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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:14 pm 
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Stop sniggering at the back :D
I've pondered a 29er but can't justify the expense, so i'm toying with the idea of a 69er as a sort of halfway house.
I'm assuming its just a question of obtaining some forks and building a wheel if I use a disc brake? Anybody had a pop?


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 8:25 pm 
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Grannygrinder wrote:
Stop sniggering at the back :D



:oops: :oops: :lol: :lol: couldn't help myself had to see this thread.

Can't help as only 'ride' 26''


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:22 pm 
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Never tried it but here's a lovely one. This guy will be building my custom 29er in the coming months 8)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edelbikes/ ... 70/?page=2


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:37 pm 
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large wheel pervert http://www.kiwibikes.co.nz/singlespeed/


Dont be a pussy and get a penny farthing!!!! :lol:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 9:03 am 
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Like this you mean??

1995 Explosif with Excentriker BB and 425mm Salsa Cromoto forks.
Loads of room for the biggest 29" tyre that I've used (2.35").
Handles very well, apart from the fact that excessive trail makes it a little "floppy" at low speeds. You soon get used to it and adapt, although what it really needs are forks with more rake to reduce the trail a bit.
The frame is a bit limited for rear tyre clearance though.

It's not seeing very much use now unfortunately, as I'm riding what I rate as the sweetest handling and most fun bike that I've ever ridden.
The perfect balance of high speed stability and "plantedness" but with the ability to change lines without even thinking about it, coupled with low speed agility for those trials type moves up and over rock steps and logs etc. What I really need is a Gravity Dropper seatpost because it loves ultra steep, technical stuff.
All I know is that it's frequently a bit of an eye-opener to people on all sorts of suspension laden stuff (and it must be down to the bike, with an old fart like me riding it).

A mate of mine is experimenting with a 29" front wheel on a Dialled Bikes Love/Hate and reckons that it's better than with the 26" wheel.
I've ridden it and it works fine but it doesn't have that "part of me" feel that the 'Bird does.
If you get the chance, blag a ride on one to know what a well-sorted 69er should feel like :wink: - or if you want to use an existing frame that you have, and you think that 440mm forks and a 29" wheel would work, then drop Sam Alison at Singular a line ( sam@singularcycles.co.uk ) and see if he will sell you a set of the Hummingbird forks as they are rake and trail adjusted for the 29" wheel.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:12 pm 
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Tried it once but the frame was not suspension corrected so longer fork with larger wheel messed up the geometry. Also there was a danger of toe clip as the larger wheel diameter moved tyre back into my toe clearance zone :?

Id say try a frame designed for at least a 3" travel fork then use a rigid fork with 440mm axle to crown with a bit of rake. A suspension corrected rigid 26er fork with disc mounts might cut it with a 29er wheel :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:50 pm 
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445mm P2's on the way, just need a front wheel now :D
The frame i'm using was designed for an 80-100mm fork so should be ok.
Although I like my bikes on the twitchy side of nervous anyway so not too concerned.
Just need to track down a nice cheap 36 hole black rim now :D


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:43 pm 
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orange71 wrote:
Never tried it but here's a lovely one. This guy will be building my custom 29er in the coming months 8)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/edelbikes/ ... 70/?page=2


Very, very nice 8) , almost too pretty to use.


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