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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwibble
    I think it is based on Serpentine font.
    uhmmm
    I don't think so: that's similar,but look at the b in "bikes": completely different.
    Thanks anyway.

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    much maligned, much rebuilt, i think it's an 06 based on the under the toptube cable guides handjob. now serving time as a singlespeed.

    components
    deus xc flatbar
    atlas am stem
    marzocchi fondo fork
    front crosstrail wheel, rear WTB AM wheel
    weirwolf WTB tires
    stylo crank with 33T surly ring
    rear 16T surly BMX cog and spacer kit--the chain is a giant with a KMC half link
    specialized phenom saddle
    easton ea50 seatpost, oldie
    constrictor clamp
    shimano clipless
    BB7 brakes

    not the sexiest component group it's had, but it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eat_dirt
    much maligned, much rebuilt, i think it's an 06 based on the under the toptube cable guides handjob. now serving time as a singlespeed.

    Yeah.. at least its newer than 05.. think 06 and forward got the gusset(?) in front.

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    New question here.

    hi all!

    i need a little help from you handjob owners. i'm just planning to purchase a handjob frame, but i cannot decide between size 17,5" and 19,5".
    i am an xc/trail rider, i like singeltracks and technical stuff but no jumps. i am 182cm (about 6') and now ride a Y2k6 giant trance sized M with a 110mm/0deg. stem with 600mm flat bar. i will use a rs recon 351 u-turn in the hj and planning to use a 640mm riser bar with a 80-90mm stem.

    so i need your advice: 17,5" or 19,5"?

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    It depends on your legs legth.
    I'm 184cm tall, my legs are relatively longer than average. I couldn't use a 17", because there's no seatpost long enough to place my saddle at the right height, so I went with the 19", and a short stem. You should measure from top of the saddle to the center of the bottom bracket, then see if you can reach that length with a 400mm seatpost (remember that you have to leave about 80-90mm inside the frame) on a 17". If you cannot, go with the bigger frame.

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    To be continued...

    I have faced the bottom bracket, brake mounts, headset and applied framesaver so I am ready to go, can't wait!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiodo
    It depends on your legs legth.
    I'm 184cm tall, my legs are relatively longer than average. I couldn't use a 17", because there's no seatpost long enough to place my saddle at the right height, so I went with the 19", and a short stem. You should measure from top of the saddle to the center of the bottom bracket, then see if you can reach that length with a 400mm seatpost (remember that you have to leave about 80-90mm inside the frame) on a 17". If you cannot, go with the bigger frame.
    thanks kiodo, i am awere of these things.

    can you - or anybody - tell me that the seat tube lenght is measured from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube or from the centre of the bb to the centre of the top tube (at the seat tub-top tube junction) on the handjob?

    (there is no cove distribution in our country, so i have to order on-line without the chance to try out/measure the frame in life. that's why i am asking so much. :hope: )

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    I can't understand the difference between your two ways of measuring, sorry.
    Anyway: the frame measure is the distance between the axis (center) of the bb and the top limit of the frame seat tube.

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    (on a 19.5)

    I measured 19.5" from bb centre to top of seat tube
    I measured about 16" from bb centre to tob tube centre; the tob tube centre is roughly 3.5" below the tob of the seat tube. (it's hard to say exactly where the centre is)

    edit: this is on a 2006, which i'm pretty sure is the most recent design of the handjob

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    19,5" actually is your frame size, because it is the measure of the seat tube, center to top

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    The frame dimensions are available here at Silverfish, UK importer:
    http://www.silverfish-uk.com/cms-fil...b14f5917b2.pdf
    http://www.silverfish-uk.com/product...hp?r=3m4d0b2s0

    I have a 2008 19.5" frame, fitted with 100mm forks, 115mm stem pictured. I measured up some key fit sizes which you can compare to your current bike. I'm 6'2" (186cm) so a bit taller, inside leg measures 90cm. I have since switched to a 90mm stem which feels good. If I was forced to swap frames, limited to 17.5" or 21", I would take the 21".

    Also the retail has just gone up £100 to £495, so you might want to hurry and order from ChainReaction etc while the still have prices £395 (and less) still in stock.


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    Specs on PDF
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    thank you for your help!
    i choose 19,5"
    fingers crossed.

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    double post, sorry.

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    Truvativ GXP Bottom Bracket and Cane Creek S8 Headset on. I will start getting the rest of the parts on next week
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    made some changes.

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    mrwibble... any more progress on the build?

    I thought I'd post an updated pic to keep the thread live. I've recently installed a new Hope headset, brand new and won on ebay for £40 (chuffed)... And also fitted a nice Hope seat quick release (I thought the previous one was ugly... what a tart!)

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    I haven't been in the bike shop where I work part-time to build it up. I am still waiting for a couple of bits, tyres and grips

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    We'll look forward to seeing your Cove when your bits come in : )

    I like the look of the frame in white.

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    I am hoping to build the bike on March 8th.

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    after almost 4 weeks of waiting, mine handjob has arrived this afternoon. i will post pics of the frame and later of the built up bike.

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    I would recommend facing because my BB and Headtube were way off.

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    here is mine. the build is in progress.


    click on the image.
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    Looks very good, I would say the 'blue' seat post doesn't go with the black and white colour scheme of the rest of your bike.

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    Kisherceg, looks like a nice build in progress... Will be great to see the finished bike : )
    Mrwibble, here's looking forward to March 8th! I just love building bikes - I can't help myself, but have finally concluded my Cove is finished. Here's a couple of more updated pics...

    New rear Hope Mono Mini (won off ebay, so replaced the tatty older one). Unfortunately, this was a 140mm disc rather than 160, so I had to go with a +20 adaptor. I changed the gold bore caps to black (I never really liked the gold). And have just added new Goodridge red hoses. I was able to transfer my existing Goodridge fittings from the old hoses to the new, so the change cost under £16 for 2m of hose (courtesy of CRC). And lastly, changed the tires over to Nokkian Gazza All Mountain's at 2.3. I'm just going to try tubeless for the first time on my Specialized Enduro - if it's good, then I'll add some Joe's rim strips to the Cove and go tubeless.

    New Hope headset spacers to match the seatpost quick release and Hope Grip Doctors to go over the end of the new Yeti ODI grips (I prefer these to the old Ruffian design).

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    And the mud shot...!
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    do you use any lubrication or any other protection inside the tubes of the frame to protect it from rust or corrosion? i have had alloy frames since 1998 so now i'm affraid of rust.


    mrwibble: i like the use seatpost. it is light, comfortable and yes, blue.



    Quote Originally Posted by markw1970
    Kisherceg, looks like a nice build in progress... Will be great to see the finished bike : )
    thanks! your bike looks good with those modifications.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kisherceg
    do you use any lubrication or any other protection inside the tubes of the frame to protect it from rust or corrosion? i have had alloy frames since 1998 so now i'm affraid of rust.
    Thanks Kisherceg...

    I don't use anything for rust or corrosion. I've had a couple of steel frames in the past and never had any issues to be concerned with. I believe it's essential that wherever you join an aluminum part with the steel frame, you make sure there is plenty of grease - e.g seatpost in frame, bottom bracket cups, bottle cage bolts. If I understand it correctly the aluminum and steel can react with each other and cease into position. Apart from that, just whip your bottom bracket out after the wet season and check that your frame looks ok - you'll probably find it's fine.

    I understand there are frame protection 'sprays', but like I say I've never found the need to use them.

    Good luck with the build : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kisherceg
    i like the use seatpost. it is light, comfortable and yes, blue.
    Hey, it's what ever you like my mate. I am sure there will be stuff on mine that you don't like. Personal preference and all that. Still a cracking looking bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markw1970

    I understand there are frame protection 'sprays', but like I say I've never found the need to use them.

    Good luck with the build : )

    thanks. I am thinking of use nicro ni 135 spray or something like that. my lbs find a little "surface rust" when they installed the bb and the haedset cups. i don't think it is anything serious, but i'll be much more relaxed after spraying that protection thing. ( yes, i am that worrying type )

    do you use specialized dear. hanger protector?

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    J P Weigle Framesaver is what I use, if you live in the UK Bob Jackson Cycles sells it.

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    I'm 6' with 32" crotchal measurements. At this size the Handjob is a good fit if you like to chuck your bike around a lot on the trail.

    '06 Handjob 17.5"
    Tora 318 Air @ 5"
    BBG Bashguard
    Some other bang-for-your-buck components..



    yes, I rode it off the couch...
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    it's ready.







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    ^^ very nice build ^^

    here is mine. bought it off ebay a couple months ago and have put some parts lying around on it. just bought a chromag seatpost off a guy in edmonton; looks and works great. it's mostly a mix of older parts; some newer. goal is for a sturdy bike that i can rip xc and enter the odd race with

    pics from my road ride today (trails still under snow)


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kisherceg
    do you use specialized dear. hanger protector?

    Good spot! I use a North Shore Billet (NSB) Hanger Banger... It's very similar to the Spec Derailleur Protector. : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoylentOrange

    yes, I rode it off the couch...

    Nice couch!

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    after the first ride i've swapped the riser bar/short stem to a 600mm flat bar/ 100mm stem combo. it is way better. i think i ill use the fork at around 90-100mm. yes, it almost "classic cross -country" the second ride was ok as the pictures show below.




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    Where can i buy one of these bikes? I have looke everywhere and no one sells them. Do I have to order online?

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    Hi Patella, I was too lazy to look up your profile - where you're from...

    You could try online, somewhere like ChainReactionCycles (great on-line retailer).
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=15508

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    Quote Originally Posted by patella4
    Where can i buy one of these bikes? I have looke everywhere and no one sells them. Do I have to order online?
    You'll have better tell where do you live
    Personally my Hummer comes from chainreactioncycles.com

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    These pictures are giving me itchy feet. I have all of the parts to build my Handjob, but not enough time at the moment. Its kind of at the same stage as mrwibbles.

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    '08 17.5" frame, '08 Rev 426's, RF Deus XC Finishing Kit, Evolve XC Cranks, LX Groupset, Mavic 321's on Deore Hubs, all built with my own fair hands

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    I still have not got any suitable grips yet and no stem spacers. I have everything else but these. There are some very nice builds on these pages, nice one boys.

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    interesting link if your curious about the tubing specifications for the handjob.

    http://www.columbustubi.com/eng/4_4_7.htm

    Can an owner confirm whether that little columbus sticker says ZONA, all the photos are either too small to see it or there's a front mech over it.

    btw, sweet builds everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neddead
    Can an owner confirm whether that little columbus sticker says ZONA, all the photos are either too small to see it or there's a front mech over it.

    Yep, that little sticker says ZONA alright - my ZONA sticker is located at the junction of the top tube and seat tube.
    Must get some photos of mine up here too. Nice builds everyone. I like the white frame mrwibble and will be interested to see it in all its glory.

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    woo first post ever.
    I'm looking at getting a cove for my new urban abuse bike. i was going to get an on-one scandal, but its proving to be impossible. very nice bikes on here.
    now for a sizing question. I am 5'11" ish with an 86-7 inseam. (very long legs)
    am i right in thinking i should get a 19.5"?

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    Build has ground to a halt due to me buying a chain that was only 104 links for some reason. However, Truvativ Stylo crankset on, SRAM PG-980 cassette 11-32, SRAM X9 mech on back, SRAM X7 front mech on and Sun Ringle Disco Flea Wheel on the back with Maxxis Highroller tyre. Forks, stem and handlebars have been taken off because I need some Cane Creek interlok spacers for a better fit. Watch this space.
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    I sprayed anti-corrosion stuff into the tubes. I wiped off the excessive stuff, so the whole outer surface of the frame was clean, but only 20 minutes later, I noticed, that a little spot has appeared at the top of the bb-seattube-downtube junction on the right side of the frame. I've wipped it off again, but 15 minutes later the spot appeared again. So, I looked at the frame more closely and noticed a little hole in the welded area. Do I have to send my frame back to CRC, or that is not a problem? Should I worry about it or not? Can a crack form from this little hole?

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    New question here.

    can sbd. tell the weight for an 08 or 09 19.5" frame?

    and what is the biggest tire size the rear can take?

    thanks
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    Sokrates is dead, Galilei is dead, Newton is dead, Einstein is dead, Pantani is dead and i am feeling sick too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hball
    can sbd. tell the weight for an 08 or 09 19.5" frame?

    and what is the biggest tire size the rear can take?

    thanks
    I asked Silverfish (the UK distributor) the tire question very recently.
    http://www.silverfish-uk.com/product....php?tab=kb#tc

    Answer 2.3"

    No idea on frame weight though. Total build for me is 27.5lb

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    Quote Originally Posted by hball
    can sbd. tell the weight for an 08 or 09 19.5" frame?

    thanks
    2070gramms

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    for an 17.5". that is what cove says...
    Sokrates is dead, Galilei is dead, Newton is dead, Einstein is dead, Pantani is dead and i am feeling sick too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hball
    for an 17.5". that is what cove says...
    that is what my lbs said, after they took the frame off the scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kisherceg
    I sprayed anti-corrosion stuff into the tubes. I wiped off the excessive stuff, so the whole outer surface of the frame was clean, but only 20 minutes later, I noticed, that a little spot has appeared at the top of the bb-seattube-downtube junction on the right side of the frame. I've wipped it off again, but 15 minutes later the spot appeared again. So, I looked at the frame more closely and noticed a little hole in the welded area. Do I have to send my frame back to CRC, or that is not a problem? Should I worry about it or not? Can a crack form from this little hole?
    Photo of the location and hole?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrwibble
    Photo of the location and hole?
    location: the top of the bb-seattube-downtube junction on the right side of the frame, at the upper edge of the weld.

    photo: i think there is no point of taking a photo, 'cause the "hole" is so little, that it won't be visible, but i'll try it later.

    BTW: i sent an email in connection with this thing to cove. they said that this isn't going to cause problem and never any handjob was cracked, but we have to wait for the tech-guy's answer, because he is ill now.

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    If the hole is in the tube and shouldn't be there, you paid a hell of a lot of money for the frame and you want it to be RIGHT. Demand satisfaction.

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    pls del.
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    My latest 29er went to frame heaven so:

    5am and Nascar efficiency built my old Cove into a rigid, 69'd, 1x3 geared rig. I'm a little wig'd out about the Black sheep fork...55mm offset ...O my..I'll give it a chance though.
    Worked out the head angle at 68 degrees and seat angle at 71 degrees..measured with an angle finder. Nice and slack like I like it.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/3365647742/" title="Cove Handjob 69er by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3579/3365647742_10bde2bd0e_b.jpg" width="820" height="528" alt="Cove Handjob 69er" /></a>

    Top tube was my old standard of 23.5 ...then I found 24.5's and swore I'd never go back. This will do for now but the new 20.5 Cove Handjob frame is on its way from Deep Cove, BC...crossing the borders with a 24.5 toptube (notice the extra length of cable at the seattube for the new frame size)as I like it. Thanks to BigBlueDodge for the loaner wheel to get me rollin....Now lets go to BC, Colorado that is

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/goatshell/3364827073/" title="only 3 gears by Goat in a Turtle Shell, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3426/3364827073_46ca4cbf5c.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="only 3 gears" /></a>

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    wow, what a great work!
    how did you obtain to change your head angle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiodo
    wow, what a great work!
    how did you obtain to change your head angle?
    Not Changed. Cove bikes site states 68.5 head angle, 71 seat angle. Got it dead on with a 440 mm fork and 29er wheel with a 2.3 WTB Stout. Ridin it for the 1st time in singletrack tonight. Kind of an unfair test to it though as the top tube is 1 inch to short for me. Can't wait for the new Cove with a 24.5 toptube to show up.

    http://www.covebike.com/bikes/handjob.html

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    just bought a complete cove off ebay. im going to sell everything on it, so the frame shouldnt end up costing me much at all. (if anything)
    will post pics when its done

    Frame - Cove Handjob, 17.5 black
    Front fork - Pace RC31
    Wheels - Hope Pro 2(RED)/Revo/XC717
    Cranks - SLX/Blackspire
    Brakes - Avid Elixir CR
    Headset - Cane Creek
    Tyres - Country Rocks
    Tubes - Contis
    Seatpost - Thomson
    Skewers - USE Spin Stix
    Handlebars - cut down crappy black ones
    Grips - Foam
    Stem - Thomson
    Cassette - shimano 12-27
    Saddle - Vapour or arione
    Pedals - CB Candy
    Spacers - none
    Chain - Shimano
    Derailleur/shifters- SRAM X9

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    Here is my cove, its a fun little bike and its great for climbing and goes down even better. But I may be parting with her pretty soon. I really don't need to keep another bike, although she sure is purdy.

    17.5" Med Cove Handjob
    RockShox Revelation 420 U-Turn Air
    Burtec Bad Bad Leroy Brown Hubs 20mm Front/ QR Rear (Changed from pic)
    Shimano XT Brakes w/ Goodridge lines and Straitline Levres
    Sunline 80mm Stem
    Answer Protaper Carbon Handlebar
    Raceface Next Carbon Seatpost
    SDG Ti-Fly Seat (changed from pic)
    XT Cranks w/ Straitline bash
    Sram XO Shifters
    Sram X7 Rear Derail




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    Quote Originally Posted by markw1970
    Kisherceg, looks like a nice build in progress... Will be great to see the finished bike : )
    Mrwibble, here's looking forward to March 8th! I just love building bikes - I can't help myself, but have finally concluded my Cove is finished. Here's a couple of more updated pics...

    New rear Hope Mono Mini (won off ebay, so replaced the tatty older one). Unfortunately, this was a 140mm disc rather than 160, so I had to go with a +20 adaptor. I changed the gold bore caps to black (I never really liked the gold). And have just added new Goodridge red hoses. I was able to transfer my existing Goodridge fittings from the old hoses to the new, so the change cost under £16 for 2m of hose (courtesy of CRC). And lastly, changed the tires over to Nokkian Gazza All Mountain's at 2.3. I'm just going to try tubeless for the first time on my Specialized Enduro - if it's good, then I'll add some Joe's rim strips to the Cove and go tubeless.

    New Hope headset spacers to match the seatpost quick release and Hope Grip Doctors to go over the end of the new Yeti ODI grips (I prefer these to the old Ruffian design).

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    And the mud shot...!
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    Nice bike. I have a Black Handjob with the same fork so yours looks familiar.
    The rest of my bike is
    XT Crank
    XT Rapid rise RD
    XTR FD ( I know kind of backwards but I got so fed up with the front derailleur on my last bike and fell victim to drunken shopping)
    XT dual control levers
    Selle gel flite
    old rims (new XT's and Racing Ralphs in the mail, can't wait)
    Race Face deus everything else

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    new wheels and a few blue thing.





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    Thanks Keith... I couldn't help but change things.

    Dropped some serious weight from 29.5lb down to 25lb.
    I found the bike was a little too 'hardcore' and far too similar a build to my Enduro (minus suspension) - so I fancied turning it into more of an XC racer.

    Changed forks to Rock Shox Reba Race
    Handlebars to flat Easton EC70
    Stem changed from 70mm Thomson to 110mm Thomson
    Tyres changed to Racing Ron's (quarter of their price, brand new from ebay)
    Tubeless conversion using Joe's No Flats
    New chainrings from TA Specialities (Chinook) 26 / 28t
    Pedals to Shimano 540's
    Saddle to SDG Ti Fly
    New Sigma BC2006 computer and heartrate (under 1/3 price new from ebay) - not in pic.

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    I will be finishing my build this Good Friday. Will post pics

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    My HJ




    i want a back brake baaad!

    SS!!!

    columbus anyone?

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    Phwoarrrr! That's a hot stealth HJ. You just need an eccentric hub or bottom bracket for the final clean-up. Great looking bike.

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    thanks

    I'm still not sure if im going to keep it as a SS. Im thinking 1x9 just don;t have the money atm. if i do ill probably get an eccentric BB

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    Loving the minimal look. Excellent 'stealth' bike.

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    Bike has been built but will need to do finishing touches tomorrow. It looks really good if I say so myself. Will post a picture or two tomorrow.

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    Here we go then, will try to do a proper picture when I have a moment.

    Cove Handjob 19.5" white frame, RockShox Revelation 426 U-Turn forks, Sun Ringle Disc O'flea wheelset with Maxxis Highrollers, Truvativ Stylo Team Chainset with Truvativ Team finishing kit, Avid Elixir R Brakeset (180/160 mm rotors), SRAM X9 Mid-Cage Rear Mech, SRAM X9 shifters, SRAM X7 front mech, SRAM PG-980 (32-11) Cassette, SRAM Hollowin PC-991 Chain, Fiizk Gobi Saddle in white, Shimano 520 SPD Pedals and Crane Creek S8 Headset.
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    Outside pictures of the bike, I hope you all like it.
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    Looking good Mr Wibble. I see you couldn't resist a ride before your outdoor photo session

    My HJ is getting a good workout on some bone dry trails here in Switzerland (Ueltiberg and Lugano) and I'm loving it. Huge jump in the fun factor compared to the oversized GT Avalanche frame it replaced. All of a sudden I'm constantly using the full travel of my 100mm Rebas

    Am I one of the lucky few who got the Columbus Zona sticker placed sensibly near the top of the seat tube, rather down in the derailleur position?

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    Had a look at the photos of your bike and yes the sticker is at the top. It seems the position of any of the frame stickers can change from bike to bike. I love my bike it's brilliant, I had a problem getting the front mech to work correctly but that is sorted now.
    PS. Why did you remove the handjob sticker from the frame?

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    Honestly I just thought the stickers are cheap and horrible and way too big for the top tube. All my riding (and non riding) friends know what it is and I still get every "Handjob" jibe imaginable.

    I've made a few changes since those photos. A shorter 80mm stem, a set back Thomson seatpost and "ghetto" tubeless.

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    Nice bike Mr Wibble - great to see it finished. I hope you're enjoying the new ride : )
    It looks nice in white. A good sensible build for trail riding - I like.

    Yokine, my Zona sticker was down by the derailleur - I promptly scuffed it by mistake whilst fitting the derailleur, and so removed it. Crap place to put it really or maybe crappy building skills on my part. Great thread, let's hope some more Handjobbers drop in here.

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    my hj on the latest ride.


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    Has anyone toyed with the 69er idea or is there enough room for a full 29er ? any thoughts?

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    No.

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    Thought it was about time for some riding shots. A Swiss forest somewhere above Lake Lugano,


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    'can't resist to post the current setup.





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    Hey everyone!

    Lots of great HJs here! I'm looking at replacing my steady beast ('96 Kona Cinder Cone - Kona chromoly double butted steel) with an HJ. A buddy of mine is selling his frame for $300 Cdn. It's like a matte brown colour. '07? '08? Not sure. It doesn't have V-brake mounts (dammit!) I'll have to clarify with him.

    Anyways, is this a good deal? I'm probably gonna try and move as much over from "Cindee" as I can but will put an '03 Z1FR with ETA on it if I go for this frame. Looks to be in good shape - the drivetrain is probably shot but I'm more interested in the frame. I might need his wheels to since "Cindee" is still on v-brake hubs and rims.

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    2010 Handjob

    Just built up.
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    My 2005 Blue Handjob as it is currently. Good to see lots of others handjobs


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    the 2010 cove bikes homepage says the handjob has Tange Prestige cromoly tubing in 2010 and new decals.

    http://www.covebike.com/bikes/handjob.html


    and a question: am I the only one hj owner feeling that the hj frame is a bit too flexy?

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    iron maiden v4.0



    latest build, shown with off road wheels and tires. commute on slicks on the weekdays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kisherceg
    the 2010 cove bikes homepage says the handjob has Tange Prestige cromoly tubing in 2010 and new decals.

    http://www.covebike.com/bikes/handjob.html


    and a question: am I the only one hj owner feeling that the hj frame is a bit too flexy?
    haven't ridden it, but after a call to cove they also lament that the tange prestige is here to stay despite being heavier and not as good as the columbus.

    i'm scouring the web for an old columbus for a backup frame.

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    Just took delivery of a 2010:



    Doing a simple swap build from my Explosif. Hoping to have it ready to ride by the weekend (I'd better - since the parts are off the Kona already!!).

    I've ridden Prestige before, but never Columbus. I was looking at an 09 from CRC, but opted for the 2010 after talking with the US distributor. Shipping scale says 4.9 lbs for a 17 - so yes, a bit on the heavy side. Then again, if I was going for light-weight, I would have a Scandium Kona for cheaper!!

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    This is my new toy. Top photo shows it built up with LX crank and deore cassette & chain.

    Just purchased a new M590 Deore crank, PG970 cassette & chain shown in the picture below ( and the seatposts the right way round too hehe )

    Wheels not the best, came stock on my old Giant Trance but intend to change to Mavic 717 / XT wheels when funds permit !

    Bit off topic but the new crank is actually the same weight as the LX at 860g and has a steel middle ring so should last longer.

    Full Spec

    Fox Float 130 RLC with Hussefelt 60mm stem + Race Face low rise bars
    Hope Headset & Hope seat post clamp
    Shimano XT M775 servowave brakes & Rotors
    Shimano XT M770 shifters
    Shimano XT M772 SGS shadow rear mech
    Shimano XTR M960 front mech
    Shimano XT gear cables
    Shimano Deore M590 Chainset
    Sram PG970 cassette
    Sram PG971 chain
    Alex DP-17 Rims & Formula hubs
    Maxxis High Roller 60a & 42 super tacky tyres

    Not that light, weighs in at 28.1 lbs but i'm not arsed anyways

    Congratulations to all HJ owners, some lovely bikes on this post



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    @Stu72 - I think your seatpost is turned the wrong way around, unless you want it that way of course.
    Nice HJ, unfortunately the black doesn't stay that shiny for long. Mine didn't anyway!

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    ffs, cant believe i've done that well spotted !!!

    Yeah, know what you mean about the paint. I was going to powder coat it before i put my new decals on but ended up not bothering.

    I put the small cove logos further along the toptube as the others were cable rubbed pretty badly.

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    Finished the build and went for first ride over the weekend:





    Note the lack of a chainstay protector. I didn't realize that until the first downhill - going to borrow my wife's nail polish later

    Ended up going 1x9. Oddly, the granny ring rubbed on the chainstay even though the chainline is near perfect. Might have to do with the old-school octalink. Oh well - been meaning to ditch that!

    Despite a ride that was plagued with dropped chains (going to 1x9, chain keeper was another thing I forgot on my rush out the door), and the cringing from a chipped chainstay, I few thoughts on the bike: The rear-end is stiff...in fact the whole ride is stiff. Stiffer then my 853 explosif at least, and without the "hollow" feel of aluminum. At the same time, this thing is a tank. I didn't weight the whole bike, but it's definitely in the high twenties. I'll have to do some gram counting on future part purchases.

    I'll have to get a few more rides in until I can get some more feedback. Like I said, I was sort of distracted this time around.

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    great looking ride! don't fret over the chain stay...it's a Cove and can handle this with pride!


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    My new handjob









    Happy happy riding
    Christian from Norway

    And yeah, my english suck!

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    sweet ride, loving that

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    nice ride! didn't realize they had green now

    i think you should route the front brake hose to inside of fork leg

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    Quote Originally Posted by a.davis12
    woo first post ever.
    I'm looking at getting a cove for my new urban abuse bike. i was going to get an on-one scandal, but its proving to be impossible. very nice bikes on here.
    now for a sizing question. I am 5'11" ish with an 86-7 inseam. (very long legs)
    am i right in thinking i should get a 19.5"?
    I share very similar measurements 5'11", 34" inseam. Longish arms too. Can someone recommend a size? I'm thinking 19.5 but wondering if 17.5 would work. Let's assume a stem between 70 and 90 mm. Fairly wide lo-rise bars.
    I am President material.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Bluth
    I share very similar measurements 5'11", 34" inseam. Longish arms too. Can someone recommend a size? I'm thinking 19.5 but wondering if 17.5 would work. Let's assume a stem between 70 and 90 mm. Fairly wide lo-rise bars.
    I'm 5'10" 33" inseam and the 17.5 fits well.

    Frame: Cove Handjob 17.5"
    Fork: Manitou Minute 20mm
    Brakes: Hayes Grams full ti hardware
    Cranks: Truvativ Stylo
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XTR
    Rear Derailleur: Sram X.9
    Shifter: Sram X.9
    Pedals: Shimano PD M-424
    Stem: Truvativ XR 65mm
    Handlebar: Answer Carbon Protaper
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Saddle: WTB Devo Ti
    Bottom Bracket: Truvativ
    Chainguide: Gamut Dual
    Cassette: Sram 990 11-32
    Headset: Crank Bros Opium C
    Grips: Answer XC
    Tires: Maxxis Minion DHF 2.35 single ply
    Weight: 26.5
    Wheels: Sun Ringle Charger Expert
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