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    New question here. Convert Bad Boy Ultra to Rigid?

    Hopefully, some of the Bad Boy experts will see this (seems like a lot of the discussions are embedded within the "Post Your Bad Boy" thread)...

    I have a 2007 Bad Boy Ultra that spends most of its time on the trainer.

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    In an attempt to get more utility out of it, I've ordered a 2nd set of wheels and some cyclocross tires with the intent of doing some gravel trail riding (maybe even some cyclocross events), here in Germany. Since the bike comes with and currently rides on 700c wheels/tires, I ordered 29er wheels (23mm wide) and Kenda Small Block 8 700x35mm tires.

    I know the Schrader valve on the fork (under the HeadShok) is going to be the point of conflict. If there isn't enough clearance (even with the cap off), I'm considering a swap to a 29" rigid carbon fork. While exploring this option, I thought about the fact that I rarely gain much by having the HeadShok on there and started thinking the rigid carbon fork might be a great upgrade regardless of wheel fitment issues.

    Whatcha think?
    Is there any reason (other than the Schrader valve issue) to not run this bike as a 29er (e.g., geometry, rear triangle clearance, etc.) ?
    Is this path an up-grade or a down-grade?


    P.S. My RZ120 (FS 26" MTB) is my #1 bike and gets the majority of my outdoor riding. However, the Bad Boy got over 1,500 miles on the trainer in 2013, and will likely get at least the same amount in 2014.
    I just wanna ride...

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    I have a second set of 700 wheels , to fit my Headshock equipped bike.
    I switch to them when I do pavement.
    The schreader valve clear up to 700/38 tires.
    Consider that not all tire companies have the same measurement.

    I ues a flat plastic Schreader cap , clears more space.
    "There is a big difference between kneeling down and bending over" -FZ

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