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    A four year saga to build a frame

    Hello builders, saying it's been a while would be an understatement! I bought a gruppo and tubing for my 50th birthday, but alas it wasn't enough to make me happy so I started a new career at pretty much the same time. The career is going great so I got a chance to finally finish frame # 2. 19 lbs, 3 oz with pedals, 60 cm, Force 22 gruppo. https://drewathome.com/making-a-hand...bicycle-frame/

    Here's a picture of #1, which I made in 2010 A four year saga to build a frame-drew-bikes-26er.jpg

    And here's #2 from a month agoA four year saga to build a frame-november-24th-ride.jpg

    Drew

    p.s. actually it's not finished. I wanted to ride so bad I didn't bother with bottle braze-ons, because I thought crap weather would show up. I've been riding it of course, with a zip tied cage.....
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    Good on yah. Better late than never. They are all special when you make it yourself.

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    If I don't make an attempt, how will I know if it will work?

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    Nice work. How does it ride?
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Thanks so much Eric. It was nice to have the second one turn out straight.

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    It rides great, not harsh at all. I was worried that it was going to be a noodle but it isn't. I'm only 175 right now so that helps. My shoes clear the chainstays by maybe a 1/2 inch, but the BB area seems plenty stiff. I've been on the pedals standing at full power and all is well. The geo is a copy of current race bikes so I was very worried it was going to be twitchy due to the extra flex steel gives compared to carbon. It does turn instantaneously, but not in a scary way.

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    I'm curious what tubing did you use for the main triangle? (assuming 4130 for the stays?)
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    The entire frame except for the ST and SS is OX platinum. The ST and SS are Verus HT.
    It's just over 4 lbs unpainted. The entire bike is 19 lbs 3 oz. Bars, stem and post are alloy.

    Dru
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