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    Got my Mutinyman

    My original order was for a flat-bar and shock, but Matt convinced me that rigid and a drop-bar was the way to go. For having never having ridden an off-road drop bar before, I have to say that the handling and fit was spot-on. I didn't think anything could top my Ute until I rode this bike. Matt knows his stuff.
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    Very smooth looking! Nice.

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    congrats....

    riding a bike set up properly around drops and rigid is an awakening, matt's probably the only one left who really knows how (not saying no one else does, so don't start letting the posts fly). he did not have to talk me into it. riding steep, tight singletrack properly set up is just unreal, especially fixed gear.


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    Quote Originally Posted by subluxation
    riding a bike set up properly around drops and rigid is an awakening, matt's probably the only one left who really knows how (not saying no one else does, so don't start letting the posts fly). he did not have to talk me into it. riding steep, tight singletrack properly set up is just unreal, especially fixed gear.


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    Hey Rick,

    Sorry for the slight side-track but how do you find your forks under heavy breaking? Mine "flutter" quite a bit to the point where it really wobbles the front end They use Reynolds 531ST blades so I don't think its going to fall apart...just wondering if Neo-Retros / Kool Stop Salmon / Skinny forks is a bit overkill!

    OK, back the the scheduled program...

    Great looking bike Scott, drops are sooo much nicer off road and Matt IS the king of set-up.

    Alex
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    Another slam dunk! Matt's drop-bar bikes look just right. Have fun with it!
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    Choice bike. How close is the overlap? Not sure if that's the ticket for me but I love the purity of the whole thing.
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    forget the drop bars!

    A 29er with v brakes? Did hell freeze over? JK. I like Vs.
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    yep, mine does.

    i noticed that too, typically under hard braking in singletrack, i just figured it was the supple fork combo'd with the brake pads being a bit grabby and figured it would settle in after the pads wear in a bit. does yours seem grabby after the pads wear some?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singlespeedpunk
    Hey Rick,

    Sorry for the slight side-track but how do you find your forks under heavy breaking? Mine "flutter" quite a bit to the point where it really wobbles the front end They use Reynolds 531ST blades so I don't think its going to fall apart...just wondering if Neo-Retros / Kool Stop Salmon / Skinny forks is a bit overkill!

    OK, back the the scheduled program...

    Great looking bike Scott, drops are sooo much nicer off road and Matt IS the king of set-up.

    Alex

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    That’s a nice ride, super clean and purpose built.

    I’d love to try a bike built for dirt drops. I have tried the bars but haven’t ever been able to get them set up properly on the bikes I tried them on.

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    Fork Flutter

    Quote Originally Posted by Singlespeedpunk
    Hey Rick,

    Sorry for the slight side-track but how do you find your forks under heavy breaking? Mine "flutter" quite a bit to the point where it really wobbles the front end They use Reynolds 531ST blades so I don't think its going to fall apart...just wondering if Neo-Retros / Kool Stop Salmon / Skinny forks is a bit overkill!

    OK, back the the scheduled program...

    Great looking bike Scott, drops are sooo much nicer off road and Matt IS the king of set-up.

    Alex
    Alex -

    I've had the same problem running a kinesis fork with neo retros on my indie rock. The flutter is very disturbing. I thought that perhaps it was the light weight kinesis, but it probably the neo retros being over kill.

    Scott - nice build!

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    Thanks!

    Rick and Bill,

    Thanks for the info, glad its not just me and my 140# bulk Guess I might live with it (and change to some "worse" pads!) and try to ride smoother.

    I have started playing about with BikeCAD (quiet day...) and looking at building a drop-bar specific frame that I can transplant 90% of my stuff over to (the other 29er frame, fork, bar and stem can be samples to show people)

    Damn you all

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    Sweet, sweet, saweeeeeet.

    Gotta love a classic MC.
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    Good job!

    I'm a sucker for a Chester, that's beautiful.
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    Scott and Rick,

    Absolutely gorgeous bikes. What fork and stem are you running there Rick?

    Must resist contacting Matt, must resist contacting Matt....

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    cantis are an option

    Quote Originally Posted by ParkerFly
    A 29er with v brakes? Did hell freeze over? JK. I like Vs.
    I like Vs too. Matt put a canti guide on the frame in case I want to run some old school Shimano XT2 canti brakes that I got from Harris Cyclery. Some of the rides in northern AZ can be muddy in summer.

    The guide sorta reminds me of the Ibis hand job.

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    Schipperkes are cool.
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    Let me guess, It WAS worth the wait, correct?

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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.

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    worth the wait.....

    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    Let me guess, It WAS worth the wait, correct?

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    ditto...

    Quote Originally Posted by ParkerFly
    A 29er with v brakes? Did hell freeze over? JK. I like Vs.
    nothing against disc's, i just like v's too. so nice to see someone else go custom and choose v's. my 26in curtlo is v specific, no regrets.
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    nice bike - what bar?

    Great set up just wanted to know the bar stem combo?

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    bar & stem combo

    Quote Originally Posted by green mt. boy
    Great set up just wanted to know the bar stem combo?
    I'm running a Midge bar with a Salsa MotoAce SUL 130mm x 115'.

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    MC's bikes get me every time. Congrats! It's like art you can ride.

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    fork specs

    Quote Originally Posted by subluxation
    riding a bike set up properly around drops and rigid is an awakening, matt's probably the only one left who really knows how (not saying no one else does, so don't start letting the posts fly). he did not have to talk me into it. riding steep, tight singletrack properly set up is just unreal, especially fixed gear.


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    that ia amazing bike. what specs is the fork

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    it's a Kelly

    Quote Originally Posted by bnelson
    that ia amazing bike. what specs is the fork
    Matt ordered me a Kelly so I would have good clearance with the bigger tires.

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    Damn!

    I love drop bar dirt bikes and these two are some of the nicest I've seen in a while. The retro brake levers add a nice touch too! I'm definitely feeling the itch to trade in my cross bike for one of the Chester master pieces...maybe next fall.
    So how's the ride????

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    the ride...

    Quote Originally Posted by l-dub1
    I love drop bar dirt bikes and these two are some of the nicest I've seen in a while. The retro brake levers add a nice touch too! I'm definitely feeling the itch to trade in my cross bike for one of the Chester master pieces...maybe next fall.
    So how's the ride????
    The brakes just look retro...they're Dia-Compe 287-v's which are designed to accommodate linear-pull brakes. I had Matt add a canti stop to the non-drive seat stay so I can switch it over to cantis and standard levers for mud-handling duties.

    I've gotten in a few rides and have since lower the stem down to a single 10mm spacer so I can swap in a cable hanger if needed. The ride is very quick and responsive. It reminds me of my old Fat Ti in how it responds to body lean. The bike doesn't require much steering input in the corners, which is a good thing since there is some toe overlap. My shoe gets buzzed on occasion, but this is more than outweighed by the benefits of quick handling.

    I had Matt increase the bottom bracket height to clear all the rocks out here in Phoenix. I used to live in Virginia, so I like having the higher BB. Cranks are Race Face square-taper 175mm.

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