Some new parts have been showing up for the 29er build. A crankset, seatpost, front tire, grips, headset have all shown up. I've also got some much needed Lefty parts including the XXFirm brown spring that I had trouble getting. Big shout out to Mountainview Cycle in Beamsville for hooking me up with a NOS spring they happened to have in stock from back in their Cannondale days. These guys have lots of parts for Lefty's and other Headshok parts that are new leftovers. I'll be coming back whenever I have another Cannondale fork that needs some parts.
I also managed to sell off quite a bit of the used parts I won't be using, as well as the bonus wheelset that came with the bike. I'll have to do a spreadsheet when everything is finished to know how much the bike actually cost.
The Dually. Appropriately named as its at least twice as wide as a "regular" 29er rim. This double walled 45mm wide made in the USA rim is sure to get the most volume out of your tires possible. I built these up on some 170/135mm hubs for use on my fat bike as a fast moving "mid-fat" solution for when the full on fat tires were just too much.
Building with these rims was a pleasure, they easily came true during the build and even tension was achieved without much fuss. Both rims I got were within 20 grams of the claimed 675 gram listed weight. The rims are not eyeleted but that did not have any disadvantages during my time on them. The Velocity website states that these rims are tubeless ready, but I never did set up my tires tubeless with them so I cannot comment on how they hold up tubeless.
I mounted up the only readily available 29er+ tire, the Surly Knard. I used the 120tpi version. Riding these wheels around my local trails (sandy twisty sinlgetrack) was a pleasure. Some of the float of the fat bike with more traction than a regular 29er. There is a weight penalty over regular 29er wheelsets, the wide rims are heavier as well as the tires (900 grams for the ultralight Knards). They roll faster than a full on 4" fat tire and are lighter. Its almost the perfect in-between wheel setup. The wheels are quite tall however because of the 29 x 3" tire, the actual height is closer to 31". This size will limit things like chainstay length and toe overlap in the smaller sizes on bikes built around these wheels.
I really like the 29er+ format and the Duallys do not disappoint. They stayed true and strong under my 260lbs. Now I'm just waiting for more dedicated 29er+ bikes to come out along with a suspension fork that can easily take the girth of these wheels.
There are also some 650b+ offerings hitting the market soon, which will be closer to 29" actual overall height and might work nicer with some of the shorter fat bikes out there. Velocity is making a small run of Dually 650b+ rims that are available now.
I give the Duallys 5/5 stars.
The Bric has been sick lately with the flu and bronchitis, no riding no building no reviews. Look for some new content soon though. Lots in the works including the 29er build part 3, review of the Velocity Dually 29er+ rims, will hopefully be riding again soon with some winter fat biking posts. Please stay tuned.
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Nothing ruins a good ride in the woods quite like a nice piece of trash strategically placed along the trail by the shithead knuckle dragger who couldn't be bothered to pack it out. I see it all too much, trash in the woods that could be so easily kept out of it. Some of the worst offenders around here are coffee cups from Tim Horton's. I see it play out in my head... some asshole strolling along the trail with their extra large double double dickweed special, finishing it off then thinking to themselves "f*ck it" while they causally toss it into the bushes. Out of sight out of mind right? Well f*ck you Mr. Litterbug. Nothing says 'piss on mother nature' as nicely as your lazy ass firing off your crap into the woods. I really hope you get struck by lightning or a tree falls on your head.
I live by the motto 'pack out what you pack in', meaning take your trash back out with you. This is especially true with spare tubes. I see them tossed along the trail too. WTF is with that? You brought a spare with you in your pack / seat bag / jersey pocket, why can't you take your punctured tube back out? I've picked up quite a few of these and patched them myself and used them as spares / given them away to riders in need of a tube along the trail. I try to collect a bit of garbage each ride out too.
I don't get pissed about trash in the bush only either. Just a few days ago I watched a Supreme-Douche-Wad empty the contents of their vehicle ash tray while stopped at a traffic light. The idea of getting out of my vehicle, dragging the shithead out their door and making them eat the cigarette butts off the pavement was appealing at first although the thought passed after I realized that it would not end well for either party and in their eyes I would be an asshole.
Another good one in my town in particular is the scoping of dog shit into a baggie, then tossing the baggie off into the woods. Really? Why not just take a stick and flick it off the trail then? Don't want to carry dog shit? Don't own a dog!
I'm convinced that some people would eventually drown in their own garbage and filth rather than take the effort to put trash in its place. Ever seen the show Hoarding: Buried Alive?
So you have all been given fair warning, if you litter on the trail, The Bric is coming for you. I'll be carrying a claw hammer and galvanized nails to permanently attach your trash to your hands.
No time wasted here. Tore the bike down to the frame and checked out all the parts. Its going to need some replacement parts, and some love for the rest of them.
Removed the white plastic cages, these will go on my black and white scheme CX bike. Took off the brand new Shimano Hydro brakes, Shimano Deore driveline came off and is in good shape too.
Crankset if totally fubared. BB is toast and broken, crank threads for the extractor tool are stipped, small chaingring is missing two bolts and now resembles an old Bio-Pace chainring. The bb shell on the frame has significant rust inside, although it does not seem to be enough to be concerned about. Needs a good cleaning for sure.
Down to the frame. Bare frame weighs in at 5lbs 1 oz.
One thing I noticed was the seatpost is 26.8mm. An odd size, not sure who even makes this size anymore. I`ll need a new one as the head bolt has stripped out the aluminum clamp for the saddle rails.
Part 3 will be coming soon!
I picked up a bit of a winter project for this year. After riding the full fat and loving it all year, I decided I could use a nice 29er to mix things up and keep the riding experience fresh. I`ve gotten quite good at buying bikes and selling them for a small profit, as well as buying bikes with parts I want, doing some swap outs and reselling the bike for the same amount I bought it. The cost of my bike hobby is paying for itself this way.
I picked up a 2008 KHS Tucson 29er. It has a 4130 cromo frame, Rock Shox Tora 318 Soloair, WTB wheels, Shimano drivetrain and brakes. Its in need of some love and updating. I`d like to paint it as well, the colour is butt ugly IMO. The seller also included a second set of wheels with the bike (including rotors and a near new cassette, YaY!)
My goal here is to build this as a good looking, cheap bike for general XC shredding.
Weighs in at a hefty 31 lbs.
Some more photos of the bike as it sits.
Part 2 will be ripping the bike down and inspecting all the parts.
Support your local mountain bike club. Alot of work goes into maintaining a trail system and expanding the trail network, giving us more places to ride and enjoy. Without this hard work we would not have flowing singletrack ribbons through the woods that bring us such joy.
If you ride in the Turkey Point area please consider becoming a member of TPMBC. Membership for a single adult is only $35
TPMBC Member Sign Up - $35
If not, then please consider joining your local club. Keep trails open and know that you're helping do your part.
Have not done a throwback in a while. This one is from my trip to Buckwallow Cycling Center near Gravenhurst in 2011. Sweet trails, I need to get back there again for 2015.
Got some new rims for my "Ultimate Trail Build". They are Origin8 60mm ultralights. Weight is about the same as a Marge Lite but less than half the price. I'm thinking they would make great 3 season fat rims with Floaters or Knards mounted to them. Got some decent Origin8 hubs as well.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.