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    ... and if we just ... Marin Wolf Ridge....29er in disguise!

    So I`m decommisioning my 26ers at the moment.......

    And I looked at my 2002 marin frame and thought.......

    So I tried a 29er wheel in the rear dropouts and there was some room......

    Then I put a tyre in and pumped it up, and there was STILL room.......

    So I let all the air out of the shock and fully compressed the rear suspension........

    AND in the 4" travel mode ther WAS room between the tyre and the seat tube !!!!

    So then I scrabbled around the garage for `bits`.........

    And I found enough to make THIS!
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    Well done sir!

    Did you ride it at all? If so, how did it go? How did it feel? Was the bottom bracket height too high?

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    Thanks !
    I did enjoy the build.
    It rides fine (especially since I put the heavy duty springs in the fork ! )
    Bottom bracket height is 15" unsagged , so not a pedal strike bike.
    It`s currently a 7 speed (shimano STX RC circa 1998) with 9 speed shifters which makes life interesting!
    The brakes are currently the worse thing,hayes with hope rotors (not very well set up).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Feelygood !
    Thanks !
    I did enjoy the build.
    It rides fine (especially since I put the heavy duty springs in the fork ! )
    Bottom bracket height is 15" unsagged , so not a pedal strike bike.
    It`s currently a 7 speed (shimano STX RC circa 1998) with 9 speed shifters which makes life interesting!
    The brakes are currently the worse thing,hayes with hope rotors (not very well set up).
    Are you in the UK?

    I've got some nearly new old stock 7 speed grift shifters that would pair up well with your 7 speed rear end. They came off an old 1995 7 speed Kona Hardtail.

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    Thanks MMcG.
    Yes I`m in the Uk and I do have some 7 speed (STX RC ) shifters that I just havn`t taken off the old bike yet.
    Thanks for the thought
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    Nicely done sir, nicely done!
    Just a regular guy.

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    that's the dog's danglies mate!


    15" bb height though! woo mama!

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    Bravo rush to send Marin an e-mail to urge them about more 29er projects. They want to see the demand- don't let them down

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    holy awesome batman!

    That thing looks sweet!

    cranK on my friend!

    cheers

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    Bravo!

    LOL, half an inch bottom bracket RISE!
    Get some 210mm cranks to somewhat even that out ;-)

    Now that you know what is IS, what to do with it? :-)

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    Yes, that's what I thought too: The bb looks extremely high.

    I wish you to not having too many problems with your Winwood DeeDee-Fork. Mine didn't last very long until it broke. Pics here: -->broken Winwood DeeDee
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    Now that you know what is IS, what to do with it? :-)[/QUOTE]


    Ride it !
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    Keep us updated. What is the thickiest tyre you can stuff there?

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    I think that the current 2.1" tyres (which do measure at 2.1 ) are the max I would want to try due to the front deralliuer and seat tube clearence on full travel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    that's the dog's danglies mate!


    15" bb height though! woo mama!
    Yeah, was wondering about that too, since the Marins had tall BB's to begin with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LionelCSG
    Yes, that's what I thought too: The bb looks extremely high.

    I wish you to not having too many problems with your Winwood DeeDee-Fork. Mine didn't last very long until it broke. Pics here: -->broken Winwood DeeDee
    Good point re-the Winwood......

    I may well retire it to my road bike with 160mm rotors and put a WB BW 1.0 on this.

    Regarding bottom bracket height, it`s never really something thats worried me.
    I like plenty of ground clearence as it compliments my prefered kind of riding.

    Anyway, it`s not 15" for long with 260lbs sat on it !
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    long as you can get onto the bike without a step ladder!

    ultimately as long as the cranks are between the axles in the relation you like them, you'll only feel the higher bb when leaning over (and when NOT clipping your pedals)

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    [QUOTE=byknuts]long as you can get onto the bike without a step ladder!

    No steps needed yet, although i am getting older....

    Standover is fine for me.

    Like a good hotel, this bike still has good Ballroom !
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