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Got my Orbea 29er today! Built up really nicely until I realized I had purchased the wrong diameter seatpost. CRAPP! Oh well, here it is anyway, I think I can borrow a shim from Aosty and get something running for this weekend. Those are test-ride pedals from my Kona.

A few observations: Tire clearance in the back is still VERY tight. Front derailleur cable routing under the BB is weird, but whatever. Also, I may have to go with a flat bar for the first time in a LONG time, but that's no biggie. I am so excited to have a bike that fits correctly without 30mm of spacers under my stem! Oh, and she's kinda heavy. I will weigh in once I have it built correctly.

Now all that remains is to give it a ride! My first 29er. Please enjoy photos of bike and bunny.

JMH
 

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Wow, that bike is Euro-tastic! Very nice. Clearence looks tight but not too bad.
 

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All Done!

Thanks! Yeah, it's not a wallflower, but the white and chrome fizik really ties it together... ;)

Disaster averted, I dug up a shim that will do the job until I get my new post on Tuesday. So it's on for tomorrow!

Kind of a pig right at 25 pounds. But I guess that's how it goes. Maybe I can weenie it out a bit later. I am definitely going to have to get a flat bar to get the right position.

JMH

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Wow, that bike is Euro-tastic! Very nice. Clearence looks tight but not too bad.
 

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25lbs isn't terrible for a fully geared hardtail. But......thems is some heavy pedals and brakes. Saying that, if Time pedals were 800g/pr I would still use them.

JMH said:
Thanks! Yeah, it's not a wallflower, but the white and chrome fizik really ties it together... ;)

Disaster averted, I dug up a shim that will do the job until I get my new post on Tuesday. So it's on for tomorrow!

Kind of a pig right at 25 pounds. But I guess that's how it goes. Maybe I can weenie it out a bit later. I am definitely going to have to get a flat bar to get the right position.

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Very nice, Jordan! I like it. Where is the maiden voyage? What's with the gears?

SBG

PS You up for SJT?

PPS Can you move that bike out of the way, so we can see that poster?
 

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never fear...

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What's with the gears?
Don't worry, he still has a 2:1 ratio (single to geared).

Cheers,
Chuky
 

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Yes!

Hey, I don't JUST ride singlespeeds... but I can see how you might think that from the Bianchi and the Kona... :)

I would love to do SJT. Never been, and that's unacceptable. Let me learn how to ride this crazy thing and we will get together. Let's talk soon.

Oh, and Wahoo... yes, that is our bunny Harriet. She says hi. Awwww!

JMH

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Very nice, Jordan! I like it. Where is the maiden voyage? What's with the gears?

SBG

PS You up for SJT?

PPS Can you move that bike out of the way, so we can see that poster?
 

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Looks like Orbea kept chainring clearance for a 32/42/52t set, thinking it's a 'cross thang maybe?
 

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Nice bike, J!

Next up, get one for Carla.
Oh, and a single speed 29" for yourself.

Umm, wait... did I read correctly? You've never ridden San Juan?!? Well my friend, steps must be taken to remedy this situation!
I do miss rides like SJT, Noble, and BLT, so maybe we can try and make it out for the next SoCal Spring Single Speed Symposium.

the los
 

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Hey, you're posting again!

SSLOS- I have been wondering how things are going for you in TX... I hadn't seen you posting for a long time. PM us with an update!

CLOXXKI-Oh, and the chainring clearance... I don't know what the deal is there. When I looked at the frame unbuilt, I noticed that there is tons of space for huge tires. But of course when I built the bike, I see that the clearance is all in the wrong place. Perhaps they are still using a 26" wheel profile for the chainstay bends? Because the whole bend could be moved forward at least a CM which would give room for a 2.3 and reduce the extra unneccessary chainring space.

JMH

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Next up, get one for Carla.
Oh, and a single speed 29" for yourself.

Umm, wait... did I read correctly? You've never ridden San Juan?!? Well my friend, steps must be taken to remedy this situation!
I do miss rides like SJT, Noble, and BLT, so maybe we can try and make it out for the next SoCal Spring Single Speed Symposium.

the los
 

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Man that is nice

Thanks for the pron JMH. I cannot wait until the 19" white clears the border and makes its way up to NH. Of course there is a foot or so of snow outside right now so it probably won't get ridden til March or so. Very nice though and cannot wait til I get mine together!
-Keith-
 

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Hmm...

Not sure... the frame isn't terribly light at 1700g (3.75lbs) and the fork is no weenie job either.

I suppose the most obvious thing I see is the brakes. Avid bb-7 with 185mm rotors are very heavy, but I won't swap the simplicity and that would also neccessitate new shifters and I like DC. I could do little things like lighter tubes, ti skewers, ti pedal spindles, lighter saddle, light grips to save 1/2 pound or more... I will do that first since I have most of that lying around. Then I will start drilling holes in the frame with various size drill bits and stop carrying water on my rides.;)

But I must go ride now! The debut of the big-wheel.

JMH

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25lbs does seem heavy for what you have speced. Is the frame and fork that heavy? What would you do to make it lighter?
 

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CLOXXKI-Oh, and the chainring clearance... I don't know what the deal is there. When I looked at the frame unbuilt, I noticed that there is tons of space for huge tires. But of course when I built the bike, I see that the clearance is all in the wrong place. Perhaps they are still using a 26" wheel profile for the chainstay bends? Because the whole bend could be moved forward at least a CM which would give room for a 2.3 and reduce the extra unneccessary chainring space.

JMH[/QUOTE]
Sounds like great customer-feedback to hint Orbea about! The better they get it, the more they'll sell. I'd be quite disappointed myself if I couldn't use the nice XR 2.25 front in the back of my bike. I have four 29"ers, from 2001/2, 2003, 2004/5 and 2005, and they all take it with ease.
We're not into cyclo-cross after all :)
 

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I bet that weight is right

I bet that weight is about right, I wonder sometimes about these stock-ish looking setups that come in at 22# or whatever. I think it looks great!
 

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JMH said:
Not sure... the frame isn't terribly light at 1700g (3.75lbs) and the fork is no weenie job either.

I suppose the most obvious thing I see is the brakes. Avid bb-7 with 185mm rotors are very heavy, but I won't swap the simplicity and that would also neccessitate new shifters and I like DC. I could do little things like lighter tubes, ti skewers, ti pedal spindles, lighter saddle, light grips to save 1/2 pound or more... I will do that first since I have most of that lying around. Then I will start drilling holes in the frame with various size drill bits and stop carrying water on my rides.;)

But I must go ride now! The debut of the big-wheel.

JMH
It's hard to figure out where the weight is hiding on that thing?

Edit: Tires, Fork, wheels? Are those parts THAT much heavier in a 29'er version?
 

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My new Orbea weights in at 25.4.

It’s a sweet ride so far. Only negative is the low bottom bracket height. I have been scrubbing my chain ring on logs that I normally clear with my 26er. May be its just bad ridding technique on my part.

Lighter hubs and wheels are on order.
 
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