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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:26 am 
Posh Mark
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Location: As far from the city as you can be ....
Update:

Drop bar experiment didn't really work. I should have bought a high rise stem but decided to go back to the flat bar.

Tyres are staying for now although I do miss the comfort of the proper tyres :lol:

Pre gates ride training .....

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:57 am 
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Location: Manchester UK
Shame the drop bar didn't work out - nice try though!!

Mines now gone all dingle speed. 36:14 on the outside for roads and 32:18 on the inside for off road. Will be giving roads and semi slicks a go for a while thanks to the dark eve's, but nice to know that the off road gear is there if I want it! Just needs mudguards and lights and it'll be a great winter road warrior

Have also treated myself to a 2nd hand thomspon lay back post and some GP3 ergo grips / ends - which a few rides in I am now loving!!

In a moment of weakness I also bought some exotic carbon forks which need putting on at some point, but might wait till the spring.

Still loving the Fortitude!


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:50 pm 
Posh Mark
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Sundays ride ..... No idea who the goon is supporting the bike ..... :lol: :lol:

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Very little has changed since building up the bike.

Got a few bits to spruce her up including a rather lovely Salsa post :oops:

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Favorite bike in the shed ....


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:28 pm 
Posh Mark
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The Fortitude is going 29er+ well front wheel anyway :-)


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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 6:44 am 
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is it not 29 already? or they just humungous tires?


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retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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29+ is like a mini fat bike

3 inch 29er tyre


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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 4:41 pm 
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letmetalktomark wrote:
The Fortitude is going 29er+ well front wheel anyway :-)

let us know how you get on;i have had a knard and rabbit hole on the front of my fargo'
and to be honest needs more testing to see if it works.


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PostPosted: Tue May 06, 2014 5:17 pm 
Posh Mark
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Will do.

I've run a 2.4 Ardent on a Flow EX rim for a while.

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Run at a lowish pressure there is oodles of grip but the tyre feels a little "sqirmy".

I've gone for a Velocity Dually rim so not quite RH width but very similar at 45mm.

I think it will look huge in the fork given its non suspension corrected (445mm AtoC)

Week or so to go :-(


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 3:36 pm 
Posh Mark
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:arrow: Update:

Largely this build has remained unchanged over time as it all just works. That said its difficult not to tinker!

:arrow: New additions:

29er+ front wheel - Surly Knard 3.0 on a Velocity Dually rim

Salsa Regulator titanium post :oops:

First ride out with the new additions was over the weekend. No need to follow the trails now the bike just plows its own :lol: Mounted on the Dually the Knard is a true 75mm wide, the volume is hugebut doesn't through the non suspension corrected geometry:

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The fork is a 440mm AtoC Salsa Cromoto and whilst the clearance isn't huge its on par with whats available out back:

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The ti post is wonderfully finished. No sure on it yet though. The ride whilst seated is a lot smoother but the undamped nature of the flex will take some getting used to.

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I'm having a new Alfine hub laced into a Flow rims so hopefully that should allow a slightly lower pressure to be run out back.

Huge thanks to the guys at Just Riding Along http://www.justridingalong.com/ for building the wheel 8)

Love it.


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PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:06 pm 
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Good to see you are still loving the Fortitude.

I have gone the other way and mine now sports some Schwalbe Marathon Mondial Evolutions in 1.75" flavour. Rolls really nice but still has a bit of off road ability. I still have much fatter on the other 29ers though. :wink:

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Interested to hear how you get on with the seatpost. Can't help but think I should have one of them on the El-Mar but I couldn't quite justify the price at the time!


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