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    27lbs of steel goodness - Vicious Cycles Motivator 29er SS

    Weighs 6 lbs more than the SS it's replacing, but geez...I finally get the "oversized BMX" analogy I keep hearing 'round these parts.

    Here's the build:

    Frame - Vicious Cycles Motivator 29er SS, 853 steel
    Fork - On One Superlight
    Wheels - Surly hubs laced to WTB Trail rims
    Tires - Specialized Fastrak
    Cockpit - FSA post and stem, Salsa bar
    Crank - Truvativ Stylo
    Bottom Bracket - Phil Wood
    Brakes - BB7s and XT levers


    Do I really need to start a new thread for this? No, not at all. And I almost expect to get flamed for it. But what else are you really doing on a Sunday night?

    At least I'm not making you look at pictures of my kids.
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    Great looking bike, I'm a bit surprised at the weight given my Origin 8 Scout weighs a pound less with nothing fancy on it.

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    I like it! Definitely not a light, but sensible build. Will surely last for many, many miles to come.

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    Nice, My kind of bike. I love the colour too, although not the blue ano stuff, red or black would be perfect. Black probably and with de-stickered rims is what I would do.
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    Is that a new frame?

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    Are you sure that your bikes a Vicious? It's a little tough to tell from your pictures but your dropouts look nothing like mine. Is there a bottle opener welded to the non drive side chainstay?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bike Whisperer View Post
    Great looking bike, I'm a bit surprised at the weight given my Origin 8 Scout weighs a pound less with nothing fancy on it.
    Me too. That's 3 pounds heavier than when I had my KM set up with BB7s, and Nevegals.

    But weight is such a small component to the fun factor.

    Great looking ride!!!
    Have fun and ride the piss out of it.

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    Here's my dropout, also your seat stay bridge should be sealed.
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    Put a short stem and some riser bars and the BMX effect will be even better....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CycleAddict View Post
    I like it! Definitely not a light, but sensible build. Will surely last for many, many miles to come.
    No not light at all. I think most of the pork is in the wheels....they were built for a 250 Ib guy (not me) and have through bolt axls front a rear...pretty solid axles. I'll snap a pick after work. And technically, it's not at 27 Ibs...its 26.7, but I rounded up which no one ever seems to do.

    I bet with lighter wheels and a lighter cockpit I could get it to the 23# range. But, I'm not planning on it.
    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy R View Post
    Nice, My kind of bike. I love the colour too, although not the blue ano stuff, red or black would be perfect. Black probably and with de-stickered rims is what I would do.
    Yeah, I wasn't sure about the blue either, I'll probably ditch the blue stem cap and use the CB one that came with the headset. But, I do like the blue collar, I think it makes the bike pop. Although, one could argue that an army green bike isn't supposed to pop....

    The next work I do will be de-stickering the rims and going tubeless. But those are the only "upgrades" that will happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim86 View Post
    Are you sure that your bikes a Vicious? It's a little tough to tell from your pictures but your dropouts look nothing like mine. Is there a bottle opener welded to the non drive side chainstay?
    Pretty sure. I bought the frame from a guy who works at Waterford who apparently did some work at Vicious as well. This was his personal bike he got while doing whatever work he was doing at Vicious. He told me it was a Motivator at any rate.... But, I did no research. It fit, the price was right, so I bought it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokePete View Post
    Is that a new frame?

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    Nope, circa 2004-2005 I was told.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2 View Post
    Me too. That's 3 pounds heavier than when I had my KM set up with BB7s, and Nevegals.

    But weight is such a small component to the fun factor.

    Great looking ride!!!
    Have fun and ride the piss out of it.
    Thanks! Oh, I will.
    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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    Cool man your gonna love that bike! Here's mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by aperzigian View Post
    ...But, I'm not planning on it.
    Right. Not yet anyway.

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    Good looking bike you have there.
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    Any idea if these holes in the dropout are for a derailleur hanger? Pic below. Also, I did some swapping: 90mm FSA for an 80mm Sunline stem; blue Salsa collar for a stainless Surly collar; blue stem cap for silver; removed wheel decals.
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    Nevermind! These are not for a hanger. Anyone else with a Motivator have these...? Still trying to figure out if in fact my bike is a Motivator.
    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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    27lbs of steel goodness - Vicious Cycles Motivator 29er SS

    They are probably eyelets for mounting a rack.

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    27lbs of steel goodness - Vicious Cycles Motivator 29er SS

    I am not sure it is a motivator either. If it is, it should have a stainless steel bottle opener mounted underneath the non-drive side chain stay. I used to have a motivator, and it definitely looks a bit different than mine did.




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    Take a look at the headtube. What kind of ebb does the frame have?
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    I really dig that build! It's like if my G.I. Joe woulda came with a S.S. as a kid...that would have been it! Brilliant!

    Funny because in my daily lap thru the "dope-house" (E-Bay 29er frames LOL) I found one a day or two ago and now there's this thread.

    Check this one here...Looks similar, just a taller frame, but can't say for sure. What ever you DO have it looks too fun.

    Vicious Cycles The Motivator Custom Painted 29er Frame | eBay

    On a side note (quote) "If anyone gives you criticism that starts off "you should" or "you shouldn't", walk away immediately."-Paul Westerberg, the Replacements, 1995 (smart guy...)

    Thanks for postin' up your bike and not your kids on a Sunday night!
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    27lbs of steel goodness - Vicious Cycles Motivator 29er SS

    Just for reference, I sold my motivator frame with matching vicious rigid fork last year and the best I could get for it was $350.

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    I don't want to sell mine but $350 is a shame

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    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim86 View Post
    Take a look at the headtube. What kind of ebb does the frame have?
    Hmmm...I'll snap a picture of the headtube when I get home tonight and post it. The EBB is a Phil Wood. I love that black and olive paint scheme!
    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by God's Favorite Bike View Post
    I really dig that build! It's like if my G.I. Joe woulda came with a S.S. as a kid...that would have been it! Brilliant!

    Funny because in my daily lap thru the "dope-house" (E-Bay 29er frames LOL) I found one a day or two ago and now there's this thread.

    Check this one here...Looks similar, just a taller frame, but can't say for sure. What ever you DO have it looks too fun.

    Vicious Cycles The Motivator Custom Painted 29er Frame | eBay

    On a side note (quote) "If anyone gives you criticism that starts off "you should" or "you shouldn't", walk away immediately."-Paul Westerberg, the Replacements, 1995 (smart guy...)

    Thanks for postin' up your bike and not your kids on a Sunday night!
    People are going to get sick of me replying with quote, but I want to make sure everyone's addressed. Yeah, I saw that custom painted Motivator on eBay also, it's pretty sweet! It, along with some of the others posted, do look similar to mine, but I'm still not convinced. But, I'm also not not convinced, if that makes sense, either. I'm 99.9% sure that guy I gut it from, who has been in the custom bike business in various capacities for years, wouldn't be telling fibs....

    Whatever it is, it's fun as heck. Updated pics below.
    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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    Updated pics. I did some swapping of stuff while playing with the fit:

    1. 90mm FSA for an 80mm Sunline stem
    2. Blue Salsa collar for a stainless Surly collar (pillaged from my wife's KM)
    3. Blue stem cap for silver
    4. Removed wheel decals
    5. Avid rotors for Alligator rotors

    While I liked the blue touch, the blue collar and blue stem cap were different blues...and I wasn't loving it. I dig the stainless Surly clamp, it matches my hubs.

    Oh, and regarding weight, I was surprised at the weight like a few of you....but it was wrong. I went to my LBS to see about the cost of swapping the axle set up for standard QR (not happening) and asked to have the bike weighed. As pictured below (with the seat pouch with multi tool and Burley attachment) weighs 25.4 lbs. Apparently my $13 Amazon scale is wrong.
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    Better looking without the blue imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by aperzigian View Post
    The EBB is a Phil Wood. I love that black and olive paint scheme!
    Just so you know I'm not trying to go on a witch hunt here with your bike. It's a mean ride in its own right. I'm really just curious, but what I was trying to ask is does the frame have pinch bolts at the bottom of the BB shell or does the ebb fasten itself in place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim86 View Post
    Just so you know I'm not trying to go on a witch hunt here with your bike. It's a mean ride in its own right. I'm really just curious, but what I was trying to ask is does the frame have pinch bolts at the bottom of the BB shell or does the ebb fasten itself in place?
    Nope, I don't think that at all. The more info I can get about this frame the better! Here's a pic of the BB area, pinch bolt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim86 View Post
    I don't want to sell mine but $350 is a shame
    Yeah I wasn't too happy about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aperzigian View Post
    I love that black and olive paint scheme!
    Bike is 6 years old now and I can still just sit on my couch and get pleasure out of looking at it. Hopefully that's not to perverted

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    Well that looks right, awesome ebb design, I've cleaned mine once and it has never creaked or slipped

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    How about the bottle opener?
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    Nope, no bottle opener. But I'm not so sure that's the deal breaker as this frame and fork appear to be custom powder coated. He may not have wanted the bottle opener put back on (if in fact it was ever there).

    Attached is a pic of the headtube and dropouts; neither look like yours...the mystery continues!

    EDIT: I'm sorry about the picture rotations...I'm using a Mac at work and can't figure out for the life of me what is going on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by junglejim86 View Post
    Bike is 6 years old now and I can still just sit on my couch and get pleasure out of looking at it. Hopefully that's not to perverted
    not perverted at all. I'm the same way with my Spot, which I just actually (reluctantly) put up for sale locally.
    C'mon lets go for a whirl.

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