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    Steel is REAL Love

    Lets see the steel rigs. Heres mine from my favorite builder Soulcraft :


    Option 3 aka the Screemin Deemin:




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    Word.

    Here's my On-One inbred. My Ibis now hangs on the wall collecting dust while this is ridden everywhere.


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    Hope it work, but here is my custum chrome DMR Sidekick.

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    My Ivy Cycles, it's my first steel bike, I love it.
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    Here's my IF and Jamis Exile SS.



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    Nothin' fancy
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    Chasing bears through the woods drunk with a dull hatchet is strongly not advised

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    sweet bike wv bob

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    Here's my IF Deluxe.


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    2009 IF Deluxe










































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    my 95 IF




    my 09 IF: love it

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    My 1995 Jamis Diablo vintage build

    This is a recent vintage build - 1997 Judy SL with Englund Air cartridges, powder coated black, roughly as light as an SID. It all started because I've been riding rigid Bridgestones for years and shoulder tendonitis made me want some suspension.

    Got the frame on ebay for $15! Sweet supple steel ride. I LOVE this bike. Whole project cost me $350 as I had the wheels and some parts kicking around. Did I mention I love this bike?
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    My Inbred in 120mm fork mode. Doesn't quite feel right at 120mm but I'm thinking of swapping over the frame to a 456 for some more "burlyness" and to make it feel right. Just can't decide on what size of frame!!!!!!
    Hardtail - A bike that is ridden by people who know how to pick lines, rather than plow through stuff.

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    Nice!

    My Pereira from this morning's ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy
    Nice!

    My Pereira from this morning's ride.
    sweet bike

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    Thanks!

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    sweet bike

    Thanks! Tony did an awesome job on it.

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    My Vicious Groover, steel frame. I've upgraded to a 2-1/4 stroke shock to give the full 4" travel in the rear. It's basically Titus Racer X geometry and swing arm, with the excption of the bent top tube.
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    Awesome rigs so far. Keep em coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wv_bob
    Nothin' fancy
    Cool. What year is that WTB?

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    Great thread. Some recent upgrades on the Option 3:


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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve
    Cool. What year is that WTB?
    1995
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    more steel sycip bikes
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    Dude your Sycips are solid as hell. My bro has a black Unleaded we built up together with the older style stickers. Great frame I stole on ebay for ~$200 bucks. Northern Cali represented well in this thread.

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    a couple more steel ones of mine

    Already posted my IF here's my Sycip Diesel and Vicious 29er. No longer have the Vicious but I'll post it anyway. I could look at steel bikes all day. Sycips, IFs, Soulcrafts......keep 'em comin'




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    more sycip steelies...
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    I am diggin these bikes. Can you tell me a little bit about the benefits/resons for the extra supports in frame and fork?
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    Nice!

    My Pereira from this morning's ride.

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    Allright Jay-or is it Jeremy ? Now you're just showing off.

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    Tell us some more about the cross bike and the 650b Diesel. Whas that a custom 650b frame or did the wheels fit into a stock Diesel?

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    Oh my sweet Jenna....




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    And the next horse in the barn.... due here any day now......


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    My Wily. This was taken March '09 in Fruita.


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    2soulscycles. Last winter.

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    Now sporting a salsa steel fork until I get my DT Swiss XMC 80...

    Edit: Fork has been installed... love it so far. (2 rides in)
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    Here's my 2007 Ted Wojcik and 1992 Fat Chance Yo Eddy that I sold this year.







    And of course, my favorite of them all, my 1994 Rhygin Ra, which is currently with Chris Igleheart for a single speed conversion and traditional New England segmented fork.


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    Thanks,

    In all honesty, it is a bit of a vanity frame. Tony does a fantastic job on the frame and the ride quality is second to none, but I believe that is more a tribute to Tony's abilities than the style of frame itself. For example, the geometry is perfectly tuned and the rear triangle is sculpted and compliant without being a noodle. So he can create a unique frame with vintage appeal that has exceptional characteristics.


    That said, I do believe that there are some advantages to the truss style fork. To begin he builds the fork with the blades are thinner than what you would expect from a typical MTB fork and have a more extreme bend. By themselves, they would probably be too flexy. Tensioning them with the truss creates a completely different feel by providing just the right amount of compliance. Pair that with Tony's expertise that went into the frame and you have one unbelieveable ride in a rigid mountain bike.

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    Here's my VooDoo Dambala...



    Sold it and went with a Ti Zaka, but come February, I'll be trading up to this:


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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants

    Love the paint job on that Rhygin!

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    Ferrous

    great improvement over my 1fg
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    I really find Steel Frame gorgeous with clean lines. The fat allu tubes kind of take away the beauty of geometry. Their almost like old muscle cars timeless Keep making them
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve
    Love the paint job on that Rhygin!
    Thanks! It's currently up at Chris Igleheart's shop stripped down to the frame awaiting horizontal dropouts and a traditional New England segmented fork. I'm debating keeping this paint scheme once I get it back, though have an affinity for the Fat Chance Team Violet!

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    John Henry

    Pic is a bit dated from summer but I looove my siren..
    Taking it to the 24 hours in the old pueblo next month!
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    Here is my 02 IF Deluxe. Its been a single speed since 04. Set up just like this. I really need to get some new tires for it and perhaps a new shock!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shanem
    Tell us some more about the cross bike and the 650b Diesel. Whas that a custom 650b frame or did the wheels fit into a stock Diesel?
    the crossbike is a single speed custom with carbon painted forks, stainless top tube

    the 650b is a 650b single speed frame

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    wrong place
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    I'm loving mine. Built up on the cheap and re-used some of the parts off my old '97 Ibis Alibi.

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    sorry wrong post
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    Just got this built by Greg Gardner down in San Jose

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    I'm surprised to see some Brooks leather saddles here (JTKKZ and moishlashen).
    How do you like them? They were really heavy last time I checked.

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    Very nice. I love the lines of Steve's frames. There's something about a curved top tube and how its arc continues through the seatstays that I find aesthetically pleasing.
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    The definitive thread about neat steel mountain bikes wouldn't be complete without at least one Breezer. Here's mine, a Breezer Lightning from 2000, the last year this series was produced.

    I started with an almost-NOS $150 Craigslist frame, and built it up with a $15 eBay NOS Spinner fork, 110-gram Alpha Q carbon bars, a pair of NOS 1996 Avid CNC levers and Avid V-brakes, an NOS Avid SAAGO stem, an NOS Dura-Ace 118mm bottom bracket, a pair of $20 eBay Dura-Ace 175mm cranks that I filed the scratches out of and then sanded and polished, a 39-tooth Ritchey chainring that came with the cranks, aluminum single chainring bolts, a Dura-Ace chain, an American Classic 12-25 aluminum cassette, a Ritchey WCS headset and seatpost, and a pair of 2.2-inch Continental Race King Supersonic 470-gram tires on Mavic 717 rims. Set up this way, it's very responsive, and it weighs in at just under 21 pounds.

    Since riding a fully-rigid bike like this calls for more finesse and time spent out of the saddle, it gives you a good workout. After a fast blast through some hilly trails, you feel like you just did something.



    There's good news for Breezer fans. Here's one of the new 2010 Breezer Lightning Team bikes, which are built with Breezer D-Fusion custom butted Reynolds 753 cromoly. They're described on this page on the Breezer site.

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    Steel frame and fork on this puppy!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadsters

    The definitive thread about neat steel mountain bikes wouldn't be complete without at least one Breezer. Here's mine, a Breezer Lightning from 2000, the last year this series was produced....

    There's good news for Breezer fans. Here's one of the new 2010 Breezer Lightning Team bikes, which are built with Breezer D-Fusion custom butted Reynolds 753 cromoly.
    Lovely bike !
    As for the 2010 model, that down tube ....

    Anyway, mine is a semi-retro mix, and a lot of fun .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perlman
    As for the 2010 model, that down tube ....
    Yeah, and the seatstay is curved too. Breezer is a classic bike, classic paint, classic style, so I don't know if I like the new fangled curvy stuff.

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    Here is my new steel. Built from spare parts and few new ones. 16in Gary fisher Ferrous. I have a Brooks B17 on the way for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    Steel frame and fork on this puppy!

    Very cool bike, who makes the frame.

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    Here's my IF. It's convinced me to get a steel road bike too.

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    Heres my Cotic Soul. Very much loving the HT steel thing at the moment...





    Some nice bikes up there ^^^^^^

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    My second True Fab. A 5.5x5 Steel FS.




    My first from TF:



    My newest addition is a custom modified Voodoo Wazoo CX/commuter.

    I heart steel (and ti)

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    Quote Originally Posted by illini
    Very cool bike, who makes the frame.
    Forty Four Bikes.

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    and no Swifts???
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    yangpei: nice to see another Cotic posted...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perlman
    Lovely bike !
    As for the 2010 model, that down tube ....

    Anyway, mine is a semi-retro mix, and a lot of fun .
    Really cool vintage Breezer, Perlman! Love the Maguras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve
    I'm surprised to see some Brooks leather saddles here (JTKKZ and moishlashen).
    How do you like them? They were really heavy last time I checked.
    Heavy but comfortable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcstumpy
    and no Swifts???
    Here is mine.


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    With our other buddy's Dialled Prince Albert

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    Crank is fixed!
    Curious to the advantage of the way rr disc is mounted. Are we going to see more of this setup on frames now or has this been around?
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    I think with a dropout with horizontal slot, it would be preferable to have the reaction force of braking to be vertical, not horizontally trying to push the wheel out of the dropout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47
    Curious to the advantage of the way rr disc is mounted. Are we going to see more of this setup on frames now or has this been around?
    Brant did the same thing on his Ragley designs too, with vertical dropouts. There are others out there. At least, that directs braking forces more to the chain stays, allowing lighter and/or more flexible seat stays. Looks cool too, if your brake allows routing the line/hose in a neat way from that position.

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    it's featured on the new breezer's too.
    it's neat, and it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve
    I think with a dropout with horizontal slot, it would be preferable to have the reaction force of braking to be vertical, not horizontally trying to push the wheel out of the dropout?
    Yes - that's why I used that position on the on-one frames I designed, and when I left on-one to start Ragley, I used the same position with a vertical dropout to let me use lighter gauge seatstays to save weight (and possibly add compliance, if such a thing actually exists within seat stays).

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    Vintage Steel!


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    it's featured on the new breezer's too.
    it's neat, and it makes sense.
    I think I saw it on a prototype (?) Ventana. Not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shanem
    Already posted my IF here's my Sycip Diesel and Vicious 29er. No longer have the Vicious but I'll post it anyway. I could look at steel bikes all day. Sycips, IFs, Soulcrafts......keep 'em comin'



    I really like the Vicious Cycles frame,I went to the site to check them out and it struck me...I think the guy that runs it is a big T.Rex fan .

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    Here's my new to me Soulcraft. Got the frame used of ebay from a guy in the UK. It was in great shape and I got a great deal. This bike is by far the best steel frame I've ever ridden. I felt comfortable and at home immediately on it. Here's the run down of the build and a pic.

    Soulcraft Option 3 frame
    Vicious Cycles rigid fork
    Chris King headset
    Truvativ Stylo World Cup stem and bars
    ODI Intense lock on grips
    Thomson seatpost
    Fizik Nisene HP saddle
    Chris King 36 hole single speed hubs
    Mavic X717 rims
    WTB Wolverine 26x2.2 tires
    XTR short cage rear derailleur
    XTR shifters
    XTR disc brakes
    SLX double front derailleur
    XT modified 6speed cassette 17-34
    White Industries Eno cranks
    White Industries VBC chainrings 38-28
    White Industries bottom bracket
    SRAM PC991 hollow pin chain

    The 12 speed set up is perfect for the riding I do. I sometime wish for something a bit smaller than the 17 out back but 90% of the time its perfect. Next time I'll also opt for a 32 tooth big cog on the cassette as the 28-34 isn't quite necessary.
    Only other change I would like to make but probably won't is a DT Swiss single speed hubset. But that's mostly because I prefer centerlock rotors. Plus I think I may be able to slip one more gear on the DT Swiss hub because it has a traditional style lockring and not the style that goes over the cassette like Chris King's. I do enjoy the engagement of the King hub though.
    I tried an XTR front derailleur initially but I couldn't mount it low enough over the chainrings without hitting the chainstay. Doug at White Industries recommended the SLX double front derailleur as it has a shorter cage. It works flawlessly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xced
    why the offset cranks?

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    offset? not sure what you mean

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    I just wish there was more clearance for the BB7 I have a few frame savers around the area to prevent all the rubbing from the cables.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    HAWT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Ryder
    HAWT!

    It needs a flat bar. I cannot decide on color... Gold?
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    Yes, gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    It needs a flat bar. I cannot decide on color... Gold?
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    Yes, gold.
    Yes...


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    It adds a nice touch. It really makes a difference, comparing to pictures with your old bar. Good choice.
    Those bars are 800mm aren't they? Did you keep it at full width?

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    I cut it down to about 720 mm. 800 felt like a bit too much, even with the shorter stem...

    I did give the green some thought but the shop didn't have it in stock and the rest of the colors didn't really appeal to me for this bike.

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    Here's my two steel rigs


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    (Stainless) Steel is REAL Love





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    woooo that is REALLY awesome - congrats man

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    How does the stainless tubing compare to heat treated chromoly in terms of strength/weight?

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    Hi guys i recently got myself a steel frame. Just wondering do i need to spray any anti-rust on the insides? And any standard procedures after a wash or ride in the rain?

    Thanks everyone

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    If you ride in wet conditions, frame saver, or some other treatment cannot hurt.

    I applied a lot of grease in the few spots where grease is called for and gave the rest of the tubes squirts of this:
    http://www.crcind.com.au/catalogue.n...6?openDocument

    I don't really like riding in the wet but the plan is to use more CRC 5-56 if i get the bike wet.

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    Steel - One For Every Occasion!

    Okay, I'm a long term lurker and first time poster. I've just been drooling over the pictures in this thread, and realized that I truly have the love for steel. I call it love, but the wife says it's a sickness as I also have two aluminum FS steeds. Luckily she's a rider, SC Nomad, and indulges my weaknesses!

    So I thought for my first post I'd show you my steel hardtails:

    Chromag Samurai, frame hand made in Squamish, BC and built burly for the North Shore and other BC gnarly all mountain rides;

    DeKerf Team SST, frame hand made in Vancouver, BC and built for cross country rides. Wanted one in the early 90s but couldn't afford it then, so I picked up this brand new frame earlier this year;

    Independent Fabrications Steel Deluxe, Single Speed, frame hand made in Mass., USA, and build by Darren at Dream Cycle in Vancouver, BC. This has to be one of the most over-engineered street cruisers out there (it now has Avid Ultimate Carbon brakes in white too), but it's an awesome ride, and resides in my living room it's so pretty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    If you ride in wet conditions, frame saver, or some other treatment cannot hurt.

    I applied a lot of grease in the few spots where grease is called for and gave the rest of the tubes squirts of this:
    http://www.crcind.com.au/catalogue.n...6?openDocument

    I don't really like riding in the wet but the plan is to use more CRC 5-56 if i get the bike wet.

    Thanks!

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    Nice frames!! Especially the Chromag and Dekerf...a hardtail for every occasion...

    Here's my Chromag Stylus:



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    Nice DK! Got two SST an they are real killers Handling is sharp as a knife!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xced
    woooo that is REALLY awesome - congrats man
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve
    How does the stainless tubing compare to heat treated chromoly in terms of strength/weight?
    It's both lighter and stronger.

    Quote Originally Posted by 904ccs
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    Nice! My steel 2009 IF Deluxe is currently with Circle A Cycles being converted to 650B. The work will consist of replacing the cantilever studs, replacing the rear brake cable stop, making a custom fillet-brazed quill stem and of course, painting it (in a PPG color called Boo Berry purple).

    Here's how it looked when I dropped it off:


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    Some really nice steel rides in this thread, steel IS real, this is my Curtlo 29er





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    More chromag-love here.





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    Here's my 3 current steel hardtails... Nothing boutique or custom, but I like them!





    From the top, my new (2nd hand) 853 Cotic BFe setup with 1x9 and Pikes for messing about on, my Genesis Altitude 853 setup as an XC machine (which currently my GF has stolen and uses all the time!), and my 29er On One Inbred complete with Alfine hub...

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    i got now 3x massive shoulder incident-OP from downhill but i love mtb since 1988 i go now back to the roots relaxed trail riding with a steel hardtail... i am interests for a chromag samurai. i think i like the slack 68 HA any other idea ??
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    The chromags are great and worth the extra money imho. And to me, their low BB and not that ultra slack ankles mke a great all (day) ride machine. Ad a wide bar and a seat post quick release and youll have a true epic bike with loads of potenrial for true gnar. This is even true on their full on xc race ready sakuras.

    Take a look at the Kamui for a versatile but lighter trail bike

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    the sakura is sweet i am 95kg and coming from rough dh riding. is this bike ok for me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8664
    the sakura is sweet i am 95kg and coming from rough dh riding. is this bike ok for me?
    Hm? Im only 75kg and the frame feels reasonable stiff but not harsh. But given you want to rip like on your dh sled it may be better, to go with the Kamui or Samurai. And honestly, you cannot fit bigger tires than 2.35 on the regular sakura (and probably not o the kamui) but I never really understood the need of 2.5 tires on the rear of a hardtail, so this was never an issue for me

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    i dont go like before... i want take only a trail ride once a time relaxed.. 2.3 schwalbe or 2.3 maxxis not bigger.. but god to now!!
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    i think the sakura is the way to go 68/71 i am 178cm is better to go a large or medium i dont like cramped riding ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8664
    i think the sakura is the way to go 68/71 i am 178cm is better to go a large or medium i dont like cramped riding ?
    Im the exact same height with a ted to short legs and the medium fits great. The best fit for me is a 70mm stem and 710mm wide bars with a setback post, but I like slack seat ankles.

    And my older fox vanilla is only 125mm instead of the possible 140mm. But that makes only minor changes in geometry one probably can ignore.

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    AND 140MM WORKS WITH THIS FRAME? do you mean this seatpost like pictured on your viola chromag? where i can buy this frame i am from switzerland..
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8664
    AND 140MM WORKS WITH THIS FRAME? do you mean this seatpost like pictured on your viola chromag? where i can buy this frame i am from switzerland..

    I bought the frame two years ago when I was living in zuerich switzlerland and asked Ian @ chromag if it were possible to order directly and he was fine with that, but you could also go with the frecnch importer, there is a guy named Xavier who is very nice and willing to help. And there is a german /austrian import. I think: shoker distribution or something like that. But I dont know them.

    And yes, there a quite some guys running a 140 mm fork on a Sakura, but i feel comfortable with around 120mm. The seatpost pictured is a race face next carbon with some setback. I like it for it is light and comforable, but Im thinking about SDG for weeks and months. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooka
    I bought the frame two years ago when I was living in zuerich switzlerland and asked Ian @ chromag if it were possible to order directly and he was fine with that, but you could also go with the frecnch importer, there is a guy named Xavier who is very nice and willing to help. And there is a german /austrian import. I think: shoker distribution or something like that. But I dont know them.

    And yes, there a quite some guys running a 140 mm fork on a Sakura, but i feel comfortable with around 120mm. The seatpost pictured is a race face next carbon with some setback. I like it for it is light and comforable, but Im thinking about SDG for weeks and months. ;-)
    hey thanks, and you feel the medium cocpit have enough space?
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    hey 8664!

    look at the chromag website...they have a distributor in switzerland, the only problem is that currently btwproject.com doesn't seem to carry frames. but they should be able to check you a sakura from chromag directly.

    cheers and all the best for your shoulder surgery/rehab!

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    I got my Stylus from http://www.bikeselection.fr but he does not seem to have any stock now.

    The Stylus is probably a bit overkill even for me at around 100 kg but the price was way less than the Samurai which is a bit sturdier than the Sakura.

    At about 176 cm, the Medium Stylus is working well for me with a 60 mm stem and wide bar. Chromag models seem to have very similar geometries between the models.

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    i folling in love with 29er bike now i got a karate monkey for check out is this the real stuff for me...
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    bringing this thread back to life. 2011 El mariachi Xl


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    Just got this built up to replace my damaged Blue Pig (pictured in an earlier post), there was no question of replacing it with anything other than a steel frame

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    Ran it with a suspension fork but I think this is the final iteration. Now shod with an Ardent 2.25 in front, and with Avid G3 160mm rotor up front, and a G3 140mm on the rear.

    Guess I'll have to post a more recent photo soon!

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    My Quiring 29r. Just finished building it last Saturday and am loving it so far.

    Loving everyone else's bikes as well.


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    Best riding bike I've owned so far, smooth quiet and I know the guy who made it, so much nicer then my Superfly (broken)
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    Some lovely looking bikes here, will put up a pic of mine once I get 10 posts!

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    Right here is my 2010 whiskeytown racer, now has silver syncros cranks though.



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    Really nice looking goat. What stem are you running? It looks like an old school Syncros almost.
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    Best riding bike I've owned so far, smooth quiet and I know the guy who made it, so much nicer then my Superfly (broken)
    There is a picture of that exact bike in the June MBA

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    I don't post very often to these forums. I have wanted to give credit where it is due to this bike for some time, MTBR just hasn't let me put up pics. I think I have sufficient cred to put up pics now, we'll see. This is a custom Siren John Henry I built up in June of 2010 - 22 lbs as shown. I am a long leg, short torso guy, so basically XL seat tube, L top tube, built for long haul riding/racing. I switch back and forth between a Fox 32 F29 RLC and the White Bros. Rock Solid. This is my first and only 29" SS ride. It's been through about a dozen endurance races, and keeps on truckin'. I can't say enough about the ride...or the Stan's Arches on Hope Pro II's that went with it (thanks Mike Curiak). I love this bike, but still drool over most every hand-crafted bicycle I see, ferrous and non-ferrous alike. Brendan at Siren was great to work with, and I think he nailed the frame for my applications.
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    Finished last weekend, steel basis with some other bits in the mix:









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    Wicked nice!

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    fan-tastic! i like the mix of old-ish and new parts (race face turbines, USE post, etc).

    what're you gonna use for chainguide?

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    Just reposting my Chromag because the old photo links no longer work...
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    Steel with a difference

    The new Cotic Rocket with steel front triangle:

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    My steel fatbike

    Took it out for a nice summer ride. Works waaaay better in the snow! Still one of my favorates.


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    Steel is Real.....Pretty

    I would love to more pictures of this bike !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMCAT View Post
    I would love to more pictures of this bike !!
    Good as Gold! frame [B]By:Stickel[/B] Waltworks Fork, Goat Horns handlebar by Mountain Goat Cycles














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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Love the paint job on that Rhygin!
    I like the paint too. But the dog in your avatar is even better. Here's my 2 bull breeds at 6 months old. They haven't calmed at all 3 years later. Brother Brutus is the fawn and sister Sasha is the brindle. Seeing as have "Steel is Real" collars now they qualify to be in this thread.



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    Quote Originally Posted by brado1 View Post
    Good as Gold! frame [B]By:Stickel[/B] Waltworks Fork, Goat Horns handlebar by Mountain Goat Cycles

    That is such a nice bike. I wish I could say the same for the furry guy.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    I like the paint too.
    It's changed a tad since then:

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants View Post
    It's changed a tad since then:

    You do have some of the nicest bikes here or anywhere for that matter.
    A garage full of steel frames means happiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CS2 View Post
    You do have some of the nicest bikes here or anywhere for that matter.
    Thanks!

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    It's been a while since we had action on this htread, gotta love a nice steel frame.
    Here's my Soulcraft Holy Roller, treated to some fresh tanwall Onza's this weekend.











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    my handjob in trail mode



    ..and in dirt road mode

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    Tomii #17:

    @ the Brooklyn Bike Handmade Bicycle Show in Brooklyn:



    In action after the show:





    Some post-ride photos from Ezra Caldwell (Fast Boy Cycles):






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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants View Post
    It's changed a tad since then:

    It looks like your fork is 50% compressed. That, or you have about 40mm of travel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    It looks like your fork is 50% compressed. That, or you have about 40mm of travel?
    It was custom. 60mm as that's the travel my 1994 Rhygin was design.

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    Nao came over last week and took some photos of #17:


















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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants View Post
    Nao came over last week and took some photos of #17:

















    Now THAT is nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants View Post
    Nao came over last week and took some photos of #17:
    don't get me wrong, your bike is cool and all, but is this a dedicated 650b? just because the tyre clearance looks way too tight both front and rear on your pics. just asking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kisherceg View Post
    don't get me wrong, your bike is cool and all, but is this a dedicated 650b? just because the tyre clearance looks way too tight both front and rear on your pics. just asking...
    Yes, custom designed 650B. There are no tire clearance issues whatsoever, front or rear.

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    Now THAT is nice!
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kisherceg View Post
    don't get me wrong, your bike is cool and all, but is this a dedicated 650b? just because the tyre clearance looks way too tight both front and rear on your pics. just asking...
    Going for short chain stays I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve View Post
    Going for short chain stays I guess.
    Yes indeed. Nao had the wheels during the frame fabrication. I wanted the shortest stays possible. He nailed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants View Post
    Yes, custom designed 650B. There are no tire clearance issues whatsoever, front or rear.
    could we have a pic or two of the BB-chainstays and the seatstays area, just for the record? thanks!

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    clean pic



    dirty pic


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    My Jericho Leadfood- oldie but goodie. Currently rear brake-less as I am rebuilding a Hayes 22, and the 80mm upfront is a bit short at times, but this bike is so comfortable I hardly notice at all! Oh how I wish Josh was still making frames...
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    "There are two kinds of mountain bikers in the world: those who are faster than me, and me."

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    Still got the Mojo

    Ibis Mojo, original xt group, Potts type II fork, velocity/White Industries wheels. Just plain fun to ride. Hand jobs included!
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    Time cut that steerer tube bro.

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    Nah, it only hurts if you land on it... That was right at the end of the build, it has been cut to a proper height.

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    I got this email from my frame builder here in Colorado yesterday. I'm not sure if it applies to anyone else but I figured I would pass it along so that maybe you could ask your builder about it. I'm sure a lot of these guys get their steel from the same place.

    "So I was ordering up some frame materials and was alerted to a material design issue with one of the tubes that may have been used in the construction of your frame. Basically I'm going to be building you a new frame. It's probably OK but I'm not taking the chance so you will be getting a new frame soon. I am going to ask that you don't do any riding until I can get your frame swapped out. If you need a loaner I can let you take one of mine for a bit since we are real close on sizing.

    I apologize for the inconvenience but I refuse to take any chances, no matter how small. Luckily this appears to be extremely limited. I've ordered up materials and will be working on it ASAP."

    I'm not sure what it is and he didn't go into specifics but if he is building me a new frame its got to be something pretty serious.
    If you're gonna be dumb you gotta be tough

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    Sycip Diesel singlespeed, steel bikes are all I have ever ridden.
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    Guess what? I got a fever, and the only prescription is more Singlespeed!!!

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    I love steel..

    A resized '84 Miyata Ridge Runner in the making..



    And then, just yesterday got a great deal for this here in our lbs.. Salsa El mar in jungle fever green..



    Get out and ride 'smooth'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by G. Parmesan View Post
    Ibis Mojo, original xt group, Potts type II fork, velocity/White Industries wheels. Just plain fun to ride. Hand jobs included!
    I can never get enough of that cable stop - would you mind posting a close up?

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    Showing some local MI love. 616 Fabrications 29er.

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    Frame: Tomii Cycles #33
    Fork: ENVE Composites MTN
    Wheels: Chris King hubs, Sapim CX-Ray spokes, ENVE Composites AM rims.
    Skewer (rear): Paul Components
    Tires: Continental Trail King, 27.5x2.4
    Pedals: Shimano XTR, PD-M970
    Crank: Shimano XTR Trail, FC-M9020-1
    Chainring: Wolftooth Components Drop-Stop, 32T
    Chain: SRAM
    Rear Cog: Chris King 16T
    Bottom Bracket: Chris King ThreadFit 24
    Handlebars: ENVE Sweep
    Levers: Paul Components Love Lever Compact
    Grips: ODI Lock-On
    Stem: Thomson X4
    Headset: Chris King Inset 7
    Brakes: TRP Spyke
    Saddle: Selle Italia Kit Carbonia Flow
    Seat Post: Paul Components Tall & Handsome
    Seat Post Clamp: Thomson
    Water Bottle Cages: King Cage titanium
    Misc.: Garmin Edge 25 w/Barfly mount, Knog Binder light, SpurCycle bell

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    British Steel

    Nice rides, I really like the clean pic- dirty pic format, so here goes.
    Two recent British Steel additions to my stable, Rooster and Solaris:

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    Clean pic


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    Enjoy!!
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    Build in progress. Steel is REAL Love-imageuploadedbytapatalk1446481527.223417.jpg
    The most freeride like fat bike I could make with available parts...

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    Here is my new Chumba Ursa 29+ I just finished building up.
    IMG_4538 by tim_w_sage, on Flickr
    IMG_4528 by tim_w_sage, on Flickr
    IMG_4498 by tim_w_sage, on Flickr

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    Uffff... I owned a hx2 and was a great bike... enjoy it

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