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frankenbike

Member since Sep 2017 • Last active Oct 2019

I like ugly bikes and bodges

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    Am doing Strathpuffer again in Jan (in a pair this time) so if I can get it built by then I want some ultra-low gearing that'll see me through 12 hours of riding

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    It becomes hard to balance the bike uphill as you go slower. I think walking pace is generally recognised as the lowest useful gear. With about 20 (30t×42t) gear inches you're doing 9kph at 90 RPM.

    I have ~22 GI on that Kona though and I use it regularly when I'm tired or trying not to overexert myself. Not sure how much lower I need to go on MTB but definitely lower than my current 34/42

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    Going to try to fit them onto your bar ends or just have them on the DT?

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    Those Bontrager wheels up there have a "54T Rapid Drive" freehub but it's XD, so looks like I have to either replace that or get 11 or 12 speed. I thought the Box guys might have an XD one but no.

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    Crimpage results. Got less than 3mm each side with this 50.5mm. Shop guy didn't want to squish it any further because of the inconveniently placed brake housing clamp thing. Ah well, I can get a knobbly ~48mm in which include all the gravel tyres

    Probably would ride this as long as it's not too muddy.

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    Whilst I appreciate the frugality I think I want to go lower than 30/42, maybe 30/46 or 30/50. Currently got 34/42 which is really stupid. That Box 9 speed is appealing also...

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    Can't see an end to this.

    Nuke from orbit

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    Will have to sell Boardman to finance fork/groupset. Probably GX Eagle? Not a bloody clue about forks though.

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    Bought one of those On One Big Dog frames when they were on offer, in orange. Also won this wheelset on eBay. These tyres are too small (27.5"×2.3") but I think the tan/orange would look nice together. I'll get some 2.8" or something instead, and a 29" wheelset too.

    Actually the back rim looks a little bit fucked in the eBay photo but hopefully if it is I'll get some money back. Depends what eBay's interpretation of "a few little dinks" is I suppose. As long as they go up tubeless and are strong enough I don't mind, I can rebuild the hubs into another wheelset. Will be a bit cheeky and maybe push it to a 140mm fork instead of 130mm.

    (this is to replace my 5-year-old Boardman whomst's 68.5° head angle, XC gearing and 120mm fork are becoming more annoying as I do more MTB. Things become outdated very quickly in MTB world)

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