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    Sinister Simon Bar 29

    I finally have a 29er! I love how it rides.

    Specs:
    •Sinister Simon Bar 29 frame by FTW 4.5lbs
    •RockShox Reba 100mm
    •Chris King headset 134g
    •Salsa Pro Moto carbon 11° bars 126g
    •Hope stem 157g
    •ODI Rogue lock-on grips with Straightline End caps
    •Hope Mini brakes w/ power clamps, 165mm rotors, Dangerboy levers & KoolStop pads
    •Race Face Turbine LP isis cranks 175mm
    •Race Face Signiture XS bottom bracket
    •Spot 32t hard ano chainring & alloy chainring bolts
    •Spot bash guard & N-gear jump stop
    •Shimano XT cassette 11-34
    •Shimano XT rear derailleur short cage, alloy lower pulley & bolts
    •Sram PC 89R hollow pin hollow link chain
    •Shimano XT shifter, no indicator, alloy bolt 93g
    •Selle San Marco Era Nitetrain saddle
    •Thomson seatpost w/ Salsa lip lock clamp
    •Nokon full length shift housing
    •Dark Cycles Arachnid pedals 415g
    •WTB Laser Disc 29" 32H rims laced to Hope Pro II hubs with DT Swiss SuperComp spokes and alloy nipples
    •Maxxis Ignitor 2.1 rear & Panaracer Rampage 2.35 front
    •Continental 26 tubes






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    really sweet ride

    i dig that color scheme with the gold and green.
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    Nice! What's it made out of? When can I buy one? Can I have it in single speed? How much?

    Also, how's the tire clearance? The Ignitor looks tight on the left, second from the bottom pic.

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    bmw i think they are made out of metal but i could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmw
    Nice! What's it made out of? When can I buy one? Can I have it in single speed? How much?

    Also, how's the tire clearance? The Ignitor looks tight on the left, second from the bottom pic.
    The welds suggest aluminum.
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    Great looking bike you got, congrats

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    Frank the Welder welded Aluminium right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmw
    Nice! What's it made out of? When can I buy one? Can I have it in single speed? How much?
    Also, how's the tire clearance? The Ignitor looks tight on the left, second from the bottom pic.
    Al 6061.
    A couple months.
    Yes single speed drops are being made.
    Not sure on price yet.
    Tire clearence is good, I know a Rampage 2.35 fits with no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rd3
    Al 6061.
    A couple months. Yup, End of November/early Dec
    Yes single speed drops are being made.
    Not sure on price yet. $850.00 with SS and geared dropouts
    Tire clearence is good, I know a Rampage 2.35 fits with no problem. yup, plenty of room


    Love the powdercoat Rob, looks amazing!
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    I'd like to see the SS dropouts. I take it they are interchangable with the geared? Just change out four bolts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    I'd like to see the SS dropouts. I take it they are interchangable with the geared? Just change out four bolts?
    Since the frame is very new, only six in existence so far, the ss drops don't actually exist as of today. Frank The Welder is planning on making up some sets in the next week or so. I have a frame coming and have expressed my desire to have the ss drops also. Within a week or two I'm sure a picture or two will surface.
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    Beautiful bike.
    Great name.
    Those pedals look like they could do some shin damage.
    Here is another Simon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 67GP
    Beautiful bike.
    Great name.
    Those pedals look like they could do some shin damage.
    Here is another Simon.
    Already snagged and re-sized for my avatar. I was thinking he would make a good head badge/sticker for my frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    I'd like to see the SS dropouts. I take it they are interchangable with the geared? Just change out four bolts?
    The dropouts will be swappable via just 4 bolts. They're chainring bolts actually

    They'll be standard track ends, simple and clean.

    Yeah when we were trying to come up with the names Frank emailed this...and referenced Simon Bar Sinister from Underdog....
    Simon bar
    noun


    1. the status of being born to parents who were not married [syn: bastardy]
    2. a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left


    It seemed rather fitting as the 29er project initially began on the downlow, with no one at Sinister's knowledge aside from FTW.
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    Dark, sinister secrets about an old children's cartoon, awesome!

    You just never know what you'll learn here on the forums.
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    My shins are sliced and bleeding just looking at those pedals!
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    I have a few hundred miles on the FTW Sinister Simon Bar now so I wrote up a small review of how it rides.

    After every ride I've gone on with the Simon Bar covering different terrain and riding spots on the east coast, the bike impresses me more and more.

    At first I wasn't sure if I would like how it was going to ride, being an aluminum hardtail (I like steel or ti for hardtails). But I was pleasantly surprised that the frame does a good job of dampening the ride. Probably due in combination to the design of the seatstays, chainstays and the use of a machined 27.2 seattube that is sleeved down into a larger diameter tube. The frame is good at dampening the ride, but also provides a efficient pedaling platform, flex while standing and pedaling hard never once crossed my mind.

    Another concern was how was the bike going to handle the downhills. Some 29ers that I've rode felt twitchy and unstable when at speed, the Simon Bar will have none of that. I found myself asking for more rocks and logs to fly over on the downhill sections of trail. The angles that the Simon Bar uses make the bike eat up downhills. I was happy to find the bike takes to the air easily, feeling very balanced in flight.

    So is it as good on the climbs? Yes, once you find the right spot to distribute your weight over the bike, climb away. I found myself having an easier time with the climbs, especially rocky ones.

    This may sound strange but the Simon Bar seemed to have better maneuverability than my 26" wheeled bikes on tight turns and technical rocky sections. Perhaps it was just rolling more efficiently over obstacles making it easier through the tight spots, I never had the feeling like these big wheels are getting in the way, like I have on other 29ers.

    I can't really think of anything negative about the frame, maybe a full suspension version would be nice... FTW are you listening

    I am already looking forward to the next ride on the Simon Bar... the east coast woods killin 29" machine that is handmade in a small shop in VT by a guy that might just know a thing or two about welding...











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    Rob, now that you guys have the Fox 29er fork in stock are you thinking of tossing one on?

    Looks SWEET man.
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    Those pedals, those slippery looking rocks and no shin pads....you are a brae man. What shoes do you pair up with those flats?

    Nice looking terrain you've got there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tozovr
    Rob, now that you guys have the Fox 29er fork in stock are you thinking of tossing one on?
    Looks SWEET man.
    I might just have to try one out. Fox did a really nice job with the F29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    Those pedals, those slippery looking rocks and no shin pads....you are a brae man. What shoes do you pair up with those flats?
    Nice looking terrain you've got there!

    The shoes are Shimano SH-MP56L. They grip so well with the pedals I have not slipped a pedal all year when riding xc. They are my favorite shoe for flat pedals.

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    Great review and pics...

    got me excited to ride, and I dont usually care for alu ht's either!. Very nice looking bike, made here on the east coast . There is definately a difference imho, in how one should build a bike for the east coast. tight and twisty, rooty and rocky all day in the east. long wb and/or slow steering is a definate joy killer here. Thats one reason I went with an east coast builder also. Where are those sweet trails your riding?
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    Quote Originally Posted by edouble
    got me excited to ride, and I dont usually care for alu ht's either!. Very nice looking bike, made here on the east coast . There is definately a difference imho, in how one should build a bike for the east coast. tight and twisty, rooty and rocky all day in the east. long wb and/or slow steering is a definate joy killer here. Thats one reason I went with an east coast builder also. Where are those sweet trails your riding?
    Exactly!

    The trails are at Laurel Mountain located in the Laurel Highlands here in PA.

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    Thats one place...

    Quote Originally Posted by rd3
    Exactly!

    The trails are at Laurel Mountain located in the Laurel Highlands here in PA.
    I have to ride in the future!. Your bike looks like its so perfectly proportioned and well thought out. How about some back ground on "Fred the welder" ?
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    Here's an article about FTW and his induction to the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame, Click me!
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