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    Castellano Fango ST SS

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    Good job!

    you've got some serious bling hanging off that frame. nice ride.

    "Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling" ~James E. Starrs

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    Nice ride, serious bling is right! What is that tensioner? Looks sorta like a paul melvin, but semi home machined, did you make it yourself? Got any specs you wanna share?

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    Cool-blue Rhythm fangone

    sweet SS setup, holmes. I love my Fango, and get the ribbing from friends to convert it as you've done. let us know how it rides.

    Now, go get dirty!

    BTW, what's the sticker on the TT?

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    wow...nice fango. love the eno cranks and phil hubs!!!

    my dream bike would be a 29er fango set up ss with a eno hub (yea, i knopw he is doing the new silk ti frames in a 29er options, but $3500 frame only is way too much for me).

    i had my ibis ripley set up with a full set of gears, then 1x9, then as a ss before i sold it and went 29er full time. the ripley was THE best 26" wheel'd bike I ever owned!!!

    here is a shot of my ripley in it's ss glory days;
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    i ran 32x18. it was pretty tight, so i filed abit of the axle to make a poor man's eno hub, but i was sill able to run a disc brake in the rear with no problems.

    nice bike and happy trails!!!

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    Nice build! With all that other bling on there, I would be getting myself an ENO rear hub to get rid of that tensioner. Makes the build that much cleaner IMHO. I have one on my Moots YBB and couldn't be happier...


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    Thanks for the encouragement. The tensioner is an unmodified Paul Melvin, and I had three reasons to go with it.

    The first was John Castellano's insistance that a spring-based tensioner be used to minimize the chances of chain derailment. I am his rep here in Scandinavia, so it wouldn't look good if I encouraged others to go against his advice.

    The second was the fact that I wanted to use the Phil Wood SS disc hub in bolt-on configuration because it is beefier than the Eccentric ENO and I wanted the best possible connection between the dropouts in order to minimize undesired lateral and torsional flex. (I distribute White over here and the Eccentric ENO is already a known factor, but Phil Wood remains virtually unknown, so I wanted to build some awareness for that brand as well.)

    The third reason is that I also distribute Paul Components over here, and the Melvin could use a bit more exposure as well.

    The sticker on the TT is from Dr. Spoke and the Pimp Mechanics ( The good doctor (aka Phil McNaughton) builds my demo bikes for me and is quite the SS racer himself, although this year he has been spending an inordinate amount of time on his Turner Burner. I believe that his mechanic Carlos was responsible for lacing up the wheels.

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    Sweet bikes!

    Kam, I love the flames on your Ripley. Is that a factory paint job?

    Daner, that is one nice Fango SS. I wish Johnny C made an XL size. Enjoy the ride!

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