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    Advocate Watchman 29+- Anyone riding one?

    Considering some 29+ options, and I'm interested in a Watchman as a do-it-all (until I order a custom from some guy in Park City...)
    I'm thinking that a 29+ should fit OK, since the Watchman looks like it has very similar geometry to the Salsa Beargrease. Just checking to see if anyone's got some saddle time on one.
    Not super stoked about the BB system (PF121,) or the idea of a 177mm hub, but I think I could get around those for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Considering some 29+ options, and I'm interested in a Watchman as a do-it-all (until I order a custom from some guy in Park City...)
    I'm thinking that a 29+ should fit OK, since the Watchman looks like it has very similar geometry to the Salsa Beargrease. Just checking to see if anyone's got some saddle time on one.
    Not super stoked about the BB system (PF121,) or the idea of a 177mm hub, but I think I could get around those for a while.

    Los
    Dunno about the BB, but embrace the 177 hub. Stupid wide flange spacing means you can build an ~indestructible wheel using silly light parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Dunno about the BB, but embrace the 177 hub. Stupid wide flange spacing means you can build an ~indestructible wheel using silly light parts.
    Solid point. Kinda shying away from the Press Fit 121 BB, although I could see where the wider platform might help with some of the PF creaking and durability issues.
    Geometry looks fairly close to the Niner ROS 9+, which is one of the other bikes I'm looking at.
    The 177mm hub and PF121 BB will add some expense to the build, but it would be an upgrade in the winter from my Pugsley!

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    sslos- There are several people on the Watchman in 29+ mode, it clears with plenty of room. I've debated getting a frame myself to replace my Puffin, just for the benefit of being able to run 29+ also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    sslos- There are several people on the Watchman in 29+ mode, it clears with plenty of room. I've debated getting a frame myself to replace my Puffin, just for the benefit of being able to run 29+ also.
    Thanks for the feedback!
    Curious about what fork would work well. Fox 34 27+is waaay longer a-c than the Bluto the Watchman is designed for. Not sure I'm overly excited about that Bluto...

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    Yeah I wasn't overly impressed with the 100mm Bluto I had. I've heard the RCT3 versions are a little better.

    Here's a pic of one setup with a Bluto for reference-
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    Quote Originally Posted by sslos View Post
    Solid point. Kinda shying away from the Press Fit 121 BB, although I could see where the wider platform might help with some of the PF creaking and durability issues.
    Geometry looks fairly close to the Niner ROS 9+, which is one of the other bikes I'm looking at.
    The 177mm hub and PF121 BB will add some expense to the build, but it would be an upgrade in the winter from my Pugsley!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot View Post
    6 months hard riding no creaking on mine just
    Glad you're having success with it!
    Mind if I ask what BB and crankset you're using?

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