Got my first ride in on the Winter Project 29er I built this year. As you know, the frame is an old KHS Tucson, mated with a Lefty and some Shimano / WTB goodies. I did swap the Schwalbe tires in favour of some sweet ass retro looking Maxxis treads. I went with skinwall Ardent tires, 2.25 rear, 2.4 front. These tires are of the "rip and grip" variety and work great in the sandy trails of Turkey Point.
I got a few compliments from other riders I met on my maiden voyage with it, one person mentioned that it had a classic look to it, to which I say thanks. Thats what I was kinda going for. I'm glad it turned out that way.
The bike rides awesome, steering is quick, likely because of the 72 degree head angle mated with the 45mm offset of the lefty. Though quick, its controllable and stable at speed. The bike wants to be ridden fast, it feels a wee bit sluggish if I'm sight seeing, but open up the throttle and it loves to be laid over into the corners. I had to do a few quick adjustments of the seatpost height, the rear brake, and the stem spacer height, but after that the ride was uneventful. I'm glad I built up a 29er over the winter, I forgot just how fast they can be after riding the fat bike all last summer. Looking forward to putting alot of miles on this old girl.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.