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    Chasing the Wolf! (warning, many pics)

    OK, with the frame going off to paint today...I figured it was time to post some of the build pics here:

    My concept drawing I sent to Fred:



    Tony Pereira's Fork (first 20mm for him)












    Frame underway.

    Pics of bits.



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    Progress shots.

    Reaming the BB shell.
    (this frame will utilize a XBB crankset with a wide BB shell [sans cups] & pressed in bearings)









    This one shows Phil Wood bearing pressed in & dust seal in place.















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    Gettin' closer



















    After some finish work:













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    A few more pics:









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    Here's one of the chainstay in the forming blocks:



    A few more pics:





    Sliders completely in:



    Completely out:



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    Seat stay progression w/ internal cable routing:




































    WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    .....build pics coming soon!!!!! (a week or two)


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    really, really nice... one of the better build series I've seen.

    gotta love some good detailed reaming photos. FMB big time.

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    Hot damn that is sexy looking! Talking with Fred in the past I bet he is just as stoked building it as you are to get it. Do keep us updated

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    That is art! Congrats. What was the build time on that frame? Hopefully someday I'll be able to own something as amazing.

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    ...KM, wait was around 7 mos.

    A few more Fred just sent me of the frame before paint:

    Sliders all the way in:



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    art work in progress.


    Thanks for the pictures
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    Jeepers. That's cool.
    My video techniques can be found in this thread.

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    ...I couldn't be ANY happier about the outcome!!!!!

    PROPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    amazing work, thanks for the pics!!! that will be one sweet bike!!!

    for paint, who will be doing the work? spectrum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kam
    amazing work, thanks for the pics!!! that will be one sweet bike!!!

    for paint, who will be doing the work? spectrum?
    Fred's (wolfhound's) painter (wetpaint)....Keith Anderson (does Badger frames as well).
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    Dude, very, very nice and very unique can't wait to see it all painted up and built.
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    I'm.....

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    That's a brilliant bike. Good on ya for committing to such a unique and unconventional design. I can only imagine that will be a bike for pure, straight up fun.

    I love the angles, though I wouldn't go for such a low bb (I know that's your preference). The divided ST really is my favorite.

    I do think that anyone who rides rigid hard enough (not me!) to want a thru-axle is looking at hard issues if they're not careful.

    Enjoy!

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    I'd like to know your height and inseam, and how you decided upon the geo that you did. What type of trails do you ride etc., and what else influenced your decisions etc. Seriously.

    Looks amazing. Well worth the wait no doubt!

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    Incredible...

    Fill us in on your motives behing the geometry specs. For a SS (looks like this bike can be both SS and geared) the slack SA is nice IMO. Really lets you get a lot of low rpm power to the pedals from a seated position on the tough climbs. 71 is a bit on the far end of the spectrum. 72 is about as far as I've tried, and liked, but 71 might be a bit much for me at least. How'd you come up with the 71? Was it necessary with the shorter chain stay length (which is awsome BTW)?

    My guess this is definitely going to be a rig designed to tackle more rugged trails. TA up front (great), and a slacker HA, short chainstays. The slacker HA with the longer rake is a nice combination making for a more endo proof rig ready to take on steeper trails but still gives a front end that can still turn quickly. On the other hand, if my internal compass is correct, you'll have a front end more prone to washout. That won't be much of an issue if you are running big rubber up front, which I guess that's what you are looking at doing.

    Of coure I'm making a lot of assumptions on your motives behind the design. Fill us in won't you?

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    That is one of the coolest designs I've ever seen. I love the pressed in BB and the split ST. Super cool.
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    Miker, as you suspect....this will be a bike inclined towards some very aggressive east coast riding. It will be run as a SS 95% of the time, but with the clay here in the extreme winter months, a SS is out of the question (it will see gears that time of year). The angles are very relaxed, with a rearward weight bias (my preference)...the 56mm offset on the fork will keep things snappy up front while ruling out any chance of endos!
    The geometry was a combination of philosophies....mine, Fred's and Jeff Jones, I am very confident that it is going to ride as smartly as it looks

    Being a big guy (6' 220lbs) I prefer a TA up front....this bike will get thoroughly thrashed, and love every minute of it


    There are some other tidbits HERE in the older Ridemonkey thread.


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    Did you decide not to go with the Hopy integrated into the frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    Did you decide not to go with the Hopy integrated into the frame?
    ...yeah, I bailed, last minute. I have a Hopey I bought second hand...the seller forgot to mention that it was made for a 1.5" HT So it has sat in a box for over a year. I thought about the integrated mount & it seems very intuitive....however, without any saddle time I was afraid I wouldn't like it and then I would have a nasty lil' wart on the top tube

    I think I'll get the proper bracket from tim & give it a go....maybe next frame


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    I estimate $2750 or so, probably more though... Just magnificent!

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    Probably Keith Anderson?

    http://www.keithandersoncycles.com/index.htm

    He has some amazing work on his website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by derek
    Probably Keith Anderson?
    ...good call!


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    Great photopost, beautiful frame, very cool

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    When I convert my bikes to SS, I put the seat more forward. This, to give me a comfortable spin when seated. Standing up, the seat is not used anyway, and I'll need all the cockpit length I can get to not be cramped. With a slack STA and short CSL, Any seated climbing (for me) would be rather shallow, nothing anyone would go out of the sea for. The short rear vs the long frant will make the front end bouncy anyways?
    I'd love a bike like that, but would consider it downhill&tricks only.

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    outstanding. looking forward to seeing build....

    cloxxki - you need to bear in mind that youre terrain is different to most other peoples....looks like it'll rip on the east coat.

    which is different to beach and grass flats..., so commenting on your thoughts on geometry may not be relevant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn
    outstanding. looking forward to seeing build....

    cloxxki - you need to bear in mind that youre terrain is different to most other peoples....looks like it'll rip on the east coat.

    which is different to beach and grass flats..., so commenting on your thoughts on geometry may not be relevant.
    Fair enough. But doesn't gravity's pull work the same everywhere?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    When I convert my bikes to SS, I put the seat more forward. This, to give me a comfortable spin when seated. Standing up, the seat is not used anyway, and I'll need all the cockpit length I can get to not be cramped. With a slack STA and short CSL, Any seated climbing (for me) would be rather shallow, nothing anyone would go out of the sea for. The short rear vs the long frant will make the front end bouncy anyways?
    I'd love a bike like that, but would consider it downhill&tricks only.
    ...well, since I conceived the frame for my personal riding style (not yours...which is apparently an anomaly for most folks), it will lend itself quite well to SS'ing in my area. Trails here are very technical, with lots of steep pitches (up & down)....I rarely do any climbing in the saddle while ss'ing. The slack STA keeps the saddle down & out of the way when not needed as well as a fairly long cockpit when seated. Bear in mind I will be using a 50mm stem on this bike as well .

    The geometry for this bike is not very unlike that of a Jones frame it was inspired by (perhaps not quite as slack). I am convinced it will work very well for me.


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    That bike makes me horny (is that wrong?)

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    Thanks for the post! What a cool-a$$ bike! I'm impressed with myself, too - when I saw the pics, I thought - "Jones inspired geometry". My personal riding style always involves climbing out of the saddle, and having that rear wheel tucked under your butt like that must be ideal. I like the fork, too...although you'll need to get a bike rack that doesn't require front wheel removal! thanks for sharing the pics.

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    I predict that bike is going ot be fast up, down, and sideways, JN! I personally think the geometry and chainstay length are spot-on. Now all it needs is a 120mm squish fork with TA! (kidding) That thing should be a hoot to ride . . . .

    Bet you will end up cleaning out that hole at the end of the seattube a few times . . . or did i miss something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeeves
    ..although you'll need to get a bike rack that doesn't require front wheel removal!
    ...already have one, it's called a pick-up truck


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    Quote Originally Posted by Random Drivel
    Bet you will end up cleaning out that hole at the end of the seattube a few times . . . or did i miss something?
    ...well, that may be likely (tho not a real issue, imho), but the cool thing is nothing emptying into the bb shell either.


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    ...well, after messing with a couple different "mock-ups" for paint...I think I am down to this design. Any thoughts?



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    [QUOTE=jncarpenter]...well, after messing with a couple different "mock-ups" for paint...I think I am down to this design. Any thoughts?

    Looks nice, but I'm a fan of panels... I think a nice silver colored panel underneath the wolfhound name would look pretty sweet.

    Q about the integrated bb. Is it designed like the new Madone bb's where you can basically exchange bearings to go with whatever integrated crankset you are using, or is it crank specific?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sean350
    Looks nice, but I'm a fan of panels... I think a nice silver colored panel underneath the wolfhound name would look pretty sweet.

    Q about the integrated bb. Is it designed like the new Madone bb's where you can basically exchange bearings to go with whatever integrated crankset you are using, or is it crank specific?

    Thanks.
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    ...first off, I went through the panels stage before deciding against it:




    RE: Cranksets....any XBB crankset will work; it is based on the current 24mm spindle standard utilized for integrated BB cranksets.
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    Looks SIIIICK!!! Can't wait to see it in person...I'm sure we'll meet up at some NEMBA gathering!

    I love the geometry...your instinct is spot on man, that thing will RIP here. Hurry hurry!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    ...first off, I went through the panels stage before deciding against it:



    RE: Cranksets....any XBB crankset will work; it is based on the current 24mm spindle standard utilized for integrated BB cranksets.
    I hope I didn't offend you with the panel comment, its just what I would go with.
    Awesome idea with the integrated bb. That thing is going to be STIFF.
    Definitely in the top 5 coolest designs of MTB I've ever seen. Pure artistry.
    They are having a pretty in-depth discussion on your geometry over on the frameforum:
    http://www.frameforum.net/forum2/ind...showtopic=4593

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    I think I ruffled their feathers a bit...lol.
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    I like the flat black paint scheme, looks very nice and subtle
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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    I think I ruffled their feathers a bit...lol.
    Yeah, the comment came off as pretty cocky & condescending. A few of those guys are craftsmen of the same caliber as Fred.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DWF
    Yeah, the comment came off as pretty cocky & condescending. A few of those guys are craftsmen of the same caliber as Fred.
    ...well, hopefully it's clear that I wasn't directing my "comment" at them. It was more of a tongue in cheek response to those who argue that less rake produces a faster steering front end

    In either case, just another instance where "tone" is not easily conveyed on the intraweb


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    Nice looking

    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    ...well, after messing with a couple different "mock-ups" for paint...I think I am down to this design. Any thoughts?

    You'd have to be a pretty bad ass rider to pull that paint job of.

    And you very well might be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki
    You'd have to be a pretty bad ass rider to pull that paint job of.

    And you very well might be.
    ...I take it you no likey?


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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    ...I take it you no likey?
    I don't usually say things are nice looking unless I think they are nice looking.

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    I'm a fan of the panel version you posted, but I'm not a huge fan of the black. The bike looks really freaky and personally I'd go with a bright color so that the little things stand out more. Black tend to hide the curves.

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    ...well, I am pretty much an anti-bling type of guy. I really do not like a flashy finish and in fact this bike is as close to flashy as I have gotten in quite some time. I prefer stealthy, downplayed finishes...I'm not trying to stand out

    I have to admit, the panels have grown on me


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    Very impressive frame JN. The Wolfhound guys are worthy of a lot of respect for pulling together so many nice touches. I love the 20mm fork as well.

    BB is low. No?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    BB is low. No?
    Yes. Roughly comparable to my Sultan at sag.


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    Beautiful frame! (and it's my size)

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    Aye - if for any reason you don't like it, I'll happily look after it in Sunny Scotland for you.....

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    seems like east coast

    might be Scottish style too...

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    Really nice!

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    ...having a major last minute mental paralysis with regard to finish

    The panels have now won over......I think



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    Now THAT I like Jay! Mark me down for the panels.

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    Panels need to be silver - beyotch!
    Nothing to see here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    Fair enough. But doesn't gravity's pull work the same everywhere?

    wasnt aware gravity pulled you along,say the flat,thought it was just down, ie down, lets say, hills....................not many of them in holland

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    lose the pam anderson barb wire bits?

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    panels need to be DITCHED. black with white decals. nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dRjOn
    lose the pam anderson barb wire bits?
    ...it is actually thorns & has sentimental meaning to me.


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    The black with white panel definitely "pops" out at you a lot more. Wasn't sure if you were going for that effect or the "stealth" effect though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    The black with white panel definitely "pops" out at you a lot more. Wasn't sure if you were going for that effect or the "stealth" effect though.
    ...honestly, the white is just being used for contrast to review the art. I will likely choose a different color (stealthy). I am waiting to hear back from Keith with his personal thoughts toward color selection.

    I am currently using this thread as well as fixating on the art to distract myself during the wait


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    Panels should be dark gray on black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Caballo
    Panels should be dark gray on black.
    ...likely will be


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    Great Looking Bike...

    Black with Silver panels could look good. What colors are your wheel sets, seat, bars and cranks going to be ?
    Anyway, the ride of the bike is going to be the most important part. Please be sure to give us lots of ride report.

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    Congrats! That is one sweet bike diary of how it came to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtrider
    Black with Silver panels could look good. What colors are your wheel sets, seat, bars and cranks going to be ?
    Anyway, the ride of the bike is going to be the most important part. Please be sure to give us lots of ride report.
    ...every part is black (save the Ti post & carbon bars).


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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    ...it is actually thorns & has sentimental meaning to me.
    forget everybody, especially 29er peeps.....God forbid you make a bike for YOU that some flatlander cant begin to comphrehend the motive behind......and since I love everything about it, it certainly should not matter what anybody else thinks. Congrats, b!tch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faux Part Deux
    forget everybody, especially 29er peeps.....God forbid you make a bike for YOU than some flatlander cant begin to comphrehend the motive behind......and since I love everything about it, it certainly should not matter what anybody else thinks. Congrats, b!tch!
    ...faux sho!
    You're the only one I'm trying to please anyways


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    I really think the black, with a darker panel for the stealth approach, along with some amount of metallic flake in the paint was be super slick. I dig the thorns btw.

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    ....I need to talk to Keith, but I really would like to do a hematite-like finish. Like a mirror-black....not sure it's possible yet tho.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    ...faux sho!
    You're the only one I'm trying to please anyways
    wish that was true with my wife

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    Love it, thanks for all the pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
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    I am currently using this thread as well as fixating on the art to distract myself during the wait
    I'm using it to distract me from the wait too. But what am I going to do for the next 8 months once this thread is over

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_uk
    I'm using it to distract me from the wait too. But what am I going to do for the next 8 months once this thread is over
    ...you can employ the method I used by having shoulder surgery....that should buy you 4 months


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    Personally I liked the finish the frame had during it's build up satge. The natural raw finish w/ exposed bits of filler are just cool looking. My vote would be to just clean it up and leave it raw w/ a couple coats of clear. Of course i'm sure whatever you decide to go with will be great, it's your baby after all

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    Hawt Hawt Hawt

    Too beautiful! Fred sure is good at what he does!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hambone
    Too beautiful! Fred sure is good at what he does!
    ....you're just jealous & wish you had one


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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    ....you're just jealous & wish you had one
    Ya'll will look so cute on the trail with your matching Wolverines
    Nothing to see here.

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    Hmmmmm.... I dunno, I'm not feeling it. What's with that crazy wishbone seat tube????
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    What the EFF is "All MOUNTAIN"???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aquaholic
    Hmmmmm.... I dunno, I'm not feeling it. What's with that crazy wishbone seat tube????


    ...better stick with what you know, fool!



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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    ...better stick with what you know, fool!

    print it and I'll buy one. nice one, JNC.
    lets not make it a religion, it is recreation

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tappoix
    print it and I'll buy one. nice one, JNC.
    Pipe down, Tap...don't encourage him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tappoix
    print it and I'll buy one. nice one, JNC.
    Hot off the press! Click the pic for details




    Hoodie version for you young punks
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    Nothing to see here.

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    I need help from Tech Support - I wanna see the bike but the pics do not show up for me. Its just in this thread. Every other MTBR thread works fine. Is there a setting I need to set or unset??

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    ok thats it

    ok thats it. the wolfhound is just tits So my vote for color would be to keep the white panels and do black chrome for the rest. I fabed a little ornimental iron in my time and we used the black chrome on many projects that turned out great. Thats powder by the way. I think its silver w/ silver trans on top. Pic will not do it justice. Just a killer bike so far.
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    Very nice indeed I'm looking forward to seeing the results...

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    Seems a little extreme to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_uk
    Seems a little extreme to me.
    ...not just a little, my brutha


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    Is it built yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sikocycles
    Is it built yet?
    DUDE! I wish

    Finally seeing some paint Mon/ Tues.
    I got the build just sitting around twiddling its' thumbs


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    Your thread has influenced me in starting the process of getting a hound built. I started talking to Fred the other day. Will send the deposit in august and have it sometime next year. Just think of geometry right now. I want a east coast woods bike.

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    Ohhh forgot to mention I hate you for making me spend my money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sikocycles
    Ohhh forgot to mention I hate you for making me spend my money.
    ...who luvs ya baby!


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