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    So I Built a Whole Bike Around a Stem

    Couldn't stand to have FTW's cool stem sitting in my bookcase, and the odds of me picking up a Yeti Ultimate like I really want to build it into are slim to none, so I got creative and came up with this....

































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    Creative indeed. Is that a Fisher?

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    Cool excuse for a build. Looks fun!

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    DJ, yup...a CR-7...only frame I had that was 1 1/4" other than my FRO. It was a tad too big to build up as an MTB, but it was just right for a gravel road, CX project.



    Mig, it was a fun blast around the neighborhood...looking forward to getting it dirty.



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    Great, Steve. We need more pics of the you know...STEM.

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    That should be a nice little gravel grinder.
    Need: McMahon brake for roller cam mounts, Mountain Goat fork.

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    Digging that Gorilla headlock!

    So you have the elusive Mavic converters! How are they working for you?

    I went another way:

    So I Built a Whole Bike Around a Stem-gravity2.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by KDXdog View Post
    Digging that Gorilla headlock!

    So you have the elusive Mavic converters! How are they working for you?

    I went another way:

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    Good ID on the Gorilla headlock...it was on my FRO when I got it, but had to take it off to install a cable hanger...been looking for a new home for it and this was perfect. (looking at the pic, I think I forgot to tighten the allen bolt, oops).

    Mavic converters were not my first choice...originally FTW was going to move the brake studs for me for, but I wanted to wait until I was sure the project would work before taking a permanent route.
    2nd choice was Motolite brakeset, but I'm cheap, lol. When I saw the Mavic converters on Ebay, I decided if I could get them for less than $80 it would be a bargain...won the auction, and ther they are. Only issue so far is I had a really nice set of 42mm CX tires I wanted to use that hit the arch, so I had to go with a smaller tire. Still not a lot of clearance, but should be ok. Ride report soo, I hope.


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    You are not gonna spend the money to get FTW to move the brake studs on a cr-7 are you?

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    G, I know it sounds silly, but yeah, after I have it sorted it will probably be heading to VT for Frank's touch. The frame wasn't doing me any good hanging in the rafters, so I don't have an issue with making the change. It will also allow me to use the larger tires I originally planned for the build.
    As far as the $ involved, Frank is very reasonable with his repair rates, (I'll probably spend more in shipping than on repairs), and I really like the idea of supporting him in the small ways I can. He is always interested in a cool project, and he's a great guy to work with.


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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    G, I know it sounds silly, but yeah, after I have it sorted it will probably be heading to VT for Frank's touch. The frame wasn't doing me any good hanging in the rafters, so I don't have an issue with making the change. It will also allow me to use the larger tires I originally planned for the build.
    As far as the $ involved, Frank is very reasonable with his repair rates, (I'll probably spend more in shipping than on repairs), and I really like the idea of supporting him in the small ways I can. He is always interested in a cool project, and he's a great guy to work with.



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    Why not have him cut and shorten the front triangle for you? Top tube is too long for those drop bars. Make it a custom frame; drop de bb if necessary. Go the whole way. srsly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve View Post
    G, I know it sounds silly, but yeah, after I have it sorted it will probably be heading to VT for Frank's touch. The frame wasn't doing me any good hanging in the rafters, so I don't have an issue with making the change. It will also allow me to use the larger tires I originally planned for the build.
    As far as the $ involved, Frank is very reasonable with his repair rates, (I'll probably spend more in shipping than on repairs), and I really like the idea of supporting him in the small ways I can. He is always interested in a cool project, and he's a great guy to work with.


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    I totally understand that. Especially giving work to Frank. Keep us updated, please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    I totally understand that. Especially giving work to Frank. Keep us updated, please!
    Is Frank struggling for work these days?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GMF View Post
    Is Frank struggling for work these days?

    I doubt he's struggling, but like any independent shop, I'm sure every little bit helps keep the lights on and the fridge full.

    One of these days i hope to have enough bucks to have him build me a custom frame.

    Steve

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