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My original order was for a flat-bar and shock, but Matt convinced me that rigid and a drop-bar was the way to go. For having never having ridden an off-road drop bar before, I have to say that the handling and fit was spot-on. I didn't think anything could top my Ute until I rode this bike. Matt knows his stuff.
 

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congrats....

riding a bike set up properly around drops and rigid is an awakening, matt's probably the only one left who really knows how (not saying no one else does, so don't start letting the posts fly). he did not have to talk me into it. riding steep, tight singletrack properly set up is just unreal, especially fixed gear.


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subluxation said:
riding a bike set up properly around drops and rigid is an awakening, matt's probably the only one left who really knows how (not saying no one else does, so don't start letting the posts fly). he did not have to talk me into it. riding steep, tight singletrack properly set up is just unreal, especially fixed gear.


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Hey Rick,

Sorry for the slight side-track but how do you find your forks under heavy breaking? Mine "flutter" quite a bit to the point where it really wobbles the front end :) They use Reynolds 531ST blades so I don't think its going to fall apart...just wondering if Neo-Retros / Kool Stop Salmon / Skinny forks is a bit overkill!

OK, back the the scheduled program...

Great looking bike Scott, drops are sooo much nicer off road and Matt IS the king of set-up.

Alex
 

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Choice bike. How close is the overlap? Not sure if that's the ticket for me but I love the purity of the whole thing.
 

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forget the drop bars!

A 29er with v brakes? Did hell freeze over? JK. I like Vs. :)
 

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yep, mine does.

i noticed that too, typically under hard braking in singletrack, i just figured it was the supple fork combo'd with the brake pads being a bit grabby and figured it would settle in after the pads wear in a bit. does yours seem grabby after the pads wear some?

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Singlespeedpunk said:
Hey Rick,

Sorry for the slight side-track but how do you find your forks under heavy breaking? Mine "flutter" quite a bit to the point where it really wobbles the front end :) They use Reynolds 531ST blades so I don't think its going to fall apart...just wondering if Neo-Retros / Kool Stop Salmon / Skinny forks is a bit overkill!

OK, back the the scheduled program...

Great looking bike Scott, drops are sooo much nicer off road and Matt IS the king of set-up.

Alex
 

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That’s a nice ride, super clean and purpose built.

I’d love to try a bike built for dirt drops. I have tried the bars but haven’t ever been able to get them set up properly on the bikes I tried them on.
 

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Fork Flutter

Singlespeedpunk said:
Hey Rick,

Sorry for the slight side-track but how do you find your forks under heavy breaking? Mine "flutter" quite a bit to the point where it really wobbles the front end :) They use Reynolds 531ST blades so I don't think its going to fall apart...just wondering if Neo-Retros / Kool Stop Salmon / Skinny forks is a bit overkill!

OK, back the the scheduled program...

Great looking bike Scott, drops are sooo much nicer off road and Matt IS the king of set-up.

Alex
Alex -

I've had the same problem running a kinesis fork with neo retros on my indie rock. The flutter is very disturbing. I thought that perhaps it was the light weight kinesis, but it probably the neo retros being over kill.

Scott - nice build!

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Thanks!

Rick and Bill,

Thanks for the info, glad its not just me and my 140# bulk :) Guess I might live with it (and change to some "worse" pads!) and try to ride smoother.

I have started playing about with BikeCAD (quiet day...) and looking at building a drop-bar specific frame that I can transplant 90% of my stuff over to (the other 29er frame, fork, bar and stem can be samples to show people)

Damn you all :D

Alex
 

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I'm a sucker for a Chester, that's beautiful.
 

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cantis are an option

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A 29er with v brakes? Did hell freeze over? JK. I like Vs. :)
I like Vs too. Matt put a canti guide on the frame in case I want to run some old school Shimano XT2 canti brakes that I got from Harris Cyclery. Some of the rides in northern AZ can be muddy in summer.

The guide sorta reminds me of the Ibis hand job.
 

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Let me guess, It WAS worth the wait, correct?

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ditto...

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A 29er with v brakes? Did hell freeze over? JK. I like Vs. :)
nothing against disc's, i just like v's too. so nice to see someone else go custom and choose v's. my 26in curtlo is v specific, no regrets.
 
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