Got my Mutinyman

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  • 02-21-2006
    ScottMac
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    Got my Mutinyman
    My original order was for a flat-bar and shock, but Matt convinced me that rigid and a drop-bar was the way to go. For having never having ridden an off-road drop bar before, I have to say that the handling and fit was spot-on. I didn't think anything could top my Ute until I rode this bike. Matt knows his stuff.
  • 02-21-2006
    dirtdrop
    Very smooth looking! Nice.
  • 02-21-2006
    subluxation
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    congrats....
    riding a bike set up properly around drops and rigid is an awakening, matt's probably the only one left who really knows how (not saying no one else does, so don't start letting the posts fly). he did not have to talk me into it. riding steep, tight singletrack properly set up is just unreal, especially fixed gear.


    rick
  • 02-22-2006
    Singlespeedpunk
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by subluxation
    riding a bike set up properly around drops and rigid is an awakening, matt's probably the only one left who really knows how (not saying no one else does, so don't start letting the posts fly). he did not have to talk me into it. riding steep, tight singletrack properly set up is just unreal, especially fixed gear.


    rick

    Hey Rick,

    Sorry for the slight side-track but how do you find your forks under heavy breaking? Mine "flutter" quite a bit to the point where it really wobbles the front end :) They use Reynolds 531ST blades so I don't think its going to fall apart...just wondering if Neo-Retros / Kool Stop Salmon / Skinny forks is a bit overkill!

    OK, back the the scheduled program...

    Great looking bike Scott, drops are sooo much nicer off road and Matt IS the king of set-up.

    Alex
  • 02-22-2006
    Drevil
    Another slam dunk! Matt's drop-bar bikes look just right. Have fun with it!
  • 02-22-2006
    Soupboy
    Choice bike. How close is the overlap? Not sure if that's the ticket for me but I love the purity of the whole thing.
  • 02-22-2006
    ParkerFly
    forget the drop bars!
    A 29er with v brakes? Did hell freeze over? JK. I like Vs. :)
  • 02-22-2006
    subluxation
    yep, mine does.
    i noticed that too, typically under hard braking in singletrack, i just figured it was the supple fork combo'd with the brake pads being a bit grabby and figured it would settle in after the pads wear in a bit. does yours seem grabby after the pads wear some?

    rick




    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Singlespeedpunk
    Hey Rick,

    Sorry for the slight side-track but how do you find your forks under heavy breaking? Mine "flutter" quite a bit to the point where it really wobbles the front end :) They use Reynolds 531ST blades so I don't think its going to fall apart...just wondering if Neo-Retros / Kool Stop Salmon / Skinny forks is a bit overkill!

    OK, back the the scheduled program...

    Great looking bike Scott, drops are sooo much nicer off road and Matt IS the king of set-up.

    Alex

  • 02-22-2006
    Endomaniac
    That’s a nice ride, super clean and purpose built.

    I’d love to try a bike built for dirt drops. I have tried the bars but haven’t ever been able to get them set up properly on the bikes I tried them on.
  • 02-22-2006
    Gambler
    Fork Flutter
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Singlespeedpunk
    Hey Rick,

    Sorry for the slight side-track but how do you find your forks under heavy breaking? Mine "flutter" quite a bit to the point where it really wobbles the front end :) They use Reynolds 531ST blades so I don't think its going to fall apart...just wondering if Neo-Retros / Kool Stop Salmon / Skinny forks is a bit overkill!

    OK, back the the scheduled program...

    Great looking bike Scott, drops are sooo much nicer off road and Matt IS the king of set-up.

    Alex

    Alex -

    I've had the same problem running a kinesis fork with neo retros on my indie rock. The flutter is very disturbing. I thought that perhaps it was the light weight kinesis, but it probably the neo retros being over kill.

    Scott - nice build!

    - Bill
  • 02-22-2006
    Singlespeedpunk
    Thanks!
    Rick and Bill,

    Thanks for the info, glad its not just me and my 140# bulk :) Guess I might live with it (and change to some "worse" pads!) and try to ride smoother.

    I have started playing about with BikeCAD (quiet day...) and looking at building a drop-bar specific frame that I can transplant 90% of my stuff over to (the other 29er frame, fork, bar and stem can be samples to show people)

    Damn you all :D

    Alex
  • 02-22-2006
    OneGearGuy
    Sweet, sweet, saweeeeeet.

    Gotta love a classic MC.
  • 02-22-2006
    HoSS
    I'm a sucker for a Chester, that's beautiful.
  • 02-22-2006
    WTB-rider
    Scott and Rick,

    Absolutely gorgeous bikes. What fork and stem are you running there Rick?

    Must resist contacting Matt, must resist contacting Matt....
  • 02-22-2006
    ScottMac
    cantis are an option
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ParkerFly
    A 29er with v brakes? Did hell freeze over? JK. I like Vs. :)

    I like Vs too. Matt put a canti guide on the frame in case I want to run some old school Shimano XT2 canti brakes that I got from Harris Cyclery. Some of the rides in northern AZ can be muddy in summer.

    The guide sorta reminds me of the Ibis hand job.
  • 02-22-2006
    banks
    Let me guess, It WAS worth the wait, correct?

    Scoty
  • 02-22-2006
    ScottMac
    worth the wait.....
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by banks
    Let me guess, It WAS worth the wait, correct?

    Scoty

    Yesssss!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 02-22-2006
    edouble
    ditto...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ParkerFly
    A 29er with v brakes? Did hell freeze over? JK. I like Vs. :)

    nothing against disc's, i just like v's too. so nice to see someone else go custom and choose v's. my 26in curtlo is v specific, no regrets.
  • 02-22-2006
    green mt. boy
    nice bike - what bar?
    Great set up just wanted to know the bar stem combo?
  • 02-22-2006
    ScottMac
    bar & stem combo
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by green mt. boy
    Great set up just wanted to know the bar stem combo?

    I'm running a Midge bar with a Salsa MotoAce SUL 130mm x 115'.
  • 02-22-2006
    cocheese
    MC's bikes get me every time. Congrats! It's like art you can ride.
  • 02-23-2006
    bnelson
    fork specs
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by subluxation
    riding a bike set up properly around drops and rigid is an awakening, matt's probably the only one left who really knows how (not saying no one else does, so don't start letting the posts fly). he did not have to talk me into it. riding steep, tight singletrack properly set up is just unreal, especially fixed gear.


    rick

    that ia amazing bike. what specs is the fork
  • 02-23-2006
    ScottMac
    it's a Kelly
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bnelson
    that ia amazing bike. what specs is the fork

    Matt ordered me a Kelly so I would have good clearance with the bigger tires.
  • 02-24-2006
    l-dub1
    Damn!
    I love drop bar dirt bikes and these two are some of the nicest I've seen in a while. The retro brake levers add a nice touch too! I'm definitely feeling the itch to trade in my cross bike for one of the Chester master pieces...maybe next fall.
    So how's the ride????
  • 02-24-2006
    ScottMac
    the ride...
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by l-dub1
    I love drop bar dirt bikes and these two are some of the nicest I've seen in a while. The retro brake levers add a nice touch too! I'm definitely feeling the itch to trade in my cross bike for one of the Chester master pieces...maybe next fall.
    So how's the ride????

    The brakes just look retro...they're Dia-Compe 287-v's which are designed to accommodate linear-pull brakes. I had Matt add a canti stop to the non-drive seat stay so I can switch it over to cantis and standard levers for mud-handling duties.

    I've gotten in a few rides and have since lower the stem down to a single 10mm spacer so I can swap in a cable hanger if needed. The ride is very quick and responsive. It reminds me of my old Fat Ti in how it responds to body lean. The bike doesn't require much steering input in the corners, which is a good thing since there is some toe overlap. My shoe gets buzzed on occasion, but this is more than outweighed by the benefits of quick handling.

    I had Matt increase the bottom bracket height to clear all the rocks out here in Phoenix. I used to live in Virginia, so I like having the higher BB. Cranks are Race Face square-taper 175mm.