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    New Retrotec Singlespeed

    I ordered a custom Retrotec frame at the end of February, hoping to build up a new SS for summer riding. The frame was ready on time (early June) but it took me a while to assemble enough parts to build her up.

    I ended up pulling the fork off my old hardtail for now while I solve my fork selection dilemna and I put on some cheap parts (stem, seat, seatpost, and handlebars) until I work out any fit issues.

    My personal mechanic, Mudflaps, owner of the now defunct "Cycle-Bi" bike shop in Eugene, built my King/Mavic 717 wheels, and assembled the bike.

    We finished the build Thursday night, so Friday, we headed out to test the frame, and make sure there were no major problems. A quick 3.5 mile climb, and a 4-5 mile rolling descent.

    I never had to adjust anything, and feel like Curtis Inglis (the frame builder) dialed in the fit very well. I was impressed at how well she rode (after turning off my lockout ) and at times, I forgot it was a new bike that I was figuring out, and just railed down the singletrack.

    Climbing will be miserable for a while (my first SS) but the fear I had about trying a singlespeed is long gone, and now I just look forward to getting strong enough to handle the big climbs around here. It seems like standing and pedaling will take some new body position to, as my rear wheel was sliding out some when I stood to climb.

    New bike, ready to ride
    New skills, coming soon

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    [email protected] traitor. Another one lost to the dark side....

    Enjoy your new ride!

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    Looks awesome!

    It seems Mudflaps and I have the same SS (Zion frame and Marzocchi fork)

    Cheers,
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    she's purdy
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    I've been waiting to see that thing built up...
    Just as nice as i expected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    I ordered a custom Retrotec frame...

    Climbing will be miserable for a while (my first SS) but the fear I had about trying a singlespeed is long gone,

    Nice first SS. Very nice. I like the bass boat green.

    Curtis makes some fine bikes.
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    That is inspiration to ride....................So nice, I'm in tears.
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    Next!?

    Sweet Sweet SingleSpeed.

    Well, let's see....who's left? Albee? Gooch? It is said that resistance is futile.

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    Very sweet!

    I was just over in the Retrotec pic thread looking your frame again and wondering if you had built it up.

    Add these nice pics to the thread over there for all to see
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    Quote Originally Posted by meat tooth paste
    Very sweet!

    I was just over in the Retrotec pic thread looking your frame again and wondering if you had built it up.

    Add these nice pics to the thread over there for all to see
    Please provide a link to this thread you speak of.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by AOF
    Please provide a link to this thread you speak of.....
    Ask and you shall receive...

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=3084
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    And RAIL he did!

    Sas was off down the singletrack descent like a man possessed, or ecstatic. I lost sight of him a few times as he just pulled away...
    I guess you can't consider yourself slow anymore Sas. You've come a long ways my friend.
    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch

    I never had to adjust anything, and feel like Curtis Inglis (the frame builder) dialed in the fit very well. I was impressed at how well she rode (after turning off my lockout ) and at times, I forgot it was a new bike that I was figuring out, and just railed down the singletrack.

    Climbing will be miserable for a while (my first SS) but the fear I had about trying a singlespeed is long gone, and now I just look forward to getting strong enough to handle the big climbs around here. It seems like standing and pedaling will take some new body position to, as my rear wheel was sliding out some when I stood to climb.

    New bike, ready to ride
    New skills, coming soon
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    Rear brake hose routing?

    That's a very fine looking ride, but why has the brake hose been routed that way? Wouldn't it have been easier and cleaner to run it along the top tube?

    Jonathan

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    I have seen many Retrotecs with the brake cable routed via the top tube. I know Curtis works with the customers and can place it anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by planetjag
    That's a very fine looking ride, but why has the brake hose been routed that way? Wouldn't it have been easier and cleaner to run it along the top tube?

    Jonathan

    Yeah, that is kinda a screw up I guess. Curtis had been planning to mount the rear disk inside the rear triangle, but found that last minute he couldn't make the fit work. Im not sure if he had already brazed on the cable tie holders, or if he just forgot to switch them. I'mworking on a good solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Yeah, that is kinda a screw up I guess. Curtis had been planning to mount the rear disk inside the rear triangle, but found that last minute he couldn't make the fit work. Im not sure if he had already brazed on the cable tie holders, or if he just forgot to switch them. I'mworking on a good solution.
    That was my guess too. It looked like he had planned on mounting the caliper inside the rear triangle on the chainstay.

    But he didn't just remove the guide and rebrazed on new ones once he realized it wasn't gonna work out?

    A possible fix, unless you love the brakes you have, is to switch to another caliper design that has a rotating perpendicular banjo for the hose. That way, the brake like isn't so curvy.
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    Nevermind what I said about the looking into a new brake. I just realized you were running Juicy 7's, who could give those up for something else? Crazy talk, shame on me.

    I don't think the cable is noticeable enough really. I'd just keep it. But if you want to change it up, maybe those stick cable routers will do the trick on the top tube. Be a shame to stick anything like that on your beautiful frame though. But the dark frame color should hide it well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meat tooth paste
    Nevermind what I said about the looking into a new brake. I just realized you were running Juicy 7's, who could give those up for something else? Crazy talk, shame on me.

    I don't think the cable is noticeable enough really. I'd just keep it. But if you want to change it up, maybe those stick cable routers will do the trick on the top tube. Be a shame to stick anything like that on your beautiful frame though. But the dark frame color should hide it well.

    Yeah, the Juicy's are sweet, so they will be staying.

    I will just end up using the stick on cable routers for the top tube, and once I start beating her up, and getting scratches, I won't care about a little sticky residue. The powdercoat is pretty tough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Yeah, that is kinda a screw up I guess. Curtis had been planning to mount the rear disk inside the rear triangle, but found that last minute he couldn't make the fit work. Im not sure if he had already brazed on the cable tie holders, or if he just forgot to switch them. I'mworking on a good solution.
    Can't you turn the banjo fitting so the brake line runs basically straight down then follows the chainstay forward? Doing the same on the front would tuck the line in, too.

    I think the curved tube frames look better with line/cable free TTs
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    Nice bike! My wife picked up her new Retrotec while we were in Stockholm. Check out the 29'er forum or my pics for photos. She loves it and Curtis was great to deal with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    I ordered a custom Retrotec frame at the end of February, hoping to build up a new SS for summer riding. The frame was ready on time (early June) but it took me a while to assemble enough parts to build her up.
    Dang Sas, I say dang! That is very nice looking. I am, shall we say, green with envy I have been dying to see that thing since you spoke of it in April. Looking forward to seeing it in October. By then you will only be riding her.
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    Cable Routing...

    Quote Originally Posted by Sasquatch
    Yeah, the Juicy's are sweet, so they will be staying.

    I will just end up using the stick on cable routers for the top tube, and once I start beating her up, and getting scratches, I won't care about a little sticky residue. The powdercoat is pretty tough.
    Why not just zip tie it to the tope tube? They make a routing guide that works with a zip tie. Looks reasonably clean. Significantly better than your current routing.

    Nice bike. Curtis does indeed make a sweet ride. I've been riding mine for about 3 (maybe four?) years now and still absolutely love it. I bought mine before he started adding the sweet head badge, though.

    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC
    I bought mine before he started adding the sweet head badge, though.
    those new headbadges are pretty nice. i betcha curtis would hook you up with one for your bike for a reasonable price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC
    Why not just zip tie it to the tope tube? They make a routing guide that works with a zip tie. Looks reasonably clean. Significantly better than your current routing.

    Ken
    That's the plan. The current set up was done on the fly just to get the bike on the trail. The hydaulic hoses are way too long, but I didn't have time to cut them, or to play around with the routing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Can't you turn the banjo fitting so the brake line runs basically straight down then follows the chainstay forward? Doing the same on the front would tuck the line in, too.

    I think the curved tube frames look better with line/cable free TTs

    I'll have to look into that option.
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    Wow, THAT is a sexy bike. I need one of those.

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