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    Looking great Hud. The matching forks look awesome. I would of not chosen green and orange- a very interesting choice
    Be sure to keep an eye on those King hubs- they need some TLC after all the 'guts' bed in.

    Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    Looking great Hud. The matching forks look awesome. I would of not chosen green and orange- a very interesting choice
    Be sure to keep an eye on those King hubs- they need some TLC after all the 'guts' bed in.

    Looks great!

    Yeah, the hubs will need a tweak after the first ride, then again after a few more rides. Had to do that on the Superlight, but it says in the CK manuel that it will be needed.
    The hubs on the SL have been flawless since and I presume they will be for another 10 years.

    The frame has an EBB and note I've used a standard rear hub, so it can be set up with gears if I choose.

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    Nice. Yeah I've just started on a set of Kings- and a few tweaks required too. Great feeling running them eh? and the "angry bee" gets louder everytime i ride

    If this your first 29er? It will be interesting to see how it rides.

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    Nice one too Hud, good frame and good combo of parts & colors. Can't wait to see the finish product.

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    Well the Cove Handjob arrive today. After waiting WEEKS and getting stung for GST at customs (bast ards!) Here she is.

    WOW- what a great looking frame. The welds are perfect, paint job looks mean as fuk and it is light... for steel. As for running a 130mm fork- a first for me I don't think my romance with steel frames is ever going to end.... great material.

    I'll be building it up over the next week or so. Build kit currently looks like this.

    Frame: Cove Handjob 15.5"
    Headset: King- Silver
    Forks Revelation Silver 100- 130mm U-turn. Air
    Wheels: King ISO- black on 717 Mavic with revolution? spokes.
    Brakes: XT 2008 (correct, i've sold the ultimates and XTR to get me some proper brakes ) (p.s. i did consider a set of Hayes STROKERS- but handjob and strokers? pfffft)
    Seat Post & Stem: Thomson Elite
    Seat: WTB Rocket Ti (I run on all of my bikes- love it!)
    Cranks: XT
    Pedals: Candy something
    Rear Derailer: X9
    Shifters: X9
    Bars: Not sure yet- Bonty risers or I may crumble and get my favorite bars- Ritchey carbons.
    Cables: Continuous Jagwire setup. I love continuous outers... you should try it kids

    You just cannot get away from the feeling that we are going to have a lot of fun together. Am I aroused? You bet





















    I'll be sure to post up the finished build and ride reports ... but I think that the Lynskey may get a well deserved rest...... poor thing.....
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    Nice handjob!

    Thats' a big downtube for steel - I could go for one of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideknob
    Nice handjob!

    Thats' a big downtube for steel - I could go for one of those.
    Yeah it is a big downtube. Looks beefy as. Once i have a ride on it- i'll let you know how it is

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    My ride

    Pics from last week. I have since upgraded the brakes and shifters (both to 08 XT). Seatpost, chain and cassette to go now... Somewhere down the track, wheels too, but I have no idea what to get there. Anyone have any ideas?
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    sorry for the low res... I will try to get some new ones up soon
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    I can't believe in a thread with this title, the maturity has risen above there being any mention of the phrase 'Niki Gudex'.

    Anyhow, if anyone happens to have any snaps of any prototype or early release Crank Brothers Cobalt XC Wheels (or better yet have got their hands on any), there you've got some serious bike porn.

    Anyhow, my latest bling addition is a new SLR:

    Haven't decided which bike it's going on yet - probably the singlespeed, but it doesn't really match the color scheme (gray). Both the XC Race (hardtail) and Duallie are a deep blue, so it doesn't really match either.
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    Someone got their Chainreaction order..

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    Nice frame! Looks like you're going understated in the colour department, probably appropriate for that frame. Did you consider it against a P7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by akashra
    Anyhow, my latest bling addition is a new SLR:
    Looks like your SLR was shipped with a case of the common cold.
    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    The hubs on the SL have been flawless since ...
    ... aside from whurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Looking good though Hud - love the colour. Where will it's maiden voyage take place d'you think? Somewhere not too hilly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Still need pedals and saddle but had to take some pics.
    That bike is hot... geez I don't know if I could stand in it's glory once it has pedals and a saddle.. nice work and I noted the COG bike sticker, nice work x2

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    Looks like your SLR was shipped with a case of the common cold.

    ... aside from whurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Looking good though Hud - love the colour. Where will it's maiden voyage take place d'you think? Somewhere not too hilly?
    I'll do a few local trial runs first.
    The beauty of the EBB is being able to change gear ratios quick n easy. Currently it has a 32x17 which will be Yarra Trails and perhaps Silvan gear. If got an 18t cog on order, there will be a little trial and error to start with, but I intend taking it to ST A etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    Nice frame! Looks like you're going understated in the colour department, probably appropriate for that frame. Did you consider it against a P7?
    I looked at a P7 but it was way to pricey $1200+ and made in China and the welds that i've seen on others are terrible - not that this usually bothers me- but for $1200+ i'd want more than machine welds... hmmmm. I wanted a steel frame with some character to take some long travel goodness (or less if i choose) that was not to "silly" pricey- and this is that frame- hand built in Canada too It can run long or short travel without messing up the angles too- which is a real bonus with the u- turn forks. The top tube length is also spot on for me- 22.5'- nice and short....great for technical stuff. You can not imagine how hard it is to get this TT length these days! Infact one of my reasons for the Lynskey was that they run this TT length too

    I always build a quiet looking bike- never really been into showing it off to much.... i'd rather ride than attract attention eh. The parts i choose generally work when i move them onto other builds too (black or silver). The red king headset I run on the Lynskey was a first and i still feel odd with it on there

    I've just got back from having the headset pressed and the forks cut. All i need now are the XT brakes (in the air as e speak) and some time to get it all together and running smooth. I'll never tire of that "new build excitement"
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    Perhaps more Bling than Porn
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    An update Just loving the travel and angles on this bike... haha

    Just brakes + a tune then i'll be hitting the trails. I've also added a 180mm rotor up front- just to make sure it stops. Most likely next weekend will be it's maiden voyage and I think we are heading to Wharfdale (weather permitting)

    Makes my other XC bikes look like Kinda Surprise toys













    Just want to say THANKS to the guys at Penny Cycles here in Christchurch too. They have helped me out heaps. Cheers!

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    Different bikes and parts...mostly on the GRXO, GR1, I have posted them on this site somewhere here and there but its never enough...











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    Handjobs, 'naked' frames, porn... what's going on here!
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    New Old School- High Volume RockShox Monarch 4.2
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    It's about as fancy as it gets on my bike, but sick of bottom brackets wearing out all the time I decided it was time to splurge, and with it 50% off from Torpedo 7 I couldn't resist.

    First carbon fiber bit to go on my bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sim2u
    Different bikes and parts...mostly on the GRXO, GR1, I have posted them on this site somewhere here and there but its never enough...
    PICS
    Is it wrong that I'm more impressed by the massive aperture on whatever lens you used to take those photos than the actual components themselves?
    (That is, unless you PP'd them, in which case, well, that's cheating)
    Quote Originally Posted by tom2304
    Yep farkin.net is mostly immature kids asking how to put dual crown forks on hardtails and such.

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    Looks like a stock iPhoto effect to me.
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    God bless the J-Folk and their Keitai's...with more functions than a swiss army knife and as much Mp as a modern camera - without the advanced settings, and a bit of bike grease (bad for the lense, somewhat ok for the lense cap for a short time).

    Those pics have not been treated with PS CS or anything...nothing specialy either. They were done with a Japanese phone camera and some bike grease, ha ha ha. But Thylacine is correct though, the iphoto stock effect took the real harsh noise out of it (not that there is not still some there). So again, nothing special there. Similar to a Gauz/Blur in PS...less, erm sophisticated though. Anyone with a working knowledge of pic treatment could spot it a mile away. No point in PS-ing then, otherwise I'd get right into it and some time later...nah, its not worth the trouble for some simple thread porn.

    Some of the new phones here in J-Land though, make others (besides the IPhone) look like outmoded bricks with about as much functionality as...well, a brick. Some of the people here have a dire need to upgrade everything to the newest cute cool thing. The Marketing behind it is fascinating indeed, but no less rediculous.

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    What a mad thread!

    Here's some luke warm pron of mine:


    Pace goodness.


    CK Cogs steel on left, alu on right.


    Still the lightest for the money?

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    Come on Justin- I know you can do better than that

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    lol I'm trying to I'm trying to!

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    What i meant was- your Ti project etc..... stop teasing us!

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    This one is for HUD - in silver









    Everything is metal. Gorgeous too! I'll throw it into the Cove in the next few weeks.... and give a ride report.

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    nice, that cove is going to rock.

    i love Hope gear, so well made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitto
    nice, that cove is going to rock.

    i love Hope gear, so well made.
    It does- hopefully the Hope BB will last a bit longer than Shimanos rubbish,,,,,

    Here she is all dirty






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    Thank you sir!
    Goes nicely with th CK headset I see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    This one is for HUD - in silver





    Everything is metal. Gorgeous too! I'll throw it into the Cove in the next few weeks.... and give a ride report.
    One of the few collectors items that is worth more out of its packaging!

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    Well this arrived a week or two ago:

    In the process of building it up, have had a few rides to test the set up, very different from my previous 29ers.

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    My gosh...what is that beast? J/K

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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyandrob
    In the process of building it up, have had a few rides to test the set up, very different from my previous 29ers.

    Rob

    You've come a long, long way since the Waltworks! How did you manage to get hold of a Jones? From what I've heard, the waiting time for a new Jones runs into years.

    Rohan

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    Hi Rohan,

    I still have the Waltworks, still a great bike to ride, and I probably should sell it but I like it.
    Although I haven't ridden it for a while I now have got an eccentric rear hub so I can build a SS rear wheel.

    As for getting the Jones, I was off MTBR for a while and I was lurking one day and saw that he was selling the Jones/Merlin frames and I rang just as he was getting an order and he had one in my size and there you go. Anout 3 weeks later it was in my lounge room. Just lucky.

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    It is finished...

    I've ridden it and it is great.
    Finally got a saddle, (ILMP note we have the same taste in one thing at least) pinched some pedals off the salsa.
    Re. the 'long story' the bike got knocked over in the shop and had to get some repairs *sniff* but time heals and I'll crash it one day.
    Only done a km on it so far. 1st thought was that these hubs are quieter than the SLs
    But that is to be expected as they are new. They are developing play already, so there will be a few short bedding in rides and adjustment.
    It accelarates very positively, but a little slower than the Ala Carte. I've a feeling it will have bags of climbing traction.
    On the loop I did I didn't notice I didn't have front suspension until I crashed into a 2inch root, but even that wasn't bad with a low pressure 2.4 tyre up front.
    I realise I'll have to develop a whole new riding style rding rigid, looking forward to it
    Ozriders foam grips are great, the diameter and hex shape suits my hand very well, I've ordered some for the Salsa.
    (Aussierider do you have anything to do with brand?I noticed you had a chainstay protector of the same brand on your GT + your username??)
    Will be fiddling with tyre pressures and the brakes are bedding in.
    I lined up the Salsa for some contrast shots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyandrob
    In the process of building it up, have had a few rides to test the set up, very different from my previous 29ers.

    Rob
    Very sweet indeed Rob.... Enjoy that baby. Mine gets better with each and every ride. Are you going to run it SS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cathyandrob
    Hi Rohan,

    I still have the Waltworks, still a great bike to ride, and I probably should sell it but I like it.
    Although I haven't ridden it for a while I now have got an eccentric rear hub so I can build a SS rear wheel.

    As for getting the Jones, I was off MTBR for a while and I was lurking one day and saw that he was selling the Jones/Merlin frames and I rang just as he was getting an order and he had one in my size and there you go. Anout 3 weeks later it was in my lounge room. Just lucky.

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    That's a fantastic pick up. You've just got yourself the Jenna Jameson of bike porn. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    I've ridden it and it is great.
    Finally got a saddle, (ILMP note we have the same taste in one thing at least) pinched some pedals off the salsa.
    Re. the 'long story' the bike got knocked over in the shop and had to get some repairs *sniff* but time heals and I'll crash it one day.
    Only done a km on it so far. 1st thought was that these hubs are quieter than the SLs
    But that is to be expected as they are new. They are developing play already, so there will be a few short bedding in rides and adjustment.
    It accelarates very positively, but a little slower than the Ala Carte. I've a feeling it will have bags of climbing traction.
    On the loop I did I didn't notice I didn't have front suspension until I crashed into a 2inch root, but even that wasn't bad with a low pressure 2.4 tyre up front.
    I realise I'll have to develop a whole new riding style rding rigid, looking forward to it
    Ozriders foam grips are great, the diameter and hex shape suits my hand very well, I've ordered some for the Salsa.
    (Aussierider do you have anything to do with brand?I noticed you had a chainstay protector of the same brand on your GT + your username??)
    Will be fiddling with tyre pressures and the brakes are bedding in.
    I lined up the Salsa for some contrast shots.
    Sweet looking ride/s mate. Yes those seats have become "the seat" that i use these days.... for my arse they are a fantastic fit... and so so light to.

    Yeah riding rigid is great for the soul- I absolutely love it.... and it will make you think about everything you do- from line choice to what / where your body is on the bike.

    I think that you will be reaching for the SS rigid more than you think

    Enjoy bro.

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    "Ozriders foam grips are great, the diameter and hex shape suits my hand very well, I've ordered some for the Salsa.
    (Aussierider do you have anything to do with brand?I noticed you had a chainstay protector of the same brand on your GT + your username??)"

    Very observant of you
    Ozriders/Username is pure coincidence and the LBS that built the GT just happened to have the chainstay protector

    Ozriders is a new business started by James Maebus (xc racer) and imports these grips

    Some info here: http://www.ozriders.com.au/

    These grips are also available at my LBS Kaos Custom Bikes in Caulfield Sth (shameless plug

    BTW the Niner looks great, hopefully I may be getting a Salsa El Mariachi 29'er soon
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    Hey Whafe,

    Yes, running SS 32-20, I got a frame with EBB and rear derailleur hanger so I can run gears or SS, but I have been only SS for over 18months now so am in no hurry to go back to gears.

    Main thing about the jones is that my body is way back compared to others, low BB and really compliant rear end.

    Will post some more when I get is fully sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    I've ridden it and it is great.
    Sweet as ride... looks nice as. Glad ya loving rigid... it just completely redefines the way you ride a bike. Let us know how it goes after few kms and some hills. Good job!

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    sick.
    how do you rate the bars?
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    I take it you are refering to me? Havn't ridden enough to make a judgement except for me the width and rise/rake suits me fine. Being Ritcheys top end carbon bar they are very light and strong.

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    Is this the porn thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    I take it you are refering to me? Havn't ridden enough to make a judgement except for me the width and rise/rake suits me fine. Being Ritcheys top end carbon bar they are very light and strong.

    Hey. I've been riding these bars now for about 1.5 yrs on various bikes. They are fantastic bars... and blinking strong too! Infact the only carbon bar i've owned that can take the clamping forces of a 4 bolt thomson stem.

    Highly recommended

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    Lucky you didn't use them beforehand, because they sucked the big one. Bend was all awkward and wrong.

    Hard to beat Ritchey stuff for bang for buck, but the Answer and Easton carbon bars have been produced for much longer and have a much more solid track record than any carbon riser bars out there.
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