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    Black Sheep Fat Fully

    Finally had some time to put miles in on the new bike. It's 110mm travel both front and rear. I didn't know what to expect from the pivotless rear suspension, but it's absolutely buttery and locks out rigid for efficient climbing with the fox float CTD. The pivotless design is very efficient, even in the Trail mode. In it's initial iteration at NAHBS, Black Sheep put a linkage fork on the front.
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    I wanted to go lefty (that linkage fork was pricey and untested!) so I chose not to take the fork and instead put a lefty max on the front with a new PBR damper.
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    Many thanks to MendonCycleSmith for the front end.
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    Mike at Wolftooth components makes a really nice front chainring for the XX1. Despite no chainguide, it hasn't ever dropped a chain.
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    An after-work ride on our local Socal singletrack. It amazes me that I can be in the 2nd biggest city in the US, but in 10 minutes not see a soul for an entire 2 hour ride.
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    I guess this would count as a flock of sheep.
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    All fat, all the time.
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    That is such a sweet bike! Any close ups on the rear suspension area? If you don't mind me asking what's the $ damage for the frame?
    Awesome....thanks for posting pics...

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    At risk of sounding jealous, that is one seriously sweet bike, and yes, I'm jealous

    Ditto on the closeups of the rear squish, and show off those welds too!!!! One of the most left out feature when showing pics of ti bikes....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

    - FrostyStruthers

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    I LIKE!!! So beautiful!

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    So is no one riding that linkage fork? I love my Lefty but it seems a crime to take off the original fork, so pretty in combination with the rest of the bike.
    Disclaimer: I run Regular Cycles (as of 2016). As a profiteer of the bicycle industry, I am not to be taken very seriously.

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    The linkage fork is back in fort collins with the black sheep crew. I got the sense that this was his first go at one and he wanted to make a few tweaks in the design before releasing them to the general public. I have a faith fork on another bike, that thing is friggin light! Add a Fox float and with the right design it would be a nice fork.

    Since all the welds are covered by dust and mud, I probably should wash it before posting a pic on here.

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    Until I saw that, I thought that the next bike I needed was a carbon 27.5 or 29" FS.

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