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    MC - 96'er (X-Post)

    Here's my Matt Chester 96'er. I still have some work to do on it. The SS set-up is rather a Rube Goldberg in that I have an Endless cog and spacer set-up on a King Classic Hub. I have an Eccentric Eno that should be arriving today and I'll lace it this weekend. The Fork is a Vanilla Cycles (Sacha is the Man!!) that is a 26" fork with an c-a-l of 435mm. Currently running an Exi up front and will be swapping out for something with a more subtle ride, like a Rampage and ultimately a WW LT. After several rides, I like the set-up. The bike was built around MC's 72/72 geometry and I suspect that when he spec'd for the fork I was using at the time he used a c-a-l estimate of greater than 435mm, becasue the bike always felt a little steep up front. The bigger wheel probably brings me to right around the 71 degree HA, and its quite comfortable. Definately rolls over stuff really well. Last weekend I set up my 29er hardtail as a SS as well. I am really liking the SS thing!! I have tried it several times in the past, but its only in the last month or two that I have really come to enjoy it more than a gearie set-up. Not sure that the 96er thing is here to stay, but the SS is definately becoming my preferred set-up. I will say that I have not been overly impressed with the Endless Kick-Ass cog. After only about a month of riding (maybe a dozen rides) I have noticed real wear on the cog. I have a Boone on the other bike. The $$$ difference is actually quite small, $20?? My advice, pay for the Boone!! More feedback to come on whether I like the 96er or the 29er better. I want to run them back to back for the next couple of weeks.
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    96'er set-up

    Just ordered a 96'er from Doug Curtiss at Curtlo...keep posting on any recommendations you have on your rig or how you like it. All the reviews have been positive...just looking for more. I will be running full rigid as well. Good looking bike you got there!

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    LOL !
    This is just too funny. The only (from what I've heard) geared Matt Chester existing is ENOed! I assume you like your frame to much to buy a new titanium custom with slacker angles, two big wheels and SingleSpeed dedicated?
    Nice fork BTW! Is it flexy?

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    Agreed

    it is rather odd that having ordered the frame from Matt as a dedicated geared rig, I ended up with it as a SS. Matt made the frame for me almost six years ago and at the time, i had never ridden SS and really didn;t have the desire. I tried SS a couple fo times in the past, but for some reason I never really liked it. I am thinking seriously about having a new rig built in the spring which would be a 29er and set-up for SS (likely EBB or Sliding Drops). I have a Carl Strong Aluminum hardtail that is also now SS.
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    This is so ironic, given that I was just this week debating whether to do this to my Ute with the 435mm a-c fork I had made for my someday-will-hopefully-arrive Mute. Normally I would not mess around with geometry in such as fashion, but the bike has always felt a tad steep to me as well and with big meat in the rear and a normal 2.1 up front I don't think the difference will be that profound. Would love to hear more as you evaluate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hubert
    The only (from what I've heard) geared Matt Chester existing is ENOed!
    I am aware of one other, a geared 29er frame w/Hunter fork a buddy of mine in Park City owns. First 29er I ever set eyes on.

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