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Old 08-23-08, 05:07 AM
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Originally Posted by tswg View Post
Bikeforums, meet Darth Pugsley. Darth Pugsley, meet bikeforums.
Hello Darth Pugsley, mmmmmmmm you're hawt!
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Old 08-23-08, 08:03 AM
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That's a cool setup!
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Old 08-23-08, 08:09 AM
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Very nice
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Old 08-23-08, 09:18 AM
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That's a tank! (and I mean that in the good way!)
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Old 08-24-08, 01:12 AM
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Originally Posted by tswg View Post
...built up a Surly Pugsley instead.
I just love my Pugs. Have it for about two years now. You are going to love the Endomorphs when winter comes, although I use mine on sand down south in snowless country.

I used to commute 17 miles each way, often on the Pugsley. I wish they made a 4.0 street tire for it. You did great with your 29er setup! Beautiful color too. Mine is still Barney purple.
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Old 08-24-08, 04:01 AM
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VERY nice Pugs! Congrats!
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Old 08-24-08, 07:04 AM
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Some web site did a review on the Pugsley and posted a pic of one all covered in mud, great pic, pretty much had me sold on one someday.

Looking at your pics I got a little confused for a moment. Looking at the handlebar pic I thought you had a thumbshifter on the left side and had to look close at the other pics to see if you had a double or triple chainring setup on front, then I finally went back to the bar pic and saw that it was a bell and not a thumbshifter. Then I got an idea about running internal on back and a double on front.

Nice bike and very nice setup on it.
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Old 08-24-08, 07:40 AM
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I don't think your tires are big enough. You've still got some clearance there.
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Old 08-24-08, 07:50 PM
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Do you think the guy who makes wooden fenders would build a set that can cover the endomorphs?
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Old 08-25-08, 08:36 AM
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Thanks for all the replys!

On the fender issue, I have some Planet Bike Cascadia 29er fenders on order. They will cover the big apples, but they wouldn't be close to wide enough for the Endo's. I'll try putting them on though just to see how inadequate it makes them look. There is a guy that makes fancy wooden fenders for a pugsley, but a) i can't justify 200$ for a pair of fenders (the Pugsley frame was 500) and b) when you've got the Endo's on, fenders seem kinda useless...

The total set-up, as seen in the photos, was around the $2K mark, and that was with the 'Race Team' discount at my LBS. There was delays in the build and a previous order so they gave me a really good price on all my parts. Go BOW CYCLE!

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Here's my fendered pug at the office (can you see the rear fender just threaded between the rack and the wheel?):



And here earlier this morning running errands:



29er wheels would be way cool, especially for studded tires, black ice is the bane of my winter much more than snow ever is.
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Old 08-25-08, 12:06 PM
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LOL! Those tires are hysterical! Can you crush a beer bottle with them? Seriously, aside from the cool noise and the novelty of it, why do you ride them? I imagine they'd be a blast on the beach.
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Old 08-25-08, 12:12 PM
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The goal was beach use, but short-term, they are just fun and yes can ride them up or down any staircase or other incline. I can claim I'm getting use out of them riding over railroad gravel too, 2" chunks that I just don't know are there.
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Old 08-25-08, 12:27 PM
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That's awesome. I love those tires.
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Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
The goal was beach use, but short-term, they are just fun and yes can ride them up or down any staircase or other incline. I can claim I'm getting use out of them riding over railroad gravel too, 2" chunks that I just don't know are there.
Sweet! It's like the monster-truck version of bicycling.
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Old 08-25-08, 01:08 PM
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Those look like motorcycle tire.
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Old 08-25-08, 01:13 PM
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Man it'd be awesome if they made a 4.0" slick. I'd buy a Pugs then.
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Yeah, a Pugsley based beach crusier with 4.0" balloon tires would rock!
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Old 08-25-08, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by hxzero View Post
Man it'd be awesome if they made a 4.0" slick. I'd buy a Pugs then.
Endos are essentially slick. Esp at realistic pressures (~20 psi is around where I top out) you definitely get the whole contact patch sitting on/floating above whatever substrate you're transiting.
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Old 10-02-08, 03:26 PM
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Sorry to bounce the thread, but wondering how Darth Pugsley is riding these days, now that it's seen a couple miles.
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Old 10-02-08, 04:07 PM
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Darth has been running great. I've made a few minor adjustments to the cable tension on the Alfine Hub, and a few handlebar position changes, but otherwise I've just been commuting every day I can. Approximately 250 km so far.

Since the photos, I've added fenders (PB Cascadia 29er), a pump (topeak mountain morph), and blinkie lights. I also have an 18t freewheel sitting at home ready to install on the front wheel and I have some Kenda small block 8's on order (snow will be here soon).

My initial impressions of the bike:
- it's kinda heavy, but only to lift if that makes any sense. I find it surprisingly fast and the hills don't seem any bigger. It's fun passing road bikes with 1" tires when your pushing 29" x 2.4 Big Apples.
- the tires and frame/wheelset combo absorb all but the harshest bumps/holes in the road. Similar to 1" of suspension.
- the Mary handlebars are awesome and very comfortable.
- fenders were required as those big apples tend to suck up entire puddles and throw it up your behind. The Cascadias just barely fit though, they're recomended only to 29x2.3" and the Apples are 2.35".
- the alfine is pretty slick. It's not as quiet as I thought, some gears are better than others, but it's not loud, and probably about the same as a derailleur. The gear range is more than sufficient, but I may change the front ring to a 36t (instead of 38t), especially with winter conditions coming on soon. Shifting at a stop is handier than I thought and the lag time between shifts is pretty minimal so you don't really have to ease of the pressure for more than a split second. I'm still waiting for some subzero days to really test it out.
- god I love having disk brakes again. The Avid mechanicals kick @ss.
- god I love NOT having a derailleur system.
- the rack is unbelievably solid. They should market that thing as a roll cage.
- once I test the alfine in winter conditions, I'll decide on how I want to build up the large marge rims with the endomorphs. Either as a dual speed or another alfine setup.

I'll try to post some more pics soon, with all of the commuter gear loaded up now.
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Old 10-02-08, 04:14 PM
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Cool. A close-up of your hub/wheel-dish would be great to see also.
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Old 10-02-08, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by jimisnowhere View Post
Do you think the guy who makes wooden fenders would build a set that can cover the endomorphs?
See them HERE
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Old 10-02-08, 07:56 PM
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I like the name, but I can't see it's Light Saber in the pics you posted. How about a close-up pic.
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Old 10-03-08, 11:17 AM
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Who needs a light saber when you've got Big Apples!
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