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    I Beg You, More MONSTERCROSS

    I have dug through all the old monstercross threads and am lusting for more info. I want anything you've got monstercross (less than 2.0 tires and drop bars) related.

    Favorite monstercross gear would be great. Photos and ride reports would be even better. Show me your rigs, tell me your tales, give me something to read while I should be working.

    I'll seriously take whatever you've got on the subject, and if you own one of these beasts and live near Nashville, I'd love to hit you up for a test ride.
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    It'll never be enough monstercross. I'll post some photos from my collection when I'm feeling less lazy. I have an embarrassingly large number of saved photos of drop barred 29er/cross bikes.

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    Did you run across my old pics? Here are some in case you didn't:
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    Nat, you are my HERO!!!!!!

    Is that at dt swiss 240 single speed hub with some gears on it. I posted about a week ago about wanting to run that on a Surly Cross Check. You have just about the exact bike I want.

    Let's see, I want the same:
    Frame
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    But I do want some bonty 1.8s for some more cush (coming from front suspension). And about that rear hub, I wanted to run a disc brake version so I could affix a fixie cog for a rear wheel that could serve fixie, single speed, and geared versions. What do you think, as I see you've done at least two of the three combos.

    Oh, and do you live close enough for me to test ride that rig? Wishful thinking I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeveless
    Nat, you are my HERO!!!!!!

    Is that at dt swiss 240 single speed hub with some gears on it. I posted about a week ago about wanting to run that on a Surly Cross Check. You have just about the exact bike I want.

    Let's see, I want the same:
    Frame
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    But I do want some bonty 1.8s for some more cush (coming from front suspension). And about that rear hub, I wanted to run a disc brake version so I could affix a fixie cog for a rear wheel that could serve fixie, single speed, and geared versions. What do you think, as I see you've done at least two of the three combos.

    Oh, and do you live close enough for me to test ride that rig? Wishful thinking I guess.
    Rock out with your c0ck out! I heart this bike. That is a DT ss hub with a 5 cog cluster. I ran it SS a bit this summer but eventually switched it back to the 10 speed setup. Mostly I like using the old school down tube shifters on friction mode. It's geared 32-36 up front and 12-14-16-18-20 in the back.

    I also have a set of fatter tires (Mythos CX I think) that were nice but the problem there was the front cantis couldn't open wide enough to remove the front wheel. I had to deflate/inflate the tire every time I wanted to take the wheel off, and that got to be too much of a nuisance.

    I don't ride fixed , so I can't comment on that configuration.

    We live a long way from one another but if you were here I'd let you ride it. I bet you won't be disappointed when you build yours up similarly.

    Edit: The Mythos CX tires are what's shown in the above pics. Note the front tire width and how the cantis won't open widely enough. I now have skinnier-yet-cushioney WTB All Terrainosaurus tires on it. 700c x 35 maybe?

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    Is 5 cogs the limit you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeveless
    Is 5 cogs the limit you think?
    If I remember right, 5 cogs took up the entire freehub width. I combined a triplet of cogs from a 9-speed cassette and a doublet from an 8-speed cassette (or was it vice-versa?).

    Sorry my answers are so vague. I built this bike up last winter and I've forgotten the details since I don't really dwell on equipment once I get a bike set up. I can go look at any specific detail you'd like but not now...it's night time...and the garage is dark and cold...and I'm getting sleepy.

    I had a mountain rack with pannier for a bit. I forgot why I took the rack off, but it was pretty great.

    I know I really like riding it. My wife also likes riding it too. She probably uses it more than I do in commuting to her work.

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    number one: your description above the avatar seems to be a little misleading considering this past post

    number two: thanks for the quick answers so far and i look forward to talking to you more about it. i have some questions about sizing and the fact that you aren't running a "super riser" stem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeveless
    number one: your description above the avatar seems to be a little misleading considering this past post

    number two: thanks for the quick answers so far and i look forward to talking to you more about it. i have some questions about sizing and the fact that you aren't running a "super riser" stem.
    What, "29 and single?" I just use that because every once in awhile I catch someone who actually thinks I'm 29 years old and am looking for a date. I ride other bikes including 26ers, road bikes, and gearies (oh the horror!). I know. I know.

    Right now I can't even recall which size frame it is. I found that stem at JensonUSA (or was it Cambriabike?). Could I be more useless? Jeez!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeveless
    Is 5 cogs the limit you think?
    I recently asked the helpful guys at Speedgoat this question. This was the response:

    The hub has a 15mm wide freehub body on it. DT Swiss said that dependent upon
    what cogs and spacers are used you can fit between 4 and 5 cogs.

    Thanks!
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    Nat, that's a really cool bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Go Kart Motzart
    Nat, that's a really cool bike.
    Hey thanks. Did you guys note the tennis racquet grip?
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    Nat - what size is that? Lots of headset spacers, but perhaps that is a fact of life with the Surly Crosscheck sizing options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Hey thanks. Did you guys note the tennis racquet grip?
    I did ! I was just getting ready to ask. Do you have to buy 2 grips worth? Any harder to wrap or finish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeveless
    I ...... am lusting for more info. I want anything you've got monstercross (less than 2.0 tires and drop bars) related.

    I'll seriously take whatever you've got on the subject,
    Well, this is 2.0 size tire, not <2.0, but it's as good an opportunity as any to fly Old Glory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    Nat - what size is that? Lots of headset spacers, but perhaps that is a fact of life with the Surly Crosscheck sizing options.
    I can't recall. I'll try to look it up later today. I seem to like my bars higher than most so I needed more spacers. The final version has a higher rise stem and fewer spacers than what you see in these pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swami Scott
    I did ! I was just getting ready to ask. Do you have to buy 2 grips worth? Any harder to wrap or finish?
    Two grips worth just barely fits if I stretch it. I ended up using four grips worth and transitioned beneath the hoods.

    I found it about the same as bike tape to put on.

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    Check out the Lalonde brother's blogs...they both just got their custom monstercross bikes from Bob Brown Bicycles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Hey thanks. Did you guys note the tennis racquet grip?
    Seriously? I like that.

    That is a nice looking CC Nat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamjam
    Seriously? I like that.

    That is a nice looking CC Nat.
    Thanks. Tennis grip feels way better than bike tape, and it's designed for people with sweaty hands. Mine aren't so sweaty but the tape gets tackier when damp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Thanks. Tennis grip feels way better than bike tape, and it's designed for people with sweaty hands. Mine aren't so sweaty but the tape gets tackier when damp.
    Not to dwell too long on the subject of your grips, but what brand is that? I am looking for similar in red for my commuter build.

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    So has there ever been a monster cross built without a 45 degree stem and 40mm of spacers? Meaning...who's built a custom monstercross eliminating the need for the spacer/stem to gain all the reach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    So has there ever been a monster cross built without a 45 degree stem and 40mm of spacers? Meaning...who's built a custom monstercross eliminating the need for the spacer/stem to gain all the reach?
    See the links that I posted above...you have to scroll down through the blog postings, but there are pictures of the bikes. The Lalondes are fairly normal height though so they don't need the bars very high (compared to you at least Padre).

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    Here's my Monster-X coming from the other direction. It's a stock Trek 520 touring bike with the fattest tires I could stuff into the fork.







    I've posted the images before, so I'll take a moment to review the tires. These are Ritchey SpeedMax (iirc) 700x40c tires on the fat touring rims the bike came with.

    They are incredibly quiet and smooth on pavement. I notice the extra weight a bit vs. road tires, and the top speed is somewhat slower. The edge knobs don't inspire the same confidence in turns that my road tires do, so I tend to turn more deliberately when leaning the bike.

    These have been very tough on the trails so far. The first time out I tried airing them down too much and, after snakebiting a couple tubes, road 3 miles back w/o any air in the rear. The tire didn't look worn at all and has held up since. I've had them on some quite rocky and occasionally sharp trails, and they don't show any significant wear yet.

    Some rocks (but smooth ones here):


    There are limits to the dirt traction, but they are surprisingly high, even with 65lbs of pressure. I've only been in hardpack, some loose over hardpack, gravel and some rocky bits; I can't comment on the wet/mud aspects of the tire, though.

    All in all, I've been surprised with their capability on both trail and road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeveless
    I want anything you've got monstercross (less than 2.0 tires and drop bars) related.
    Sorry for the crummy garage pic's. Mine fits 700x44 Mutano's...
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    Go here:
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    Scroll down a bit to "Sparkly and Shiny". More updates comin' soon.

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    My Retrotec, built for Nanos. Maybe I'll try a narrower tire with more aggressive tread in the winter.
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    Yet another CX bike with as big a tire as I can cram in there experiment. Clearly, the fork has more than enough clearance for a Conti Vapor 1.9. The rear will barely, and I mean barely, fit a Ritchey Zed 42c. Still rolls though. A 40c Speedmax would fit for sure. I'll have to get one of them for the rear. Admitedly, the bike rarely sees this set up though. I've got a route planned where bigger tires like this would certainly help. Something Guitar Ted would be interested in(you listening??) participating in. I think Donkey has or had a Kelly set up exactly like this too, but his was that cooool Toothpaste color.
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    So we've got this Trek 700 Multitrack in the garage hooked up to a trainer right now. It is my girlfriend's bike. It features 700c wheels and a entry level SRAM Drivetrain, one of those adjustable stems and some "cruiser" like bars. There is plenty o room for wider tires with more aggressive tread. I was thinking of a stem replacement and some Midge or Space Bars or maybe Inverted Mary's to breathe a little life into it. Worth it or not?

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    Good job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Rock out with your c0ck out! I heart this bike. That is a DT ss hub with a 5 cog cluster. I ran it SS a bit this summer but eventually switched it back to the 10 speed setup. Mostly I like using the old school down tube shifters on friction mode. It's geared 32-36 up front and 12-14-16-18-20 in the back.

    I also have a set of fatter tires (Mythos CX I think) that were nice but the problem there was the front cantis couldn't open wide enough to remove the front wheel. I had to deflate/inflate the tire every time I wanted to take the wheel off, and that got to be too much of a nuisance.

    I don't ride fixed , so I can't comment on that configuration.

    We live a long way from one another but if you were here I'd let you ride it. I bet you won't be disappointed when you build yours up similarly.

    Edit: The Mythos CX tires are what's shown in the above pics. Note the front tire width and how the cantis won't open widely enough. I now have skinnier-yet-cushioney WTB All Terrainosaurus tires on it. 700c x 35 maybe?
    Nat:

    That first line has me crack'in up That has to go on a T Shirt somewhere...LOL!

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    here's a few from the archive, these don't belong to me, sorry if posting these here offends the owners.
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    a few more. the gray one is mine.
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    trek 520 offroadies unite!

    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    Here's my Monster-X coming from the other direction. It's a stock Trek 520 touring bike with the fattest tires I could stuff into the fork.

    I've posted the images before, so I'll take a moment to review the tires. These are Ritchey SpeedMax (iirc) 700x40c tires on the fat touring rims the bike came with.

    They are incredibly quiet and smooth on pavement. I notice the extra weight a bit vs. road tires, and the top speed is somewhat slower. The edge knobs don't inspire the same confidence in turns that my road tires do, so I tend to turn more deliberately when leaning the bike.

    These have been very tough on the trails so far. The first time out I tried airing them down too much and, after snakebiting a couple tubes, road 3 miles back w/o any air in the rear. The tire didn't look worn at all and has held up since. I've had them on some quite rocky and occasionally sharp trails, and they don't show any significant wear yet.

    Some rocks (but smooth ones here):


    There are limits to the dirt traction, but they are surprisingly high, even with 65lbs of pressure. I've only been in hardpack, some loose over hardpack, gravel and some rocky bits; I can't comment on the wet/mud aspects of the tire, though.

    All in all, I've been surprised with their capability on both trail and road.
    (fairly new poster)

    Rock on! my current steed (for just about everything) is also a trek 520 (maybe even the same year- 2002?), but I stripped out all the gears and run it fixed/single with an ENO eccentric. Also, midge bars with a crazy riser/stem set up. When i'm feeling offroady i shove 700x40 WTB Allterrainasauraus's in there, but i've also been surprised with the amount of stuff you can do with 700x28 slicks.

    picture one is me trackstanding with the fat tires, from denali np in alaska. I rode the gravel road into our campsite instead of paying the outrageous fare for the bus:

    picture two is with slicks, but it gives you an idea of the setup (also from alaska):

    sometime soon i'll buy a casseroll to take over the fixed/ss duties and return the trek to its geared state. If i stick with midge-type drop bars i'll get a hunter custom stem hold them properly.
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    one last image, Rudi Nadler at one with his bike.
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    Man, you guys are making me wish I had never sold my old Voodoo, which ironically, is the bike that got me into 29ers. I loved the speed with which it allowed me to climb, but it was too harsh when the trail got rough. I stuffed the fattest tire I could in (44c) and still wanted more. Sold it to fund my first 29er frame. Would love to have it back. It would definitely have a steeper stem and Midge bars on it by now.
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    A few

    Three of Ye Olde Willits...

    Gone for a few years and only recently replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtill
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    Rock on! my current steed (for just about everything) is also a trek 520 (maybe even the same year- 2002?), but I stripped out all the gears and run it fixed/single with an ENO eccentric. Also, midge bars with a crazy riser/stem set up. When i'm feeling offroady i shove 700x40 WTB Allterrainasauraus's in there, but i've also been surprised with the amount of stuff you can do with 700x28 slicks.
    --snip--

    If i stick with midge-type drop bars i'll get a hunter custom stem hold them properly.
    Mine is actually a 2000, but it's not like they changed anything in the past couple decades Some year, I might actually take it touring, but up till now it's been a road/dirt/kid-trailer-towing machine. I think it would be great for the Denali road; the fork does a great job handling that kind of surface.

    I'm seriously considering changing out the bars, as it can get rough hanging on with vertical drops. Something like the new WTB dirt drops might give me just enough flare for comfort without killing my road-riding.

    Happy riding in the frozen north!

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    This thread ROCKS!!!!!! Keep 'um comin'...

    Question for you monstercorss folks, how is it trying to bunny hot stuff with drops? I bunny hot stuff all the time on my road bike (because that's how MTBers do it on the road) but always from the hoods. Riding drops with a MTB one rides in the drops and not the hoods.
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    I thought I would join too! Niner MCR w/ midges. Only have about 10 rides on this with minor fit tinkering with stem and stack height every couple of rides. I believe the fit is right on for my intended use and terrain. Very fun to ride!
    After the sb8's wear out I plan on going to a smaller tire. CX or smaller XC with some cornering tread. Something in the 42-48mm range. I will keep lurking on the forums to help choose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hokeypokey3
    I thought I would join too! Niner MCR w/ midges. Only have about 10 rides on this with minor fit tinkering with stem and stack height every couple of rides. I believe the fit is right on for my intended use and terrain. Very fun to ride!
    After the sb8's wear out I plan on going to a smaller tire. CX or smaller XC with some cornering tread. Something in the 42-48mm range. I will keep lurking on the forums to help choose.
    Tim
    Hokeypokey, I am planning on running the Bonty 1.8's (already bought though I don't even have the frame yet) on my Cross Check. They are a sweet tire and apparently the limit of what the CC will take. Right in the middle of your range (45c) so you might want to check them out. I've heard a lot of good things.

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    Here's my old piss off that's no longer with me and a really sweet Hunter that I came across on mtbr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Rock out with your c0ck out! I heart this bike.
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    ohhh, that Hunter IS to die for! I've got a sweet spot in my heart for Hunters. Just love the way Rick puts a bike together. I'll have to get me another one here sometime.
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    my rattlecan sprayed '91 750 multitrack... I need to get pics with the offroad worthy wheelset and mythos cx's still... this pic is her in commuter guise. MMcG, you should be able to fit 45's no problem, I'm not sure if there's more room in the tig'd versions of these, but depending on the size of the meat... Shiggy says 45 firecross's fit in his.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~martini~
    ohhh, that Hunter IS to die for! I've got a sweet spot in my heart for Hunters. Just love the way Rick puts a bike together. I'll have to get me another one here sometime.
    You and me both Marty. I have actually been talking to Rick about a very similar type of bike the past couple weeks. I called it a Monster Cross/Touring/Commuter road bike when I first started the discussion. Compact geometry frame...matching Hunter straight blade unicrown fork & stem...clearance for 44c tires...disc brakes...rack mounts and fender eyelets...132.5mm rear spacing...semi-horizontal Campy drops so it can be SS or geared. Unfortunately I think I need to hold off until the Spring to order, or at least until I find out what the year-end bonus will look like...

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    Cool-blue Rhythm You Piss Off

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    Here's my old piss off that's no longer with me and a really sweet Hunter that I came across on mtbr.
    Can't believe you sold the Piss Off, I was gonna vote for that as the nicest bike in the thread. What's your stable look like now?

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    Even though I love all the bikes, and an in the process of turning my Ti cruiser frame into a M'cross type bike, I have my doubts about 35-44 mm wide tires in real world use.
    A cross tire is not faster on the road than a smooth- high quality 50 mm tire , and off road inferior to the larger tires.
    Kind of no mans land. I haven't found a light, tubular like -high quality tire with a small diameter, anybody did?

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    It now has Bonty 1.8's on it.

    I live in Chattanooga. If you are down this way somtime, I'd be happy to let you ride it. It is a big bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamjam
    Not to dwell too long on the subject of your grips, but what brand is that? I am looking for similar in red for my commuter build.
    It's Gamma tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvi
    Even though I love all the bikes, and an in the process of turning my Ti cruiser frame into a M'cross type bike, I have my doubts about 35-44 mm wide tires in real world use.
    A cross tire is not faster on the road than a smooth- high quality 50 mm tire , and off road inferior to the larger tires.
    Kind of no mans land. I haven't found a light, tubular like -high quality tire with a small diameter, anybody did?
    Where this bike excels is on long, rambling, road and dirt road treks. There are miles of old stagecoach roads and logging roads out in the country here, and you can link them together with paved roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01
    Well, this is 2.0 size tire, not <2.0, but it's as good an opportunity as any to fly Old Glory.

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    OK, I'll play. Here is my Vulture Monster crosser or drop bar 29er depending on how you look at it. Built last year purpsoley for flared drops by the man who coined the "monster cross" phrase. Fixed sometimes but shown is freewheel mode. This is the best handling and most vesitile bike I have owned. If I could only have one bike this would be it. AteMrYeats I like your style. How are the ENO cranks holding up to fixie use? I am looking at getting some soon.IMG_0002.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by ink1373
    a few more. the gray one is mine.
    That Vanilla is too pretty. Too bad I'd have to wait a couple of years to get one even if I could afford it. Apparently leather saddles and singlespeeds are the way to go with Monstercross.

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    OK, so here are a few of mine...

    This is my current regular mtb ride - a prototype Gryphon - this shown with bigger tyres but no-one else seems to be sticking to that stipulation...



    This is a prototype Peregrine, now riding this with Midges and a 1x9 setup - going nicely. This is probably the frame most accurately described 'monster cross' , the Gryphon is really a drop bar MTB...



    This is my original Swift build with drops.

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    And for a few customer pics with crossish builds...

    Frank in the Netherlands



    Eric in France



    Mick in Yorkshire



    Lots of lovely bikes on this thread, will be saving a few pics...

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    This is my mostest funnest bike at the moment. It's nice and dirty right now. Little something I created.







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    Good job! Singular

    Singular, I update my vote for the most beautiful bikes of the thread. The classic panel paint schemes are my favorite. Nice photographer.

    Do you do custom builds, and if so will I be able to afford it with the current exchange rate? I'm thinking about something similar to a Cross Check but with some more clearance, S&S couplers, and paragon dropouts.

    Thanks again for posting.

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    Bump, anyone else got anything?

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    http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...=1QbM27Nm2YubA

    Here's some photos from a two day ride I did this spring on the fixed gear Spot monster crosser. 210 miles in two days, no coasting!
    You COULD do it on a geared bike, but I wouldn't reccomend it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    I also have a set of fatter tires (Mythos CX I think) that were nice but the problem there was the front cantis couldn't open wide enough to remove the front wheel. I had to deflate/inflate the tire every time I wanted to take the wheel off, and that got to be too much of a nuisance.
    Nat, a really simple solution for this problem is to get a cable hanger with a slot in it, or whip out your hacksaw, dremel, whatever floats your boat and cut a slot in your existing one. I'm running bonty XR 1.8s (45c) on a cross check with no problems with this set up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark
    http://share.shutterfly.com/action/w...=1QbM27Nm2YubA

    Here's some photos from a two day ride I did this spring on the fixed gear Spot monster crosser. 210 miles in two days, no coasting!
    Dude you are my hero. That is a rad lightweight touring set up. Were you camping or staying in hotels? I don't see a sleeping pad or poles for a tent. Did you bivy? Who makes that little rack connected to your braze ons?
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    Has anyone tried out Schwalbe Marathon XRs for long, mixed surface rides? It looks like they should handle gravel well, and dirt as long as its dry and hardish.



    700x42 and 29x2.0 shown. Rivendell shows actual widths at 37.6mm and 47.9mm. Not sure what rim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnfiend
    Dude you are my hero. That is a rad lightweight touring set up. Were you camping or staying in hotels? I don't see a sleeping pad or poles for a tent. Did you bivy? Who makes that little rack connected to your braze ons?
    Well, I had a sleeping pad at the start of the ride, but it decided to part ways with me, so I just scraped some leaves together for a makeshift mattress under the bivy sack. No rear rack, just a couple of supports from an old rack meant to keep the missing pad from moving around too much. The rear under seat bag is made by Carousel Designs. Good stuff, used by some of the folks doing the GDR this year.
    You COULD do it on a geared bike, but I wouldn't reccomend it!

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    mini monster

    mostley a commuter but she wears 38s during cyclecross season. using a ENO hub that lets the rear tire fit. New wheel set is still commin. oh and she is fixed ( Boone 18t disc mount cog).

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    Sleeveless, thanks for your kind comments.

    Our frames are production models (the Peregrine, the red one, would be closest to what you are after will be out early in the new year) and as such I can't offer the sort of customisation you are after. Post-fitting S&S couplers is possible from many builders of course, and I could provide decals if that's what you were after. Being able to get you a frame depends on where you are based though, unfortunately at present I can't sell to North America for insurance reasons....

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    Blacksheep Monstercrosser. It's built to fit up to a 29x2.1, but I have yet to ride it with anything bigger than the 700x40s in this pic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by D_Man
    Blacksheep Monstercrosser. It's built to fit up to a 29x2.1, but I have yet to ride it with anything bigger than the 700x40s in this pic.
    Very nice. I've just got hold of a rohloff myself and had resigned myself to using a flat-ish bar with them. How do you find the practicality of shifting from the drops with your setup, and the remaining space on the drops - does it affect hand position?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singular
    Very nice. I've just got hold of a rohloff myself and had resigned myself to using a flat-ish bar with them. How do you find the practicality of shifting from the drops with your setup, and the remaining space on the drops - does it affect hand position?

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    Since that pic was taken, I've turned the shifter around on the Hubub adapter so you could ride with the heel of your hand on the shifter if you wanted and shift that much quicker (if you really wanted to make it easy, you could cut down the bar on one side so that with the hubub adapter inserted it would be no longer than the other side). But overall, I don't find it affects usable hand positions at all. In fact, I'd say it causes less interference than barcons because you don't have a cable running under the bar tape. Now, I can imagine more elegant solutions to shifting a Rohloff with drops (something along these lines, for example), but so far nothing exists on the market. Thorn in the UK also makes a drop bar that splits apart and is sized to allow placement of a twist shifter on the tops, but I've never tried one or seen it in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fiddlr40
    Here's mine, fresh among the fall oaks of Mt. Diablo
    Hmmmm...orange Quickbeam...very nice. Looks much nicer than the green, IMO.

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    thats my hunter up there, here are a few more pictures
    http://flickr.com/photos/obitarbit/s...7602359586604/
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    Quote Originally Posted by D_Man
    Now, I can imagine more elegant solutions to shifting a Rohloff with drops (something along these lines, for example), but so far nothing exists on the market.
    D-man, try this.

    http://www.mittelmeyer.de/html/rennlenker.htm

    Great piece of gear which works well, but not as quick to shift as the setup you've got now as you've got to reach up to use it. Like you, I'm running that reversed Rohloff shifter on a cut-down Midge with a HubBub adapter on my BS fat tire rig, but I like the Mittelmeyer on the monstercross Chester a lot.

    I've since ditched the duct tape and wrapped it with Rivendell-inspired shellacked hemp twine for a better grip.

    BTW, the photo's my entry for the monstercross thread. Also BTW, ink1373, I'm using Schwalbe Marathon Cross, 38mm, they grip pretty well and roll really fast. I used them on Quantico singletrack when I was up there last week and they gripped OK, but wouldn't be my first choice for the woods. Too skinny and too hard, even at 40psi. The Fire Cross 45s are way better. But on the dirt and gravel roads I ride most of the time nere in NC, the Schwalbes are da bomb. Very fast, very tough, very puncture resistant, and very heavy. Like 670g. I don't care about the weight anymore, I just like stuff that lasts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    So has there ever been a monster cross built without a 45 degree stem and 40mm of spacers? Meaning...who's built a custom monstercross eliminating the need for the spacer/stem to gain all the reach?
    Yep
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20428681@N04/1992211996/" title="Slant Six by deppish60, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2012/1992211996_d7873262e9_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Slant Six" /></a>
    No spacers needed
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20428681@N04/1992203354/" title="Midge by deppish60, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2365/1992203354_d738d29caa_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Midge" /></a>
    Stem is angled at 17°
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    Good job! Hmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by Chequama Mama
    Nat, a really simple solution for this problem is to get a cable hanger with a slot in it, or whip out your hacksaw, dremel, whatever floats your boat and cut a slot in your existing one. I'm running bonty XR 1.8s (45c) on a cross check with no problems with this set up.
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    Could you explain this setup a bit more. Maybe some pics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chequama Mama
    Nat, a really simple solution for this problem is to get a cable hanger with a slot in it, or whip out your hacksaw, dremel, whatever floats your boat and cut a slot in your existing one. I'm running bonty XR 1.8s (45c) on a cross check with no problems with this set up.
    YO MAMA
    Thanks for your suggestion. I can't quite picture what you are describing, but I wouldn't mind seeing it like Sleeveless asked.

    On my bike the issue was that the brake pads ran into the fork legs, and the thickness of the pads prevented the tire from squeezing through. The cable was not involved. I eventually bought narrow pads to give more room, but I also had skinnier tires by then so I don't know if the bigger tires will now squeeze through.

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    I get a lot of customers bike builds emailed to me, but this one is pretty unique. Here is what a Monstercrosser belonging to pro tour rider Dave Zabriskie looks like. Dave is a 2005 TDF yellow jersey wearer and holds the fastest prologue time trial time in the history of Tour de France. It's got a Dura Ace triple crankset and drop bars.
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    How's that for a feather in the cap for Niner? A Yellow jersey wearer riding one of thier rigs. Sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tamjam
    Hmmmm...orange Quickbeam...very nice. Looks much nicer than the green, IMO.
    Punk, who asked ya? I miss my green baby.


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    how precisely did a dura ace crank fit a aluminium frame? nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2melow
    I get a lot of customers bike builds emailed to me, but this one is pretty unique. Here is what a Monstercrosser belonging to pro tour rider Dave Zabriskie looks like. Dave is a 2005 TDF yellow jersey wearer and holds the fastest prologue time trial time in the history of Tour de France. It's got a Dura Ace triple crankset and drop bars.
    Though definitely a unique bike with some sweet components, that's not a monstercrosser in my book. The only thing that fits is the drop bars, and the suspension fork definitely disqualifies it.

    I guess for someone who spends 6 hours a day on drops, they work on what would otherwise be a full fledged mountain bike.

    The DA crankset is definitely interesting, that man's got some legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2melow
    I get a lot of customers bike builds emailed to me, but this one is pretty unique. Here is what a Monstercrosser belonging to pro tour rider Dave Zabriskie looks like. Dave is a 2005 TDF yellow jersey wearer and holds the fastest prologue time trial time in the history of Tour de France. It's got a Dura Ace triple crankset and drop bars.
    meh, they sell those yellow jerseys at the LBS... just kidding!

    i bet he hauls a$$ on that thing. send him a niner rigid fork.
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    Yeah - I like the bigger tires on my personal cross bikes. I'm able to mount fat tires on my BLUE XC6.5 - the frame and fork have tons of tire clearance. I've got 42c tires on it at the moment with room to spare. Here's a link to a pic that's on our site...

    http://www.webcyclery.com/product.ph...6&cat=0&page=1

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    my monster

    I have a multi purpose Monster Monkey Crosser (MPMMC or just MM for short). You can see a picture of it in your imagination. My fav gear is the Midges, a lot of HS spacers, a right STI lever and now a recently added Bonty 1.8. I was quite happy how it went on the rough trails. I think it will be even more at home on less technical trails which are becoming more of the norm around here. Tried some 35-37c cross tires but the ride and handling is just too harsh for me.
    I used to live in Nashville - great town. How's the trail riding down there?

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    I have dug through all the old monstercross threads and am lusting for more info. I want anything you've got monstercross (less than 2.0 tires and drop bars) related.

    Favorite monstercross gear would be great. Photos and ride reports would be even better. Show me your rigs, tell me your tales, give me something to read while I should be working.

    I'll seriously take whatever you've got on the subject, and if you own one of these beasts and live near Nashville, I'd love to hit you up for a test ride.

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    Airborne Carpe Diem Monstercross

    Here is a crappy picture of my Airborne monster crosser from a ride last winter. Very fun bike for exploring trails and dirt roads around Vermont. XR 1.8 in front and a Ritchey ZED 700x42 in the back. I had to do a little 'cold working' to get the rear tire to fit the chainstays, and it still rubs a little, but I reall like the Ritchey tire! Steelman fork in front fits the Bonty no problem.
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    Holy carp. After scanning this thread I'm going to have to go take a cold shower.
    Nobody cares what kind of bike you ride.

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    If Zabriskie would put a thudbustr on that bike it would give the ultimate long ride comfort. That is a Monster bike in my book.
    I bet that is a 26" Fox with a 700 wheel.
    I have seen pro road training bikes with front shocks in Europe for motor pacing on cobbled streets. Cool!

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    Okay, this is not a true Monster, but I ride it like one!

    This is my 1x9 Hampsten SBti, still wearing the summer tires (32mm Paselas). This winter it will get an ENO fixed gear hub in the rear and a Willits WOW fork up front, with disc brake so I can run some bigger CX tires. Now the biggest I can run are the Michelin Jets. I'll post an update after the conversion.

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    interesting bike -
    what RD are you running and what's the largest cog on the cassette? Also, friction shifter? Are you running the shifter cable from the left side of the cockpit and crossing it under the BB shell to the RD? If so, why? If not, how?

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    Peugeot Montercross



    Surly Cross Check


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    Who is riding that Peugeot without brakes? I'm thick in the head but I don't think I'd go off road (or anywhere really) without brakes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by undead
    Who is riding that Peugeot without brakes? I'm thick in the head but I don't think I'd go off road (or anywhere really) without brakes...
    He's got two brakes on it. His left leg and his right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by undead
    interesting bike -
    what RD are you running and what's the largest cog on the cassette? Also, friction shifter? Are you running the shifter cable from the left side of the cockpit and crossing it under the BB shell to the RD? If so, why? If not, how?
    Good eye on that cable routing! Yes, I run a single barcon on the right, crossing over to the left braze on, and then crossing once again under the down tube to the BB shell. I do this because the tension of the cable housing keeps it from rubbing the head tube. Here is another photo. And I am running a Dura Ace rear mech and a 12-27 cassette. I have run as big as 12-32 with this rear derailleur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hjalti
    I like her replacement though.
    That thing is enormous! Any idea when the Riv guys will be making more of them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvi
    If Zabriskie would put a thudbustr on that bike it would give the ultimate long ride comfort. That is a Monster bike in my book.
    I bet that is a 26" Fox with a 700 wheel.
    I have seen pro road training bikes with front shocks in Europe for motor pacing on cobbled streets. Cool!
    Oh, it's definitely a monster, just not a monstercross. I'm curious as to the weight of such a setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    He's got two brakes on it. His left leg and his right.
    Until he throws the chain (speaking from experience)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boe
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    Surly Cross Check


    What size tire are you running on that Cross Check?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShivaSteve
    Until he throws the chain (speaking from experience)
    Then you have to go balls out, or flintstone a brake.

    Im running 44 WTB Mutanos on the monsters.

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    ... and if we just ... Hmmm

    Quote Originally Posted by Boe
    Then you have to go balls out, or flintstone a brake.

    Im running 44 WTB Mutanos on the monsters.
    Brakes or no brakes... I'm curious as to what model of old Puegeot that is. Where I live they're everywhere. I love that bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Speed
    Brakes or no brakes... I'm curious as to what model of old Puegeot that is. Where I live they're everywhere. I love that bike!
    Ditto. Bike looks great and I'd love to build up a beater with that sort of clearance.

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