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    Let me know if I can help.

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    Thanks, If you wouldn’t mind, I will put some ideas down on paper and run them by you...
    So as not to side track this thread I could contact you through your blog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solo, with others
    I have an XL Raleigh XXIX on order that's going to have WTB Dirt Drops and Road Avids applied this weekend with any luck.

    Then I will flirt with the idea of riding the Ouachita Challnge on it in April.
    Not to be picky, I have an Inbred 29er that I run with Midge bars and RL-520 levers and BB-7 discs, but it is not a monster cross. My CrossCheck with 42c Mythos is a Monster Cross, my RMB Sherpa10 with Conti Vapour 52c is a monster cross (techically a touring bike with tons of tire clearance, but frame geo falls in the cross bike measurements). I like the term MoFo Cross coined here about a year ago.

    Using a cross, touring, or road frame with bigger than 38c tires (UCI max allowed) in the dirt is a monster cross. Otherwise it is a drop bar mountain bike. They are both tons of fun, but different bikes, MFC or MTB.
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    Ask anyone and you get a different answer

    Using a cross, touring, or road frame with bigger than 38c tires (UCI max allowed) in the dirt is a monster cross. Otherwise it is a drop bar mountain bike. They are both tons of fun, but different bikes, MFC or MTB. [/QUOTE]

    I didn't know there was an exact definition, good to know. I think in between a Cross racing bike and Drop bar MTB with over 35c tires, thats the UCI max by the way

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    Quote Originally Posted by midtnSS
    I didn't know there was an exact definition, good to know. I think in between a Cross racing bike and Drop bar MTB with over 35c tires, thats the UCI max by the way
    That definition was ageed upon some time ago in this tread about monster cross world domination.

    Maybe the definition was a tire larger than 36c on a cross / tour / road frame as opposed to mtb frame, I dunno. That seems to be the jump in tires is 32c, 35c, 37/38c from most places. I'm not sure I have seen a 33 or 34 or 36c tire. I'm sure they exist.

    I just know I love mine, especially when the rains come and the trails are mucky, I have access to miles of low traffic dirt roads that are rideable.
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    New question here. Widest/Brand "Baldy" 29er Tire for Monstercross

    To all Monsters:

    What is the widest Tire for monstercross? Frame width is not a concern, lot's of room!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEPMTBA
    What is the widest Tire for monstercross? Frame width is not a concern, lot's of room!
    Look here. especially post #4. Not entirely up to date, but a search in the 29er forum will get you there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    Not to be picky, I have an Inbred 29er that I run with Midge bars and RL-520 levers and BB-7 discs, but it is not a monster cross. My CrossCheck with 42c Mythos is a Monster Cross, my RMB Sherpa10 with Conti Vapour 52c is a monster cross (techically a touring bike with tons of tire clearance, but frame geo falls in the cross bike measurements). I like the term MoFo Cross coined here about a year ago.

    Using a cross, touring, or road frame with bigger than 38c tires (UCI max allowed) in the dirt is a monster cross. Otherwise it is a drop bar mountain bike. They are both tons of fun, but different bikes, MFC or MTB.
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    Yeah, what he said!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeveless
    Bump, anyone else got anything?
    Man this "BUMP" guy is very popular! I see him on every forum!
    HUM?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trail717
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    So as not to side track this thread I could contact you through your blog?

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    You betcha.

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    700 x 38 WTB Interwolfs...
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    looking real sharp!

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    Felt like a steal when you got that thing home did'nt it? It did for me.

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    Hi Merk
    Just saw your bike on a repost
    Can you give me any info on it?
    Especially the stem
    Is that a nitto lugged or variation there of?

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    Take a look at what I stumbled upon:
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2162/2237270149_81bfefeaa4_b.jpg">
    Another bike that blurs the line between 29er mountain bike and touring bike; it's also beautifully done.
    image taken from <a href="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2162/2237270149_81bfefeaa4_b.jpg">dyn45's flickr account</a>
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    I like that - I like that Hunter a lot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    I like that - I like that Hunter a lot!
    Yeah. Um...me too.

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    I've posted this before, but with skinnier tires. I just brought back some new shoes to west africa, and the monster cross has gotten a lot more monstrous. It's really come into its own with these babies. Both have an actual measurement of around 700x47:
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    I'm guessing that mikesee won't mind me posting his ride:



    from his blog:

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    Quote Originally Posted by AteMrYeats
    Take a look at what I stumbled upon:

    [photo snipped]

    Another bike that blurs the line between 29er mountain bike and touring bike; it's also beautifully done.
    image taken from <a href="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2162/2237270149_81bfefeaa4_b.jpg">dyn45's flickr account</a>
    That is awesome. How do you think he shifts that front derailleur? Wait a minuto, where is the front mech? Hmm.

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    Here's my freshly build Crosscheck commuter:


    Currently set up with IRC Mythos CX slicks in 42mm awaiting Jones XR 1.8 next month.

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    WOW! That crosscheck above has got to be the coolest looking one yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AteMrYeats
    Take a look at what I stumbled upon:
    <img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2162/2237270149_81bfefeaa4_b.jpg">
    Another bike that blurs the line between 29er mountain bike and touring bike; it's also beautifully done.
    image taken from <a href="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2162/2237270149_81bfefeaa4_b.jpg">dyn45's flickr account</a>
    Add an EBB and that's almost exactly what I'd love to have. Beautiful ride!

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    Andlund: looks like you're using planet bike fenders. Are those the 29" fenders? Did you have any trouble fitting them to the xcheck? Have to mod them? Looks good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pseudo intellectual
    Andlund: looks like you're using planet bike fenders. Are those the 29" fenders? Did you have any trouble fitting them to the xcheck? Have to mod them? Looks good!

    thnx
    Thanks!
    Yes, its Planet Bike Cascadia 29er fenders. They are a tight squeeze in the forks, but fit without any problems or modifications. I have trimmed down the length of the supports though.

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    Question..

    Is it better to use a CX frame or a 29er frame. Was thinking of frankenizing a soma juice frame for thrashing on the road and dirt..

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    purty sure this qualifies as a monstercross......wtb 44 mutanoraptors on an 07 S-Works tricross module....and a bunch of ultegra stuff......waaaaaay fun bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm
    Is it better to use a CX frame or a 29er frame. Was thinking of frankenizing a soma juice frame for thrashing on the road and dirt..
    Whatever works. The more or less agreed upon definition of "monster cross" on MTBR is a cross / tour / road frame with tires larger than 35c. Then there are drop bar 29ers, not "monster crossers" in the truest sense. I have a CrossCheck SS with 42c tires and an Inbred 29er that does duty as a drop bar 29er SS. These are different animals, in my opinion, both fun, but in different ways, even on the same terrain.
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    Wow! That thing looks awesome Jason! Now I'm wondering if I should get that instead of the Chile con Crosso? Very Nice!
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    There's Stoph, killing us with photos of yet another of his beautiful bikes that we can only dream of.

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    V -brake STI levers.

    Third incarnation of my Airborne T cruiser will see it with a new-beautifull- Steve Potts steel fork, and road drop bars.
    The fork is rim brake only. The frame too.
    I would like to use Mini V's with my Dura Ace STI levers (8 speed). Will probably only run it 2x6.
    I have mini V brakes. But they cable doesn't clear the 2.2 Bontrager front tire. No good option for canti brakes since I don't have room for the cable hanger on the fork.
    Question: Can I run regular V brakes without rollamajig (or what you call them), with STI levers?
    Can I run inline levers to get more cable pull, and at least always have brakes available?
    The bike will see a lot off braking on extended descents.
    In the rear I can probably get away with a mini V.

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    A Monstrosity

    of a front tire made for a really great ride. I've kind of disqualified myself, since that is a 2.3 up front, but this thread got the creaky cogs turning in my melon and I just had to mount an Exiwolf to my Ksyrium SL and see what would happen. I had to razorblade off a few nubbins, but it fit (kind of) and I had a blast riding some fairly gnarled fire roads.

    Sorry for the bad pics, but I'm camera-illiterate. The first batch looked great, but I guess they were too great because the site rejected them for being too pixellated. These not so aesthetically pleasing. I snapped a pic or two, and then realized the whole family should be together. I thought maybe with the lower quality you wouldn't be able to see as much dirt. No such luck.
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    Stoph, don't suppose that hill is the Gempen in Basel-land?

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    Is it yours? More pictures from more angles.
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    Is it yours? More pictures from more angles.
    No, not mine. I should have been more clear, sorry. I just know the guy who built it. His frames are super nice. There are a few Black Cats here in SLO, I have a 26" one. I like it, but it's not quite right, my fault. He built exactly what I asked him to, I just should have speced a little slacker head tube (I wound up running an 80mm fork instead of the 100mm I planned on) and a little beefier top tube (i'm kinda fat). I plan to rectify that on the next one I have him build me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamwarthog
    There are a few Black Cats here in SLO
    I've seen Pancho's.
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    well, it's cross if not monstrous

    Here is my 2003 Fuji Cross with Freddy fenders, Crosstop levers, and 700x38 Trek hybrid tires. I call it my "commutasaurus" but it does pretty well on single track too.

    Carbon fork and seatpost smooth out the bumps.
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    Bumping this thread because I'm building up a mostercross and there are some awesome pics for motivation.

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    Monster Monkey

    O.G. Monster Monkey

    She will be sporting a full C.D.W. bikepacking setup with 27 gears this summer for my meandering off road tour of the rocky mountain / desert west - GDMBR - CDT - Paradox trail - Kokopelli trail - and wherever else I feel like going. The Monster setup is the only way to experience riding through the land in my opinion, touring, racing, or just bringing the heat on saturday.









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    Tyler Durden?

    Quote Originally Posted by karatemonkey
    O.G. Monster Monkey

    She will be sporting a full C.D.W. bikepacking setup with 27 gears this summer for my meandering off road tour of the rocky mountain / desert west - GDMBR - CDT - Paradox trail - Kokopelli trail - and wherever else I feel like going. The Monster setup is the only way to experience riding through the land in my opinion, touring, racing, or just bringing the heat on saturday, mountain drops all the way!









    The first rule about Monster CX is we don't talk about monster cx

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    Anybody want to comment on this kooks dos and don'ts of riding a bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstrick
    Anybody want to comment on this kooks dos and don'ts of riding a bike?
    Ya gotta be more sp'fic - which kook?

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    The what's a monster X and what's not a monster X guy above my last post. I mean come on, quit with the rules and enjoy the shared interest in what we're all riding. Then go ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    Nice bike, but a drop bar MTB not a Monster Cross bike. Picky, I know, and it may only be me that sticks to that definition.
    Good catch! It had been posted for almost two hours I was afraid you were going to let this one slip through the cracks. Hopefully more people will follow your example! If we don't set standards they'll let anyone on these boards. What amazes me even more is that someone would still post an unofficial mx photo after you made the definition clear several times. They are obviously not respecting your authority. You should convene the MCWD (Monster Cross World Domination) board and get this straightened out right away. Seriously, I mean SERIOUSLY! Oh and make sure they're putting cover pages on their TPS reports while your at it.

    Disclaimer: All sarcasm in this message was intended for the pure enjoyment of the author, and in no way to bring rhyme or reason to an internet forum as this would be futile.

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    she isn't a cross bike. Just a Monster of a bike that is so much fun it should be outlawed. Got nothin against skinny tires but You can keep em', i personally like droppin the hotness with some big rubber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karatemonkey
    she isn't a cross bike. Just a Monster of a bike that is so much fun it should be outlawed. Got nothin against skinny tires but You can keep em', i personally like droppin the hotness with some big rubber.
    Sweet bike and a sweet adventure you are undertaking. I'm envious. Good luck, ride long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    Don't be so serious.

    You missed this part:

    Ya don't like my definition, don't buy it, ok? Now go chill and unwad your panties.

    Monster X, Monster Cross, Riser MTB, Flat MTB, Drop Bar MTB, CX, Road, Touring, who cares, it's all good! Bicycles are fun, and so it talking about them.
    It's not my panties that are in a wad honey, there's a great scene in Zoolander that can help you get those straightened out btw, and I didn't miss anything I read all your post in this thread.

    Now take a deep breath and realize that if your going to criticize you're opening yourself up to criticism. Also you're entitled to your definition, we're all aware of what it is. I could care less about that, but posting it after every picture you disagree with is just redundant, and annoying, which was my point. I chose to use humor and sarcasm to make that point, you chose pantie wadding.

    Also, you should have read my disclaimer. It pretty much sums up how SERIOUS I think this is. It's an internet forum not a summit on world peace.

    If you still feel the need to correct everyone correct away. I doubt your mindless dribble is going to use up all the free space on the intertube, although your overuse of emoticons might.

    May you fight the good fight against ignorance everywhere!
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    '07 Schwinn Fastback CX

    I picked up this Schwinn Fastback CX at my local Performance bike shop over the Christmas holiday and got a killer deal. This bike has a split personality, so I'm showing pictures of both. :-)

    I'm running a 34/50 compact crank with an 11/32 XT cassette on the road wheels and an 11/32 PG-950 on the cross wheels. The result is a very wide range of ratios, which works out great here in Boulder.

    In road trim it weighs in at 19.2 lbs and in Monster Cross trim 21.2 lbs. I recently bought a Bontrager carbon fork that I am going to install that will bring my weight down a bit more, hopefully under 19 in road trim.

    Fork will allow super monster tires. These 700x42's rub the brake shoes slightly when slipping the wheel into place, but once installed, it still has plenty of clearance for wider tires. The back is a different story. These 700x35's (actual width 33mm) require me to let a little air out of the tire to get it to clear the brake shoes.

    I really enjoy this bike a lot. I can take off at work during my lunch break and ride the road to the trail head and then ride a short loop off road and then back to work again. Gotta love working in Boulder...

    Here's a list of the goodies:
    TruVativ Compact Crank 50/34 (stock was 50/36)
    XT Cassette 11/32 (stock was 12/27)
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    Thomson Elite post (stock was Ritchey)
    On-One Midge bars (stock was Ritchey BioMax)
    Forte' 120mm stem (stock was Ritchey 110 / 6 degree)
    Rear tire 700x35 Ritchey SpeedMax Pro (stock was Schwalbe 700x30)
    Front tire 700x42 Ritchey ZED Pro (stock was Schwalbe 700x30)
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    Nice ride... Wish that I could find a deal like that here.

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    That Kona is Sicko! If I find one of those I plan on doing exactly what you have with it. Scorch love with leather finish. Nice.

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    some of my old fixed cross check
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    Sweet to see my thread is still going strong. Saw a black XCheck in the flesh yesterday. Though it wasn't quite MonsterX, it renewed my interest in getting one. I've still got the Excel file with the build planned out, so I might build this thing up yet. Yep, I'm a bike nerd.

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    This thread inspired me to get my old Gunnar street dog off the street for a change.
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    Thanks for the good ideas.

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    I think we can all agree that your Gunnar is scorchnin' hottness at it's best. Thanks for sharing.

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    Cool- never saw a street dog with canti posts- nice ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bstrick
    I think we can all agree that your Gunnar is scorchnin' hottness at it's best. Thanks for sharing.
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    Please explain the point of these flared out drop bars on otherwise full-on mountain bikes. And on all these road bikes, too. I ask because they look bad, they feel bad, and they are bad.

    Not opinion...fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotu
    Please explain the point of these flared out drop bars on otherwise full-on mountain bikes. And on all these road bikes, too. I ask because they look bad, they feel bad, and they are bad.

    Not opinion...fact.
    Aww. A troll. You little guys are so cute.


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    Quote Originally Posted by fotu
    Please explain the point of these flared out drop bars on otherwise full-on mountain bikes. And on all these road bikes, too. I ask because they look bad, they feel bad, and they are bad.

    Not opinion...fact.
    What a troll. Go piss in someone else's thread.

    Yeah, some of these are mountain bikes with drop bars. I have yet to see a road bike, but maybe I missed something. Fact is a majority of these bikes are exactly what I asked for, MONSTERCROSS. You don't like them, fine. A lot of people obviously disagree with you judging by the popularity (and longevity) of this thread. STFU

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotu
    Please explain the point of these flared out drop bars on otherwise full-on mountain bikes. And on all these road bikes, too. I ask because they look bad, they feel bad, and they are bad.

    Not opinion...fact.
    Getting pissy with the long winter in Vermont, huh? Pissed in your own Wheaties this morning, Bucky? Figured you would go troll the Internet for some action, huh?
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    early monster cross mtb world cup....

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    Quote Originally Posted by p lo
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    All hail JT! Anyone know what he's up to these days?

    There's a neat Tomac thread over on the vintage board, in case you haven't seen it.

    Official John Tomac Picture Thread
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    Those Tomac pictures are probably the coolest thing I have ever seen. Thank You.

    Here is the latest rendition of my Monster Monkey.



    Approx. 400 miles in March. Everything from aggressive commuting to a White Rim epic and lots of technical single track.

    She performs well in all categories but she excels in fun factor and capability. Short of Whistler/Keystone style riding, I don't think there isn't anything this bike can't do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karatemonkey
    Those Tomac pictures are probably the coolest thing I have ever seen. Thank You.

    Here is the latest rendition of my Monster Monkey.

    Approx. 400 miles in March. Everything from aggressive commuting to a White Rim epic and lots of technical single track.

    She performs well in all categories but she excels in fun factor and capability. Short of Whistler/Keystone style riding, I don't think there isn't anything this bike can't do.
    Check out your bar tape!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Check out your bar tape!
    All the credit for that one goes to you big guy. I love the grips, except now I'm receiving a catalog from that tennis supply company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karatemonkey
    All the credit for that one goes to you big guy. I love the grips, except now I'm receiving a catalog from that tennis supply company.
    Ha! Yeah, I can't get them to stop sending it to me either.

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    Stop begging.

    here`s more.
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    A Vanilla.... Nice. Have you got any with mtb tires mounted? That'll be like lingerie (sic) for the beauty.

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    Is that suspension corrected? Looks like it with the fork. How wide a tire can you fit? Can I have it?

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    It's really not vital that I comment but I just wanted to say I when I first looked at this thread I was like... what the heck is that all about... and now 11 pages in, I'm fulling loving it and have been off searching for similar setups. Monstercross has my vote for sure! Thanks for posting ya setups.

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    since my punk friend hasn't post his bike here yet, i will do it for him!!!

    monster cross from ground up cycles with a hunter fork ( I think). i think he is running 45c f and r right now. VERY sweet bike!!!

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    That's beautiful. Hopefully your friend has better luck with the Storika than I had with mine. I never really understood the term ass hachet until I'd ridden that on my cross check on singletrack!

    By the way, the bike looks suspiciously bling, white and clean for your friend to be truly "punk"! I'd expect mishmashed, dumpstered components on a tatty, flat black frame with some spoke cards...

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    That's the best looking Ground Up that I've seen yet. I love the new logo. Far better than the old one. The seat stays are quite sweet as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momentum...
    Hopefully your friend has better luck with the Storika than I had with mine. I never really understood the term ass hachet until I'd ridden that on my cross check on singletrack!
    I've got a Storika and actually really like it other than it's longevity. I wore through the leather on the end of the saddle in notime. For me, it's an incredibly comfortable saddle though.

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    i think he has the storika on a coupla bikes, including his new titus exo 29.

    i have ridin this ground up monster x, it is SWEET. i was over at his place this morning to pick up my bike and he is running a panaracer 45c fire up front and a 1.75" (44c?) bont. dry x in the rear.

    the saddle wasn't too bad. i love my wtb saddles though.

    he has a wily fixed roadie that the ground up guy built to, that thing is insane!!!

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    Oops, double post.

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    I have been watching this thread since the beginning. Great bikes in here, thought I would finally post my own. I built this Nashbar frame up as a commuter last year that morphed into a monstercross then to a SS monstercross. I did the Iron Cross (62 mile CX race) in PA last year on it when it was geared.



    Then I got the idea to build my own frame, this allowed me to design a monstercross the way I wanted one (see below). Even though I can fit a 2.2x29 tire in there, I don't consider it a drop bar 29er. Its got the shorter top tube and standover of a CX frame. The bar is also probably a little lower than most people like for a dirt drop, I like it because I use the hoods as well. I also didn't want a susp. corrected fork, so I designed it around On-One's 440 A-C fork and raised the brake bosses. I finished it up last week and have taken it out several times on the local trails. Its great, everything I wanted. I have decided to change the cantis to vbrakes for the extra stopping power. It has no finish yet in the picture below, I haven't decided if I want to just clear coat it or paint it.


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    sweet!

    I say powdercoat, something about a white CX bike that just looks right (when it's dirty and all).
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    hunter 29er

    so this is my newest bike...

    and check out who i got to meet today...

    pretty cool
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    I'm jealous of both the self-built bike by The Boy and the new Hunter. Both are really sweet.

    So, hanging with the likes of Herbold and Fisher. Not too bad of company. I think it's funny that almost every pic you ever see of Herbold after his racing days he's got a beer in his hand.

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    I saw that guy

    the hunter that is, propped up against a wtb booth on sunday. very pretty
    you see gary more often when you live in Fairfax

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    ya, i was hanging out with Pete at WTB, talkin tyres...
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfsean
    you see gary more often when you live in Fairfax
    That's a LOOOONG commute to Madison, WI daily. :-)

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    Bump... I likey this thread.

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    my traffic

    i have a traffic cycles fixed cross bike. i am running 42c ritchey zed tires. i ride this bike 99% of the time. i love it. my picture is too large to upload, but there is a picture of me doing a wheelie off a drop on the homepage of my website:
    www.muddyfixedgear.com. there is also a better picture of the bike in the gallery section.
    check out my new offroad fixed gear site, tell me your thoughts: www.muddyfixedgear.com

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    Linked photo from your site....

    Looks like a fun bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckranak
    i have a traffic cycles fixed cross bike. i am running 42c ritchey zed tires. i ride this bike 99% of the time. i love it. my picture is too large to upload, but there is a picture of me doing a wheelie off a drop on the homepage of my website:
    www.muddyfixedgear.com. there is also a better picture of the bike in the gallery section.
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    ckranak,

    That trail in the photo looks familiar. Is it Marshal Mesa, near Marshal, CO? If so, that is one of my favorite lunch time rides.

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    Thanks for linking my photo. Yes it is Marshal Mesa. It is a nice little trail.
    check out my new offroad fixed gear site, tell me your thoughts: www.muddyfixedgear.com

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    I can't believe no one's posted the Tomac DB10 replica.



    More pics of the original here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by that guy again
    I can't believe no one's posted the Tomac DB10 replica.
    Cool bike. I don't think it qualifies as a monstercross though. It's just an awesome drop-bar hardtail 26er.
    Last edited by Nat; 05-16-2008 at 06:24 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by that guy again
    I can't believe no one's posted the Tomac DB10 replica
    Nice mountain bike, when did you get it? I thought they were all custom and just announced at Sea Otter? It seems like a very quick build time, you must have plunked your money down at the event; what did it cost you?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Cool bike. I don't think it qualifies as a monstercross though. It's just an awesome drop-bar hardtail 26er.
    True. Front suspension and 26" wheels definitely disqualify it, but the full drop bars, not just Midges, make that thing look wicked. If it's supposed to be a replica, where are the carbon tubes?

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    I'm most appreciating the neo-vintage Manitou fork. It's awesome!

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    Moots

    Moots calls it a Mooto-X. Hipsters call it a monster cross. Dorks call it a <span style="font-style:italic;">twennyniner</span>. Grouches call it a drop-bar mountain bike.

    I call it my road bike.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/mike.curiak/BigWheelBuilding/photo?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8#5128472009738422466"><im g src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/Ryv-Hvz-CMI/AAAAAAAABBg/OdGjV0yw684/s800/hybbe.jpg" /></a>

    It'd be accurate to call this a clean cockpit. It'd also be accurate to say that I'm a fan of that.<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/mike.curiak/BigWheelBuilding/photo?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8#5163661026234344114"><im g src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6kCWFk6IrI/AAAAAAAABfs/GAp_CyPrcCs/s800/mx3e.jpg" /></a>

    29 x 42t up front with an 11/28 out back. Great for riding any road in this county and any other. But also darn good for hitting certain fun trails too.<a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/mike.curiak/BigWheelBuilding/photo?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8#5163661013349442194"><im g src="http://lh5.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6kCVVk6IpI/AAAAAAAABfc/4R-c9fa-tvc/s800/mx1e.jpg" /></a>

    As pictured it has some new shoes: brand spankin' tubeless Bontrager 1.75's. I've been riding it for ~two months with detubed 2.1's and loving them in/on the snow/slop/ice. I guess I installed the 1.75's because they lean a lot closer to the true nature of the bike. 2.1's swayed it awfully far to the mtb side.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/mike.curiak/BigWheelBuilding/photo?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8#5163661039119246034"><im g src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6kCW1k6ItI/AAAAAAAABf8/U8vAeqqr6Uc/s800/mx5e.jpg" /></a>

    Moots stem, Midge bars, and ESI roadie grips.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/mike.curiak/BigWheelBuilding/photo?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8#5163661034824278722"><im g src="http://lh6.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6kCWlk6IsI/AAAAAAAABf0/55dywZPBlr8/s800/mx4e.jpg" /></a>

    The roadie grouppo was procured in an I'd-be-a-fool-to-say-no-to-this-deal sorta deal, and it works pretty well. There's a Willits Type II fork under that filth that's as smooth as any fork has a right to be. This is my second Willits Type II in this lifetime and if I ever need another rigid fork there's no doubt about the shape it'll take or the hands it'll be made by. Not enough "O's" in the word smooooooove to describe it.
    <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/mike.curiak/BigWheelBuilding/photo?authkey=qn8SFngrhd8#5163661021939376802"><im g src="http://lh3.ggpht.com/mike.curiak/R6kCV1k6IqI/AAAAAAAABfk/lMxBrGttonY/s800/mx2e.jpg" /></a>

    I used to have a ricky-racer crotch rocket road bike when I was racing and training bunches. Very light, very fast, sorta comfy. I bonded with it immediately and really enjoyed riding it, *except* when I'd pass by a dirt road leading to a dirt trail that happened to be very fun. And even then sometimes I'd go for a fun cruise on the singletrack on my 100psi 23's. But as novel and gee-whiz inducing as riding a road bike on singletrack can be, it wasn't as fun as it could have been and it was definitely not a good long term plan.

    So I punted that bike and went roadie-less for over a year while I thunk hard about what the replacement needed to be.

    And this is it. Smoove, versatile, practical. Fun.

    That about sums it up.

    Cheers,

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    well, that just made me pointy.

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