February 27th, 2009

Hard to believe, perhaps, but yes, it’s our first 29er. Our friend Bridge has a habit of pushing us to try new things – years ago he commissioned our first monostay track bike, and now here he is pushing the large & fat tires on us. Check it out:

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Apparently Bridge rides in muck a lot, so he likes to run his shifter cables in housing, instead of using cable stops. I like these stainless housing guides from Kirk Pacenti, and welded them together so they could look all neat on his top tube:

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Here are some shots of the construction. It’s all True Temper tubing, and required an extra-long 35mm down tube to reach up to the top of the Rock Shox fork Bridge has planned. I didn’t have to use super long chainstays as the Paragon disc dropouts are nice and long and help me stretch out the rear end. Bridge wanted some “just in case” braze-ons as well, including water bottle bosses, rack & fender mounts, and screw-in canti posts.

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And here it is all painted up nice with oak leaves galore:

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I also painted a Nash, from a Baltimore builder, and a Kawasaki-green Geekhouse for our friend Marty; look for that one at NAHBS this weekend!

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Next, and I mean it this time: belt drive!

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2 Responses to “29er IN THE HAUS”

  1. Brendan says:

    March 3rd, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Looks sweet! Out of curiousity, why the long HT? To clear the DT with the fork or is this going to see some time as a monstercross type setup. Or is just to fit it correctly to the rider (bring the bars up without a funky stem)?

  2. admin says:

    March 10th, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Do you mean, why so much extension below the DT/HT joint? Yes, exactly, to clear the fork – suspension forks have high & broad shoulders so you need to leave room so it won’t cut into the DT. Better to have the padded grip hitting the top tube if it has to whip around all of a sudden… which it will…

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