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Tons of Noob Question Redux(10 posts)

Tons of Noob Question Reduxkilgoretrout
Aug 26, 2003 9:16 AM
I posted a mess of questions a couple of weeks ago and thought some of you may like to see some pics of how it turned out. It isn't done, I still need put some eggbeaters on there and maybe some cheap in-line levers, but it is rideable as it is.
re: Tons of Noob Question Reduxkilgoretrout
Aug 26, 2003 9:17 AM
I decided to go with a triple up front, 26/36/48 with an 11-32t in the back. I won't bore everyone with the specifics of the rest of the build because the only thing remarkable about it is the lack of money spent. The no bling ghetto cross.
re: Tons of Noob Question Reduxkilgoretrout
Aug 26, 2003 9:18 AM
The biggest monkey wrench was the wheels. I decided to not use the 535's and my friend who I am buying the bike from was willing to swap them for some Sun M13 II's with 105 hubs. As we were putting tires on them I noticed a small crack along one of the spokes of the rear rim. He was livid as these wheels had been warrantee replacements on his girlie's bike. We decided to see how long the rear would hold up and proceeded with the build. Forty miles and two hours later, a mix of grassy fire roads and pavement with a little singletrack thrown in, and the rim was toast. Three more cracks along various spokes, and one nasty one along the side of the rim.

So, I built my first wheel! I kept the 105 hub, mostly as a cost saving measure, and laced it up to some IRD Clyde rims. With that cheesy name I wasn't able to pass them up. After I get a few more miles on this thing I'm going to build up a new front wheel as well.

Thanks again for al of the suggestions I received to my previous post. It made this so much easier.
Great-looking ride...The Walrus
Aug 26, 2003 12:13 PM
Funny how a bucks-down, "basic" rig can have it all over a high-zoot, no-expense-spared status sled. This bike just has "RIDE ME!!!" written all over it. I'm definitely lusting after it.

Excellent job--enjoy!
Aug 26, 2003 2:37 PM
love the Frankenbike and boo yah to the bar cons. Nice work. where'd you get the rims?
Aug 26, 2003 3:52 PM
Thanks for the props. My friend ordered the rims for me from the shop where he works. I originally saw them at Bulltek sports.
Looks Great...lanpope
Aug 26, 2003 6:33 PM
That thing looks great! I am seriously considering the Soma frame. What do you think of the frame? I think it will either be the Soma, a Surly, or a Kelly. I know the Kelly frame is sweet, but it is also double the price.

Good job on your build up.

Looks Great...slide13
Aug 26, 2003 6:47 PM
I was kind of in the same position as you. I was trying to decide between the Surly and the Kelly. The Kelly is a really cool frame, but I decided that the Surly was pretty good as well, and significantly cheaper which let me build it with the part spec I wanted. I would have had to make sacrifices in the parts I wanted to use if I went with the Kelly. If I could have afforded it, the Kelly is deffinetly the cooler frame, but the Surly is great too and less expensive. So far I'm really pleased with my Cross Check. It's a little heavy, but it seems really tough, which is great under my 225lbs. I never really looked at the Soma, but after seeing these pics it looks like a really nice frame as well, I love the color.
Looks Great...kilgoretrout
Aug 26, 2003 7:59 PM
I love this bike so far. My wife is really into her Soma Groove, and a friend of mine has a Groove as well, and they rave about them all of the time. The company is local, and I dig that. I reckon if I lived on the east coast I'd be singing the praises of Surly. Kelly makes amazing frames, but that goes against what I was going for, i.e. build the I'm-unemployed-and-want-a-do-everything bike.

Hopefully you can ride each frame before plunking down the cash, but I know that is difficult to do.
Looks Great...arctic hawk
Aug 27, 2003 3:12 AM
Nice looking machine! & for supporting the local companies!

Arctic Hawk