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    Has anyone here owned a Gunnar?

    Looking at thinning down the herd at the end of this season to build something I will want to ride for more than one summer. Im tired of buying complete bikes, dumping a bunch of money into parts only to have the geo and hub spacing outdated by the end of summer (the mtb industry trends are wearing me down).

    So I want to build a traditional SS, something with a steeper HT angle and built from a good quality compliant steel. I have been looking at Gunnar, and the Ruffian seems to be exactly what I am looking for. Bonus points that its made in the US.

    I can't find much info on these. I found a couple reviews on their road frames, but nothing on the mtb frames.

    Has anyone owned one of these? The geo seems spot on, though I might tweak it a bit if I ordered one. Im more interested in ride quality and overall frame construction (well built?).

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    no, but if you buy me one I'd be happy to give you a thorough review.

    Gunnar Ruffian Singlespeed Reviews - Mtbr.com

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    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    I had one for a few years, it was a Ruffian set up SS. I loved the bike, it road as good as my custom Ti frame I am on now. I would not hesitate to get one.


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    I also had it set up as a 1X10 some too.


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    I have owned 4 different Gunnar 29ers over the years. All of them had problems with the durability of the finish, no matter what. I am not really a careful person with my bikes, so I am partially to blame.

    The early ones I owned had some other problems, like tight rear tire clearance and not enough clearance for a suspension fork to clear the downtube. I think both of these problems have been addressed - - they have a new downtube design now.

    The ride is very good, no complaints there are all. Price is good for a made in the US frame.
    Thanks to www.weavercycleworks.com for my awesome bike frames!

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    The paint thing seems to be a common complaint. I was hoping people that had owned some of the more recent ones would say that the issue had been fixed.

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    All of mine were acquired second hand. There are some custom builders out there that can build you exactly what you want for not a whole lot more money.
    Thanks to www.weavercycleworks.com for my awesome bike frames!

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    Yea... it's just hard wading through all of the custom builders out there. There are so many and it's hard to know which one would be the best fit.

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    I've had a crosshairs for about a year and liked it so much I recently picked up a ruffian frame to build up. Both seem very nicely built. Yeah it doesn't wear all that well but I prefer paint to powder coat, YMMV. People's gripes about the paint seem to make them very affordable on the used market which is good for me
    Yeah I only carry cans cause I'm a weight weenie.

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    Rode a Gunnar for a couple years. One of the best rides for an off the shelf steel frame. Handling was great and had a lively feel to it.

    Better than my custom Ti? Not even close
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    I have a Ruffian now, and love it. It's an '07, and is still the original build kit from '07. I love this bike! I've only had it since last fall, but it is great on the trails, and rides really well (love steel). The bike is beautiful, even with the paint all chipped!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crunch406 View Post
    I have a Ruffian now, and love it. It's an '07, and is still the original build kit from '07. I love this bike! I've only had it since last fall, but it is great on the trails, and rides really well (love steel). The bike is beautiful, even with the paint all chipped!
    pics or it didn't happen
    Rigid SS 29er
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    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    pics or it didn't happen
    Ugh! Is it because the files are too big? Instagram doesn't have problems with my pictures...
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    It was a long way to go, but maybe this worked.
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    totally worth it
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
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    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Ha!!! I was thinking that was Phil's world and the last pic gave it away

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    totally worth it
    Thanks. Text to self for the re-sizing, download and use that picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrock450 View Post
    Ha!!! I was thinking that was Phil's world and the last pic gave it away
    Yup. I work in Cortez on Wednesday every week, and only just found that the hotel will shuttle me to and from. Love me some ribs...

    The first picture is from 3 Sisters, in Evergreen.
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