Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Blackbuck + WW + Knard = Fun

I think that a lot of older frames are going to get a new lease on life as 29+ (or 27.5+, or weird combos) front rigid bikes. Great for tandems too. And a lot of us over-the-hill folks with bad necks and backs and wrists can get back on rigid bikes again!

Loads of clearance, Clarence

Round Valley, about 5 miles from WWWHQ

Monday, May 04, 2015

Holy Chromoly...

72.5cm effective toptube, folks. 7 pounds of steel, 29+. I used 34.9mm Supertherm downtubes for the toptube and seat tube (yes, those are really fun to bend...) Ronnie should love it.

1 5/8 x. 049" downtube - Ronnie is going to run a 150mm travel 29er fork,  which means you need the beef...

Friday, May 01, 2015

29+ pics, a few thoughts

I love 29+. Not just because my Chupacabra+curved blade rigid fork is the smoothest ride short of suspension I've ever had (and allowed me to ride rigid again for the first time in years) but also because:
-Great way for really big/tall folks to get on a tire that is proportional in diameter/volume to the loads they're going to put on it.
-3" tires are a great in-between spot for folks who don't want to ride a full-on fatbike OR race and suffer on 2" semislicks.
-Traction is just outstanding (I like around 15-20psi) and it's hard to go back to skinny tires!
-They are a no-brainer for tandems where traction, rollover, and stoker comfort are big concerns.

Here's Tom's fork intimidating a 2.35" tire that was an innocent bystander.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Fist test says...

...Ronnie's 29+ will have loads of room for big tires.

And yes, my fist is bigger than a Chupacabra. I do use real tools to measure as well...

Monday, April 27, 2015

72.5cm effective toptube...

Not much to give it context here, but this is going to be one BIG bike...29+ is a godsend for those really big folks out there! Upward curved toptube? Standover's not a problem when you have a 94cm saddle height and ~40" inseam!

Just to get the bars high enough, this will use a 150mm travel MRP stage fork!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PSA: Get paid to build and maintain trails!


It's not too often that this kind of job opens up and Los Alamos is a very, very cool place. They even have a brewery now, to go with their 100+ miles of trails (all in a 100 square mile county!)