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I recently picked up a barely used Gunnar Ruffian 29er frame and Chris Igleheart steel fork. This will be my first 29er and my first singlespeed. I plan on running it with the rigid fork. It's been a lot of fun trying to read about 29ers and try to spec parts for the new build. I'm using a set of King disc hubs I have and lacing them to Mavic A317 rims. Probably going to run mech discs - ? Avid BB7? Anyways, I can't wait. Here's a few pics of the frame. I will post more after I receive the frame and build it up.
 

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I have a Gunnar Rockhound 29er. The pedal response and handling is outstanding. Gunnar uses custom drawn tubing to their specs to fine tune the ride. Alingment and welds are as good as any other. The paint was a issue a few years ago. But, for a hand made frame that is on par with frames that cost $500 to $700 more, I'm not going to cry over a few extra paint chips. I also run the Avid BB7 mech discs. Good brakes. They howl a little on wet days.

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I also have a rockhound 29er, same blue color. After a year of riding in the rocks of AZ the paint has held up fairly well. The frame has very good ride quality and spot on geometry. I run it SS with an ENO rear hub. Avid BB7 up front stops very well. You'll be very happy with the ride.
 

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I spoke to Jon @ Gunnar today and dropped the deposit down for a Ruffian:thumbsup:
I have a few questions for you all. Currently i ride a redline29er flight size 19inch.
I am 6ft. 32inch inseam. Jon recommended the 17.5 (longer tt than the flight by a little)
For a little added comfort/bling I want a moots layedback post.
Now 2 main questions: What do you guys think of my size choice and anyone have pics of this size. Jon did tell me the one on the site is a 17.5 but the more bike porn the better:thumbsup:
Thanks in advance for the advice.
Jim
 

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I'm 6'1" with a 33" inseam and the Large fits me very well. I would think a large would be close to perfect for you. The TT on the large Gunnar is 24.3" versus 23.7" for the flite. Standover is very close between the two bikes. What length stem are you using on the flite? Layback seatposts usually indicate that the TT is too short for the rider.
Just some thoughts to make sure you get the right size frame.
My Gunnar 29er SS is 24.5 pounds, just so you know.
Luck to you.
 

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17.5 sounds small

For your size, the 17.5 recommendation sounds small. If you look at the measurements on their website for the Gunnar Ruffian 29ers - the seatpost for the 17.5 is only about 16.33 inches, the 19 is 17.9 inches, and the 20.5 is 19.2 inches. I'm 5'10" with a 31.5 in inseam. I'm getting a 19 inch Ruffian 29er. Given your height, I would look at a 19 or maybe even a 20.5 size Ruffian 29er.
 

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A little small

I am 5'8" and I ride a 17.5 Rockhound 29er. Straight post and a 100mm stem. You need something larger than a 17.5.

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Thanks guys. I changed the order to a 19 and sent my signed fax back.
Nor- what size stem are you using?
My build will be most from the Flight and some new lighter bling like a 951XTR crank with a boone ring and maybe a carbon riser bar. Still want the moots post. Anyway thanks again and lets post those pics!!
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I am 5' 8" and run a 17.5 Rockhound 29er with a 110 stem. I think the pics on the Gunnar site are actually 19 frames because the 17.5 TT slopes a lot more than the bikes on the Gunnar site.
 

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Waiting for the wheel build

The Gunnar Ruffian 29er frame and fork are here. So are all the parts. Now I'm just waiting on the wheel build. Hopefully, it'll be ready by the weekend.

So far, here's what I have:

Gunnar Ruffian 29er frame / Igleheart rigid steel fork
Chris King headset
On One Fleegle bar
ODI Ruffian grips
Avid Speed Dial SL levers (may switch to Speed Dial Ultimate)
Avid BB7 mech discs 160mm
Truvativ Stylo single speed crankset
Shimano 959 pedals
Prologo saddle (not sure about this yet)
Wheels - will be Chris King 32 hole ISO disc hubs laced with DT double butted 14/15 g spokes to WTB Laser Disc 29er Trail rims (wanted Mavic A317, but back-ordered)
Tires - WTB Exiwolf 2.3

I will post pics once she's built.
 

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It's here

Finally got the Gunnar niner finished (sort of). Still waiting for a blue top for the prologo seat. And, will probably play with the rear cog until I find a gear ratio that I can handle. Just from tooling around the driveway, it feels great. About 24.5 lbs.
 

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Thanks

I didn't know that about the cogs. Luckily, I was planning on swtiching out to a 20t rear cog made by niner that's wider. I just have to get some new spacers.
 

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Hey JR

No niner tomorrow. I'll be on the Moment. Eric will be on the Reign. We would be on Sevens, but his Seven is at the shop. So, if you feel up to ride tomorrow - meet at 8AM with the RFX. T
 
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