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The big T
href="http://www.trekbikes.com" target="_blank">Trek bikes

Others that help:
U.S.E. and Exposure
Bath Ales booze sponsor? Made the big time now!

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Some people I am lucky enough to regard as friends:

href="http://drj0nswanderings.blogspot.com" target="_blank">Dr J0n His Wanderings
href="http://www.32sixteen.com" target="_blank">Nick 32sixteen
href="http://www.singletrackworld.com" target="_blank">Chipps and Co. Singletrack
href="http://www.yesweareontheweb.com" target="_blank">The Outcast not the gay one
Rudi buy a print!
href="http://www.graveltech.com" target="_blank">Billy Spaceman and his own form of publishing empire
href="http://www.surlybikes.com" target="_blank">Surly aren't
Mud Dock re-fitted and better than ever.
href="http://www.dirtragmag.com" target="_blank">Dirt Rag mag
href="http://www.charliethebikemonger.com" target="_blank">Charley the bike monger dont ask him about the Clunker Classic...
href="http://www.tftunedshox.com" target="_blank">TFtuned Tim knows his shit
href="http://www.minx-girl.com" target="_blank">Minx girl have the nicest tops.
href="http://www.russtler.com" target="_blank">Russtler like Minx but much more hairy
Buddy Spot Brand rider and proabably confused by us brits
Swerve Brewery great beer that you cant buy,
Urban Cyclist Issue 1 out now!

Stuff I ride:
href="http://www.trekbikes.com" target="_blank">Trek 69er and XO singlespeed
href="http://www.spotbikes.com" target="_blank">Spot Brand Singlespeed, 24" Cruiser and Fixie
href="http://www.surlybikes.com" target="_blank">Surly Steamroller and a dead Cross-check :-(
href="http://www.bontrager.com" target="_blank">Bontrager Race, B1 and B29
href="http://www.bikes.com" target="_blank">Rocky Mountain Vertex
href="http://www.fisherbikes.com" target="_blank">Gary Fisher Rig
href="http://www.raleighbikes.com" target="_blank">Raleigh Track bike
href="http://www.gtbicycles.com" target="_blank">GT Xizang LE
Pashley ex-post office bike
href="http://www.dawescycles.com" target="_blank">Dawes Chipps' Tandem
Ribble 631 Road bike
Terry Dolan Pursuit bike

Did someone mention rationalisation?

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I've been thinking about trying a 29er for a while. Big wheels certainly offer advantages- fast rolling but with plentiful grip and of course the whole angle off attack thing. However to me most of the designs out there are too long in the top-tube, chain-stay and fork as well as too high and too slow to steer. Not to mention ugly. Consequently I haven't been too enthused with many. Two that spring to mind as good examples are J0n's Kelly and Jeff Jones' One. As the likelihood hood of getting a Jones in the foreseeable future is minimal and I'm not entirely sold on the concept yet I opted for something considerably less expensive- a '05 Gary Fisher Rig 29er. The Rig is pretty long, say an inch longer tt than a conventional frame of the same size, its not as bad as most and not too much of an issue for me and my stumpy legs. The big benefit with the design its low slung top-tube and dinky head-tube. From the off my intention was to swap out the Rebas for some short rigid forks to lower the front and steepen the angles. I borrowed the Pace RC31's (think they are 440mm long ones) from the front of my freewheeled Spot Brand. This dropped the front about an inch and there is still plenty of mud room. Good so far. Altogether the kit that comes on the Rig is brilliant for the money there was more to change out of the box. The chain and headset wont last too long so went. I opted to run a flat bar and lower stem in order to bring down the front even further. I swapped the lay-back post for an in-line one to shorten the front-end, and popped on my choice of contact points (Times, Ruffian Lockon grips, and a Flite-TT). Paul levers went on cos I'm a tart.It rides well on the road.

It feels surprisingly sprightly yet stable at speed. Just what I was after. We'll see how it rides off-road tomorrow...
1st Mar 2006, 21:04   | tags:,,


dRj0n says:

looking good. next stop, shoe horning 700c's into yer spots!

2nd Mar 2006, 11:43

Nick(singlespeeder-at-btinternet-dot-com) says:

I tried Punkass Spot 29er (my size) and it didn't feel too long, rather too tall.

I daren't ride dRj0n's Kelly though.

Get one. Sized for a 32" inseam.

If you don't like it I'll have it :-)

Oh, and you've got linky.

2nd Mar 2006, 11:56

shaggy says:

35's on open pros already shoehorned in to the Spot fixie- not much space left though! Skinny tyres hurt on the roots that are so common around here though- cant wait to try the 2.1s tonight!

Thanks for the link. I'll sort some soon...

2nd Mar 2006, 12:14

steve(steve-at-singletrackworld-dot-com) says:

29ers are the way forward, despite what Nick says

hang on

is that Nick saying he'll have a 29er ??

3rd Mar 2006, 16:02

dean maddox(dean-at-maddox4533-dot-freeserve-dot-co-dot-uk) says:

glad i found this story was thinking about put the rc 31 26inc on my fisher montare didint think there would be enough clearance are you sure a inch is ok though..

25th Mar 2007, 21:08