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    The latest word on the Fast Trak 29er

    Received this email response from the Specialized product manager 30 minutes ago (Dec 12, 2005, 11:17am):
    They (the Fast Trak 29er) are scheduled for release, they are being inspected at our warehouse, today or tomorrow. Dealers should be able to get them within 24 hours of that...

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    So at the end of the week go bug your local Specialized dealer to order them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Received this email response from the Specialized product manager 30 minutes ago (Dec 12, 2005, 11:17am):

    So at the end of the week go bug your local Specialized dealer to order them.
    Woohoo!

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    My local Specialized dealer just looked at me with Little Orphan Annie blanked out eyeballs when I asked them to order me a set.

    wtf*?






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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBNate
    My local Specialized dealer just looked at me with Little Orphan Annie blanked out eyeballs when I asked them to order me a set.

    wtf*?






    *Wait till Friday?
    Yeah, wait a few days and ask them to call Spec. They should be in the order system by Friday. Maybe Banks can post the part # for us.
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    MTBR search does work :-) I was too sceptical to try "part number" first. Too me multiple searches even, "specialized price" somehow did bring it.

    Banks 08-02-2005 : We got the 2006 Specialized binder today and PART NUMBER for the 29" Fast Track Pro D2-[dual compound] is 0016-0285 retailing under $40!

    Maybe we'll even make this a sticky with the part number in the title when it's actually ready. Just to get these suckers sold out asap :-)
    Preferably through as many dealers as possible, don't all bug the same popular S dealer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 29inch
    can a non-specialized dealer LBS order these?
    I do not know what the current policy is. I have seen Specialized tires at non-Specialized bike dealers in the past.
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    just got off the phone with my lbs doing some of santa's work and told them to check for me starting next monday...i had already made them aware that these would be coming one day, and they are a big specialized dealer and they are pretty good to me as i'm the only freak 29er rider they have ever had in the shop, and also the only sser...
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    can a non-specialized dealer LBS order these?

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    Are these tires a 2.0 or 2.2?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozlongboarder
    Are these tires a 2.0 or 2.2?
    They are labeled 2.00. The casing is bigger than the Exi 2.3. The specs are on my site.
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    Thanks Shiggy.
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    I know I am not the only one who finds it odd that the Big Red S makes 29er tires but doesn't make a 29er....


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    They're against it, LOL! But well, they were stuck with a tire mold in Taiwan, and it keeps popping up on the year balance as an asset, but representing only $0 production turnover. You can only say "no" for so long... :-)
    Really, this is a just a good chance for them to have their dealers slowly warm up for the all-29" 2007 line-up they're preparing right now.
    Now imagine how THAT would shock the world! Specialized booth, Eurobike 2006. Only 26"ers left in their line-up are dirtjumpers and junior bikes. I'd love to see how the S-fans would react to that, and whether other big brand hotshots would be all over their booth, with worried faces. Have they gone mad, or have we been sitting back too much over the summer?

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    wow. Might this be a sign of things to come? They might be testing the 29er waters without actually making a bike. Smart plan actually.

    Specialized also makes tubular tires with no bikes with tubular wheels

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    I think the S-fans would be very happy especially the racer types. I would buy a 29er Enduro in a heart beat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    PART NUMBER for the 29" Fast Track Pro D2-[dual compound] is 0016-0285
    Thanks Jan Gerrit
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    Good job!

    If these tires are better than Exi's, i'm in..

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    Any chance

    What's the chance of getting a picture of these tires? and a estimat $$$?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainman
    If these tires are better than Exi's, i'm in..

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    "Better" is a personal opinion. Compared to the Exi the FT has/is:
    • a higher volume casing
    • a much thinner more supple casing
    • lighter weight
    • more race type tread


    Mostly better for what I ride. Not a FR/DH type tire.
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    Thanks shiggy!!!
    This is great news and a huge step forward for the big wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enoch
    What's the chance of getting a picture of these tires? and a estimat $$$?
    They look exactly like the 26" version


    $40 range
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    Put me down for a pair.

    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    Woohoo!


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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    They look exactly like the 26" version


    $40 range
    Soo what are you spending the most time on these days...the Chester or the Slingshot?

    The Sling looks like such a fun bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Mostly the 'Shot lately. I need to shoot pics of the latest bar setup.
    Do tell....

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    Quote Originally Posted by donkey
    Soo what are you spending the most time on these days...the Chester or the Slingshot?

    The Sling looks like such a fun bike.

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    Mostly the 'Shot lately. I need to shoot pics of the latest bar setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by donkey
    Do tell....

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    Just bettered the setup of these bars

    I will post new pics in a new thread after I mount the other part I obtained from Padre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Mostly the 'Shot lately. I need to shoot pics of the latest bar setup.
    What ever came about with the Vul-Chester? I was really anxious to see how that bike came out. I've got semi-serious plans for a geared, Midge bar specific 29"er.

    Those Midge bars are really nice off-road. I like them much better than my WTBs. The shallow drop is perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lanpope
    What ever came about with the Vul-Chester? I was really anxious to see how that bike came out. I've got semi-serious plans for a geared, Midge bar specific 29"er.

    Those Midge bars are really nice off-road. I like them much better than my WTBs. The shallow drop is perfect!

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    D-rock is still working in the paint job. We are using a new masking film and it has been troublesome. All the graphics and logos are being painted on. No stickers. He wants the finish to be perfect.

    Glad you like the Midge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    D-rock is still working in the paint job. We are using a new masking film and it has been troublesome. All the graphics and logos are being painted on. No stickers. He wants the finish to be perfect.

    Glad you like the Midge.
    Oh man....that should be awesome. Can't wait to see the finished product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Mostly the 'Shot lately. I need to shoot pics of the latest bar setup.
    What can you tell us about the ride of the Slingshot? I myself have been very interested in trying one now that they offer a 29'er. It just seems like it would compliment a 29er concept really well.

    Also, rumor has it that a Slingshot rides better with a rigid front fork....any comments about that?

    thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juansevo
    What can you tell us about the ride of the Slingshot? I myself have been very interested in trying one now that they offer a 29'er. It just seems like it would compliment a 29er concept really well.

    Also, rumor has it that a Slingshot rides better with a rigid front fork....any comments about that?

    thanks in advance.
    Has been discussed in another, older thread. Please do a search or wait until I post the new 'shot pics. Do not want to hijack this thread too much.
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    Sweet!

    So, how are these tires in the NW winter wet and mud? Not that we've had a lot of that lately, but we might by the time I've got a bike rolling. I'm talking western Washington stuff here.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by goneskiian
    Sweet!

    So, how are these tires in the NW winter wet and mud? Not that we've had a lot of that lately, but we might by the time I've got a bike rolling. I'm talking western Washington stuff here.

    Thanks!
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    I can not tell you yet. Not a tread I would hold much hope for in the muck. They have been great everywhere else.
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    Thanks Shiggy.

    What do you recommend for this time of year?

    -Ian

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    Great news!

    I put a lot of miles on these tires this summer. I like them really well for the rear in the dry Norcal High Sierra riding for the rear. Had the front wash out on me twice, really was surprised as it had never happened with another tire on the 293.

    The Fast Trak may be a much better front with the new 29mm Salsa rim as the outside knobs don't touch down much with my TK 7.1's. Wider rims would help this issue, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goneskiian
    Thanks Shiggy.

    What do you recommend for this time of year?

    -Ian
    Kenda Klaw (front and rear specific)

    I want to try the Panaracer Fire Cross 700x45
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Kenda Klaw (front and rear specific)

    I want to try the Panaracer Fire Cross 700x45
    Cool. Thanks.

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    Do we have an independently verified weight on the folding ExiWolf? The wire versions that I have match Shiggy's sample very closely, but the weights on their website seem to be a bit less than reliable.

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    Everyone reports the folding Exi's to be some 80g lighter a piece than the wire ones, while being identical otherwise.
    It strange how often-remarked totally off claimed weights persist for years and years. Even that no-one just makes sure they make sense. When I was in the bizz, I was always into making sure my documentation was absolutely flawless, hating myself when something had slipped.
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    Thanks Clox. I could have checked the weight myself if the ones that I had ordered had been sent. (Hello Piet!)

    I agree that publishing incorrect weights is a widespread problem. If you are going to put the information out make sure that it is correct.

    Of course, it would also be nice to see disclaimers included. Perhaps something like: "We shaved away as much material as we could from the clamp to make our seatpost 27 grams lighter than brand X, but production pieces from our supplier haven't matched the quality of the prototypes that we approved, so the clamp is likely to fail even when used on road bikes by people who weigh 60 kilos. As a result we have discontinued this product and have no replacements available."

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Just bettered the setup of these bars

    I will post new pics in a new thread after I mount the other part I obtained from Padre.
    Wow, Shiggy. Beauty in the eye of the beholder and all, but I gotta tell ya, although I've admired the way you've built your bikes for years now, I never thought I'd be telling you "Great looking bike there!"





    BTW, which bars are those?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daner
    ...so the clamp is likely to fail even when used on road bikes by people who weigh 60 kilos...
    Your personal info says you're not from the US, but thinking an American company would actually admit something like this proves it
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    My two cents...

    Quote Originally Posted by goneskiian
    Sweet!

    So, how are these tires in the NW winter wet and mud? Not that we've had a lot of that lately, but we might by the time I've got a bike rolling. I'm talking western Washington stuff here.

    Thanks!
    -Ian
    Having ridden one of the proto sets all summer and fall for racing marathon events, I would say the wet and mud are the tire's weakness. I raced a very dry 12 hour solo on them and couldn't be happier. Incredible grip, ride quality due to the big volume and supple casing and not even a hint of pinch flatting while running them around 30 -32psi on my Mustang rims with 26" Specy Turbo "light" tubes. I am around 160-165lbs in the heft dept, and they feel really great in the dry on my rigid SS. They were weak in the wash-out and rear climbing traction dept. in the wet and sloppier conditions I experienced in some other races. But they do communicate pretty well before they disappear out from under you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobW
    Wow, Shiggy. Beauty in the eye of the beholder and all, but I gotta tell ya, although I've admired the way you've built your bikes for years now, I never thought I'd be telling you "Great looking bike there!"





    BTW, which bars are those?
    Thank you. The bars are Nitto North Road (thinwall CroMoly) with about 6" cut off the ends. MTB diameter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Thank you. The bars are Nitto North Road (thinwall CroMoly) with about 6" cut off the ends. MTB diameter.
    Yeah, the Avid? levers really caught my eye, I do believe I'm going to give that setup a try...
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    Will these tires be the same as the proto?

    Weight and size?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Mega
    Will these tires be the same as the proto?

    Weight and size?
    Should be exactly the same. Same factory, same molds, same spec.
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    Yes, reports are it will the same thing. Wide and same ca 600g weight. Changing a winning team would only have caused more expenses anyway, I'd guess. Our test reports have been pretty positive.

    I had one wash-out crash with the FT, but admittedly in the exact same spot of trail as my previous wash-out, a year earlier with a Bontrager AcX front. I also found the FT excellent in dry conditions, very capable and predictable even deep sand, and would have loved to have tried it in thicker dust over hardpack, like the Athens Olympics where these 29" FT's had almost been used. Weakest point probably climbing traction, but for a race tire it was more than exceptional in that respect.
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    Specialized makes nice tires

    Before I altogether abandoned riding my 26" hard tail, I had switched to Specialized tires. I had just bought a Fast Track Pro and it is pretty good but,...

    Not as good as their Roll-X. Now that tire is almost perfect for my style of riding here in the midwest. I had some Roll-X front and rear on my rigid Bianchi Boss and it was great. Rolled really fast, great traction and cornering and lots of cush factor. My few rides on the Fast Track (26' version) didn't have quite the cornering of the Roll-X.

    But I'll buy some of the 29" version anyway! I bet they'll be sweet on a rigid 29er singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    Yes, reports are it will the same thing. Wide and same ca 600g weight. Changing a winning team would only have caused more expenses anyway, I'd guess. Our test reports have been pretty positive.

    I had one wash-out crash with the FT, but admittedly in the exact same spot of trail as my previous wash-out, a year earlier with a Bontrager AcX front. I also found the FT excellent in dry conditions, very capable and predictable even deep sand, and would have loved to have tried it in thicker dust over hardpack, like the Athens Olympics where these 29" FT's had almost been used. Weakest point probably climbing traction, but for a race tire it was more than exceptional in that respect.
    I have used the Fast Trak 29 on deep dust over hardpack. Worked great. Tires with bigger/wider knobs were sliding on the same trails.
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