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zigbit

Member since Feb 2018 • Last active Jan 2021
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    Nice! Looking forward to seeing this come together.

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    @vp1337 @slothy good call both, looks like SJS have a 27.2 to 29.4 shim for a tenner, which is a bit cheaper than a new post. It won't be getting serious use so a shim will be fine. I'll keep the ergotec post in mind if a shim slips or causes issues, not bothered about the look as long as it's black.

    Dropped the stem, adjusted bar angle, and swapped the pedals to DMR V6s at lunch. A Stridsland NW chainring would be nice but would cost more than the rest of the bike..

    Hooger Booger also has the bonus of a v-brake fitting without having to braze on new cable guides.

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    Rockhopper has got some slick tyres and swept bars for town cruising. Clearly on the small side for me, so might swap the frame out for the Hooger Booger which is longer, that'll need a 29.4 seatpost finding though.

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    Nice collection, particular the Sherpa and the Mercian! I can recommend the Alpkit Exo-Rail to go with a seatpack for bikepacking. Works well with a dropper or a normal post and removes any sway from the bag. Only downside is it's a bit of a faff to install/remove, so I just leave it attached to my bikepacking bike.

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    Looking forward to following along on Insta, have you got some new bits that haven't yet been seen to show?

    Still such a fan of the mini-velo! Really enjoy the vibe of all your bikes.

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    Glad it's been an inspiration! Really enjoyed riding this frame again after a couple of years.

    The Tricross is now fully set for grimy winter roads. Finished building the new matching rear wheel to replace the stock one. Carbon Force cranks with 50/34 rings to replace the 39/30 Sora ones, and a fresh bottom bracket and cassette. It's weighty but rides well and the full guards/dyno lights are spot on.

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    Cheers!
    Still need to take a look at the shifter, hope it hasn't munched a cable within 50km.

    It always gets to this time of year and I start thinking about building another frame, now actually riding is cold and dark and grim. Getting the first thoughts of a MK2 to replace the DIY bikepacking frame (geo is okay but not great and the finish is sloppy). Thinking of largely copying the geometry of the Solaris, but using the build kit from the previous frame (Alpkit loop bars/rigid carbon forks/maybe the X01 11spd drivetrain from the cycletruck). The jig will need updating too, to make it more use friendly and robust.

    This will probably be a slow burn, I'm guilty of rushing things out of impatience and the details suffering as a result. I'd like to take this slower and really try and nail the details of the frame. First thoughts are many braze-ons, dropper routing, 142x12 back end, clearance for 29x2.4 and having a stab at some internal routing, as it'll primarily be for bikepacking.

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    Cheers, it goes well for a parts bin cobble together, I'd forgotten how well good steel rides. Had a filthy ride out this morning and it all went well until the rear shifter packed up, might need a new cable. Biopace can get back to the 90s where it belongs too!

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    GB about sorted. Definitely going to need some bigger tyres to make it look less gappy though, might even be able to squeeze in a 30/32c, I'm a sucker for wedging in the biggest tyre that'll fit a frame.

    With some angle grinder and file bodgery on the 1055 7spd freehub I've squeezed in 10 out of 11 sprockets of an R7000 cassette, which is working nicely with the 5800 shifters and 7000 mech.

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