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    First ride on my Dos Niner!

    I've been working on getting $ for parts together (thanks ebay!) for about 6 months. Last sunday I finally got my 29er on the trail. The ride was too awesome for words. I'm a big 6'5" monkey and I've never known that a bike could be so... right. Is this how normal mtn bikes feel to all the vertically challenged folks out there? So comfy, so fast. I'm selling my Rock Lobster so I can get myself a one9 frame asap. Singlespeeding on a 29er is going to be better than sex.

    I did get some scratches from mud and whatnot binding between the rear tire and frame. Anybody out there had any major problems stemming from the tight rear tire clearance (a gouge leading to a crack)? I'm thinking cyclocross tires might be a good idea if major mud is unavoidable.

    -loren
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    thanks for the Dos report.

    the streamers asre a nice touch. very festive!

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    if you ride in mud, be sure to protect the shock because the seals gonna have a hard time
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    uuuggghhhh.....i want one

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    ... and if we just ... Dos Niner Feedback!

    Quote Originally Posted by evilbike
    I've been working on getting $ for parts together (thanks ebay!) for about 6 months. Last sunday I finally got my 29er on the trail. The ride was too awesome for words. I'm a big 6'5" monkey and I've never known that a bike could be so... right. Is this how normal mtn bikes feel to all the vertically challenged folks out there? So comfy, so fast. I'm selling my Rock Lobster so I can get myself a one9 frame asap. Singlespeeding on a 29er is going to be better than sex.

    I did get some scratches from mud and whatnot binding between the rear tire and frame. Anybody out there had any major problems stemming from the tight rear tire clearance (a gouge leading to a crack)? I'm thinking cyclocross tires might be a good idea if major mud is unavoidable.

    -loren
    Hi Evilbike,
    Don't worry about chain/seatstay clearance. I raced a Dos niner in the 12 Hours of Cumberland last weekend; the course was very, very technical, with slick roots and mud. Thankfully there were a couple of short fire road sections to grab a quick drink and suck back a cliff shot, try to recover and get refocused (it rained all last week and for the first three hours of the event). I rode the Schwalbe Little Alberts and overall the traction was excellent, the tires cut through the mud well and climbing traction was perfect and the lateral edge hold on these tires is amazing! A number of competitors had multiple flats and mechanicals (I had to stop on lap six to clear mud out of the front and rear derailleur, rear cassette and re-set my disk brakes!) but I had zero problems with punctures or clearance. It was a very punishing course, but I still managed to take third place! There were fifteen solo riders and a number of four man and two man teams. Ride you bike and pay no attention to the rumors. they are only that



    That’s all for now…. my training is going well and I will try to get in two more twelve hour events in before Trans-Rockies.

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    More dos niner reports and updates, please.
    does it really weigh 3.5 lbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rensho
    More dos niner reports and updates, please.
    does it really weigh 3.5 lbs?
    Nope, 4.1 pounds with the shock. no pictures yet but I have about 200 miles on mine and it is amazing. KM fork, SS and XT discs make it about 23 pounds. Simply put, it rides like a $2500 Ti hardtail for 1/3 of the cost.

    -tom
    wow, this hurts more than it used to.

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    Tom, what seatpost do you use? Would it still be worth the $$$ to use a Moots or similar ti seatpost for added comfort, or does the damper already off too much to leave anything for the Moots to make itself useful?

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    Hey Evil,

    Would you mind posting a parts breakdown on your sweet new build?

    Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloxxki
    Tom, what seatpost do you use? Would it still be worth the $$$ to use a Moots or similar ti seatpost for added comfort, or does the damper already off too much to leave anything for the Moots to make itself useful?
    I use an old original Syncros. I don't think an expensive Ti post would do much as the frame is WONDERFULLY lively and soft. It just feels like an old school Ti frame, not an FS bike.

    -tom
    wow, this hurts more than it used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyKnocker
    I use an old original Syncros. I don't think an expensive Ti post would do much as the frame is WONDERFULLY lively and soft. It just feels like an old school Ti frame, not an FS bike.

    -tom
    Lively is a good way to decribe it. It feels like a spring without being harsh. It's very agile, animated, brisk, energetic, frisky, gay, jaunty, jazzy, peppy, perky, pert, racy, snappy, spanking, sparky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vital, vivacious, zippy.

    Too much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    agile, animated, brisk, energetic, frisky, gay, jaunty, jazzy, peppy, perky, pert, racy, snappy, spanking, sparky, spirited, sprightly, springy, vital, vivacious, zippy.

    Too much?
    yeeeeaaaaaaaa, that's the ticket!!!!!!!
    -t
    wow, this hurts more than it used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TommyKnocker
    yeeeeaaaaaaaa, that's the ticket!!!!!!!
    -t
    Maybe we should stick to "lively?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Maybe we should stick to "lively?"
    yeah, but what I really want is more cowbell !!!?!!!!

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    spanking?

    A little too much me think.

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    Deus crankset
    WB 0.8 fork
    King headset and hubs
    dt 2.0/1.8 spokes w/pro lock nipples
    Mavic open pro rims (figure I didn't crush them on my cross bike with skinny tires, they ought to be allright w/fatter rubber)
    x-9 shifters
    Shimano XT discs (old 4 piston kind)
    xo r der
    xtr f der
    maxxis ignitor tires
    easton carbon bar and post
    control tech stubby bar ends that everybody laughs at
    salsa lock-on grips (just barely long enough for my bananna-hands)
    ritchey wcs stem
    terry fly seat
    Sram pc990 chain- btw, a sram rep told my shop that the only difference between their chains up to the 990 is the finish.

    Did I miss anything?
    QBP ultralite inner tubes with generic grocery store brand baby powder.
    And of course, streamers.

    BTW I'm selling my 26er geared hardtail and my Rock Lobster single speed to create the funds for a oneNiner. If you're tall and want one let me know.

    -loren

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    gold salsa skewers
    time atac pedals
    and a green water bottle cage rescued from a deserted repair bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    Maybe we should stick to "lively?"
    Doooood. Your bike is so pert. Bwhahahahahahahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Objectionable Material
    Doooood. Your bike is so pert. Bwhahahahahahahahaha
    Har!!! "Did you check out the new bike at the LBS? It's totally frisky!"

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    29 SS is good but not THAT good!

    Quote Originally Posted by evilbike
    I'm selling my Rock Lobster so I can get myself a one9 frame asap. Singlespeeding on a 29er is going to be better than sex.


    -loren

    Heh, it's (29/SS) really great for riding a bike but not quite that good....

    Fine looking gearie BTW, very nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastskiguy
    Heh, it's (29/SS) really great for riding a bike but not quite that good....

    Fine looking gearie BTW, very nice
    Well, I'm married and have two kids now. My memory's a little fuzzy on the whole sex thing.

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