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    Bike check: Mine!

    A few years ago I convinced Devin Lenz to build a one-off park bike. In the ensuing three years I've ridden it primarily as just that--a park bike--at Whistler, Winter Park, and Keystone. But I've also self-shuttled with it at Teton Pass and (next week) Black Rock. And I've done umpteen epic tech rides in Utah (Grafton Mesa, The Red Route, Gooseberry, Barrels, The Whole Enchilada) and Colorado (too many to list). In other words, I haven't let the fact that it was designed for one use prevent me from enjoying it many different ways.

    Still, it shines first and foremost as a park bike. I'm in Whistler at the moment, and after three days in the park I haven't been able to find anything to further fine tune on it. It is more dialed, more a part of me when riding, than ever before.

    And it looks like this.

    LenzSport PBJ frame, size medium.


    Dorado Pro, 175mm travel.


    Swinger 6-way, 550# ti spring.


    The 'brain' of the bike: DT 440 12 x 150 SS hub. 5 cog spread = 11 x 28.


    Spokes are DT Comps, nips are DT Prolocks in alu, tires are WTB Dissents in 2.5, tubes are Bontrager race x lite 29", run at ~25psi.


    Front hub is a stock DT Swiss 440 FR in 36h x 20mm. Same spokes/nips/tire/tube.

    ENVE DH bars cut to 29.5", Hayes Prime brakes (8"f, 7"r), a single SRAM X7 twister moving a basic X9 short cage rear der. Oury lock-ons.








    Straitline stubby, ti hardware.






    MRP Camber cranks in 170. MRP 32t ring. MRP S4 guide. Basic Shimano pedals.


    Maxle. But of course.


    WTB Aviator on a hacked short Syntace post.


    Another overview.


    Superman seat-grab view.


    I'm too tired from endless beatings in the park to gush about this bike right now. The fact that it is invisible beneath me anymore speaks volumes about how capable it is. Lap after lap of A-Line/Crank-it-Up/Dirt Merchant/GX/Angry Pirate/Crabapple Hits/Joyride/Lower Canadian DH/Ninja Cougar/Karate Monkey/GLC (and on and on and on) and the only thing I need to do at the end of a day is lube the chain. Just dialed.

    * I'm using all of the available travel on every run, but I never clank, never even feel the bottom of either end. The fork rides high in the travel--dive has been dialed out. Super, incredibly, unbelievably supple on small stuff.
    * I've had two flats (one a front pinch, one mysterious with no apparent cause) in three years of riding this bike--which tells you how much I *love* the tires.
    * I can climb most XC trails with my chosen gearing, but I don't feel like I spin out when descending.

    Nitpicks? I'd like to see a Maxle-type axle on the fork. 5 bolts in 2 sizes to install or remove the wheel? C'mon Manitou--it's a brilliant fork but for that one oversight.

    I'd love to see some carbon (non-cold-transferring) lever blades on the brakes.

    Lastly, I'd like to see the seat pillar of the frame get a touch lower. *I* don't notice it when riding, ever, but anytime you hand the bike to a rider to demo they comment on how high it feels right off the bat. I think it's more of a perceived issue than actual problem, but it's also probably fixable with a little ingenuity, and I can't see how it'll hurt.

    Pretty minor stuff overall.

    What more can I tell ya?

    In a few days I'll have a vid that'll show why I'm so exhausted right now, but also what I'm on about. Such an amazing tool to have in the quiver.

    Don't hesitate if I missed anything...

    MC

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    very impressive !

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    That does look like fun.
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    Mike, why use the Hayes Prime Expert reservoir/lever mated to the Prime Pro caliper? Why not just use a complete set of one or the other?

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    Pedally deathmarch style rides in Pemberton this weekend but you're probably focused on the park right now I'd imagine
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    I thought you were running the WB forks after giving the Manitou a run?

    Otherwise I hate you.
    Try this: HTFU

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    Why not adjust your rear banjo down a bit? When you do more pedaling intensive rides, do you put a longer seatpost on there?

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    That's purdy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 12snap View Post
    Mike, why use the Hayes Prime Expert reservoir/lever mated to the Prime Pro caliper? Why not just use a complete set of one or the other?
    It's what I had available to put together a few months ago, so I did. Can't tell a difference either way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeeL View Post
    Pedally deathmarch style rides in Pemberton this weekend but you're probably focused on the park right now I'd imagine
    I have this bike and no other along with. But I am listening...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockcrusher View Post
    I thought you were running the WB forks after giving the Manitou a run?

    Otherwise I hate you.
    I have both. I like both. The Manitou was on the bike for the last month and I was most used to it when we arrived here. Plus, the upper mountain stuff (steeper, gnarlier, more friendly to a taller fork) is only open on weekends. So I just left the Dorado on there. No complaints this far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFYFZX View Post
    Why not adjust your rear banjo down a bit? When you do more pedaling intensive rides, do you put a longer seatpost on there?
    Why not? Why?!

    And yes--longer post for XC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Why not? Why?!
    I don't like having my hydraulic hoses that exposed, is why. I guess since you don't ride in the dense MO woods where I ride you're not too worried about getting a hose ripped out of your caliper

    Can't wait for that video!

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    Do want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Straitline stubby, ti hardware.
    Any reason for the Ti hardware? Had it laying around?
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    And I thought I had a bike obsession. You are at once tragic and awesome.

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    Are the rims the MTX 33's or...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted View Post
    Are the rims the MTX 33's or...?
    Hmm. Good eye. The profile doesn't really look like an MTX33 does it? MTXs have a pretty sharp transition and a slightly concave sidewall. Like so-

    Bike check: Mine!-mtximg_1303.jpg
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    Are the cogs pinned together? Is it a steel hub shell? also where can I find a dissent.?
    Oh ya really cool bike.

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    Off the hook.... love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    Hmm. Good eye. The profile doesn't really look like an MTX33 does it? MTXs have a pretty sharp transition and a slightly concave sidewall. Like so-

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    Well, there is that and the fact that Mike neglected to call out the name of the rim in his detailed description of the wheel build. Was he too tired and forgot, or was it some crafty psy-ops?

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    The bike looks awesome, but be prepared for a rude awakening when you stop by Black Rock...There wont be a ride to the top, unless you can pedal that thing.

    You should also consider Duthie Hill when you pass through Seattle.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    The bike looks awesome, but be prepared for a rude awakening when you stop by Black Rock...There wont be a ride to the top, unless you can pedal that thing.

    You should also consider Duthie Hill when you pass through Seattle.
    No ride needed--we're happy to self shuttle (i.e. pedal) and that's what we're planning to do.

    Any suggestions on whom we can bribe to get a day of sun (or at least less slippery wood) when we're there?

    Duthie is on our radar for sure.

    Thanks,

    MC

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    Any reason for the Ti hardware? Had it laying around?
    Non-corrosive. Kinda moist up here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guitar Ted View Post
    Are the rims the MTX 33's or...?
    Nunya Rims. New brand for me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixgeardan View Post
    Are the cogs pinned together? Is it a steel hub shell? also where can I find a dissent.?
    Oh ya really cool bike.
    No, no, and, uh, I don't know?

    And thanks!

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