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    Still single... now Big and Blue, too!

    Good evening and thanks for tuning in, folks. The preview is about to begin. The BlueBomber has arrived (with the rain, of course ) and she is mostly built. I promise more pics and much better pics when the build is complete and the sun pops back out. I need to pick up some brake levers and install my cables/housing. Also need to trim my mega steerer tube and add appropriate spacers.

    Here are 2 crappy, rainy pics for now, with my build list/component spec. Stay tuned to the Big, Blue, Channel 29!!

    - Waltworks frame, EBB, disc only (left the der. hanger as a "just in case" I want to do a Jeff Jones style 3 or 4 speedo rear unit when my knees go south with my 72 year old sack )
    - Waltworks fork, susp. corrected 80mm, disc only
    - Chris King headset, blue (my only real concession to bling)
    - Jones H-bar with straight extensions, cork grips and tape (okay, maybe my second piece of bling...)
    - Thomson post (27.2 x 410mm) and stem (130 x 5)
    - WTB Shadow V Stealth Team Titanium Love Channel Carry my Nuts and Arse when I'm not standing and mashing Saddle (am I the only one who can't keep up with all their saddle name combos?!)
    - Shizmano XT 760 outboard bearing cranks/BB, 180mm with inner and outer rings removed. Running 32t ring in outboard position in place of 42t outer ring.
    - Endless Kick Ass Kog, 20t; mega light and cool. Combo of cassette spacers and half of a Gusset'r spacer kit to find proper chain alignment.
    - SRAM PC-950 chain
    - Eggbeater S pedals
    - Avid Mech. disc brakes with full housings and Deore (gasp!) levers (for now).
    - IRD Clyde rims (funny since I barely weigh 160), 14g spokes, brass nips and Deore disc hubs (to match my brake levers, dummy! ). These are my do-it-all, everyday wheels. They will make me big and strong like Arnold S. or they will break me cause they weigh more than the rest of the bike combined! Lightweight wheelset for race day will be purchased and built after I sell a couple more houses.
    - WTB Exi Wolf up front and IRC Mythos2, in the back, please. Bonti 29" tubes made out of a combination of cement, lead and molten lava, I think. Will switch to DYI tubeless soon; wheels are already taped up and ready (thanks, Walt!!)

    Big, big props to Walt for delivering on time and being a true professional and gentleman in all of our dealings. I highly recommend Waltworks and I will be a repeat customer.

    See ya'll next time on Big Wheel Channel 29!
    OGG
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    This is the first component list I've read. Nice anotations!

    Walt's bikes look shizzle!

    -M
    Mike Henderson, Dirty Hippy Mountain Biker and part owner of Jet Lites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy
    This is the first component list I've read. Nice anotations!

    Walt's bikes look shizzle!

    -M
    Thanks, wolfy!
    I am just a goof ball who can't contain his enthusiasm ALL the time, yuck-nyuck!

    Ride report to follow soon...
    OGG
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy
    This is the first component list I've read. Nice anotations!

    Walt's bikes look shizzle!

    -M

    that's strange....same here.

    cool bike. i didn't like it all that much when you first posted pics of the frame (sorry, blue isn't my favorite), but with parts hanging on it, it actually looks wicked pretty. it's forcing me to like blue. nice bike.

    the_dude
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    Love it!

    can think of only minor changes I would prefer: tires and Wily fork (aesthetics only, I'm sure Walt's fork performs fine). Gotta like the blue.

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    Check out Walt's blog. He's got a list of his pending customers. HOLY CRAP! He must be doing good. That's killer! I love the small shop custom dudes.

    I hope the stars allign and I get to order another. I'm thinking a steel Matt Chester style do-all bike with a speedhub and two sets of wheels.

    -M

    ps OGG, nobody is asking you to contain your enthusiasm. Self control is overrated.
    Mike Henderson, Dirty Hippy Mountain Biker and part owner of Jet Lites.

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    Man, OGG all your postings about this frame had ME in anticipation. Congrats! Great build and nice frame/fork. I'll see you in NC this summer. My yet-to-be-painted Strong and I have a trip to Pisgah planned.

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    Nice bike, go get it dirty!

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    Make sure you leave that steerer tube just the way it is in those pictures!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinWheelz
    Make sure you leave that steerer tube just the way it is in those pictures!
    Then I'll have Black and Blue balls, lol. With plenty of red mixed in for good measure. I should be able to trim that puppy by at least half tomorrow. I want to do it right with the steerer clamp blade guide. Let that King HS do it's smooooooth thing up front!
    I teased my girlfriend, telling her that's where the steering wheel goes for extra control!
    But don't worry- I am building her a Trek OCLV road bike right now (with a King HS, too!) for her birthday. She gets lovin' with the teasin'!

    OGG
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    PMBAR weapon of choice?

    Lookin sweet! You planning to ride that bucket of bolts in Saturday's Pisgah race?
    Dirtbag since '89

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    Heck no!

    Quote Originally Posted by Singletrack Pig
    Lookin sweet! You planning to ride that bucket of bolts in Saturday's Pisgah race?
    No chance. The bike is still awaiting my "winning" bid (hopefully) on some Avid Speed Dial levers... I have just converted the Jamis SS into a 1x9 (heresy, I know!) so that I will have a geared bike to replace the departed Palomino. This will be my sled for the Death March.
    I will be looking forward to a truly Zen trail ride on my maiden voyage with the BB.

    OGG
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    Are you worried about accelerated wear and chain jump by using a pinned/ramped Shimano chainring?

    Just curious.

    b1umb0y

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    Quote Originally Posted by b1umb0y
    Are you worried about accelerated wear and chain jump by using a pinned/ramped Shimano chainring?

    Just curious.

    b1umb0y
    Time will tell! Walt doesn't think it will make a difference with pins/ramps. The chain doesn't touch the pins, and the ramps are made to keep the chain ON the ring, not the other way around. The cranks came with the 32t ring, so I am just using it for now. We'll see...
    Eventually, I would prefer a 34t or 36t ring with a larger rear cog. That will reduce wear for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OneGearGuy
    Time will tell! Walt doesn't think it will make a difference with pins/ramps. The chain doesn't touch the pins, and the ramps are made to keep the chain ON the ring, not the other way around. The cranks came with the 32t ring, so I am just using it for now. We'll see...
    Eventually, I would prefer a 34t or 36t ring with a larger rear cog. That will reduce wear for sure.
    Yes, I know the pins and ramps aid in guiding the chain onto the ring... However, in the previous post, I was describing the ring, not the reason for potential derailment. Anyway, teeth profile is the real *reason* I would worry about... and increased wear. But as you mentioned, time will tell. I went through my Shimano ring in a little over a month before it started skipping *incessantly*, i.e. it was skipping a little in its nascent set-up. In hindsight, I wish I would have sold it and bought a real SS ring.

    b1umb0y

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