• 08-02-2010
    bazz
    My Cove, my Handjob




  • 08-17-2010
    firedawg225
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Stu72
    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

    How is the Fox Float 130 RLC working for you?? i'm stuck between that fork and the Marzocchi 44 TST2. any advice??
  • 08-20-2010
    the Bman
    2 Attachment(s)
    2005 Cove
    New 2005 frame, xtr cranks + frnt derailuer, stans dt 240 wheel set, 2010 revalation team, xo shifters and rear derailuer, Avid ultimates, king, Easton monkey bar, thomson goodies - somewhere around 23lbs - and its for sale!! I built it up as the ultimate all mountain hardtail - ie good for the ups and downs. It sucks to sell but that good old economy put a bit of a pinch on this summer:rolleyes:
  • 10-04-2010
    John_ru
    2 Attachment(s)
    My Love:
  • 11-09-2010
    Stu72
    lol, loving the bad john haha
  • 11-09-2010
    Stu72
    Heres a picture of my Handjob taken last weekend at Whinlatter north loop, Cumbria UK.

    Just put the 2010 Revelation Race forks on, well happy with them, seem a lot better than the Fox 130mm RLC's that were on.

    Had to stroke them down internally to 130mm.

    I've went for a Deore crank this time as I picked the crank & BB for under 50. Thats cracking value as far as im concerned and it weighs the same as the LX crank it replaced !!

    I cant believe how fast and agile this thing is, downhill is awesome and its not too bad climbing.

  • 12-17-2010
    firedawg225
    here is my 2009 Cove Handjob XC completed!!

    2009 Cove Handjob XC
    SRAM XX Reba Fork
    Crane creek S-3 headset
    Raceface Ride XC 90mm stem
    MY FAV ODI Oury grips!!
    Shimano XT dual controls New Version
    Shimano XT Front and Rear Derailers
    Shimano Cassette 11-32
    Shimano Crank w/bottom bracket
    Shimano M-776 wheelset
    Some other misc parts i can't think of enjoy!!


  • 12-31-2010
    pirati
    2009 red


    Highlights:
    Red Large Frame
    RS Recon Race Solo Air 100mm
    DT Swiss wheelset (Onyx hubs/X455 rims)
    Magura Louise
    LX/XT/Deore drivetrain
    Weighs about 28 lbs.
    :thumbsup:

    Now I just have to wait for the snow to melt...
  • 12-31-2010
    Kisherceg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by pirati


    Now I just have to wait for the snow to melt...

    no, you don't have to. just go out and ride like i did yesterday! ;) :thumbsup:
  • 04-21-2011
    voodoo5
    Here's mine



    2010 17.5 frame
    Reba RLT dual air
    XT 3x9 drivetrain
    EA70 AM rise
    Thomson X4 + Elite + SLR XC
    Mavic Crossrides + Nevegal
    Juicy 5 185 + 160 G3
    Time ATAC Alium

    I can't imagine running the fork at 120mm... perhaps I'll try 110mm if I can find a 10mm spacer, but 100mm travel is great.

    I was debating over getting 2x10 for 2011, as some people were praising the new 10-speed for MTB and whatnot, still I couldn't be happier with the 2011 3x9 XT -- It actually shifts better than my 2x10 Ultegra. Plus I don't have to worry about ruining my chain on rocks and logs, since the big ring can always be replaced by a bashring, and is very useful for speed otherwise.
  • 07-20-2011
    MikeAK
    What year is this?
    Hello,
    I was wondering if anybody out there could tell me what year this Cove HJ XC is from? All I have to go on is this pic.

    Thanks

  • 07-20-2011
    Asta
    Prior to 2005. My 2005 looks the same except it doesn't have brake bosses.
  • 07-20-2011
    MikeAK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Asta View Post
    Prior to 2005. My 2005 looks the same except it doesn't have brake bosses.

    Thanks, Asta
    That's what is throwing me off as well. I am putting it at 2003 but I can't seem to find a definitive answer. Even email Cove but I doubt I hear back from them.

    Hoping somebody will stumble across the thread and be able to answer for me.
  • 07-20-2011
    KarlosPirahna
    Hi
    Looks like a 2007 (ish), the down tube is round again on the latest ones. FWIW I think the oval tube was better and stiffer, it may also be columbus tubing which has a very nice ride.
  • 07-20-2011
    MikeAK
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by KarlosPirahna View Post
    Hi
    Looks like a 2007 (ish), the down tube is round again on the latest ones. FWIW I think the oval tube was better and stiffer, it may also be columbus tubing which has a very nice ride.

    Thanks, KP
    Interesting that you say 2007ish because those brake bosses have really thrown me. Thanks for checking in.
  • 08-05-2011
    voodoo5
    updated...



  • 08-06-2011
    Kisherceg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by voodoo5 View Post
    updated...

    looks good! do you like the ride on it?
    maybe i should post a pic of the current setup of mine... :)
  • 08-08-2011
    voodoo5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Kisherceg View Post
    looks good! do you like the ride on it?
    maybe i should post a pic of the current setup of mine... :)

    yeah lots of fun :thumbsup:
  • 10-29-2011
    Asta
    Well, its an end of an era for me and my Handjob as its up for sale. Been six good years and its been in many different forms but now its time to move on.


    cove by Alasdairs, on Flickr
  • 11-05-2011
    grenke1
    Cove HJ
    Hey guys, just upgrading my drivetrain on my HJ and wondering what clamp size I need for the front derailleur. Thanks!
  • 11-06-2011
    Kisherceg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by grenke1 View Post
    Hey guys, just upgrading my drivetrain on my HJ and wondering what clamp size I need for the front derailleur. Thanks!

    28,6mm
  • 11-10-2011
    singletrack
    1 Attachment(s)
    I rode the Colorado Trail self-supported on my Handjob back in August, this pic is from the 10th and final day, 500 miles into the ride.
  • 11-28-2011
    Kisherceg
    current setup :)

  • 01-31-2012
    J. Random Psycho
    I have started building my brown 2006 17.5" HJ for the 3rd time. This time a singlespeed.

    Took the bare frame off from where it was hanging for 2.5 years. Cleaned up dust, mud, all duct tape. Removed all stickers except the maple leaf on the down tube near BB shell. Put a silver bolt-up Thomson seatpost clamp on. Will face BB shell, face and ream headtube, face IS mount.

    Right now, despite the not-so-flashy color and some chipped paint, the frame with that Thomson clamp looks beautiful.. in a somewhat classical way, strict but at the same time laid back.. beyond the ability of my old camera to capture images. I just stood there and looked at it for half an hour today, doing nothing (had work to do).

    I was going to put a black Hope headset on it (that I have), but am now considering saving up for a silver Cane Creek 110.. the frame's ride quality deserves that kind of pickiness and more.

    Gear ratio is going to be 34-17, chain tension done with Yess ETR-B, crankset, a 170 mm Shimano 970 that I got very cheap at CRC back in 2007 (going to be its 3rd frame). Fork, a Manitou franken-Drake with 20 mm thru-axle (white lowers). For seatpost, I've got a GD non-remote 1"-4". Saddle, white Selle Italia SLR XC (to go with white fork). Other parts either black or silver. Wheels will be on Mavic XM819 Disc rims, rear hub, Hadley SS if I manage to get it.
  • 02-10-2012
    grenke1
    Year of Cove HJ
    Hey guys, was wondering if there is an easy way to determine what year my HJ frame is? Just bought a used one and the buyer had said it was an 09, but I do not think it is based on what I have read. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • 02-11-2012
    J. Random Psycho
    grenke1, please post photos of the frame.
  • 02-28-2012
    Major Clanger
    Just taken delivery of a 2012 HJ frame with Prestige tubing. Am now collecting all the bits to attach to it and I'll post some pics. I like some weight on my hands so am going with a 100mm fork and flat bars but will fiddle around with that in good time.

    All very exciting..........
  • 02-28-2012
    J. Random Psycho
    Major Clanger,
    I've tried a size 17.5" HJ with 580 mm flat bar and 90 mm stem. My height is 174 cm.
    It was not impressive at all, and that became obvious when I went to 685 mm riser bar and 50 mm stem. Made one hell of a difference.

    This time I'm going to try, out of curiosity, a Ragley Carnegie bar and a 70 mm stem. If I don't like it, I'll revert to wider traditional shaped riser bar and 50 mm stem.
  • 02-28-2012
    DGB
    @Major Clanger - try and get some pics up when you get a chance. I'd be interested to see how it looks.

    Just like J.RP above, I too ran a 90mm stem on my 17.5" HJ albeit with a 685mm bar and I found it too lazy in the handling department. When I swapped for a 70mm stem (same rise as 90mm) and a 725mm bar I found that it handled a lot better and I could climb just as well as with the 90mm stem.
  • 02-28-2012
    J. Random Psycho
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by DGB View Post
    I found it too lazy in the handling department.

    Precisely! -- this felt so wrong to me as to put me off anything with slacker than 69 degrees HTA (with fork extended). I even ran my HJ with 85 mm forks most of the time, which made it feel right. This time around I'll try to get used to a 100 mm fork.
  • 02-28-2012
    Major Clanger
    Interesting that you found the handling too lazy...

    Okay, I'm a shade over 6ft and have the 19.5" frame. Already bought the forks (Fox FIT100 RLC) and plan to use Easton EC90 flat bars, 590mm wide. The stem will be Hope XC but won't decide on length or rise until I have the bike semi-built and even then I'll experiment a bit.

    If you look at my current bike on my user profile you'll see how I like it set up - plenty of weight on my hands so I can load up the front a little and feel what the tyre is up to. Not to everyone's taste of course and I won't build the Cove to be as extreme, but I certainly don't want to go down the route of longer travel forkers that kick the front wheel out. Never had a problem going downhill either as long as the seat post is dropped a little.

    I'll take some pics this week-end once all the bits are in one place. Currently some of them are hidden so my wife doesn't jump on my head, although she'll do that anyway when the bank statements arrive!
  • 03-03-2012
    Major Clanger
    Well, here are the beginnings........ Still a few more things to source but the mechs/shifters are in the post and the wheels are being built by the LBS. Hope you like...... :)

    Cove 2012 Build-Up pictures by Elworthy - Photobucket
  • 03-03-2012
    Major Clanger
  • 03-03-2012
    J. Random Psycho
    Wow! Very nice parts there. I wonder what the wheels are?
    I see that you're going to use Hope brakes and an external crankset, but caliper mount and BB shell have not been faced. I suggest doing that.. did it on my HJ, it definitely needed all of it (headtube too -- by the way, what headset are you going to install?).

    Did you consider a Terralogic damped fork?
  • 03-03-2012
    Major Clanger
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by J. Random Psycho View Post
    Wow! Very nice parts there. I wonder what the wheels are?
    I see that you're going to use Hope brakes and an external crankset, but caliper mount and BB shell have not been faced. I suggest doing that.. did it on my HJ, it definitely needed all of it (headtube too -- by the way, what headset are you going to install?).

    Did you consider a Terralogic damped fork?

    Thanks, glad you like it :thumbsup:

    The wheels are Hope Pro2 hubs with Mavic 717 disc rims, all good, proven stuff without being ultralight and madly expensive. I've got a big flat oilstone so will face the surfaces before the build but have asked the LBS to fit the Hope headset. I haven't pressed one in for years and don't want to bugger anything up!

    I took the Bombers off my current bike today to service them and was amazed at the difference in weight between them and the Fox forks. I can't wait to ride them! I couldn't afford new forks otherwise would have gone for the Terralogic model. I bought the RLCs on eBay; they've only had light use and are 2011 models - I paid 290 which I think was fair.

    So, I should have everything except the handlebars/stem and seatpost by next week-end. Then I'll put the heater on the the garage, put some Muse on the CD player and start the build! :)
  • 03-05-2012
    tiffany's pigeons
    Can the owner of a newer HJ post a pic of the rear dropouts please? Cove's site doesn't have the best pics and before I order one I want to see if there's enough room for my bolt on rear wheel's axle nuts. Thanks!
  • 03-05-2012
    voodoo5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tiffany's pigeons View Post
    Can the owner of a newer HJ post a pic of the rear dropouts please? Cove's site doesn't have the best pics and before I order one I want to see if there's enough room for my bolt on rear wheel's axle nuts. Thanks!

    took it apart last night...

  • 03-05-2012
    tiffany's pigeons
    Awesome, THANKS!
  • 03-06-2012
    Kisherceg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by tiffany's pigeons View Post
    Can the owner of a newer HJ post a pic of the rear dropouts please? Cove's site doesn't have the best pics and before I order one I want to see if there's enough room for my bolt on rear wheel's axle nuts. Thanks!

    not mine, but this is it. i've got a 2009 HJ, it has the same dropout.


    or you can find more detail pics here:
    Cove Handjob Frame | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com

    edit: ooopss! I'm late. :)
  • 03-09-2012
    Major Clanger
    The Build-Up Begins.....
    And so it starts......... Note especially the galvanised jubilee clip holding the forks on - it took a long time to source that and, I think, really helps the look. :)



  • 03-09-2012
    J. Random Psycho
    I think that a matching Hope seaptost clamp would be good..
  • 03-09-2012
    Major Clanger
    Already on order...
  • 03-25-2012
    voodoo5
    Rebuilt for another season of fun times, most changes will probably go unnoticed.. Dusty; with a little urban ambiance.

    Black medium 2011 Cove Handjob, Reba 120mm
  • 03-26-2012
    Major Clanger
    Good-looking bike Voodoo..... Big pedals.... You could almost sit round them and eat dinner! What are they?
  • 03-26-2012
    voodoo5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Major Clanger View Post
    Good-looking bike Voodoo..... Big pedals.... You could almost sit round them and eat dinner! What are they?

    Hahaha... They're JCPC bmx pedals i use during the spring when the trails are closed. My regular pedals are Time ATAC.
  • 03-26-2012
    grenke1
    1 Attachment(s)
    My baby, finally finished
    A pic of my new build. I was hoping someone could tell me the year of the frame, as the person I purchased it from did not know. Thanks!

    Fox F100 RLC
    Shimano SLX Crankset
    Sram X9 shifters
    Sram XO rear derail
    Shimano XT front derail
    Race Face Next Carbon Handlebar
    Avid BB7 Mech disc brakes
    Avid Speed Dial 7 levers
    Thomson Seat post
    Race Face Deus Stem
  • 03-27-2012
    Kisherceg
    nice bike! it's the same modell like mine, a pre 2009. /I bought mine as new in early 2009./


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by grenke1 View Post
    A pic of my new build. I was hoping someone could tell me the year of the frame, as the person I purchased it from did not know. Thanks!

    Fox F100 RLC
    Shimano SLX Crankset
    Sram X9 shifters
    Sram XO rear derail
    Shimano XT front derail
    Race Face Next Carbon Handlebar
    Avid BB7 Mech disc brakes
    Avid Speed Dial 7 levers
    Thomson Seat post
    Race Face Deus Stem

  • 03-27-2012
    Major Clanger
    @Grenke1

    Great looking bike, looks as if it has a real purpose about it - love the wheels too.

    Won't be long before I post my pics up, thinks are happening in the garage!
  • 03-27-2012
    grenke1
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Kisherceg View Post
    nice bike! it's the same modell like mine, a pre 2009. /I bought mine as new in early 2009./

    Thanks Kisherceg. Appreciate the info.
  • 03-31-2012
    Major Clanger
    The build has progressed a little further. Lots to do still, next on the list is shorten the brake lines and then secure them properly. Once the wheels are built I can finish it, with a bit of luck will be done by Easter.

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  • 03-31-2012
    Major Clanger
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  • 03-31-2012
    Gachet
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    Had the first ride on my newly built Handjob today, my first ride on a decent steel frame and I really enjoyed it. It's definately more compliant than the alloy frames I'm used to, but still has a real zip to it.

    Component highlights:

    17.5" PC Green frame
    Rockshox Revelation Dual Air 20mm Maxle (set at 130mm travel)
    Hope Headset
    Hope Pro II hubs on Mavic D521 Rims
    Hope X2 Tech brakes with floating rotas
    XT 1x10 drivetrain with Raceface cranks, E13 32T chainring, E13 XCX chain device, 11-36 cassette.
    Raceface, SDG and ODI finishing kit.

    The brake hoses need shortening and the pedals swaping for some white ones, but that's about it.
  • 04-01-2012
    Kisherceg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gachet View Post
    Had the first ride on my newly built Handjob today, my first ride on a decent steel frame and I really enjoyed it. It's definately more compliant than the alloy frames I'm used to, but still has a real zip to it.

    nice little beast! :)
  • 04-21-2012
    Major Clanger
    Very nearly finished now. Front wheel will be built for next week-end and then I can finish and fettle everything but it's been a really simple build. Rims are 717s with Hope hubs but I've found a pair of Crossmax SL that I want as a spare pair with mud tyres. Getting more excited by the day and I'm amazed a just how much lighter than my old Marin it is (although I doubt it'll be much under 25lbs)..... :)

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  • 04-28-2012
    Major Clanger
    Finished.....

    Fox Fit100 RLC fork
    XTR chainset and shifters
    XT pedals
    Hope X2 Tech Evo brakes
    3T Team carbon bars, stem and seatpost
    Mavic 717 rims, DT spokes and nipples, Hope hubs
    Gore cables

    Hope y'all like it.......... :)

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  • 04-28-2012
    voodoo5
    Very nice.
  • 04-29-2012
    yokine
    Thought I'd give an update update my 2008 model. Three and a bit years and going strong, definitely a keeper. Just works and handles so great. Started with it in Switzerland and now we are in Western Australia. Looking at the pics it seems I've changed everything, without being too radical. Mainly just some upgrades and fit improvements. The 2009 Reba is set at 120mm travel and the newish wheels are Sun Ringle Charger Experts running tubeless WTB 2.3 tyres.

    My original introduction was here: http://forums.mtbr.com/5156542-post85.html

    December 2008


    April 2012
  • 05-03-2012
    Addy Marx
    1 Attachment(s)
    Cove HJ
    Not a brilliant picture by any means but you get the idea. Have had this one for a few years now. It's perfect for the trails I ride and the type of riding I like to do. Big thanks to the guys at Cove for hooking things up over the years.
    Adam.
  • 05-04-2012
    Major Clanger
    Great photo Adam, it gives the impression of you being way out in the wilderness!

    I've found the boys at Cove very helpful too; good people, good frames.....
  • 05-04-2012
    Addy Marx
    Thanks Major,

    This is about an hour ride from my front door up on Mount Seymour. Hardly way out but you do get the feeling of being away from the city when you're up there no doubt. No place like the North Shore!

    Nice build by the way, probably the most tricked out HJ around. That'll be a fun ride. Enjoy!
  • 05-07-2012
    Kisherceg
    great bikes, as usual. mine, after three years has been disasembeld. all the parts went to a cheap kona frame. to be honest, i felt the geometry of the cove spot-on, but hated the twist and flex that made the tight situations very frustrating for me. hence the kona, with almos identical geometry and with a surefooted ride. i really like it!



    despite its fault, i really like the handjob, so built it up againt with a salsa rigid fork, 160/140mm brakes, 42/32x11-34 9s drivetrain, 660mm flat bar and fast tires. now its fast and comfy, way better than ever before. I plan to change the cheap seatpost and the vintage shifters, apart from that it's ready.




    yokine, thanks for your kind help in connection with sizing back in the day!
  • 05-14-2012
    wuzilla
    These builds have me tempted to put mine back together. Till then, the frame is up for sale!

    PAID SPAM: COVE HANDJOB FRAME 17" 2011 - Buy and Sell and Review Mountain Bikes and Accessories
  • 09-03-2012
    androw
  • 09-06-2012
    ilostmypassword
    I miss my handjob- but this old mans back could not take it anymore. So nice
  • 10-26-2012
    Kisherceg
    just to bump the tread :)

  • 10-26-2012
    J. Random Psycho
    That a 425 mm Salsa CroMoto?
  • 10-27-2012
    Kisherceg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by J. Random Psycho View Post
    That a 425 mm Salsa CroMoto?

    yes, that's it.
  • 10-27-2012
    J. Random Psycho
    How do you like the handling with that fork height?
    I too have a 425 mm CroMoto (and a Handjob, of course), but have never attempted to put them together.
    Have got a Ragley 440 mm, 15 mm TA carbon fork stashed for the HJ build.
  • 10-28-2012
    Kisherceg
    I really like the handling with the salsa. it's fast but, not furious and comfy enough with the big volume mountain king front tyre. being honest, i must admit that i don't like lazy handling, laid-back style bikes.

    more pics to get the idea:
  • 10-28-2012
    J. Random Psycho
    Thanks! The second photo says it clear.
    I think it's not just the slacker HTA that contributes to the laid back feeling of a HJ, but the high BB too.
    425 mm fork deals with both, of course.

    When my HJ had suspension forks (in 2 previous builds), I preferred to run them at about 80 mm travel because of this. This was the sweet spot for me. Just lowering the BB (somehow) would have done the trick too, I guess.
  • 01-12-2013
    chopsuk
    How's this one?
    reba rlt, mavic crossmax, avid elixir 3, x9/x0 2x10 setup.
  • 01-13-2013
    chopsuk
    1 Attachment(s)
    I've found no guidance about rust prevention on this steel frame, especially with respect to the cantilever brake mounting hole in the brace at the top of the seat stays.

    After most rides, the hole's filled with water and clogged with mud; if this is pooling inside the tubing it could be rusting the stays / brace or, even worse, running down inside the seat stays and into the drop outs / chain stays, causing rusting there.

    Apart from drying, does anyone treat this (eg grease internally)? Also, although I assumed the brake line tabs appear to have been designed for a zip tie(?) to hold the cable in place, I wondered if my assumption' correct and what others do?
  • 01-13-2013
    Kisherceg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by chopsuk View Post
    I've found no guidance about rust prevention on this steel frame, especially with respect to the cantilever brake mounting hole in the brace at the top of the seat stays.

    After most rides, the hole's filled with water and clogged with mud; if this is pooling inside the tubing it could be rusting the stays / brace or, even worse, running down inside the seat stays and into the drop outs / chain stays, causing rusting there.

    Apart from drying, does anyone treat this (eg grease internally)? Also, although I assumed the brake line tabs appear to have been designed for a zip tie(?) to hold the cable in place, I wondered if my assumption' correct and what others do?

    I've treated my handjob with crc-336, but I think you can use any other rust inhibitor. The holes in the braces between the seatstays and between the chainstays could be covered with a tinny bit of ducttape. The holes on the dropouts aren't covered on mine, just to let it air if it's needed. I've applied grease on the screws in the the bottle cage mounts. You shoud put an O ring on the seatpost and push it down against the seat coller, apply a bit grease under the O ring.

    Mine was delivered with little clips to hold the brake line in place, but the zip-ties work fine too.

    You can find pics of my HJ back in this tread if you are interested. :cool: Yours looks good! :thumbsup: What forks are they?
  • 01-13-2013
    J. Random Psycho
    I did the same. Sprayed inside the frame with automotive corrosion inhibitor, then taped those holes.

    Alternatively, silicone sealant can be used to plug the holes.
  • 01-16-2013
    voodoo5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by chopsuk View Post
    How's this one?
    reba rlt, mavic crossmax, avid elixir 3, x9/x0 2x10 setup.

    Very nice. Would you mind telling me where you got a 2013 fork with 1.125" steerer and 15mm axle? Thanks
  • 02-16-2013
    Micks
    2 Attachment(s)
    Here is mine:

    built with XT, mavic 719 with hope pro 2, fox float 120, and Easton Haven...
  • 02-16-2013
    J. Random Psycho
    Handjobs are becoming endangered species now that 29ers are everywhere...
  • 02-16-2013
    voodoo5
    Yeah... i'm giving mine one last season and then we'll see what's out there in terms of steel hardtails and new wheel sizes (chromag?).
  • 02-16-2013
    chopsuk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by voodoo5 View Post
    Very nice. Would you mind telling me where you got a 2013 fork with 1.125" steerer and 15mm axle? Thanks

    Hey voodoo and kisherceg. Some nice bikes here 'eh.
    I answer to your Q's, my forks are Reba RLT 2013 via Merlin cycles (UK), if I recall correctly.
  • 02-17-2013
    voodoo5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by chopsuk View Post
    Hey voodoo and kisherceg. Some nice bikes here 'eh.
    I answer to your Q's, my forks are Reba RLT 2013 via Merlin cycles (UK), if I recall correctly.

    Amazing, thanks.

    @Micks, very nice!
  • 04-28-2013
    Bone Machine
    My 15.5" weighs in at exactly 25lbs. This set up may be temporary. I haven't finished fiddling with it.





  • 05-21-2013
    justjaded
    ive been putting a lot more miles on my handjob recently and decided to show it some love. hj2.0




    i am actually suprised as to how well the 650b fit
  • 05-21-2013
    J. Random Psycho
    Nice, but needs tidier command line routing:

    1. front brake hose shortened, laid on the inside of fork lowers, caliper banjo rotated counterclockwise. One zip tie around the fork arch will be enough this way.

    (I'm not 100% sure that 27.5" tire will allow it though)


    2. cable housing crossed around head tube so as to avoid touching it most of the time. This frame allows to do that.


    PS
    Doesn't BB feel too high with 27.5"? It's already rather high on a HJ.
  • 05-22-2013
    Kisherceg
    so a columbus nivacrom handjob can accept 650b wheels! nice! I was always wondering that. the clearance at the chainstays looks a bit tight, but seems to be OK. may we have another pic of this area?
    my other question is the size of those racing ralphs. 2,1 or 2,25?

    thanks!
  • 05-23-2013
    justjaded
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Kisherceg View Post
    so a columbus nivacrom handjob can accept 650b wheels! nice! I was always wondering that. the clearance at the chainstays looks a bit tight, but seems to be OK. may we have another pic of this area?
    my other question is the size of those racing ralphs. 2,1 or 2,25?

    thanks!

    the tires are 2.25 ralphs. there is not much clearance on the chain stay on the drive side as it pinches in at that point. 2.1 would fit better for sure, as i had to adjust my chain line to clear my front deraileur as it would rub in the granny gear. the tire seems to have a wobble in it as well which is not helping. but all in all it is rideable.
    ive gotten used to the high bottom bracket over the years and the little bit of extra height has not affected the handling. guess being used to the g-spot bb height helps.
  • 09-12-2013
    raf82
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    hi guys!
    my handjob from Belgium (the country of beer).
    this bike is just awesome!!
    I am going to put in it a reba in 120 soon :)

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  • 03-17-2014
    Gachet
    Shame there's not much activity in this thread and it seems Cove have dropped the Handjob from their line-up.

    Seeing the older frame with 650b wheels above, does anyone know if they'll fit one of the newer Tange Prestige frames?

    Thanks in advance.
  • 04-04-2014
    voodoo5
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gachet View Post
    Shame there's not much activity in this thread and it seems Cove have dropped the Handjob from their line-up.

    Last year i said i was giving mine one last season... but i've decided to give it a go for another year.

    Overall i think the bike ages pretty well, especially when i look at Micks race-ready build. Mine used to look gawd-awful, but now it's quite decent with every component dialed to my taste.

    Some changes in the works: New 20mm Reba lowers (got'em cheap), 1x10 (from 2x9), XT brakes (so long, DOT fluid!), as well as some other minor things;

    Pics to come in the coming weeks.

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gachet View Post
    Seeing the older frame with 650b wheels above, does anyone know if they'll fit one of the newer Tange Prestige frames?

    I will go out on a limb and say that the Tange version is most likely very similar to the older model, if not identical, in terms of geometry.

    However, personally, i wouldn't put 650B wheels on there... i've got 5/8" clearance at the rear, and as J. Random Psycho puts it, the BB seems high enough to begin with.

    Meanwhile, i'll be waiting for Cove or Chromag to put out a steel 27.5er. Although, my current pick is the new 27.5 Cotic Soul:



    Looks sick!
  • 04-04-2014
    J. Random Psycho
    Can't go wrong with chromoly and orange! :thumbsup:


    On the HJ though, I hope suspension fork makers will continue to put out 1.125" steerer CSUs. And I have my sights on a pair of Mavic EN 821 rims for tape free tubeless. Would love to lace them on a True Precision S3 hubset with Sapim CX-Rays!


    PS
    Staying 26" here. They are plenty big enough for me )
  • 05-18-2015
    Kisherceg
    my old handjob with new bits.





  • 05-18-2015
    J. Random Psycho
    425 mm Salsa CroMoto? How's the bike with it? Should feel closer to classical XC rig.


    Quote:

    Originally Posted by J. Random Psycho View Post
    And I have my sights on a pair of Mavic EN 821 rims for tape free tubeless.

    I built a Hope Pro 2 Evo/DT Competition wheelset with these for a customer recently. Very impressed with the rims, they looked and felt all I expected them to be. A bit narrow by modern standards but hey. 26" is a bit small by those standards, so what. It still rocks. :D
  • 05-19-2015
    Kisherceg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by J. Random Psycho View Post
    425 mm Salsa CroMoto? How's the bike with it? Should feel closer to classical XC rig.

    Yes, 425mm AC height. You are right, sir, very close to a classic xc bike.I need to be focused while riding it. Honestly I haven't had time on it for the last one year, due to the addiction of ss riding. My On-one Inbred has stolen all the riding time.
  • 05-19-2015
    J. Random Psycho
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Kisherceg View Post
    Honestly I haven't had time on it for the last one year, due to the addiction of ss riding. My On-one Inbred has stolen all the riding time.

    I hear you loud and clear. ) Riding singlespeed DJ steel hardtail for everything since 2012 and I still don't see enough appeal in giving a geared bike enough use to bother building one up (and if I did that would be a 2006 HJ, the frame is sitting right here by me).
  • 08-15-2017
    MaukaRunner
    Sorry to bump this old thread but just wondering if anyone still riding their Handjob. I'm building up Wuzilla's former frame I bought years ago. Had it sitting in the box for a long time. Got hurt right after I bought it and stopped riding. Trying to get back in and am building it up. Still on the fence about keeping 26" wheel bikes and am getting rid or some of my full suspension frames but keeping my hardtails for now.
  • 08-15-2017
    J. Random Psycho
    I'm looking for a nice steel rigid fork for mine. Won't sell my 2006 HJ; the frame is beautiful and rides just like steel is supposed to.
  • 08-15-2017
    Kisherceg
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by J. Random Psycho View Post
    I'm looking for a nice steel rigid fork for mine. Won't sell my 2006 HJ; the frame is beautiful and rides just like steel is supposed to.

    Since I didn't ride my HJ, I sold it a year ago. It was a great and one of the worst decision at the same time. It was a very special frame, one of the nicest I have ever had, but sometimes I simply didn't like its 'personality'. My Inbred was much easier to live :) and ride with. The Inbred was also sold a few days ago. :( I ride a Unit nowadays, so the Inbred hasn't got riding-time enough to justify of owning it. I really hate owning things which I do not use, hence came the decision to sell it too.