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    The Build Begins: Sheep on a Diet : 1135 grams : pictures attached

    I've been lurking for awhile. Trying to decide on taking the pludge into the 29er world. I think it's safe to say I'm hooked.

    Built up my first 29er, first SS and first disk brake bike....all in one. It's a Niner One9. Absolutely love it but haven't had it offroad yet since I live in Minneapolis. End result is 18.5lbs complete.

    Now the geared bike is starting to get put togehter. For some of you, you'll hate this bike . It's designed to be used for long distance endurance events that aren't too technical. It a custom Black Sheep. James was terrific to work with. Took a lot of input and delivered when committed to. It has all custom ordered tubes, double butted including the bottom bracket and head tube. James took extra care to drill out these tubes between the tube joints to save extra weight. He also machined out the dropouts more than usual. The spacing is also custom at 132.5mm so it fits road and mtb hub easily. Since I weigh 158 lbs (summer racing weight), live in Mpls without much technical stuff and I'm light on parts, we ordered a lot of small diameter tubes both to save weight and to give me some flex on the hardtail. The end result is 1135 gram frame. I'll post the pics of the frame now and update the thread as the build takes place. It will probably take months since many parts are weightweenie parts from Europe. Hope you enjoy. If nothing else, there is nothing more fun than piecing a bike together and with this bike most of the parts can't be ordered anywhere so the coordination of parts is even more fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by extralight
    The end result is 1135 gram frame. I'll post the pics of the frame now and update the thread as the build takes place. It will probably take months since many parts are weightweenie parts from Europe. Hope you enjoy. If nothing else, there is nothing more fun than piecing a bike together and with this bike most of the parts can't be ordered anywhere so the coordination of parts is even more fun.
    It looks awesome! What diameter are the tubes?
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    Thanks. I'll have to ask James for all the details. The biggest difference is the seat and chain stays are 3/4 instead of 7/8 and then the double butting on the headtube and bb tube. James says it is the lightest 29er rame he's built.

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    big fan

    love the Black Sheeps!

    (maybe i just have a thing for barnyard animals )

    if it weren't for the custom Wojcik coming, I'd be headed to the Flock myself...

    sweet rig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by extralight
    ... but haven't had it offroad yet since I live in Minneapolis.
    Wuss! Just kidding. I've only been out a handful of times in Red Wing. But seriously, Theo Wirth and Lebanon etc. don't even require studs at the moment (though they are nice to lower the odds of multiple knee cracking falls). Just saying. Sorry for the slight hijack.

    Sweet bike though, that will certainly turn some heads. And since you've never had a 29er offroad I'll just give you some reassurance. I think they're perfect for the trails around the upper midwest. You won't regret the move.

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    What size is that frame? Seat tube and toptube and headtube? I think I have trouble judging the size of a frame without a fork or wheels on it. Looks sweet by the way, and incredibly light! 2.5lbs for a 29'r frame, geez I wish my ROAD bike frame was that light!

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    The top tube length is 22 inches and the seat tube is 17.5 inches (as measured just under the seatpost collar). Both my rode bike frames are around this weight but I think it will be real fun to ride a mountain bike that's real light.

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    Ouch, with my parts you'd already hit 8.0kg for a geary, and I have upgrades planned even!

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    Cloxxki, you're Cube is an awesome bike. This is my first real weight weenie bike so I'm sure I'm going to have many mistakes aka as upgrades. Between frame and fork, the weight of you're Cube is similar to my Black Sheep. I've got the new White Bros fork for the frame. I'm a bit skeptical about a fully rigid fork for long endurance events. As it is, my carbon Pace on the Niner One9 is plenty jarring but super fun. I might have James build me a ti fork but I'm going to probably use the White Bros most of the time.

    Can you tell me how to link this thread to the "Save some weight" section? Thanks!

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    Beautiful frame. I´ll have to make it up there to get a ride in with you when my bike is done. I can´t wait to see how you build a lot of it up. Euro parts huh? I´ll be over in Denmark in early April, I´m even going to do a local bike race. I´m looking forward to checking out some Euro porn, maybe even bringing some back! (Cheaper than shiping.) The Pace is a bit jarring huh? I´ve heard that they are stiff. I´m looking at a Blacksheep unicrown myself. They´re just gorgeous! Congrats and enjoy!
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