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  1. A 700c rim is 31.5mm bigger in radius than a 26"...

    A 700c rim is 31.5mm bigger in radius than a 26" rim. So, if you're using disc brakes, you can probably fit a 700c wheel on there, as long as your tire isn't significantly bigger and you don't want...
  2. Yeah, I think the LHT complete--and maybe ONLY...

    Yeah, I think the LHT complete--and maybe ONLY the LHT--comes with an uncut steerer as a complete bike. Cross Checks, etc. seem to come cut.
  3. All Surly framesets (not complete bikes) come...

    All Surly framesets (not complete bikes) come with uncut steerer tube, so you can get the bars as high as you want them.
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    I just made a blog post with many more details...

    I just made a blog post with many more details and pictures of my Velo Orange Camargue here:

    Bikes and Playgrounds: Velo Orange Camargue Introduction
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    On One Marys (flipped over), though I just...

    On One Marys (flipped over), though I just changed them for a Soma Oxford. The flipped Marys were a bit too low for me, and I like looking down at the polished finish of the Oxford.
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    I had the gen 1 Fargo, so this doesn't apply in...

    I had the gen 1 Fargo, so this doesn't apply in all respects to the newer models. But here's my $0.02:

    Camargue Plusses over Fargo:
    - lighter gauge tubing is better when riding unloaded, good...
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    Well, I've only had it for a few days, but all is...

    Well, I've only had it for a few days, but all is well so far. The "mid trail" design handles nicely; it even works well when I'm pulling a trail-a-bike and bike trailer. The frame isn't as spritely...
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    I'm not sure about the spec for the LHT. I know...

    I'm not sure about the spec for the LHT. I know the outer diameter is one step bigger (31.8 vs 28.6), and I assume the wall thickness goes up as well.
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    It's a 9/6/9 x 28.8 top tube on my 62cm--same as...

    It's a 9/6/9 x 28.8 top tube on my 62cm--same as my Cross Check. So it's oversized, but nothing like a LHT or Fargo. Given my druthers, I'd rather have 8/5/8, but this tubing spec is probably...
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    It's the 62cm (55cm seat tube), as big as they...

    It's the 62cm (55cm seat tube), as big as they come.
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    The Velo Orange Camargue has arrived

    The frame arrived at VO on Friday, I ordered it on Saturday, shipped on Monday, arrived on Thursday, and I had a quick build done by that evening. A few pictures from this morning's ride:
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    So a cheap bike has cheap parts that will wear...

    So a cheap bike has cheap parts that will wear out faster... of course. That has zero relationship to where the frame was welded up and the bike was assembled.
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    I wouldn't worry about the frame: aluminum...

    I wouldn't worry about the frame: aluminum hardtail frames are a very mature technology, not much to go wrong there. And the rest is just parts that will be on any frame in that price range. Go for...
  14. The Velo Orange Pass Hunter would fit all of your...

    The Velo Orange Pass Hunter would fit all of your criteria.

    I have a Surly Cross Check, but it's seriously threatened in my stable by the '83 Trek 620 I picked up off Craigslist. The Trek makes a...
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    The Airborne Goblin is a solid value at that...

    The Airborne Goblin is a solid value at that price range, mail order only though.

    If you look at REI, see if they have one of their semi-regular 20% off coupons going on.
  16. Maybe for hydraulic brakes, but the very common...

    Maybe for hydraulic brakes, but the very common Avid BB7 mechanical brakes are both reliable and common, so you'll probably come across some.
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    They should be able to do a warranty repair or...

    They should be able to do a warranty repair or replacement on just the brakes if they were actually faulty.
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    I'm not saying 26ers are good or bad, but that...

    I'm not saying 26ers are good or bad, but that the market isn't valuing them now. Example: a guy on our club board was offering up a mid grade set of 26" wheels... for free (I took them for a...
  19. I've done a similar setup on my Crosscheck. The...

    I've done a similar setup on my Crosscheck. The chainstays are long enough, and chains are flexible enough, that having a chainline off a few mm doesn't make any noticeable difference.
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    I wouldn't pay more than $500 or so: - it's a...

    I wouldn't pay more than $500 or so:

    - it's a 26er, and that market is almost dead

    - it's a Sobo, and lightweight aluminum race frames have a limited life.

    - if it's not disc compatible,...
  21. I use some generic Wellgo BMX pedals and usually...

    I use some generic Wellgo BMX pedals and usually some Teva type sandals. I've tried the Rivendell Grip King (or MKS Lambda) and the MKS RMX pedal, but I find I really like the pins on the BMX pedals.
  22. I used the later version of Suntour thumbies from...

    I used the later version of Suntour thumbies from my '92 Stumpjumper. They aren't great in friction mode: there's still a noticeable detent at the index points. I heard this was to get around...
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    A standard triple (22/32/42 front) with an 8 or 9...

    A standard triple (22/32/42 front) with an 8 or 9 speed rear (with a 34t cog) will give you plenty of gears for anything.
  24. Nice score! I like 29ers, but I've never found a...

    Nice score! I like 29ers, but I've never found a 29er full suspension that I cared for--too long and heavy. I enjoy the small wheels more on a FS bike, where the suspension action makes up for the...
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    Nice! Maybe my favorite type of mtb.

    Nice! Maybe my favorite type of mtb.
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