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    Waltworks Blue

    I've been wanting a Waltworks for the past 3 years, and finally last month I received this frameset in the mail. After riding production 29ers for the past few years, I knew what I wanted when I had Walt start this project in the fall. This bike absolutely rips. 24.5lbs as pictured.

    Geometry
    CS: 16.9"-17.3"
    ETT: 25.2"
    HTA: 72deg
    Fork Offset: 43mm
    ST: 20"
    STA: 73deg

    Features
    - 73mm bottom bracket shell
    - Clearance for 2.5" tires
    - Non-suspension corrected rigid fork
    - Paragon sliding dropouts
    - S-bend chainstays
    - Waltworks team blue, no decals

    Parts
    Bottom Bracket: Hive
    Brake Levers: Avid Ultimate
    Brakes: Avid BB-7, Alligator rotors
    Chainring: Hive 32t
    Cog: Surly 20t
    Crankset: Hive Fifteen.G
    Frame: Waltworks
    Fork: Waltworks
    Handlebar: Ragley Carnegie's
    Headset: Hope
    Pedals: Shimano SPD-520
    Saddle: WTB Rocket V Team
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite setback
    Seatpost Clamp: Thomson
    Stem: Thomson Elite X4
    Tires: Maxxis Ardent 2.4
    Wheels: Hope Pro II hubs, Stan's Flow rims

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    Nice looking bike and overall build! Very solid. I like the way the top of the seat tube almost looks like a lugged frame where it joints to the seat clamp area. I just can't stop loving blue bicycles either, even though I only have one at this point.

    Does not look like you can use the forward positions of the sliders though without running a really small tire? I'm not seeing an offset seat tube.

    So those are quarters on top of your fork blades?

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    Very Sweet. CongratulationSS!

    Walt's waitlist says mine is complete, but Fox is backed up on forks and mine hasn't arrived so Walt can ship my bike. I'm anxious, to say the least.
    I hope mine is as fun to ride as yours looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canyonrat
    Does not look like you can use the forward positions of the sliders though without running a really small tire?

    So those are quarters on top of your fork blades?
    With my 32/20 gear ratio, I am able to run the sliders almost all of the way forward with enough clearance for the 2.4 Ardent. This position gives an approximate chainstay length of 16.9", which makes the bike feel more flickable, but I'm finding I like the stability of the 17.3" chainstay length.

    Those are indeed quarters on the tops of the fork blades. Apparently this is something Walt does on some of his forks, although I was not aware until the fork arrived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acero853
    I tried to go black, but my six year old daughter guilted me into blue.
    I wanted to go with black also, but my girlfriend insisted on blue and even purchased the color "upgrade" for me as a holiday gift. It's brighter than I expected it to be, but it's growing on me.

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    Nice bike and nice build. I've had my waltworks for 3 years now and love it as much as the day I got it. Mine is cooler than yours though because it's curry colored.
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    That's pretty!
    Curious how she would have looked with the quarters exposed, at first glance I thought that it was either a reflection or an imperfection that had made it through the paint process... cool use of fiddy cents
    (was that included in the price he quoted? )

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    Your heel's already removing your paint? Do you feet not like blue?

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    It's already got a few scratches and scuff marks in the paint. What should I expect? I've had it 3 weeks now and I've been riding the sh*t out of it.

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    Beautiful bike. I really like the color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowMongoose
    That's pretty!
    Curious how she would have looked with the quarters exposed
    Something like <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ahearnecycles/2177544062/in/set-72157625445229447/">this</a> I suspect, but less sexy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2
    I wanted to go with black also, but my girlfriend insisted on blue and even purchased the color "upgrade" for me as a holiday gift. It's brighter than I expected it to be, but it's growing on me.
    Sounds like a woman who knows what she wants.
    Yeah well, that's just, ya' know, like, your opinion, man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vecsus
    Mine is cooler than yours though because it's curry colored.
    Ah come on, we need a picture now. Red, yellow, green...curries run the rainbow! Still, I'm sure it's a nice rich color--how could it not be?
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    would love to see a visual of the sliders all the way forward with the Ardent on it.

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    wow....nice and clean....love it.

    my second fav walt works behind b. fuentes' "dream build" race bike (check his blog for that bike)....
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    Very nice looking bike. I have a WaltWorks had a crazy thought of selling it this winter. However, cooler minds have prevailed. It is easily one of the best bikes I've owned. I have to ask, however, a 72 HTA seems REALLY steep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rontele
    Very nice looking bike. I have a WaltWorks had a crazy thought of selling it this winter. However, cooler minds have prevailed. It is easily one of the best bikes I've owned. I have to ask, however, a 72 HTA seems REALLY steep.
    72 HTA is pretty much a standard of sorts for rigid 29ers, though "standards" do keep evolving

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    LOVE the color.

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    Slammed!

    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    would love to see a visual of the sliders all the way forward with the Ardent on it.
    Hey Mark,

    Here are some clearance pics with the wheel slammed. Is that what you meant, or did you want a picture of the actual sliders?
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    Thanks Matty!

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    I like it!

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    Love Walt's stuff. That bike is a good reason to stay the course.

    The fork leg caps look great.
    I'm covered in beer.

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    Beautiful bike. Its smurftastic.

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    Great Bike!

    A Waltworks frame/fork is definately the bike at the top of my wish list. While I do not see the frame happening any time soon, I have been giving serious thought to pulling the trigger on one of his forks.

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    that's pretty much what I have. non-suspension corrected SS (sliders), in the WW blue. love mine too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rontele
    Very nice looking bike. I have a WaltWorks had a crazy thought of selling it this winter. However, cooler minds have prevailed. It is easily one of the best bikes I've owned. I have to ask, however, a 72 HTA seems REALLY steep.
    When you consider that the HT angle does not change with fork compression like it would with a sussy fork, it is not all that out of line with the typical bike and where you would end up anyway after some sag.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2
    It's already got a few scratches and scuff marks in the paint. What should I expect? I've had it 3 weeks now and I've been riding the sh*t out of it.
    You should expect more of the same. Enjoy the hell out it.

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    Sold mine, but got it back. Praise Lord! Mine's heavy. I do not want any mechanicals at 6am in 20deg weather.

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    Walt is definitely my favorite builder to follow. As much as I "dream" about getting a titanium bike, there is something about his frame and fork combos that always makes me think twice. Nothing over the top, just super forward thinking and amazingly well designed bikes.

    Bike looks great Matt. That bike will surely give you years and years of awesome rides and keep asking for more. I had an all steel rigid SS with chainstays as short as 16.75" and found that I really preferred them in the 17.1-17.2in position as well. I actually now run my KM with the wheel at about 17.3-17.4in, and I am short at 5'7".

    Congrats.

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    What is the purpose of using quarters

    on top of the fork blades?
    Just curious
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    PS Sweet bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucid
    What is the purpose of using quarters on top of the fork blades?
    I don't believe there is any functional purpose, just an aesthetic detail.

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    My fully rigid Walt has a 69 HTA, suspension corrected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rontele
    My fully rigid Walt has a 69 HTA, suspension corrected.
    doesn't mean that's normal though

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    All 3 of the 29ers I owned previous to the Waltworks had 72deg head angles, with varying measurements of fork offset. 38mm offset felt too quick handling (Monocog), 47mm offset felt "floppy" (for lack of a better word) (Inbred), and 43mm offset felt perfect (Karate Monkey). Actually, the geometry I asked Walt to build this new bike with is a combination of the Inbred and Karate Monkey geometries, with a shorter seat tube than either had.

    The steering feels excellent, and is quite appropriate for the twisty singletrack riding and racing that I do. I think the steering feels even slightly better with the rear wheel further back. The steering felt slightly sharper with the wheel slammed.

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    looks great.....dirty good
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    Nice

    Love the bike, Gotta friend with XL Walt Works 4sale but its an XL I ride a shmedium 2 bad 4 me.
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    Massive extra credit for the photos with mud and dirt! I hate those new clean bike shots in front of the gargage door or the dryer.

    This is excellent, and I do like the smurftastic comment too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2
    I don't believe there is any functional purpose, just an aesthetic detail.
    I think the purpose of the quarters is they are a perfect fit to the tubing. I had no idea either whenI got my fork. If you supply the quarters, Walt will build them with your state quarters.
    Thanks to www.weavercycleworks.com for my awesome bike frames!

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    It's glorious!

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    Awesome rig!!!!!! My Waltworks is on order (5 months out). The Waltworks blue is really cool making me reconsider the Twin Six grey I was thinking about.

    Anybody else have cool pics of Waltworks to post ?

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    simple perfection manifested - well done.
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    Added 150 grams.

    Worth it, I think. New saddle.
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    what seat is that?
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    Brooks Swallow Limited Edition (2007) -- #360/999.

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    nice bike. how tall are you / inseam?
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    The Walt in action!

    Check it out:

    <iframe width="560" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/kHJXbxaVdvU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    now that's how to resurrect a thread

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    Walt is one of two builders on the list for my 2012 bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob View Post
    Walt is one of two builders on the list for my 2012 bike.
    After owning this bike for about six months now, I would highly recommend a Waltworks. This bike feels perfect to me. It's so smooth and lively, especially the fork. Go for it!

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    Another video attempt...

    This time created as an entry to a fundraiser contest for the local trail network. Enjoy!

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/04Pwu6Egk5w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    Very nice!
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    Indeed!....

    very cool to see the rider and bike in action.
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    Very nice. Am on the WaltWorks waitlist, slated for Apr / May completion date. He's a great guy to work with.

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    I've had my WW singlespeed for going on 4 years now...still my go to bike in a quiver of bikes. He's easy to work with and a man of his word...

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    had my walt for going on 7 years now (my first real ride on it was sswc05) and i am still just as happy riding it as the day i bought it.

    walt was and is fantastic to work with and stands behind his work without question if you do ever happen to have something go wrong.

    yours looks lovely congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2 View Post
    Brooks Swallow Limited Edition (2007) -- #360/999.
    This reminded me ( I had totally forgot) that I have one of these #066 sitting in the original box on a top shelf. Never used it. Hmmmm what would it go well on?

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    Awesome bike and awesome vids Matty, you're just over the border from me.

    My name should be at the bottom of the list next week once my deposit arrives. Now to wait patiently until summer. Heading out the door for a ride right now to take my mind off it!

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    Seriously? Weird post. I watched your video again and the music on your video kinda makes me feel.....funny.

    Honestly, I hope you get a good price for your bike, but this is SPAM.

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    Seriously. I've got a ton of home repairs to do and a baby on the way, and I need the cash. I will miss this bike, but it must be done. Post doesn't seem weird to me -- pretty relevant to the topic of the thread, which has had plenty of mileage already. It may be spam, but it's paid spam. Would you have preferred I start a new thread for the ad, as is typically the custom?

    Someone soon will be enjoying this bike and may appreciate the information in this thread!

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    That's too bad. That's a nice bike. I'd be tempted to buy it, but I'm a size Med. Good luck with the sale and the new baby.

    BTW, I don't think it's "spammy" at all. Paid ad posted in a thread you started---nothing wrong with that...

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    Wait a minute...

    What the f*** is this?
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    looks like a dropout with a dangling participle with some threads in it. ha!

    so did you end up selling your WW? found a leftover geared dropout it looks like. some days I wish I would have gotten mine with cable routing for rear derailler but then I ride it (as a SS) and the the thought vanishes. here's mine with 32:20 cause I'm weak.

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