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i just sent $250 to walt. bye-bye under-sized 26er. custom 29er here i come!!

..and so - the waiting can begin :cool:
 

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b12yan88 said:
don't get so excited, you got another 3 months to go. =P Im at approx. 2 months.
i know.. :cool: but i'm still pretty excited!

winter doesn't lay off until march/april so it's plenty of time to get the bike finished :) until then it's mostly commuting anyway
 

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You guys are sooo behind the curve. My Walt Works should be here in a couple days. Yahoo! So what are you getting? Eccentric, Disk, ridgid?? Unicycle?
 

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You guys are sooo behind the curve. My Walt Works should be here in a couple days. Yahoo! So what are you getting? Eccentric, Disk, ridgid?? Unicycle?
plain ol' geared. the point of going custom for me is getting a bike that fits me(6'9"). simple as that :)
 

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not to hijack this thread but....I've got a WW on the way as well. It won't be here until the start of Feb if all goes right. It's the same old question, SS or geared? All I ride is SS now and love it, but I'm also starting to do many more endurance races, as well as planning on doing some Ultra's (KTR in a year, then Grand Loop the next). I know these can be done on a SS. Hell, the GDR has been done on a SS, but it would be my ONLY mtb. I've got my roadie with gears, but I'm scared to take the all out plunge ya know. I can't afford the paragon sliding dropouts as well as all the other things I would need to switch it out. So, what are ya'lls thoughts? In the end it's about the ride, not the bike and I know that. I'm not obssessed (sp?) with the "perfect" bike, just a functional one that gets me out on the trails....
 

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I'm waiting too! I should see my frame by the end of Jan. Going with a geared frame and plan on running a Reba on the front. We have a lot of snow on the ground (central Mass) but I can usually drive to rideable winter trails in a little over an hour.
 

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If you get horizontal dropouts, there's always a way to bolt on a (low-end) derailer. Or use the On-One adapter to bolt on a solid derailer hanger. On an EBB frame, you could just have the derailer hanger and not even the cable stops, if they offend you. Just a front derailer stop helps a lot. Not sure if bolt-on cablestops exist, to be mounted mount like waterbottle cage bolts. That'd be neat. To me SS is more about the ride than not havving any useless (for the ride) cable stops, so I'd have my only (really, only?) bike fully equipped.
Lots depends on your choice of rear hub as well, I'd say?
 

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sherpaxc said:
not to hijack this thread but....I've got a WW on the way as well. It won't be here until the start of Feb if all goes right. It's the same old question, SS or geared? All I ride is SS now and love it, but I'm also starting to do many more endurance races, as well as planning on doing some Ultra's (KTR in a year, then Grand Loop the next). I know these can be done on a SS. Hell, the GDR has been done on a SS, but it would be my ONLY mtb. I've got my roadie with gears, but I'm scared to take the all out plunge ya know. I can't afford the paragon sliding dropouts as well as all the other things I would need to switch it out. So, what are ya'lls thoughts? In the end it's about the ride, not the bike and I know that. I'm not obssessed (sp?) with the "perfect" bike, just a functional one that gets me out on the trails....
Congrats to all of you on your Waltworks. I just passed my 1yr anniversary with mine, and I still love it as much as I did the first time I threw a leg over it. To address your question sherpaxc, the only thing I would change about my geared WW at this point is to have an EBB in addition to the derailler hanger. I've found myself wanting to ride SS more often than gears recently, so am having to resort to a chain tensioner if I decide to convert the WW to SS. So in retrospect I wish I had gone with an EBB for added flexibility.
 

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QBP has bolt-on cable stops available...

The Problem Solvers Backstop is designed to for anchoring the rear housing end for V-brakes, but would work to route a derailleur cable if you got two of them. Of course if you're not riding a round-tubed bike, this isn't a valid solution, but it'd work on most of my bikes.

Most local shops can get them from Quality Bicycle Products (QBP).
 

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sherpaxc said:
not to hijack this thread but....I've got a WW on the way as well. It won't be here until the start of Feb if all goes right. It's the same old question, SS or geared? All I ride is SS now and love it, but I'm also starting to do many more endurance races, as well as planning on doing some Ultra's (KTR in a year, then Grand Loop the next). I know these can be done on a SS. Hell, the GDR has been done on a SS, but it would be my ONLY mtb. I've got my roadie with gears, but I'm scared to take the all out plunge ya know. I can't afford the paragon sliding dropouts as well as all the other things I would need to switch it out. So, what are ya'lls thoughts? In the end it's about the ride, not the bike and I know that. I'm not obssessed (sp?) with the "perfect" bike, just a functional one that gets me out on the trails....
If you are planning on racing your hardtail, have it built that way, then just convert it to ss. I've been riding my geared ww as a ss since last jan, but the one time over the summer that i needed the gears for a big trip it was so easy to just strap em on and go, no bunny chain or derailler issues. now, if i get the bucks for a second bike...ss specific ww!
 

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Hey, let's see some pictures of all the WW rigs out there! I'm always looking for some new build ideas. I'm going to start wrenching on mine next week when it gets here.
 

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another option

tamjam said:
I've found myself wanting to ride SS more often than gears recently, so am having to resort to a chain tensioner if I decide to convert the WW to SS. So in retrospect I wish I had gone with an EBB for added flexibility.
You could always build a second rear wheel with the White Industries eccentric rear hub. Makes for a clean SS set-up. I ride with two guys that have these and they love them. Or just find that "magic gear". Sometimes a half-link will help with that as well.
 

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Cycling6500 said:
Here's a glimpse of mine in its naked state. Looking forward to the new year.
Nice. I wish there was a way to preserve that bare frame look. I've wondered about browning the bare steel like they used to do with firearms back in the day. What's the paint plan? I assume you are having a wet paint or special PC theme since Walt sent it to you naked.
 

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Thanks.
Walt just sent me the picture; I've yet to receive my bike. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary, it's going to be matte black with gold decals.

Axis II said:
Nice. I wish there was a way to preserve that bare frame look. I've wondered about browning the bare steel like they used to do with firearms back in the day. What's the paint plan? I assume you are having a wet paint or special PC theme since Walt sent it to you naked.
 

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So, what are ya'lls thoughts? In the end it's about the ride, not the bike and I know that. I'm not obssessed (sp?) with the "perfect" bike, just a functional one that gets me out on the trails....
Just do what i am doing and get a geared frame with the paragon breezeresque dropouts. They are like breezers but have replaceable drops and give more room for a rennen chain tensioner. I have been using the rennen for a whole year through rain and clayish norcal mud and never serviced it once. It never released on me yet, and from it's construction i doubt it will. The chain stays taught unlike other tensioners out there. It's smooth as ever and the polyurythane roller squishes a little so it gives the chain a more even tension throughout the cycle. This solution is also lighter than both the EBB and the Paragon slider solution. The only downside really is it makes the bike uglier, but as you said "In the end it's about the ride, not the bike and I know that."

good job for hijacking the thread.....
 

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Cycling6500 said:
Here's a glimpse of mine in its naked state. Looking forward to the new year.
i wonder if those dropouts could be used in pauls dropouts - that way I'd be able to use a disc in the rear.
Do you think it would work?
 

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crankpuller said:
i wonder if those dropouts could be used in pauls dropouts - that way I'd be able to use a disc in the rear.
Do you think it would work?
nope it wouldn't work because of frame spacing issues. Prob won't work with fit issue either.
 
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