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    Custom Vulture Ti All Mountain/Trail SS hardtail

    (Cross-posted in SS forum) Took me a year to get it, but I think the wait was worth it. One of the last Vulture Cycles made as Wade has gone back to aircraft welding. I wanted something out of titanium for classic looks, ride, and durability with modern geometry and features. Here's what we ended up with:

    Frame: Custom Vulture 650b Titanium
    Fork: Fox 27.5 CTD 120mm tapered.
    Headset: Chris King Limited Edition Purple - 44mm tapered
    Stem: Chromag Ranger purple 70mm
    Bars: Chromag Cutlas Carbon 730mm
    Brakes: Hope Stealth Race M4 front / X2 Rear - 183mm rotors
    Grips: ESI Chunky black
    Seatpost: KS Lev 150mm 30.9; Chromag Purple QR
    Saddle: Chromag Moon
    Bottom Bracket: Beer Components PF30 EBB Purple (ebay find)
    Crankset: XX1 w/ 32t Bling Ring (increased chainline to 51mm to accomodate chainstays)
    Hubs: Chris King Limited Edition Purple Hubs 15mm front 12x142 Rear
    Rims/Spokes: Derby Carbon 40mm 650b / DT Swiss Comp / Purple Nipples
    Tires: Maxxis Ardent 2.25 rear / 2.4 front

    Geometry: 68 degree head angle, 73 degree seat angle, 15.9 inch chainstays, ~ 12.25" bb height, not sure on wheelbase.
    Custom Vulture Ti All Mountain/Trail SS hardtail-bars-stem-side.jpgCustom Vulture Ti All Mountain/Trail SS hardtail-front-angle.jpgCustom Vulture Ti All Mountain/Trail SS hardtail-rear-angle.jpgCustom Vulture Ti All Mountain/Trail SS hardtail-rear-hub.jpgCustom Vulture Ti All Mountain/Trail SS hardtail-seat.jpgCustom Vulture Ti All Mountain/Trail SS hardtail-sideview.jpg

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    That is unbelievably sweet. Those tires look massive on those rims too. What's it weigh? Wow, I so want that. (just need more gears)

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    I don't have a scale at home, but I'm guessing its in the low 20s (22ish). The tires almost look like a light fatbike on the rims, but they're still really light and soo responsive on the trails. It's set up to run gears as well, but I'm waiting until Chris King comes out with an XX1 driver (they're testing them now, but who knows how long that will take) or shimano comes out with a wider range cassette (I'm not set on 11 speed, but I would like roughly 11-40 for gearing). I finished the build on thursday, so it hasn't seen any real trail time yet. But just riding around the streets and a local park, it handles beatifully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thorkild View Post
    (Cross-posted in SS forum) Took me a year to get it, but I think the wait was worth it. One of the last Vulture Cycles made as Wade has gone back to aircraft welding...
    Very nice + great choice. Sad to read Wade stopped building. That explains why his Flickr feed pretty much died.

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    beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan_hudson View Post
    Very nice + great choice. Sad to read Wade stopped building. That explains why his Flickr feed pretty much died.
    He told me he was going to build out his last order and then take a year off since he's so busy with the aircraft stuff. But he'll probably go back to building frames on the side on a case by case basis, but not under the Vulture name. I'm glad I got in under the wire.

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    Now that looks like a fun bike.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    That is a sweet Ti HT.......I like the purple. Bow to the King of Bling

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    So nice. So Purty. Such great geometry.

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    great bike man, very similar to what i just built up but in steel.

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    Love this bike! Killer American made machine. Vulture bikes are always so dialed.
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    That is a sweet ride! Color me jealous.
    2013 Santa Cruz Solo C
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    2012 Giant Defy (Roadie)

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    Nice Ride!
    That looks like allot of fun, those chain stays are almost dirt jumper short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Endomaniac View Post
    Nice Ride!
    That looks like allot of fun, those chain stays are almost dirt jumper short.
    True. I took it to the lumberyard in pdx this weekend and it was surprisingly fun in the pumptrack and easy jumps. I've been recovering from a concussion for 7 months, so it may be a while before it sees real trail time. But it should be a nice reward.

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