My new baby which is specifically designed for the hammer crankset; I'm well impressed with the hammerschmidt so far, i wanted to wait for Nicolai's bbox system but its not going to be available for some time :|
FoS: That is one bloody sweet ride congrats bud! How does it ride?
Since I am not tscheezy apparently when it comes to ride reviews, I will leave it at I LOVE IT!!!! Honestly, its exactly what I had hoped we would come up with, a hardtail that can be used effectively for the rides I currently use my FS trailbike for. I am going to order a cog for the rear and run it is a dinglespeed (2 x 1) and cannot wait - it's current a 12 speed (2 x 6 as pictured)
I've got a couple 'Schmidts out on customer bikes and they really seem to like them.
What I really want to see is one that's slimmed down. There's a lot of steel in there and I'm sure that they could remove some weight for an XC version. From what I could tell, it adds almost 900 grams over a traditional set-up.
The cool thing is that they open up the design possibilities. The massive backplate can make fitting a challenge (see Enel's bike) but dumping the front derailleur is the right way to go. I hope a new version is on the way.