Time for another kids project. Carbon, 650b, mtn bike.

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xnavalav8r
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Coming soon:

Carbon hardtail.
2x10 di2 drivetrain.

More to come as my eBay campaign comes to a close.

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You are a man on a mission and I love watching you spend your money as it gives me great ideas for my kids.
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Well, I don't do drugs or chase women, so I have to spend my money on something. Why not my kids? Just wait until my little man is big enough to ride and gets all the trickle-down from his big brother. So many lessons learned...

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I am the same so my kids are getting a lot of good stuff. My son at 8 is already on my 26" wheels MTB that I have fitted for him and OMG can he ride it. I only have it set up as a 1 X 10 for fear that he will go way too fast if I put a bigger ring on it.
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Sneak peaks. Stock photos.

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by Juanmoretime

Ted, very nice project. I just went 650B myself. There isa much to the hype. They do roll over stuff like a 29er but a stiffer and slightly lighter and smaller wheel responds much quicker to steering input. I went with a X-Fusion Enix fork (Read got a great deal) and have not been disappointed. I've heard Suntour has gone from a Walmart fork marker to producing some very good forks. I would appreciate feedback on the fork.

Here is my current toy, yes its steel.

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The fork is not certain yet. I actually have an X-Fusion fork in hand which is the backup plan. But I read great reviews about the Suntour fork and, as always, I am trying to keep the weight as low as my budget will allow for my (now) 70-pound rider.

We decided on 27.5" wheels because of the higher speeds he is riding now. 29" is just too big for a rider under 5 feet tall. But 26" wheels hang up in deep ruts and holes. So we're hoping for a smoother ride over rough terrain and a faster ride over smoother terrain with the bigger wheels.

Standover height is always a concern for me with the kids' projects. I really wanted to find a 13.5" or 14" frame but could only find them from Cube as complete (women's) bikes with very limited availability. I didn't want to spends thousands on a bike only to strip off most of the parts. We have to work with some sponsor obligations so this was the compromise. It's a 15" frame but the standover toward the back of the sloping top-tube is low enough to prevent any incidental contact with my boy's dangly bits. I expect to use a very short (60-70mm), negative rise stem (-35 degree), and flat bar to keep the front end position low enough. I may even flip a riser bar to lower the front even more if necessary. We'll see how it goes.

We're moving back to the U.S. in 8 weeks, so this project likely won't be complete before Christmas.

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Well, the fork didn't work out. Someone outbid me with 1 second to go. Kind of shady I think as the winning bidder won 15 other auctions all in the same hour and all with single bids. Many with the same seller I was buying from. I think the seller was using some kind of electronic "bot" to drive up the bids.

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Its a 'sniping' program which lets you bid at the last second and trump every one else. Dependent on the price you want to spend of course.

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by Juanmoretime

Ted,

If you need lower here is something to consider:

http://www.sixfifty.com/58254-sixfifty- ... frame.aspx
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So I wound up getting the Suntour fork after all... a little more than my original bid price on ebay, but for roughly half retail price. So, no complaints. As it stands I am looking at sub 3kg frame/fork for $725.00.

Interestingly, it turns out the seller was SR Suntour USA.

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Frame turned up yesterday. We're moving back to the U.S. in three weeks so I am not going to unpack it. I don't have many parts for the build yet so there is no point. Updates to follow in a couple months. For those following, sorry for the delay.

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Fork showed up today. Literally as the movers were loading the truck with all my furniture and stuff. I got a peek at it. It looks great, feels light. The UD carbon legs are beautiful. But I didn't get to weigh it or feel the action. More to come when I see it again in San Diego.

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Have a safe trip and I hope the move goes well.
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I now have all the parts in hand for this build. Trying to covertly get the bike built up as we're unpacking in a new house is proving a bit challenging. I hope to have it built in the next few days then stick it back in a box until Christmas. Photos soon...

Hints: 2x10 di2, crankbrothers carbon, BMX crank hack, black & blue.

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