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    geometry for rocky single with big down hill runs

    whats the best geometry for the tight rocky single track in austin. going to build have a custom hardtail made. i was thinking about changing the bb and making it a little higher, stretching the head angle out, but how much. what do you think, thanks.

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    Get your frame from Wes.
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    who is wes

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    I disagree. Get your frame from Woz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by harveyjl26
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    Wes Williams of Willits Brand Bicycles. Former Ti welder for Ibis and one of the grandfathers of the 29er.... Located in South Austin.

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    I'll weigh in

    Unless you've ridden and like high bottom brackets you might want to go a little more like the 12" standard. On big downhills or epics probably not the my first choice and I really like high bottom bracket bikes. If your knocking teeth off the big ring maybe 12.25 or 12.5( thats where I put my custom). Chainstay length makes a big difference too, 16.5 handles quicker than 16.75. You might want a longish top tube but I would not wash out the head angle of a hardtail. Talk about your riding style with your builder and they can balance it out. Thats my opinion anyway.

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    how much do you think a 70dgree head angle would change the handling

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    Quote Originally Posted by harveyjl26
    i was thinking about changing the bb and making it a little higher,

    Another thought....

    many folks in Austin run a double, and drop the big ring in leu of a bashguard. That would give you an extra 1/2 inch clearance....
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    Tight and rocky sounds like Austin, but big downhill runs?
    Since when did Need have anything to do with this?

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    Have to try it

    Try a bike with a 70 deg head angle and see on your trails. Austin sounds similar to here and I can feel that difference when riding a slacker angle, the front wheel feels floppy and clumsey in the trees but fine downhill. Maybe with a 4 or 5 inch fork so the head angle doesn't dive too far in corners. If your riding is picking around cabbage head rocks I'd say no. Most everbody has gone to a geometry thats similar across the board with very small changes. The old days of east coast (tight and twisty) and west coast (fireroad flyers) bikes aren't really necessary with modern suspension and components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thylacine
    Woz.
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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