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    Monster Cross: Monster Qball

    My Qball has been my trusty steed for the past three years. I have done just about everything on the bike and now that I am going to build up another 29er, it's time to try something new, so over the weekend I turned the Qball into the Monster Crosser.

    First step of my monster cross conversion is complete! It's an SSer right now but I just got a barcon and a rear der to make it the perfect Gravel Grinder racer.

    More pics can be seen here: Monster Qball.
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    Nice! How do you like it in monster form?

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    It takes some getting used to when on the trail, especially trying to keep your weight back and still have your hands on the brakes.

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    From the angle of that photo it looks like you could benefit from having the bars up a little bit higher than they currently are
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    I have been playing around with the angle of the drops.

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    I'm in the process of doing something kinda similar to my VooDoo dambala--though not really "monster-cross" as much as "pull-the-kid-around-in-a-trailer-on-dirt-and-asphalt; make-a-run-to-the-groceries; still-hit-a-trail-here-and-there" sorta rig.

    What kinda tires are you running? I couldn't gleam enough info from the pics to be sure...

    I was thinking about going something like a kenda karma 1.9. I hated the karma 2.2's on singletrack (washout-city), but on fireroad/hardpack/asphalt they worked well. Or maybe true cross tires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ECOdork
    I'm in the process of doing something kinda similar to my VooDoo dambala--though not really "monster-cross" as much as "pull-the-kid-around-in-a-trailer-on-dirt-and-asphalt; make-a-run-to-the-groceries; still-hit-a-trail-here-and-there" sorta rig.

    What kinda tires are you running? I couldn't gleam enough info from the pics to be sure...

    I was thinking about going something like a kenda karma 1.9. I hated the karma 2.2's on singletrack (washout-city), but on fireroad/hardpack/asphalt they worked well. Or maybe true cross tires...
    What about the panaracer firecross?

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    Good idea, there're on my shortlist.
    I figure I'd re-evaluate things by trying to wear-out those karma 2.2's again. That way I'll know what I do and don't like about the setup and see where to make changes.

    Just philosophizing here, but I think (or maybe it's that I hope) we're on the verge of seeing more tires to fit this "monster-cross" category of 29'er touring bikes ala the Salsa Fargo. A little wider than cross tires but narrower than dH bombers. Versatile thread design.

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    What about the panaracer firecross?

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    Right now I am running 2.3 Exiwolf upfront and a Bonti 2.2 but these are going over to the new bike and I will be running nano raptors and gears for an upcoming gravel grinder ride.

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