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    Grove Protoype Woods bike circa 1991

    This bike was designed to push bike handling to the edge of the envelope. The chain stays are a short 15.25"which would normally be difficult to do with 26" wheels. To make this happen, the bottom bracket shell was widened to 80mm, rear hub spacing was widened to 160mm and a track style rear drop out was used. The bottom bracket height was placed at 16" for maximum clearance. Three of these prototype "Woods Bikes" were made and there was a short review in the November 1991 Dirt Rag magazine, written by Jay DeJesus. A NC-based doctor saw the review and purchased this bike from Grove. A second bike was destroyed in testing and Bill Grove still has the third bike. He brought it to the 2007 Cackalacky Cup which saw the reunion of the only two remaining bikes!








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    What type of front hub is that?

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    Now that is one cool bike!

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    Needs really upright barends.
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    That is a pretty sweet looking bike, but can one of you tell me, what handling were they looking for out of this bike? It's a unique design, but I'm confused as to what this geometry specifically gives performance-wise...
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    The short chain stay were to make it climb and the tall bottom bracket was so it didn't get hung up on East coast roots. I think it was mostly an experiment to push the limits and see what happened. It doesn't ride too bad once you get going but when you stop it is like falling off of a step ladder. The tall stem was to compensate for the higher seat position.

    The hubs were made by Grove.

    There was a Dirt Rag article by Jay DeJesus which I'll try to get scanned and post a copy.

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    Kind of funny in that it looks very similar to an IRD prototype bike I've seen.

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    Wonder how different this is from the IRD Stroker series of bikes? The Grove uses a fairly standard crank length as opposed to the IRD bikes.

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    EAST COAST BABY!!!!!!!!

    I always liked Groves...Very strong! Nice bike!

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    I had my name on the list for one of those babies. It was a tentative list at best as Grove wasn't sure if the bike would ever go into production.

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    Quote Originally Posted by First Flight

    There was a Dirt Rag article by Jay DeJesus which I'll try to get scanned and post a copy.
    pretty sure i've got that dirt rag issue,too, if you can't track it down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
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    You just made me blow milk out my nose....and I don't even drink the stuff! LMAO ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by eldengrave
    pretty sure i've got that dirt rag issue,too, if you can't track it down.

    The article can be seen on Mike Herman's Purple Lizard/Grove Innovations site.

    http://www.purplelizard.com/GI%20Custom.htm
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    Picking up where Jeff left off, here's the other remaining Woods Bike.

    After the prototype was destroyed in a fit of anger by a brief shop employee, #2 was finished and sold to a NC physician before finding it's way to First Flight. #3 hung in the rafters until Randy and Bill dissolved their business relationship, then was finished, along with a bunch of other "unusual / wart" bikes, and taken to the Bicycle Shop to be sold as a frame kit. The bike did not sell and was eventually lost when Bill closed down the Centrehall shop.

    A few phone calls later, I pulled this frame kit out of a barn in 2006, built it up with NOS parts, and took it to NC for the 2007 Cacalacky Cup where I gave it back to Bill and it was re-united with it's brother.

    It has hung in Bill's basement since that time, until it's care was passed to me a few weeks ago.

    Enjoy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rody View Post
    Picking up where Jeff left off, here's the other remaining Woods Bike.

    After the prototype was destroyed in a fit of anger by a brief shop employee, #2 was finished and sold to a NC physician before finding it's way to First Flight. #3 hung in the rafters until Randy and Bill dissolved their business relationship, then was finished, along with a bunch of other "unusual / wart" bikes, and taken to the Bicycle Shop to be sold as a frame kit. The bike did not sell and was eventually lost when Bill closed down the Centrehall shop.

    A few phone calls later, I pulled this frame kit out of a barn in 2006, built it up with NOS parts, and took it to NC for the 2007 Cacalacky Cup where I gave it back to Bill and it was re-united with it's brother.

    It has hung in Bill's basement since that time, until it's care was passed to me a few weeks ago.

    Enjoy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by colker1 View Post
    It needs BIGGER pics. PLease.
    Fixed...and added a few more for your patience
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    Geo may be extreme but details are sooo cool here: front derr plate. bridgeless stays. crankset. rings. rear hub. stem and of course... paint. If there is a bike made for a hite rite is this...
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    Yee gads I miss the days of, "what the hell, let's try it and see what happens".

    Just like cars nowadays, bikes from across the parking lot, all look identical, and it sucks.

    This thing is a work of kinetic art.

    Thanks for sharing!!
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    Awesome bike Rody!!! I'm glad it's in your hands.
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    Fantastic!

    Ride report coming?

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