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    Here is a quick pic. I need to lower the seat post and put my pedals on tonight:


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    XL I assume, judging by the stem length. Did it come with the Thompson post?

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    The bike is a 19 inch. I bought the Thompson 410 post because I thought I might need more room due to my 36" inseam.

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    mbakes,

    Looks great!

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    Set it up a bit at lunch. The 19" seems to fit but I can't believe how big this bike is with the 29" wheels. It is a pretty strange feeling being on a bike that is so high off the ground and physically large, especially when I am used to riding my road bike. It dwarfed my old hard tail mountain bike. Not sure what I think at this point.

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    Thought you guys might like an advanced preview of the new HobGoblin ad that drops this week in the latest issue of Decline.
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    Good looking ad, good looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbakes View Post
    Set it up a bit at lunch. The 19" seems to fit but I can't believe how big this bike is with the 29" wheels. It is a pretty strange feeling being on a bike that is so high off the ground and physically large, especially when I am used to riding my road bike. It dwarfed my old hard tail mountain bike. Not sure what I think at this point.
    you could start by getting rid of all of your stem spacers and possibly a shorter/drop stem all together .

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    Nice ad. The bike is every bit as good looking in person.

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    you could start by getting rid of all of your stem spacers and possibly a shorter/drop stem all together .
    Thanks. I'm going to work on the fit. My fit issue is that I have long legs and a short torso which is why I have a custom frame on my road bikes. My comment was more that the bike is just physically large with the 29" wheels. I'm guess it's just a matter of riding and getting used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbakes View Post
    Set it up a bit at lunch. The 19" seems to fit but I can't believe how big this bike is with the 29" wheels. It is a pretty strange feeling being on a bike that is so high off the ground and physically large, especially when I am used to riding my road bike. It dwarfed my old hard tail mountain bike. Not sure what I think at this point.
    you could start by getting rid of all of your stem spacers and possibly a shorter/drop stem all together .

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    I experienced the same feeling of riding on a monster truck when I started on my 29er. I imagine it's a little different on a FS. I quickly got used to it though.

    One thing that really helped me was lowering the stem and eventually flipping it upside down.

    By the way, thanks for posting the pic. This is the first pic I know of taken by a customer.
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    Yeah, I got the same thing when I first rode my 29er. Now it feels totally natural and my old 26" bike feels like a toy. You'll get used to it.

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    I think the first thing I do tonight is flip the stem, removing spacers or both (thanks, CYCLEJCE). The more I think about it the more I think being in such an upright position is probably adding to the feeling of the bike being large.

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    The only reason you should feel "ontop" as compared to "in" the bike is if the BB height is drastically different between your old frame and the HG. What you should notice is the handling should feel a bit better because relative to the axles you should be more "in" the bike. i.e. your CG in relation to the axles is lower and hence cornering should be improved. Check the fork and shock pressures, make sure you don't have them jacked up too high for your weight.

    As to fit, I'd have thought that with a long inseam like that and if you say you have short arms you'd be running a shorter stem - that looks like a 120mm to me. How tall are you with that 36" inseam? Is that the stock bar and what width?

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    Thanks. I'm going to work on the fit. My fit issue is that I have long legs and a short torso which is why I have a custom frame on my road bikes. My comment was more that the bike is just physically large with the 29" wheels. I'm guess it's just a matter of riding and getting used to it.
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    The stem came with the bike and have not had a chance to play around with fit beyond some seat post and seat adjustment. I bought the smaller frame to accomodate my shorter torso. I'm 6'2". My road bike has a 54 tt ctc and a 59 ctc st.


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    Lookin' good, mbakes! Can't wait to hear your ride report. Think you'll get out in the morning?

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    My first ride will be Saturday. I flipped the stem and dialed in the fit a bit more by moving the saddle back a bit which has improved comfort.

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    Wow.

    Hobgoblin arrived this evening.

    Wow.

    The frame is off the hook. Beautiful paint, beautiful tubes, and I'm a big fan of the multi-link design. Got it thrown together pretty easy:

    Unpacked/wrapped in about 20 minutes. Threw it in the stand, flipped the stem around, installed the bars, then the front wheel (Kudos for Airborne using the same size allen heads on all the stem hardware). With the exception of pedals, the bike is ready to go in 30 minutes. Only needed two different sized wrenches. (of course, be sure to double-check ALL nuts n bolts before going for a ride!).

    Mine (a 17" inch) is performing well on the bathroom scale test at ~30lbs, stock setup, no pedals. That's pretty darned svelte for such a bike I'd say. Plus, it's a real looker... ;D



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    I'm curious to see a pic of you on the bike, from your description and your bikes it seems your legs are oddly longer proportionately than your arms I'm 6'2.25" and have a 35.25" inseam and arms to match, hence although a lot would say just going by my height I shouldn't ride an XL, when they see me on one of my bikes they quickly reassess their comment. Really interested to read some none vested thoughts on this bike and the suspension.
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    The stem came with the bike and have not had a chance to play around with fit beyond some seat post and seat adjustment. I bought the smaller frame to accomodate my shorter torso. I'm 6'2". My road bike has a 54 tt ctc and a 59 ctc st.
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    A friend of mine saw the pic of my bike and pointed out that I may have received a 120mm stem instead of the 105 that is supposed to come with the 19". I received the info on the way in to the office so I will confirm at lunch today.

    Yes, I have a short torso/arms and long legs. I don't think it will be a problem fitting the HG. It will just take a little tweaking.

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    Took my first ride today. Did about 5 miles on the trails and had a blast. I have not mountain biked in at least ten years and that was on a 26r hard tail. It took a good 10 to 15 minutes to start to get used to the wheel size. These trails have a lot of tight areas so I still need some work on my handling skills. I think I may change out the tires. They did not seem to hold tractions on some areas, which caused my one fall. Overall, my impression was very good. I do not have must to compare to so my opinions won't help anyone much in making a decision. So far no brake squeals. My old bike had XT shifters and I think I prefer them to the SRAM. I felt I had a lot of accidental shifts because my thumb would hit the shifter while riding over bumps. I will give it some time to get used. Looking forward to tomorrow mornings ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbakes View Post
    Took my first ride today. Did about 5 miles on the trails and had a blast. I have not mountain biked in at least ten years and that was on a 26r hard tail. It took a good 10 to 15 minutes to start to get used to the wheel size. These trails have a lot of tight areas so I still need some work on my handling skills. I think I may change out the tires. They did not seem to hold tractions on some areas, which caused my one fall. Overall, my impression was very good. I do not have must to compare to so my opinions won't help anyone much in making a decision. So far no brake squeals. My old bike had XT shifters and I think I prefer them to the SRAM. I felt I had a lot of accidental shifts because my thumb would hit the shifter while riding over bumps. I will give it some time to get used. Looking forward to tomorrow mornings ride.
    Glad you like it... I may pick up a frame after Santa visits next week. When I went to SRAM triggers (always used twisties), I too had the mis-shift issue. With a bit of trial and error I realized that you have to move the units toward the stem more. Doing so puts everything in the right place. Might want to take alook at getting SRAM Matchmakers, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddre View Post
    Glad you like it... I may pick up a frame after Santa visits next week. When I went to SRAM triggers (always used twisties), I too had the mis-shift issue. With a bit of trial and error I realized that you have to move the units toward the stem more. Doing so puts everything in the right place. Might want to take alook at getting SRAM Matchmakers, too.
    Thanks. I realized part through the ride that the shifter were too close to the grips so I stopped and moved them over a bit. I think I am going to push them in a bit further. This did help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbakes View Post
    Thanks. I realized part through the ride that the shifter were too close to the grips so I stopped and moved them over a bit. I think I am going to push them in a bit further. This did help.


    That is the first thing I noticed on my black Goblin, when I first sat on it and familiarized myself with the controls. Moved the shifters and the brakes in. I have to consciously try to shift, there is no way I can do it with out it being intended.

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    On the trail today:


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    Quote Originally Posted by mbakes View Post
    On the trail today:

    Cool, Looks nice, mid 30's here in Delaware, not going to ride for a while. But do have to work on a stubborn VW TDI that doesn't want to start, so I will be "outside"

    Oh and I hate to be that guy.... Reflectors man..

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    I know, I forgot to take the reflector's off this morning. It was a little embarrassing but nobody said anything. Besides my two falls probably much more entertaining.

    Despite the two falls, I am getting used to the bike. The two falls were more results of not knowing trails then anything else. I just hope I can make it through this initial phase of scrapes and bruises.

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    REAlly getting into this bike...

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    No action shots yet. I've been dialing in the ride a bit each time I am out. I dropped the pressure in the tires and tractions has improved:


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    REAlly getting into this bike...

    Gotta dig it!

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    Video up...

    Hobgoblin in New Mexico:

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    Just pulled the trigger on 1 tonight! Looking to get back on the trails after a 15 year hiatus. 2 blown out discs will require some cushioning and I hope this fits the bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwm70 View Post
    Just pulled the trigger on 1 tonight! Looking to get back on the trails after a 15 year hiatus. 2 blown out discs will require some cushioning and I hope this fits the bill.
    I hope you enjoy yours as much as I am enjoying mine. I also came back to mountain biking after 10 to 15 years.

    jhazard, great video!

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    I was actually getting a bit bored with "trail riding" - 29ers got me hooked again, and the Hobgoblin has me stoked! You guys will love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbakes View Post
    No action shots yet. I've been dialing in the ride a bit each time I am out. I dropped the pressure in the tires and tractions has improved:

    Glad you are digging the HG! Mind if we "borrow" that shot for our facebook page sometime? Thanks!
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    Absolutely. I wish I could get some better shots but there is a nice canopy on most of the trails so light is low. I am digging it, not my body. Both me and the bike have taken quite a beating since its arrival.

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    Mbakes:

    Is that a wood trail feature in the background? No wonder you are taking a beating!

    Let's see some action shots!

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    There are a few of those. One is probably 100' long and narrows in the middle. I dropped about 2' off of that one on one ride and took a nice hit. Out of about 40 plus miles of ridding over 6 different days, I've had 3 falls which I felt for a while after. I am pretty sure I bruised some ribs on my first fall which I still feel 2 weeks later. Between not knowing the bike and the trails, I knew there would be some pain involved and at 52 it lasts a bit longer than it did that last time I was out there, years ago.

    Hero 3 is coming soon.

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    [QUOTE=Hero 3 is coming soon.[/QUOTE]

    I got one for Christmas from the wife, I'm sure it will result in some riding beyond my capabilities....

    Nice ride BTW!

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    I hope to have mine within the next month or so. I have a custom Ti road bike frame to pay for first. I forgot that I took a picture of part of the wood bridge:


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    Nice looking bike!! Thinkin about gettin this bike. Though im used to a hard tail! Im coming off of a 2012 big kahuna and im looking for a fs 29er. How is the pedaling on this bike? Anybody have any pics of what a small frame looks like?

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    OUT FOR DELIVERY!! hopefully will have time to put it together tonight.

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    Congrats! nothing like new bike day, hopefully the trails in your area are rideable today!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CYCLEJCE View Post
    Congrats! nothing like new bike day, hopefully the trails in your area are rideable today!
    Thanks, will be too late tonight but the weekend looks perfect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Hobgoblin in New Mexico:

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    Sweet video Jerry!

    I would be interested to see some reviewers compare this to the Anthem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwm70 View Post
    OUT FOR DELIVERY!! hopefully will have time to put it together tonight.
    Congrats! Let us know what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbakes View Post
    Congrats! Let us know what you think.
    Absolutely. After a 15 year break and coming from a titanium hard tail it will definitely be a change, but I am excited about getting back out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Hobgoblin in New Mexico:

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    Hey Jerry, those of us in the Midwest that still have plenty of snow in the front yard are not amused.

    You can take your fancy-schmancy new FS 29er and your warm/dry climate and....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mwm70 View Post
    Absolutely. After a 15 year break and coming from a titanium hard tail it will definitely be a change, but I am excited about getting back out there.
    Will you be building tonight?

    Send pics!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffharris1us View Post
    Will you be building tonight?

    Send pics!!
    Yes I did. Build went pretty smooth.

    This was my first bike build since 1998 when i left the shop i ran.
    - Overall the bike was well packaged and pretty much in tune.
    - Had no trouble with the front derailluer.
    - Brakes were rubbing but a quick centering solved that.
    - Adjusted the headset and set handlebars.
    - Rear derailuler fought me a little. Could not get it to shift consistently at both ends of the cassette. Low side would shift fine than the high side would miss shift and vice versa. I know in older equipment that was a sign of the derailluer hanger possibly being out of alignment. Dont have an alignent tool so i will keep playing with it and see. Limit screws were too tight as well.

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