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    New Spot

    Well I went and did it. My wife acutally instigated this purchase. She's been telling me to buy "want I really want" for awhile now, but I just keep cheaping out.

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    Build kit:

    2004 Spot Mountain SS Frame in 19", stock geo, disc tab
    Forks - Viscous Cycles Rigid Disc only(getting cut this week and mounted), 2002 Atom Race 80mm
    Wheels - MeanTodd built 717's with Paul Disc Word hubs, 14/15 spokes, White ENO FW 18T. Mutano 2.4 Race front, Kenda Nevagal 2.1 Rear(on order)
    Avid Disc brakes with Paul Love Levers and Avid Cables
    RaceFace Turbine 180 Cranks with 32T Spot ring and Spot Guard(not installed yet)
    RaceFace XY Post with Flight Gel Saddle
    Azonic WF Hbar, Thomson Stem, King Headset

    This shot kinda shows the really cool shaped steel Downtube

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    For Fast Freddy

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    I put about 12 miles on the bike so far. Compared to my Surly I found the Spot to have quicker geometry(which I wanted) and a much smoother ride quality without any flexyness. I can honestly say the money was worth it to upgrade from the Surly.

    I'd like to thanks Michael at Spot for his great support to make this purchase. Spot is a cool company to deal with! I'd also like to say thanks to Webcyclery. MeanTodd and crew really care about providing you with good service during the sale. I never once felt like a "mail order customer" dealing with Webcyclery.

    I'll post some ride shots soon.

    MC

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    bike looks great! you wouldn't happen to know the CS length off hand would you?

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    If I remember right...

    the chainstays measured 17"....BUT that said it does seem like a decent wheelie machine. I can measure them for you tomorrow if you want exact data.

    MC

    Quote Originally Posted by a nice cake
    bike looks great! you wouldn't happen to know the CS length off hand would you?

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    an exact measurement would be great.
    How does the handling feel compared to the 16.5 stays on your surly? I'm considering a spot, but i love short rear ends...

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    My Surly is not

    16.5, but 17. Acutally, the Spot is alot more fun to ride, wheelie and decend on. The geo just seems more telepathic. This said, I can see the Spot spanking the sleepy rider hard, where as the Surly was not that fast of a steerer. The Spot just feels alot livelier, were as the Surly always seemed dead to me after 3 years on a 853 Jamis Dragon. The Spot is alot more like a Dragon.

    I'll remeasure my Surly and my Spot just to confirm.

    MC

    Quote Originally Posted by a nice cake
    an exact measurement would be great.
    How does the handling feel compared to the 16.5 stays on your surly? I'm considering a spot, but i love short rear ends...

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    I'll remeasure my Surly and my Spot just to confirm.
    thanks. ( i was under the impression 1x1's came with 16.5s. ) Sounds like the spot is a pretty swell ride...hope i can find a good deal on one

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    Congrats!

    Quote Originally Posted by MellowCat
    Well I went and did it. My wife acutally instigated this purchase. She's been telling me to buy "want I really want" for awhile now, but I just keep cheaping out.
    Congrats on your nice new ride! And on your wife's encouragement! Isn't that awesome? I was in the same boat (kept cheaping out) and she told me to get what I really want.
    Gotta' love her!

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    CS Length

    The CS length quoted by spot , surly and most others with HORIZONTAL drops is from the center of BB to the center of the drop outs. You still have almost 1" of play in the dropouts depending on chain length gear ratio etc.

    So a quoted 17" CS will be adjustable from appr 16.5 to 17.5. Some have even more room.
    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MellowCat
    Well I went and did it. My wife acutally instigated this purchase. She's been telling me to buy "want I really want" for awhile now, but I just keep cheaping out.
    MC
    Nice ride, Scott! It should be really nice for your trails.
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    Scott,

    Nice! Glad to see you finally got it in and built up. Looks darned fine...I was wondering when you'd finally get the frame to go with the Thomson stem! Sounds like you're pretty happy with it, too...I'm glad to hear that. I can't wait to see some pictures with the rigid fork...did you get it 'coated to match?

    Shoot, now all you need to do is change out those silly-wide bars.

    Hopefully we can get at least one ride in this summer, keep in touch!

    Brian

    PS - I see you recruited the little members of the family to help with the posing...how does it stack up to his creatures on the cool list?

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    hey

    Hey Shig,

    Yeah, after much debate I think the Spot just seemed like a natural choice with its quick manner. I can't wait to get my Viscous fork cut and ride it.

    Hope all is well at you end of the trail.

    Oh, did the tires show up ok?

    MC

    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy©®™
    Nice ride, Scott! It should be really nice for your trails.

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    The fork..

    is black with silver lettering..not red. I may ask Spot for the paint code and get my bodyshop buddy to hit it for me.

    The silly wide bars are now cut to 26.5 inches from 28. The 28's just don't fit to well around here with all the tight turns and trees! I plan on losing some spacers on the steerer tube. I just wanted to try the bars at different heights before the big cut.

    Trevor is still not to into bikes other than the trailer bike. I did get him to ride around the block some with me tonight. Colin the 20month old is going to be the rider. He pulled the tricycle out of the garage himself and tried to ride it. He's already trying to use the pedals. I dropped my training wheels at 4 years of age according to my dad, I think Colin will to.

    When is school out? Maybe we can get a ride in soon at S-Tree.

    MC

    Quote Originally Posted by GirchyGirchy
    Scott,

    Nice! Glad to see you finally got it in and built up. Looks darned fine...I was wondering when you'd finally get the frame to go with the Thomson stem! Sounds like you're pretty happy with it, too...I'm glad to hear that. I can't wait to see some pictures with the rigid fork...did you get it 'coated to match?

    Shoot, now all you need to do is change out those silly-wide bars.

    Hopefully we can get at least one ride in this summer, keep in touch!

    Brian

    PS - I see you recruited the little members of the family to help with the posing...how does it stack up to his creatures on the cool list?

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    So what...

    did you get?

    Quote Originally Posted by 03bart
    Congrats on your nice new ride! And on your wife's encouragement! Isn't that awesome? I was in the same boat (kept cheaping out) and she told me to get what I really want.
    Gotta' love her!

    B

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    Quote Originally Posted by MellowCat
    Hey Shig,

    Yeah, after much debate I think the Spot just seemed like a natural choice with its quick manner. I can't wait to get my Viscous fork cut and ride it.

    Hope all is well at you end of the trail.

    Oh, did the tires show up ok?

    MC
    Yup. Got the tires. Are you going to make it out here this summer? Moderate temps, low humidity, sweet trails
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    Scott

    Love that red color! It looks great! As always a very nice build up and parts selection (thanks for the plug also). I'm betting on you becoming a full time rigid man after the new fork is installed. I loved the feel of the Paul levers on Avid Discs - just a great direct feeling... very solid!

    I want to see this in person sometime! My riding schedule as well as most my schedule is up in the air now - just signed a deal for a new house in the country (get it in less than 30 days). So I have to finish up the current house to get it on the market soon so I'm not spending all my hard earned bike $$ on a 2nd motgage payment!

    Later and ENJOY the new ride!
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