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A little bit country...

A little bit huck & roll.

I raced an Inbred last season and it did great, but I felt I was pushing it on the free-ridey stuff. So the search was on for something I could race, jump, climb, drop, single speed, XC, ride to bars, and pump track. Not too much to ask, right?

Because I wanted everything, I had to give up on some features: SS drop outs, steel, but that was about it, as the MmmBop has everything else.... if I tweak the set up. A tall front end will not = climbing ripper. A high BB will not = a swoopy carver. Aluminum has some sting. Basically, I had to bring some XC to the AM geo.

So I lowered the front end and dropped the BB with a 120mm fork and a zero stack headset. HA is still pretty slack, it's only reduced down by about 1 to 1.5 degrees.

Reduced the aluminum sting by shimming the seat post from 31.6 down to 27.2 to bring some flex into the post. Tubeless helps as well.

70mm stem for a bit more stretched out position

Single speed conversion with a solid tensioner, bash & Ngear for chain security.

And it works great in it's single speed race huck mode. Climbs great, carves great, very solid for the moderate FR I do. I haven't raced it yet so we'll see how it does there. But so far this bike allows me to single speed XC and not pass on any of the trail nuggets I feel like hitting.

So for me, this thing is about perfect. (maybe a lighter fork as the Nixon is 5.5 pounds)

Set up:
- 18" MmmBop
- Manitou Nixon modded to 120mm (A-C is more like a 130 fork) TPC+ modded to short throw on the floating piston to compensate for hardtail, SS and lower travel.
- Cane Creek XXc flush II headset
- Flow SS wheelset with White Industries Freehub
- blah, blah, blah

Weight is around 24 pounds, amazing for such a capable bike.

This build won't be for everyone, and is not a specialist at any particular trait, but is an excellent all arounder.

The only downer is the name. Ragley is not known in California, but Hanson sure is, and I get to hear all about it from the buds. MmmBop does not say "huck this bike" lol.

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Excellent link, Brant. If that's what your home trails are like, then no wonder your bikes handle so well! I mean, the head angle's that slack for survival's sake as much as anything else, eh? Seriously, though, looks like mad fun and I'm jealous you get to play in that in your backyard.
 

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brant said:
Check this video on this page, at 7mins in...

http://www.singletrackworld.com/2010/04/video-mojo-trail-diaries/

This is why.
I remember seeing a post of yours somewhere that you name the MmmBop after a trail. You could have named the frame vagina and I would be happy as it is just a name. My buds heckle me about it, and I heckle them back, if not the name then something else, part of the fun. It gets respect with the riding.

That stair case on MmmBop looks pretty nuts, especially in the mossy wet. Is that where "just keep on the steps" comes from? I was thinking it was some North Yorkshirian slang for flat pedals.

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That stair case on MmmBop looks pretty nuts, especially in the mossy wet. Is that where "just keep on the steps" comes from? I was thinking it was some North Yorshirian slang for flat pedals.

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Yeah - we had a big problem on that trail with riders taking the "***** line" away from the steps and making a big wear groove down one side.

So yeah - "just keep on the steps" is our advice. Otherwise it's cheating. And wrong.
 

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brant said:
....So yeah - "just keep on the steps" is our advice. Otherwise it's cheating. And wrong.
The MmmBop's head angle feels like cheating. :)

I know that have set up the MmmBop outside of your design intentions. But it is a seriously nice frame Brant, and I am one happy customer.

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I'm just bummed that I could get a hold of a mmmbop, so now Im waiting for the TROOF! just wonder how it will handle, (compared to the mmmbop) since it will be able to handle longer travel forks.....I just want to see a full built of the TROOF...and colors.
 

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I just got one as well, I'll finish building it and take 'er on the maiden voyage this weekend!
 

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That seriously cool video all the motivation I need to finally quit screwing about and get this mmmbop finally built up.

Dannys crash is the reason I still ride with flat pedals on technical terrain, woulda hated to have seen that with him glued to the pedals..ouch.

Loved the music, I thnk I might have a few of those funk jams rattling about in my vinyl collection. Viva la JFM circa 1982!
 
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