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    Good job! Finished my Cowan project! (kinda long)

    Finally! I finished my Kona Cowan SS project. I wanted a freeride-able bike that could do double duty as a cross country machine. The Cowan was a good pick for me because it is available in several sizes (unusual for jumping bikes) and doesn't require a conversion to run singlespeed.

    A few observations after a good long ride:

    1. Flat Pedals and shorty stem: Will take some getting used to, but I am surprised how quickly I have adapted in just 2 rides after riding clipless XC bikes for 15 years. The short and upright position certainly inspires confidence.

    2. Pike: Um... OMG this fork is everything I was hoping. I was bunnyhopping over a curbed sidewalk and landing on a flight of stairs on the back side. If I wasn't looking down, I almost wouldn't be able to tell that the stairs were there. The fork was eating up everything really nicely. It does ride somewhat low in the travel, but I only bottomed it once, so no complaints.

    3. It's a pig at 29.5 pounds. Not too heavy for a freeride hardtail, but more than I am used to since my BUSS weighs nine (!) pounds less...

    4. It's also got a bit of the ugly going on with all the colors, but I was getting tired of monochromatic rigs...

    Enjoy!

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    Nice!!!

    We finished on the same day (almost... I'm yet to finish)

    I like the many colors. Mine's kinda got that too, and is already sporting 2 bumper stickers. (I actually used an old aluminum frame instead of the steel I was hoping to use... I had some serious sizing issues with that frame . Looks good though.)

    I feel your pain on the short stem... I felt like I was riding a beach cruiser when I first rode my project down the driveway. I bought a short, high rise stem for the other frame, and it pretty much sucks on this one.

    oh, and that paint job is amazing.

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    i wish that were mien bro, nice build

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    i wish that were mine bro, nice build

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    what size frame is that? How tall are you? I'm also looking at building a FR hardtail but I need a pretty good size frame since I'm 6'3".

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    Sweet. It's perfect.

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    sorry... double post.

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    Oh lovely stuff! Nice build. Totally dig it.
    Trev!

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    Sizing

    It is a 17 (L). They also offer a 17.5 (XL) that has a 24.3"(virtual) top tube.

    I am 6' and normally ride 19" or so. I found lots of rugged HT frames that came in sizes big enough for me, but they all had regular dropouts for derailleurs. And most frames designed for dirt jumping that had horizontal dropouts came in one size, like 14" or something.

    You will have the same problem I do, when the saddle is the correct height, the bike looks SUPER dorky, and you need a 400mm post. Plus, the slack seat angle of a freeride bike means you probably won't be able to get your saddle far enough forward (unless you have long femurs). I realize that I won't likely be able to get a position that allows much extended climbing on this thing... kind of a bummer because that was part of my agenda.

    JMH

    Quote Originally Posted by p0werp0p
    what size frame is that? How tall are you? I'm also looking at building a FR hardtail but I need a pretty good size frame since I'm 6'3".

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    hey punx, wait up!

    I'll be the guy trying to keep up with you while you're pulling a one footer look-back off the stairs.

    you kids and your daredevil shenanigans. SLOW DOWN!

    very nice build.


    HW

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    Nice - maybe I can keep you in sight on the climbs now.

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    Ha!

    It's more than once that I have looked up at the top of Westridge to see you already finished while I still have 200m to go!

    But I concur with your sentiment that I won't be setting any climbing records on this rig.

    JMH

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    Nice - maybe I can keep you in sight on the climbs now.

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