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    Cove handjob, show me yours !!!

    Just ordered me a nice 07 Handjob frame in black, please could owners post some pics of theirs to inspire my new build ??

    Much appreciated

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    re:cove handjob

    2005 frame, matte black, built up a few ways.
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    Here's a couple of my 07.




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    Great looking bikes there, can't wait for my 07 to arrive, black too

    You pleased with how they ride ?

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    First ride on mine about 10 minutes ago. Very happy, climbed well, felt that spring in the frame feeling too. Even rode it down my DH run on the way back (with the seat down a bit) and it cornered awesome.

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    It's my HJ.
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    The compulsory outdoor pic


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    Here's a more recent pic of mine.

    Got both Crossmax's on it, a longer stem and a custom XTR bash. Love the bike!


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    All very nice, I'm still waiting for my frame to arrive

    Vernon - Is that a Rohloff you have fitted in the top photo ?

    I'm just wondering if it is does it run ok because you don't have a tensioner on there and the HJ doesn't have sliding dropouts ?

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    update of some actual action pics.hehe.






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    Hi, andy!
    That' nice ladder riding!!

    How do you feel your RS Recon when you use it at 130mm travel?
    And how long travel do you use usually at that trail?

    Cheers :-)

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    I generally run them at 115 most of the time with about 15mm sag. They feel a little undersprung for me. At the end of this trail there is a huck that I always bottom out on. I sometimes wind them out to 130 for this particular trail. Not really happy with them at my weight (90kgs) I intend on moving them onto my wifes bike.

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    Aye up fellas, finally got mine built up, will post pics later today or tomorrow.

    She looks rather sexy

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    Finished at last!

    Here you go, i'm very pleased with her, just need to shorten the brake hoses.
    She'll get her first thrashing tomorrow



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    Hi,

    what is the size of your handjob. I am 5'10, and I don't know if I have to buy a 17,5 or 19.
    I use to ride a M prophet.
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    The Handjob is 19.5" and I ride a large Prophet !

    I'm 6'1" with a 34" inseam, I reckon that you would be ok with it at your height. I guess it depends how you like your bike, nice and stretched out or small and flickable.

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    So I think the 19,5 would be better for me, my M prophet is a little small for me.

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    Where as I am 5'10" and ride a 17.5. With the slope of the top tube, I need a lot of post, but it fits me near prefect with a 80mm stem.

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    Im 5'11.5" and Im riding a 17.5 with a 110mm stem and a setback post. I run alot of exposed post, but thats good on an HT b/c it lessens the beating I take. I could run either bike without issue, but decided on the smaller one for handling reasons.


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    Thanks for your feedback, I prefer riding short stems so I am going on the 19,5. A 18,5 should be better, I guess ;-)

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    One more question,
    is it easy to remove the stickers ? I plan to buy one for my wife and she is not fan of the "handjob" one ...

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    Yeah, its real easy. Mine started coming off on their own.

    In fact, I emailed Cove about some replacement decals...but they didnt return my email. I live in the states, and I know they have a QBP deal where they cant sell direct, so Im not sure if they could give me some anyway, but a reply would've been nice.
    Luckily I will be in the neighborhood of the shop later this summer.

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    Just ordered one for my wife (17,5 black). I'm waiting for it next week. Pictures coming soon (I hope) ...

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    Hi,
    here she is ...
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    love it, I can't let my wife see those forks. She will want them on her bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_n
    love it, I can't let my wife see those forks. She will want them on her bike.
    My wife loves it too. The fork is a magura menja. It is very plush.
    You were right for the size, 17,5 is also good for me.

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    A few more up to date pics of mine here, upgrades are Hope headset to add a dash of colour and Mavic Crossland wheels.

    Pics here

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    here's mine

    love the ride, but head angle a little too slack for climbing...in my opinion. great on the decents and carves up sinlge track! noice
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    Nice build Sam. Flats???????

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    Racing mine last weekend.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sam575
    love the ride, but head angle a little too slack for climbing...in my opinion. great on the decents and carves up sinlge track! noice
    I'm using a 100mm fork which is enough for me with this bike (I have a Prophet for crazier stuff), the Marz fork also has the ETA which reduces the travel to 30mm and lowers the front end which is just excellent for climbing, I use it all the time, highly reccommended.

    I am loving the ride of the Handjob, so much more capable/comfortable than my old Alu XTC!

    Good stuff

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    Reduces to 30mm or by 30mm, that would dump it heaps.

    I am also running my Rebas on 100 most of the time. Sometimes banging back out to 115 if it is something a bit harder.

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    Hi there, it reduces the travel to 30mm and the front end is lowered about 30mm too so there is a significant difference, like in this pic:-
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    Just flick this little lever here and you're good to go
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    Handjob build

    I'm slowly building mine (pixie blue). Was swapping parts from my old bike and realized the post mounts on my old fork are too small/close together to accept discs. Dang! I have a 80mm fork lying around. Anyone use a small fork on theirs?

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    what fork, and post pics - you may just need an adapter.

    Oh - where can you buy cove bikes int he US other than thru QBP/LBS?

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    heres mine



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    Very nice

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    New question here. help for right size...

    I have this problem: I'm intersted to Cove Handjob, I'm about 5,11 tall (180cm) with a 32 inch inside leg (82cm) and I don't know if the right size for me is the 17,5 or 19,5...
    Now I have a Specialized Stumpjumper 18 size, with 90mm stem and I feel good with it
    Some one can suggest the right size for the Handjob?
    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by spartaco
    I have this problem: I'm intersted to Cove Handjob, I'm about 5,11 tall (180cm) with a 32 inch inside leg (82cm) and I don't know if the right size for me is the 17,5 or 19,5...
    Now I have a Specialized Stumpjumper 18 size, with 90mm stem and I feel good with it
    Some one can suggest the right size for the Handjob?
    thanks
    I am almost exactly your size, maybe a half inch taller, but same inseam....I have a 17.5" frame and it fits me just perfect, BUT, I do have a 110mm stem and a Thomson setback post. I do not doubt that I could just as easily run the 19.5" frame with a shorter stem and Id imagine you'd be in the same boat.
    So really, it depends on what you're after, a bit longer frame and a short stem, or a shorter frame and a longer stem. Standover wont be an issue on the 19.5 b/c of the way the toptube is sloped. You'll have plenty of room. The chainstays and everything behind the seatpost lengthwise is the same, so basically your difference will only be in effective top tube length and amount of exposed seatpost since standover is not an issue with this frame design.
    I know that's not a definitive answer by any means, but since your measurements are so similar to mine, I feel confident in saying that either frame would be of acceptable size. Some people would tell you that running a shorter seat post would be an advantage, however, given that it is a hardtail, a post with some flex will take some of the bite out of the ride and the longer the post, the more flex, in general...and though it's a steel frame, it's pretty beefy and not altogether "compliant" IMO as some steel frames claim to be so I like that I have a good bit of exposed post.
    Another reason I went smaller is that since I run a 130mm fork, and the bike is very slack, running a bit of a longer stem allows me to concentrate some weight further in front of the front wheel than would be possible on a larger frame with a shorter stem. This negates some of the "wandering" that happens while climbing...that's of course typical with slack bikes.

    ...so yeah, all in all, there is sound reasoning to go with either size, it's just a matter of where your priorities are.

    Edit:

    Here's a pic of my 17.5 with its current componentry.

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    If I were you I'd go for the 19.5", I'm 6'1" with a 33 inseam which is obviously a couple of inches taller than yourself but I feel I am right on the limit, i.e. if I were any taller I'd need a bigger frame. I reckon the 19" would be perfect for you to adapt either way with a long or short stem or whatever.
    I should point out that I personally like a stretched out frame.
    Sorry to confuse you but that is my honest opinion, I think the 17.5" would be a tad small for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlosPirahna
    If I were you I'd go for the 19.5", I'm 6'1" with a 33 inseam which is obviously a couple of inches taller than yourself but I feel I am right on the limit, i.e. if I were any taller I'd need a bigger frame. I reckon the 19" would be perfect for you to adapt either way with a long or short stem or whatever.
    I should point out that I personally like a stretched out frame.
    Sorry to confuse you but that is my honest opinion, I think the 17.5" would be a tad small for you.
    That's fine that you have an "honest opinion" and all, but the frame would not be "too small" by any stretch, as I can attest since I am the same size and had a fitting done to locate optimal position. Since that position was indeed found, I can say beyond an "honest opinion" that the frame would be of acceptable size. However, each of the frame sizes, since he and I are right on the sizing threshold with regard to our height and inseam, will require its own set of accommodations to put the rider in proper position. And as I said in my last post, either frame would work, but it comes down to personal preference of where a rider would decide to add or subtract inches to or from the cockpit length.

    There is, after all, only a .5" difference in TT length between the two frame sizes. 12.5mm of additional stem length would essentially give the 17.5 the same length from seat tube to handle bars as a 19.5. The only difference would be in amount of exposed post.

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    Thanks to all for your opinions, I think about this post and at the end I take a 17,5 for handling reason. I hope is the right thingh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoTreadOnMe
    That's fine that you have an "honest opinion" and all, but the frame would not be "too small" by any stretch, as I can attest since I am the same size and had a fitting done to locate optimal position. Since that position was indeed found, I can say beyond an "honest opinion" that the frame would be of acceptable size. However, each of the frame sizes, since he and I are right on the sizing threshold with regard to our height and inseam, will require its own set of accommodations to put the rider in proper position. And as I said in my last post, either frame would work, but it comes down to personal preference of where a rider would decide to add or subtract inches to or from the cockpit length.

    There is, after all, only a .5" difference in TT length between the two frame sizes. 12.5mm of additional stem length would essentially give the 17.5 the same length from seat tube to handle bars as a 19.5. The only difference would be in amount of exposed post.
    But you're also running a layback post and a long stem!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KarlosPirahna
    But you're also running a layback post and a long stem!?!
    Yes, I noted that in the two previous posts, along with the reasoning behind using them. There is more than one way to skin a cat. You're saying, with no personal experience, that a certain frame size is going to be "too small" and I have indicated that it will not be, if he prefers using a certain set of accommodations. If he wants to run the bigger frame with a shorter stem, that will work just dandy as well. Again, each frame size will require a specific setup for proper fit. This isn't rocket surgery.

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    But, if the frame fits properly to start with you don't need to make changes. A long stem etc may take around from the allround abilities of the bike. Being 5'10" and riding a 17.5 it fits perfectly with an 80mm stem. So depending on the type of riding and the terrain you traverse , at 5'11" you could possibly fit both sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy_n
    But, if the frame fits properly to start with you don't need to make changes. A long stem etc may take around from the allround abilities of the bike. Being 5'10" and riding a 17.5 it fits perfectly with an 80mm stem. So depending on the type of riding and the terrain you traverse , at 5'11" you could possibly fit both sizes.
    What "changes" would you be speaking of? You spec the frame with the proper parts from the beginning. There are no "changes" going on. I don't know how to spell out the fact that there is only a .5" difference in top tube length of the 17.5 and the 19.5" frames and that either frame will work at his height, depending on how he wants to set it up.

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    Bit of an update on mine.

    Has Reba's now, nearly full 08 XT and XTR pedals. Slowly getting the weight down while keeping it strong.




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    Sorry 'bout the crappy pic, but here it is. Sram X-9, Avid discs, RaceFace crank, seat post, stem and bars, Marzz fork, WTB seat etc...
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