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Trek 950 650b trail/rando build

Old 03-11-15, 05:48 PM
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@whatwolf- I was wondering if the brake pads came at the rims straight on or if you had to angle the posts up in order to reach the rim. Can't wait to hear the ride report, especially in regard to braking and cushiness of ride & overall ride quality vs 26" wheels.
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Originally Posted by whatwolf


Still needs brake and fit adjustments and a front rack installed, but I'm digging it so far!
You don't play around.

Hot stuff, for sure.

Congrats.

Are you going with a basket or a bag?
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@whatwolf- I was wondering if the brake pads came at the rims straight on or if you had to angle the posts up in order to reach the rim. Can't wait to hear the ride report, especially in regard to braking and cushiness of ride & overall ride quality vs 26" wheels.
Hm. I find the brake posts on cantis are always "angled up" in order to contact the rim squarely, because they travel in an arc.

I'll do a ride report hopefully tomorrow. Keep in mind I don't have a frame of reference as to 26" wheels. Though I do ride a 26er MTB I've never ridden this frame with 26" wheels.
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Originally Posted by gomango
You don't play around.

Hot stuff, for sure.

Congrats.

Are you going with a basket or a bag?
Eventually I'd like to get a big rando bag but a basket will do for now. Glad you like it!
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Nice looking ride. If I decide I don't like the paint on mine anymore, I might go clear but in a powdercoat.
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First trail ride/gear test was pretty successful. A couple fit issues to take care of but I'm on the right track.

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Unsurprisingly this bike rides sort of like a CX-MTB hybrid. Although it weighs almost twice as much as my CX bike it is pretty nimble on technical stuff and very stable at speed. Descending in the drops is confidence inspiring, maybe in part due to the weight of the front rack (3 lbs.) Also perhaps due to the weight on the front end, the front wheel flops around more than I'm used to when going slow and around/over rocks. Our trails here are filled with babyhead rock sections and I found them more difficult to cross on this bike than either my CX (33mm tires) or rigid MTB (2.3" tires.)

I took some detail shots that I'll upload from my camera later, and I'll have to measure the bb height and whatever other questions I hadn't answered before.
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Originally Posted by whatwolf
First trail ride/gear test was pretty successful. A couple fit issues to take care of but I'm on the right track.

That's it.

I'm building one too.

Awesome plus and yet so practical.
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@whatwolf - would you consider posting a breakdown of your components? I'm interested in your crankset. Very handsome.
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@whatwolf - would you consider posting a breakdown of your components? I'm interested in your crankset. Very handsome.
Looks like a TA Cyclotouriste or a Lambert clone of the TA. Parts For Old French Bikes from Harris Cyclery
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Originally Posted by Velocivixen
@whatwolf - would you consider posting a breakdown of your components? I'm interested in your crankset. Very handsome.
It's a TA cyclotouriste. I can do a full parts list after dinner.
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Originally Posted by gomango
That's it.

I'm building one too.

Awesome plus and yet so practical.
Doesn't your Miyata qualify already?
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Here's a couple detail shots... Sadly most of my pics didn't come out well. I'll have to take more later.

Rear brake... plenty of clearance.


I made this improvised light mount out of a Crud Claw and a piece of threadless steerer.
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Parts rundown:

F/F: Trek 950
HS: Tange Falcon Sealed
Stem: Nitto Dirt Drop
Bars: Soma Hwy One
Brake Levers: TRP RRL
Shifters: DA 10-sp bar ends
FD: Sram Rival
RD: XTR 9-sp
Crankset: TA Cyclotouriste 46-32
BB: Shimano UN-55
Chain: KMC 9-sp
Cassette: Sram 970 11-34
Brakes: Tektro CR-720
Wheels: Velocity Synergy 650b to Velocity ATB hubs
Tires: Surly Knard 650b x 41mm
Rack: Surly
Saddle: Brooks Pro
Seatpost: Kalloy UNO + Hite Rite courtesy of @mparker326
Pedals: Time ATAC / MKS Lambda

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Originally Posted by whatwolf
Doesn't your Miyata qualify already?
Just a few mods and I'll be good to go.

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All business. Enjoy.
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Nerdy video of this bike in action: https://flic.kr/p/rAr4H9
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Cousins, sort of.

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Originally Posted by gomango
Yep. Check out post #19 of this thread ! Both those bikes are awesome.
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Originally Posted by whatwolf
Yep. Check out post #19 of this thread ! Both those bikes are awesome.
Wow.

Great bikes for sure.
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Originally Posted by whatwolf
First trail ride/gear test was pretty successful. A couple fit issues to take care of but I'm on the right track.

Looks great to me!
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Yep. Check out post #19 of this thread ! Both those bikes are awesome.
So I checked out both of those pages. Some style. Does this mean if I hang in the right crowd, my friends won't tease me for my dirty, rusty bike?
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Originally Posted by whatwolf
Nerdy video of this bike in action: https://flic.kr/p/rAr4H9
Looks like a great area for riding.
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This is a neat build. I have a nice 89 950 that is begging for a rebirth and I think this might be a viable option (the 650b not the clear coat)
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Originally Posted by RobE30
This is a neat build. I have a nice 89 950 that is begging for a rebirth and I think this might be a viable option (the 650b not the clear coat)
I'd say it's definitely a low risk investment and you might like it!
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