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smslavin
08-14-2012, 04:27 PM
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aXBkv9seEG4/UCrQafoDSdI/AAAAAAAAC-k/4FaCRtZdAq4/s800/wheels.jpg

Weeee! This is going to be fun. :hill:

euroford
08-14-2012, 08:33 PM
Nice!

your going to love those rims, i laced those up to king hubs with dt revolution spokes on both my 29er and my dirtjump/4x bike 4 years ago on the 29er, 6 years ago on the dj. haven't touched them since!!

smslavin
08-14-2012, 08:39 PM
i laced those up to king hubs

i'll be doing the same. can't really beat that combo. :thumb:

DaveInDenver
08-24-2012, 08:51 PM
Been shaking the bugs out of the new rig, too. :-)

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DaveInDenver
04-03-2016, 04:24 PM
Shake down ride this morning on my new new ride.

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There's some theme developing with my bikes but I can't quite put my finger on it.

aprosise
04-06-2016, 08:10 AM
Yay for parts piles! Waiting for another custom Standard Byke Co. 29er to show up!

DaveInDenver
04-06-2016, 08:20 AM
Didn't know Standard Byke made 29'ers. Those are BMX and urban bikes, right? Cool pile! A little confused, doesn't quite look like an XD hub (appears threaded at the end, but it's not a track hub) but there's XX1 stuff in there. It's not a Hope, is it? Maybe just a weird reflection off the bling.

aprosise
04-06-2016, 09:06 AM
Standard has been making "Big bikes" for a couple years now.

Im from Davenport, Ia and I grew up with Standards. Steve (rckhound) bought me my first Standard for Christmas one year. I was maybe 12?

When I started riding mountain bikes, I pitched the idea of making Mountain bikes to Rick. He was fully on board. Ive designed most of the big bikes they have made, whether is a 26" DJ, 29er, or cross bike. They've made 100+ dirt jumper frames and probably around 10-15 29ers at this point. I myself have a custom 24", 26DJ, Cross frame and my third 29er should be arriving in the next week. They are open to anything custom. They only use materials that are made in the USA and Standard helped develop a lot of the tubing True Temper offers to the public. My new 29er frame will be long, slack, and stealth dropper capable.... weighing under 5 lbs.

If you are intrigued by Standard, PM me.

Those are Profile Elite MTB hubs. XD driver. 12x142 thru. 204 points of engagement :)

wesintl
04-06-2016, 09:14 AM
Where did you order the parts from. I have a custom frame to build

DaveInDenver
04-06-2016, 09:29 AM
Those are Profile Elite MTB hubs. XD driver. 12x142 thru. 204 points of engagement :)
Those are sweet. I had to keep it low budget with Stan's 3.30HD hubs. Got the wheelset for $350 on close-out, so that should hold me over for a while. I have the regular duty Stan's 3.30 on the Gunnar right now and other than the freehub body being on life support I can't complain. They are not high end wheels but they still spin and use standard bearings that are easy to R&R. One day I will have a nice wheelset but I just can't seem to collect enough money at one time to drop the coin. I'm usually scrambling because of an epic failure that I wasn't ready to deal with. The rear rim (I have Arch EX on it, but they get Crest this time) on the Gunnar is beyond able to take a true anymore so they are next up for rebuilding. I have a race the first weekend of May and after that they get torn apart.

aprosise
04-06-2016, 10:46 AM
Where did you order the parts from. I have a custom frame to build

I ordered everything from the shop that supports our "team"

Jinji Cycles in the Highlands

rover67
04-06-2016, 03:09 PM
Fun stuff!

Havent had a new bike in a while but kinda got a new one when I cracked mine over the winter. Yay for slacked out 29'er hard tails!

aprosise
04-07-2016, 06:07 AM
Fun stuff!

Havent had a new bike in a while but kinda got a new one when I cracked mine over the winter. Yay for slacked out 29'er hard tails!

Its been several years since Ive built something new.... Almost 4 years on my current hardtail, and 3.5 on my Transition. Decided to work my butt off this winter and spring and its a bike year for me. Sold the Transition and now on the hunt for a trail bike too.

subzali
04-13-2016, 04:08 PM
Shake down ride this morning on my new new ride.

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There's some theme developing with my bikes but I can't quite put my finger on it.

I'm thinking it's along the lines of "simpler is better"?

DaveInDenver
04-13-2016, 04:23 PM
I'm thinking it's along the lines of "simpler is better"?
Step 1: Ditch rear suspension
Step 2: Ditch front derailleur
Step 3: Ditch rear derailleur

rover67
04-13-2016, 08:45 PM
Step 1: Ditch rear suspension
Step 2: Ditch front derailleur
Step 3: Ditch rear derailleur

Step 4: Add efficiency sapping 2.5 Minion DHF to front and 2.5 anything that wont blow to rear.

I swear I will get a full suspension geared bike one day. I swear I will. I also think i'd be a hell of a lot of fun.

Problem is my single speed bike is really fun as it is and it's simple.

I really really love it.

I know its not easy to ride, slow on the flats, and folks on "big" bikes are faster on the descents when it gets super rowdy.. but damn it's fun.


I always make sure to have beer on a ride.

:guapo:

That smily would only be better if he was on a single speed.

DaveInDenver
04-14-2016, 06:46 AM
Step 4: Add efficiency sapping 2.5 Minion DHF to front and 2.5 anything that wont blow to rear.

I swear I will get a full suspension geared bike one day. I swear I will. I also think i'd be a hell of a lot of fun.

Problem is my single speed bike is really fun as it is and it's simple.

I really really love it.

I know its not easy to ride, slow on the flats, and folks on "big" bikes are faster on the descents when it gets super rowdy.. but damn it's fun.


I always make sure to have beer on a ride.

:guapo:

That smily would only be better if he was on a single speed.
I have a cobbled 1x10 on the Gunnar and, honestly, I think that's the best all around set up. Steel hardtail and still a fairly simple drivetrain. You only really need 3 gears: normal, pavement to the trailhead and sustained climb. Both my single speeds are geared at about 46 inches, so it's a little steep. I'll probably back off on the REEB, but it's running belt drive and changing ratios is kind of a PITA and not cheap. It would actually be cheaper to put a cassette and shifter on than to change ratios.

wesintl
04-15-2016, 06:23 PM
Did you get an rs-1, Sid or pike?

rover67
04-15-2016, 07:20 PM
Pike!!!!

The RS-1's are flexy ****.

Corbet
04-17-2016, 12:34 PM
Bridger's bike go a couple upgrades installed this week. Just needs a new seat and some light cranks and this should be sub 13lbs.

aprosise
04-18-2016, 08:38 AM
Step 4: Add efficiency sapping 2.5 Minion DHF to front and 2.5 anything that wont blow to rear.

I swear I will get a full suspension geared bike one day. I swear I will. I also think i'd be a hell of a lot of fun.

Problem is my single speed bike is really fun as it is and it's simple.

I really really love it.

I know its not easy to ride, slow on the flats, and folks on "big" bikes are faster on the descents when it gets super rowdy.. but damn it's fun.


I always make sure to have beer on a ride.

:guapo:

That smily would only be better if he was on a single speed.

Single speed for life!

You're not kidding about those DHF 2.5's. They are 1150grams!!!!! But amazing!!!!!

Honestly, im getting to the point where I want to go faster in sections, without hitting 200rpm. Hence building a geared hardtail ripper. I ride Betasso quiet a bit because I can fit in a 10 mile ride in a hour, car to car. Peak season I ride Betasso 32x16 which is a pretty steep gear for other trails. 11 speed with a 34 or 36 up front should be fun. Beers are on every ride. :guapo:

It's insane how fast trails are these days with all the work Boulder has been doing. Yes, they may be tamed down in sections, but if you know where to look, you'll realize they built up jumps into every turn on Heil and picture rock....While Jeffco is severly dumbing down trails without any fun hidden stuff.

For race days, I just picked up a Intense Carbine 29C to replace the Transition. As much as I would love to race enduro on a hardtail, it's not happening. I borrowed a brand new demo from the intense rep last week and rode Heil-Picture Rock- Hall. Wow. The Carbine is the best long travel 29 I have ever ridden (Remedy, Hightower ((Junk)), Transition Covert, Scott, Slash ((small wheels)), Specialized enduro) None even compared.
Manuals like a dream, climbs like a hardtails, and plows with the 160mm fork. Also, it's the most quiet... and im not talking drivetrain noise. Drop into bitterbrush at full speed and push through everything and the frame doesnt make a sound. It was weird. Sounded like a single speed.

I ordered a frame. It comes Wednesday. Im excited. Time to start another parts pile.

DaveInDenver
04-18-2016, 04:37 PM
I ordered a frame. It comes Wednesday. Im excited. Time to start another parts pile.
I want your job. Damn.

wesintl
04-18-2016, 04:52 PM
Sweet! That carbine vid got me fired up!

DaveInDenver
04-18-2016, 04:55 PM
Sweet! That carbine vid got me fired up!
The Carbine is supposed to be sweet. Kirsten rides a Spider 29comp and she loves it, although it's definitely set up a lot more XC than you or Adam would build. It's also sullied with Fox front and rear.

aprosise
04-19-2016, 06:52 AM
I want your job. Damn.

It's a bike year :thumb:

The Carbines we demo'd were spec'd all Rock Shox. The "Pro" build as they call it. Im going to try to get my hands on a Fox rear shock to compare. I loved the Monarch plus, but im open to options. The Front will be a 160 Pike for sure.

I was sold on the intense on the road climb up Heil. It's that good.

Ive been demoing bikes a lot lately after I sold my Transition. When the Hightower came out, I thought that was it... Finally a bike that checked every box. Then I rode it. We were on a Mag 7, Blue Dot, Portal ride with Kyle Mears and Chris Boice (Evil Bikes). Kyle was on the Evil Following and Chris was on the Wreckoning. We went full speed into every alternate "Mears" line on Blue Dot and the Hightower suffered. It sat deep in the travel, had zero stiffness in the rear end, and the pivots grew louder and louder as the day went on. Enough that we pulled the swingarm apart thinking I had seized bearings. (It was two days old) It essentially felt like a lightweight XC bike with DH geometry. You could physically see the bike wag. It was playful, and I had a good time on it, but it also felt like a wet noodle.

Demo bikes before you buy them!

rover67
04-19-2016, 08:36 AM
29 no 650b?

32 16 was my short track ratio, i am in no shape to pedal that anywhere else.

yeah racing a hardtail in an enduro race would probably suck, seems like it'd be real hard to be competitive.

that carbine bike looks like it'd bikepack alright too.

DaveInDenver
04-19-2016, 08:50 AM
LOL, a bike a year. I get a bike every 4 years when I'm lucky! :-)

But I know what I like and other than one excursion to the Blur I've always ridden hard tails and all but one of them was a steel hard tail. I even still have half the bikes I've ever owned.

1992 Giant ATX 770 (this was that funky, cool pink flame/black fade frame with a matching box crown fork)
1994 GT Zaskar
1998 Rhygin Juke SS
2005 Blur (later 2005/2008 kludge Blur LT due to frame warranty)
2012 Gunnar Rockhound
2016 REEB

Particularly the ATX-Juke-Gunnar-REEB progression has been dialing in the geometry. The Zaskar was a fast bike but had a weird geometry for me. The Giant and Rhygin were/are a touch small for me. The Juke is long enough but has the 1990s NORBA position, totally horizontal back and is a poor candidate for a long travel fork. Plus it pre-dated disk brakes and that is a serious limitation. I may one day make it a 69 or at least a 6650b if I win the lottery.

I absolutely love my Gunnar, fits me perfectly. But it's kind of prima donna and isn't quite right for the way I use it (endurance racing and bikepacking). Kind of a poor match for technical trails and the paint keeps getting destroyed by my frame bags. So in comes the REEB, which is a pound heavier owing to it being intended to get beat on and I had Chris finish it in a boring, rugged matte gray powdercoat. Paragon drop outs mean I also don't need to hack in single speed for the first time! I run tensioners on the other bikes.

DaveInDenver
04-19-2016, 09:13 AM
46550

aprosise
04-19-2016, 09:59 AM
29 no 650b?

32 16 was my short track ratio, i am in no shape to pedal that anywhere else.

yeah racing a hardtail in an enduro race would probably suck, seems like it'd be real hard to be competitive.

that carbine bike looks like it'd bikepack alright too.

Ive been racing the "Pro" enduro category. It's hard to be competitive period! We live in the land of fast people.

Im 6'4". I was running 650b when it first came out in 2009. The size difference made no sense to me. I was running a 650bx2.35 Nevegal (The only tire available) and I still had tons of clearance in a 26" Pike fork. I went 29er and never looked back.

I demo'd a 650b slash in Fruita a couple weeks ago and it's one of the only recent times I havent cleaned the entrance into Horsethief. The entire ride I felt slow and inefficient.

Dave, I dont get a bike a year... It's been 3.5 years since my Transition and 4.5 since my Standard Hardtail. Ive been working my butt off at the day gig, as well as my own machine shop to afford stuff. My girlfriend races too, and we have a lot of trips planned this year, including racing a enduro in Mexico. So time to splurge a bit and have fun.

DaveInDenver
04-19-2016, 10:02 AM
Ive been racing the "Pro" enduro category. It's hard to be competitive period! We live in the land of fast people.

Im 6'4". I was running 650b when it first came out in 2009. The size difference made no sense to me. I was running a 650bx2.35 Nevegal (The only tire available) and I still had tons of clearance in a 26" Pike fork. I went 29er and never looked back.

I demo'd a 650b slash in Fruita a couple weeks ago and it's one of the only recent times I havent cleaned the entrance into Horsethief. The entire ride I felt slow and inefficient.

Dave, I dont get a bike a year... It's been 3.5 years since my Transition and 4.5 since my Standard Hardtail. Ive been working my butt off at the day gig, as well as my own machine shop to afford stuff. My girlfriend races too, and we have a lot of trips planned this year, including racing a enduro in Mexico. So time to splurge a bit and have fun.
I misread that. "It's a bike year." became "It's a bike a year." in my head.

Racing in Mexico, now that's cool. I'll be racing in beautiful Laramie. So there's that.

I agree completely about 29'ers, it was like a light bulb being switched on when I got one, a true "well, duh" moment.

aprosise
04-19-2016, 11:51 AM
Ive been wanting to get out of the country... the mexico race is a good excuse.

DaveInDenver
04-19-2016, 12:23 PM
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rover67
04-19-2016, 12:46 PM
dude thats friggin hillarious.

aprosise
04-25-2016, 04:07 PM
Well, Emily's parts pile just grew too! Another Yeti bites the dust, but as the dust settles, a new one appears! 27.5 wheels so she gets new wheels and fork too.

aprosise
05-09-2016, 03:43 PM
Pile no more!

DaveInDenver
05-09-2016, 04:00 PM
Sexy http://www.sherv.net/cm/emo/funny/2/brian-dancing-banana-smiley-emoticon.gif

rover67
05-10-2016, 01:26 PM
that looks real nice, nice work. i like the max terra 3c compound for the tires which did you choose?

wesintl
05-10-2016, 09:42 PM
Sweet! love hardtails

aprosise
05-11-2016, 09:28 AM
that looks real nice, nice work. i like the max terra 3c compound for the tires which did you choose?

These are the cheapies. Ive gone through 4 tires this year already. Nice compound tires come out for race days or big trips.

aprosise
05-11-2016, 09:29 AM
And we finished up Emily's new Yeti last night :thumb:

DaveInDenver
05-11-2016, 09:32 AM
You guys are such geeks.

Tire criteria:

Which is cheapest in the size I need
Run 'em until they wear out
Repeat step 1

Currently running a Schwalb something or other in front and Nevegal in the back. Total outlay, $63. Ouch.

I don't even bother worrying about tubeless capability, just keep filling non-tubeless tires with more sealant until all the carcass pores stop weeping.

wesintl
09-14-2016, 05:16 PM
I have to ask how do you like that tire set up on the standard? ss and dfh? I need something that corners better and was looking at the minion ss front and rear for fast rolling but good cornering. I have the ardent race now but I went down hard in a corner