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    JJJ70, yes I emailed Alex and asked him if they could swap the stem and bars for some in stock alternatives and was charged the difference. No sense in populating a spare parts stash.

    I also added the dropper from the Sarge and a second set of tires. He's making margins and I'm saving some cash from buying elsewhere. I didn't want to be a PIA, so I hope he didn't mind my custom order.
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    Thats good to know that i can maybe have a thing or two swapped out. Im also looking at the build 3 raw.. I have looked at a lot of bikes in the last 2 months in the $2k range and for some reason the mayor keeps standing out ahead of them all.

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    Hey guys. Is there a Mayor owners group on Facebook? The only one I found is rsd's own Facebook.

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    Rsd is having a sale on Mayor's 35% off

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    I'm thinking about ordering one of the Mayor bikes. Can anyone here that already has one tell me if the frame is ready to accept an internally routed dropper post?

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    No, it doesn't.

    I installed a KS Lev DX and it routed very nicely - I got it added onto the order through RSD. Had to get the southpaw remote on my own as the OEM version only had the plastic remote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtkrawiec View Post
    No, it doesn't.

    I installed a KS Lev DX and it routed very nicely - I got it added onto the order through RSD. Had to get the southpaw remote on my own as the OEM version only had the plastic remote.
    So there is already a hole in the frame for the cable to go through?

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    No, there isn't. The DX is an external cable dropper
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtkrawiec View Post
    No, there isn't. The DX is an external cable dropper
    Oh, okay. Thanks for clearing that up for me, jtkrawiec. I was sort of hoping to be able to run an internal cable.

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    I was too, but I'm pretty happy with what I got - its just a few weeks old. I'll post a pic when I can.
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    With a minor surgery your frame could get the internal option in less than 10 minutes time. A fairly easy mod with a little careful drilling and trimming.

    Sarge doesn't have it either although, the Wildcat does.
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    I ordered a black build 3 . Its in the bike shop getting built. I should have it in a day or 2. Then ill post a few pictures..

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    Yes, pictures please.

    I'm thinking of going with the green build 3 in an XL. It's either that or the orange.

    When I go to RSD's website, it says the build 3 is 35% off, but when I put it in my cart, it shows up as only 30% off. I'm going to try and get in touch with RSD and get clarification before I place the order.

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    I can answer that for you. I talked to alex. It is 35% off. But he charges $100 for shipping . normally shipping is worked into the full price of the bike. So i think i paid $1530 shipped to jersey..

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    Here is my raw build 3. Biggest disappointment is the weight as it is 38 pounds (stock except for dropper post), which is definitely noticeable on the climbs.

    The BB height is also on the high side so the bike definitely feels taller than my On One fatty.

    Oh, and the Mastodon compression knob does not clear the down tube. I took care of that by filing it down on the bench grinder but Alex said they would send me a new lower profile (no remote) knob when they get them.

    Loving the fork however. Definitely makes it a year-round bike and not just for winter.

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    The BB is where it belongs for a bike intended to leave the city streets and go Jeepin!

    These are not for Van Nuys Blvd on Wednesday nights, don'tcha know!
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    You could drop two pounds instantly by going to Jumbo Jims (I say that only because it's true; personally, I have a JJ up front and a Minion FBR out back and love that combo big-time).
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    My Mayor is 28 #'s with JJ 4.8 Liteskins.
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    Hi guys . I am having a problem posting pics. Any pointers? thanks

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    Hey guys here is my new mayor. I did not get a chance to take it on the trails yet. When i do i will let you know what i think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJJ70 View Post
    Hey guys here is my new mayor. I did not get a chance to take it on the trails yet. When i do i will let you know what i think.
    A few interesting sights there.
    Holy steerer spacers, I can kinda get the thudbustery seatpost, but what on earth is that saddle? Are the cranks also very long?

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    Lol....I had them leave the fork uncut for now..to figure out were I want it.

    The cranks feel fine .I took it out on some single track yesterday and the bike felt real good. ( the only bike I can compare it to is my blizzard -50)

    The saddle is ism touring. I tried dozens of seats and this one I liked the best . (Noseless)
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    "hey"
    I have a mayor build 3 on it's way.

    I am considering going tubeless right off the bat..can anyone help me out with what I need to do to convert?

    I am guessing just tubeless valve stems and stans/sealant?

    will this valvestem work? any other recommendations or are these fine?
    https://www.amazon.com/Stans-NoTubes.../dp/B00A3FYPG2

    I plan on doing sand riding..I guess the beach once in a while but we have some really sandy creek trails... never ridden a fat bike on sand but guessing I'll go for something like 5-6lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by backona29er View Post
    "hey"
    I have a mayor build 3 on it's way.

    I am considering going tubeless right off the bat..can anyone help me out with what I need to do to convert?

    I am guessing just tubeless valve stems and stans/sealant?

    will this valvestem work? any other recommendations or are these fine?
    https://www.amazon.com/Stans-NoTubes.../dp/B00A3FYPG2

    I plan on doing sand riding..I guess the beach once in a while but we have some really sandy creek trails... never ridden a fat bike on sand but guessing I'll go for something like 5-6lbs.
    Basically valve stems, scum and go to town. The wheels are pre taped.

    As for riding pressures, go out and hit the sand etc. and try different pressures. It is kinda fun to experiment with these friggen huge tires.
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    Those valves should work well as they are threaded the entire length. Some valves aren't, and won't work with single wall rims used on most fat bike wheels.

    In order to get mine to seal I had to use soapy water on the bead and use a ratchet strap around the circumference of the tire to push the beads out towards the rim. Once the bead is set, you can air them down and they won't come off the rim without a little force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wankel View Post
    Those valves should work well as they are threaded the entire length. Some valves aren't, and won't work with single wall rims used on most fat bike wheels.

    In order to get mine to seal I had to use soapy water on the bead and use a ratchet strap around the circumference of the tire to push the beads out towards the rim. Once the bead is set, you can air them down and they won't come off the rim without a little force.

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    Local hardware store, nylon spacers with an I. D. suitable for the stem and away you go. My Rolling Darryls have been set up this way with American Classic stems for 4 years. And, you're right! I can run my tires 1-2 psi in the snow and get rowdy without issue.
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    I've decided to sell my Mayor frame if anyone is interested- I am going to a custom frame. Medium, black, with RF Turbine Cynch crank and CC40 headset. $300.

    Post edit- lower price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deuxdiesel View Post
    I've decided to sell my Mayor frame if anyone is interested- I am going to a custom frame. Medium, black, with RF Turbine Cynch crank and CC40 headset. $400. I can throw in a set of Marge Lites laced to Hope Fatsno's for another $200.
    What is the hub spacing on the rear of hte frame?

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    I've been trying to post a pic of my new Mayor from my phone, but I'm not having any luck. The site keeps telling me that the upload has failed and I don't know why.

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    Go figure.... I can upload the screenshot of the forum message, but not the picture of the bike.

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    Hi. i had a problem uploading pics of my bike also.. My problem was the file from my phone was to large. I reduced its size from 5MB to like 700Kb. Then they uploaded fine. I hope that might help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJJ70 View Post
    Hi. i had a problem uploading pics of my bike also.. My problem was the file from my phone was to large. I reduced its size from 5MB to like 700Kb. Then they uploaded fine. I hope that might help you.
    Thanks for the info. I'll give that a try.

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    My Mayor.

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    Looking good...
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    Look like Blauvelt nj

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    Yep Blauvelt Ny. Other than rockleigh/alpine it's the closest to my house ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaylex View Post
    My Mayor.

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    Lookin good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Lookin good!
    Thanks! I'm really liking this bike so far.

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    The Mayor has been a great find, indeed! I was ready to spend a small fortune on a custom frame when I ran across RSD's Mayor. The fact that the feel of the bike is like a mountain bike and not some kind of townie bastardization makes for an incredible ride on fat tires and wheels. Just cannot get enough of it!
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    I was having problems changing gears for the longest time. Then last weekend I dropped the chain between the sprocket and spokes and it was in there tight. Ordered a replacement derailleur hanger (Alex had it to me in TWO DAYS!! Thanks Alex!!) And now the Mayor is back in full form. What a difference! I decided to upgrade to an X1 derailleur at the same time, but that takes longer to ship. I might have it installed by next week.

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    Looks awesome Brian. Can I ask what you use to attach the pump to you're frame . I have a lezyne micro xl I'm trying to mount. And how do you like the 29+ rims , what is the max size 29" tires can you run on there?
    I was thinking of ordering a set from alex. Or maybe the 27.5 I'm not sure yet.. thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJJ70 View Post
    Looks awesome Brian. Can I ask what you use to attach the pump to you're frame . I have a lezyne micro xl I'm trying to mount. .
    I think the smaller gauge portable floor pumps come with a mounting bracket, or is available. Looks like whats on Brian's bike.

    I saw in a thread months ago, someone fabricated a mounting bracket for the wider body XL with clever cutting of white pvc piping

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    Thank you Moz. I'll take a look for it.

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    I think it was in this thread, it was on an orange bike similar to Brian's.

    Was bugging me and found it, post #1067 in this thread back in 2016, BansheeRune posted it

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    thank you Moz . I will take a look..

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJJ70 View Post
    Looks awesome Brian. Can I ask what you use to attach the pump to you're frame . I have a lezyne micro xl I'm trying to mount. And how do you like the 29+ rims , what is the max size 29" tires can you run on there?
    I was thinking of ordering a set from alex. Or maybe the 27.5 I'm not sure yet.. thank you.
    I see you figured out the pump part of the question. As far as the tires, I'm not sure how large you could go, I've got Nobby Nic's on there now, at 2.6". The rims are 50mm (I got them from RSD, I think they are still listed on the site). I was running Nicotines at 2.35 over the winter, but I couldn't get them to seat tubeless. Not much of a winter tire, I'll be looking for spiked 4" or larger next season. I really like the 29's, but I haven't ridden 27.5's. I'm not sure how the bike would look with tires that small. The 29's have a very similar feel to the fat tires in a straight line. Cornering is different, and you can't swallow rocks and holes the same way, but the reduced weight is nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJJ70 View Post
    Lol....I had them leave the fork uncut for now..to figure out were I want it.

    The cranks feel fine .I took it out on some single track yesterday and the bike felt real good. ( the only bike I can compare it to is my blizzard -50)

    The saddle is ism touring. I tried dozens of seats and this one I liked the best . (Noseless)
    Hi, JJJ. I'm curious about a few "sizing" items as I feel like I may be between a small and a medium (a touch under 5'8", according to my last doctor's visit -- I'm shrinking apparently!). I'd normally buy medium frames, but I'm concerned that the bike might feel too big, especially if I went really big with the tires. Some of the medium's dimensions are bigger than the same dimensions on my current fatbike; yet the top tube length/reach seem real short on the small. How tall are you, and which frame size did you choose (and do you feel good on the bike, like you made the right choice)? Also, which Mastodon fork did they include with your bike (Comp vs Pro? Extended vs Standard? Travel?)?

    Thanks!

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    Hey Fitman. I am 5'11" . I went with the medium. Thats the size alex told me he rides also. He is 5'10".. I think its the perfect size for me. It feels a little bit bigger than my rocky mountain blizzard 50 and thats a medium also... The mastodon is comp ext.. Alex was great to deal with. He answers emails fast and called me 3 or 4 times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJJ70 View Post
    Hey Fitman. I am 5'11" . I went with the medium. Thats the size alex told me he rides also. He is 5'10".. I think its the perfect size for me. It feels a little bit bigger than my rocky mountain blizzard 50 and thats a medium also... The mastodon is comp ext.. Alex was great to deal with. He answers emails fast and called me 3 or 4 times.
    Thanks for your thoughts, JJJ70. All of the postings are a great help!

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    We need a rsd or mayor Facebook group. I didnt see one. I think I'll have to do some research on how to make one.

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    i have a mayor with a mastodon ext. Would a Barbegazi and Gnarwhal 4.5" tire on 27.5" rim fit on the front and back ?

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    New Fork Day

    I finally got around to purchasing the Mastodon...After its maiden voyage on it at my local trails here in Alberta (hence the bear spray), I am shocked at why I didn't purchase this sooner! An incredible fork that has transformed the Mayor into an awesome trail shredding beast!

    FYI: 120 EXT Pro - no clearance issues with down-tube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dhugal View Post
    I finally got around to purchasing the Mastodon...After its maiden voyage on it at my local trails here in Alberta (hence the bear spray), I am shocked at why I didn't purchase this sooner! An incredible fork that has transformed the Mayor into an awesome trail shredding beast!

    FYI: 120 EXT Pro - no clearance issues with down-tube.
    How would you describe the difference in the ride? Is it easier to make quick turns? Or are you feeling better stability? I was looking at the fork, but I just upgraded my brakes to SLX, and I'm looking at Dillinger 4's for January. My bike fund is running low, not sure what I should upgrade next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianCBRXX View Post
    How would you describe the difference in the ride? Is it easier to make quick turns? Or are you feeling better stability? I was looking at the fork, but I just upgraded my brakes to SLX, and I'm looking at Dillinger 4's for January. My bike fund is running low, not sure what I should upgrade next.
    Hello there BrianCBRXX,

    The ride has improved in a number of ways. Yes, the cornering is significantly better. The fork produces a lot more traction going into berms and the the confidence I now have over roots and rocks at speed is drastically better. One thing to note is that the climbing is a little different (not easier or worse) as the A-C length has heightened the ride a little pushing the weight a little further back than usual (rigid) - that being said the overall experience climbing surpassed any negative feelings pertaining to ride position.

    I rode one of the faster and rootier (lots of roots?) tracks and the speed and control I experienced were amazing compared to the rigid fork I had been riding for 2 years. The plushness of the fork makes drops and launches very smooth and gentle - I cannot recommend this fork enough to you. It really has changed the bike so much it feels like a brand new bike.

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    Is that a dropper post with suspension? Wasnít aware such a beast existed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueNorth71 View Post
    Is that a dropper post with suspension? Wasnít aware such a beast existed.
    oh man...what an idea!! Unfortunately not though - it is the gravity dropper. It has a rubber protective sleeve that does look like suspension. Its the only dropper that i found to work in -30c.

    Note: I would not recommend ever riding in -30c.

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    The new fork is incredible...

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    Sent RSD an inquiry through their site but never got a response.

    Love my new Borealis! ;-)

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    We answer every email fairly quickly. Maybe we never got it. Could you please resend it to me? [email protected]
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    Well winter came early in Alberta, so the mayor has been getting more attention this week. This pic is my ride home in the leaves Monday and the ride back to work in the snow on Tuesday.
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    The new mayor is looking really nice! If that was a flat black I think I would be pre ordering right now to replace my v2. Sliding drop outs, internal dropper routing and revised Geo.

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    What do you think if this color scheme? Too Rococco? Too Drumpf?

    It wasn't intentional. I had the bars and wheels on hand.
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    Mr. Horse, looks great! Might change out pedals to go with the bars/wheels etc. But all in all, a raw frame is rather neutral and goes well with most colors.
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    I like it, the gold looks good with the silver.

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    Thanks guys.

    Yeah, the red peddles don't really match anything on it but they were all I had.

    Most importantly though, the bars and wheels go together nicely with the dog.

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    Does anyone know what the BB hight ends up as when running 2xl tires? The one hesitation I have is the -50mm bb drop with 2xl tires. I'm used to -60mm drop and 4.8 tires.

    The old Mayor wasn't my cup of tea because of the geo, but the new V4 looks vastly improved in most areas.

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    I've just built-up a Mayor V3 with 2XL tires on 100mm rims and the bottom bracket clearance seems to be about 13 1/8" or ~33mm (done with a tape measure, so not perfect).

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    Quote Originally Posted by trials4evr View Post
    The new mayor is looking really nice! If that was a flat black I think I would be pre ordering right now to replace my v2. Sliding drop outs, internal dropper routing and revised Geo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobShort View Post
    Does anyone know what the BB hight ends up as when running 2xl tires? The one hesitation I have is the -50mm bb drop with 2xl tires. I'm used to -60mm drop and 4.8 tires.

    The old Mayor wasn't my cup of tea because of the geo, but the new V4 looks vastly improved in most areas.
    You are over thinking it.
    BB height isn't going to make a big difference when your chugging along on big 2XLs
    I had a chance to ride a custom bike with a much lower bb.....and yes, in a perfect world, it MIGHT be nice sometimes.But if your budget has you looking at the Mayor....

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    Quote Originally Posted by FitmanNJ View Post
    I've just built-up a Mayor V3 with 2XL tires on 100mm rims and the bottom bracket clearance seems to be about 13 1/8" or ~33mm (done with a tape measure, so not perfect).
    pssst...you mean 33 CM.
    33 mm is about 1 1/4 inches.....which is a very low bb

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    I had enough parts laying around to build a Mayor V3 from one of the frames on-sale. I think it came out pretty good. I like the frames and have bought a few more in other colors as spares to built up later. Size Medium.
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    • Bluto w/ Charger Damper upgrade
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    • Stock Diamondback Elso Wheel/Kenda Jauggernaut 4.5 tires
    • Other various OEM parts.
    • Green Jagwire Hydro Lines and cable



    I'll be putting an X-Fusion dropper on soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by the mayor View Post
    pssst...you mean 33 CM.
    33 mm is about 1 1/4 inches.....which is a very low bb
    Yes, of course, 33 cm. The fingers were "in gear," but my brain was temporarily in idle...

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    No posts for a while so I thought I'd put this photo out there:RSD Bikes "The Mayor"-20181120_155038.jpg
    btw it was taken at 3:50PM - short days this time of year.

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    I built up a Mayor to run 5.05s for soft and sloppy snow.
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    I too built up a mayor with 2xl's for those conditions bud and Lou won't do. Set the tires up tubeless with fattie strippers on clown shoes. Tires roll better than the Lou with a tube. These tires are massive and I am looking forward for some real snow.

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    I am considering a V3 aluminunum frame to build up. I have a few concerns about the Mayor...
    -it will be a snow bike for the most part, but I will likely also ride it in the summer. I will ride technical single track most of the time. Will the long chain stays limit the manuverability? My current bike is a 2015 Tallboy ltc and it has longer stays as well.
    -I am 6í4Ē with long legs. The reach is good but stack height is a bit low. That means high seat and lower bars than I would like. Anyone else have similar build/fit.

    Any suggestions on where to get a fork for this? I would like to go with the stock carbon, but itís $350 new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    -I am 6í4Ē with long legs. The reach is good but stack height is a bit low. That means high seat and lower bars than I would like. Anyone else have similar build/fit.

    Any suggestions on where to get a fork for this? I would like to go with the stock carbon, but itís $350 new.
    I'm collecting parts now for my XL Mayor V3 so I cannot comment on ride yet. I am tall as well and have first hand knowledge of the things you have to do to deal with chronically short stack in the upper end of standard frame sizing. As top tubes have lengthened (yay!), stems get a bit shorter to keep your grips in the right spot. Short stems don't add that much to your effective stack (boo). Trigonometry is a biatch. Find the tallest rise stem you can and run lots of spacers. Salsa still has 25deg rise stems at a reasonable price, usually around $40 at your LBS via their QBP account.
    https://salsacycles.com/components/c...ems/guide_stem
    Embrace the riser bar. The less spacer you are willing to run under your stem, the more rise you need. There are lots of choices out there and a few that will even custom build a bar to order in steel and titanium.
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    I feel for you really tall guys.
    I'm a weird fit....just under 6' ( and not getting any taller with age....ugh) but have a 36' inseam.
    All my bikes have 50+mm of spacers, riser stems and bars to get the bars anywhere near level with the seat. Still better than in the 90s....when a 5 to 6" bar drop was "normal"

    Doug....as far as forks...The RSD fork is a solid, stiff fork if you're a big guy. There are carbon forks on Ebay which are fine for me...but I usually weigh 165 ish ( 180 now after not riding for 4 months with injury)

    As far as handling....that depends.....but I like mine. I built it to run VeeXXLs and figured it would only get used for deep snow ( which hasn't happened)...but I have grabbed it plenty of times and had fun. My other bikes are a very light Borealis Echo and a Farley EX8

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    Well, the long legs thing surfaces once again. :/

    37" inseam with a large Mayor. I have 40mm spacer with a 25mm riser bar with upsweep for that trialsy goodness that no flat bar has to offer.
    One thing that just changed is my fork morphed into a Wren 150mm travel. That raised the front end considerably. The original intent was to
    tweak the fork to a 120mm to bring the front end down some but it rides so damn nice and has ground clearance and BB height that is amazing.
    With the stock fork, it was good and I hate riding with my seat in the "roadie" position since it gets in the way too often while I'm Jeepin.
    Frankly, the CS length has not been something I have even noticed on this bike due to seat tube angle. It is very laid back which overcomes much
    to do with CS length. Having to slouch over like a road bike is very difficult for me due to scoliosis and therefore I ride more upright. Frankly, my
    Mayor does excellent manuals with the OEM fork and it's plain euphoric!


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    One more bit on handling.
    The large V3 felt on the big side for me and I swapped for a medium.
    Again...the original purpose was a deep snow bike.
    So the med had the same 150 head tube...a little shorter reach and lower standover ( both of which are important to me in deep snow)
    Maybe some or all of that makes it fun to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the mayor View Post
    One more bit on handling.
    The large V3 felt on the big side for me and I swapped for a medium.
    Again...the original purpose was a deep snow bike.
    So the med had the same 150 head tube...a little shorter reach and lower standover ( both of which are important to me in deep snow)
    Maybe some or all of that makes it fun to ride.
    Those features do make it highly utilitarian as well as fun as it gets.

    With arms long enough to pass the hooter across the room without leaving the recliner and a 37" inseam I am quite comfortable with the large. Coulda gone medium for a rowdy ass fat tho'.
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    I have not even finished building mine and I'm looking ahead to summer months and alternate wheel/tire sizes. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge about fitting 27.5x3.8 through 4.5 tires on any width rims? What about 29.3.0?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroGrouchNJ View Post
    I have not even finished building mine and I'm looking ahead to summer months and alternate wheel/tire sizes. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge about fitting 27.5x3.8 through 4.5 tires on any width rims? What about 29.3.0?
    29+ and 3.8 fit. Most 4.5 will fit....I have not tried a 4.5 CakeEater

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroGrouchNJ View Post
    I have not even finished building mine and I'm looking ahead to summer months and alternate wheel/tire sizes. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge about fitting 27.5x3.8 through 4.5 tires on any width rims? What about 29.3.0?

    Snow shoe 2xl fits on clown shoes and that is as big as things get in width and diameter.

    27.5 x 4 vanhelga's on 80s fit with huge clearance. They are about 1" less in diameter compares to the 2xl setup.

    I would say don't worry. This is on a v3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroGrouchNJ View Post
    I have not even finished building mine and I'm looking ahead to summer months and alternate wheel/tire sizes. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge about fitting 27.5x3.8 through 4.5 tires on any width rims? What about 29.3.0?
    Hey there...I am still in the middle of my green V3 build. I have 27.5x80 Mulefuts on there at the moment, but I haven't gotten around to mounting the Minion 3.8 tires. I've been told they'll fit with no problem. It looks like there is plenty of clearance. I have a Mastodon Ext 100mm on the front.

    I just set up my GX 1x11 drivetrain last weekend. At this point, I need to mount up the brakes and set the tires tubeless and it'll be ready to roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroGrouchNJ View Post
    I have not even finished building mine and I'm looking ahead to summer months and alternate wheel/tire sizes. Does anyone have any first hand knowledge about fitting 27.5x3.8 through 4.5 tires on any width rims? What about 29.3.0?
    I picked up my 29+ conversion from Alex through RSD, I think he still has a few available. I've mounted 29 x 2.35 Nicotine's on them for ice riding (not bad, but I'll switch to Dillingers once I can afford them). In the summer I run Nobby Nic's (29 x 2.6). Here's a shot of the Nicotine's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianCBRXX View Post
    I picked up my 29+ conversion from Alex through RSD, I think he still has a few available. I've mounted 29 x 2.35 Nicotine's on them for ice riding (not bad, but I'll switch to Dillingers once I can afford them). In the summer I run Nobby Nic's (29 x 2.6). Here's a shot of the Nicotine's.
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    I have a brand new raw frame in XL for sale. I was gonna build it for this winter but went in another direction. Comes with everything that came with the frame - headset, rear axle, seat clamp and derailleur hanger. Asking $300 shipped. I also have a 197mm Hope Fatsno rear hub if you need that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffw-13 View Post
    I have a brand new raw frame in XL for sale. I was gonna build it for this winter but went in another direction. Comes with everything that came with the frame - headset, rear axle, seat clamp and derailleur hanger. Asking $300 shipped. I also have a 197mm Hope Fatsno rear hub if you need that.

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    Hello Mayor owners. Im going to order the V3 version soon, just trying to line up the parts,
    Can someone chime in on the crankset specs. Probably going to be Raceface. So 190mm spindle. will i need spacers ? I have SRAM fatbike 170, but i guess will not work
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler View Post
    Hello Mayor owners. Im going to order the V3 version soon, just trying to line up the parts,
    Can someone chime in on the crankset specs. Probably going to be Raceface. So 190mm spindle. will i need spacers ? I have SRAM fatbike 170, but i guess will not work
    Yes 190mm spindle and yes to the spacers and no to the SRAM 170mm.

    Care to share ... what color are you getting? Just curious.


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    Hey guys, a little help here please ... wth are you all doing for posting pics please???

    It's been a while since I've been on here and things have changed. I've got pics I want to share but can't. Booooo!

    A little help for the tall, skinny Canadian please?


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    hey andrew, thanks for the reply. I will ask Alex tomorrow. As with color dont know yet, the weird thing is that some color has a different length headtube. Alex mentioned that the length depended on manufactured times. but im kinda digging the raw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler View Post
    Hello Mayor owners. Im going to order the V3 version soon, just trying to line up the parts,
    Can someone chime in on the crankset specs. Probably going to be Raceface. So 190mm spindle. will i need spacers ? I have SRAM fatbike 170, but i guess will not work
    170 is a no go. With the Raceface Turbine, the spacers are included. 190 is the correct part. BB is typically sold separately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler View Post
    hey andrew, thanks for the reply. I will ask Alex tomorrow. As with color dont know yet, the weird thing is that some color has a different length headtube. Alex mentioned that the length depended on manufactured times. but im kinda digging the raw.
    Yeah that's right. The early production frames had the longer headtubes. Imho and imae (because I've got both versions) I'd say don't let 10mm sway your color preference.
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    One more question before I order it.. Frame size : I'm 5.6 (172.72cm) height with 30" inseam. Im thinking a small frame, I ride my buddy's Felt DD in a small and feel at home with it. My Top Fuel 29-er is a 17.5M. U guys think or suggest a medium would be the better choice? I printed the geo and I have been staring at it.
    BTW I emailed Alex about cranks for sale and he has none, so I am scrambling looking for a race face 190mm.
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    I'm 6' ( with long legs)and ride a medium ( Usually ride large in most bikes)
    Their bikes run big...the large felt too big
    I went with the medium to get a little more stand over and sit a little more up right in deep snow.

    5'6" puts you squarely in the small frame

    As far as cranks....Tubines and Aeffects are out there
    A quick Google found them at Universal, Ebay and other places
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirt diggler View Post
    One more question before I order it.. Frame size : I'm 5.6 (172.72cm) height with 30" inseam. Im thinking a small frame, I ride my buddy's Felt DD in a small and feel at home with it. My Top Fuel 29-er is a 17.5M. U guys think or suggest a medium would be the better choice? I printed the geo and I have been staring at it.
    BTW I emailed Alex about cranks for sale and he has none, so I am scrambling looking for a race face 190mm.
    Thanks again.
    A few things to think about, you are going to ride 98% of the time on flat and uphill, that's just how it all works out time-wise, you want to be comfortable here. You do not want to be cramped. Furthermore, modern frames have significant dropped top-tubes (especially these snow-bikes) and do not have ridiculously long head-tubes. Larger sizes back in the 1990s did and they were ultra-goofy to maneuver in singletrack when you were in between sizes and "upsized". With the availability of shorter stems, handlebar widths and corrections to these geometry issues, I firmly believe the opposite is true these days, you upsize if in between, because you don't take nearly the hit that you used to maneuverability-wise and you spend most of the time on the bike not wanting to be cramped by the geometry. Lots of shops and "old mentality" still exist out there that you should "always downsize", but I've always ended up cramped and unhappy when I did.

    A secondary consideration is frame-bag size, it's nice to have a decent sized frame-bag on a fat-bike and as much space in there as possible is nice, not at the expensive of your geometry and comfort obviously, but when looking at frame construction, there were some pretty terrible ones like the old on-one, where a large frame couldn't fit anything bigger than a medium frame bag.

    I ran a few frames too small back in the day, broke one by running too much exposed seatpost. Even though I had a crazy amount of overlap due to using a 410mm one, a longer lever is simply a longer lever and that min insert only kept the seatpost from breaking. The amount of exposed seatpost is usually a pretty good quick reference as to whether you are running a frame too small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the mayor View Post
    I'm 6' ( with long legs)and ride a medium ( Usually ride large in most bikes)
    Their bikes run big...the large felt too big
    I went with the medium to get a little more stand over and sit a little more up right in deep snow.

    5'6" puts you squarely in the small frame

    As far as cranks....Tubines and Aeffects are out there
    A quick Google found them at Universal, Ebay and other places
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    A few things to think about, you are going to ride 98% of the time on flat and uphill, that's just how it all works out time-wise, you want to be comfortable here. You do not want to be cramped. Furthermore, modern frames have significant dropped top-tubes (especially these snow-bikes) and do not have ridiculously long head-tubes. Larger sizes back in the 1990s did and they were ultra-goofy to maneuver in singletrack when you were in between sizes and "upsized". With the availability of shorter stems, handlebar widths and corrections to these geometry issues, I firmly believe the opposite is true these days, you upsize if in between, because you don't take nearly the hit that you used to maneuverability-wise and you spend most of the time on the bike not wanting to be cramped by the geometry. Lots of shops and "old mentality" still exist out there that you should "always downsize", but I've always ended up cramped and unhappy when I did.

    A secondary consideration is frame-bag size, it's nice to have a decent sized frame-bag on a fat-bike and as much space in there as possible is nice, not at the expensive of your geometry and comfort obviously, but when looking at frame construction, there were some pretty terrible ones like the old on-one, where a large frame couldn't fit anything bigger than a medium frame bag.

    I ran a few frames too small back in the day, broke one by running too much exposed seatpost. Even though I had a crazy amount of overlap due to using a 410mm one, a longer lever is simply a longer lever and that min insert only kept the seatpost from breaking. The amount of exposed seatpost is usually a pretty good quick reference as to whether you are running a frame too small.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Horse View Post
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    MAybe for the newer version. My first edition mayor doesn't do well in snow at all. There's no comparison to the ICT. I have a medium mayor and a small ICT. The mayor bogs down where the ICT floats. Granted the wheels are a little bigger on the ICT but I blame it on the riding position. I'm a little more stretched out on the ICT and sit more upright on the Mayor. This weight distribution changes everything.
    I'm not saying I don't like the Mayor either. Just not for breaking trail.

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    Hi All, I have a question about the mayor v3 ti or the v4 alloy: Iím looking to replace my Norco Ithaqua with a bike with a more modern geo and the mayor (probable v3 ti) is in my short list. I donít want to ryde 5in tires and one thing that I like about my bike is the ability to ryde 170mm crank spindle with a 4.6 tire on 80mm rims. Is this possible with this bike or the crank arms wonít clear the chainstay?

    Sorry for the long post
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikemax99 View Post
    Hi All, I have a question about the mayor v3 ti or the v4 alloy: Iím looking to replace my Norco Ithaqua with a bike with a more modern geo and the mayor (probable v3 ti) is in my short list. I donít want to ryde 5in tires and one thing that I like about my bike is the ability to ryde 170mm crank spindle with a 4.6 tire on 80mm rims. Is this possible with this bike or the crank arms wonít clear the chainstay?

    Sorry for the long post
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    You will be stuck using the race face 197mm spindle cranks. They are the ones that have the 10mm spacers on both sides for a "width" of 120mm in the bb area. Not sure if the sram wide cranks will clear or not. The rear triangle is HUGE! Hope this helps.

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    Hi All, I have a question about the mayor v3 ti or the v4 alloy: Iím looking to replace my Norco Ithaqua with a bike with a more modern geo and the mayor (probable v3 ti) is in my short list. I donít want to ryde 5in tires and one thing that I like about my bike is the ability to ryde 170mm crank spindle with a 4.6 tire on 80mm rims. Is this possible with this bike or the crank arms wonít clear the chainstay?

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    Finally got around to getting it built, minus a few future plans.

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    Pics of my Mayor V3 build. Still working on my chainline.
    Drivetrain is Shimano XT 10speed w/RF Turbine cranks and Praxis BB.
    Wheels and fork were scavenged from Felt DD
    Avocet saddle with Wren carbon Seatpost. Raceface 35 hbars and Control tech stem. Panaracer tires.
    Future is to use FattyStripper tubeless kit for these wheels and tires.

    Thanks for all the help.
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    Here is my V3 build I finished a few weeks back. Iíve since added purple grips. Sz M frame, Mastodon fork, Level Hydraulics, 1x11 GX, Mulefut 27.5 with tubeless 27.5x3.8 Minions.

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    Anyone mount a front derailleur on their Mayor V3 for 2x or 3x cranks? If so, what sort of adapter or witchcraft is required? I see some Surly fat bike mounts out there (Problem Solvers?).

    Why? Well, I could swap over the 2x10 SRAM drivetrain from my 26" full suspension rig the the Mayor and the 1x11 from the Mayor to the to the FS. Both bikes have Aeffect Cinch cranks making it easy to swap between the DM chainring and the 2x spider.

    Then, I could install an LD stem and dirt drops on the Mayor with SRAM 2x10 brifters. Combine that with the 29x3 summer tires and I have a fun gravel and light singletrack bikepacking setup


    EDIT: https://problemsolversbike.com/produ..._mount_-_25344
    I see 3 adapters for 100mm bottom brackets.

    Pgge down to GX/X5 high direct mount and I see a mount offset of 43.5mm for fatbikes.
    https://www.sram.com/sites/default/f...ts_rev_d_1.pdf

    If a 52mm BOOST chainline requires a direct mount offset of 29mm (page 34), then that gives me an offset of 23mm (52-29=23). The same 23mm added to the 43.5mm gives me a 66.5mm chainline for a fatbike.

    From the Race Face Q factor and chainline guide:
    https://www.raceface.com/media/Crank...chainlines.pdf

    A crankset for a 190/197 frame has a nominal chainline of 76.5. 76.5-23=53.5. The FS1325 adapter (for Surly Moonlanders) has an offset of 55mm. Close enough?

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    You can see my Mayor at the base of this...mushroom.

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    Also, found this crack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    You can see my Mayor at the base of this...mushroom.

    Also, found this crack.
    Mushrooms and crack? Staying true to The Mayor's namesake, I see. ;-)

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    Build thoughts:

    I built this up to be an ultra-cold weather touring machine, although there are still a few things I have planned with that in mind.

    I went for cable brakes because of being...well, more immune to cold. I use my hydros down to about -20F, but going colder than that I can see the need for cables, yet a quick ride through a creek on Saturday when it was in the single digits rendered my brakes frozen. I was able to thaw them, but I don't recall hydros freezing up so easily (less moving parts) due to overflow/splashing. The cables will still probably be fine, but the added lever pressure required for return-springs is also not exactly welcome, also the lack of a carbon fiber lever to not suck heat out (fixed for now with cut-off glove fingers zip-tied). The levers I'm using were cheap ones to get me rolling, I have my eye on some Box components carbon ones eventually. Unless you are really going to go into some crazy cold weather, like the colder than -20F, I would pass on cable disc brakes.

    The gripshifter on the other hand seems fantastic, getting used to that took no time and switching back to my triggers tonight on a different bike was a little more problematic. The gripshift is nice to help with dumping gears fast to just the right point and you seem to be able to predict easier where to be at gear-wise with your body movements, like going faster you kind of stand up a bit, pedal hard, and naturally rotate your body (and the shifter) forward, vs. when the bike heads uphill and the front wheel lifts up, you kind of use this to unload and shift a bunch of gears fast, the movement seems very natural. I've used GS plenty before, but even small things like pushing a trigger shifter can suck out a bit more heat out of the fingers and I definitely like the GS. The force required to change gears definitely seems less, which is a plus.

    Salsa Rustler carbon bar. Seems ok, no big complaints, nice big flat area for clamping stuff, like the anything rack or lights/go-pro/gps.

    XO1 derailleur is a steller performer for me, this is my 4th one (4 bikes) and it just shifts great. No thought put into that.

    My frankenstein xx1 cranks with raceface spindle are great too and $130 cheaper than buying the SRAM "fatbike" xx1 cranks...The Next SL cranks look cooler, I will give them that, but having spindle inserts crack and fail on cranks used only on snow is not acceptable, so I'm done with them. Installed with an E-13 BB. Didn't have the tool to install, so I used a strap-wrench I changed out the grease in the BB to low-temp grease.

    Luckily where I'm at with my recovery, the doc said I could go back to two clipless pedals finally. I am a fan of the wolfgars with clipless, but it's damn expensive to get to the point where you can use clipless in the winter. I'm going to keep the Time pedals on this one for the most part, use flats for a few events possibly. The times have a large plastic portion/body, so again, less heat-sink effect from the shoe-cleat.

    Seatpost/saddle is a work in progress. I got a suspension seatpost to help with recovering from ankle surgery and allow me to ride a bit more aggressive trails without taking impacts to my foot, but I can't seem to get the saddle position right, so I keep moving it all over, but before I was able to stand a lot and because of the recovery, I'm forcing myself to sit almost all the time and only occasionally "stand" on my good ankle, so that may have a lot to do with it, I just don't remember this much discomfort in long races on the same saddle. I have a different setup to use on the bike when I'm back to 100%, so this is possibly trivial. The suspension seatpost works, but like any of the kind, it's limited in the range of what it'll attenuate and not simply postpone or even amplify. I think it's one of the defining things getting me back on singletrack right now, but don't foresee keeping it on the bike.

    Revelate XL frame bag fit my L Mayor just fine, so that's nice. Not too much of a fan of this bag though, I thought I was buying the same one I had before, with the two compartments on top of each-other, which makes carrying bottles in the top compartment great, but without the "shelf", the new bag doesn't separate stuff very well. It's not that big of a deal because I can take the other bag I have off my other frame and simply switch them and for what I plan to do on the Mayor, I don't really need quick bottle-access, so this is not a huge quirk for me, but a bit disappointing that Revelate seems to have changed the design.

    The Johnny 5 tires on 90mm rims are brilliant. Our trails are getting pretty rutted out now due to warm day temps and people that keep riding in the middle of the trail (why oh why people!??), but the J5s really put the control back in my own hands, I can go where I want to go, ride out of the rut easier, go left, go right, and not have the bike bouncing back and forth. I suspected this was the case a few weeks ago when I was riding it on the "side" of the ruts, on the off-camber section with ease, but I wasn't able to confirm that until I went out tonight on my old bike with the D5 tires. I was all over the place tonight and not nearly as in control as I was with J5. In these conditions, the more aggressive tires make a big difference.

    The fork is a cheap chinese unit, I may get something locally with the rack-mounts eventually, one annoyance is that the fork didn't come with any cable-guide mounts and no one seems to know what kind of guides would go inside the two little holes that are present. Minor annoyance that I'll figure out, but I'm thinking of switching this fork over to the other bike anyway.

    Tried to install a Salsa fat-bike rack a few days ago. Nope, won't fit, the big J5 rubs on it. Bought the Tubus fatbike rack...perfect. Seems like a match made in heaven. The arms "bend" in a little to the seatstay holes, but not much and it comes out "level".


    There are several other things I'll do to prepare it for a multi-night epic, but overall it seems well suited so far. Handling is good and with the tires above I'm definitely happy. I feel nice and stretched out (not cramped) at 5'11" and apart from trying to get my sit-bones figured out on this saddle, the bike fits and handles well.

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    I built up an RSD Mayor V3...

    I got an RSD Mayor V3 frame. I like it!

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    Big RSD Mayor fan here, currently own two RSD Mayor Ebikes, a V4 and V3. Checking out the site today I noticed the killer deals on V3 frames. Got me thinking about doing a V3 Commuter bike. Iím thinking V3 frame in black, black carbon fork, and the 27.5 wheels with Schwalbe 27.5X2.8 Super Moto X tires. Only concern is the bike will look funny with the 3.0 inch wide tires. Anyone running 27.5 X 3.0 tire on their Mayor?
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    I have 27.5 x 3.8 maxxis fbf on 80s installed right now for 3 season use and they look funny... This is coming from 2xl's for winter use. A 3" tire will look goofy.
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    The main issue JVG1967 will have with 27.5x3.0 is reduced ground clearance for his electric motor ... :P

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    Agreed, might want to look at some 29 x 3.0s instead.
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    Yeah, the price on the V3 frame is killer, $279.00 shipped. Thatís what got me thinking. I was thinking of making an urban cruiser out of it, no motor. Could still do it but would have to run fatter tires.
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    For the price, shipped to my parents house for free, the frame was definitely much better than I was expecting, significantly better than the bikes-direct/internet-bike frames with nice details and good construction.
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    Couldnít resist, black XL V3 frame ordered, $279.00 shipped to my door. Now how to build it up?
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    Looking at the frame option as well.

    Just curious if anyone has build a 29+ with this frame.

    I would like to get some feedback on the bike with this setup. Also, in 29+ would this frame take a Pike 120mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manteufel View Post
    Looking at the frame option as well.

    Just curious if anyone has build a 29+ with this frame.

    I would like to get some feedback on the bike with this setup. Also, in 29+ would this frame take a Pike 120mm?
    Of course a Pike will fit....why wouldn't it?
    As for the 29+ set up.....it works.( how well depends on what type of riding you plan on doing)
    If you are looking for a fatbike that can also run 29+....most fatbikes can do that.
    If you're looking for a dedicated 29+ bike.....there are better frames out there ( which may cost more)

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    I am debating buying this frame or a stache for a 29+. Would use it for XC, and trail, no enduro. I want something capable even during spring/autum when conditions are not the best.

    Why am I considering this frame, because of the low price right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manteufel View Post
    I am debating buying this frame or a stache for a 29+. Would use it for XC, and trail, no enduro. I want something capable even during spring/autum when conditions are not the best.

    Why am I considering this frame, because of the low price right now.
    There's no comparison with this frame and a Stache for 29+
    Buy the Stache......super fun bike for what you are describing as your use.
    The Mayor is a very nice fatbike frame that can fit 5" tires at a great price.
    The Stache is a fun 29+ that is also a great price.

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    Cannot compare the price of the frames...
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    Quote Originally Posted by the mayor View Post
    There's no comparison with this frame and a Stache for 29+
    Buy the Stache......super fun bike for what you are describing as your use.
    The Mayor is a very nice fatbike frame that can fit 5" tires at a great price.
    The Stache is a fun 29+ that is also a great price.
    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by manteufel View Post
    Thank you!
    I was able to find a new 2018 Stache 7 for under $2000.
    Even with the cheap price of the Mayor frame....you would be hard pressed to build it up for that price ( with the same spec parts )

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    First ride with the new Mayor. So far, so good.




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    Local trails are finally drying up so I took the new Mayor out for itís first trail ride.

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    Any idea what the derailleur hanger is for a V3 Mayor? My best guess is a 256 if the rear axle is a typical SRAM M12-1.75 thread.

    https://wheelsmfg.com/derailleur-han...anger-256.html
    https://www.rsdbikes.com/product/v3-...illeur-hanger/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroGrouchNJ View Post
    Any idea what the derailleur hanger is for a V3 Mayor? My best guess is a 256 if the rear axle is a typical SRAM M12-1.75 thread.

    https://wheelsmfg.com/derailleur-han...anger-256.html
    https://www.rsdbikes.com/product/v3-...illeur-hanger/
    Why not order it from RSD get the right one and save 5 bucks?
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    The Mayor hanger is M12x1.5, not 1.75
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    Ah, thanks. It's good to know so you can get the right one in a pinch.

    It is probably a 343.

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    Why are bikes never ending projects?

    Race Face AR40 rims, SP PD8X150 dynamo front hub, and Hope Pro4 Fatsno rear are here. The hardest decision? Tires (edit: 29+)

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    You could run a Vee Bulldozer up front and either a Bontrager XR2 or a WTB Ranger on the rear. My son and a few of my friends run these combos. Everyone loves the Bulldozer as a front tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    You could run a Vee Bulldozer up front and either a Bontrager XR2 or a WTB Ranger on the rear. My son and a few of my friends run these combos. Everyone loves the Bulldozer as a front tire.
    Or Bontrager XR4 front and XR2 rear combo. It rolls fast and has great front tire grip.
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    I'm not impressed with the Hope bearings. I took the shiny new hub out of the box and gave the axle a spin. The bearings have a distinct gritty feeling that eventually went away (mostly) after a couple minutes.

    At least the freehub body appears to be steel (stainless?), as ordered. Aluminum freehubs and I have long standing issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RetroGrouchNJ View Post
    I'm not impressed with the Hope bearings. I took the shiny new hub out of the box and gave the axle a spin. The bearings have a distinct gritty feeling that eventually went away (mostly) after a couple minutes.

    At least the freehub body appears to be steel (stainless?), as ordered. Aluminum freehubs and I have long standing issues.
    The factory bearings are easily replaced. Fortunately, I have been able to avoid it on some pro II's that are still going smoothly.
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    My fat bike is my trail rig, my commuter, and my bikepack rig -rain or shine... though I do swap in 29x3 wheels for much of it!RSD Bikes "The Mayor"-69208311_488505651710347_7406924311748935680_o.jpg

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    New Fork Day... 110mm Travel Wren inverted forks. With sag prolly identical angles as compared to the ICT fork I swapped from. If I had a dual suspension rig I may have considered the 160mm travel version and would likely still stop it down with internal spacers because I don't want dive when rolling transitions off boulders. I set up the lower of the twin chambers with more volume for good initial and small bump response but a progressive rate as the travel increases. Maybe 70-75 psi to get 20% sag under my 230lbs fat ass, 70 pumps into the lower chamber and 55 pumps into the upper chamber. I may play with those numbers after a few rides and dialing the rebound and compression dampers.


    The 29er wheel and ICT fork tipped the scales at 29lbs and change, (without the frame bag). I just got a reading of 32.5lbs, (but I was too lazy to remove the frame bag -along with the otto lock and shock pump inside it)! I'll weigh it again in the morning without that stuff on it.


    The fat wheels are lighter than the 29er wheels, but the mass has more to do with the rubber! These are Bontrager XR2 tubeless. The fat wheels are either Nates or studded Snowshoe 2XL's (both running tubes because I switch between them and run them low enough the bead may burp -and I hate combing sealant out of my beard)!

    Quick note regarding the rear caliper: Calipers which receive a banjo bolt type hose connection are a far better choice than the straight hose directly into the caliper for mounting to a Mayor V3. Instead of a huge "S" curve within the stay that can get snagged, the banjo bolt allows redirecting the hose right up under the seat stay for much better and more attractive routing. (for reference see the orange housing in the previous post vs the current setup in this post.)



    • WTB rocket saddle
    • Shimano XT pedals
    • Origin8 Strongbow handlebar
    • Generic seatpost (need to repair dropper)
    • Thomson 50mm Stem
    • Ergon grips and TOGS
    • Sram GX 10-50T cassette, shifter, derailleur, and chain
    • Raceface 1x Affect cinch cranks w/30T 12% Oval ring
    • Blackspire bb mount bash guard
    • XT BL-M8020 4 piston disc brakes & TRP 180/160mm rotors
    • 29er WTB frequency rims (pretty narrow so the rocks can't touch 'em)
    • Front wheel novatec hub
    • Rear wheel rebuilt with DT Swiss 350 hub and 54T ring gear & xd driver
    • Bontrager XR2 tubeless tires Orange sealant
    • (Fat wheels DT Swiss BR2250's with tubes, Surly Nates or Vee Rubber Snowshoe w/gripstuds)
    • Robert Axle Project BOB Trailer Thru Axle
    • Bontrager ion pro lights (rear and helmet light) and flare cube light on bars.
    • Prototype DutchWare​ frame pack


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    Hey, I am considering adding a Wren suspension fork to my 2016, V2, Mayor. Small frame size. Any know issues with this setup such as frame clearance? How about cold weather performance of the Wren? Read this could be a problem.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyingjib View Post
    Hey, I am considering adding a Wren suspension fork to my 2016, V2, Mayor. Small frame size. Any know issues with this setup such as frame clearance? How about cold weather performance of the Wren? Read this could be a problem.
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    I can't report on the cold weather performance just yet...

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    DIY Bikepacking Handlebar Cradle and Seatstay Cage For my Mayor V3:

    The handlebar cradle is based on the Salsa anything cradle. It is the most elegant stabilized harness available in my opinion. However, I use an Origin8 Strongbow handlebar. Not only does it allow me additional hand positions, but by hanging the cradle from the forward portion of the handlebar, I save the weight of the extension hardware and because the forward position of the handlebar is welded on, there is no added weight of hardware such as with aero-bars or baryak setups and no risk of leverage rotating the system. I used off the shelf hardware, avid mmx bar clamps, and action camera mounts much of which I found on Amazon! I have yet to cut reliefs into the aluminum cradle, and it's 50g lighter than the Salsa setup at a fraction of the cost! Oh, it's rock solid!

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07D8LZ73X/

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F5VYBV8/

    https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Adap...ible-SessiÖ/Ö/

    https://blueskycycling.com/Ö/sram-av...aker-x-mmx-brÖ

    https://www.ebay.com/Ö/Aluminum-Shee...Ö/401713833091
    (I got a 1'x2' 1/16" sheet of aluminum diamond plate at the local hardware store -premium price of $24, and I think I'll be making matching "anything cages" or strap mounts at some point with the remaining material)

    https://www.amazon.com/Voile-Straps-.../Ö/B0755K592N/

    I twisted aluminum rod, then hammered it flat at the ends and in the center, then bolted the Seatstay cradle to the dropouts and seatstay bridge. It's merely a stabilizer, the seatstay does the work. It weighs less than one Blackburn Outpost cage. I had seen something similar on line, but could not find where to purchase it and would be surprised if there were a fatbike version nonetheless. I like to keep a kelly kettle (Petromax FK-1) for sustainability and the suspension fork upgrade prevented mounting anything up front. I'm lucky it affords me just enough heel clearance!



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    Quote Originally Posted by KB1JKI View Post
    I can't report on the cold weather performance just yet...
    Any clearance issues with the frame?

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    I saw someone had an issue with a v2 frame. Seems one of the fork caps was close. I'm using a cane creek headset and the steer tube is tapered as is the head tube of the frame and it seems the clearance is just fine.

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    I did a little upgrade to my good old Mayor. I switched the tire to Vee Snowshoe 2XL instead of the Maxxis Minnion FBR & FBF. What a HUGE difference in size. The maxxis tires looks like midgets compared to the 2XL. I'm happy I kept the Mulefut 80 on the bike because the rear tire barely clear the stays. If I inflate the tire over 12 psi it rubs a bit on the chainstay.

    A little bit of statistics and pictures below.

    Minnion FBF on Mulefut 80 and tube at 5 psi: 4.3"
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    Minnion FBR on Mulefut 80 tubeless at 6.5 psi: 4.5"
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    Compare of FBR vs FBF. You can see the FBR is a bit taller also.
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    Snowshoe 2XL on Mulefut 80 tubeless at 15 psi: 4.9"
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    Snowshoe 2XL on Mulefut 80 tubeless at 5 psi: 4.8"
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    Now the 2XL vs the FBR.
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    And finaly the Mayor with its new shoes and the tire clearance at the back.
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    Damn, Ralph!

    I have a pair of 5.05's that only go out in the powder day scene. If only Vee Flubber could make a pair of "Liteskin" 5.05's for my bean pole ass! The weight and super stiff DH rated casings make em perform on par with Bud/Lou for my light weight.
    I must say, with the dead weight aside, their appearance is amazingly fatness at its best!
    Get fAt, Stay fAt, Ride fAt
    Doctor recommended...

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    Here our winters are dry with lots of powder and we never get less than 3 feet of snow. So I went for max float and traction. It was between these and the Terrene Johnny 5 but that picture from mikesee convinced me the 2XL would be better for my type of riding and snow conditions.



    The J5 is on the left and the 2XL on the right.

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