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    Funk La Ruta

    Everyone has a dream. This is mine!
    Funk La Ruta titanium softail with Rohloff speedhub.
    First of all, I love titanium. It is my ideal material for bicycle. It is corrosion and impact resistant. It has a great strength to weight ratio. It is beautiful, and it last forever!
    Secondly, I love Rohloff. Low maintenance, undisturbed by riding condition, perfect shifting without a miss. It is a complex design that stood for years, with such a simple interface and appearance.
    Then I found Funk La Ruta. A bike that allows me to complete my dream. It is a titanium softail. No linkage, this is something many full suspension bike owners will appreciate; no loose bearing, no squeaky noise, no maintenance. Softail also means near zero chain growth, which is ideal for internal hub, where no tensioner is needed. 3" of travel is plenty enough for a wide range of terrain.

    M size frame (with rear shock) comes in at 1.95kg.
    Full bike weights 10.9kg.
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    Nice setup. Is it 26er? How it compares to a bike with traditional bearing suspension?

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    I looking at la ruta to buy, do you have any issues with the bike? It looks great, i'll be going for normal gears.

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    it's 26". i was riding a '05 litespeed sewanee with 60mm rear travel. i felt that la ruta is slightly less sensitive for the very small bump, but has a very linear travel zone after. but the difference is really small. to be fair, i've never done an apple-to-apple comparison with the same rear shox, and i believe that could the rear shox could contribute a larger difference than the frame itself...i'm just speculating.
    stiffness wise, it is a lot stiffer than the litespeed. very responsive, especially with pro-pedal on.

    i was (and still a little) worried about the rear shox reliability, given that one end of it is clamped on. i have been riding this bike for a few months now, no issue. Funk has great customer service! response is quick, and sincere. that's one of the reasons i pulled the trigger. i figured that if i have a problem, they will fix it for me. also, with shox technology advances, i wouldn't mind changing a rear shox every few years (shall there be reliability issue), than to live with loose bearing/squeaky noise every so often.

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    VERY nice ride!! I've looked at them and have written the company and found very nice folks there. I think that is the only way to go get one made for oneself.
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    I made a thread in the frame building section, and got a lot of negative feedback about the design, however everyone who has ridden one on this forum has nothing but praise for it ????

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    cabbgage: what are some of common negative feedback? maybe you can share and i can give my perspective?

    there is no best bike. but there is a best bike for you, for your application.
    in my opinion, these are some 'weaknesses' this bike has:
    1) POTENTIAL rear shox reliability - like i said, if it can last 3-5 yrs, i'm more than happy. and i will switch to a new shox with latest technology then.
    2) rear end stiffness - surely not as 'responsive' as a hardtail. is that because the rear end if flexing, or the shox is moving? i can't tell. I believe it depends a lot on rear shox, getting the right balance between stiffness and suspension, which depends on where and how you ride. maybe a lockout shox is better option for the more powerful rider. but really, it is plenty responsive for me. i'm 72kg, i can do 40km road time trial average ~39kph, so i'll say i have above average fitness. but i can imagine it MAY be different for heavier or more powerful rider.
    3) limited travel - ok, it doesn't have 4" travel. but there are plenty of people out there who ride hardtail and 1" travel ybb (with no damping). it just depends what you want. I've ridden 2008 specialized epic. i don't feel any less confident on la ruta. it is of course different if you are looking at 5"-travel-or-above all-mountain bike.
    4) $$$ - this is probably the biggest hurdle I'm 35 yrs old. I figured if this extra dollar can help me sustain my interest, gaining fitness and at the same time reduce the amount of alcohol intake, this can't be a wrong move. yes, i can get something similar with a much lower cost. but then i'll keep looking at the la ruta over and over again. $3.5k for love at first sight? i'll buy that

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    They were saying that the design with the flex plate behind the bb, will cause pedal bob. I'd love to see some more pics of your bike. Thanks for your feedback.

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    when i look down on the rear shox (while riding on smooth road), i do notice very small amount of suspension movement. but it is very little, i won't call it 'bob'. my only reference is that 2005 litespeed sewanee. the litespeed has more movement than the la ruta.
    I don't have any close up pic. let me know what area you are interested and i can do it when i have the chance. the bike has been covered with mud for a long time. i dont have the time, and dont see the need to clean it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teocl View Post
    Everyone has a dream. This is mine!
    Funk La Ruta titanium softail with Rohloff speedhub.
    First of all, I love titanium. It is my ideal material for bicycle. It is corrosion and impact resistant. It has a great strength to weight ratio. It is beautiful, and it last forever!
    Secondly, I love Rohloff. Low maintenance, undisturbed by riding condition, perfect shifting without a miss. It is a complex design that stood for years, with such a simple interface and appearance.
    Then I found Funk La Ruta. A bike that allows me to complete my dream. It is a titanium softail. No linkage, this is something many full suspension bike owners will appreciate; no loose bearing, no squeaky noise, no maintenance. Softail also means near zero chain growth, which is ideal for internal hub, where no tensioner is needed. 3" of travel is plenty enough for a wide range of terrain.

    M size frame (with rear shock) comes in at 1.95kg.
    Full bike weights 10.9kg.
    Your bike is also my dream bike - I currently have a Lenz Sport Milk Money with a Rohloff, but my next frame will be a Funk La Ruta 29er! Curious if you've every thrown a chain off the sprockets? This is my only concern with the Funk. Other owners have reported no thrown chains, so I'm just trying to gather as much data as I can before I pull the trigger in the future... Thanks for your feedback in advance!

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    i was a little worried about it too but NEVER had a chain drop. other than that, i was also concerned about whether the rear wheel actually move away from BB at some point during the compression path, that will 'stretch' the chain. and that will determine how tight i can tension the chain during the initial setup. what i did was i released the rear shock pressure completely and push the bike down to the bottom of the travel while resting my finger on the chain. i don't detect any noticeable chain growth/stretch. so i will say chain length changes thru the travel is very minimal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teocl View Post
    i was a little worried about it too but NEVER had a chain drop. other than that, i was also concerned about whether the rear wheel actually move away from BB at some point during the compression path, that will 'stretch' the chain. and that will determine how tight i can tension the chain during the initial setup. what i did was i released the rear shock pressure completely and push the bike down to the bottom of the travel while resting my finger on the chain. i don't detect any noticeable chain growth/stretch. so i will say chain length changes thru the travel is very minimal.
    Much Appreciated! That is exactly the feedback I was hoping to hear - I now know what my next frame is "Funk La Ruta"!

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    Long term Reliability

    For those concerning about the over-constraint rear shox mount...
    I have been riding the La Ruta for more than 2 years now. Mostly XC terrain and ~60% muddy. I'm glad to report that the rear shox still function well. The only sign of wear is the slight discoloration of the Kashima coating.
    And to put things in perspective, I've completely worn out a Fox fork (with deep scratches on the stanchion), replaced 2 new sets of chain, one set of ring/cog, replaced a ceased XTR BB, and snapped a Thomson Masterpiece seatpost.
    So, I would declare that Funk design and rear shox has met the reliability expectation!

    Another thing worth mentioning is the Rohloff speedhub. Still shift well. But I just detected some bearing (?) side play, which even a full servicing by a trained Rohloff mechanic is not able to resolve. I wasn't sure if the side play was there since day1 but it is definitely a little more than a normal wheel.
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    Thanks for the update - sounds "All Good"! The Funk La Ruta is still at the top of my consideration list. I still have my Lenz Sport Milkmoney, but I just sold the Rohloff this past weekend and ordered a full SRAM XX1 group that I'll install on the Milkmoney and ride in 2015 - want to get a little more use out of the Milkmoney frame before upgrading to the La Ruta. I loved the Rohloff, but I'm getting more into MTB racing (CAT 2) and I've determined the Rohloff is a little slower for overall speed in dry racing conditions. I'll miss the Rohloff for sure as I loved the lightning fast shifts without pedaling, but want to give the lighter (~2.5lbs vs Rohloff) and more efficient single chainring setups a try in 2015. My primary reason for the Rohloff was to ditch the front derailluer which SRAM XX1 does very well. I wish I would have raced my Rohloff at "ICEMAN" in Michigan this past November which was 31 miles of mud that killed all derailluers, but I had the bike and Rohloff all cleaned up for sale and raced an old derailluer bike and suffered for it - derailluers were nearly useless by mile 10 - ugg!Anyway, keep the updates coming on this fantastic bike of yours and hopefully someday I'll join the "Funk" Club too!!!

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    new project

    i have been eyeing 1x drivetrain for a while now and still can't take the plunge. my physical ability and the terrain I cover is simply too stretch for 1x. but I'm in similar situation, building a faster bike. here it is, with M9000 groupset. still waiting for the 2x crank, which is due to arrive in end Jan-2015.
    I suspect Funk will be under utilize for a while. however, it should still be the preferred choice for more than 4 hrs ride, seriously muddy terrain, and simply just for the fun of riding a 26er.

    new project: Moots Mooto-X RSL 29er, XTR M9000, Mavic Crossmax SL, X-cite fork, etc etc. 9.6kg.
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