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Those of you that have followed along know that Rob Pennell of Badger Cycles built up a super sweet 29er frame for me. I'm a shorter rider (as 29ers go) and had asked him to consider S-bend seatstays which he did put on it. In the end the tire clearance we were after just couldn't achieved on a frame as small as I needed. Knowing that I was anxious to get this frame and have it for Ouachita in March, Rob pressed on and finished it up.

After that race he took the frame back to rework the rear end. It now sports some sick seat stays and talk about clearance! Yowza. Loads of room there now.

Since I broke a batch of ribs late May I didn't get much of a chance to ride it after it came back. Well, I've been on it a few times now and just have to say this bike sings! What a ride. It doesn't take long to forget I'm riding a hard tail.

The handling is superb. Steering input from the saddle is the best I've ever had. The custom fit means I've been able to ride this bike for hours and not end up with a sore neck or back. Rob has the rider mass/weight distribution dialed.

Life, Spirit, a batch of custom selected light tubing make up this frame. The filet construction is a look I've always been partial to. This bike is rolling art. It is as much fun to look at as it is to ride. Makes for a very nice combination.

Some of Rob's newest work is even sweeter looking. They seem to just keep getting better and better.

How's it look? Take a peek. Final build was under 24#. The Industry Nine wheels are sub 1500g and spin up FAST. The whole package is incredibly responsive, especially with the CX 42s on there (I had to stay on the road for quite a while). A couple pics with Ignitors will be posted here in a few days so you can see clearance with a more conventional tire.










 

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You should be proud....that is a super nice bike. And weighs under 24 pounds!! You are right about Rob's work, it's great. Before long he will be too stuck up to talk to anyone.;) Seriously, all the builds that I have seen posted not only looked like art but the riders all post that the fit was well thought out. Rob is able to determine a rider's needs, riding style, and fit and come up with the perfect frame. Happy riding! :thumbsup:
 

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Truly stunning bike and build! You mention that your on the shorter side. I'd be curious as to what your actual hight is and what the standover is for the bike. Actually if its not too much I'd love to see the numbers for the rest of the bike. Thanks and congratulations!
 

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Industry Nine Wheels

Flooredsubaru said:
Looks really nice. How durable have the Industry nine wheels been?
Just did the initial true/tensioning. They are doing super so far. I even ran those skinny tires off road and they did fine. I'll be mounting up some Ignitors for this weekend and then the wheels will start to get more of a durability run.

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dan p said:
Truly stunning bike and build! You mention that your on the shorter side. I'd be curious as to what your actual hight is and what the standover is for the bike. Actually if its not too much I'd love to see the numbers for the rest of the bike. Thanks and congratulations!
I'm just make 5' 6", jean inseam is 30. I don't have any standover issues on it at all.
TT is 21.5, BB is 11.5, seattube 15" to top of top tube (17" to collar) @ 74 deg.

Standover, just three-four inches from the headtube is 32". Plenty of clearance for me.

Lance, since you were just teasing with pics thought I'd post my built ride. Maybe some pics with dirt to come.

Ouachita, thanks. This bike is mybest custom yet.

anne
 
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