Obligatory dropper down pic
Hey guys, I have just built up my third Hammerhead/Switchback bike, this one being the 27.5 version, this is by far the most fun and confidence inspiring bike, I thought the 29r was awesome but the 650b just feels more balanced and in control. And I am over 6 foot three, 200++ pounds. If I still had my 29r Thumper, it would not be getting any use, but that is just personal preference too I guess. Will post some pics soon.Anyone considering options between a 27.5 or 29er - I competed in a UK Gravity enduro even in Wales the weekend before this. The bikes need to be fast downhill in all situations - including plenty of tight twisty stuff, some timed sections have a reasonable amount of pedaling involved also, and then you have an approx 40 minute climb back to the top of the hill for the next timed section down. A great all round test of a bike and rider. The top 3 riders in the Elite class were all on 29ers. Says a lot more to me than what the magazines and bike companies are wanting us all to believe.
I've only had them out on 2 rides buy so far no issues. I will definitely keep an eye on this. I'm pretty sure they were hope built but will find out. My lbs manager is my best friend so basically I just called him and said I have x amount of money and want y characteristics. He called back with this combo and I gave the nod.@ twonin9r: Have you had any issues with your Pro2 Flows? Were yours Hope factory built? Everyone I know who's bought any Hope / ZTR Hoops in the last 6 months have been having issues with spokes loosening and rims buckling as a consequence. I've heard two bike shop mechanics say pretty much all the wheels they've sold in the last few months have come back with loose spokes. I've had my older Flows for over 18 months including a couple of trips to the alps on a hardtail and I've never trued them or touched a spoke. A few dents but still 100% true. Something's changed at the Hope factory - maybe the guy who builds them?
Nice! Thank you. It's getting a paint match to my wrangle. It's called commando green.^^^ Sweet... what colors you painting it?
I am looking at coming up with some graphics ideas (when I actually have some free time) and see if my friends that own a print shop can do them for me. Nothing major yet but have some ideas in the head.
Bike is at the shop getting the bottom cup and crown race mounted and a few things will be coming from the brown truck fairy today. Bike will be done from the LBS tonight so will grab on my way home and then take some pics out in the sun!
@TwoNin9r - check out the new offerings from Samyang/Vivitar/Rokinon in the 8mm, 12mm, and 16mm range. Been seeing some great results with them from the forums I read/frequent so I am thinking I may ask the wife for the 12mm for my EOS-M for Xmas!
[saved for pics]