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    The 2017 Pearl Pass Tour Bike - Finished with Paint

    The Pearl Pass Tour from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado is the longest running mountain bike event in the world. Last year was the 40th edition of the tour, and on four separate occasions I've ridden the event on historic mountain bikes, including Salsa #18, Cunningham #CBC, Breezer Series II #12, and Breezer Series I #4.47.

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    This year I decided to do something a bit different and build my bike for the event, with inspiration from the pioneers of the sport like Joe Breeze, Steve Potts, Ross Shafer, Tom Ritchey, and many more. The frame design is a tribute to Don McClung and his retro 29ers with short wheel base and steep angles. The build relies heavily on classic parts from Wilderness Trail Bikes, from back when everything was made in the US.

    Here are some photos as the build has progressed.

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    More Photos

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    That is beautiful! Please keep the pics coming.

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    too cool! Indeed, keep the pics coming!

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    The headtube. It's 1 inch for the complete retro style.

    I showed this photo to Ross Shafer, founder of Salsa Cycles and a master frame builder and he said, "just seeing this photo makes my hands hurt."

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    Walt, the threaded 1 inch steerer came from your collection of stuff.

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    Ready for paint!

    Photos taken before brake bosses were attached.

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    A few more of some details.

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    Lovely detail work.
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
    Latitude: 57º36' Highlands, Scotland

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    Incredible. It makes my fingertips hurt.
    Nothing that's worth anything is ever easy - M. Hall

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    My right wrist doesn't feel so good now.

    Quote Originally Posted by life behind bars View Post
    Incredible. It makes my fingertips hurt.

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    Ready to Rock and Roll

    A complete photo gallery can be seen at

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    Talk to me about those fork struts . . . . I've been thinking of making a set to go with an old schwinn, the fork flexes a little too much for comfort

    Awesome bike by the way

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    Yes, the flex in a lot of forks is enough to shear most struts off or cause the hardware to come loose. I decided to float them at both the top and bottom so they are really just decorative. Blades are Columbus Rando.

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    Wow! So much goodness in one project. Props.
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    Didn't notice the under BB rear brake initially. I guess we are so used seeing to Disc mounts these days.
    Great build.
    And yes, 'rigid' forks are supposed to flex, it's part of there ability to absorb shock (to a limited degree).

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    Wow. O

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    A lot of perfection there.
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
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    Thanks everyone.

    The bike survived the 80 mile round trip Pearl Pass tour with flying colors.

    One ding and some lost paint, but everything kept working.

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    Bad Ass!
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    There is but one rule in life. "First one to the finish line wins!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by geckocycles View Post
    Bad Ass!
    Coming from an accomplished builder such as yourself, Big Time Thanks!

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    Fantastic thread. Great build, great pics, great story.

    That said? All of this for a bike that's designed/intended to be ridden on a crappy dirt road that devolves to a scree field before topping out, continuing in scree, then devolving *back* to a crappy dirt road?

    You've got something I don't have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    You've got something I don't have.
    ...says a dude who's won the Iditasport. Guess it's all relative, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feldybikes View Post
    ...says a dude who's won the Iditasport. Guess it's all relative, eh?

    Yeahbut...

    ...but...

    ...touche.

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    Wow, great looking cycle. Immaculate attention to detail. Thanks for sharing.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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