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  1. #2001
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    I was one of the 2014 pre-orders and have been riding my Lurch year round for over 2 years now. Fantastic bike! After browsing this thread, I checked my dropout screws and they were bent, so I replaced them. The seatpost is garbage and was replaced after only a handful of rides. The cockpit was also too flexy and I upgraded that with a sturdier stem and handlebars. These items are pretty much standard to get replaced anyway reguardless of bike, so overall, this has been a fantastic bike.

    I recently found a screamin deal on a 100mm Bluto on eBay that I couldnt pass up. Larry at BikesDirect sent me the front hub adapters at a great price and they also came with a complementary flask (thanks!). Overall, favorite bike in my stable!

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    I thought folks might be interested in seeing my Lurch with the 29er+ wheel set BD is selling. If you have the Bluto or carbon fork with the through hub, the front wheel will work out of the box. Otherwise, the wheels come with a QR converter for the rear wheel but none for the front. BD said I could order one from Novatec, but a phone call to them received no response. I found one from MTB Tools for 21.99 and it seems to work well. Clearance is mostly quite good on the wheels. The only tight spot is where the front derailleur cable is cable tied to the raised eyelet on the frame. I'm thinking of moving the cable off the top of the eyelet and maybe eventually filing the eyelet off. Anyone have experience with doing that?
    So far the wheels are working well and I like having the 3 inch tires for general trail riding. The wheels are about 3 lbs. lighter overall than the Mulefuts (still running tubes in both).

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricColo View Post
    So far the wheels are working well and I like having the 3 inch tires for general trail riding. The wheels are about 3 lbs. lighter overall than the Mulefuts (still running tubes in both).
    How are you finding the wheels, do they alter the bike geometry at all? Thinking i should invest in a pair as a cheaper alternative to that n+1 bike I've been considering
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    Quote Originally Posted by haymaker View Post
    How are you finding the wheels, do they alter the bike geometry at all? Thinking i should invest in a pair as a cheaper alternative to that n+1 bike I've been considering
    I can't say I've noticed a change to geometry. Because the tires are smaller than the 4.8s on the Mulefut rims, it mostly offsets the taller rim size. My standover is still about the same. Probably less than 1/2 inch change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricColo
    I can't say I've noticed a change to geometry
    Thanks, that's good to hear. I see the 3inch 29+ wheelset on sale on BD right for 250 bucks for the lurch, they also have a 3.25inch 2.75+ set with same front and back hubs.

    Now I'm unsure of which to get.
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    After I ordered the 29+, I thought about the 27.5+ and wondered which would work out best. As I mentioned, the 29+ tire does have tight clearance with the front derailleur cable. Seems like the 27.5+ might also be a little more lively for trail riding. They probably are a little lighter as well.
    Part of my reason for buying the Lurch is to tour off-road. I'm looking at doing a section of the Great Divide route, and having done a section previously, know it will be a mix of forest service type dirt/gravel roads and some pavement. I figured the 29s would roll all those surfaces nicely with a load. A friend who I road the previous section with, and who has since ridden another section, did them on a Pugsley and that worked well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricColo View Post
    After I ordered the 29+, I thought about the 27.5+ and wondered which would work out best. As I mentioned, the 29+ tire does have tight clearance with the front derailleur cable. Seems like the 27.5+ might also be a little more lively for trail riding. They probably are a little lighter as well.
    Part of my reason for buying the Lurch is to tour off-road. I'm looking at doing a section of the Great Divide route, and having done a section previously, know it will be a mix of forest service type dirt/gravel roads and some pavement. I figured the 29s would roll all those surfaces nicely with a load. A friend who I road the previous section with, and who has since ridden another section, did them on a Pugsley and that worked well.
    Eric, What kind of pressures do you run on the WTB 29 wheelset and how have they been? They're a great price (can't even get the hubs to build my own for 250), but curious if the i25 rims are too narrow. Have you gone tubeless yet? Any thoughts are appreciated!

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    I've been running about 12 psi, mostly doing mountain trail riding, lots of rocks and some drops, and a little worried about pinch flats from running less. Would have liked to tried it on some sand riding in Moab but decided I didn't want to carry two bikes.
    For anything bigger than the 3" tires the rims are likely narrow, as you suggest. The 3s seem to inflate to a good shape.
    I've decided against tubeless for now. I wouldn't mind losing the weight but didn't want them to set over the winter with sealant drying. This isn't my regular ride, so in general I'm a bit concerned about the sealant just coagulating in the bottom of the tire.
    I reached the same conclusion on the wheel price and figured I'd get more riding out of having the two different sized sets of wheels. Haven't had much snow yet in Denver to really try out the fatties. Hoping to get up into the mountains in the next few weeks.

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    I'd been thinking of getting a new 29er FS bike but instead just ordered the 29+ WTB wheels for my lurch from BD, I already got spare 180 and 160 rotors. Now just gotta order the cassette and should be ready to ride on them as soon as they arrive until the snow arrives in New England. Hoping that makes the bike a little snappier as fun as it is to ride in any conditions I feel like I'll get more out of the bike with these wheels 3 out of the 4 seasons of the year.
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    Would love to see more photos of peoples lurches out in the wild, here's mine pretty much as spec, only had to replace a broken chain so far. Not had any issues with the handlebar, seat post or drop screws as mentioned by others and I'm a 210lb+ guy, getting lighter each ride tho

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    I've since taken off the reflectors, will be adding a light for some night riding that I got on order, and of course the 29+ wheels once they arrive.
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    Got out to the local trails in the Boston area today before it got dark and had them pretty much all to myself.

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    I realized pretty quickly I need to adjust the tire pressure as I was running too high and not getting the tank like traction i did earlier in the year. Also I'm out of practice at hauling all this weight up hill having been riding my hardtail trail bike all season. Looking forward to the bad weather
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    My 29er wheelset set for my Lurch came from BikesDirect this afternoon, the box was a bit beatup and wheels will definitely need truing but I figured that would be needed anyway.

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    Took me over an hour to get them on, having not initially realized the rear hub needed to be taken apart and the axle on the wheels replaced with the one sent separately, not sure why this wasnt attached by default?? But anyways got the axle swapped and now have the wheels mounted on the bike, too dark to get out and try it today but looking forward to trying them this weekend. For the most part the brakepads dont catch the new rotors and the wheels spin freely, but as I said will need truing at some point.





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    I've been on the fence of buying a fat bike, and which to get. Finally settled on a lurch with a bluto, but damn I wish I could get it in purple


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    Quote Originally Posted by monkey50 View Post
    I've been on the fence of buying a fat bike, and which to get. Finally settled on a lurch with a bluto, but damn I wish I could get it in purple
    Heard that. I don't have my lurch anymore, but I really wish the purple was available with a bluto. I really liked the metallic gray that I had. Still kind of regret selling it, but I like my ice cream truck a lot too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haymaker View Post
    I'd been thinking of getting a new 29er FS bike but instead just ordered the 29+ WTB wheels for my lurch from BD, I already got spare 180 and 160 rotors. Now just gotta order the cassette
    What cassette did you get for your 29er wheelset? After only one round trip of swapping the stock cassette between the mulefuts and i25s, I'm ready to go plug and play.

    I was suspicious about the 3" Trax Fatties working with the i25 rims, so I put a set of 2.5" Surely Extraterrestrials on mine. Are you guys noticing a need to run higher pressures than you'd like in order to avoid squirm/roll with the Trax Fatties?

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    Itís here and mostly built.. canít wait til tomorrow to ride it


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    Quote Originally Posted by BikesFloat View Post
    What cassette did you get for your 29er wheelset? After only one round trip of swapping the stock cassette between the mulefuts and i25s, I'm ready to go plug and play.

    I was suspicious about the 3" Trax Fatties working with the i25 rims, so I put a set of 2.5" Surely Extraterrestrials on mine. Are you guys noticing a need to run higher pressures than you'd like in order to avoid squirm/roll with the Trax Fatties?
    I bid and won a auction for a Shimano CS-HG62 MTB Cassette 11-36T 10-Speed and got one for 30 bucks, seems to be working well.

    I've not noticed any squirming, running them the pressure they came in from BD but i've only ridden them once, I've put the true fat wheelset back on to enjoy the snow here in New England.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BikesFloat View Post
    What cassette did you get for your 29er wheelset? After only one round trip of swapping the stock cassette between the mulefuts and i25s, I'm ready to go plug and play.

    I was suspicious about the 3" Trax Fatties working with the i25 rims, so I put a set of 2.5" Surely Extraterrestrials on mine. Are you guys noticing a need to run higher pressures than you'd like in order to avoid squirm/roll with the Trax Fatties?
    I haven't noticed a problem with the 3" squirming. I've been running about 12-15 psi. The trails I've been riding are fairly rough, so I didn't want to go lower for fear of pinch flats (still running tubes).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikesFloat View Post
    What cassette did you get for your 29er wheelset? After only one round trip of swapping the stock cassette between the mulefuts and i25s, I'm ready to go plug and play.

    I was suspicious about the 3" Trax Fatties working with the i25 rims, so I put a set of 2.5" Surely Extraterrestrials on mine. Are you guys noticing a need to run higher pressures than you'd like in order to avoid squirm/roll with the Trax Fatties?
    I have been ridding the 3" Trax Fatties since last spring when I got the wheels. I have ridden almost everything with these tires; gravel, pavement, hard dirt, technical rocky rooty single track, mud, and snow. pressures were mostly set by feel but probably ranged from about 12-20psi. I don't have a tone of MTB experience, but did not notice much squirm (if I did it was probably at lower pressures on hard surfaces). The Trax Fattie is a very fast rolling tire that still has plenty of grip on gravel, dirt, rocks, and roots. The tires are fast in light to moderate snow, but may require more skill to stay upright. As of now I'm designating the Trax Fatties as my "All Season tires" and I'm getting some studded Snowshoe XL tires for snow and ice. the Trax Fatties are not the best tire for any situation, but they work better than expected for most situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haymaker View Post
    Would love to see more photos of peoples lurches out in the wild, here's mine pretty much as spec, only had to replace a broken chain so far. Not had any issues with the handlebar, seat post or drop screws as mentioned by others and I'm a 210lb+ guy, getting lighter each ride tho

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    I've since taken off the reflectors, will be adding a light for some night riding that I got on order, and of course the 29+ wheels once they arrive.

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    Here is Lurch and I in the "Badlands" of Island Lake Rec Area in Brighton MI. This is our "the trails are shit but still want to ride" place to go. Hundreds or acres of sand dunes, two track, rock piles and some singletrack.

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    Bumping this because I just ordered a rigid Lurch this morning. Can anyone tell me if the newer rigid Lurches still use a front hub that can convert from 9 mm to 15 mm?

    Very stoked on this bike after shopping used for a while. I plan on going 1x11 and swapping out the cockpit for Race Face 70 mm stem and 785 mm bar. Other than that, this things is nicely spec'd to roll right outta the box.
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    The Novatec hubs can be used with QR or thru-axle. The Lurch only comes with the QR parts so you will need to email Bikes Direct and ask for the spacers to use the front hub with a thru axle (about $20). When you get them remove the QR end caps and put the thru-Axle end caps on. I did this with when I installed a carbon fork.

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