist water pack?
I'm just not a fan of backpacks. I am considering getting an Alpine Threadworks hip pack with a platypus bladder. But I won't always carry water in it, especially on the shorter rides. I'm just looking for ideas on maximizing the use of the main triangle. Someone suggested I look into the Wolftooth B-RAD system.
 

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I'm just not a fan of backpacks. I am considering getting an Alpine Threadworks hip pack with a platypus bladder. But I won't always carry water in it, especially on the shorter rides. I'm just looking for ideas on maximizing the use of the main triangle. Someone suggested I look into the Wolftooth B-RAD system.
I have a Henty Enduro as I'm not a fan either. The webbing really helps prevent the pack from bobbing all over the place.
 

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Just buy the 29er. Sliding dropouts make it a much more versatile bike. The ability to run single speed is a huge bonus if you ever want to sell.
 

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Not really that easy. There is a 27.5 available which is why I ask. Frame only options in ANY bike are seriously limited right now. There is literally no stock.
 

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Hmmm well I checked out that available frame. Very nice. Biggest tire I had to test for fit was 29x2.5, looked like 2.6 would go, couldn't say for 2.8.

What do you guys think about using the 27.5 paired with a 500 A-C rigid fork and 29x2.6? Numbers seem like it might just work...
 

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A couple of months ago, I asked for advice/suggestions on maximizing the use of the front/main triangle for hydration storage. After doing some research, and trying several options, I believe I’m done, and very happy with the results.
  • 2 x Canyon Eject Hydration System (1600ml total)
  • Wolf Tooth B-Rad System (4-Slot Base & XL Strap Adapter Mount)
  • SpeedSleev Ranger Plus (Accessory Bag)
29 x 2.36 - 2.8” spare tube
Crank Bros Multi Tool 19
2 x 16g CO2 cartridges
3 x Park Tool tire levers
  • Pro Bike Tool Mini Pump
  • Pro Bike Tool CO2 Inflator (w/16g CO2 cartridge in canister)
  • Pro Bike Tool Tubleless Repair Kit
Everything looks really tight, but nothing is jammed.
There is just enough minimal free space between everything and the frame, and between the bag and the hydration systems.















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Got a medium fuse frame for sale. 1 year old, barely any mile. Frame was taped up as well. $600. Can ship for a fee.
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Can anyone with the XL A1 frame at roughly 6'1"/32" inseam comment on dropper length used? Measurements suggest 150mm Rainier is a go, but not likely 170mm, which surprised me. I guess maybe cuz I'm b/w sizes a little and not full on XL?
 

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I think I answered my own question nvrmnd. Apparently the Rainier can be reduced down, so even if I can't get 170mm to fit, I can adjust down in 5mm increments until it fits. Sweet!
 

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Well I bought the A1 frame and build has started. It's looking pretty sweet so far. The goal is a light, rigid, 29x2.6ish, with modern flexible geo. I went with a 500a-c fork - hopefully this can keep the front end low enough, while still keeping BB height appropriate. Think I can hit 25lbs with no major weight weenie-ism - most savings (2lbs) are from the rigid fork.

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Here is the build:
partdescriptionweight (g)weight (lbs)
frameSpecialized Fuse A1
2100​
4.626​
brakesetShimano XT M8000
550​
1.211​
rotor adapterTektro +20
20​
0.044​
rotorsSram Centerline
283​
0.623​
dropperPNW Rainier / 170mm
738​
1.626​
dropper cableShimano SP41
50​
0.110​
dropper leverPNW Loam Lever
41​
0.090​
handlebarMt Zoom Flat
132​
0.291​
rear axleSpecialized?
39​
0.086​
rear wheelNox Farlow / I9 Torch
959​
2.112​
front wheelNox Farlow / I9 Torch
840​
1.850​
rear tireVittoria Mezcal 2.6
870​
1.916​
front tireVittoria Barzo 2.6
870​
1.916​
front axleFox?
76​
0.167​
stemWren, 40mm
72​
0.159​
BBcrank-dependent, 24 or 30
90​
0.198​
seatSpecialized
257​
0.566​
chainringRF Cinch, 30t
0​
0.000​
crankRF Aeffect
650​
1.432​
pedalsXpedo (switch off other for now)
275​
0.606​
forkFlyxii 29+ Boost Carbon
675​
1.487​
derailleurShimano XTR M9000
222​
0.489​
shifterShimano XTR M9000
110​
0.242​
headsetKing Dropset 5
110​
0.242​
cassetteSram GX XG-1150
394​
0.868​
chainSram PC-1110
270​
0.595​
cable/housingder + hydraulic
100​
0.220​
odds/endsbolts, sealant, cages, bung
200​
0.441​
gripsSDG Thrice
80​
0.176​
tapeOrange China Electronic
50​
0.110​
sealantHomebrew
180​
0.396​
valvesused red valves
30​
0.066​
total
11333​
24.963​
 

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Well I bought the A1 frame and build has started. It's looking pretty sweet so far. The goal is a light, rigid, 29x2.6ish, with modern flexible geo. I went with a 500a-c fork - hopefully this can keep the front end low enough, while still keeping BB height appropriate. Think I can hit 25lbs with no major weight weenie-ism - most savings (2lbs) are from the rigid fork.

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Here is the build:
partdescriptionweight (g)weight (lbs)
frameSpecialized Fuse A1
2100​
4.626​
brakesetShimano XT M8000
550​
1.211​
rotor adapterTektro +20
20​
0.044​
rotorsSram Centerline
283​
0.623​
dropperPNW Rainier / 170mm
738​
1.626​
dropper cableShimano SP41
50​
0.110​
dropper leverPNW Loam Lever
41​
0.090​
handlebarMt Zoom Flat
132​
0.291​
rear axleSpecialized?
39​
0.086​
rear wheelNox Farlow / I9 Torch
959​
2.112​
front wheelNox Farlow / I9 Torch
840​
1.850​
rear tireVittoria Mezcal 2.6
870​
1.916​
front tireVittoria Barzo 2.6
870​
1.916​
front axleFox?
76​
0.167​
stemWren, 40mm
72​
0.159​
BBcrank-dependent, 24 or 30
90​
0.198​
seatSpecialized
257​
0.566​
chainringRF Cinch, 30t
0​
0.000​
crankRF Aeffect
650​
1.432​
pedalsXpedo (switch off other for now)
275​
0.606​
forkFlyxii 29+ Boost Carbon
675​
1.487​
derailleurShimano XTR M9000
222​
0.489​
shifterShimano XTR M9000
110​
0.242​
headsetKing Dropset 5
110​
0.242​
cassetteSram GX XG-1150
394​
0.868​
chainSram PC-1110
270​
0.595​
cable/housingder + hydraulic
100​
0.220​
odds/endsbolts, sealant, cages, bung
200​
0.441​
gripsSDG Thrice
80​
0.176​
tapeOrange China Electronic
50​
0.110​
sealantHomebrew
180​
0.396​
valvesused red valves
30​
0.066​
total
11333​
24.963​
Nice build. But I believe you can go a little more light. My chicel 29er is 8.6kg.

Ps. Those tires in the pic is no longer there , now is thunder Burt And ashima rotors.


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That's a cool chisel build!

Yep I know I could definitely go lighter but I've also constrained the build to a specific budget. Wheels, tires , dropper (no rigid posts for me anymore), seat, brakes, cranks could all be lighter - but most of these parts I already had or got a good deal on. Seemed like a reasonable compromise to me for a rugged, light-ISH, 29+ bike. I figure if I end up enjoying the bike like I anticipate, then I can play the lightening game a bit more.
 

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That's a cool chisel build!

Yep I know I could definitely go lighter but I've also constrained the build to a specific budget. Wheels, tires , dropper (no rigid posts for me anymore), seat, brakes, cranks could all be lighter - but most of these parts I already had or got a good deal on. Seemed like a reasonable compromise to me for a rugged, light-ISH, 29+ bike. I figure if I end up enjoying the bike like I anticipate, then I can play the lightening game a bit more.

I believe the dropper as his advantage , I have in my FS. But in the HT I’m thinking in the suspension post just to soft the ride a little.


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Can anyone with the XL A1 frame at roughly 6'1"/32" inseam comment on dropper length used? Measurements suggest 150mm Rainier is a go, but not likely 170mm, which surprised me. I guess maybe cuz I'm b/w sizes a little and not full on XL?
I am the same height/inseam on an A1 size L frame. From my measurements I should be able to fit a 170mm Oneup V1 or 180mm Oneup V2 dropper. I just ordered a 180mm V2 so I’ll find out soon and let you know. Right now with the 120mm dropper I have 50mm between the top of the seat post on the frame and the bottom of the collar on the dropper so you can compare with what you have now, but given that a 170mm shouldn’t be a problem assuming insertion depth isn’t an issue. The Oneup droppers also look to have a lot less distance between the collar and seat because of the way the seat mounts, it looks like the seat is actually about 20mm lower compared with the 120mm TranzX. Because of this I figure with the 180mm V2 I’ll still have 10mm of post showing below the collar on the dropper. Also there is a bottle cage boss that limits insertion which means I will have to have the post up at least 10mm and even with that I’ll probably have to shave a few mm off the bottle cage bolt. But if the 180mm ends up being too long I can adjust the V2 to 170mm or 160mm if I have to with the adjustment pins. With the XL frame you might not have this issue or at least have a bit more wiggle room. On the L frame it’s about 248mm down to that boss for reference.

I think the Oneup is also a bit lighter than the Rainier so since you are looking at weight if you haven’t purchased the Rainier yet you might want to take a look.
 

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Agreed. I installed new shimano xt 4 piston brakes to my fuse. That was my first major upgrade. Insane difference between the tektros that it came with. I paired brakes with 180mm ice tech rotors front and rear. Surprisingly, the rear adapter was hard to find at local shops. I highly recommend a brake upgrade to allow for a more confidence inspiring ride on steep decents.
What size frame do you have? I have size L base 27.5 frame and am considering a 4 piston brake upgrade but the rear looks really tight, especially if I move up to a 180mm rotor. I’m thinking of getting Deore 4-piston calipers which are probably similar size/shape to your XT but given how tight it looks and your picture it’s going to be very close! Any other pics from different angles would be awesome as well.

Anyone else successfully mount 4-piston calipers on the rear of a fuse? Especially a base 27.5 with 180mm rotors?
 

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I am the same height/inseam on an A1 size L frame. From my measurements I should be able to fit a 170mm Oneup V1 or 180mm Oneup V2 dropper. I just ordered a 180mm V2 so I’ll find out soon and let you know. Right now with the 120mm dropper I have 50mm between the top of the seat post on the frame and the bottom of the collar on the dropper so you can compare with what you have now, but given that a 170mm shouldn’t be a problem assuming insertion depth isn’t an issue. The Oneup droppers also look to have a lot less distance between the collar and seat because of the way the seat mounts, it looks like the seat is actually about 20mm lower compared with the 120mm TranzX. Because of this I figure with the 180mm V2 I’ll still have 10mm of post showing below the collar on the dropper. Also there is a bottle cage boss that limits insertion which means I will have to have the post up at least 10mm and even with that I’ll probably have to shave a few mm off the bottle cage bolt. But if the 180mm ends up being too long I can adjust the V2 to 170mm or 160mm if I have to with the adjustment pins. With the XL frame you might not have this issue or at least have a bit more wiggle room. On the L frame it’s about 248mm down to that boss for reference.

I think the Oneup is also a bit lighter than the Rainier so since you are looking at weight if you haven’t purchased the Rainier yet you might want to take a look.
I ended up going with the 170mm on my XL with it setup at 160mm. The ability to decrease means I achieve the max amount of drop possible.
 
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