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    953 650b Ss

    So, I'm finally really taking the plunge in to the single speed arena and having 953 650B single speed built up. I've been in queue for the past few months with Chris Igleheart, and now my build date is quickly approaching. I had my fitting yesterday, and will get the CAD later this week. While I was up at Chris' shop, I took some photos.

    Here are the tubes for the frame (paragon sliders are en route):

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    Here's the fork tubing (steerer tube is also en route):

    Attachment 550131

    Here's where it will be lovingly welded:

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    I have all the parts already and will post more photos and thoughts as the build progresses.
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    rad!

    rigid or suspension fork?

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    Looks almost done!

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    You'll need a seat. All those tubes look very "invasive".
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Cool pics, but why are those two tubes a different color? Just curious if it is all the same tubing as I'm not the most educated on 953.

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    Hey! Why didn't you post this in the 650b forum? We're lonely over there- lucky to get one new thread a week. You could have posted the thread there, and then we could have commented about how the build is proof that 650b is a viable wheelsize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crux
    Cool pics, but why are those two tubes a different color? Just curious if it is all the same tubing as I'm not the most educated on 953.
    I've heard the 953 Chain stays are very difficult to crimp, cut and/or bend (made primarily for road frames) so he probably used 753 for the chain stays.
    Just one more rep and I get the toaster!

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    rad!

    rigid or suspension fork?
    Thanks! The fork is rigid (see second photo of chain stays). The bike will be non-suspension corrected.


    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob
    You'll need a seat. All those tubes look very "invasive".
    As I mentioned, I have all the parts. The saddle is a Selle Italia SLR, which will be attached to a Black Sheep seat post.


    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Hey! Why didn't you post this in the 650b forum? We're lonely over there- lucky to get one new thread a week. You could have posted the thread there, and then we could have commented about how the build is proof that 650b is a viable wheelsize.
    Iíll post this in the 650B forum once itís done. I posted here as I figured Iíd get more input regarding the single speed aspect.


    Quote Originally Posted by crux
    Cool pics, but why are those two tubes a different color? Just curious if it is all the same tubing as I'm not the most educated on 953.
    Quote Originally Posted by aka brad
    I've heard the 953 Chain stays are very difficult to crimp, cut and/or bend (made primarily for road frames) so he probably used 753 for the chain stays.
    The chain stays are indeed 953. They come in a darker color, though will be polished out to match the rest of the bike. Chris told me why theyíre darker, but Iím getting married on Saturday and pretty much everything he told me went in one ear and out the other. Iíll have another meeting after the wedding to refresh my memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    The chain stays are indeed 953. They come in a darker color, though will be polished out to match the rest of the bike. Chris told me why theyíre darker, but Iím getting married on Saturday and pretty much everything he told me went in one ear and out the other. Iíll have another meeting after the wedding to refresh my memory.
    Well there you go. 953 always sounded interesting, especially the part were Reynolds would not even sell you the tubes unless you completed a course from them on how to weld it. It appears to be a real Hi-tec alternative to ti. Keep us updated
    Just one more rep and I get the toaster!

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    Some of the parts....

    Here are some of the parts going on this beast:

    Black Sheep titanium stem and handlebars with Kooka Racha brake lever and Pedros Blackwalls grips. James does great work and I really dig his stuff. I had a similar setup on my Ted, so am looking forward to slapping these on.

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    Selle Italia SLR saddle with a Black Sheep titanium seat post. Again, James' work is super nice. The saddle is comfy and light. I have a nice NOS Selle Italia Flite hanging around, so might end up using that.

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    White Industries ENO crankset with Phil Wood titanium w/ Magnium bottom bracket. I've been using the crankset on another project, and yanked it off as I thought it would be perfect for this bike. Bottom bracket complements the crankset nicely.

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    Avid BB7s. I really like the BB7s a lot. Got the road version as I have old school short pull levers.

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    Shimano XTR pedals. I debated going back to platform pedals (e.g. Bullseye) but I couldn't pull myself away from SPD. I've been clipped in since 1992 and I'm going to stay that way.

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    Nuke Proof Twist Tight Skewers. I've been using these since the mid-1990s and am happy I've found a project to throw them on. I'm a lightweight so these work perfectly and I've never had any issues.

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    I have the hubs (Paul WORD Disc) and rims and tires (Velocity Blunt w/Pacenti Neo Moto 2.3), but won't have them in my grubby little hands until July.

    Anyway, that's it for now....
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    Ok, now I'm having more of a crush on your build.

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    This thing is going to be beautiful.

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    wow. your making my build look simple ha.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=610586

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    wow. your making my build look simple ha.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=610586
    Yours is simple yet elegant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cannotaim
    This thing is going to be beautiful.
    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    Ok, now I'm having more of a crush on your build.


    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    wow. your making my build look simple ha.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=610586
    Um, your frame is a tasty lugged/fillet brazed beauty with great lines. Looking forward to following your progress....

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    updates???

    Oh and all the accent colors on your components - are those going to be frame colors as well?

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    love, Love, LOVE the skewers and Kooka Rachas. Great to see old school parts being put to good use. Nice call on the road-going BBDBs, too.

    Don't forget to line up the chain so the inner plates will wear the ano off the other teeth on that ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    updates???

    Oh and all the accent colors on your components - are those going to be frame colors as well?
    Well, I've been on my honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest (got married on 6/19), so this project is on hold until I get back. I did receive the CAD drawing last week from Chris, and I briefly called him to discuss. Here's the initial design:

    Attachment 553290

    So far, the only changes are the head tube angle, which should be 72.5 degrees, and I want the head tube length shorter, like 100mm. Once I return from my honeymoon with my super sweet lovely wife, I'll nail down more of the details.

    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Eddie
    love, Love, LOVE the skewers and Kooka Rachas. Great to see old school parts being put to good use. Nice call on the road-going BBDBs, too.

    Don't forget to line up the chain so the inner plates will wear the ano off the other teeth on that ring.
    Thanks! I'm actually going to replace the chainring with a 32T titanium version.
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    Wow, your "trail" numbers gonna be low!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    Wow, your "trail" numbers gonna be low!
    I was thinking that the HT angle change would be to make it slacker, not steeper as well.

    But I'm sure the OP knows what he wants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    Wow, your "trail" numbers gonna be low!
    60.81 is low? Seems average.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl
    60.81 is low? Seems average.
    Well maybe I don't realize the differences. Is "trail" on a 26er the same as "trail" on a 29er if the numbers are the same? And if that didn't make any sense... I don't have a trial calculator offhand. I was probably just thinking in terms of 29er wheels, for which 60mm would be extremely low.

    What's the "trail" number for a production 650B like the Haro?

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    OP, what is the bike's intended purpose?
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    Brake levers are dope!
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    your builds are always so cool! can't wait for this one to be finished.

    this has also convinced me to use bb7 roads on my next build, as i have a set of vintage avid ultimates burning a hole in my parts bin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1SPD
    Crap, my bike sucks! Someone shoot me!
    If your bike makes you smile, it doesn't suck.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    Wow, your "trail" numbers gonna be low!
    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    But I'm sure the OP knows what he wants.
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    OP, what is the bike's intended purpose?
    When I met with Chris, I talked at length about what I wanted. It all goes back to my Rhygin Ra. I want a similar feeling so Chris listened and came up with this initial design. This bike will mostly be used for east coast single track, though I'll probably use it just about every day for a number of different tasks around my neighborhood. Anyway, I just got back from my honeymoon and will get this project moving again. Another change from the aforementioned updates is the removal of the cable guides for a rear derailleur. Initially I thought I'd like some flexibility, but want this to be a dedicated single speed.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drbbt
    Brake levers are dope!
    Quote Originally Posted by messofzero
    your builds are always so cool! can't wait for this one to be finished.

    this has also convinced me to use bb7 roads on my next build, as i have a set of vintage avid ultimates burning a hole in my parts bin.
    Thanks! I really like the Kooka levers and the BB7s quite a bit. Can't wait to hook them up!

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    Will the steerer tube be 953 as well?

    A given trail number will influence the bike's handling, irregardless of wheel size. However, changing wheel size will change the trail number. If the wheels get bigger and you want the trail to stay the same, either the head angle has to get steeper or the fork will need more rake (or a combo of the two).

    60mm of trail is low, but not unheard of. I had a 29er singlespeed with around 80mm of trail and really didn't like the way it handled. When I had my Waltworks built, we went with a trail number in the low 70's, and the handling is worlds better. Of course it depends on the terrain you ride, and I'm sure there's a lot of personal preference involved too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57
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    Quote Originally Posted by VT Mike
    Will the steerer tube be 953 as well?
    Yes, the entire bike is 953. Considering it won't be painted, it has to be all stainless (and I'm not certain stainless and non-stainless tubes can be intermingled).
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    That will definitely be one nice build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    That will definitely be one nice build!
    Thanks! I would look even nicer with one of your sporty titanium chain rings.

    So, I got my final CAD drawing today and I'm pretty psyched. Just got off the phone with Mr. Igleheart and I am told that I'm next in queue. I'll most certainly have it for the Vermont 50 (September 26).

    Rims and tires will be here soon and I'm debating again about the hubs. At least I have a little time....

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    So, the rims and tires arrived this morning. They were used on one ride around the block, so they're basically brand new. I love a bargain! Just need to pick out the hubs. Leaning towards Chris King, but Paul Components is also high on the list.

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    get paul's, the huge face of the axle is essentially self-aligning in the dropouts.
    i love it.
    kings are nice too, but they're SO de rigeur.

    considered profile for something BOMBPROOF but less common?
    I've got a wicked profile cassette hub, ti freehub body, great engagement (apparently they now have a 204 point engagement version!?)
    has a neater, more defined clicking than kings.
    sounds... cleaner?! meh, gonna stop waxing poetic, check one out, they're hot.
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    pauls!

    with a white industries freewheel that wheel would be money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants




    Yes, the entire bike is 953. Considering it won't be painted, it has to be all stainless (and I'm not certain stainless and non-stainless tubes can be intermingled).
    It's gonna be a cool bike!
    I didn't think they made a steerer in 953...maybe they do.
    But, when is a steerer tube ever painted?

    FWIW, stainless/non-stainless can be welded together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Live Wire
    I didn't think they made a steerer in 953...maybe they do.


    FWIW, stainless/non-stainless can be welded together.
    That was what I thought, and why I asked. I'm on the waitlist for a custom steel frame and fork and want a 953 steerer tube on it, if such a thing exists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    get paul's, the huge face of the axle is essentially self-aligning in the dropouts.
    i love it.
    kings are nice too, but they're SO de rigeur.

    considered profile for something BOMBPROOF but less common?
    I've got a wicked profile cassette hub, ti freehub body, great engagement (apparently they now have a 204 point engagement version!?)
    has a neater, more defined clicking than kings.
    sounds... cleaner?! meh, gonna stop waxing poetic, check one out, they're hot.
    Quote Originally Posted by 123elizxcvbnm
    with a white industries freewheel that wheel would be money!
    Yeah, Paul's are high on the list. And definitely going with a White Industries freewheel!

    I do like the Profile hubs, and they're made in the USA (a prerequisite for most of the bike), but I just like the look of the Paul's and Chris King hubs better.

    Quote Originally Posted by Live Wire
    It's gonna be a cool bike!
    I didn't think they made a steerer in 953...maybe they do.
    But, when is a steerer tube ever painted?

    FWIW, stainless/non-stainless can be welded together.
    Quote Originally Posted by VT Mike
    That was what I thought, and why I asked. I'm on the waitlist for a custom steel frame and fork and want a 953 steerer tube on it, if such a thing exists.
    Thanks! Indeed they make a 953 steerer tube. To reiterate, the entire bike is 953. In the very first photo I posted with the tubing, the steerer tube is the 3rd from the top. I initially wanted an EBB, but there isn't a 953 version and it's VERY expensive to have one made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    In the very first photo I posted with the tubing, the steerer tube is the 3rd from the top.
    Are you sure that's not the head tube?

    As of January, Reynolds doesn't have a 953 steerer tube shown in their parts list.
    http://reynoldstechnology.biz/assets...parts_list.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by VT Mike
    Are you sure that's not the head tube?

    As of January, Reynolds doesn't have a 953 steerer tube shown in their parts list.
    http://reynoldstechnology.biz/assets...parts_list.pdf
    Correct, head tube. My mind was thinking only of the frame, and had a brain hiccup and interchanged the head tube & steerer tube. My bad. That being said, the entire fork is not stainless. Only the frame. Whew! This is what 94 degrees does to my brain. I forgot what tubing the fork uses, though will inquire again soon.

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    I've never measured 650B tires/wheels, but the bottom bracket drop combined with the bottom bracket height equals the radius (13.5") of many commonly used 26" tires. Sure he got that right?

    Speaking of bottom bracket...why do you have the BB so high (12") with a rigid fork? Does your riding terrain cause a lot of pedal strikes?


    ...the above being the case (lots of rocks), why the steep head angle (72.5)?

    The really, really short chainstays (15.79") are nice, but contradict everything else. Combined with the 22.25" top tube and tall bottom bracket, that bike is going to be an awesome wheelie machine!

    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    Thanks! I would look even nicer with one of your sporty titanium chain rings.

    So, I got my final CAD drawing today and I'm pretty psyched. Just got off the phone with Mr. Igleheart and I am told that I'm next in queue. I'll most certainly have it for the Vermont 50 (September 26).

    Rims and tires will be here soon and I'm debating again about the hubs. At least I have a little time....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster1200
    I've never measured 650B tires/wheels, but the bottom bracket drop combined with the bottom bracket height equals the radius (13.5") of many commonly used 26" tires. Sure he got that right?

    Speaking of bottom bracket...why do you have the BB so high (12") with a rigid fork? Does your riding terrain cause a lot of pedal strikes?

    ...the above being the case (lots of rocks), why the steep head angle (72.5)?

    The really, really short chainstays (15.79") are nice, but contradict everything else. Combined with the 22.25" top tube and tall bottom bracket, that bike is going to be an awesome wheelie machine!
    The bike is basically designed after my 1994 Rhygin Ra: steep head angle and short wheelbase (i.e. northeast singletrack bike). Regarding the BB height, I vaguely remember Chris mentioned something about the MTB tire size wasn't available in the CAD program. That might have something to do with it I gather. Also, the chainstay length is a bit misleading as this frame will have Paragon sliders.

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    Why not go with a White/White combo? They really are fantastic hubs at a decent price. King's are just too freakin' much. Paul are fantastic[have a set on the Singular], so you really can't go wrong there. Come to think of it, the silver of the Pauls will match the silver of the rims better than the polish of the white. Paul hubs it is!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~martini~
    Paul are fantastic [have a set on the Singular], so you really can't go wrong there. Come to think of it, the silver of the Pauls will match the silver of the rims better than the polish of the white. Paul hubs it is!
    I agree! So much so that I ordered a set today! Got the Disk WORD & Disk FHUB in silver. Also picked up a 19T White Industries freewheel as well as the removal tool. The only thing I needed to complete the bike was the headset, so I treated myself to a titanium Chris King No Thread headset. Now all I need is the frame and fork.

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    Going to be interested to see this come together - can't be many 650b 953 bikes out there! Regarding the wheel radius, there is an option on BikeCAD (which is what it looks like he's using) to enter a custom wheel size. For a 650b I go with 353mm for up to 60mm wide tyres. looks like you've got around 343mm in there. Perhaps the safest bet is to build the wheels, mount the tyres, and get them to Chris to make sure you have the clearance you need. From the drawing it looks as though it could be tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Singular
    Going to be interested to see this come together - can't be many 650b 953 bikes out there! Regarding the wheel radius, there is an option on BikeCAD (which is what it looks like he's using) to enter a custom wheel size. For a 650b I go with 353mm for up to 60mm wide tyres. looks like you've got around 343mm in there. Perhaps the safest bet is to build the wheels, mount the tyres, and get them to Chris to make sure you have the clearance you need. From the drawing it looks as though it could be tight.
    Thanks for the input. I've been busy with a new job so haven't had much time to get with Chris. He's e-mailed me a couple of times this week, though it slipped my mind. Chris is actually building the wheels for me, so they will be in his possession when the frame is being built. I'm stopping in to drop off the hubs and rims tomorrow so I'll inquire when I see him then.

    Speaking of which, this all came this week:

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    UPS & FedEx delivered a 19T White Industries freewheel and removal tool, a titanium Chris King NoThreadSet and the Paul Components hubs. At this point, all of the parts are in. Well, sort of. I was talking to Chris last week and he got talking about a Formula R1 brakes that he's installing on another bike he's building. To give you the Reader's Digest version of the conversation, this fine 650B will now be getting Formula R1 brakes. I'll sell the road BB7s and use the levers on another project.

    Oh, and the fork is completed!
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    I really think you should use the brakes you already have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    this fine 650B will now be getting Formula R1 brakes. I'll sell the road BB7s and use the levers on another project.
    I think for actual braking function that's the right choice, though those levers are sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cannotaim
    I really think you should use the brakes you already have.
    Quote Originally Posted by Singular
    I think for actual braking function that's the right choice, though those levers are sweet!
    Well, I really like the BB7s and sing their praise quite often. Chris got me all jazzed up about the R1s and I like the way they look, too.

    I have a couple of sets of the Kooka Rachas levers (another in green on my 1994 Rhygin), so the silver ones will get put to use at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants
    Well, I really like the BB7s and sing their praise quite often. Chris got me all jazzed up about the R1s and I like the way they look, too.

    I have a couple of sets of the Kooka Rachas levers (another in green on my 1994 Rhygin), so the silver ones will get put to use at some point.
    Well, they are light and jaunty looking. Performance on the trial is great, but like hydraulic kin maintenance is a *****.

    I usually use BB7 on city commuters and monstercrosses. Hydro is reserved for the trail.

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    you have my favorite hub's. mine are balck and a rear bolt on. but you still can't beat the quality of paul hubs.
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    Smart man, order the bike just before you get married and have joint checking accounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Climber999
    Well, they are light and jaunty looking. Performance on the trial is great, but like hydraulic kin maintenance is a *****.

    I usually use BB7 on city commuters and monstercrosses. Hydro is reserved for the trail.
    I actually am debating having disc tabs welded on to my 2009 Independent Fabrication Deluxe so I can use the BB7s. I was sort of my urban assault creature in its last build, but I'd prefer the same theme with mechanical disc brakes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Matt
    you have my favorite hub's. mine are balck and a rear bolt on. but you still can't beat the quality of paul hubs.
    This is my first set of Paul Components hubs so I'm looking forward trying them out. I'd had both Chris King and Phil Wood, and I'm counting on these being equally as nice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Professor
    Smart man, order the bike just before you get married and have joint checking accounts.
    I could have ordered it after the wedding without any issues.

    Anyway, I spoke to Chris on Saturday prior to heading out on vacation and my frame is on the jig. He mentioned he was doing something "old school" with the stays, so I'm curious to see what that is. I told him to take some photos as I'd like to have some documentation. I was going to head up just prior to leaving but our schedules didn't synch up. I gather the bike will be ready in a few weeks. It would be great to get it before Labor Day as I'd like to have it for a few weeks prior to the Vermont 50 to really get to know it. I just bought a Scattante Americano One for my commute (25 miles round trip) so I'm getting used to the single speed setup. I slightly modified it and removed the fenders, swapped the 46T chainring for a 38T and slapped on some 33.3c Jack Brown tires to make the commute a little more cushy. Not a bad bike for $250 and it gets me accustomed to riding single speed....

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    So, I got word today from Chris that my 953 650B SS frame/fork is near completion. From the horses mouth: "I'm working out the final bits & next some Scotch Briting, and should have this all happy & presentable by later this week." Needless to say, I'm champing at the it and super excited to get it! I asked him to take some photos during the build, so I'm hoping he got around to that but no biggie if he didn't. I'm going to build the wheels in the meantime keep me occupied.

    In the interim, I've been tooling around town on my recent acquisition, a Scattante Americano One. I use it on my commute every day (just under 25 miles), so I'm getting used to being gearless. I swapped out the tires and chainring (it's now a 38T), and I like it a lot. It's definitely preparing me for the world of SS MTB riding!
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    So, Mr. Igleheart e-mailed me this afternoon to inform me my frame is complete! He has been "blending / unitizing it for a couple of days and it is pretty uniform looking in its light reflection" (verbatim from his correspondence). Also, the fork is at the paint shop and is completed. I'll be going up Friday after work to pick up the beast. Hoping to build it up a little while it's at the shop. The wheels were built up today and they look marvelous!

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    Classy looking wheels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    Classy looking wheels!
    They look even better with tires:


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    Now just add the rest!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    Now just add the rest!
    Tomorrow!

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    So, I went up to Chris' shop last night to start the build process and possibly bring it home, but there were some parts and scheduling issues that prevented this. I got to see the beast and it nice! Chris and I enjoyed a beer as he installed the fork. Anyway, Chris ordered a White Industries 121mm titanium bottom bracket and that should arrive med next week. I had a 116mm titanium Phil Wood version, and will be now using that on my project, a 650B IF (which I brought up to have Chris install disc tabs; it's hanging in the photos). The Formula R1 brakes are just amazing. Wow! I can't wait to use them! I go up again next Friday to pick up the completed build. I can't ride now anyway, so no rush (was in two commuter-related accidents on my bike in two weeks so am healing at the moment).

    Here it is. Notice the curved chain stays (in the second photo; look from the side). Very nice touch. The curved seat stay brace is also sweet. The handmade seat collar is the icing on the cake though. Chris is certainly a craftsman!

    To the left of my 953 650B SS is a Fat Chance Titanium in for repair. Yum!
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    Mmmm, titanium!

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    Nice curved seat stay brace.

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    More photos....

    Really digging the fork! It's made from Reynolds 631 tubing.
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    Black Sheep cockpit.
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    The brakes were a bit of a splurge, but I'm glad I got them!
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    Chris doesn't use serial numbers. Instead he brazes on the owner's initials.
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    such a clean look, very good job. now go get it dirty!

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    Quote Originally Posted by veloreality
    such a clean look, very good job. now go get it dirty!
    It isn't built yet, but when it is, yes, it will be getting dirty a lot.

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    Wow

    Must have been on vacation when the thread was started but that frame is just stunning. Workmanship...breathtaking. Looking forward to seeing the fully built bike.

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    Very nice!!!

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    What a beautiful bike !

    And I love your choice of parts.. R1, 953, Paul, Black Sheep...

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    Thank goodness you went hydro R1's instead of the BB7. Gawd, an Igleheart 953. I just posted about this in a "i want a titanium bike" thread - I suggested go alternative Igleheart 953 and here you are with a 650bb SS #38. A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Are you from Mass that are you able to visit his studio directly?

    Polished 953 welded in New England, so awesome. Hey, why did you go unicrown versus Iglehearts trademark segmented???
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    Wow that looks awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misterdangerpants

    The brakes were a bit of a splurge, but I'm glad I got them!
    the brakes were a bit of a splurge?!?!

    how about the entire bike!!

    that is a seriously awesome bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob
    Wow

    Must have been on vacation when the thread was started but that frame is just stunning. Workmanship...breathtaking. Looking forward to seeing the fully built bike.
    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    Very nice!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by TheGenTwo
    What a beautiful bike !

    And I love your choice of parts.. R1, 953, Paul, Black Sheep...
    Quote Originally Posted by minh
    the brakes were a bit of a splurge?!?!

    how about the entire bike!!

    that is a seriously awesome bike.
    Thanks everyone!

    Well, I initially budgeted this with the BB7s in mind! Chris was installing the Formula One R1s on another bike he's building and I really thought they would look nice on my 953 650B SS. Chris does give his customers a nice discount on parts, so that made the damage a little more bearable.

    Quote Originally Posted by illnacord
    Thank goodness you went hydro R1's instead of the BB7. Gawd, an Igleheart 953. I just posted about this in a "i want a titanium bike" thread - I suggested go alternative Igleheart 953 and here you are with a 650bb SS #38. A-W-E-S-O-M-E. Are you from Mass that are you able to visit his studio directly?

    Polished 953 welded in New England, so awesome. Hey, why did you go unicrown versus Iglehearts trademark segmented???
    I actually like the BB7s a lot. I have another project (the orange/green IF Deluxe in the photo above) that's getting them. I am looking forward to the R1s though. Yes, I'm local to Chris so I can just pop in whenever. By the way, that's not a #38, rather they're my initials BE. As I mentioned above, Chris doesn't use serial numbers on his frames, just the customer's initials. So, I like the look of the unicrown better. Chris built the segmented fork for my Ted so I know he does nice work on those.
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    lol. we met already in person, just noticed your member name.
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    Fin

    So, I went up to Chris' today and picked up my lovely 953 650B SS. In short, it's quite amazing. I was out riding it most of the afternoon and am pleased with the end result.

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