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    The Lurch Lounge

    This will be the thread for the Bikes Direct, Motobecane Lurch

    Please post any questions, pictures, comments, modifications........here.

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    Now lets see who posts the first picture.

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    How come there isn't a Pugsley thread? I'm starting it. Haha.

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    Signature required....I will not be home at the time of delivery. Anyone use the "change delivery" option and have the bike sent to UPS Store?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    Now lets see who posts the first picture.
    Yeah, this will be fun. Mine doesn't arrive until 9/8. Others have already posted that theirs will be arriving as early as 9/4, so I'm looking forward to watching, while I'm waiting.

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    Mine is scheduled for delivery on 9/4 but may not be home to sign for it. I will probably have it redirected to a UPS store if it doesn't take additional days to do that.

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    I tried to change delivery, but it would not allow me to do so. I was able to change it allow for delivery without signature. I will just have to wait and see how that goes. Delivery set for Thursday. At least I will be off on Friday to take delivery if they do not leave it Thursday. Fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kickngas View Post
    I tried to change delivery, but it would not allow me to do so. I was able to change it allow for delivery without signature.
    Same here. The UPS site is not all that user-friendly wrt this action - I had to goof around for a while. I first went into the normal tracking screen and tried to use the 'Change Delivery' button,

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    . . . which would bring up this screen. When I logged in, it would just take me back to the first screen. And endless loop that was going nowhere.

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    Somehow, I eventually got to this page:

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    I clicked the 'Cycle Spectrum' link and it took me to this next page. I tried the 'Change Delivery' feature, and it sent me the message that I was not allowed to change delivery. Next I tried 'Provide Delivery Instructions'

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    . . . and it took me to this page, which allowed me to authorize the shipment release without signature.

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    I plan to work from home that afternoon so I am there when it comes anyway, but am glad to get the signature requirement waived, just in case it gets delivered outside of the estimated window.

    I was hoping to get delivery changed to a pickup at UPS, on the off chance that this would allow me to pick it up on Friday, instead of waiting for delivery on Monday. I may try again next week to see if I can figure out a way to get this done.

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    Exactly what I had to do Spovegas...good tutorial. Looks like the only option. Oh well, the waiting has given me time to order accessories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spovegas View Post
    Same here. The UPS site is not all that user-friendly wrt this action - I had to goof around for a while. I first went into the normal tracking screen and tried to use the 'Change Delivery' button,

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    . . . which would bring up this screen. When I logged in, it would just take me back to the first screen. And endless loop that was going nowhere.

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    Somehow, I eventually got to this page:

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    I clicked the 'Cycle Spectrum' link and it took me to this next page. I tried the 'Change Delivery' feature, and it sent me the message that I was not allowed to change delivery. Next I tried 'Provide Delivery Instructions'

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    . . . and it took me to this page, which allowed me to authorize the shipment release without signature.

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    I plan to work from home that afternoon so I am there when it comes anyway, but am glad to get the signature requirement waived, just in case it gets delivered outside of the estimated window.

    I was hoping to get delivery changed to a pickup at UPS, on the off chance that this would allow me to pick it up on Friday, instead of waiting for delivery on Monday. I may try again next week to see if I can figure out a way to get this done.
    Still can't get past the endless loop of signing in and changing delivery. Getting really frustrated. Considering UPS is the most expensive shipping option I figure they would have a functional website...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedz0r View Post
    Still can't get past the endless loop of signing in and changing delivery. Getting really frustrated. Considering UPS is the most expensive shipping option I figure they would have a functional website...
    I have not tried 3 different browsers (Chrome, Firefox, IE) and none of them (no matter how many 'loops' I do of signing in and changing shipping) will let me progress to the calendar screen shown in spovegas's post. I have also noticed the website is too stupid to 'Remember Me' even when that box is checked.

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    hedz0r,

    Google 'ups my choice delivery planner' and pick the link shown.


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    It should take you to this page.


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    Follow the login process from here and it should take you right to the calendar.

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    The easiest way to change delivery option is to call Ups on the phone with your tracking number and tell them what you want. The web site bites. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spovegas View Post
    hedz0r,

    Google 'ups my choice delivery planner' and pick the link shown.


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    Follow the login process from here and it should take you right to the calendar.
    Yes I did end up doing this after I posted my last comment(rant). I have 3 packages being delivered this coming week, one on the 2nd, one on the 3rd and of course the Lurch on the 4th. My first two packages are listed on the Delivery Planner calendar and the Lurch is not. (go figure..) Begrudgingly I called UPS and their CSR was about as helpful as the website is. Unfortunately I was not able to 'release' my package via her, but she informed me I could on the website (......great......). She told me that since UPS only got the package yesterday it may be too soon to be able to control the shipping change on the website. This makes no sense to me as everyone's pre-ordered Lurch shipped yesterday and obviously people are able to change the shipping on their bikes. She told me to check their webpage the next few days to see if I will be able to change the shipping info then. Otherwise I need to call their Tech Support line. Since I am I am a software programmer I find this very frustrating and am positive she is feeding me a like of bull.... but will wait to see if I am every granted control over shipping on their awful website. My distaste for brown has just increased significantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedz0r View Post
    Yes I did end up doing this after I posted my last comment(rant). I have 3 packages being delivered this coming week, one on the 2nd, one on the 3rd and of course the Lurch on the 4th. My first two packages are listed on the Delivery Planner calendar and the Lurch is not. (go figure..) Begrudgingly I called UPS and their CSR was about as helpful as the website is. Unfortunately I was not able to 'release' my package via her, but she informed me I could on the website (......great......). She told me that since UPS only got the package yesterday it may be too soon to be able to control the shipping change on the website. This makes no sense to me as everyone's pre-ordered Lurch shipped yesterday and obviously people are able to change the shipping on their bikes. She told me to check their webpage the next few days to see if I will be able to change the shipping info then. Otherwise I need to call their Tech Support line. Since I am I am a software programmer I find this very frustrating and am positive she is feeding me a like of bull.... but will wait to see if I am every granted control over shipping on their awful website. My distaste for brown has just increased significantly.
    Sorry, man. Hope you have some better luck in the next few days.

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    Delivery scheduled for 9/4 and I should be home. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nail Every Trail View Post
    The easiest way to change delivery option is to call Ups on the phone with your tracking number and tell them what you want. The web site bites. Good luck.
    Calling a person on the phone? what is that, sounds way to easy...
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    Subbed. I want to live my Fatbike life vicariously thru you guys. Just emailed my signed contract to my new house tonight. Post lots of pics of your bikes and I promise to post a pic of my "New" house !

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    You guys should change the title of this thread to "the ins and outs of UPS delivery" and start a new Lurcher thread, lol.

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    I learned something!

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    FWIW, I never bother with all of the online delivery rescheduling stuff. I just leave a yellow sticky note taped to my front door that says "UPS (or Fedex) please leave delivery without signature". Hasn't failed me yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopbreakindown View Post
    You guys should change the title of this thread to "the ins and outs of UPS delivery" and start a new Lurcher thread, lol.
    Not as exciting as pic of new bike but the information is pertinent and timely because many of us are going through this same issue due to work schedules and what not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopbreakindown View Post
    You guys should change the title of this thread to "the ins and outs of UPS delivery" and start a new Lurcher thread, lol.
    No sh*t! By the time one of us gets his Lurch, there will be 5 pages of this crap. lol

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    I recently was having the same awful time trying to get a package (handlebar bag) left at my door without a signature. It finally worked after signing up for UPS My Choice through Facebook. https://apps.facebook.com/ups_mychoice/ I signed in through FB and then clicked the link in the FB UPS My Choice app for "Will Call" so I could pick up the package at a UPS Customer Center nearby. It was best option for me since I work during the week and was not home to sign for package after 2 delivery attempts. I just signed/picked up package today (Sat.) since their hours 10am-3pm fit my schedule on the weekend. It would be very helpful if UPS had online option so you could "Leave package at door without signature" and you could simply "check" a box that stated that UPS is not liable for packages left at residence.

    The FB UPS My Choice app also has "Add Reroute Packages" = Invite trusted friends and family to accept packages on your behalf when you are away. When you click link, it brings up all your FB friends list and helps send them a message: "I need your help. Have you ever missed the delivery of an important package because you couldn't be home to pick it up? By accepting this request, you can receive rerouted packages from me in case I can't be at home. Please accept my request."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopbreakindown View Post
    You guys should change the title of this thread to "the ins and outs of UPS delivery" and start a new Lurcher thread, lol.
    90% of the posts in the 100 page plus Moto Bike's Direct thread are concerned with people who post to say one of three things: they ordered, their order is on the way, or they ordered a motobecane fatty vs. brand X. The other 10% is people posting to defend their direct, online purchase.

    Pictures of bikes and actual ride reports appear as statistical anomalies.

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    Temporary Relief

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    It is a stock pic from BD's Facebook page but at least it is a pic.

    Mine is supposed to be team orange.

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    Thanks for posting a pic of MY bike!

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    OK. I decided on a Lurch. I just need to decide on size. I am 6' 1", but have long upper torso and arms. I wear long tall shirts, as large is to short and xl is too wide. My pants are 32" inseam. I have rode large Proflex 957 for 12 years (stolen), large Kona ht, large Specialized FSR Expert.

    I would assume a 20".

    Opinions?

    This will be my only bike. Mainly used for towing kids in Burley and fun. Rare trail use. Lots of winter use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrightcs77 View Post
    OK. I decided on a Lurch. I just need to decide on size.
    I would assume a 20".
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    Ordered the only 20" they had in stock. Not the color option I wanted, but a first fat bike is better than no fat bike!
    Welcome: One more Lurch owner!

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    UPDATE



    Welcome: One more Lurch owner!
    Thanks. Looking forward to trying it out.

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    I plan on taking the Lurch apart, before even riding it, to check everything out and replace/repack bearing grease. I figure it will be good insurance since I will be mainly riding the beaches of NC. On a mission. What grease would you guys recommend to help stave off the salt water as best as possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kickngas View Post
    I plan on taking the Lurch apart, before even riding it, to check everything out and replace/repack bearing grease. I figure it will be good insurance since I will be mainly riding the beaches of NC. On a mission. What grease would you guys recommend to help stave off the salt water as best as possible?
    Marine grease is generally accepted as the best option for "ocean going" bicycles. You can use Phil's if you really want to be baller, but it basically repackaged marine grease.

    While adjustment and lubrication is a very good practice with a new bike from BD, I don't know how much you can actually repack on a Lurch. According to the specs and what i can see in the pics, the bottom bracket is sealed and the wheel bearing appear to be sealed also.

    The head bearings would be recommended since they are the first to get splashed if you don't run fenders.

    Please let us know what you find when you do your initial inspection.
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    Will do. Pics as well!

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    According to the UPS website my Lurch sat in Houston TX all weekend. At 6:13 am it left Houston. Still a long way from North Carolina.

    Delivery is still scheduled for Thursday.

    Cant wait.

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    Ordered a lurch on Sunday. Waiting to get s shipping or tracking email. I know they were closed over the holiday weekend. Just never got a tracking number when I ordered like most seemed to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrightcs77 View Post
    Ordered a lurch on Sunday. Waiting to get s shipping or tracking email. I know they were closed over the holiday weekend. Just never got a tracking number when I ordered like most seemed to have.
    I believe the tracking number is usually sent the next working day after you place an order. They have to process it and get in touch with UPS who actually activates the tracking number. So you should get one later today or tomorrow.

    In the case of the "pre-ordered" Lurches, an inactive tracking number was issued the next day, but it didn't show activity until the bike actually shipped.

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    Ordered my black lurch a month ago. UPS says it will arrive by Friday. The only thing I have planned is to apply frame saver the inside of the frame and fork. I have some thomson bits from my 29r that might go on the lurch but I really wanna just leave it stock and just ride the damn thing! I would like to try tubeless at some point but I will wait till other folks do it first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    90% of the posts in the 100 page plus Moto Bike's Direct thread are concerned with people who post to say one of three things: they ordered, their order is on the way, or they ordered a motobecane fatty vs. brand X. The other 10% is people posting to defend their direct, online purchase.

    Pictures of bikes and actual ride reports appear as statistical anomalies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    90% of the posts in the 100 page plus Moto Bike's Direct thread are concerned with people who post to say one of three things: they ordered, their order is on the way, or they ordered a motobecane fatty vs. brand X. The other 10% is people posting to defend their direct, online purchase.

    Pictures of bikes and actual ride reports appear as statistical anomalies.
    You forgot to mention, "What size bike should I get?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by sml-2727 View Post
    You forgot to mention, "What size bike should I get?"
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    And a bunch of replies telling you the size you picked is wrong for you.

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    My approach to the Motobecane Lurch (mine will be arriving tomorrow) was this:

    I looked at the frame geometry of the Lurch on BikesDirect's website. It is uncannily close to the Surly Moonlander. I went to one of my trusted local bike shops, spoke with them about what I was planning on doing (transparency here was important to me) and took a few different size Moonlanders out for test rides. Now I'm 5'8" with a 30.5" inseam and freakishly long arms. I ended up deciding on the 16" Lurch. This may not be a luxury or opportunity that everyone has, but taking a look at the frame geometry and then finding a comparable bike in a shop to test fit yourself to has worked for me in the past and will likely work for me here.

    Though these bikes come "90%" assembled, it'd be wise to make sure to torque the stem face bolts properly, check caliper alignment, and bed the discs gradually. There are some pretty good tutorials about bedding pads and rotors for optimal function. This one has served me well in the past: http://www.bikeradar.com/us/gear/art...ke-pads-31337/

    One of the great things is BikesDirect is producing a fat tire bike with a decent frame at a price that will get people that otherwise wouldn't be able to afford them, on a fat bike. The bike can easily turn into a tweaker's dream. Hope everyone that gets one enjoys it. I just wish I would have been a little more patient because now the purple is in stock (mine will be black).

    I'll post some photos of the ride when I get it together this weekend and will be riding it in the last underwear bike ride of the year in Milwaukee.

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    The Lurch Lounge-frame-compare.jpg For those interested in geometry comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genefruit View Post
    I just run across the Acros Blocklock headset that's been out for a few years but I'd never heard of it. I have not experience with it (yet) - BLOCKLOCK - ACROS
    Neat solution to limit Fork travel. Might be useful for running a Bluto on the Lurch.

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    That right there is very interesting. $71.00 for the upper headset assembly from Universal Cycles.

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    Don't be afraid to weigh your brand new Lurch and/or parts!

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    I'll say upwards of 40 lbs depending on frame size.

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    My lovely Yellow Lurch land in Wenatchee on Thursday

    Yes Dorothy, we will go riding fat on Friday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackinator View Post
    I'll say upwards of 40 lbs depending on frame size.
    Since we are guessing, I say my 22" will go 38lbs.

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    You are probably close, not 40lb. Lg Boris was 35lb. I'd guess 37/38
    I cancelled a week ago but back in with 20/Grape. The small dia. tubes are just too nice

    Edit/ I was referring to the first generation Boris/72TPI
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    You are probably close, not 40lb. Lg Boris was 35lb. I'd guess 37/38
    I cancelled a week ago but back in with 20/Grape. The small dia. tubes are just too nice
    And most of that weight is in the wheels and tires, when ever I took them off the frame is super light.
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    I will put mine on the digital scale this weekend when I build it at the shop and snap a photo for verification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    You are probably close, not 40lb. Lg Boris was 35lb. I'd guess 37/38
    I cancelled a week ago but back in with 20/Grape. The small dia. tubes are just too nice
    In that case, I will revise my guess to 37lbs. The Lurch's steel frame is prolly only 2 pounds heavier than the Boris' aluminium frame. The tires on the Lurch are probably lighter too.

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    No bike yet, but the goodies are starting to come in.

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    My summer tires and a spare toob.

    I will probably save the Snowshoes for that first snow. (like we get much snow in the Carolinas)

    Plus these tires remind me of trials universals like they run on trials motorbikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    In that case, I will revise my guess to 37lbs. The Lurch's steel frame is prolly only 2 pounds heavier than the Boris' aluminium frame. The tires on the Lurch are probably lighter too.
    Boris X9 tires are 120 tpi, Lurch tires are 72 tpi...so probably not lighter than the Boris tires. At least look at provided specs before guestimating. Is this entire thread going to be dominated by you guessing about sh!t and spouting conjectural crap? Because if so, I will start a different Lurch thread with actual info when mine arrives with useful information that can be utilized by other rider/owners. LOL to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    I will start a different Lurch thread with actual info when mine arrives with useful information that can be utilized by other rider/owners. LOL to that.
    Be my guest, there is plenty of room on the internet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    At least look at provided specs before guestimating. Is this entire thread going to be dominated by you guessing about sh!t and spouting conjectural crap? Because if so, I will start a different Lurch thread with actual info when mine arrives with useful information that can be utilized by other rider/owners.
    Calm the hate if you can, man. Seems to just be people excited about their new rides. Seem like intellectual people that will share helpful information once the bikes arrive. Ain't no thang. If anything just let people know that commonly higher threads per inch mean lighter.

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    He is just upset that his call to stop the use of LOL fell on deaf ears.

    Post #3179 over on the "Moto / bikes direct fatbikes!" thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    Boris X9 tires are 120 tpi, Lurch tires are 72 tpi...so probably not lighter than the Boris tires. At least look at provided specs before guestimating. Is this entire thread going to be dominated by you guessing about sh!t and spouting conjectural crap? Because if so, I will start a different Lurch thread with actual info when mine arrives with useful information that can be utilized by other rider/owners. LOL to that.
    I guess we'll see about tire weights soon, but 120 tpi vs 72 tpi isn't the only difference with the tires.

    Boris X9 tires - VEE Rubber 26"x4.0 MISSION 120TPI FB F/V
    Mission | VEE Tire Co.
    1370 (probably 120tpi folding) -1930 (probably 72tpi wire bead) claimed
    Tire Weights for Fat-Bikes | FAT-BIKE.COM
    1370-1420g measured


    Lurch tires - VEE RUBBER 26X4.5 Snow Shoe SBK 72TPI Foldable
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    1260g (probably 120tpi) -1485g (probably 72tpi) claimed

    Supposedly, Vee is conservative with weight estimates, so the tires might actually be quite comparable in weight.
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    Looking forward to see what people think when they receive their bikes Thursday.

    I will be getting mine on Friday. Hoping not too many issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    Boris X9 tires are 120 tpi, Lurch tires are 72 tpi...so probably not lighter than the Boris tires. At least look at provided specs before guestimating. Is this entire thread going to be dominated by you guessing about sh!t and spouting conjectural crap? Because if so, I will start a different Lurch thread with actual info when mine arrives with useful information that can be utilized by other rider/owners. LOL to that.
    So you're mad about someone not providing concrete evidence to support their claim, then you say "so probably not lighter than the Boris tires". Go home, Steve.

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    "We were unable to dispatch the trailer on time. This may cause a delay." Ha! Good thing I stayed home from work today for the signature....
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    Arrived

    Packaged as expected, no issues as of yet, but this is just the initial assembly. Didn't receive pedals. Initial impression - pretty impressed. Paint job is beautiful, welds are clean, packaged well and survived transport, pre assembly on par with the 100+ other bikes i've built out of the box. Time to tune and hit the trails (and steal pedals off another ride). Specs and weights to come.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    Packaged as expected, no issues as of yet, but this is just the initial assembly. Didn't receive pedals. Initial impression - pretty impressed. Paint job is beautiful, welds are clean, packaged well and survived transport, pre assembly on par with the 100+ other bikes i've built out of the box. Time to tune and hit the trails (and steal pedals off another ride). Specs and weights to come.
    That purple is freakin' awesome!

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    Another purple here. Bike box had a few small holes at top and there is a bit of damage to clear coat on top tube. I can live with it but I'll ask BD about it. Otherwise bike is awesome, will hit local single track tonight. Weighs in at just under 40lbs for the XL with spd.

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    Those purple bikes would probably look good with the red rim strips that are supposedly included in the box.
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    Yes the red rim strips are included but you know how it is when you just want to get it together and ride it around the block. Might try red tonight when I attempt tubeless.

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    Some initial weights - medium stock w/cheap plastic platforms - 38.5 ish lbs (headed to bike shop for ghetto tubeless supplies next - will weigh there with swapped out thompson elite setback post and stem and different (but same weight) wtb saddle.
    stock saddle - 306 g
    stock post - 340 g
    stock stem (100 mm 7 deg.) - 158 g
    red rim strips - 152 g/per strip.

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    Damn I shouldve got purple...looks surprisingly good.
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    Well Rex, looks like we were both wrong about the weight
    The frames look beefier up close
    Look great

    Pedaling

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    As a complete and utter voyeur on this thread (me, one of the many 'guys still shopping for his first fattie' types), finally glad to be seeing, you know, actual bikes :-) and not invoices, shipping directions or accessories.

    Looking forward to the ride reports and pictures in the wild Gentlemen...

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    Packaged as expected, no issues as of yet, but this is just the initial assembly. Didn't receive pedals. Initial impression - pretty impressed. Paint job is beautiful, welds are clean, packaged well and survived transport, pre assembly on par with the 100+ other bikes i've built out of the box. Time to tune and hit the trails (and steal pedals off another ride). Specs and weights to come.
    So the bike didn't come with pedals? I thought it was advertised as sold with pedals. My orange lurch just arrived at my apartment, and before I head home I'd like to know if I'm going to need to buy pedals beforehand.

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    I think you answered your own question. You should buy pedals.

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    Should have come with pedals: Pedals VP-530 ALLOY BLACK W/CPSC REFLECTOR

    But that purple looks A W E S O M E

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyriverag View Post
    Should have come with pedals: PedalsVP-530 ALLOY BLACK W/CPSC REFLECTOR
    What he said...thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    Well Rex, looks like we were both wrong about the weight
    The frames look beefier up close
    Look great

    Pedaling
    My guess was wrong by quite a bit. Wishful thinking.....

    Those purple bikes are looking awesome! Congrats guys.

    Still waiting on mine.

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    Hi all,
    Just pulled the trigger on a lurch, was wondering if one of you guys who have received yours could post a pic of the rear wheel seat stay clearance. Just curious how much room there is for larger tires.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hackinator View Post
    upwards of 40 lbs depending on frame size.
    I still lost because I went over on weight :-). Just got mine delivered to the office. I'll be assembling it at home in an hour or so. Photos to come.

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    Would LOVE to see detailed pics and get some "first ride" reports. Also let us know if there were any problems in the assembly process. Thank you so much to those who are taking the time to share information with the rest of us. Congrats on your beautiful new bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apeking101 View Post
    Hi all,
    Just pulled the trigger on a lurch, was wondering if one of you guys who have received yours could post a pic of the rear wheel seat stay clearance. Just curious how much room there is for larger tires.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Awesome, thanks for the pics

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    To the individual that asked again - there were not any pedals in the box.
    No assembly issues whatsoever. The only thing I've found so far is that there was one loose chainring bolt, and that tightened down easily enough.

    First ride report: This bike is awesome. Snowshoes are great, minimal to nonexistent self steer. BB7's, once bedded in work great - not as good as the XT's on my Yeti, but damn close enough.

    Samox - cranks seem fine and stiff, Q factor not as bad as I thought it was going to be. However, after several miles, as the front derailleur set in, I did drop the chain over the big chainring, and the pin to keep the chain from wedging between the crank arm and chainring is NOT long enough to keep the chain out, so stay on top of your high end limiter screw on the front derailleur. Maybe there's a bashgaurd in my future.

    Fittment - I'm 5'10", 31 in inseam, 18" fits fine with sufficient standover for my preferences. I could not imagine going down to a 16" to gain a little more clearance. In fact, even on the 18", I'm using a Thompson setback post to gain a little room and would feel cramped if I went with less than an 80mm stem. But, I prefer to be stretched out more than some others.

    More weights:
    Front wheel with rim strip, skewer and 8" rotor = 1886 grams

    I didn't weight the tubes, but they are meaty beasts.

    Snowshoe - 1335 g

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    so how many folks who got their lurches with pedals? just trying to figure out if it was an error or if they really aren't shipping w pedals? don't want to finally get it and then not be able to ride...Friday shipping date for me!


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    Note: If you plan on assembling the bike yourself make sure you have a T25 Torx bit to install the front disc brake rotor bolts onto the hub.

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    Help out a noob to the FatBike Scene...

    In the 'budget' fat bike arena.... the Motobecane Lurch, with it's tapered head tube and 'thru-axle ready wheels' (per Bikes Direct website) is the lowest price option that could readily accept the RokShox Bluto fork, AND accept a 5" tire. Am I correct in that statement?

    If a Bluto is on one's the radar, perhaps the Sturgis Bullet becomes a better choice?

    Lurch, Sturgis, super-cheap Boris X-5...having a heck of a time deciding what to do.

    Gotta say the purple-colored Lurch...WOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    To the individual that asked again - there were not any pedals in the box.
    No assembly issues whatsoever. The only thing I've found so far is that there was one loose chainring bolt, and that tightened down easily enough.

    First ride report: This bike is awesome. Snowshoes are great, minimal to nonexistent self steer. BB7's, once bedded in work great - not as good as the XT's on my Yeti, but damn close enough.

    Samox - cranks seem fine and stiff, Q factor not as bad as I thought it was going to be. However, after several miles, as the front derailleur set in, I did drop the chain over the big chainring, and the pin to keep the chain from wedging between the crank arm and chainring is NOT long enough to keep the chain out, so stay on top of your high end limiter screw on the front derailleur. Maybe there's a bashgaurd in my future.

    Fittment - I'm 5'10", 31 in inseam, 18" fits fine with sufficient standover for my preferences. I could not imagine going down to a 16" to gain a little more clearance. In fact, even on the 18", I'm using a Thompson setback post to gain a little room and would feel cramped if I went with less than an 80mm stem. But, I prefer to be stretched out more than some others.

    More weights:
    Front wheel with rim strip, skewer and 8" rotor = 1886 grams

    I didn't weight the tubes, but they are meaty beasts.

    Snowshoe - 1335 g
    Thanks for the feedback and great to see the Snowshoes come in at a nice weight for being 72tpi 4.5's.

    Annoyed that UPS didn't deliver on time today and hoping my bike is successfully delivered tomorrow...
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    who's going to be the first to slam the rear wheel forward in the dropouts? Since short chain stays seem to be in vogue .

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    Different Lurch Frames?

    OK, let the weirdness begin. Hackinator, you're black frame is different than mine. Yours has a seat stay gusset, mine a cross bar, and I've got close to 3/4" tire clearance, one each side. You're showing <1/2". What size frame did you get? Looks like I already lost a cable housing clamp.
    FYI - the snowshoes measure out at exactly 4" wide @ 10 psi.

    Frame Flex - not noticeable, and I'm a pedal mashing clydesdale. Even when standing and pedalling hard, I don't notice much lateral flex at all. On my 575, if I really get after it, the rear carbon triangle flexes enough that the rotor briefly rubs. Maybe the massive 190 spacing adds some sort of additional structural strength.

    This might be the prettiest bike I've ever rode. I don't normally name my bikes, but this one, I think, needs one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    What size frame did you get?
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    In the wild. Loving it! I'll post a review and more photos later.

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    you guys all running high psi or does rim tape just pop outl ike that even at low pressure?


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    Where did you get your scale at?
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    No pedals with mine either. :-( I know they weren't going to be top of the line, but I wanted what was advertised. Anyone else going to make a complaint?

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    That purple sure is pretty, it was a close tie with yellow, but I just wanted something light colored for once; all my bikes are black.

    If my wife likes it, the second one will be purple

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    Got my size Medium Lurch today. Took my sweet time putting it together and just admiring it. I have ridden a lot of fatbikes, and I am very impressed with the quality of this bike. Frame is beautiful, components are good quality from what I can tell, paint job is great, packing job was good. There were a couple of minor scuffs on the left side of the frame, but not very noticeable. Pedals were not in the box. I wasn't planning on using them on the Lurch, but I was planning on putting them on my wife's bike. So yeah, I will send an email to BD about it. Derailleurs were dialed in right out of the box. Brakes work very, very well for mechanical. I've always had hydros and I'm impressed.

    Looking at the tire clearance, there looks to be plenty of room for 4.8's in the front and rear.

    From previous posts, I know this bike is heavy. However, it really doesn't feel heavy when I'm riding it. Going up hills are fine. I can tell it's heavier than my 29er, but it doesn't seem to affect the ride. It just rides more like a tractor instead of an SUV. It'll drop a couple of pounds when I convert to tubeless this weekend. I didn't get in a thorough ride since it's almost 95 degrees today. I'll post a better ride review later. For those who have ridden a Pugsley, it rides just like one of those.

    It doesn't fit the bike carrier, but it will with a few modifications to the carrier.

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    YESSS!!!! First in with Metallic Gray! So many purples my head is spinning!

    First off, let me say this bike is VERY well put together, everything fits amazing and the frame welds are beautiful. Assembly went together just like every other mail order bike I've received (including 2 Airbornes) however I was not totally thrilled with the packing; more on this later.

    As you can see from the box pics there were a couple 'blow-throughs' that had me concerned, but since all the pointy bits (axles and the like) had plastic protective covers this was a non-issue.





    Heres my issue with the packing, upon opening the box everything looked okay. I lifted the bike up by the top tube and the frame and front wheel came out in one piece. The crank arm was 'threaded' through the spokes in the front wheel, immediately I noticed the front wheel was all kinds of dinged up (not just scratches, this is down to bare metal and rough) however the crank arm seemed fine.







    Please note I have not spoken to BD yet to see what kind of resolution we can come to on the obviously damaged wheel.

    Bike in the air, some red goodies thrown on already


    and the money shots:









    I tried very hard to get some pics of the beautiful Metallic Gray paint, but since I took delivery of the bike at 5:30 and it was well after 6:30 once everything was put together I was not able to capture how nice it REALLY looks but here are some attempts with the flash turned on.





    Also my Lurch did not come with pedals or pedal washers. I cannot comment on the quality of the stem or handlebars or Avid FS5 brake levers as I changed all these out for other parts.

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    Wow, those Lurches look really nice in the pictures. So much nicer than the image BD has on their website. Enjoy them!

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    Here's my orange.
    Pictures don't do it justice. This color is juicier and richer.

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    Nice.

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    Initial observations after doing 40 miles on the Lurch:

    1. Ensure the non driveside crank arm (two Allen screws) are torqued down to proper specs. I had some creaking/slipping happening until I set them to the correct torque.

    2. Shifters and brake levers come installed in such a way that you or a mechanic will likely have to adjust them on the bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedz0r View Post
    YESSS!!!! First in with Metallic Gray! So many purples my head is spinning!
    Nice looking Lurch!

    BTW, my wrists hurt just looking at the handlebar setup. I'd rotate the bars back so the sweep is actually sweep not rise, but maybe that's just me.

    I like the red accents. Enjoy the ride...
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    Photos of the Lurch for you all.

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    Put 12 miles of single track on the Lurch yesterday after getting it all setup the way I like and tensioning the spokes, and torquing all fasteners. This thing actually weighs 3 pounds less than my Motobecane Fantom Elite DS, which was a welcome surprise. Glad I got the 20" frame as the standover height is actually 30.5" compared to Bikesdirect 32" listing. Rolls very easy and climbs sandy rocky hills with ease. Very Pleased.

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    Motobecane Fantom Elite DS weighs over 40 lbs? How is that possible?

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    I got my 14 inch black Lurch home last night. Everything looked good and went together nicely. I didn't have time to adjust the brakes or play with the derailleurs. I'm not good with derailleurs and have never adjusted a disk brake so we will see.....

    A couple of questions:

    There are two black plastic pieces about six inches long taped together, I have no idea what they are. packing material?

    Also, the clear plastic piece between the cassette and spokes doesn't want to stay nice. Should it be removed?

    Thanks in advance
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    Not sure why but I can't get my pics to upload??????

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    FYI: The Bikes Direct spec list shows pedals as NA and they are not shown on the pictures of the bike, so it looks like pedals are NOT included.

    Sadly for me, my bike was delayed in TX for shipping, so I'm on hold until next week

    So, I was looking at the pics and it appears that the lower cup is internal to the frame. If this is the case, then an external cup would raise the front end more than 2mm, which should provide sufficient clearance for a Bluto.

    Can anyone confirm?

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    [QUOTE=jimmac23;11431801]
    A couple of questions:

    There are two black plastic pieces about six inches long taped together, I have no idea what they are. packing material?

    Also, the clear plastic piece between the cassette and spokes doesn't want to stay nice. Should it be removed?

    The black plastic thing taped together is a fork dropout spacer to prevent the forks from getting bent in while shipping since there isn't a hub in there when packaged.

    I always remove the spoke protector, but there is nothing wrong with leaving it on. That particular design didn't fit the spokes well, so it will probably always rattle. Unless you carefully cut it off without damaging the spokes, you'll need a chain whip and a cassette removal tool to pull the cassette of. My cassette lock ring was on with about a billion ft/lbs of torque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post

    So, I was looking at the pics and it appears that the lower cup is internal to the frame. If this is the case, then an external cup would raise the front end more than 2mm, which should provide sufficient clearance for a Bluto.

    Can anyone confirm?
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    Bottom cup is internal.

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    Motobecane Fantom Elite DS weighs over 40 lbs? How is that possible?
    I use my DS for downhill rides so I have heavy 2.4 inch wide tires, heavy duty tubes, dropper seat post, fenders, heavy duty Black Spire chainring protector, 8" front rotor, 7" rear rotor, head light and battery pack, besides the 08 Fantom Elite DS is a 30 lb bike stock. Comparing stock to stock yes the Lurch is 10 pounds heavier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    FYI: The Bikes Direct spec list shows pedals as NA and they are not shown on the pictures of the bike, so it looks like pedals are NOT included.

    Sadly for me, my bike was delayed in TX for shipping, so I'm on hold until next week

    So, I was looking at the pics and it appears that the lower cup is internal to the frame. If this is the case, then an external cup would raise the front end more than 2mm, which should provide sufficient clearance for a Bluto.

    Can anyone confirm?
    As of yesterday when I got a screenshot of the BD lurch specs, pedals were still listed as included, which I included in my email to BD on the missing pedals, so they should honor the pedal specs thing and ship pedals to everyone on this order.

    Looking at another FSA headset compared to the stock Lurch one, I calculated that an external lower cup would add an additional 7-8 mm of stack height below the head tube. More than enough for Bluto clearance, per the BD statement that the Bluto lockout did not clear the down tube by 2mm - we still don't know which size frame they were referencing with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    As of yesterday when I got a screenshot of the BD lurch specs, pedals were still listed as included, which I included in my email to BD on the missing pedals, so they should honor the pedal specs thing and ship pedals to everyone on this order.
    watermonkey could you please post a sentence or two from your email to Bikes Direct requesting pedals be sent. I didn't receive them either and it would be helpful for all of us to send something to BD to get thos moving along.

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    Hello,

    I am sorry to hear your bike arrived without pedals, I will be glad to help.

    Unfortunately The factory forgot the pedals in all of our lurches and we just found out. I have some pedals on order that I can send out when they arrive or I can simply refund you $20 and you can purchase the pedals of your choice.

    Please let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    FYI: The Bikes Direct spec list shows pedals as NA and they are not shown on the pictures of the bike, so it looks like pedals are NOT included.

    Sadly for me, my bike was delayed in TX for shipping, so I'm on hold until next week

    So, I was looking at the pics and it appears that the lower cup is internal to the frame. If this is the case, then an external cup would raise the front end more than 2mm, which should provide sufficient clearance for a Bluto.

    Can anyone confirm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by watermonkey View Post
    As of yesterday when I got a screenshot of the BD lurch specs, pedals were still listed as included, which I included in my email to BD on the missing pedals, so they should honor the pedal specs thing and ship pedals to everyone on this order.

    Looking at another FSA headset compared to the stock Lurch one, I calculated that an external lower cup would add an additional 7-8 mm of stack height below the head tube. More than enough for Bluto clearance, per the BD statement that the Bluto lockout did not clear the down tube by 2mm - we still don't know which size frame they were referencing with this.
    I'm not mechanically savy so pardon my dumb question...I believe the Bluto can be purchased with an optional remote lockout. Would the remote allow for additional clearance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralph View Post
    I'm not mechanically savy so pardon my dumb question...I believe the Bluto can be purchased with an optional remote lockout. Would the remote allow for additional clearance?
    The optional remote lockout is a handlebar mounted switch which allows the rider to turn the suspension feature of the fork on or off without having to reach down to the fork crown where the switch is commonly located. The remote lockout will have nothing to do with fork clearance.

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    I think his question was will the lockout itself be a different shape and maybe clear the down tube


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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaHag View Post
    Hello,

    I am sorry to hear your bike arrived without pedals, I will be glad to help.

    Unfortunately The factory forgot the pedals in all of our lurches and we just found out. I have some pedals on order that I can send out when they arrive or I can simply refund you $20 and you can purchase the pedals of your choice.

    Please let me know.

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    If it were me i would take the $20. especially if they are the same bear traps that came on my bullseye monster.
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    hey guys,
    Just lurching...I mean Lurking. I bought a pair of these for my Boris.
    They are new with removable pins.
    Wellgo Platform Pedals LU313 with Replacable Pins 9 16 Blue BMX MTB | eBay
    And cheap...far better than the ones BD sends us.
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    Nice packaging. The paint is a little light in welds and a weird reddish powder was all over bike (from shipping?). Only casualty is crushed shift cable and no pedals… For the money can't go wrong.
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    My purple Lurch arrived this morning with numerous scratches and abrasions to the paint. Also there is more considerable damage to the bottom surfaces of the fork dropouts where large sections of paint are completely missing. The two taped together pieces of plastic mentioned in an earlier post appear to have popped off in transit causing the fork to rub on shipping box. I have emailed Bikes Direct and am waiting on a response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    I think his question was will the lockout itself be a different shape and maybe clear the down tube


    Pedaling
    Thanks...yes, that's what I meant. I've got a remote on my hardtail and was wondering if the Bluto with remote might clear since it eliminates the lever.

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    BD refunded me $30 for the clear coat blemish that I touched up with a few drops of automotive clear coat. They did offer me to ship bike back and get new frame but I don't think it's worth it due to the tiny amount of damage. Also I got $20 back for missing pedals. BD customer service is fast and fair.

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    Is the Lurch the least expensive fatbike with steel (chromoly) frame?

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    Love it. I have owned something from almost every brand and I love this bike. You need some knowledge to know how to set it up perfect. The brakes needed to be set up and many don't know how. Gears were close and the setup was nice. Great choice of components. Get it setup right and you will love it. Missing pedals was no big deal.

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    I've never dealt with bikesdirect before, but this seems like pretty good customer service:

    "Hi - Joe here with Bikesdirect. Thank you so much for ordering a Motobecane Lurch Fat bike. Customers are loving the Lurch and are sharing photos and comments in the Lurch Lounge on MTBR.com http://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/lur...-928474-5.html Unbeknownst to us there was a mistake with the factory specs and pedals are not included. We have updated the site and apologize for that. Many folks already have pedals they prefer and usually toss out the entry level pedals. If you need pedals we can refund you $20 or ship you a pair of entry level platform pedals. If you want one of these options please reply to this email and clearly state which option you prefer. We will take care of you right away. ***If you have already been helped with this matter, please disregard this message*** Cheers and Happy Riding, Joe "
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    Quote Originally Posted by draco_m View Post
    Is the Lurch the least expensive fatbike with steel (chromoly) frame?
    Nope. That title belongs to Walmart fat bikes.

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    I just got my Lurch today. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the rotor bolts for the front tire. Am I missing something? I sent an email to BD, but I'd figure I'd ask here as well.

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    Blue Lurch has arrived. 38.4 lbs as you see it. One pinched derailleur housing, everything else looks ge eat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xherion View Post
    I just got my Lurch today. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the rotor bolts for the front tire. Am I missing something? I sent an email to BD, but I'd figure I'd ask here as well.
    The 6 screws are in a small bag all by themselves. I had trouble finding them myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmac23 View Post
    The 6 screws are in a small bag all by themselves. I had trouble finding them myself.
    Thank you. I quadruple checked everything and can't find it. The box had a fist sized hole in it...I wonder if it fell out.

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    Rotor bolts are M5x10mm. You can likely find hex head version at the local hardware store. Use some blue locktite on them.

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    The Lurch Lounge-lurch-f.jpgThe Lurch Lounge-lurch-gate-crash-2-.jpg

    Late to the party, but here are a couple of shots of mine.

    I changed the stem and handlebars, then in the second shot the tires and rim tape.
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    Late to the party, but here are a couple of shots of mine.

    I changed the stem and handlebars, then in the second shot the tires and rim tape.
    How do you like the orange? Is it me, or is this color slept on?

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    Nice looking bikes guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkitekt View Post
    How do you like the orange? Is it me, or is this color slept on?
    I don't know what you mean by "slept on", could you please explain.

    I like it, but for some reason I expected it to be darker and more like the old Bridgestone orange and not metallic.The Lurch Lounge-bridgestone-xo.jpg

    Still very happy though.

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    Yeah I got the same email from them Baker. I guess they don't know I had to cancel my order .

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    Slept on. LOL. I like the Orange

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    New to the party too, here! Just got my Lurch today, in yellow. I'm in Ottawa, Canada, so had it shipped to a UPS Store over the border and drove down to pick it up after work, after it was delivered this morning.

    First impressions? Super-impressed!! The bike came well-packaged and well set-up from the factory. Shifters/derailleurs and rear brake were well adjusted. Threw the thing together and took it for a spin around the neighbourhood... Rides way better than any of the fatbikes I've test-ridden. Probably has a lot to do with the wheel/tire set-up, but I really like the way this bike handles. Oh, and speaking of handles, am I the only one who got a bike with the handlebars installed upside-down? I'll take care of that tomorrow...

    Overall, I feel like this bike is amazing value and blows away anything else in its category. This is my first purchase from Bikes Direct and I'm sure it won't be my last. I'm already thinking that I could easily get my money back on the Lurch, selling it locally, if I decide I want to move to something different like a Night Train. Or a Ti-Fatty when BD puts one out.

    Admittedly, there were a couple of small issues. Mine was shipped without pedals, like everyone else's.. The paint/powder coat was a little chipped-up on the dropouts, too. Not the end of the world, but something I hope BD will take into consideration.

    Oh, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Boris X5 I got for the girlfriend came with an extra set of yellow rim strips to match my yellow Lurch! I'll be poaching those, for sure!!

    In the meantime, I'm looking forward to getting everything set up properly and taking it for a better ride tomorrow. Maybe somewhere that I'm not disrupting basketball games when I ride across the playground! :-)

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    I almost missed them also. They are wrapped in plastic inside the rotor plastic. Easy to miss

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    I got the front tire setup tubeless today. Used this method: How to set up a fat bike tubeless | Dirt Rag

    Had a little bit of an issue with the small crack where the rim butts against itself. Used some superglue and small strips of gorilla tape and it seemed to seal up. Will post back with pictures when I do the rear tire. Gotta get some more weatherstripping first.

    Before you guys ask, the reasons I go tubeless are:

    1) Much less possibility of flats.
    2) Noticeable weight loss. Those fat tubes are like Coast Guard lifesaving devices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaximumX View Post
    New to the party too, here! Just got my Lurch today, in yellow. I'm in Ottawa, Canada, so had it shipped to a UPS Store over the border and drove down to pick it up after work, after it was delivered this morning.

    First impressions? Super-impressed!! The bike came well-packaged and well set-up from the factory. Shifters/derailleurs and rear brake were well adjusted. Threw the thing together and took it for a spin around the neighbourhood... Rides way better than any of the fatbikes I've test-ridden. Probably has a lot to do with the wheel/tire set-up, but I really like the way this bike handles. Oh, and speaking of handles, am I the only one who got a bike with the handlebars installed upside-down? I'll take care of that tomorrow...

    Overall, I feel like this bike is amazing value and blows away anything else in its category. This is my first purchase from Bikes Direct and I'm sure it won't be my last. I'm already thinking that I could easily get my money back on the Lurch, selling it locally, if I decide I want to move to something different like a Night Train. Or a Ti-Fatty when BD puts one out.

    Admittedly, there were a couple of small issues. Mine was shipped without pedals, like everyone else's.. The paint/powder coat was a little chipped-up on the dropouts, too. Not the end of the world, but something I hope BD will take into consideration.

    Oh, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Boris X5 I got for the girlfriend came with an extra set of yellow rim strips to match my yellow Lurch! I'll be poaching those, for sure!!

    In the meantime, I'm looking forward to getting everything set up properly and taking it for a better ride tomorrow. Maybe somewhere that I'm not disrupting basketball games when I ride across the playground! :-)

    Did you get taxed coming back over the border?

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    Anyone have issues with the q/r on the rear? I did it up tight and it slipped and bit under heavy braking. I did it up even tighter so that it was extremely hard to lock by hand but it seems stable now. Does anyone know of bolt on skewers for 190mm? I have a nice set of bolt on for my xc bike but I think this fat bike could really benefit from some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neons97 View Post
    Did you get taxed coming back over the border?
    I had some fortunate timing... I'd been in the US for a week at the end of August, so ordered the bikes then. When I came back, I used my personal exemption and the "goods following" clause to cover most of the value of the bikes, even though I was importing them a week later. If you're thinking of pulling the trigger, maybe think about a weekend stay in the US. That gives you an $800 allowance for goods to bring back.

    From CBSA:
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    7 days or more Up to CAN$800 – May include alcohol and tobacco products, within the prescribed limits set by provincial or territorial authorities. For the seven-day exemption, goods may be in your possession at time of entry to Canada but are also permitted to follow entry to Canada (such as via courier, mail or delivery agency), except alcohol and tobacco products, which must be in your possession. All the goods will qualify for duty- and tax-free entry if they are declared at the initial return to Canada.

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    Here's a eBay link to Snowshoe 4.7 120 TPI tired I though you guys might appreciate. I wish they came on the Night Train I ordered.
    http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=291234093126

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    Quote Originally Posted by siv View Post
    Here's a eBay link to Snowshoe 4.7 120 TPI tired I though you guys might appreciate. I wish they came on the Night Train I ordered.
    http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...d=291234093126

    These are the tires that come on the lurch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froggy2288 View Post
    Anyone have issues with the q/r on the rear? I did it up tight and it slipped and bit under heavy braking. I did it up even tighter so that it was extremely hard to lock by hand but it seems stable now.
    Mine did as well, when I was bedding in the brakes. I tightened down the rear QR tighter than I am comfortable tightening those fancy boutique QRs.

    Seem to have solved the issue for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rschreck View Post
    Nope. That title belongs to Walmart fat bikes.
    Technically it doesn't. The Walmart bikes are High Tensile steel , not chromoly.

    Quote Originally Posted by pxpaulx View Post
    These are the tires that come on the lurch.
    The Lurch comes with 4.5 72TPI Snowshoes, those are the 4.7 120TPI Snowshoes with the Silica compound rubber, which is supposed to perform better when it is really cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    Technically it doesn't. The Walmart bikes are High Tensile steel , not chromoly.



    The Lurch comes with 4.5 72TPI Snowshoes, those are the 4.7 120TPI Snowshoes with the Silica compound rubber, which is supposed to perform better when it is really cold.
    My mistake! Still the same tire size wise, better off upgrading to the xl which is also 120tpi and only 16 bucks more for the pair. Could also get the bulldozers for ten dollars less with 5% off New customer code.

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    Saw my first lurch last night!
    Very impressed with how it road.

    As you would expect, the tires were significantly bigger than my 4.0's.

    My biggest surprise was now much lower the front of the frame was than my 18" bullseye monster. I didn't ask what size it was, but the owner was a big guy.
    EDIT - looking closer at my picture, I would say its an 18" like mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by froggy2288 View Post
    Anyone have issues with the q/r on the rear? I did it up tight and it slipped and bit under heavy braking. I did it up even tighter so that it was extremely hard to lock by hand but it seems stable now. Does anyone know of bolt on skewers for 190mm? I have a nice set of bolt on for my xc bike but I think this fat bike could really benefit from some.
    This was one of my concerns before ordering. A quality rear 190 QR can be found, but a 150 QR front is non existent, that I can see. These pieces are hardened so cutting new threads on a 170 would be difficult if impossible. Anyone ever done this?

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    Would a surly tuggnut solve the rear slippage issue? My rear is moving in on the drive side whenever I stand and pedal.
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    I'm still confused about tire size. Why would Vee Rubber make a Snowshoe in 4.5 and 4.7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by siv View Post
    I'm still confused about tire size. Why would Vee Rubber make a Snowshoe in 4.5 and 4.7?
    The 4.5 was really more like a 4. Think of the 4.7 as a correction on their part. Other discussions here have noted that the new h-billie tire is actually just a renamed original snowshoe. Most likely the 4.5 will be phased out once stock is gone.

    There is a pretty good article over at fat-bike.com about the new snowshoe and bulldozer tires from awhile back for more info as well.

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    Would a surly tuggnut solve the rear slippage issue? My rear is moving in on the drive side whenever I stand and pedal.
    How can the wheel move forward when there is a stop?
    I mentioned this early, slam the rear wheel all the way forward and bypass the stops.


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    Anybody weighed these lurches. Is it 30 pounds like it says on the ups shipping info?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdventureRider View Post
    Anybody weighed these lurches. Is it 30 pounds like it says on the ups shipping info?
    My small is 38.4 pounds with a set of Crank Brothers Candy 3 pedals. So, that would make it about 37.7 as shipped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    How can the wheel move forward when there is a stop?
    I mentioned this early, slam the rear wheel all the way forward and bypass the stops.
    Yeah I guess these screws bend super easy. I cut the allen head off and threaded the screw out backwards. No damage to dropout threads. Slammed the wheel forward..seems to work fine.
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    Thanks to everyone who helped with my missing rotor bolts. I was able to get some at at hardware store. This is my first flatbar bike, much less a fatty, so adjusting to this might take a while. Finished assembling it last night and here it is this morning.

    Overall I'm happy. Small scuffs on the chain stays, but nothing big. Rotors need some adjustment but that's expected. This thing is heavy though! I'm used to a 20 lb road bike, so it's a big adjustment.

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    Thanks to everyone who helped with my missing rotor bolts. I was able to get some at at hardware store. This is my first flatbar bike, much less a fatty, so adjusting to this might take a while. Finished assembling it last night and here it is this morning.

    Overall I'm happy. Small scuffs on the chain stays, but nothing big. Rotors need some adjustment but that's expected. This thing is heavy though! I'm used to a 20 lb road bike, so it's a big adjustment.
    Road bike can't go everywhere...the lurch can. The lurch is a great looking bike. Use and abuse it...then in a couple years, powder coat it flat black!

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    long time lurker here on MTBR.

    I'm super close to pulling the trigger on a lurch, but I was wondering if anyone could give me some quick sizing advice before I seal the deal?

    I'm about 6 foot so my first instinct is to buy a large frame, but I see a lot of people who seem to ride a much smaller frame with the seatpost riding real high. as someone mentioned earlier in the thread the stand over height is a little lower than what is listed on the site, I was thinking about going for a medium frame and staying on the smaller side of the size range. I feel very comfortable on my Dirt jumper and would like to keep some of the same kind of maneuverability with a Lurch. Is my logic sound here? should I go with a Medium or size down even to a small frame? thoughts?

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    Yeah I guess these screws bend super easy. I cut the allen head off and threaded the screw out backwards. No damage to dropout threads. Slammed the wheel forward..seems to work fine.
    Have you had the chance to take your Lurch out for a ride since you slammed the wheel forward?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_spaceman View Post
    long time lurker here on MTBR.

    I'm super close to pulling the trigger on a lurch, but I was wondering if anyone could give me some quick sizing advice before I seal the deal?

    I'm about 6 foot so my first instinct is to buy a large frame, but I see a lot of people who seem to ride a much smaller frame with the seatpost riding real high. as someone mentioned earlier in the thread the stand over height is a little lower than what is listed on the site, I was thinking about going for a medium frame and staying on the smaller side of the size range. I feel very comfortable on my Dirt jumper and would like to keep some of the same kind of maneuverability with a Lurch. Is my logic sound here? should I go with a Medium or size down even to a small frame? thoughts?
    I'm not an expert on these things, but I'm 5'-10" and I went with a large. The stand over is excellent, and it leaves me with what I perceive to be, at least a good 2" of room from the top tube. I don't feel stretched out or cramped.

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    after a year of reading and researching fatties I finally picked up my lurch this morning, just got back from first ride; felt very much on display on a 4 inch tire metallic purple bike on city streets, lots of stares and smiles, don't like to attract attention to myself in general so was questioning whether this bike and I would be a good mix...just about then I turned off city streets and onto park trails...

    my oh my, think that was the most fun I've had standing up ever, I've ridden and run through this park for last 5 years yet it felt brand new this time, can literally point this damn bike anywhere, had a few crashes and came out soaked but smiling like a fool! I didn't think I could convert so quick but it's unlike any biking I've ever done as a road/commuter/hybrid guy only
    so far....fun fun fun!

    as far a lurch specifics go, had same issue with rear qr, slipped on me a couple times while braking, had to tighten it down to point of uncomfortableness, hopefully that will help, seat also kept slipping, have it tightened harder than any qr seat I've ever owned....all in all extremely impressed and happy and look fwd to exploring new worlds on it again soon...definitely comes into it's own off pavement!




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    Successfully converted both tires on my Lurch to tubeless. I was going to take pictures, but there's really nothing to it. Used Gorilla tape and Stan's. Put some weatherstripping on either side of the rim to stop burps at low pressure, then covered them with more tape. Sealed up first try with the air compressor.
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    is there a website or a tutorial you used for reference? I would love to do this to mine once it arrives

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    Quote Originally Posted by sven98 View Post
    Yeah I guess these screws bend super easy. I cut the allen head off and threaded the screw out backwards. No damage to dropout threads. Slammed the wheel forward..seems to work fine.
    That should be fine unless running larger meats then a high quality bolt reversed w/ a nut would work. Bad design, the bolt doesn't hit the axle squarely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_spaceman View Post
    long time lurker here on MTBR.

    I'm super close to pulling the trigger on a lurch, but I was wondering if anyone could give me some quick sizing advice before I seal the deal?

    I'm about 6 foot so my first instinct is to buy a large frame, but I see a lot of people who seem to ride a much smaller frame with the seatpost riding real high. as someone mentioned earlier in the thread the stand over height is a little lower than what is listed on the site, I was thinking about going for a medium frame and staying on the smaller side of the size range. I feel very comfortable on my Dirt jumper and would like to keep some of the same kind of maneuverability with a Lurch. Is my logic sound here? should I go with a Medium or size down even to a small frame? thoughts?
    I think you'll be unhappy on an 18" Medium Lurch. I'm 5'10" and got the 18". It works, but if I didn't already have a setback post, I'd be crowded. I've rode this bike at the pump track, in the skate park (crazy traction on the concrete walls - sooooo much fun) and rode the bejesus out of it today on my usual singletrack. Crazy ass fun, but I could honestly fit on a large. All of those super extended seat posts kind of freak me out - there's frame damage coming in the future for those setups.

    Seat post slippage - mine was doing it too. The inside of the seat tube had a fair amount of grease on it, and regardless of how hard I clamped it down, 5 minutes later my post had dropped a few inches. I took some MEK on a rag and swabbed down the inside of the seat tube and the post, BUT, MEK eats paint, so keep it away from your paint job or your seatpost if its powder coated or painted (Thompson's are anodized - OK with MEK). No more slippage. QR skewers should be tightened down as much as humanly possible without using tools, to the point that you almost bruise your palm. Lightly grease the cam surface of the QR lever, and the ft/lbs of torque you can apply increases greatly. Haven't had a rear wheel shift yet.
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    this is exactly what I needed to hear!! unfortunately they are currently sold out of all the 18" frames... I would have totally settled for any color, but alas I will have to wait.

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    First (and second) ride impressions

    OK, I got the Lurch out for a couple rides.

    The first ride was a 9 mile round trip into Keystone for an Oktoberfest Festival / Concert with the family. Lots of fun and lots of comments and sideways glances. The bike was fine on the streets and paved paths, albeit a little loud.

    Lurch at Soda Creek by bbaker22, on Flickr

    The second ride was a 10 mile mix, mostly singletrack. Messed around quite a bit with air pressure. Bringing it down low where the bumps disappear introduces lots of self-steer. Too high and it feels a bit sketchy. It'll take a bit to find the middle ground.

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    I had a heck of a time getting both disc brakes dialed in. Both have to be slammed completely to the outside to reduce (but not eliminate) brake rub. I suspect things will get better with brake wear, but I'm not impressed with those tolerances. I may need to have the mounting points faced to eliminate rub. And, I have had many many bikes with BB7's, so I'm not totally clueless.

    I didn't even think about bike size, which means it must be the right size for me, 5'9" and small.
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    Okay, so here's my Mello Yello. Swapped out the bars since and set up the front brake. Got everything tweaked and torqued. I'll be wanting to re-route some of the cables at some point, but having too much fun to worry about that for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baker View Post
    OK, I got the Lurch out for a couple rides.

    The first ride was a 9 mile round trip into Keystone for an Oktoberfest Festival / Concert with the family. Lots of fun and lots of comments and sideways glances. The bike was fine on the streets and paved paths, albeit a little loud.

    Lurch at Soda Creek by bbaker22, on Flickr

    The second ride was a 10 mile mix, mostly singletrack. Messed around quite a bit with air pressure. Bringing it down low where the bumps disappear introduces lots of self-steer. Too high and it feels a bit sketchy. It'll take a bit to find the middle ground.

    Lurch on Soda Creek by bbaker22, on Flickr



    I had a heck of a time getting both disc brakes dialed in. Both have to be slammed completely to the outside to reduce (but not eliminate) brake rub. I suspect things will get better with brake wear, but I'm not impressed with those tolerances. I may need to have the mounting points faced to eliminate rub. And, I have had many many bikes with BB7's, so I'm not totally clueless.

    I didn't even think about bike size, which means it must be the right size for me, 5'9" and small.
    Did you center the caliper? Pull the brake cable tight and retighten the clamp on the caliper? Mine feel quite good, almost hydro feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedz0r View Post
    Did you center the caliper? Pull the brake cable tight and retighten the clamp on the caliper? Mine feel quite good, almost hydro feeling.
    I've done everything I can think of to try to get it aligned. Cable tension has been checked. Tightening the cable would actually exacerbate the issue. It won't kill me to ride with slight rubbing, but it might drive me crazy :-) I'l check again after some more miles and see if I have better luck.
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    super psyched to have it built and a little bling'd!!
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    I'll buy one when they put they Bluto on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cody01 View Post
    I'll buy one when they put they Bluto on it.
    When the bike was first advertised, it was billed as being Bluto ready. Later they rescinded because of possible clearance issues between the down tube and the lockout mechanism.

    Thus it seems unlikely they will offer this frame with a Bluto.
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    Tubeless method works for me as well. Dropped ~1.3 lbs off bike using stans, weatherstripping, and gorilla tape. The lighter wheels make a massive difference in feel and acceleration of the bike.

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    I'm getting a fair amount of burping with the tubeless at medium to low pressure. Hopefully, it will settle down a bit after a few rides.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaximumX View Post
    Okay, so here's my Mello Yello. Swapped out the bars since and set up the front brake. Got everything tweaked and torqued. I'll be wanting to re-route some of the cables at some point, but having too much fun to worry about that for now.

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    That yellow is awesome! But mellow yellow? How about SCREAMING YELLOW ZONKER!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by froggy2288 View Post
    Tubeless method works for me as well. Dropped ~1.3 lbs off bike using stans, weatherstripping, and gorilla tape. The lighter wheels make a massive difference in feel and acceleration of the bike.
    had you just put lighter tubes in you woulda saved about the same weight and much less time/cost/effort. and less mess if you have to deal with a sidewall tear or tire swap.

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    Great looking lurches out there, lurcheads. Keep those pics comin'.

    Still waiting for someone to post pics of the gray . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by live2ride612 View Post
    super psyched to have it built and a little bling'd!!
    live2ride612, that's bada$$. That's my plan as well, blue on black. It was actually supposed to be blue on gray, but it will look just as good on the black that BD sub'd in. In addition to the grips, housing and rim strips, I've also got some blue candy's and a coupla really loud plastic bottle cages waiting. Thinking about pulling the trigger on this saddle, as well:

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    after a bit of tweaking and refining this eve, I have come to the conclusion my rear disc mount is a bit off, tolerances are problematic on my end as well, and what I thought was pad rub even with pads wide open turns out to be something else

    when bolts to attach to frame are tightened the whole bb7 pulls hard to right and makes outer pad hit rotor no matter what, but even worse pulls top washers directly on to rotor as well....gonna have to see of I can bed it back a bit, tried tonight without much luck...





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    start filing. carefully

    8" flat file works well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajcoont View Post
    after a bit of tweaking and refining this eve, I have come to the conclusion my rear disc mount is a bit off, tolerances are problematic on my end as well, and what I thought was pad rub even with pads wide open turns out to be something else

    when bolts to attach to frame are tightened the whole bb7 pulls hard to right and makes outer pad hit rotor no matter what, but even worse pulls top washers directly on to rotor as well....gonna have to see of I can bed it back a bit, tried tonight without much luck...







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    I had the same issue and was ready to take a file to the cups that were rubbing but decided to put a 1mm wide shim on the brake side of the axle instead and re centered the brake caliper and that worked just fine. I have extra shims laying around from RC car projects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor_spaceman View Post
    long time lurker here on MTBR.

    I'm super close to pulling the trigger on a lurch, but I was wondering if anyone could give me some quick sizing advice before I seal the deal?

    I'm about 6 foot so my first instinct is to buy a large frame, but I see a lot of people who seem to ride a much smaller frame with the seatpost riding real high. as someone mentioned earlier in the thread the stand over height is a little lower than what is listed on the site, I was thinking about going for a medium frame and staying on the smaller side of the size range. I feel very comfortable on my Dirt jumper and would like to keep some of the same kind of maneuverability with a Lurch. Is my logic sound here? should I go with a Medium or size down even to a small frame? thoughts?
    I am 6' even with a 33" stand over height with no shoes on and the 20" Lurch fits me perfect. I prefer a little lower seat and higher bar compared to cranking the seat way up in the clouds and bending down so far to the bars. I almost bought the 18" because I ride an 18" Motobecane Fantom Elite DS and love it. However I went with the 20" Lurch and have NO regrets at all, plenty of wiggle room when standing flat footed over the top tube. But fit is such a personal thing that no one can tell you what will work for you. Good Luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newmarketrog View Post
    had you just put lighter tubes in you woulda saved about the same weight and much less time/cost/effort. and less mess if you have to deal with a sidewall tear or tire swap.

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    Who makes lighter tubes? Running Surly Nate's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rschreck View Post
    Who makes lighter tubes? Running Surly Nate's.
    qbp q-lite 26 x 2.4-2.75=250 grams each.

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    standover isn't nearly as important as tt length/reach. buying a bike that's too small just so that your boys aren't tickling/straddling the tt is a terrible way to make a bike work. jacking a seat way up and back and/or throwing a longer stem on the bike to try to get a better fit is no good, more often than not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newmarketrog View Post
    standover isn't nearly as important as tt length/reach. buying a bike that's too small just so that your boys aren't tickling/straddling the tt is a terrible way to make a bike work. jacking a seat way up and back and/or throwing a longer stem on the bike to try to get a better fit is no good, more often than not.

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    This. +1

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    I don't really care for the way the Qtubes ride, not very supple and leave a gap in tube/tire interface around the valve stem. Also very prone to pinch flats at lower pressure, at least in my experience - I know some people who love them and never have issues. ymmv.

    I set up ghetto tubeless yesterday. I got a little carried away with the foam center/bead lock and had a bear of a time getting the tires on, but damn, those beads are never going to burp. They sealed up without sealant and just soapy water. Added 5 oz stans per wheel, and they haven't lost a lb of pressure since yesterday. I was not going to go ghetto, but I could not get gorilla tape or even tyvek tape to stick to the rim even after cleaning with MEK. Ghetto seemed the only option.

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    This. +1
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    First pictures of a Lurch in the snow!!!

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    And a Boris X5, for good measure...

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    Thank you to Bell Arena for supplying the ice scrapings!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaximumX View Post
    First pictures of a Lurch in the snow!!! And a Boris X5, for good measure...

    Thank you to Bell Arena for supplying the ice scrapings!
    Exciting, This is the first (and official) incident of a Lurch in snow. Congrats!

    A bit jelly too, I must admit.

    cheers

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    Got my 20" Lurch on Friday. Some scratches on the head tube (biggest scratches), some on driveline chain stay. Had a bent spoke in the front wheel from the crank hitting it. Will be emailing the pics to BD.

    Just rode the bike around the street briefly. I like it so far. Looking forward to getting a little bit of time on it.

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    Im pretty excited to be receiving my Lurch on Wednesday! Looks like a lot of fun! Im 6'4" and got the 22" frame for anyone wondering.
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    Cost of tubeless was some tape I had, 7$ of weather stripping and 12$ of Stans. Pretty sure two new tubes would be similar expense. Hopefully the benefit is less likely flats vs ww tubes. I have been running tubeless in all my mountain bikes and have only flatted once in a few years because the Stans had dried up and I did not add new. I do agree that some q-tubes SL would yield a similar weight result but at a lower durability most likely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froggy2288 View Post
    Cost of tubeless was some tape I had, 7$ of weather stripping and 12$ of Stans. Pretty sure two new tubes would be similar expense. Hopefully the benefit is less likely flats vs ww tubes. I have been running tubeless in all my mountain bikes and have only flatted once in a few years because the Stans had dried up and I did not add new. I do agree that some q-tubes SL would yield a similar weight result but at a lower durability most likely.
    Yes, but let's not forget about the time/frustration spent setting up/seating and mess if you do get a flat. Time is money, IMO, and changing a tube if you flat is wicked easy, quick, and clean. And you can patch them to avoid buying more tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newmarketrog View Post
    Yes, but let's not forget about the time/frustration spent setting up/seating and mess if you do get a flat. Time is money, IMO, and changing a tube if you flat is wicked easy, quick, and clean. And you can patch them to avoid buying more tubes.

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    If time is money, I would gladly spend $100 and/or 8 hours of my day if it meant a good tubeless setup. Frustration in the garage is way, way better than frustration with a flat out on the trail as my precious riding time is slipping away. Once you setup tubeless a few times, it becomes pretty easy. It takes me about 15 minutes per tire.
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