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 Post subject: Retro 29ers/700c MTBs?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:00 am 
Old School Hero

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So I've come to the conclusion that I'm just too damn tall for my XXL 26" bike. With the saddle high enough I have a crazy amount of drop from the saddle to the bars, and it gives me back ache, not to mention being really ungainly on the descents.

What choices do I have for retro-ish MTBs which take 700c wheels? I've heard of the Bianchi Project series, but they seem to be pretty rare. Maybe there are some hybrid type frames which I could convert? I just want something with bigger wheels, the geometry is so much more sensible in massive sizes.

Also, I don't mind gas pipe steel. My road bike is made of gas pipe (all 11kg of it, and that's with only one gear!) and I love the way it rides.

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:12 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:18 am 
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Very nice, but they're custom I see? Not really wallet friendly, if I could afford to have one built I would have already ;)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:28 am 
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Tough to find a true retro 29er but take a look at the singular peregrine set up with flat bars. I know that this is a new bike but it has a retro look. You end up with a lugged 29er with disc brakes and a classic mountain bike look for a lot less than custom. For a semi custom retro looking 29er the Rivendell Hunqapillar with their bullmoose bars makes a sharp looking bike. although the larger sizes have the "diagatube" which some find odd.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:40 am 
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:17 am 
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How tall are you Joe?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:38 am 
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Marin did a few 29er urban/hybrid bikes. Can't remember their name but they pop up quite often and are pretty cheap.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:39 am 
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Here we go:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=260109&hilit=marin


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:42 am 
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Specialized Crossroads too, but I can't remember seeing many of the 700c models in a big frame size (else I would have been tempted). I'm sure they are out there though.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:27 am 
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Chopper1192 wrote:
How tall are you Joe?


6'8". When people push my modern bike (2012 Trek Cobia in XL) they look like they're 4' tall.


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