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Greetings - Just wanted to re-introduce myself and share my 29er build. Many many years ago, I was on a Dean Oscar HT and Ventana Marble Peak. Left scene and then about two years ago got into it again with a vintage Ventana El Habanero. Heard about 29er's but didn't really catch the bug until the last month ago. Anyway, did some diggin around on ebay and craigslist and came up with the following amalgamation -

2009 Bianchi SOK 29er 19.5" frame with stock FSA headset
2010 Diamondback Overdrive PRO bone stock as the donor bike

Anway, can't wait to get started on my Bianchi build!



 

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Here's the finished product. Decided to go with a 1x9 setup. Needs a rear derailleur adjustment, but so far the ride has been sweet.

 

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idinomac said:
That is so funny! I was looking at same Bianchi, you have a nice bike there injoy!
Thanks - To be honest, when I bid I really never expected to win and was kinda of sorry that I did win since I really didn't need another bike, but now having built the bike up, I have zero regrets! Especially, since I got the frame at a really great price and the seller's descriptions were way too modest. When I took delivery, I swear I thought it was a new frame!
 

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After seeing your bilud pic I like it even more!
I have a Salsa Mamasita & a Big Mama and I like the H/T as for 29ers, I am looking for a
19" frame with shorter C/S I'm 6' with a 35 1/3" inseam so I am wanting to try a 19" frame
The 20" Mamasita's good, but I think a 19' frame will be better. you have fun!
 

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Thanks for the kind words! This is going to sound pretty sad but I only just did my first ride this past Saturday. Decided to try Elfin Forest (local North San Diego trail). It was fun, but the bike definitely took some getting used to. Before on my old Dean Oscar, I actively went around most rock obstacles (Elfin Forest in particular Way Up Trail is littered with rocks). However, it started to get really repetitive so I rolled the dice to see what it could hit and not hit. So small rock after small rock, the 29 inch hoops just rolled along with the Reba forks soaking up most of the initial impact. From then on, it felt like a new world had opened up. I'm still not a big fan of the technical singletrack for this bike, but maybe after a ride or two I may change my mind.

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Here's the finished product - Decided to stick with a more traditional 3x9 setup and add more RaceFace stuff and Elixir R brakes.
 
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