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    Discovered the joys of SS'ing.

    Just wanted to post to preach to the choir a bit, but I've had my ss built up for over a year now and for the most part it's just collected dust. An unfortunate turn of events where I was forced to turn in my geared bike's frame for a warranty issue is forcing me onto the ss. Lo and behold......as painful as it is, I'm having a great time and discovering a side of the sport that's been mostly foreign to me! Now I've only taken it out 3 x's in the past week, but the ride I've been doing starts at 300ft and goes to 1600 in a 4 mile stretch so I've been hErTiN to say the least, but each time I've tried to tackle the hill, I've made it just a bit farther.......hopefully by the time the warranty frame returns, I'll have conquered the climb

    I'll post a pic of the Frankenbike soon, but just a quick description....

    • 97 Trek OCLV Team Issue
    • Surly ss rear hub
    • Old crapped out XT rear der converted to a single-ator
    • 00 Xvert Super
    • Race Face Turbine crankset
    • Magura HS11 brakes
    • 32 x 16

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonysong
    Just wanted to post to preach to the choir a bit, but I've had my ss built up for over a year now and for the most part it's just collected dust. An unfortunate turn of events where I was forced to turn in my geared bike's frame for a warranty issue is forcing me onto the ss. Lo and behold......as painful as it is, I'm having a great time and discovering a side of the sport that's been mostly foreign to me! Now I've only taken it out 3 x's in the past week, but the ride I've been doing starts at 300ft and goes to 1600 in a 4 mile stretch so I've been hErTiN to say the least, but each time I've tried to tackle the hill, I've made it just a bit farther.......hopefully by the time the warranty frame returns, I'll have conquered the climb

    I'll post a pic of the Frankenbike soon, but just a quick description....

    • 97 Trek OCLV Team Issue
    • Surly ss rear hub
    • Old crapped out XT rear der converted to a single-ator
    • 00 Xvert Super
    • Race Face Turbine crankset
    • Magura HS11 brakes
    • 32 x 16
    Maybe you should drop the gearing to a 32X18 and so you have some life left in you for the downhill! Sounds like a really nice SS. Have fun, soon you will forget you even own a geared bike.....

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    no doubt.

    Quote Originally Posted by sloth
    Maybe you should drop the gearing to a 32X18 and so you have some life left in you for the downhill!
    nothing wrong with running 32:18 in SD; there are some long climbs out there. Plus, 32:18 is the perfect gear for SJT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eSSq
    nothing wrong with running 32:18 in SD; there are some long climbs out there. Plus, 32:18 is the perfect gear for SJT.
    Thx for the heads up....I'll give the 18 a run. Dunno if I'm quite up for doing San Juan on a ss.....I'll break out the Bullit for that........hell ur nutz.

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    I lust for an OCLV SS

    It sounds like you have a sweet bike. I'd drop the gearing a bit to make your hill. I wanted to build up a Trek 98 OCLV SS bike but got shut down by the $1300 frame only price. I could get killer custom Ti for less I think. I'll have to watch the classifieds or ebay for a used carbon frame or bike I guess. Or, I could quit obsessing on always having a better bike, but what fun would that be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattman
    It sounds like you have a sweet bike. I'd drop the gearing a bit to make your hill. I wanted to build up a Trek 98 OCLV SS bike but got shut down by the $1300 frame only price. I could get killer custom Ti for less I think. I'll have to watch the classifieds or ebay for a used carbon frame or bike I guess. Or, I could quit obsessing on always having a better bike, but what fun would that be.
    What size do you need? My local Trek store has an '03 OCLV 9.8 in a crazy bass boat blue (reminiscent of the old Schwinn BBB) for an unreal $600. My buddy just picked one up.............give the store a call and ask for Matt.

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    Tempting indeed!

    Quote Originally Posted by tonysong
    What size do you need? My local Trek store has an '03 OCLV 9.8 in a crazy bass boat blue (reminiscent of the old Schwinn BBB) for an unreal $600. My buddy just picked one up.............give the store a call and ask for Matt.


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    I called and they even have a couple my size. This is a problem because I want one, but my wife will freak for sure if I buy another bike. Maybe I can sell something. Thanks for the tip.
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    you'll surprise yourself...

    Quote Originally Posted by tonysong
    Dunno if I'm quite up for doing San Juan on a ss
    i'm not a particularly strong rider, and i'm not saying it's easy, but "itsdoable" at 32:18 for most who try. there are only a few sections that really bite, like one or two loose sections where finding traction outta the saddle is hard.

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    Tony Tony Tony...

    Would this be the Tony Song from San Diego who rode a Suzuki and shopped @ Soul?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattman
    I called and they even have a couple my size. This is a problem because I want one, but my wife will freak for sure if I buy another bike. Maybe I can sell something. Thanks for the tip.
    Tell her that you won it in a raffle. I swear to god it works. just pay cash for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2PAAD
    Would this be the Tony Song from San Diego who rode a Suzuki and shopped @ Soul?

    Eric

    Eric! Holy crap............are you still in TX. Still draggin' pucks?

    As you can see I've picked up SS'ing. I also got rid of the Kat for a VTR......I have some track days planned as well. Drop me a line when you get the [email protected]
    Earn the descent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    Tell her that you won it in a raffle. I swear to god it works. just pay cash for it.
    It's good to be sinlge
    Earn the descent.

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