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Old 01-13-13, 05:57 AM   #1
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Is it a mountain bike? A road bike? It's MONSTERCROSS - new bike build

Since winter has apparently been cancelled due to climate change again this year, the mild weather spurred me on to build up the winter bike project early, in January instead of March.

So, with that said,

I am happy to report I am the new father of a real bastard, the intermingling of a 29er mountain bike with the civility of a road bike.



Gearing like a road bike in the top end (compact 48-11) and mountain bike gearing for climbing (24-34), floating 2.1" in the front and 2.0" in the back, this bike is a monster.

Cheap, Origin 8 CX700 frame. clearance for 2.4" in back, 2.2" in front.

XT derailleurs, Deore hubs and crank, 319 rims, barcon shifters, Salsa Bell Lap Hbar, interruptor levers.

since the frame is traditional diamond frame, I can fit a revelate frame bag AND still have room for two waterbottles inside the frame.

This bike rocks - is it a road bike? is it a mountain bike? it's the season of MONSTERCROSS .
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Old 01-13-13, 07:43 AM   #2
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What ever it is I like it
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Sharp looking build. I think its a "Traveller Class" bike. You could go just about anywhere with that beast.
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Old 01-13-13, 10:40 AM   #5
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In three years all the major companies will be racing to add monstercross bikes to their lineups and everyone will be complaining that standard cross bikes are going away... thanks for that...

kidding. It looks pretty awesome!
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Although I see more bike categories than I saw in 1990, I find it somewhat peculiar there aren't single speed 26 inch wheel bikes with suspension forks or 26 inch wheel bikes road bikes. Well, the Surly Long Haul Trucker exists but it's a tourer.
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Sweet build!

I want to do something similar as well some day
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Although I see more bike categories than I saw in 1990, I find it somewhat peculiar there aren't single speed 26 inch wheel bikes with suspension forks or 26 inch wheel bikes road bikes. Well, the Surly Long Haul Trucker exists but it's a tourer.
Well, this is a 29er bike, but i get what you're saying.

There are a LOT of long haul trucker like frames on the market nowadays that take a kind of wide but not nearly wide enough tire for serious trail riding - and I've ridden a cyclocross bike down some pretty heinous trails.

i had a very hard time finding a 29er frame that took rim brakes, much less a classically styled diamond frame - mountain, touring or otherwise - that has clearance for 29er tires.

I find this an oversight in the bike market, but maybe one of the big players is going to offer a basic bike frame with canti posts and clearance for big 29er tire.
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It's not as monstrous as mine with those sissy sized wheels but I like it a lot.

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I think one might be a 29er with cantis but I don't see a real description: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...egoryId=400314
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This bike is sick. Tracks in the corners amazingly well, floats like a cadillac over obstacles, and pedals on pavement almost as efficiently as my cross bike.

Seems faster than my 80's era Stumpjumper with 26" tires on it. plus the drop bars are a real nice plus.
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You can get some excellent roll out on the right 26 inch tyres... it is the improved aero position that makes a world of difference and in my case my MX is nearly as light as my steel framed road bikes as it too has a very lightweight racing frame (lighter than many road frames) and all the weight difference is in the wheels.

If I ran narrower or higher psi tyres this bike would beat me to death as it is stiff with a capital S.

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Interesting that you used a Origin8 frame because I saw some unflatering comments on their frames.
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Origin 8 is about the bottom of the barrel, but you wouldn't believe how difficult it is to find a diamond frame, rim brake 29er. 'limited choices' doesn't even begin to describe the issue of finding this frameset style.

I'm overall pretty happy with the frame though. I think QC overseas has gotten better across the board in the bike industry.
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Nice 29er
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Nice. It's the ultimate gettin-around-town winter bike.
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Since winter has apparently been cancelled due to climate change again this year, the mild weather spurred me on to build up the winter bike project early, in January instead of March.
Huh? Last three mornings have been 25ish here. Plenty wintry for my tastes.
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Huh? Last three mornings have been 25ish here. Plenty wintry for my tastes.

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it's mild where I'm at, in a place accustomed to a lot worse wintry weather. Like Finland, just in North America.
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Why the interest in a standard frame instead of compact frame? If you need to put your foot on the ground on a high incline, you'd have your crotch close to the top tube.
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Why the interest in a standard frame instead of compact frame? If you need to put your foot on the ground on a high incline, you'd have your crotch close to the top tube.

Haven't had any problems yet. it still is slightly dropped in the top tube.

I really wanted to stay away from the suspension corrected geometry of most 29er's, for efficient positioning on the not so technical portions of long distance and touring off road trips.
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Very cool. I wanted to buy a Singular Peregrine and do a similar build but w/ disc brakes. http://www.singularcycles.com/shop/i...peregrine.html
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Nice bike!! it's called "Hybrid"..
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