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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Speed
    I have to ask...why not use the Cross-Check fork? Nice ride anyway but I'm curious.
    didn't have a CC fork, kinda liked the idea of running a disc up front and having room for a full size 29er tire. Wasn't looking to build a traditional cross bike, just something fun... which it definitely is.

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    Qball Version 2.0

    Here is version 1.0 of my attempt at a MonsterX.

    Below you will find version 2.0 - Same frame but powder coated Yeti blue.

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    Looks good in Yeti colors
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    I'm about halfway towards drop-barring my Q. What sort of stem dimensions did you settle on?

    Current plan is Midge + Tektro + Avid Road 185/165. Stem? I'm currently on a Thomson 100 x -5, which I'll flip up. Probably still too low, but it'll get me started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciber68
    This is mine.

    It's not a really monster cross because the wheels are 26", but it's funny
    I think 26ers can be MX.

    I really like this bike, I love rigid Cannondales. It reminds me of my old 1995 M600.

    I switchted to some funky Scott aero bars, added Nimbus slicks and replacef the pedals with BMX bear traps. I miss her.
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    Great thread!

    It has inspired me to MX my Monocog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Tiger
    I think 26ers can be MX.

    I really like this bike, I love rigid Cannondales. It reminds me of my old 1995 M600.

    I switchted to some funky Scott aero bars, added Nimbus slicks and replacef the pedals with BMX bear traps. I miss her.
    Thank you, I also think that 26 or 29 can't make the difference between a MonsterCross or not.

    The bar tape and the use of it are the distinctive elements.

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    Gary Fisher Ferrous

    My new (to me) Ferrous.



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    Sorry but not a monstercross. Nice bike though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    Sorry but not a monstercross. Nice bike though.
    I suppose it's a drop bar 29er, but it is on Stan's Crows which are a small 2.0, almost Monster Cross territory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    Sorry but not a monstercross. Nice bike though.
    I'm mildly entertained by the confusion/debate over what monstercross is.

    I have a cross bike, but I won't post it here, because it is not monster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    I'm mildly entertained by the confusion/debate over what monstercross is.

    I have a cross bike, but I won't post it here, because it is not monster.
    What are the "rules"? To me, It seems like MX is a ATB cycling philosophy.

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    No good

    there are NO rules, ignore EVERYONE who says otherwise.

    ultimately the point of the "cross" is the drop bars, and the point of the "monster" is larger than cyclocross sized tires.

    since monstercross isn't a race category, there are no "rules", just self-indulgent "experts".

    If some numbnutz wants to argue that 10mm larger, but not 15mm larger is the defining characteristic then let them (and ignore them)

    For the record I feel that unless you're running frogleg brakes a la cyclo, then it couldn't POOOSSSIBLY be a monstercross so nothing with disc brakes counts.
    BUT several years ago EVERYONE who was anyone ran suspension forks at the paris roubaix ROADRACE, so for me to consider a bike a road bike it must have front suspension!!

    there, how ya like dem rulez!

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    Since the "rules" seem open to interpretation, here is mine:

    Must have:
    - 700c wheels
    - drop bars
    - clearance for at least 45c tires
    - rim brakes

    Advisable, but not required:
    - singlespeed capable
    - trendy (possibly custom) steel frame

    What really draws the line between a MX and drop bar 29er for me is top tube length. I feel that MX should have 'cross bike geometry, just with large tires. You could say the Surly Cross Check is the prototypical production MX bike.

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    Yes!

    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    Since the "rules" seem open to interpretation, here is mine:

    Must have:
    - 700c wheels
    - drop bars
    - clearance for at least 45c tires
    - rim brakes

    Advisable, but not required:
    - singlespeed capable
    - trendy (possibly custom) steel frame

    What really draws the line between a MX and drop bar 29er for me is top tube length. I feel that MX should have 'cross bike geometry, just with large tires. You could say the Surly Cross Check is the prototypical production MX bike.
    Exactly.


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    Salsa Update

    Took the wheels off my road bike and put em on the old La Cruz. They ride sweet and the big tires make for a fun ride on our back yard trails ( All snowed out as of last night ) Anyway just thought I would share some new wheel / tire stoke.
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    Why the no disk "rule" ?

    Are you a UCI official?

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    Can we gives the 'rules' a rest. Please. We all ride these bikes and very few of us race them. Why construct boundaries and rules around bikes that most of us turn to as an escape from conformity and pressure?

    I don't fit the above since I can only fit 38c max in the front, but I don't think it's up to anyone to tell me I shouldn't share my bike and ride stoke. Of course there are some implicit guidelines, otherwise our bikes wouldn't all look so similar, but as others have said: there's no governing body. That's a good thing. It would be nice if people didn't try to claim that role for themselves. Lets keep the 'rules' rough.

    None of us here bought an MX bike stock from a store. We all had our visions of the type of bike we wanted for the types of rides we had in mind and made it happen. Obviously we all have similar bikes in this thread, and each of us gains a singular joy from riding their bike the way they see fit, but don't dampen the collective joy by telling certain people that they do/don't belong to the 'club.'

    Sorry for the rant, but this thread has given me lots of stoke. There are a lot of passionate people here who obviously ride for the joy of it. I don't think it's cool try try and dampen that passion with half-arsed bureaucracy.



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    I agree with Clong.

    For me, cycling is a libertarian pursuit.

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    Quick, somebody build a 69er monster Cross!

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    Quote Originally Posted by banzai
    GT Peace 9er
    Awesome!

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    OMG. Some nice bikes the last few days. I love that Salsa and it looks rad with the new wheels.

    The Peace9er looks so sweet. I've recently fallen for the fat-front look. Hard.


    BTW, if anyone's not feelin' the love when they post their fat-tire bikes, here's my drop-bar 29er pic thread.

    Bored? Post your Drop-Bar 29er!
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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Tiger
    Quick, somebody build a 69er monster Cross!
    That would then go in the 69'er forum under Monster 69'er which might then get blocked by Porn SPAM protection.

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    I agree with keeping the rules lax... it helps keep things interesting and encourages folks to be more creative which is why I love checking out the posts here!

    I may look at a post and think - "It's just a 'cross bike..." But I still appreciate someone sharing their ride and thoughts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    Sorry for stirring the pot. I will stay quite.

    No need to apologise or stay quiet. Stirring the pot can help people, myself included, clarify their positions in their own minds. How boring would this place be without a bit of real discussion? *yawn*

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoote
    Since the "rules" seem open to interpretation, here is mine:

    Must have:
    - 700c wheels
    - drop bars
    - clearance for at least 45c tires
    - rim brakes

    Advisable, but not required:
    - singlespeed capable
    - trendy (possibly custom) steel frame

    What really draws the line between a MX and drop bar 29er for me is top tube length. I feel that MX should have 'cross bike geometry, just with large tires. You could say the Surly Cross Check is the prototypical production MX bike.
    By God, I think I nailed all the criteria!

    Except...I'm not sure my self-made frame qualifies as trendy, except in form.

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    It's ALIVE!!!!!

    I've taken to calling this my "franken-cross"... Frank for short.

    I've been debating changing this over for a while and finally did it.

    Monocog Flight, 1x9 (34 x 11-32), w/ old Ultegra levers...

    I found the BB7 road calipers at Colorado Cyclist for $39! They only had "front" calipers - but I found out that the front and rear caliper is the same - it's just the adapter that differs between front and back. So I got 2 fronts and just used the rear adapter from my mtb calipers.

    Just built it and took it for a spin in the snow... what a blast! Still some adjustments with position to play with... but this'll be fun for winter riding on dirt roads and commuting.

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    Congrats! I am itching to build up another (long story) but the last thing I need right now is more bike related debt... Dammit.

    Enjoy,

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    my monokog

    Dia comp and some bar found in the stable
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    Just finished this up recently..


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    Quote Originally Posted by khenry44
    Just finished this up recently..

    Freakin' SEXY!!! What is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Speed
    Freakin' SEXY!!! What is it?
    I guess - Kona based on the HT but that's just a guess.
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    If you read the link at the bottom of his post, it looks like it's a frame he built. (?)

    jw

    Edit: Looks like he has a website as well: http://www.44bikes.com/

    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Speed
    Freakin' SEXY!!! What is it?
    Last edited by GrumpyOne; 12-20-2008 at 12:51 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo
    I guess - Kona based on the HT but that's just a guess.
    That's handbuilt goodness right there folks!!!

    Rock on Kris!!!

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    He doesn't seem to want to toot his own horn so I'll toot if for him. http://44bikeco.blogspot.com/

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    Wow impressive...
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    Banzai - which fork is that? Did you use the 110mm Pugsly fork?

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    Another *gasp* for the Snake Driver.

    Looks amazing!

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    That thing deserves it's own genre

    Like Sasquatch Cross or something. Very cool. What fork do you use?


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    This is my cross bike, an '01 Gunnar Crosshairs. Not exactly monster with 30mm rear and 32mm front tires, but I may try something fatter after seeing some of these.

    Right after I bought it:


    More recent photos:




    I think I have some room for larger tires:


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    135 pugsley fork for the win
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee

    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.

    MC
    Amazingly, this is not your nicest bike. I love it, but that honor goes to the Snoots!

    Care to talk about your brake set-up? They don't look like road BB7's?

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    Me doin the Peak Season Cx Race Sunday

    Yet another drop bar KM, enjoy!
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    I'll throw my hat in the ring, nothing too special but I like it.
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    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    Very cool Moto. How are you liking the stainless bottle?

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    i have a black 56cm fantom cross uno. mine is still stock and its my favorite bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by croscoe
    Very cool Moto. How are you liking the stainless bottle?
    Thanks. The bottle is okay, looks cool but I haven't given up plastic yet.

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    Just keeping this thread fresh with an updated pic of my creation after the first snow ride of the season.

    No changes really since the last pic, just new rubber (Captains) and new saddle (Brown Phenom). Just ordered my Pacenti sliding disc tab for the rear, so I will be adding disc brakes soon. Road BB7s so I can go back to the non long pull levers. I will also be installing a Fargo fork once they are available.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WTB-rider
    I'll throw my hat in the ring, nothing too special but I like it.
    love it!!

    what size tires were you able to squeeze in there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire horse
    Yet another drop bar KM, enjoy!
    Nice, looks like you're having fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by axcxnj
    love it!!

    what size tires were you able to squeeze in there?
    Thanks.

    That's a 42 Ritchey ZED in front and a 35 Speedmax in the rear. I'm pretty sure I can get a 42 back there as well, definately a 38.

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    I've got one that I've just built up thanks to JustinB. It's an old Centurion that he had canti., bottle and rack mounts put on. It 'just' fits 45 meats and it rides quite nicely. I'm planning to take it out for a ride tomorrow and I'll try to get some photos of it.

    Currently, it's got a Titec Ti Hellbent low riser bar on it mated to a Salsa quill stem, my oldest set of bolt-on Surly/WTB fixie wheels and a bit more. Like I said, hopefully some pics tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Speed
    I've got one that I've just built up thanks to JustinB. It's an old Centurion that he had canti., bottle and rack mounts put on. It 'just' fits 45 meats and it rides quite nicely. I'm planning to take it out for a ride tomorrow and I'll try to get some photos of it.

    Currently, it's got a Titec Ti Hellbent low riser bar on it mated to a Salsa quill stem, my oldest set of bolt-on Surly/WTB fixie wheels and a bit more. Like I said, hopefully some pics tomorrow.

    Glad to hear that it's working so well for you. I've missed it at least 4 or 5 times since I put it in the mail.

    Smooth ride, que no?

    Can't wait to see the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Boy
    Just keeping this thread fresh with an updated pic of my creation after the first snow ride of the season.

    No changes really since the last pic, just new rubber (Captains) and new saddle (Brown Phenom). Just ordered my Pacenti sliding disc tab for the rear, so I will be adding disc brakes soon. Road BB7s so I can go back to the non long pull levers. I will also be installing a Fargo fork once they are available.

    This has to be one of the best executed monster-crossers I have seen. I checked back to see that you built this frame yourself....well done- I love it!

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    Recently posted this in the SS forum. Thanks to all for the inspiration. It's my 98 voodoo wazoo. Was able to fit a 2.1 in the front and 1.8 in the back.
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    this space is reserved for my 1 x 9 Cross Check with Kenda Karma 1.9s that I am picking up this afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rontele
    this space is reserved for my 1 x 9 Cross Check with Kenda Karma 1.9s that I am picking up this afternoon.
    Karmas fit a cross check front and rear? Cant wait to see this one and try it out!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crassh
    Recently posted this in the SS forum. Thanks to all for the inspiration. It's my 98 voodoo wazoo. Was able to fit a 2.1 in the front and 1.8 in the back.
    That Voodoo is wicked cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    That Voodoo is wicked cool!

    I concur. I was able to fit an Ignitor in the front and a Mutanoraptor in the back of my 2005 Wazoo, but the toe overlap was just ridiculous. Are you experiencing anything similar, crassh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dankilling
    Karmas fit a cross check front and rear? Cant wait to see this one and try it out!
    The rear required some slight modifications...

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    so did pris hilton's... doesn't mean you couldn't ride it, just remember it may not be as structurally sound as it should be....



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    Quote Originally Posted by justinb
    I concur. I was able to fit an Ignitor in the front and a Mutanoraptor in the back of my 2005 Wazoo, but the toe overlap was just ridiculous. Are you experiencing anything similar, crassh?
    I've got very little toe overlap with the 2.2 nanoraptor with my size 10 feet and current cleat setup. I've actually never experienced overlap during riding - even on tight and twisty NC singletrack.

    That being said, several friends who have ridden the bike have commented on experiencing the toe overlap.

    It funny how EVERYONE wants to try out this bike. If anyone out there is thinking of going monstercross, do it! I'm becoming a big fan of drop bar off road riding with the more aggressive geometry of the cross bike compared to my moutain bike. I'm also now a firm believer in the 29er wheel offroad. I'm in the process of 69ing my singlespeed mtb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crassh
    I've got very little toe overlap with the 2.2 nanoraptor with my size 10 feet and current cleat setup. I've actually never experienced overlap during riding - even on tight and twisty NC singletrack.

    That being said, several friends who have ridden the bike have commented on experiencing the toe overlap.

    It funny how EVERYONE wants to try out this bike. If anyone out there is thinking of going monstercross, do it! I'm becoming a big fan of drop bar off road riding with the more aggressive geometry of the cross bike compared to my moutain bike. I'm also now a firm believer in the 29er wheel offroad. I'm in the process of 69ing my singlespeed mtb.

    Good to hear.

    I fixed my problem by going with the Mutano in the front and a 42mm Mythos CX in the back. I've thought about going with some shorter cranks as well.

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    Good job! MonsterCrossCheck








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    what size tyres are those? very nice btw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashedupderby
    what size tyres are those? very nice btw.
    Kenda Karma 1.9s. They rear outside knobs had to be a bit modified to make it fit.

    Thanks to Marshal and Jeff at Green Mtn. Sports in Lakewood.

    Those two know more about bikes and frankenbiking than anyone on the front range. Plus, they are good guys, taboot. Give them a shout if you want to build up a Monstercross!!

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    HOTROD!!!

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    we need our own

    got my steamroller on another thread but figured I would go ahead and put her in the MX thread...anyone think we should petition for our own board? A monstercross board all to our selves??? anyone? bueler?
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    My 2008 Conquest Pro after repaint running Bontrager XR 1.8s
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    Quote Originally Posted by b_rogowski
    My 2008 Conquest Pro after repaint running Bontrager XR 1.8s
    where did you get that invisible chain? I bet it is really light!!! I gotsta have me one!

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    Quote Originally Posted by b_rogowski
    My 2008 Conquest Pro after repaint running Bontrager XR 1.8s
    Wow, that repaint is gorgeous. Very tasteful.

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    Handlebar?

    Quote Originally Posted by b_rogowski
    My 2008 Conquest Pro after repaint running Bontrager XR 1.8s
    What bar are you using? I have a Conquest as well but mine, with original blue paint, pales in comparison to yours. David K

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    Quote Originally Posted by David K in Indy
    What bar are you using? I have a Conquest as well but mine, with original blue paint, pales in comparison to yours. David K
    The bike is basically stock, except for the paint and the Thomson cockpit. The bar is an FSA Omega 44cm that came stock as well. Turns out I really like the shallow drop though

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    New Vulture

    Just got my new Vulture the other day. Built by the man that coined the term. Ordered to be my winter SS and my summer geared touring/adventure rig. Easily handles up to 29x2.1's. Drop bar specific w/ LD-style stem.

    Build:
    Prestige main triangle.
    Paragon dropouts w/ chainstay mounted disc, allows for racks/fenders. These are sweet!
    Custom non-suspension corrected rigid fork, extra braze-ons for racks/fenders/cages.
    73mm Eccentric BB for singlespeeding.
    Angles: 72 degrees parallel

    Bars: WTB Dirt Drops
    Shifters: Shimano 105's 9-speed
    Brakes: Avid Road BB-7's
    Wheels: XTR hubs laced to WTB SpeedDiscs w/ XTR centerlock rotors
    Tires: Front Kenda SB6 2.1 Rear WTB Mutano 44's
    Gearing: 34 x 16
    Crank: RF Next LP (ISIS)
    Seatpost: Thudbuster

    Two rides so far, yesterday dirt roads and today winter desert singletrack. The bike just rips! Its stable, comfortable and efficient. Perfect for its future adventures.

    Tweakin': Need to trim a bit of the bottom of the stem to lower the bars and need to dial in the positioning of the brake/shifter levers on the Dirt Drops. This is my first experience with drop bars, which is obvious if you look at my bar wrapping job.

    Checkout what else the Vulture is up to: http://vulturecycles.blogspot.com/
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    That's a nice Vulture!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeenYour Crash
    Just got my new Vulture the other day. Built by the man that coined the term. Ordered to be my winter SS and my summer geared touring/adventure rig. Easily handles up to 29x2.1's. Drop bar specific w/ LD-style stem.

    Build:
    Prestige main triangle.
    Paragon dropouts w/ chainstay mounted disc, allows for racks/fenders. These are sweet!
    Custom non-suspension corrected rigid fork, extra braze-ons for racks/fenders/cages.
    73mm Eccentric BB for singlespeeding.
    Angles: 72 degrees parallel

    Bars: WTB Dirt Drops
    Shifters: Shimano 105's 9-speed
    Brakes: Avid Road BB-7's
    Wheels: XTR hubs laced to WTB SpeedDiscs w/ XTR centerlock rotors
    Tires: Front Kenda SB6 2.1 Rear WTB Mutano 44's
    Gearing: 34 x 16
    Crank: RF Next LP (ISIS)
    Seatpost: Thudbuster

    Two rides so far, yesterday dirt roads and today winter desert singletrack. The bike just rips! Its stable, comfortable and efficient. Perfect for its future adventures.

    Tweakin': Need to trim a bit of the bottom of the stem to lower the bars and need to dial in the positioning of the brake/shifter levers on the Dirt Drops. This is my first experience with drop bars, which is obvious if you look at my bar wrapping job.

    Checkout what else the Vulture is up to: http://vulturecycles.blogspot.com/
    I would definitely not trim the stem until you ride a bit more. You're bars already look low if anything for the typical position of flared drops for offroading. Remember: you should theoretically be riding down in the drops 90%+ of the time. I guess if you trim it you could always add spacers later, but it would be a pity to needlessly cut that beautiful stem.

    Gorgeous bike. Nicely done. I thought Vulture was no longer building, so it's nice to see them still around.

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    So Vulture is back in business? Cool, but bizarre! I thought that he'd quickly tired of the whole bike business and permanently closed up shop. Guess I was wrong. Nice ride, the seat stay's look a bit strange and uneven in the close-up photo, but I love the limp d*ck stem that he built for you. I'd ride the bike some more before cutting down the stem. It's like salt, once you cut it, you can never go back.

    Also cool that you've got rack mounts in case you ever want to go that route or want to add fenders for wet weather. Nice job.

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    Full Suspended Monstercross

    My bro is a Monstercross pioneer. He has been building his own monstercross for years. This is his latest.

    Lurkers... share the wealth...

    (Me too I am thinking about my own full suspended geared Monstercross)










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    That's awesome!

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    [QUOTE=gganio]My bro is a Monstercross pioneer. He has been building his own monstercross for years. This is his latest.

    That thing looks great.

    Whoa...whoa!! I just noticed the brakes. Whoa...

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    AnthonyS posted this up on the Yeti forum

    No moss...

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    Haven't settled on a lever location yet, once I do I'll be wrapping the bar. Any tips on lever placement?


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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnypecans
    Haven't settled on a lever location yet, once I do I'll be wrapping the bar. Any tips on lever placement?

    look here at Guitar Ted's 5 part series.
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    Looking for a fast, tough, high pressure 38mm

    Technically running 32mm Specialized Borough CX here so forgive me if I'm not quite into the monstercross touring category. Couldn't find a good pic running Schwalbe Studed 38mm Snow tires. They're pretty bad *ss on the backroads in the snow.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmeiser2/3269657630/" title="latest touring setup by mmeiser2, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3364/3269657630_b191cdb7de.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="latest touring setup" /></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmeiser2/3268836317/" title="the road behind by mmeiser2, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3517/3268836317_15a6687939.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="the road behind" /></a>

    Am looking for a nice fast tire for a little 340mile ride on the backroads of Iowa in May. Something like the Bourghough CX with it's fast tread, high pressures and tough as nails. However I need more "insurance" since I'll be riding through the night and likely unable to avoid every pothole. Am thinking a 38mm should suffice. Maybe open to as little as a 35 if they're tough or as much as a 40 if they're able to take a relatively high pressure with a fast rolling tread.

    I have some Ritchey Speedmax 35mm and I love them, but they're to soft and slow for my purposes on this trip.

    So far the only thing I've found is the Continental Travel Contact 37mm. It's a great option, but I am looking for other options. I do wish the Conti Twister Pro came in a 700, or better the Schwalbe Furious Fred. That looks like the perfect tread. Dreamy but only 26".

    The Schwalbe CX Comp looks promising, but I'm not sure it's high pressure enough or tough enough yet.

    I've been looking through pics on this group and I see a lot of 38-42mm, but it's hard to tell from the pics what people are running. If anyone has any recommendations please do tell.

    I can't imagine that treads aren't heavily debated here, so perhaps I have overlooked a monstercross or cyclocross tread discusion group?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmeiser01
    Am looking for a nice fast tire for a little 340mile ride on the backroads of Iowa in May. Something like the Bourghough CX with it's fast tread, high pressures and tough as nails. However I need more "insurance" since I'll be riding through the night and likely unable to avoid every pothole. Am thinking a 38mm should suffice. Maybe open to as little as a 35 if they're tough or as much as a 40 if they're able to take a relatively high pressure with a fast rolling tread.


    I've been looking through pics on this group and I see a lot of 38-42mm, but it's hard to tell from the pics what people are running. If anyone has any recommendations please do tell.

    I can't imagine that treads aren't heavily debated here, so perhaps I have overlooked a monstercross or cyclocross tread discusion group?
    WTB All-terainasaurus 700x38. Sounds like the right tyre for you.
    Ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmeiser01
    I can't imagine that treads aren't heavily debated here, so perhaps I have overlooked a monstercross or cyclocross tread discusion group?
    Here's a great tire thread.

    All Monster Cross sized tires the market?

    While I'm here, I'll recommend the WTB Interwolf 38c. It's pretty fast and has good shoulder tread. It's great for hard packed dirt roads and even a bit of slick mud. I'm a heavy dude and like to run them around 55PSI without any flats so far. My only complaint is that they trimmed the side knobs a bit on newer tires (presumably to save weight) and so it's more of an all-rounder than knobby MX tire. Still, a great tire for what you describe.

    Nice setup you have there. Good luck.

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    A little flat bar CX love.

    A true Crosser gone MTB.
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    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    That Redline repaint is great with beautiful nod to the late 70's logos.
    The Yeti really fits 45's wow that thing is awesome.
    And the Bonty right here is cool as hec too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeff
    A true Crosser gone MTB.
    I came *this* close to buying one of those recently. Exact same paint job. Nice.

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    My new LaCruz. It only has 35mm tires on it now so not technically Monstercross.
    I will correct that soon.

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-VtDI9LJNRlpqDgAepjJ3w?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="http://lh4.ggpht.com/_exYKWiGi4ds/SbMqXFIIlDI/AAAAAAAAAZs/YM2f3xRpRW0/s800/cruz16.JPG" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="http://picasaweb.google.com/BrianRFW/LaCruz?feat=embedwebsite">La Cruz</a></td></tr></table>

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    Would love to see more pics of this bike. I looked at your website but didnt see this frame are you thinking to build any?


    Quote Originally Posted by khenry44
    Just finished this up recently..


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    not drop bar but

    dont tempt me
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    Quote Originally Posted by unotache
    Sorry for the crummy garage pic's. Mine fits 700x44 Mutano's...
    Maybe a little late to the party but what kind of crank is that? Having just discovered the whole monster cross thing, I've got a bike in the garage that is beggin for the treatment.

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    Whoo-hoo! Travelers Check goodness.


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    Quote Originally Posted by unsub1
    Whoo-hoo! Travelers Check goodness.

    Nice setup. Rival gruppo, awesome color and transportable. Send my way
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    Hi everyone. I am looking to join this group with the Cross Check I just picked up Saturday. I was wondering what the rim of choice for monstercross bikes is. The bike came with Alex DC19 rims which will eventually become my road/trainer wheelset and I was wondering if in the interim they would work. I am looking to mount a pair of 44s on the bike eventually.

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    My favorite rim is the Salsa Delgado X. It is inexpensive, builds up easily, looks good, durable, wide and reasonably light. I have 3 sets, and have built at least a dozen.

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    I actually built up my wheels for my Travelers Check to also be back-up wheels for my 29ers. I went ahead and got disc-compatible XT hubs for if I ever want to swap them over. I also like Salsa rims but steered clear of them for this project as they are not recommended for Stans tubeless and I'd just like to keep that option open, especially with some of the cool tubeless tire choices popping up. I went with DT TK7.1 rims but wish there were a somewhat wide rim-brake-compatible TLR rim, like a Mustang or something.

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