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    Steppin' out.

    My bread and butter has been 29" wheelbuilds for the past 7 years. 9.8 out of 10 builds that go out the door are for big wheeled bikes.

    99.9% of the remaining builds are 26" wheels, usually for longtime customers that are having wheels built for a spouse or a kid.

    .01% would then fall into the 'other' category. I can count on one hand how many non-26" or 29" wheels I've built, ever. Not many!

    But then Jabroni blindsided me yesterday with a request that definitely fell outside of normal parameters. He's building a kick bike for Jabroni Jr., and because Jabroni Sr. is who he is, he can't just spend a hundred bucks and call it good. Nevermind that the kid would have just as much fun with a ball of dough or a cardboard box!

    But Big J asked in just the right way, so I was happy to help out.

    Start with a pile o' parts:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/IQ1MMp6ccb77xHwj85BtLfb6GqSiin8jKRhtz8iZInk?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-z4h6SSn-YaQ/TfQMwjzklQI/AAAAAAAAcC4/XS6Mixaev28/s800/IMG_9281.JPG" height="538" width="800" /></a>

    String 'em:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/e2zUVZhn7CepbmQiLc3jKPb6GqSiin8jKRhtz8iZInk?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-Xho7c-ei45I/TfQMxnACJjI/AAAAAAAAcC8/7_6vMfOe7go/s800/IMG_9286.JPG" height="538" width="800" /></a>

    Tighten 'em down:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ovD8IyutkQnzKv81988mH_b6GqSiin8jKRhtz8iZInk?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-lXEG8O5og8A/TfQMyRKkRpI/AAAAAAAAcDA/MOdbiWMWjKU/s800/IMG_9295.JPG" height="538" width="800" /></a>

    The feeler gauges on the truing stand wouldn't reach, the spoke length was too short for the tensio to fit, and the dishing tool was about a foot too long to tell me anything. So I improvised with a zip tie and some guesstimation.
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/AmWEhrFx5oE947zeyyEt9fb6GqSiin8jKRhtz8iZInk?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-vuaQq9gTzsU/TfQMvz5AKdI/AAAAAAAAcC0/vtPjWNnuCS8/s800/IMG_9249.jpg" height="800" width="536" /></a>

    Let 'em cure overnight with the big kid wheels:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/aHd01tt1Crv9fDFDy-K1Nfb6GqSiin8jKRhtz8iZInk?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-ifFZ1K4J0QI/TfQMzk5u9xI/AAAAAAAAcDE/XYarJfPCz3M/s800/IMG_9340.JPG" height="538" width="800" /></a>

    Then headed out on a special delivery mission this AM:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/qMN0vjr7IiBLJ2TIyY-eP_b6GqSiin8jKRhtz8iZInk?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-ZHbKWENonMU/TfQM1hXvwEI/AAAAAAAAcDI/wAMY-kIphTI/s800/IMG_9388.jpg" height="800" width="603" /></a>

    Proud Papa:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/aoShJyHnYTaNZRdr8WJTVfb6GqSiin8jKRhtz8iZInk?feat=e mbedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-M5hpQWt5O6s/TfQM4kdApFI/AAAAAAAAcDQ/tv8gea2IZiw/s800/IMG_9490.JPG" height="538" width="800" /></a>

    BAMF glam shot:
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Kc0oP-04shMUaqIc2Zmw_Pb6GqSiin8jKRhtz8iZInk?feat=embedwe bsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-nrFlcLQhQzQ/TfQM21k8W-I/AAAAAAAAcDM/DfS5PHEJkpI/s800/IMG_9484.JPG" height="498" width="800" /></a>

    Jr. was napping when the delivery happened, so no action shots just yet...

    Fun to step outside of the box for a bit. Always good to get the perspective looking back in.

    MC

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    That is one lucky kid.
    Pugsley, Bullit

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    That is the coolest (and funnest) thing I've seen in a while. Major props.

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    Awesome and one lucky kid!

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    Please move this thread to the "new wheel trends" forum.


    Single wall, no eyelets. The 12.5" market is really lacking in manufacturer support

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    Quote Originally Posted by singletrack View Post
    Please move this thread to the "new wheel trends" forum.


    Single wall, no eyelets. The 12.5" market is really lacking in manufacturer support

    I think the hubs have pretty crappy engagement too.

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    haha. a jamaican canadian bike with no pedals and expensive wheels...

    i grew up in the islands (roatan, HN) so no hate just poking fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4x4runner View Post
    haha. a jamaican canadian bike with no pedals and expensive wheels...

    i grew up in the islands (roatan, HN) so no hate just poking fun
    Yeah, Jabroni is JamaiCanadian. You can almost tell by lookin' at him.

    No pedals and blingy wheels? That's how he rolls on his own bikes too.

    MC

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    Its got a king headset too! BLINGTASTIC

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    Well the boy is set for life (or at least until he's a teen) for headset and front hubs!

    Gotta love how the QR levers are almost as long as the spokes!
    Santa Cruz Tallboy - lovin' the full squish 29'r!

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