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Old 05-14-08, 05:23 PM   #1
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Building up a Yuba Mundo for a customer at the shop

First impression? Guh, this thing's heavy. I believe the claimed weight of 59 pounds. It looks pretty good, although the part spec could be quite a bit better for the money. This thing is definitely built to be strong and not necessarily nice or a good performer. Hopefully it will be available in the future as a frame only like the Big Dummy. I'm not done building it yet (ran out of time due to starting on it quite late in the day.) Definitely expect to spend some time building it up as it basically comes as a frame with headset cups pressed in and BB installed. Everything else is in a parts box. It'll be cool to see once it's done.
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Old 05-14-08, 10:09 PM   #2
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You have any pics?
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Unfortunately not, where I was on the clock I didn't feel comfortable stopping to snap pics (considered though.) I will try to grab a pic once it's complete.
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I'd love to hear your impressions if you can get a test ride in before the customer pics it up...
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What did you think?
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It was a fun ride, the owner had us put on some real tall riser bars from electra that definitely made for a comfortable ride. The rear derailleur is junk, the lowest level shimano stuff you see on bigbox bikes. The springs in it aren't really strong enough to move a chain that long. I'd be weary in the long run of having a chainring welded to the crank like the yuba had. Honestly I'd still be interested in picking one up down the road, but would only do so with the assumption that I would budget another $300 or so for immediate upgrades.
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