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    Hunter Cycles...A Good Thing

    So I've been reading lately where people are burning small builders...BAD. Can't say I don't agree given what I've read. Let me offset the negatives with a positive about a small builder. About two months ago I contacted Rick Hunter about a 29er supercrown fork. He agreed to build it and gave me an estimated build time of about two months or so. I gave him my specs (susp. corrected, curved blade, 100mm 29er rigid fork with 42mm offset). I met him at NAHBS and gave him my deposit ($100). I changed my mind on the color during the process (gloss to flat black) and he never flinched, just told the painter to change it. I got an e-mail from Rick (actually Mary-Anne) saying the fork was on the way early this week. So today, about two months after I ordered it and three days after I was told it would be sent, the fork showed up on my doorstep as promised. Pictures of the fork are attached. It is going on my DeSalvo ti 29er in place of my carbon Pace. Just wanted to give props to Hunter Cycles. If you want it done...correctly and on time, Rick will get it done. All small builders are not bad. Cheers.
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    Couple more photos...

    Here are a couple more photos of the fork...
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    Forkin' A

    Nice fork!!!

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    HAWT!

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    Rick delivered the goods . . . that's a sweet fork.

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    Jealous.
    Those mountain bikes that yet / Fresh mountain bikes beget

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    Dang!

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    Schipperkes are cool.
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    Rick is one of the Sh!t builders around; great work, honest and upfront and a cool guy too boot!
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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.

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    nice orange peel paint job

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    lordy moses that thing is gorgeous! only if i had the funds do go custom

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    A long time ago, I used to be a journalist at MBUK magazine. One of the things I did a lot of in the early days was testing of fork designs for "torsional stiffness" - their resistance to turning.

    From what I can see of those forks, they are as near perfect as you can get for torsional stiffness (the way the dropout is built into the end of the fork leg and not cantilevered), and yet should still ride really really nicely and compliantly (the rest of the blade and crown design).

    Fantastic work.

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    Great looking fork !!!

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    That is a gorgeous looking fork (sort of a blend between a segmented and unicrown design?). Cool dropouts too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mboeder
    nice orange peel paint job
    Who cares? It's a damn fork, not a show car.

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    Bad/dishonest/unethical/tardy builders get bad props.

    As we've seen here, Good/honest/ethical/timely builders get praise!

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    Looks good!
    but those dropouts mess with my head.

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    Good job!

    [SIZE=3]Fork'in Beautiful!


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    Ooooo.... that's SEXY!

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    Congrats! Gorgeous fork, love the crown, the dropouts and curve - just WOW! Need to bookmark Hunter.
    blogging at 29in.ch

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    Very nice.

    I dig the custom stems he's doing as well. I may end up with one of his quill stems on my CX eventually.

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    Great fork but even better story.

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