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Old 06-05-17, 08:42 PM   #3751
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Rick, I plan to do loaded touring and was only interested in a 75 gear inch for a high gear. I may be wrong, but it's an experiment ; ).
That makes sense for a loaded bike.. What are you going to use for racks and bags?
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Old 06-06-17, 07:17 AM   #3752
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For gear loading the bike, I have (one offroad trip, San Juan hut to hut) strapped dry bags to the handle bars and seat post along with a light backpack. That was without much camping gear. I am going to try that first in training runs.
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Old 06-14-17, 12:53 AM   #3753
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From the "hopefully paranoid" files: while lubing the quick releases (my seat post was creaking), I noticed that the top and bottom halves of the frame don't sit evenly on each other.

Look at where the top and bottom meet. On the left side it sits flush. But on the right side, there's a little gap of maybe .5mm between top and bottom. Is this a problem?

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Old 06-14-17, 06:29 AM   #3754
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Not a problem. The frame halves are held by the seatpost. I have resorted to putting a thick grease in the gap - lip balm.
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Old 06-14-17, 10:45 AM   #3755
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Great, thanks. I'll follow your lead with the lip balm idea.
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Old 07-17-17, 05:54 AM   #3756
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The swift folder is my favorite bike because not only does it fold but it allows you to use standard parts. This thread has so many iterations and ideas based around one bike frame so heres mine.



Steel Frame
Stock seatpost
selle italia max gel flite seat
Sram Red crankset 170mm 53t force chainring
MKS EZY UB-lite Pedals
Shimano 9 speed casette
SRAM x0 9 speed shifter
SRAM X7 9 seed short cage Derailleur
Controltech 451 wheelset
Panaracer minits lite 20 x 7/8 tires
Beiou 451 threadless Fork
Cane Creek 40 headset
Bacchetta BFT headset clamp
Bacchetta 1 1/8 one piece riser
Profile designs kage
Ritchey Pro 25.4 drop bar

If anybody is wondering about transitioning to a carbon fork it does make the ride a little smoother, especially in urban areas where roads might be chipped.
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Old 07-17-17, 05:21 PM   #3757
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Nice!

I'm pretty sure the frame is the aluminium version though. I have an identical one in my garage gathering dust, relegated to a corner by my Ti Swift...
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