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    2013 Transition Klunker

    Looks like there is a new toy to pick up from the boys at transition

    Introducing the 2013 Transition Klunker - Bike Rumor

    From the article

    SPECS:

    1 size fits all
    Chromoly 3 piece BMX style crankset
    Kenda Nevegal 2.35 DH tires
    Transition Park n Ride Jump Saddle
    Motorcycle Handlebar (800mm wide)
    Slack 67 Degree Head Angle
    Coaster Brake
    PRICE: $549 USD
    Iím convinced, more than 650/gearbox/fullsuspension/carbon fat bike, I really want a crappy klunker project. Bring on the klunker renaissance!
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    This would be fun as hell to ride! Coaster brakes take my back to the days when I was a kid and jumping my Magna and skidding my rear tires across peoples yards. Man I was an a$$ when I was a kid haha

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    The guys at TR have too much fun!

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    The perfect townie! Can't wait to get these babies in.
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    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!! im thinking i need one! the girlfriend even said yes!
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    January-ish time frame.
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    In case folks didn't see the original Klunking vid.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/32425530?title=1&amp;byline=1&amp;portrait=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/32425530">Lars N Bars gets Klunking</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user4108505">Transition Bikes</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>


    Klunking 2 with Tone-Loc premiered at our Shoot The Trails event on Saturday night. It's pretty much over the top.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/51119615?title=1&amp;byline=1&amp;portrait=0" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/51119615">Klunking 2</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user4108505">Transition Bikes</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

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    Coaster brakes!

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    If I lived in the states or on a relatively flat "commutable" city i'd be buying one of these and leaving my truck for off roading only lol

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    cool ass bike, I like how Transition doesn't take themselves too seriously.
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    Pretty much the ultimate bar bike (though in Vancouver having fenders on the bar bike is pretty important) that you can then go rip around the trails with too.

    I can't imagine riding this bike sober, but man I would love to ride it with a 2-3 beer buzz.

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    I know our local tribe is going to be rolling deep with 'em. Perfect Fruita- 18 Rd. beer buzz bike. Can't Wait!! Thanks TR

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    Holy cow, that is super cool!

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    The training montage music is really doing its part selling me. Want.

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    Want one now! When are they going to be available, anyone heard date?

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    Talked with Transition the other day and all of the first run are already sold out. Basically if you want one, you better find your local Transition dealer and see if you can lock it down. I did that today when I purchased my Black and Blue one as pictured in the OP. Cant beat $550 for these.

    Also Transition said they will be hitting the shops that have already ordered them approx. mid January. They said the Black/Blue and White/Red are only for the first runs. The next run is available to get on an order for possibly mid May's shipment. They are going to be (take this lightly and from what I heard) Orange and something like an old school Barracuda "Green" color.

    So if you are wanting one then you better jump on it now and find one to reserve or pay for now!

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    this is awesome. the first time i see somebody ridding one of those at trestle next year, i'm buying that guy a beer.
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    This WILL be my next bike. Awesomesauce!

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    Schwinn...

    Got a mid 70's Schwinn Heavi Duti that set the stage. Steel frame heavy duty wheels and balloon tires. Looks like a cool update. No "real" news here.

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    Just got an email from Transition that the Klunkers have arrived and are ready to start shipping. Better put your name on one now if you haven't already!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    Just got an email from Transition that the Klunkers have arrived and are ready to start shipping. Better put your name on one now if you haven't already!
    How quick do you anticipate them selling out?

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    Wanted a TR250, was trying to swing a Double, must have a Klunker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz View Post
    How quick do you anticipate them selling out?
    White and Black Klunkers have already sold out via Transition. You'll have to find one at a dealer. The next batch of Klunkers will be in the Spring.
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    Spring training in Giant's Orange!

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    I e-mailed Drop n Zone months ago asking for a matte black Klunker, they said they would keep my e-mail and let me know when they where going to get some in. Then about three weeks ago I e-mailed them again and got no response. I guess it just isn't meant to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duece View Post
    I e-mailed Drop n Zone months ago asking for a matte black Klunker, they said they would keep my e-mail and let me know when they where going to get some in. Then about three weeks ago I e-mailed them again and got no response. I guess it just isn't meant to be.
    Have you called? I bought a bike from them and they were a pleasure to work with over the phone and email.

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    They emailed me too, saying they'd email me with info on K run # 2. I'm going to trust them on that (and follow up on the regular).

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    Wow, check out the markup on this Klunker. What a bunch of fools.!!!

    Transition Klunker - $899.00 : Hell On Wheels


    I emailed Transition and they said they've sold out and are making MORE Klunkers in new colors too. So this wont be a limited run. (YES!!) We'll just have to wait for the next batch guys.
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    2013 Transition Klunker

    If anyone missed it, the Klunker was the centerpiece review in the newest issue of Bike.

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    Re: 2013 Transition Klunker

    Quote Originally Posted by AC/BC View Post
    Wow, check out the markup on this Klunker. What a bunch of fools.!!!
    Being an Australian website that's about right. There would be a bigger margin compared to the USA.

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    I've had mine for a week now, after mountain biking for 20 years it's like starting over again
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    Quote Originally Posted by RPG View Post
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    Good luck getting one - I gave up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DH40 View Post
    Good luck getting one - I gave up.
    I looked up the transition dealers and emailed a couple and had it shipped to me. I know the one in Bozeman has a white in stock

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    I just made my own...
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    how much did it cost to build that up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz View Post
    how much did it cost to build that up?
    About $450 including the powdercoating and custom decals.

    build thread here: http://www.ratrodbikes.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=70765&sid=e66fcdb420cf8250f1b 563d24a296fc0

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    the 2nd batch of Klunkers is starting to ship to dealers! Orange or green. I'm really looking forward to seeing these. Here's the orange one.

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    2013 Transition Klunker

    Wow. That's awesome.

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    The Transition krew came to Fairfax to shoot video of their bikes on Repack. I joined them, because, well, look at the handle.
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    Got a few at pedal pushers in golden, super fun bike, i really want one now =)
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    2013 Transition Klunker

    It's a single speed, at least...

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    Fresh out of the washing machine.

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    2013 Transition Klunker

    That looks rad. Envious.

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    Nice! Looks like you've got your beer holder on there too. A flask holder is a good option as well... Spaceman Bicycle Flask Holster - Ahearne Cycles

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    Fresh out of the washing machine.

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    i'll check into that in the am
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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    How easy is it to lower the gearing on this thing? I'm a clyde, and in cal, we have to ride up to ride down...looks like major fun
    It's easy enough to swap cogs, it takes an old school 3 speed type cog. I put a 19 on to make the hills a tiny bit easier. Here's a link: Sturmey Archer 3-speed flat cog, 3-spline, 1/8 in. - 20t chrome, Cassettes, Sturmey-Archer Bicycle Lockrings, Spacers, Cogs

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    Got to take it out for a quick hour ride this morning before work. Pretty much 45 minutes of carrying the damn thing up the trail and 15 minutes of an earthquake in my nuts on the way down. Goodtimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew2388 View Post
    Got to take it out for a quick hour ride this morning before work. Pretty much 45 minutes of carrying the damn thing up the trail and 15 minutes of an earthquake in my nuts on the way down. Goodtimes.
    Haha, that sounds like goodtimes!

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    I e-mailed several Transition dealers and found one. Should be Klunking next week!

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    I raced my Klunker this weekend in a time trial, it was brutal. It was the hit of the race though
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    found a shimano nexus cog that well work and its 22 teeth, can be had for under $10 and you well need a new chain most likely as well
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    Hey, how is your rear hub feeling? Mine seems to have developed a slight clunk. I realize these are pretty budget hubs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duece View Post
    I e-mailed several Transition dealers and found one. Should be Klunking next week!
    +1 - After being told there was no hope whatsoever finding a white one this late in the game, I tracked one down half-way across the country. I'm expecting it mid-week, and couldn't be more excited! The green and orange just don't do it for me.

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    The Klunker has arrived! What a bad a$$ bike!! Such a blast and worth every penny.

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    Alright need more pictures and info how are they so far.

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    Such a rad bike... brings back some awesome memories! Hoping that I can (1) find one somewhere in the US of A and (2) get forgiveness from my wife for buying without her consent.
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    I assume these are 26ers not 29ers..right... funny thing is they don't show it in the specs on the Transition site.

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    Ya it's a 26, mine has held up good so far I changed the gearing from the stock 42-16 to 42-19 so I can not kill myself going up the occasional hill. I also set the wheels up tubeless and run around 18psi so I have all kinds of traction now I broke the chain last time I tried racing it and had to run a mile pushing that sled
    All in all it's a fun bike!

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    So excited, order placed yesterday for the newest Raw Steel color!
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    Welp, my LBS ordered 3 for stock- two in blue, one in raw. I managed to not buy one from the first two releases Transition did, but now I think I'm done for- just need to decide on the color. Sorta torn, at first I thought the raw color, now I'm thinking maybe blue.

    Above all, I am super thankful that my LBS is awesome enough to order these for their sales floor
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    The blue is hot.

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    I rode one today- was a hoot! Except when I was getting off the bike I was still moving and accidentally braked and almost flipped off the front. I demo'd a blue one, but ultimately the raw is more my style. Pick it up tomorrow when it arrives!
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    I rode one today- was a hoot! Except when I was getting off the bike I was still moving and accidentally braked and almost flipped off the front. I demo'd a blue one, but ultimately the raw is more my style. Pick it up tomorrow when it arrives!
    Jared you better not have scratched my new whip!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz View Post
    Jared you better not have scratched my new whip!!!
    Haha is that you that bought one of the blue ones? They got both of them in today, they unboxed one, just tell them you want the one they didn't build yet. I was gentle though. I did skid it for a few feet on the sidewalk, but if you use it properly I suspect that won't affect the tires much in the long run
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    Haha is that you that bought one of the blue ones? They got both of them in today, they unboxed one, just tell them you want the one they didn't build yet. I was gentle though. I did skid it for a few feet on the sidewalk, but if you use it properly I suspect that won't affect the tires much in the long run
    Yeah picking it up on Wednesday when I'm down that way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by santacruzer View Post
    Ya it's a 26, mine has held up good so far I changed the gearing from the stock 42-16 to 42-19 so I can not kill myself going up the occasional hill. I also set the wheels up tubeless and run around 18psi so I have all kinds of traction now I broke the chain last time I tried racing it and had to run a mile pushing that sled
    All in all it's a fun bike!
    This might be an insanely dumb question, but how much of a difference did the 19T cog make? I want to go to an easier cog but not too easier- I have no point of reference as my only other 26" bike is a cargo bike. I see another dude used a 22T cog. Unsure of how much bigger to go.
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    Transition was at the Capitol Forest Classic. Not surprisingly, Lars won the All Mountain category. They brought a trailer full of Klunkers and we did shuttle runs the night after the XC race. Holy Crap! What a fun time! Mine is on the way right now!

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    when is the carbon klunker coming out?

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    Did 2 hard rides on the Klunker this week. One involved a lot of climbing (with pushing mixed in). Discovered a few things.

    1: Need to lower the gearing. I have a set of XTR cranks lying around so my plan is to use the Truvativ BMX to euro BB adapter. Will keep the 16 in the rear and go to a 38T up front. (This may lower the weight to under 30 lbs. I know, I'm a sissy)

    2: Hubs need love out of the box. Repacked front and rear hubs. The nasty black grease in the rear began shooting out halfway through the ride. Replaced with Park grease. Front hub non drive side cone had a gouge in it. Buffed out with Dremel. Now smooth.

    3: Glad it has a bottle cage.

    4: The geometry is perfect

    The Klunker is a really fun bike. It's teaching me a lot about my riding and how to enter corners faster.
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    Found this article and called the company. The hub is still in development.

    Interbike 2011: Handsome Cycles introduce high-end coaster brake hub

    Then found Velosteel.
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    Can these be ordered on the internet anywhere? Transition doesn't have a dealer in my state, and it doesn't seem that the Transition website sells them directly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaynestown View Post
    Can these be ordered on the internet anywhere? Transition doesn't have a dealer in my state, and it doesn't seem that the Transition website sells them directly.
    Maybe these guys? Drop n' Zone Mountian Bike Gear
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    My friend borrowed my Klunker and got some great pics!
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    I'm considering getting a Klunker, but I'm 6'4" and wonder if anyone of a similar height has ridden one. Also, does anyone have a more detailed run down of the actual manufacturers of the parts and components (especially the coaster brake hub and the crankset)? I wish Transitions offered the frameset for sale.

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    Hmmmm. I am 6-2 and can actually ride it as an XC bike (which I do a lot since I sold my fancy SS). It really needs a longer seat post for that though. At max seat height for the stock post I still can't get full leg extension. I know this is not what the Klunker was designed for but I'm loving it. As to the hub its a Histop and the cranks are stamped "SAMUX". The hub rattles a lot but has decent braking power. A friend has been Klunking with me and got a Velosteel. The brake is weaker but seems to deal with heat better and has better modulation.

    I modified mine a bit. 720mm wide bars and FR stem, older XTR cranks (using a Truvativ USA to Euro adapter) with a 40t ring and 19t cog. Much more rideable.

    Also, I found this video of UCLA football player Carl Hulick Klunking. He's only 6-2 but it should give you an idea of sizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjordan72 View Post
    Found this article and called the company. The hub is still in development.

    Interbike 2011: Handsome Cycles introduce high-end coaster brake hub

    Then found Velosteel.
    I own a few Velosteel hubs, and I like 'em for JRA/cruising, but they wouldn't be my first choice off-road.

    For current-production SS CB hubs, it's tough to beat the humble Shimano cb-e110. Just use some spoke washers when you build the wheel. (Always a good idea when building up a wheel around a steel hub due to thinner flanges, but the cb-e110 doesn't have very well-radiussed holes, which compounds the problem.) Granted, the brake doesn't modulate well, but at least it stops the wheel with authority. The Velosteel rules for low-drag rolling, but the braking is on the weak side. The Shimano is just the opposite.

    I believe the TR Klunker runs a KT hub as OE; can anyone who owns one confirm/disconfirm this?
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    I have a friend using the Velosteel. I actually like the reduced power and quicker engagement. The hub on the TR takes alomost 45 degrees to engage. Kind of unsettling. I will probably try a Shimano too at some point.

    The hub on the TR Klunker (at least on mine) is a HiStop.
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    Yeah, KT makes the HiStop, as well as a few other cb hubs. I don't have much confidence in them. As far as that goes, almost anything would be a step-up from stock.

    Funny you mention engagement. My Velosteel engages at about 30ish degrees, I'd estimate, on a good day. However, when I first rebuilt one, I used a lot of #2 grease, like I would on most cb hubs. Big mistake. The rollers in the Velosteel get gummed up, and engagement goes out the window. Best bet is to grease the ball bearings, but use oil on the rollers and either oil or a light coating of grease on the **brake** discs.

    Coolest thing about the Velosteel, from a mechanic's POV, is that setting up/adjusting the cones is crazy-easy. The Velosteel is basically a mutated Fichtel&Sachs Torpedo; the F&S design was aped, borrowed, stolen, and bought by many firms over the years, including several Brit companies. The inside of a Velosteel is virtually identical to a Perry or an early (pre-SR--those are relabeled KTs) Sturmey-Archer ss cb hub. Here's how Sheldon suggests adjusting those cones:
    " These English coaster brakes adjust differently from most coaster brake hubs. There's a square end on one end of the axle. The right cone is fixed to the axle; the left cone, as usual, is attached to the reaction arm.

    To adjust the cones on a typical English coaster-brake hub, you leave it in the bike, but loosen both axle nuts. Use an adjustable wrench to turn the whole axle, screwing it in or out of the left cone, then re-tighten the axle nuts once the cone adjustment is correct.

    These hubs use a roller-clutch, instead of the acme threaded driver/cone used on American coaster bakes. The 5 rollers sit around the base of the driver, which acts as a cam. When you pedal forward, the rollers are forced outward where they press against the inside of the hub shell, driving the wheel."

    Works like a charm. You can quickly and easily eliminate slop without binding up....

    For a tear-down/repack tutorial with pics, check out: http://www.elegantwheels.net/upload/...uild%20PDF.pdf

    (I'm planning to oil-port my next Velosteel wheel, to keep the PITA factor down a bit.)

    FWIW, I got some hubs from the elegantwheels site; I can vouch for'm. The owner, Guy, is a stand-up dude.
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    My Klunker came today. Had it on the street in an hour. Love it! Only change I will make is to get a longer seatpost, and I ditched the saddle, exchanged it for one out of the spare parts drawer after getting on it one time. Bike came with a caliper front brake, which I left in the box.

    Stem is heavy, so I'll probably upgrade that, but the concept of the bike is awesome.

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    Congrats Repack! There is a yellow one down at the LBS that I keep eyeing. Hard to keep the wallet in the back pocket every time I see it.

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    I did a big ride with big descents on my Klunker and noticed the rattle in the CB once it gets hot on a descent. Is this something to worry about, or can I just ignore it (even though it's pretty annoying)?

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    It's the KT hub being itself. They rattle a ton. Mine is now so bad it takes nearly 90 degrees for the brake to engage. It's not a terrible thing because I have lots of freedom to move the cranks around without engaging the brake. I'll likely get a Shimano or VeloSteel soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjordan72 View Post
    It's the KT hub being itself. They rattle a ton. Mine is now so bad it takes nearly 90 degrees for the brake to engage. It's not a terrible thing because I have lots of freedom to move the cranks around without engaging the brake. I'll likely get a Shimano or VeloSteel soon.
    I agree that KTs are gonna be KTs, and noise is to be expected, but still, i think a repack would be advisable in ghood's situation. Certainly couldn't hurt. KTs seem to function best when fed a steady diet of high-temp bearing grease; i use the Lucas Red'n'Tacky, but anything with good numbers as far as the dropping point goes will do fine. FWIW, the Red'n'Tacky drops at 540F.

    As for replacing the KT, if the hub shell is intact, you can do a full Shimano cb-e110 guts-swap in the existing KT hubshell without having to replace the wheel. As in, but a new cb-e110, pull off the driveside jam nut and cone, slide EVERYthing out, grease it up good, and slide it all into your emptied KT hubshell. Yes, it fits. Yes, it works. Yes, it's pretty danged rad.

    While you're at it, consider doing some of these mods; I came across this video, and alot of this seems like some really good ideas. I'm gonna convert to loose balls soon; i may end up chamfering the shoes some day, too.

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    PS- Really, I own and love my Velosteel hubs, but they're not up to real-deal trail duty, at least not in the long term. Weak brakes and sketchy engagement after they get hot? I'll be sticking with cb-e110 hubs for klunking purposes.

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    sjordan72: That video was awesome!

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    Thanks all for the responses...I would love some more space before brake engagement. I find myself accidentally engaging them while negotiating higher speed tricky spots. Good excuse to ride it harder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghood View Post
    Thanks all for the responses...I would love some more space before brake engagement. I find myself accidentally engaging them while negotiating higher speed tricky spots. Good excuse to ride it harder!
    Or, a good excuse to lace-in a drum hub.

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    Anyone know what handlebar is specced on the Klunkers? Brand/model? What material is it?
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    Home branded steel. Guess you can replace it with a stock MX bar.

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    That thing is nice what handlebars are those?

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