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PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:49 pm 
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being busy is not an excuse to ship only 1 tire when the customer has paid for 2.

that sucks.

anyways, awesome chainrings there.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 1:05 pm 
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The tool from Strobbekoen has arrived (Thanx! :thumbup: ), and the bike is complete. Final weight is 7.22 kgs. Will post a on-scale photo later on along with some nice photos of the complete bike if I get the time to take them.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 6:23 pm 
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It was nice weather today, so I took some photos. I've had 2x30 minutes on it on fireroads, and have experienced the following:

* I modified the gripshifters to make them work better. At first the springs in the f+r derailleur was too strong, so the shifters couldn't hold the wire back. I increased friction, made the cutouts deeper and sharper, and I made the tiny spring in the gripshifters stronger and with a larger tap to engage the cutouts. The result was a crispier shifter that just works better. I'm 90% sure I'll change them to either XX triggers or X.0 gripshifters. I just don't know which...

* To quote a fellow ww member: It climbs like a homesick angel.

* The frame feels stable and nice in fast descents, and it's rigid enough to pack a punch when I want it to. I can't wait to put my Racing Ralphs on and ride it harder! :twisted:

* The fork works excellent, but it's noticeably flexier than the 26"

* The wheels are stiff and fast as hell!

* The saddle is awesome. As long as I don't sit on it like a potato sack and bumping on it all the time it's just as comfortable as the old speedneedle with a standard post.

* As soon as the brakes sets they brake more than good enough for me. I've only tried them in sunny weather yet though.

* No noticeable flex in the crankset and the chainrings shift very well. Now I just have to experience wether the ratio works for me or not.

* The rear derailleur and cassette has REALLY crisp shifting. It's very easy consice and precise shifting, and it's not hard to tell if it changed gears or not to say the least.



PICTURE TIME!

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On railtracks by Martin.F., on Flickr

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With view 2 by Martin.F., on Flickr

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In alley 1 by Martin.F., on Flickr

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by Martin.F., on Flickr

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Front of grafitti 2 by Martin.F., on Flickr

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA by Martin.F., on Flickr

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Closeup by Martin.F., on Flickr

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Closeup1 by Martin.F., on Flickr

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Drivetrain by Martin.F., on Flickr

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 7:40 pm 
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Alsolutely stunning ! Congrats !

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 10:14 pm 
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Amazing! :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 10:25 pm 
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so much waiting and then we see that the frame is not your size... quite disappointing, get a frame one size smaller.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 10:32 pm 
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I don't really think it's a size too large. I run a 100mm stem and I have around 3 cm of drop. Should I drop one size and run a 120mm stem?

Out of curiosity, what makes you say it's too large?

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 10:43 pm 
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I might be wrong of course, but seems like a huge frame with very little seatpost out. Also in my opinion looks a bit weird... seems like rider will go too stretched out. A smaller size with the same stem will be more handy to ride, more comfortable.

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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 10:57 pm 
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I see your point. If I did a lot of singletrackriding I would get the size down and raise the stem for nimbleness, agility and handling, but for the fireroadracing I do (I'm too much of a roadie for the HC stuff), I prefer the high speed stability provided by longer wheelbase and the aerodynamics of going low. I've always fit in between 16" and 18" frames, and I've usually upped the size for these reasons.

Each to his own I guess, but of course, if it feels wrong after a few races and trainings, I'll just change it.

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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 9:32 pm 
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Nice bike, even for a Vipera ;)

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 12:16 am 
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Martin.F wrote:
I see your point. If I did a lot of singletrackriding I would get the size down and raise the stem for nimbleness, agility and handling, but for the fireroadracing I do (I'm too much of a roadie for the HC stuff), I prefer the high speed stability provided by longer wheelbase and the aerodynamics of going low. I've always fit in between 16" and 18" frames, and I've usually upped the size for these reasons.

Each to his own I guess, but of course, if it feels wrong after a few races and trainings, I'll just change it.


very good reasoning, makes sense, then it must be your size, although a smaller size can also be enlarged with delayed seatpost or the like. anyway, awesome bike.

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 6:45 am 
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I don't think your bike looks too small, the size looks fine :smartass:
Looks fast! :thumbup:


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Well done and it does look sized correctly. 29er's are not 26' wheel bikes and your position is much different. In most cases the bars are level with the saddle so this is a more aggressive position. :thumbup:

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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 12:33 am 
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Dream bike, even with a chinese carbon frame ( the one i would choose for me ), unbeliveble.

With carbon fork it's even a greather dream.


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I am trying to go full rigid but I am also trying to get a trigon carbon fork stupid cheap to get there which has not been easy. I am pretty sure I can get sub 6.8kg then.

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