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    First SS Ride

    Finally got this one together and took it out to shake things loose. First SS since I commandeered my kid's trick bike years ago. Damn what a fun bike! A quick 9-miles. Only 900 feet elevation gain. After a mile I knew my fears of being unable to climb moderate stuff were calmed. After 2 miles I learned how horribly I've been riding my squishy bike. After 3 I realized how sketchy I feel in corners riding shocks. After 6 it was clear this thing can rip down trails and float over anything in the way. Couldn't believe how much fun it was, and I've been having a lot of fun on bikes the past year. Looking forward to more!

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    Yup, you get to learn all about momentum Cool bike.
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    Badass bike! what fork is that?

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    Yup, pretty similar to myself and just about every convert I've talked to. You realize how much you mask your own deficiencies using gears and shocks instead of technique. I think just not even having to think about shifting is completely refreshing. I may not quite ride as fast but I enjoy the experience a lot more with less to deal with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by babybabe View Post
    Finally got this one together and took it out to shake things loose. First SS since I commandeered my kid's trick bike years ago. Damn what a fun bike! A quick 9-miles. Only 900 feet elevation gain. After a mile I knew my fears of being unable to climb moderate stuff were calmed. After 2 miles I learned how horribly I've been riding my squishy bike. After 3 I realized how sketchy I feel in corners riding shocks. After 6 it was clear this thing can rip down trails and float over anything in the way. Couldn't believe how much fun it was, and I've been having a lot of fun on bikes the past year. Looking forward to more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maximo View Post
    Badass bike! what fork is that?
    Fork looks like the new Niner boost steel
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    Singlespeed is fun. I rode mine last night and blasted up some good hills and flew down some rocky descents. Gears and rear suspension not needed. I do have 100mm suspension fork however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socal_jack View Post
    Fork looks like the new Niner boost steel
    Awesome! thanks

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    Yes, it's the Niner fork. Echoing jestep's comments, it's amazing how shifting can disrupt the flow. One or two pedal revolutions to get in the new gear and settle into it is all it takes me to lose it. The ride goes so much quicker without those disruptions. I'm also amazed at how much energy the derailleurs eat. This thing feels like it accelerates so much harder!


    Here's the other stuff on the bike in case anyone is curious:

    2018 N9 small
    Chris King 40 head set
    Niner steel boost fork
    Canfield Bros BB and crank
    Sram 9-speed chain
    Surly cog
    Hope Pro 4 SS/T rear hub (142 w/HUB493 boost conversion), Hope Pro 4 front hub
    Stan's Flow rims, DT Swiss Spokes, wheels built by Gravy
    Sram Guide R brakes (Thanks, 5k bike...)
    Thomson 50mm stem
    Thomson Elite seatpost
    Salsa Lip-lock sp clamp
    Chromag Fubar OSX bars

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    Sweet. It just gets better, too
    Quote Originally Posted by babybabe View Post
    After 2 miles I learned how horribly I've been riding my squishy bike...
    That's part of what really makes me love SS. Iit's not even a conscious thing, riding better seems to just happen automatically when there are no gears to fool with, or fall back on.

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    I think I've seen it well said in this forum somewhere, "I'd rather ride my bike than operate it"
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    Quote Originally Posted by socal_jack View Post
    I think I've seen it well said in this forum somewhere, "I'd rather ride my bike than operate it"
    That sounds about right!

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    Rad build! Nice choice on the gravy wheels.


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    I'm also ready to pull the trigger on SS soon. My body is saying to me...."WAIT!"
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