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    Eriksen FS... almost here.

    I've been doing some engraving and woodworking for the gang at Eriksen for a while and now it's my turn to get something.... their latest 650b full suspension design with 90mm in the back and normally 120mm (I'm doing a 110/140mm talas) up front. Since I do their engraving I had to do my frame so there are no stickers on it. Everything is laser etched and will be on there forever.

    Frame was assembled this morning and went together oh so sweet. Working with Brad, Kent, Katie, and Kyle and seeing just how much they put into it was just pure fun... from explaining how they designed the bearings using internal spacers for wear and rigidity to how they replace the fox plastic bushings with needle bearings just tells you how much care they put into everything. Final build will start in the morning as all the parts are sitting there. Can't wait to get this finished and go ride.

    Pics from this mornings build... more to follow.















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    Very nice!
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    Oooh that's porn, filthy sparky weldy porn.

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    I stopped in Steamboat recently and went to Orange Peel bikes, then accidentally walked over to Erikson. Very cool people there. I peeked in the door and have wanted one of those bikes ever since.

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    oh my!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    Oooh that's porn, filthy sparky weldy porn.
    Totally agree

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    That looks great! I admire Kent & Co's work. Thanks for the detail photos. That offset lower pivot is interesting. Make sure to post finished build pics before (or after) riding!

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    did you do the etching yourself?
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    Please post pics when fully built and ride reports too-

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    oh yes.

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    Well she's built and I was able to get a quick ride in. Spent some time adjusting the shocks and still need to do some more but overall I'm very impressed with the bike. It climbed great and handled well but the when the trail pointed down it was pure fun and I was going fast enough to scare myself more than once when the corners came up much faster than normal but the bike handled it with ease. It's my first 650b (many years on 29er HTs) and I'm glad I went this route.

    Some specs from the build:
    25.75 lbs with pedals
    13.1" BB height per drawing
    17.04 CS
    69.4 HA
    XTR drive train
    Swiss dt240 hubs with Pacenti TL28 rims

    Here's a few pics and I've uploaded more than anyone will want to see here


    Sitting on the display stands I built for the NAHBS this year.



    Kent building the wheels (Thanks Kirk for helping today to get the spoke length figured out)



    Frame was engraved here at the house. Many deep breaths were needed before hitting start on something this expensive but I'm happy with the results.



    Plenty of room for the nobby nics. With a single ride I'm happy with them. Brad's welds are so prudy too.



    Obligatory mountain shots.




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    Beautiful craftsmanship! Welds are a thing of beauty. love the box construction on the chainstays. A bit surprised that the tube are straight gauge and not hydro-formed for stiffness. did you say the travel is 90 mm?

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    yes... 90mm and for what I'll use it for it was plenty. I've got big travel bikes when I go hit the ski mountain.

    Have to say this is the stiffest bike I've been on so the straight tubes work just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by los36 View Post
    did you do the etching yourself?
    You must have missed the post on DD.... assuming I've got the right Carlos.

    It was tight to get the parts in there but it worked. Here's a couple of pics from the testing using masking tape.






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    Glad to hear that the stiffness works for you. I had a moots YBB Ti bike that was an absolute noodle when it came to torsional stiffness. I have been riding carbon ever since, much stiffer and lighter than Ti. Enjoy the ride, she is a beauty!

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    She is a beauty, Lambo. I remember seeing the pics on DD now. I'm not sure I realized that it was your own bike, though. My mind is going on me and/or I didn't read your first post in this thread. The pictures kind of distracted me.
    So, you get a couple of months before the snow hits, no? Go wear it out!
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    yeah.... should have a couple of months before the snow flies. This has been in the works for a long time. Plan was to get a frame from Kent when I finished the remodel on the house as my present to me. I was planning on a year which has now turned into 4 and I'm still not done but after I started working with them doing the engraving I cheated on getting it before I'm finished... and a complete bike vs a frame and building it up myself although I did get to help Brad and Chris put it together. Given it's the first new bike I've ever owned I'm not feeling too guilty but I do need to get the house done. Now it's get the kid off to school and go ride some more. It will be a bit more relaxed today since it was rushed yesterday because it looked like it could rain at any minute and I really didn't the first ride to end up in mud.... bad enough getting dust on it.

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    Fantastic looking machine, congrats!
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    Too bad about that etching on the chainstay. It's going to really hurt the resale.

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    Oh wow, beautiful. This bike is a keeper for life. Congrats!

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    Yup... not worried about the chainstay too much

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    Can you post Kent's Build diagram and also complete parts list?

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    Beautiful, absolutely a work of art. I've lusted after a Ti bike ever since I saw my first Airborne Ti HT about 8 years ago, always wondered how stiff the Ti FS really were compared to Alu or carbon. What other bikes have you ridden that you can compare it to? Have always thought Ti & HT, always thought maybe the properties of Ti were wasted on an FS frame.
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    Superlight, GF Rig (2005 and 2010 replacement when the 2005 broke and it is a much better riding frame than the 2005), Vasago Jabberwocky, and Waltworks.

    Now it's time for ride #2

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    Rides great and it keeps feeling better with each ride as I get the suspension dialed in. The bike fits like a custom built bike should and it handles well enough that I carry enough speed going downhill to just scare the crap out of myself a few times but the bike handles it with ease. I get a little more confident pushing it into turns with every ride and my skill level is definitely the limiting factor on anything I ask it to do. The same design won the women's town challenge here in town so I know with the right motor it is fast. Just wish my motor was in better shape

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