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    I got most of the Scandal build complete.



    I still need some adapters for the Hope hub so I can't ride the bike yet, but at least I can see what she's going to look like.



    I should be rolling by the weekend. I'm really learning to be patient with this build!
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    Got her out for a ride tonight finally. Quite a departure from my Santa Cruz Nomad!

    Big wheels roll really nice - especially uphill. The sharp handling is sweet when picking your way through terrain. On the really steep downhills I missed my Nomad's slack angles and more powerful brakes for sure.

    I'm going to make a few changes:

    - move up to a 185mm rotor in front
    - slightly longer stem
    - tweak bar ends
    - move to a 24T cog on the rear from a 21T

    Other than that she seems pretty dialed.



    My buddy Scott at Porcelain Rocket Bags is making me a frame bag and once I have that I'm going to do some bikepacking trips on Vancouver Island to explore a bit.

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    Really liking what you've got going on there. Nice looking bike.

    I'll be interested to follow your thoughts and opinions on that Alfine 11 for MTB use.

    How do you like those tires? I have been eyeballing them and considering for my own 29er. What can you compare them to? I have experience with Nobby Nics on my 26" bike, and with such a larger contact patch I've been thinking of going with the Racing Ralphs on my 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahdog31 View Post
    Really liking what you've got going on there. Nice looking bike.

    I'll be interested to follow your thoughts and opinions on that Alfine 11 for MTB use.

    How do you like those tires? I have been eyeballing them and considering for my own 29er. What can you compare them to? I have experience with Nobby Nics on my 26" bike, and with such a larger contact patch I've been thinking of going with the Racing Ralphs on my 29er.
    Thanks. The build turned out pretty nice. The build quality of the Scandal 29er exceeds the cost of the frame for sure.

    I'll report back on the Alfine 11. I've been using a couple Rohloffs and Nexus8/Alfine 8's for years with no issues. Over in the IGH Forum opinions on the Alfine 11 are mixed with some problems and some people loving them in their MTBs. I'm not a super powerful rider so I hope I won't be able to break mine...

    Given that we ride all winter long here in the BC rainforest it will be nice to have a nearly no maintenance hardtail to ride so I can save my $5K FS rig for the summer and drier weather. I'll also be doing some bikepacking trips with the Scandal to explore our vast network of forest service roads on Vancouver Island.

    The Racing Ralphs are my first and only 29er tire and first tubeless tire. So far they've been great for traction and they are light. Too soon to say anything about durability.

    During the wettest time of our winter I may want a bit more traction and have been looking at Ardents for that, but so far I haven't felt the need and we are probably through the worst of it for this year.
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    Given the **** forecast for this weekend I jumped on the bike this AM when it looked like the rain was going to hold off.



    Trails were slightly wet, but still in great shape.



    I cruised around the forest glad to be a moutain biker.

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    Another day of moist forest riding.



    Nice to be riding an IGH MTB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    Not trying to criticize, but I think the preferred front brake line routing should go inside that left fork leg. Helps to prevent it snagging on something/damaging the line.

    Sweet bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeahdog31 View Post
    Not trying to criticize, but I think the preferred front brake line routing should go inside that left fork leg. Helps to prevent it snagging on something/damaging the line.

    Sweet bike!
    Thanks good catch. I'll swap that around today...
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    Got out on an overnight ride to test out my bikepacking setup on the new 29er. The frame bag is just jammed in there from another bike. A better fitting custom bag is on its way.



    The Scandal 29er eats the gravel KMs great and has no issues with a bikepacking load. I'm looking forward to exploring the south end of Vancouver Island this year.
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    I am really thinking scandal for my next frame. I have a inbred and do love steel but I think this bike with a niner RDO nude for which be a lightweight SS machine.
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    Something makes me keep coming back to this thread. What a nice clean look, I dig your bike! I like the drive train simplicity of the IGH, too. Well done Vik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StiHacka View Post
    Something makes me keep coming back to this thread. What a nice clean look, I dig your bike! I like the drive train simplicity of the IGH, too. Well done Vik.


    Thanks...

    It's turned out very well and I'm impressed with how versatile it's proving to be. It handles a bikepacking load with ease and it a fun/nimble MTB unloaded on the trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    What's the top-tube bag (butted up to the stem) you've got there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by R+P+K View Post
    What's the top-tube bag (butted up to the stem) you've got there?


    That's an old Epic Designs bag I threw on. The photo above showing a white and black TT bag is from Porcelain Rocket and is the one I'll be using on the Scandal:

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    After a couple weeks of riding I made a few upgrades to my Scandal in preparation for a 2 week trip to Sedona.

    - 180mm front rotor from 160mm
    - 9mm thrue axle vs. the 5mm QR
    - Crank Bros Joplin 4" dropper
    - Sella Anatomica leather saddle



    Nothing radical, but I think this will be the setup for the rest of 2012.



    It's turned out to be a very versatile bike for a lot of my riding needs. I won't be getting rid of my 6"+ travel all mountain FS 26er, but the two bikes together give me a nice quiver for my dirt riding missions.
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    Nice looking build. If you get a chance I'd be interested in chainstay length from centre bb to start and end of sliding dropout. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clink View Post
    Nice looking build. If you get a chance I'd be interested in chainstay length from centre bb to start and end of sliding dropout. :-)
    Here are my rough measurements:

    - BB to start of H-dropouts ~17"
    - length of dropouts ~1.25" [probably 1" useable]
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    Here are my rough measurements:

    - BB to start of H-dropouts ~17"
    - length of dropouts ~1.25" [probably 1" useable]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clink View Post
    Thanks -
    No problem...for my IGH build the CS length I'll use is about 17.1" to 17.5". Depending on which cog I use and chain wear.
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    Joplin 4 with Selle Anatomica saddle.
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    Nice pics. Those trails look pretty sweet. Care to tell us where they are? I've got some friends in Surrey and hope to get up there next summer. BTW, nice shots from Sedona on your blog. Loved riding there

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbenimble View Post
    Nice pics. Those trails look pretty sweet. Care to tell us where they are? I've got some friends in Surrey and hope to get up there next summer. BTW, nice shots from Sedona on your blog. Loved riding there


    Sedona has been good to us for sure...

    The trails I've posted about in this thread around Victoria are in Hartland Mountain Bike Park and Partridge Hills.

    My work schedule varies pretty wildly, but if you want to PM me closer to the time you might be in the area I can give you info on what's good at the moment and if you want to ride on the Vancouver Island I'd be happy to show you around if time permits...
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    Thanks man. Don't know if I'll have time to make it out to Vancouver Island but for sure will try, and get in touch if I do. Meanwhile I'm hoping to build my own Scandal, once funds become available for all those parts. Good thing the frames are so reasonably priced.

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    A couple Scandal shots from Sedona.

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