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SWijland

Member since Dec 2012 • Last active Dec 2019
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    Sweet! Already like it as it is actually. The selection of parts look really nice with the rusted surface. Bit like this

    I think these frames came out of the old Merckx when it shut down. Lots of really strange and cool frames came availabile at that time. I bought 2 from a bike shop in Belgium. One was a repaired Mxl frame and the other a Litespeed built ti with a very unusual geometry (super slack geo).

    When I was still in then business of selling vintage bikes and parts I think I have had my hands on pretty much every color scheme. You can find the on my Flickr page here https://www.flickr.com/photos/quality_vi­ntage_bikes/albums/72157633219878526/. I prefer the telecom colors. But there a lot of nice other ones as well.

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    Nice to hear someone is racing fat tires at a high level in non-snow conditions. In my experience a fat bike can be really fast in the right conditions, but most people seem to assume fat bikes a just fun to ride outside the snow.

    According to this review the tires should work with the narrow rims. I might need to put in some extra psi though to prevent squirm. https://fat-bike.com/2017/11/fat-bike-ti­res-on-plus-bike-rims/

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    After going back and forth on different options for the wheels - rebuilding the Kurushiro Enso rims, finding a nice second hand set of wheels, going 27,5 inch - I settled on last option. From what I have read, 27.5 rims with 3.0 tires have almost the same diameter as 26 inch fat bike tires. Also, with wide enough rims you can still fit 4 inch fat bike tires. The latter will have a slightly larger diameter than the 26, so fingers crossed this will fit.

    I bought a set of second hand rims that came from a Tune Blackburner Enduro wheelset. Inner width is 42mm and weight is just shy of 500 grams.

    For the hubs I am considering buying a pair of White Industries Snowhite hubs. I found a store that has these in stock in the polished edition. They can sell it to me with a handsome discout, but even so they are about the same price as Hope Fatsno hubs. Unlike the Hope hubs though, no XD driver option available and no way of ever upgrading to thru axle. They do look nice though.

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    The washer is there to prevent the headset from coming apart from vibration. So you do need one. However, the top nut doesn't need to be fully engaged (not sure if that is the right word). A couple of threads are fine. That might just give you enough space.

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    Just came across this while trying to find more info on the geometry. This was actually what I wanted to do with the frame at first but it didn't seem to make much sense combining fat tires with a drop bar. But now I've seen this...

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    These conversion kits convert 135/142 to 135/142 qr and 170 to qr. The problem is I have the 150mm and 190mm hubs, so that won't work.

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    Having new heavier wheels built will probably costs roughly the same as the cost of the rebuilt. So that is definitely an option. I had hoped to find some second hands ones at a good price, but so far all my searches have come up with nothing.

    I did manage to find some other parts. A Darimo T1 seatpost, a Mcfk handlebar and a Miranda infinium crankset. Although the cranks are quite heavy, I think they look nice and I like the idea of having a ti chainring. If anything they will do fine until I can find something nicer.

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    Unfortunately this won't work here. The frame takes some pretty outdated hub sizes (135/170). The hub shell of modern hubs is quite a bit wider: 150 up front and in most cases 190 out back. Too wide to make a conversion possible.

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