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    Mar 2005

    A new Curtlo

    So here's all the skinny on a new Curtlo, in nauseating detail.

    Epic Mountaineer softail, SS specific with EBB.

    Ordered 11/27/06, arrived 3/25/07.

    I specified the ergonomics - reach, drop from saddle to bar, saddle offset
    from BB, height from BB to saddle, etc.... all to match my old Teesdale.
    From there, I gave Doug my riding style, height, weight, etc. and asked
    that he define the rest of the specs as he saw fit - Head tube angle, seat
    tube angle, chain stay length, stem length and rise, etc.

    Along with the frame, Doug got me a good deal on a bunch of parts, one
    of which was a headset. When the frame arrived, I thrashed around in
    the box - no headset. Dammit. Despair. When I finally gave up riffling
    through the packing materials for the headset and unwrapped the frame,
    voila - Doug had installed it already. Nice.

    Assembly went great, frame alignment was perfect, paint was great. Looking
    at the frame super up-close will show that the brazing isn't totally perfect
    aesthetically, but you've got to look darn close to tell... and by darn close,
    I mean like from two feet away. They are better than they've got a right to be
    for a sub $1000 frame, and given that I've never heard of one of his joints
    failing, I'll call it good.

    The ride -
    I hesitated to ever get a softail, but i wish I hadn't now. There is no feeling
    of "suspension" at all - No bobbing, no feedback, no flex. The bike feels
    like a REALLY smooth hardtail. No loss of responsiveness or odd behavior,
    just a super-shmoove ride. Handling is subjective, but in this case I couldn't
    be happier. Unless you know *exactly* what you want, I whole heartedly
    recommend letting Doug handle setting up your angles and what-not.

    So anyway, the specs -
    Epic Mountaineer EBB SS
    Reba Race
    Cane Creek AD5 rear shock
    Cane Creek S8 headset
    Thomson stem
    Control Tech bar
    Oury Lock-ons
    Profile Stubby bar ends
    Juicy 5 discs
    UN-73 square BB
    RaceFace Turbine 180mm cranks
    Shimano 540 pedals
    Surly 'ring
    King cog
    Thomson post
    Flite saddle
    King SS disc hubs
    Sampim CX-Ray spokes
    Mavic 717 rims
    Kenda SB8 2.35 rear / Nevegal 2.3 front

    Beautiful !

    Doug can be a little hard to work with in that it's almost certain that you'll
    wait a lot longer than quoted, and that there will be long periods where you
    won't hear from him. If you demand adherance to time line and daily updates,
    you'd be better off looking elsewhere, but if your willing to be patient and
    let that sort of thing slide, I can't possibly imagine getting more bang for the
    buck. I'm a happy jackass.
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    Yeah, it's strange. But oh well.

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    Simply beautiful!!!!!!!!!

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    Oct 2006

    Good job!

    Great Lookin bike!
    I still love mine after 8 years in the saddle!
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    Just a lowly bike mechanic.

    Specialized Enduro Expert w/ Double Barrel
    Specialized Gangster
    Curtlo Advanced Mountaineer

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    Jan 2004

    Rocket Powered

    Apparently the bike came with some kind of high-speed mojo pre installed too.

    Broussard is flying on that bike. Good to see the curmudgeon happy!

    Looks classy in person.
    Dirtbag since '89

  5. #5

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    Dec 2005

    Patiently waiting

    Hey Broussard,

    Nice ride!
    I confirmed my order with Doug back In late February. I've supplied measurements, and pictures of myself on my favorite sussy frame... you know the drill. Up to this point, your description of working with Doug is accurate; there's been absolutely no contact/response since the confirmation of having received my deposit and measurements. Fortunately, I've resolved myself to patience, and I know that the end result will be worth the wait. Thanks for the reminder that patience is a virtue, and also for the pic.


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