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    Crankset too probably...I dunno. Mine is 24lb 7 oz. as a muddy singlespeed with a WB Loop fork (probably 4.3/4) pounds. I guess I don't care, because I'm faster on this bike than I am on any other bike I've ever ridden. Yeeeeeeep!
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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed View Post
    Crankset too probably...I dunno. Mine is 24lb 7 oz. as a muddy singlespeed with a WB Loop fork (probably 4.3/4) pounds. I guess I don't care, because I'm faster on this bike than I am on any other bike I've ever ridden. Yeeeeeeep!
    Totally with you there, I'm lovin' mine

    Just curious, as the fork only weighs in at just over 500grms

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    Quote Originally Posted by bonesetter2004 View Post
    Have to say I was surprised at weigh in.

    Could those Nobby Nic 2.4's be the lard on top?
    Nobby Nic 2.4? Didn't know such a thing exists. I've just done a search at Schwalbe North America, Germany and German online shops. I only find a 2.35 in 29".
    The trouble with having an open mind is that people will insist on trying to put things in it.

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    Ive been too busy ridin mine to upload photos. Built it up with 100mm Xfusion fork, blunt sl rims and slant six tires. Its already been ss and fixed, now i got a few gears on it. Most fun hardtail Ive ever ridden. A little creaky but super cush and nimble

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Nobby Nic 2.4? Didn't know such a thing exists. I've just done a search at Schwalbe North America, Germany and German online shops. I only find a 2.35 in 29".
    well done Ronnie for spotting the deliberate mistake - they're balloon tyres, but not that much

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    Quote Originally Posted by EatMotorOil View Post
    Ive been too busy ridin mine to upload photos. Built it up with 100mm Xfusion fork, blunt sl rims and slant six tires. Its already been ss and fixed, now i got a few gears on it. Most fun hardtail Ive ever ridden. A little creaky but super cush and nimble
    Have to agree - a bike that loves being ragged Reminds me of the Paradox in that respect, but a hell of alot more cush

    Edit: or should that be rag'd? - YKWIM

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    If you caN take the time to post about it, you can post a picture. C'mon bro. I ride the hell out of mine AND take a sh!t ton of pics. You act like the bike is not in your basement or garage while you post that. No excuse (or soup) for you! Lulz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed View Post
    If you caN take the time to post about it, you can post a picture. C'mon bro. I ride the hell out of mine AND take a sh!t ton of pics. You act like the bike is not in your basement or garage while you post that. No excuse (or soup) for you! Lulz.

    How is the xfusion fork?
    Sounds like it spends quite a bit of time in the stand as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EatMotorOil View Post
    Ive been too busy ridin mine to upload photos. Built it up with 100mm Xfusion fork, blunt sl rims and slant six tires. Its already been ss and fixed, now i got a few gears on it. Most fun hardtail Ive ever ridden. A little creaky but super cush and nimble
    Creaky how/where?

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    Been riding my Raijin for a couple of weeks now, a really fun and snappy ride. Like it a lot. As a noob, I still have to post more messages before I can post images...

    Been a interesting journey from a 26 FS to a 29 FS to a an alluminuim Hard Tail to a Steel Hard Tail and finally the Raijin. Set up as 2*10 with a Talas 125 fork.

    Now hardly ride the FS...

    Most of my riding in Vancouver North Shore, Squamish and Pemberton. I really don't feel the need for the FS...

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    ^^i gotta graduate from noob before pics according to this dude? I havent tried yet.

    The fork has impressed me for the price. Not my number one choice if i had unlimited funds, but after this frame i was a little limited. Very smooth through the travel but stiffens up quickly thru it, so it feels more like an 80 than a 100 even with the minimum pressure in it. Cheapest tapered 29r fork available and one of the lightest too. Pretty happy.

    My creaks are mostly head tube/headset. Tried grease and more grease i might ti prep it next. Also running pf30 bb an gettin a little noise from that. Anybody tried
    Green loctite on theirs?

    Ill work on pics soon homies

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    Does it work like this? First incarnation, dingle, stem too long, skinny rims
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    Quote Originally Posted by EatMotorOil View Post
    Does it work like this? First incarnation, dingle, stem too long, skinny rims
    Nope.

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    anyone riding one of these in a 22"? I am looking to pick one up and all my other bikes are 21". I think the 20" will be too small and i fear the 22" will be a little like an ocean cruise liner and not snappy. BTW i am 250 and 6' 3-1/2".

    also, anyone running a XX 156Q crank? need to know if it will have any clearance issues.

    thanks.

    killer pics too!

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    Subscribing to this awesome thread. Thanks meltingfeather.
    Going to pull the trigger on a Ti frame any day now...

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    What a great frame the Raijin is. I've been on mine all winter and it's been perfect

    Will fit a suspension fork soon to try

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    Well Worth The Wait

    Neil at The Path Bike Shop ordered one up for me. Took close to 3 months. It was well worth the wait too. Check it out.

    2013 22" Frame
    Chris King I-7 Headset
    Sid XX Tapered Fork 15mm
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    American Classic All Mountain Wheels
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    Thomson X4 Stem, 90mm
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    Looks good.

    I'm not sure how your bike weighs less than my SS though? Maybe my scale is off.

    Anyway, stay tuned for my Raijin redux, it's currently getting a makeover. I'll post pics later this weekend.
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    Forgive me if I missed it, but could you do a list of components meltingfeather?
    If you've got weights as well that would be a bonus...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigwheelsRbest View Post
    Forgive me if I missed it, but could you do a list of components meltingfeather?
    Raijin 18" frame
    SRAM XO crankset
    33t HBC spiderless ring
    KMC X9SL Chain
    19t Chris King cog
    Hope SS/Trials hubs laced to Nancy Wides with Revos
    Chris King InSet 7
    Niner RDO fork
    Bontrager XXX Lite Stem
    ENVE riser
    Formula R1 brakes
    Oury grips
    ENVE (back when it was EDGE) setback seatpost
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    If you've got weights as well that would be a bonus...?
    Gonna have to go without the bonus. The whole bike weighs from 18.5-19.5 lbs, depending on what shoes she's wearing.
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    ^^^ Thanks mf. So you swapped out the Light-bicycle carbon rims then?

    I'm sittiing here wondering about this frame now - yours is 18" and 4lb 7oz - this is pretty much the identical weight as the medium SIR9 frame, including its EBB. I'm having second thoughts about the so-called "weight advantage" of Ti...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigwheelsRbest View Post
    ^^^ Thanks mf. So you swapped out the Light-bicycle carbon rims then?
    Nancy is the chick that works at light-bicycle. I usually call them Nancy wides.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigwheelsRbest View Post
    I'm sittiing here wondering about this frame now - yours is 18" and 4lb 7oz - this is pretty much the identical weight as the medium SIR9 frame, including its EBB. I'm having second thoughts about the so-called "weight advantage" of Ti...
    Hmmm... Dirt Rag says the medium (16.5" seat tube) SIR 9 is 4 lbs. 13 oz. with the Maxle and seatpost clamp (no mention of EBB).
    If weight is priority, the Raijin is not the lightest Ti frame you can buy. According to Dirt Rag (again), the Lynskey Pro29 can be had at 3 lbs. 12 oz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    Nancy is the chick that works at light-bicycle. I usually call them Nancy wides.


    Hmmm... Dirt Rag says the medium (16.5" seat tube) SIR 9 is 4 lbs. 13 oz. with the Maxle and seatpost clamp (no mention of EBB).
    If weight is priority, the Raijin is not the lightest Ti frame you can buy. According to Dirt Rag (again), the Lynskey Pro29 can be had at 3 lbs. 12 oz.
    Aha - Nancy wides - gotcha

    You're probably right on the weight comparison thing - your 18" is probably more comparable to the Large SIR9. I have a Large and it weighs exactly 5lb 6oz with the EBB (no maxle or seatpost clamp) so that is almost 1 lb more for steel. I guess I was hoping for a little more difference, but can't afford a Pro29 Custom

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigwheelsRbest View Post
    ^^^ Thanks mf. So you swapped out the Light-bicycle carbon rims then?

    I'm sittiing here wondering about this frame now - yours is 18" and 4lb 7oz - this is pretty much the identical weight as the medium SIR9 frame, including its EBB. I'm having second thoughts about the so-called "weight advantage" of Ti...
    I had a large 2013 SIR in my hands and on two different digital scales it weighed 5.3 pounds without the EBB. It was a nice frame but heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed View Post
    Looks good.

    I'm not sure how your bike weighs less than my SS though? Maybe my scale is off.

    Anyway, stay tuned for my Raijin redux, it's currently getting a makeover. I'll post pics later this weekend.
    good morning. thanks for the props. as far as weight, i am not sure of your entire build to compare but my fork is over a pound lighter than yours based on one of your prior posts. hope that helps.

    looking forward to seeing your pics too.

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    Well, this has been my favorite bike of all the bikes I have owned. I love the geometry and it just makes me happy everytime I ride it. I decided to rebuild it this winter since the weather has been so sh!tty and I have my Pugsley to ride in the snow.

    Blurry pic of the Raijin as she has been sitting for a few months now.



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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed View Post
    Well, this has been my favorite bike of all the bikes I have owned. I love the geometry and it just makes me happy everytime I ride it. I decided to rebuild it this winter since the weather has been so sh!tty and I have my Pugsley to ride in the snow.

    Blurry pic of the Raijin as she has been sitting for a few months

    I placed an order with the LBS for the remaining parts, including a box of spokes to lace the wheels. More to come.
    ^^^ Oh no. I can tell this is just going to be the sickest build ever - and is going to make me pull triggers and spend money I shouldn't...

    I'm struggling a bit with sizing: I am 5'11" with a 34" inseam. Would I go for an 18" or 19"' and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigwheelsRbest View Post
    ^^^ Oh no. I can tell this is just going to be the sickest build ever - and is going to make me pull triggers and spend money I shouldn't...

    I'm struggling a bit with sizing: I am 5'11" with a 34" inseam. Would I go for an 18" or 19"' and why?
    My friend is 5'11" and went with a 19 and is happy. He's got a 33ish inseam. See his here Single Speed Pirate: Rain or Shine...
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    5'-11", 34" inseam - I went with the 19" (as appleSSeed mentioned above). When I'm between frame sizes, I always choose the bigger of the two, mostly because I like a longer cockpit w/o requiring a long stem. Thinking I might go to a flat bar because even with zero spacers, I feel a bit upright. Otherwise the fit is spot-on.
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    • Kona Raijin 19" Frame
    • Chris King inset 7 headset
    • Thomson 90x0 stem (no spacers)
    • Reba XX 100mm suspension fork
    • Salsa Skewer
    • Chub SS Hubs laced to Stans Arch Rims w/DT Swiss Comp Spokes
    • White Industries 18t ENO freewheel
    • Maxxis Crossmark 2.0 rubber, set-up tubeless
    • e*thirteen SS cranks & PF30 BB
    • e*thirteen 32t chainring
    • 27.2 x 410 Thomson Elite set-back post
    • Salsa 35.0 clamp
    • Specialized Phenom ti saddle
    • Crank Bros Eggbeater 3's
    • Sram PC980 chain
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    My girl got upgraded to RDO:

    Loving the Ti moondust color match.
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    Could you tell us what it weighs SSPirate?
    Great build BTW

    Quote Originally Posted by SSPirate View Post
    5'-11", 34" inseam - I went with the 19" (as appleSSeed mentioned above). When I'm between frame sizes, I always choose the bigger of the two, mostly because I like a longer cockpit w/o requiring a long stem. Thinking I might go to a flat bar because even with zero spacers, I feel a bit upright. Otherwise the fit is spot-on.
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    • Kona Raijin 19" Frame
    • Chris King inset 7 headset
    • Thomson 90x0 stem (no spacers)
    • Reba XX 100mm suspension fork
    • Salsa Skewer
    • Chub SS Hubs laced to Stans Arch Rims w/DT Swiss Comp Spokes
    • White Industries 18t ENO freewheel
    • Maxxis Crossmark 2.0 rubber, set-up tubeless
    • e*thirteen SS cranks & PF30 BB
    • e*thirteen 32t chainring
    • 27.2 x 410 Thomson Elite set-back post
    • Salsa 35.0 clamp
    • Specialized Phenom ti saddle
    • Crank Bros Eggbeater 3's
    • Sram PC980 chain
    • Avidd XO Hydrolic disc brakes w/carbon levers
    • Ergon GX-1 team grips
    • Blackburn Carbon H20 cages

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    Damn you, appleSSpeed, I is all jelly now.

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    More parts starting to trickle in.

    DT Comps in black
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    35mm Salsa clamp in pewter



    32H Stans Flow EX (traded an MTBR member for these)



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    ^^^ those are wide and tough rims - gonna be running extra wide tyres? Curious as to why you went for the Flows over the Arch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigwheelsRbest View Post
    ^^^ those are wide and tough rims - gonna be running extra wide tyres? Curious as to why you went for the Flows over the Arch?
    I guess for all those reasons you mentioned. I'm no racer really, I like wide rims. I like bombproof/stiff. The price was right. I thought using putting rabbit holes instead.

    I may go carbon down the line as that will be the only upgrade left to make. I just want nancy and company to sort through the minor issues they still have.
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    Wheels are done. Overbuilt? Yes, but they will be fast, stiff, wide and rad.




    As she sits tonight. Waiting on my fork, handlebars, grips and tires... perfect timing though as the trails are still a bit too wet to ride this weekend. Hoping to have everything in and installed by next weekend.

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    Can't wait to see Version 2 of it. Def. my favorite Raijin. Who did the custom badge work?
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    Single speed- specific hub?

    Looking really good. Those wheels will take severe abuse.

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    Wheels are done. Overbuilt? Yes, but they will be fast, stiff, wide and rad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    My girl got upgraded to RDO:

    Loving the Ti moondust color match.
    How are you finding the RDO?

    I have been running mine all winter and find the combo spot-on

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    Ready to lace them up!
    In that last pic your spokes look like Marwis.
    I've been kicking around the idea of upgrading my wheelset to Kings & Ti spokes.
    Killer build, 'Seed
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    How are you finding the RDO?

    I have been running mine all winter and find the combo spot-on
    I feel the same... perfection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by appleSSeed View Post
    Wheels are done. Overbuilt? Yes, but they will be fast, stiff, wide and rad.

    Nice "edit" on the stickers, looks much cleaner

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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    In that last pic your spokes look like Marwis.
    I've been kicking around the idea of upgrading my wheelset to Kings & Ti spokes.
    Killer build, 'Seed
    Looked like Marwis to me as well.
    I always hated building with those...
    Good lookin' build, man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    I feel the same... perfection.
    Is there a discernible difference between the RDO and the regular version of the fork? Those bikes look super nice.

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    Looked like Marwis to me as well.
    I always hated building with those...
    Good lookin' build, man!

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    Why is that? I've only built a couple of sets with them and it's been a while, but I don't remember any trouble.
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    Is there a discernible difference between the RDO and the regular version of the fork? Those bikes look super nice.
    I think there is. I bought my RDO before I sold my regular Niner fork so I could ride them back-to-back. I feel more confident on the RDO... and didn't think that was possible previously. I'm not one to get into talking about flex in different planes and telepathic steering and all that because I think it's subjective and useless when interpreted, but I do like the RDO better than the old fork... could be because I spent >$500 on it and I'm trying to justify that... who knows?
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    Quote Originally Posted by meltingfeather View Post
    Why is that? I've only built a couple of sets with them and it's been a while, but I don't remember any trouble.
    Built tons of wheels with those spokes in the 90s, and they were much more prone to twisting, so they were a lot more time consuming to bring up to tension. There were a few batches that weren't properly rolled, and would break at the threads at the drop of a hat. Way better than Fiber-Flites, though...

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    Purpledy-urple.



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    Tasty! Great call on the purple...I am saving my Purple King stuff for my chrome Nimble 9
    My Raijin is draped in pink lol!
    What is thy bidding, my master.

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    Hey man, as long as you don't put the purple parts on the Raijin, we can still be friends. :-)

    There's only room for one purpledy-urple Raijin in the world today, lol

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    Purpledy-urple.


    Tasty! Great call on the purple...I am saving my Purple King stuff for my chrome Nimble 9
    My Raijin is draped in pink lol![/QUOTE]
    Rudy Projects look ridiculous

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    Meltingfeather - What does the Praxis bottom bracket weigh? Is that the PF30 version?

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