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    Just a bike pic. "Spot Rocker"

    Thought i would post of couple of pics of the latest build.
    2011 Spot Rocker (Large) w/ Gates Carbon Drive. 21 lbs.
    Let the opinions flow...
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    Wow!!

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    nice build! So where is the break in the frame for the belt?
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    ^ Looks like the drive side dropout has a split.

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    that is one clean green mean machine
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    Want!

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    Hope the belt drive works as it should. My ONLY complaint ("opinion") is the extraneous cable guides. That thing looks sweet!

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    Beautiful bike. Let us know how the drivetrain holds up.

    Needs some coloured valve caps.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Nice build!
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    That is stunning. Great job.

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    Super nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wish I Were Riding
    Hope the belt drive works as it should. My ONLY complaint ("opinion") is the extraneous cable guides. That thing looks sweet!
    If I HAD to pick one thing I didn't like, it would be this.
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    I was not a fan of the blue belt (any other options?), but saw the spoke nipples matched, and tied it together.

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    That's a big cog.

    Is it equal with 22T cog?

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    holy ****. i'm in love. again

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    Best spot build besides Spot's own Ti version with first gen dropouts from Interbike a few years back.
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    Okay, Thanks for the positive comments "opinions" about the bike, I like to hear what others think, the good, the bad and the ugly.
    To answer a few questions...
    Yes the drive side sliding dropout is split for the belt to pass through.
    The added derailleur cable stops; Spot makes the Rocker compatible for use as a single speed or geared by changing the drive side rear dropout to one with a derailleur hanger (how convenient).
    The belt drive system is something not entirely new to me. For the last 4 months i have been racing a Spot Mod CX SS w/ CDS. I have had great success with the system from bone dry dusty/rocky conditions (Colorado) to super sloppy mud conditions (SSCXWC in Seattle). To make the belt drive work the way is supposed to is all about setting the system up correctly, proper belt alignment, belt tension and the handling of the belt. It did take me a couple of hours/rides to get it figured out. Now its just works the way its supposed to, which is great!
    As far as adding color to the bike, I felt like the green frame was enough. I went about this build with the silver and black scheme w/ a little bit of white which in my opinion turned out great. The blue nipples on the wheels were built to match the color scheme of the previous bike i had them on. The blue colored on the inside of the belt is how it comes from Gates, but the rumor is they are making other colors available (after some use the coating rubs off as its only on there as part of the manufacturing process but has nothing to do with the performance or structural integrity of the belt).
    The rear sprocket/pulley is a 24 tooth. The current setup is a 39 x 24 which equates to a 47.3 gear inch or 1.62 ratio (belt drive sprockets/pulleys are smaller in diameter than chain drive rings/cogs). This is pretty much exactly the same as a 32 x 20 chain drive which i desire for most of the riding i do here in Colorado.

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    Looks sweet! But how does it ride!?
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    I noticed you're running a setback seatpost on a large frame. I'm 6'-3" and have a 36" inseam and considered this setup. Their XL sizing seems a little big for racing. Just curious, how is the fit and sizing working for you.

    I almost forgot..nice bike!

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    Amazing bike! Color scheme could use some work like White crests and green nips but would it be worth the time and cost??

    21 Lbs with no carbon??? This man is a Mountain Magician
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    Hey are those Stans ZTR 355 wheels? Do you like them so far? looking to upgrade mine.

    Also is the stem a Thomson Master Piece?

    Thats awesome ride ...21 lbs is incredible..

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    Just a update: Got three good rides in on the bike last week (warm, nice and dry here in the front range of colorado) and must say that I'm VERY impressed with the ride of the frame. It's been a long time since i've been on a quality steel frame and "wow" what a ride. It has a nice compliant ride without being to soft and still goes quite well when you stand up and mash on the pedals. Definitely the build helps with the ride (lightweight) and the belt drive worked flawlessly.

    AlienSP, my opinion would be that based on your size, you would need the XL. I'm 6' 165lbs w/ a 34" inseam.

    Sheep05669, the Easton h-bar is carbon, but thats it.

    J Dog, Stans Crest rims (similar to the 355 but with a wider inside rim width), and i do like them for the riding i do. The stem is a Easton Haven and the seatpost is a Eriksen Ti Sweetpost.

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    nice

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    Nicest looking, and probably the strongest, sliding dropouts that I've seen.
    They look far more "integrated" than the overhung, Paragon-esque type.

    Altogether, a beautiful bike.

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    so what holds the split drop out together?

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    that is awesome!
    love the belt drive

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    The Kobe sliding dropout used by Spot does a excellent job for the application of handling the duties of tensioning (chain or belt) and splitting for a belt drive system. It also offers the option of using a dropout with a derailleur hanger if desired.

    Andy R, I agree, the dropout design is definitely more integrated into the frame than the Paragon style.
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    Nice! Love the frame color and scheme, well done!

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    now i get it.

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    Congrats to you and the rest of the GCD boys this past cx season. Sweet build by the way.

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    Sick!
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    so pretty, my next bike will be green, or maybe I'll do a black, silver, green giant... hummm

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    Very Nice! I really want to try that Carbon Drive out someday....

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    beautiful bike. nice green color. what's the color code? is it powder?

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    So F*cking Sick!

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    I like how the xloc button is upside down- never thought to run it that way. Great build. Makes my new SC Chameleon build look like garbage haha.

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    Nice ride, now go and get it durty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike A.
    beautiful bike. nice green color. what's the color code? is it powder?

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    Mike A, Yes it is powder coat, not sure on the color code though. It's either a Spectrum Powder Works job or another local powder company (Denver) who did the job. Thanks for the compliment!

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    Freakin' beautiful. That color green is great!
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    nice, my belt has been going for almost two years with no sign of wear.

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    DStrong nice build. Is that a Stan's rear hub?
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    Quote Originally Posted by racerxti
    DStrong nice build. Is that a Stan's rear hub?
    The rear hub is a DT Swiss 240s SS. Have used DT/Hugi hubs for years and would highly recommend them!

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    That's freaking awesome man!

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    shweeet !

    Next thing your gonna say is that it's quiet as a church mouse when your mashing up hills ?
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    @Dstrong - Does the Reba XX clear the downtube without any issues? I am thinking about getting one too, but I am using a Crankbrothers headset, which builds lower than the King.

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    Great looking bike! I love the color. Almost bought one years ago in Ernie Orange. By the way, any issues with your R1s when setting them up? Just built up an IF Steel Deluxe 29 SS and the tolerances were way close.
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    Envy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colo Springs E View Post
    Envy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supernormal View Post
    @Dstrong - Does the Reba XX clear the downtube without any issues? I am thinking about getting one too, but I am using a Crankbrothers headset, which builds lower than the King.
    Supernormal, No problem on clearance. There is roughly 10-12 mm between the hydraulic lockout and the downtube.

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    Sweet. My opinion? Definitely peel the rim stickers. I'd lose the fork decals, as well. Clean is mean.

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    secks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbryant2 View Post
    Sweet. My opinion? Definitely peel the rim stickers. I'd lose the fork decals, as well. Clean is mean.
    Thanks for the input, sometimes less is more. Great pics on your blog!

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    gorgeus!

    Nicely done, that is a beautiful Spot!

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    sweet bike ... we need to see the cx bike to..
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    I want that handlebar, my PZ A3RB racing is only 660mm I need 750mm.

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    I put mine together a few weeks ago and love it. The delivery of the frame was at the same time Centertrack was introduced. I had the belt ring machined to 102BCD for the XTR 960 cranks.

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    I've also run the rear with the old style 25T belt cog without problems.

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    Nice build. The Rocker is definitely on my short list.

    That racing ralph looks tight, but I don't see the size of the tire. The Schwalbe site says that they now have 2.1, 2.25, and 2.4 inch flavors.

    How is tire clearance for larger rubber (2.2-2.4) and/or packed-on mud?
    Long term review update on the ride or any issues?

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    wow that looks nice.

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    Very nice! Looks like a dependable build too. Rather envious! Enyoy it.

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    I hate 29ers.
    That being said; holy f^ck!!!! That is a dope ride! I want( on 26" of course)!!!!!
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    Beautiful ride man!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kokepelli View Post
    Nice build. The Rocker is definitely on my short list.

    That racing ralph looks tight, but I don't see the size of the tire. The Schwalbe site says that they now have 2.1, 2.25, and 2.4 inch flavors.

    How is tire clearance for larger rubber (2.2-2.4) and/or packed-on mud?
    Long term review update on the ride or any issues?
    The RR are the older 2.25 (larger/more volume) compared to the newer 2.25 which, with the ones I have owned are smaller. That being said there is NO issues with clearance. As far as mud rides go, i really haven't had any yet here in CO. The bike is AWESOME! no issues. I truly love how this frame rides. I did change/upgrade to the new CenterTrack belt system and it definitely helps with some of the issues associated with the older system.

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    VERY nice!!!

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    Thanks for the update on the ride. I'm on an On One Inbred 26, and have been eyeing a quality 29er. Considering the Rocker and the Siren John Henry...the new Spot dropouts look sweet, but I like the better standover on the JH, and the ability for minor custom tube tweaks for my 190lb body. Tough choices!
    Enjoy the ride!
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    beautiful bike! do you know what the frame weight is?

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