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    Durango Bike Company

    Saw an ad for these guys in the latest BIKE Magazine. They seem pretty 650b-oriented. Even have "650b" in their phone number! Some interesting sounding frames available and "coming soon."

    Durango Bike Company || USA Handcrafted Bicylces

    Anyone familiar with them?

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    I wonder who's building them?

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    I saw the moonshine at sea otter and was immediately impressed with talking with Jeff. The horst link was excellent and the build was awesome.
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    I like the look and ideals they reprisent, my biggest problem with them is that I didn't see the frame only option; I own all the parts I'd like to build that bike with so I don't want to buy a bunch of expensive shiny stuff I don't really need.

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    Anyone ride one?
    The 67 degree seat tube angle is the only thing that looks a bit odd. Seems quite slack, and maybe will put you behind the pedals quite a ways. Other numbers look in line w/ others, but 71 to 74 seat tubes are more in line w/ I've ridden lately?

    Love the made in USa, and love the horst link.

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    Not any more

    The response I got was that their frame is so unique and so much better that they want only their selected component group on it????? I wished them luck and moved on. Personally the 6K bike marked is a hard place for a new bike builder to live, hope they can stick around long enough to loosen up and realise that all that expensive stuff is nice, but not necessary.
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    @Slowrider they do frame only, just give them a call. I was going to go that route, but couldn't resist all the goodies they hang on their bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowrider View Post
    The response I got was that their frame is so unique and so much better that they want only their selected component group on it????? I wished them luck and moved on. Personally the 6K bike marked is a hard place for a new bike builder to live, hope they can stick around long enough to loosen up and realise that all that expensive stuff is nice, but not necessary.
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    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    seems strange that a local, made in the usa, seemingly new/small company wouldn't sell a frame only.... thats how all the strong usa made companies got their start.. turner, ells, intense, ventana, etc. guess there isnt a big enough margin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by holiday View Post
    Anyone ride one?
    The 67 degree seat tube angle is the only thing that looks a bit odd. Seems quite slack, and maybe will put you behind the pedals quite a ways. Other numbers look in line w/ others, but 71 to 74 seat tubes are more in line w/ I've ridden lately?

    Love the made in USa, and love the horst link.

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    That's the first thing I thought. A slack angle like that is not ideal for a dropper post. When the seat drops, it also moves too far forward. Not that that is a deal breaker...

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    I really like that they are sticking to threaded bbs

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    I have had my moonshine for a few months now and am continuing to be more and more impressed. I too was concerned about the seat tube angle but being that most dropper post don't have any set back it fits me well.

    I have ridden mine on everything from long xc rides to South Mountain and Sedona and never leave disappointed. What I like the most about it is its ability for technical climbing. Chunky climbs this thing is a beast.
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    Very sharp bike! And as a Colorado company I wish them well. Way out of my price point for the foreseeable future, but definitely noted for future reference. Wonder if they will expand into 29ers?
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    Sorry so late to respond. New to this forum thing. DBC recently decided to only offer the Moonshine in a complete build to keep the ride quality at the highest level of our design as well as keeping the value high. We only plan on building 500 total bikes per year and want every one of them to be the very best value we can offer. Honestly, frame only sales are MUCH easier and hold higher margins for small frame builders but leave the door open to someone putting less than desirable components on it and therefore getting less than desirable ride quality. Many riders (as read in other posts and who visit our factory) do not recognize or understand the importance of quality componentry...and how it affects the overall ride quality. Cheers, Jeff-Durango Bike Company

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    I can't recommend the Moonshine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycle Chief View Post
    Sorry so late to respond. New to this forum thing. DBC recently decided to only offer the Moonshine in a complete build to keep the ride quality at the highest level of our design as well as keeping the value high. We only plan on building 500 total bikes per year and want every one of them to be the very best value we can offer. Honestly, frame only sales are MUCH easier and hold higher margins for small frame builders but leave the door open to someone putting less than desirable components on it and therefore getting less than desirable ride quality. Many riders (as read in other posts and who visit our factory) do not recognize or understand the importance of quality componentry...and how it affects the overall ride quality. Cheers, Jeff-Durango Bike Company

    This is very lame!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bondseye View Post
    I can't recommend the Moonshine.
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    buyer beware.

    frame/business practices sounds like a steaming pile of poo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnomer View Post
    seems strange that a local, made in the usa, seemingly new/small company wouldn't sell a frame only.... thats how all the strong usa made companies got their start.. turner, ells, intense, ventana, etc. guess there isnt a big enough margin?
    Thats not true.

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