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    The 2017 Pearl Pass Tour Bike

    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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