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    The Lenz is built. (for now)

    Okay, all built up...still working on the kinks... brake set up, lever placement, etc… Fit is awesome. Please don’t pay attention to the Marz fork…that 5.3lb boat anchor will be ripped off as soon as my 1.0 shows up from WB, bringing the riding weight of this total build down to…..wait for it…hold it…ready???...about 27-28lbs….scary light….no really…scary light…

    From this perspective, and by itself..it doesn’t look that big does it? It doesn’t to me.



    Beautiful color, eh?





    Non-drive side…



    Okay…NOW it looks big..that is my wife’s medium/17” Superlite to give some good perspective…
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    Padre,

    That's awesome. I really like the comparison shot! Get rid of that fork and you'll have a 26lb 29er rocket. Also, think about running that rear-brake cable down the downtube...

    Now go out and start working on the RIDE REPORT !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl
    Padre,

    That's awesome. I really like the comparison shot! Get rid of that fork and you'll have a 26lb 29er rocket. Also, think about running that rear-brake cable down the downtube...

    Now go out and start working on the RIDE REPORT !!!
    I'm very intrigued by that idea...I was going to wait for the pics of the process when you do it. I'm a visual learner. =)

    Ride report to follow. Brakes are giving me hassle. Actually, I'm giving me hassle. Ever have those days when you drop the 5mm allen every 10 seconds?

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    Looks awesome Padre.

    Did you learn how to use the "shifters" yet?
    Very nice, it looks like your size...the WB will bring it to it's full potential.

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    Padre,

    I haven't converted mine yet, but I saw how Devin had it set up on the Internet bikes. There should be an extra 'weld-nub' (if that's really a 'word') on the downtube, about 6 inches above the bottle cage bolts.

    Devin drilled a small hole in that 'nub' and then used it along with the 2 water bottle bolts to hold tha cable onto the bike with 'electrical cable clips/buckles'. Then use a couple of zip ties on the chainstays.

    Is your cable currently zipped tied to the seatstay (2 zips)?

    Here's the best visual I could find ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PinsNeedles
    Did you learn how to use the "shifters" yet?
    Very nice, it looks like your size...the WB will bring it to it's full potential.
    Shifter seem to be a more brainer...allows one to keep their hand on the bar more often... can't wait for the WB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jl
    Padre,

    I haven't converted mine yet, but I saw how Devin had it set up on the Internet bikes. There should be an extra 'weld-nub' (if that's really a 'word') on the downtube, about 6 inches above the bottle cage bolts.

    Devin drilled a small hole in that 'nub' and then used it along with the 2 water bottle bolts to hold tha cable onto the bike with 'electrical cable clips/buckles'. Then use a couple of zip ties on the chainstays.

    Is your cable currently zipped tied to the seatstay (2 zips)?

    Here's the best visual I could find ...
    yeah, zipped to the stay..for now...drilling into the frame? a little scary....

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    Sparty has his cables (brake and r derailluer) running down the down tube on his Cake. Works well.
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    Drilling, yep, that's what I thought. Devin said it was all right, you can call him for more consulting. It's already been drilled for the bottle mounts... I do plan on doing this later this week if everything works out (schedule wise). The bike looks great! Now put on some lights and go ride it!!!
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    those are the clips Sparty used on his Cake. I am going to use them for all of the cables on my Vulture. Having Wade put bottle cage braze ons in for them under the TT, on the seatstays and the back of the left fork leg.
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    Beautiful build Padre!

    [/QUOTE]Okay…NOW it looks big..that is my wife’s medium/17” Superlite to give some good perspective…
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    Really! Pardon my clueleSSneSS , but where are those built? Lurking on the 29 forum, so I'm sure it's obvious to the regulars! Heh....can't imagine how it'd dwarf my hooge 16" unit I spin on. Don't you get a nose bleed up that high??

    Just like work, fine tuning the last 10% of the kinks seems like it takes 90% of the effort. Sure we'll see the finished piece in no time though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47
    Really! Pardon my clueleSSneSS , but where are those built? Lurking on the 29 forum, so I'm sure it's obvious to the regulars! Heh....can't imagine how it'd dwarf my hooge 16" unit I spin on. Don't you get a nose bleed up that high??

    Just like work, fine tuning the last 10% of the kinks seems like it takes 90% of the effort. Sure we'll see the finished piece in no time though!
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    Awsome. Guess you won't have to worry about hitting the downtube with the fork crown on that thing.
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    Devin, had it like Sparty's Cake but on the bottom of the downtube, not the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wooglin
    Awsome. Guess you won't have to worry about hitting the downtube with the fork crown on that thing.
    Yeah..it'll just squeek by.. =)

    I guess that's just 1 benefit of hydro-formed tubing...

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    looking good padre. are you running 2x9 on your lev. and, if so, what size rings are you running up front???

    cheers!

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    maybe from the sky...

    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    From this perspective, and by itself..it doesn’t look that big does it? It doesn’t to me.
    actually- it looks huge, but in an ideal, proprotional way! living proof that the big wheels should be a requirement for fellers your size.
    damn, that blue color is sweet! but then again, blue is the first half of my last name...
    are you going to get it dirty with the Zoke? can't wait for the report!
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    Looks Great Padre -

    But that thing REALLLLY needs some fatter meats. It kind of looks like a freaky cross bike w/ those 2.1s

    Now where are those 2.3 and 2.4s we were promised?

    Nice bike! I know you will ride it hard...

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    Good job!

    nice bike, gearie

    great looking, really. Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kam
    looking good padre. are you running 2x9 on your lev. and, if so, what size rings are you running up front???

    cheers!
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    Dang, Padre....

    by the look of those two bikes, you and your wife are gonna have some REALLY TALL kids!

    Lenz looks super-kala-fragilistic-expialadocius! I've got a buddy here in Japan who is gonna love to see the pics of your bike.

    But, didn't you have a lot of trouble with a WB fork on your Vulture? I feel like I missed a chapter in the story...

    Congrats, anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    ...about 27-28lbs….scary light….no really…scary light…

    Nice. I'm sure you'll enjoy it..definately more than a singlespeed... Did you weigh the frame & shock before you built it?? I'll go out on a limb and guess it will weigh closer to 28.5 when finished, but that's still good for an XL fs 29"er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fattirewilly
    Nice. I'm sure you'll enjoy it..definately more than a singlespeed... Did you weigh the frame & shock before you built it?? I'll go out on a limb and guess it will weigh closer to 28.5 when finished, but that's still good for an XL fs 29"er.
    It weighted 29.1 w/ the Marz on it.
    The WB .8 weighs about 3.3 instead of the Marz 5.5.
    27lbs it seems. Frame only 5.8lbs on one scale and 5.4lbs on the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSingleGuy
    by the look of those two bikes, you and your wife are gonna have some REALLY TALL kids!

    Lenz looks super-kala-fragilistic-expialadocius! I've got a buddy here in Japan who is gonna love to see the pics of your bike.

    But, didn't you have a lot of trouble with a WB fork on your Vulture? I feel like I missed a chapter in the story...

    Congrats, anyways.
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    Marz question

    Hey Padre,
    Nice bike. I noticed on the Marz that you've replaced the brake bosses with standard bolts. Did you buy the Marz approved bolts, or go to the hardware/fastener store and buy them there? If so, do you have the dimensions/specs on the bolts? I'd like to buy them, but according to the Canadian Distributor, those bolts are $40.00 per pair, which in my estimation, is a gross overpayment.

    Also, I really like the grey on blue. Too bad the WB fork won't have the same colour scheme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwheelboy_490
    Hey Padre,
    Nice bike. I noticed on the Marz that you've replaced the brake bosses with standard bolts. Did you buy the Marz approved bolts, or go to the hardware/fastener store and buy them there? If so, do you have the dimensions/specs on the bolts? I'd like to buy them, but according to the Canadian Distributor, those bolts are $40.00 per pair, which in my estimation, is a gross overpayment.

    Also, I really like the grey on blue. Too bad the WB fork won't have the same colour scheme.
    They are Marz bolts that cost $18 I think. Almost had a heart attack when I saw that. Bought them through the Path Bike Shop.

    Don't shed a tear about the Marz. 5lbs for 2" of travel...you can have it...

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    Looks great, what does it measure from the BB to the top of the saddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightfire
    Looks great, what does it measure from the BB to the top of the saddle?

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    In it's curren't configuration...from the seat rails to the BB is hair longer than 31".

    Pedal spindle (in low position in line with ST) to top of saddle is almost 39".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    From this perspective, and by itself..it doesn’t look that big does it? It doesn’t to me.
    It looks big to me. Take this as a basis of comparison, this is XL frame, so they should be nearly identical give or take 1" of Effective TT length:

    <img border=2 img src="https://img.villagephotos.com/p/2004-10/867718/DSC_00591.jpg">

    Oh, and getting the TT routed cable taught (as you mention here or in the Passion thread on the same subject) is a bit of a PITA special. I've heard about the "drill holes in your frame" option, and it's not for me. I'll duct tape the thing down before I bust out the drill and get crazy.
    Last edited by ncj01; 01-25-2005 at 01:54 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwheelboy_490
    Hey Padre,
    Nice bike. I noticed on the Marz that you've replaced the brake bosses with standard bolts. Did you buy the Marz approved bolts, or go to the hardware/fastener store and buy them there? If so, do you have the dimensions/specs on the bolts? I'd like to buy them, but according to the Canadian Distributor, those bolts are $40.00 per pair, which in my estimation, is a gross overpayment.

    Also, I really like the grey on blue. Too bad the WB fork won't have the same colour scheme.
    If you are not going to use V brakes again, just hacksaw the boss. Viola! Free bolts.

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    Nevermind:-)

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