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    Anyone riding a Kelly? How about some details, pics? Expierence with the company?

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    Kelly 29er. Maiden voyage on this was yesterday. Took it on 20 miles of all kinds of varying terrain to see how it performed. It exceeded my expectations. More later as I log more time on it. And pictures with better lighting
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    Thanks for your response, looks like a beauty. Is that a Kelly fork on there? Let me know the difference in riding a 29er now also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riderx
    Kelly 29er. Maiden voyage on this was yesterday. Took it on 20 miles of all kinds of varying terrain to see how it performed. It exceeded my expectations. More later as I log more time on it. And pictures with better lighting
    Wow, nice! I guess any chance of seeing you (while on the same ride) are now gone.

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    kelly 29er rider here...

    i have a large ro sham bo 29er, it is a single speed.

    the builder; i have spoken to chris kelly a few times...great guy. always returned my calls promptly. and, always took his time answering all my questions. we had quite a few conversations to make sure i bought the right size frame.

    chris kelly himself does not build the frames, he has a guy do all the welding, and sends the frame/forks out for paint. chris handles all the admin stuff.

    also, kelly bike builds the frame rear ends on order. so, they take a ready made triangle (depends on what size you need), then build the rear end (like ss canti, or ss disc, or geared canti, etc). then, they paint the frames. it takes about 2 weeks to get the frame finished, from order to paint.

    the frame; love it, the great feel of steel. the ox platinum feels like the other high end 853 frames i have ridin' the the past. like a jamis dragon or a soulcraft option 3/plowboy. only, abit smoother (bigger wheels, ya know?).

    the paint if beautiful. really!!! my frame is the mirror silver, and i have a chameleon blue kelly disc fork (dark metallic blue with a touch of irridecent green). i started off with a vicious cycles canti fork, but switched to a kelly disc, and then went back to the canti when i had troubles with my marta disc brake. i have the ss/canti rear end on my large frame. frame weight is 4.5 pounds, if i remember correctly.

    my build....large ro sham bo, vicious cycles 29er canti fork, king headset and classic hubset laced to salsa delgado rims, wtb mutanoraptors, avid sd 7 brakes, sram 9.0sl levers, moots ti flat bar, airborne ti setback post, white ind eno crankset/king cog drivetrain, time atac xs pedals.

    weight, about 23 pounds.

    i absolutely love the geometry on the bike. the geometry is based on a 435mm rigid fork though!!! so, it will chopper abit with a suspension fork. how do i know this??? i get the 11.5" bb drop with my kelly/vicous forks. i contacted another mtbr member that had a marathon 29er fork, and he had a bb drop of about 12.5" without sag. so, if you're running a rigid fork...then the geometry is perfect, the steerering won't be ultra quick.

    as far as sizing goes, do NOT be afraid of the ultra long top tubes on the ro sham bo, the standover is pretty low on both frames. my previous frame (a 26" wheel'd xl dean duke) had a tt of 24.5mm and i used a 120mm stem. this is what's offered on the med. frame. problem with the medium frame is that i would have had to use a bunch of spacers to get the bars to my usual ride height. with the large frame, i had to use a 20mm spacer, and a shorter stem (100mm). the result is a total tt length of about the same as my old ride. i love the stability of the long tt and short stem combo. i also like the stem is no where near my knees on climbs. i actaully felt crapped when riding my old duke on climbs after riding the kelly. the geometry rocks on this frame. it's made me grow alot as a rider.

    here's some porn, let me know if you've got questions.

    <img src=https://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/500/234616loreskelly.jpg>

    <img src=https://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/500/234616loreskellyfork.jpg>

    cheers!



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    Anyone riding a Kelly? How about some details, pics? Expierence with the company?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vcyclist
    Anyone riding a Kelly? How about some details, pics? Expierence with the company?
    I just got a Kelly geared hardtail to accompany my Lobster SS. It is a very nice steel bike, and Chris Kelly is one all right guy! I drove up to Nevada City to get the frame, instead of having it shipped, and Chris pretty much built the bike up for me for nothing but a bag of Santa Cruz coffee in return.
    He currently does his own painting, and I was very impressed with the paint. Mine is toothpaste color. It was pretty cool. He was building my bike up while I was hanging out with his wife and little baby girl and mother in law!
    The bike is a nice geometry, and the long toptube and good standover is just what I need.
    As for the ride, it is fast and aggressive. Definately a race bike if I ever wanted to do that again. I am sure his singlespeed is quite the same. It is a go hard kind of bike.
    I also have a Kelly Rigid fork, and have always been happy with his customer service. He does respond to emails, and will call you back as soon as possible. Heck, he'd probably cook you barbecue and talk bikes and stuff all day if you wanted. Just bring him good coffee!
    Sorry, no pictures yet. Mr.K took some while I was up there, but haven't seen them on the website yet.
    Can't go too wrong with Kelly. Nice bikes. No long waits. Good price. And, Stella rides one!

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