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Just thought I'd post up my ride here... already put up a few pics in the "Show off..." thread, but it seems the urban/dj/park forum could use some more activity.
Well, It's no custom mini-boutique bike, I didn't weld it myself, and no pink or chrome bling, or the hottest mtb parts to hit the market (although I did manage to basically color coordinate while still using parts I had on hand or selecting ones I wanted....)
Anyway, I've been riding it for just over a month now, working out the kinks, adjusting, modifying, etc., and so far, it's coming out better than I expected. I wheeled off, and ground down the cable stops, since I don't use a rear derailleur, and I'm debating doing the same to the V-brake mounts, and grinding off the ends of the dropouts, just to lose some weight and make it look a bit smoother. I took off the gyro stops, since I don't use one and went with a longer brake cable.
chainstays are locked down at 15.5", tt is 22" c2c, bb height is 11.3", wb is 39.625", bar height is 37.75".






a few more photos:




almost forgot....
here's the spec list:
Eastern reject frame
Marz DJII 06'
FSA Impact Pro integrated headset
Atomlab GI Dirt 24" rims in dark grey
Atomlab GI 20mm hub front
Eastern Bikes 14mm X 135mm Singlespeed disc cassette hub and 12t driver
Demolition tensioner (drive-side only)
DMR Moto RT front
Kenda Kiniption rear (really nice)
WeThePeople Royal 175 cranks in grey & euro 19mm bb
Animal lite V2 28t sprocket
Shadow Conspiracy Interlok V2 chain
Animal Steven Hamilton Pedals
Demolition F-1 bmx stem
Atomlab Jesme Cig 22.2 bars - cut down to 24.5"
Animal Edwin DeLaRosa grips & cheap plastic barends that will hopefully last the season
Avid BB7 mech disc caliper - slightly modified to be bolted more forward
Hayes 6" rotor
Tektro cheap lever, custom bent lever blade
derailleur cable housing for brake
Macneil post w/ custom guiness aluminum can shim
Macneil SL kevlar saddle
Coalition seat clamp
custom ground frame, eliminate cable hangers, round off dropout ends, etc...

let's hear what you think...
 

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sittingduck said:
Wow, that looks really nice. What kind of frame is that? I really want a bike like that, I love my 24" cruiser and my STP, something in-between would be really cool.
hey, thanks a lot... I enjoy wrenching, as well as riding...
well, it's actually an Eastern frame that I bought off of Leigh Ramsdell earlier this spring. It's apparantly a "rejected" prototype DJ-4, it's stamped on the bottom bracket, but they changed around the frame a bunch, with different design and geometry (I like this one better personally) before it hit the market to the public.
the most expensive part on the bike was the frickin' fork! everything else I either had, or managed to source for fairly cheap, and I offset those costs by selling my wethepeople thrillseeker and an older schwinn superstock 1. so, I see it as the perfect addition to my current stable of rigs for now. :thumbsup:
 

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65 bucks is a steal (or steel if you like cheesy puns).

Nice bike. I've been thinking about grinding the v-brake mounts off of mine as well.

Probably not too important to you, but any idea on the frame weight and complete weight?
 

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frame is about 6.2lbs, maybe an ounce or two less now, minus the metal I ground off... total weight... I'm not sure, don't have an accurate way to measure unless I bust out my rapala bass scale. ;) I would estimate somewhere in the mid to high 30 mark. I did build it being fairly weight concious and keeping it very simple, but durable enough to where I can set it up and forget it, like my bmx bike was.
Have to watch out, as I'm sure most of you can tell, there are a LOT of over-built and over-engineered parts on the market. And even more marketing departments out there pushing these ridonkulous parts. Especially with that stupid little trend in the last few years with these kids putting triple clamps on their hardtails, etc. Trends die hard, lasting function is where true innovation comes from. I refer to a Japanese word and basic philosophy called "kinoubi", which essentially means- through function, comes true beauty.... anyway, so much for that simple reply....
 

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thanks for the props guys.... and yeah, it is still "clean", seen only street riding, and just 1 trip to the dj's so far (and I was squirrellmaster out there!). seriously, I hate all of these "billboard" bikes... I feel no need to show off name brands more than any of the actual components on the bike, and like rickthewelder said, it's all about "the lines", not some roman text smeared all over, or some racerboy stripes like intense's ridiculous sticker jobs....

free rider - it's not just you, the head angle is fairly steep, it's the replacement for my bmx bike. :thumbsup:
 

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hofferfish said:
nice bike iwas so stoked when ifound out eastern was making 26ers, can we get a review?
yeah, some pretty good stuff... what do you want reviewed? I like how it rides, I'm still getting used to it, but that is how it is with any other bike. It manuals super stable, nice stand-over, but bb height could be about .4" higher, but no problem at all. I scrape pedals occasionally. It's probably just me, or that the dj sections that I attempt to hit are too steep and close, but I like this bike (so far) much much better as a dedicated street rig instead of a full on dj'er. This could be different with the Eastern DJ-4, but I haven't ridden one yet.
The headtube and the bb were in great shape when I got the frame. It came with a quality 14mm cnc'ed chain tensioner with an integrated derailleur hanger too, but I used an old demolition one I had instead, since I went SS with it.
oh, I guess I should also mention, it was basically designed for an Eastern 14mm X 135mm cassette hub, but can also be used with a DMR revolver 14mm hub (not as nice as the eastern) or just with a normal 135 mtb hub with axle converters and bolt-on. With the 14mm axles you have the option of running bmx pegs if you wanted too (I wouldn't on the disc side, unless you run V's), but it just results in a bomb-proof, stiff build, and zero-offset spokes as well. 180 proof!!!! just like everclear south of the mason dixie line, whoooot!!! let's set this night on fire boys!!! alright, so it's 190.
The frame also came with screw out studs for V-brakes, as well as screw on Gyro stops that go on the side of the headtube, instead of using a fugly lower cup from a gyro. This would look extremely smooth and low-stack when used with a stem, such as an Animal or Kink, that has the upper gyro mounts cnc'ed on.... but that's not my thing.
oh, also one thing to note, with this particular frame set up as I did, the X-up and barspin clearance with my forward foot SUCKS!!!! I don't know, do many people here have that problem on their street rigs??? I didn't even consider this before...
as soon as I can get a ride organized with some friends who aren't too lazy to bring a camera or shoot pics (myself included), I'll try to get some action shots and post them up.

anyway, I also thought it was odd, I posted this up on Unrealcycles bike porn pages, as I've visited those for a couple years just drooling, and the first vote I got was a 2 out of 10... :skep: oh well, I didn't build it to impress... just to ride.
 

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Discussion Starter · #18 · (Edited)
some close up pics, one of the bolt on gyro stop that some were wondering about. one of the cnc'ed der. hanger/tensioner supplied with the frames, another of the 14mm disc SS cassette hub, and some other various random detail shots...







as you might be able to see, this frame, especially noticeable at the headtube junction, and the seattube/stays junction, is quite different than the DJ-4. and apparantly, the removeable gyro stops are not an option on it either...
 
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