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    A tiny Birthday Present

    In order to properly celebrate my 40th birthday, I felt like having a mid-life crisis and buying myself something different.

    Ever since 36ers started popping up on the 29er board, I've had an itch that needed to be scratched. And for more than a year, my bike-to-be has been named 'tiny'. Time to get scratching....




    Walt (waltworks.com) finished up the frame in time for my actual B-day. He's written up a bit about the build here:
    http://waltworks.blogspot.com/2009/01/beast-stirs.html and
    http://waltworks.blogspot.com/2009/0...-of-story.html

    The wheels took longer. The hubs were out till after the holidays, and then the rear spokes were too long and too short (depending on lacing). I ended up ordering a custom cut set of 12g spokes from http://www.hiwheel.com/. Larry, at Mountain High Cyclery in Loveland, put them all together for me.

    But yesterday, it came together for the first time.



    I spun it out last night for a couple hours on some of the paved urban trails around Denver. Next, some dirt

    Right now, tiny is a 2x1 (the wrong rear cassette/cog carrier limits me to the 18t that came with the hub for now), but I'll try to slip 5 or 6 cogs on the rear Profile SS hub soon.

    The front hub is a 135mm Paul hub.

    The frame (with sliders, BB and headset) weighs in at a reasonable 3549g, and the fork a solid 1415g. I haven't stood on a scale yet with the entire package, though, for the curious.

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    Someday I will also own a bike proportional to my body size. I'm jealous of this beast for that reason.
    A trail that’s too difficult wouldn’t exist because it’d never be used. But, trails can exist that’re too difficult for you.

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    Nickle,

    I'm 6' 4" for perspective.

    One of the funniest things was comparing the wheel to a built-up Pugsley in Larry's shop.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    I'm 6' 4" for perspective.
    Oh, no way. Me too. That means a 36er will make me look... normal?

    You look like you're 5'6" in the above pic.
    A trail that’s too difficult wouldn’t exist because it’d never be used. But, trails can exist that’re too difficult for you.

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    That's really cool, I love it! I would love to get something like that built up for myself some day. I can imagine the big expenses would be in the tires, rims, spokes and frame... Out of curiosity, how tall are you?

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    I want!



    + welcome to the 40s..........like a good wine!
    Les grimpées, je les déteste!

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    Nice!!!!

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    Make sure you get some trail pics! Would love to see it in action. The bike looks way more normal with an adult (6' + ) on it.

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    Sweet!

    Glad the wheels are finally together! Stop by so I can take a test ride, eh?

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    Love It!

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    Very nice bike - but then, it is a WaltWorks.

    135mm hubs front & rear?

    Head angle/fork offset?
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    Very cool, I dig the color too!

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    Congratulations on seeing your dream realized. Now go dispel misconceptions about bigger wheel bikes, if it pleases you that is.
    One pedal goes down
    the other goes up
    bike goes forward
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    Quote Originally Posted by wadester
    Very nice bike - but then, it is a WaltWorks.

    135mm hubs front & rear?

    Head angle/fork offset?

    135mm front and rear. It should help strengthen the wheels a bit with more triangulation. They felt nice and solid on my cruise last night. The rims are quite beefy as well.

    The head angle on my last spreadsheet is 71* and the fork rake 75mm for 79mm of trail.

    Frankly, I don't know much about the details of the geometry. I just coerced Walt into building me something that was perfect for XC, enduro and techy rides, comfortable and flickable, vertically compliant and horizontally stiff. He filled the tubes with luminiferous aether as well for free!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keener
    Congratulations on seeing your dream realized. Now go dispel misconceptions about bigger wheel bikes, if it pleases you that is.
    Thanks! You and Ben Witt have been a constant source of inspiration to give this a go.

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    Awesome bike! The main reason I went 29er is the fact I don't look like I'm on a kids bike anymore. 6 ft even.

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    Nice! I was talking with Larry the other day and he said he was building some 36er wheels. Good stuff, I rode James @ Black Sheeps and it was BADASS. Me wants a steel one too
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    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    One of the funniest things was comparing the wheel to a built-up Pugsley in Larry's shop.
    Wow! That is a huge wheel!

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    Curious ... At 6'7" how big do I need to go with wheel size to make me look normal?

    Rhetorical, of course ... I've resigned myself to the fact that "normal" is beyond any concept of worldly reach for me years ago.
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    Couple more pics I took of it when Marcus was here finishing the bike up.

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    Biker? I don't even know her.

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    Follow the link hiwheel.com and you can get a pennyfarthing for your own!

    Driving to Boulder today with tiny on the roof confirmed one issue I was somewhat concerned with. The wind cross-section of the 36er is huge. I could feel the car getting pushed around significantly more than usual

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    Follow the link hiwheel.com and you can get a pennyfarthing for your own!

    Driving to Boulder today with tiny on the roof confirmed one issue I was somewhat concerned with. The wind cross-section of the 36er is huge. I could feel the car getting pushed around significantly more than usual
    Just cover it with canvas and use it like a sail

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    Quote Originally Posted by cartographer
    Driving to Boulder today with tiny on the roof confirmed one issue I was somewhat concerned with. The wind cross-section of the 36er is huge. I could feel the car getting pushed around significantly more than usual

    Its the bikes way of asking you to ride it not and not to put it on top of the smart car.

    ATMHO , I find riding into the wind at the front 1/4 harder than right in front w/the 36.
    My 36 gets to be inside the van, I thought it a good way to go after the bike rack we had was dropping bikes and would not fit a 36 any way.
    One pedal goes down
    the other goes up
    bike goes forward
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    Quote Originally Posted by SylentK







    With that head tube angle, I wonder how it pins the corners?

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