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    When Retro meets Classic

    So this last week I went to visit my buddy in Idaho with 5 of my friends for a week long MTB trip.
    He just bought a place in between Sun Valley and Hailey so it was perfect timing.
    Although I have ridden my SS 29er out there the past 2 summers for the US national Championships (30x20) my buddy suggested that I put gears on my 29er because the rides he had planned were going to be "epic". Lots of climbing and spectacular descents.
    So this is what I did.
    Shimano XT 7 speed thumbie with a M900 XTR rear derailleur and a XT 9 speed cassette with the 3 lowest gears missing. I used spacers to take up the space and had the limiting screws set right and boom! I had me a 1x6 climbing machine.
    5 days of riding, 13000+ feet of climbing and some of the best trails in the country and the system worked great.
    I did feel like i was cheating on some of the rides but I am glad that I had the big cogs in the back on most climbs.


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    She looks awesome and the views are spectacular, thanks for sharing them..

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    Damn you and your inspirational pics.

    Great, add Idaho to the places I need to move to.

    Love the last panoramic, where is that?

    Not too sure I9's are V, or R, or C.....

    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post

    Love the last panoramic, where is that?

    Not too sure I9's are V, or R, or C.....

    LOL! yes I9's are a stretch but they are sooooo nice.

    The last panoramic is of Ant's Basin in between 4th of July Creek and Williams/Fisher creek. I am sitting at 10000 feet. Great ride. 31 miles and 2400 ft of vert.
    Idaho is the most underrated state in the PNW.

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    Idaho is the most underrated state in the PNW.

    It's not in the Rockies?

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Antz Basin in Idaho

    You all might find this helpful -
    Antz Basin Mountain Bike Trail, Stanley, ID

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    Gorgeous photos (except for when you tell me to suck it!)!!

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    I am soooo digging the black cat and the retro/classic build. Awesome bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LARRYJO View Post
    LOL! yes I9's are a stretch but they are sooooo nice.
    Agreed, love mine too.

    Thanks for the info. Filed away under must do, even more so now that the link posted, infers that it may not be legal for much longer.....
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    Fantastic bike! I really like Todd's stuff. I had Circle A Cycles do a single speed conversion on my Ted Wojcik and I used the Black Cat Swingers. Anyway, I also like mixing things up and speaking of the Wojcik, did a "modern approach on a vintage theme" a few years back. It had a complete ProShift drivetrain (including the twist shifters), XTR M900 cassette, Selle Italia Flite and some tasty Cook Bros. Racing RSR cranks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants View Post
    Fantastic bike! I really like Todd's stuff. I had Circle A Cycles do a single speed conversion on my Ted Wojcik and I used the Black Cat Swingers. Anyway, I also like mixing things up and speaking of the Wojcik, did a "modern approach on a vintage theme" a few years back. It had a complete ProShift drivetrain (including the twist shifters), XTR M900 cassette, Selle Italia Flite and some tasty Cook Bros. Racing RSR cranks.

    That is tasty. love the color.

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    Nice pics! Did you get to the big meadow on Warm Springs via the 4th of July trail? (It's the route that Howley posted.) That's one of my favorite rides anywhere!
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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    Nice pics! Did you get to the big meadow on Warm Springs via the 4th of July trail? (It's the route that Howley posted.) That's one of my favorite rides anywhere!
    Yep, 4th of July, Antz basin then to the last 2 downhills of Fisher. You are in Boise, correct?
    Here is what the Smoke was like when we ended the ride. You could not see the Sawtooths.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LARRYJO View Post
    Yep, 4th of July, Antz basin then to the last 2 downhills of Fisher. You are in Boise, correct?
    Here is what the Smoke was like when we ended the ride. You could not see the Sawtooths.
    Yep, I'm in Boise. Glad you got in that ride - it's a classic.

    Too bad it was so smoky for you. Boise has poor air quality right now, but nothing like central Idaho. The fires right now are bad.

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    Cool Black Cat. Another local (to me) builder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    Yep, I'm in Boise. Glad you got in that ride - it's a classic.

    Too bad it was so smoky for you. Boise has poor air quality right now, but nothing like central Idaho. The fires right now are bad.

    My Buddy just moved into his house in Deer Creek 1 month ago and may face evacuation in the next couple days. I guess everything on the west side of the Big Wood is on high alert.
    One of the trails we were on last week is now burned out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    Cool Black Cat. Another local (to me) builder.
    Todd is a great guy. Bummer what happened to him.
    riders down on tunitas creek rd yesterday - Todd Ingermanson of Black Cat Bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by LARRYJO View Post
    My Buddy just moved into his house in Deer Creek 1 month ago and may face evacuation in the next couple days. I guess everything on the west side of the Big Wood is on high alert.
    One of the trails we were on last week is now burned out.
    Hopefully your buddy's place is okay. It sounds like Deer Creek has been evacuated, and all of Ketchum and Sun Valley are on pre-evacuation alert. The fire has grown a lot today.
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    Bummer about Todd. Glad it sounds like his surgery went okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux View Post
    Hopefully your buddy's place is okay. It sounds like Deer Creek has been evacuated, and all of Ketchum and Sun Valley are on pre-evacuation alert. The fire has grown a lot today.
    My buddy took this yesterday about 1 mile from his house.
    I talked to him last night but have been unable to reach him today.


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    The first 2 panoramic photos in my original post, those places are now burned out.
    So sad.

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    Great bike and pics. Sorry to see the fires and the surgery.

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