Heya, guys! Thanks for the nice words, really!
Cezar is almost as tall as I am and I am 1.91 m high. It doesn't matter, though, as this was the only bike I could afford at that point and actually I made a plan with a friend in order to split the costs and share the bike. In the end he got another bike that he found pretty cheap and I paid him off gradually. I don't want to bitch and whine about how wages and how it is a bit harder to have a bike over here, but as you see it makes for a cool story and this bike deserves its accolades. Before I got it it was ridden to two national championships by a friend of mine and it was damaged by the uninspired idea of having a Shiver upfront. Before it got its championships the bike came from the U.S. where it was received as some sort of sponsorship deal by another friend of hours who moved over there and used to ride NORBA nationals. I know the bike almost since it was new and with full stock parts.
if you wonder why it has these funny colors, well, it's because it was repaired and painted fully flat black. I kinda saved it from somebody who didn't quite appreciate it and I put it to a few more years on the racing scene. I always smile when I read about the Lobo's bad reputation as a bike that breaks easily. Do you think any of those guys could imagine this one lasted for 12 years of racing, ridden as it's meant to be? Doesn't matter!
Anyway, maybe you should try the low Boxxer upper crown and see how you can get the bike lower and slacker for best riding results. I am sure it will turn out just fine...
I don't know if I mentioned it, but last summer I bought another Lobo, this time pretty stock, from the UK, because I just couldn't let my hands of it. It was around 300 quid and came with a perfect Jr. T. Now I'm trying to sell that fork and get a Boxxer to put the legend where it belongs: on the trails. The old frame and fork will be cleaned and framed themselves, don't worry!
1990 GT Karakoram 20" Purple Haze (urban project); 1993 GT Karakoram 20" Ferrari Red (classy beater); 1993 GT Karakoram 14.5" Black Light (almost original); 1994 Breezer Jet Stream 18" (unlikely story); 1995 Winora full suspension (a fine riding mistery); 1997 Kona A'Ha (anniversary edition); 1997 GT Arrowhead 18" (poisoned gift); 1998 Stevens 6.1.2 (true warrior); 1998 GT Moto cruiser (just google it!); 1999 Santa Cruz Chameleon (the heartbreaker revived); 1999 GT Lobo 1000 (retired with works Super T); 2000 GT Lobo (turns original); 2001 Klein Attitude Comp 19" (ultralight project); 2001 Cannondale Jekyll 1000 SL (better that a lot of "fresh" bikes); 2003 Intense Tazer (close to factory team spec); 2003 Intense M1 (old dream on hold); 2007 Crupi Pro XXL (pumptrack teacher)