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Road Bike Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: F10 T1000 Feedback
« on: June 03, 2017, 11:05:59 PM »
That paint job is super slick! I'm excited to see where this build goes. Was it around the same price as your first frame?

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Cyclocross Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: How Do I Make This Work?
« on: June 03, 2017, 03:26:26 PM »
I have t700 on my specialized bike and have no complaints with rigidity. If you're concerned you could use the more dense carbon, but I'd make sure it doesn't add too much weight or cost.

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Cyclocross Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: How Do I Make This Work?
« on: June 03, 2017, 08:51:06 AM »
I think the difference you can expect isn't in the finish of the frame, but more of the customer care. Peter has an excellent reputation on this site and he stands behind his products really well. If you have an issue you usually can reach out to him and have it fixed. The other companies you're looking at could be the same way, but you'd be the first one to test those waters. I'd reach out to all the companies, get quotes and get a feel for how they treat you. Are they quick to respond to emails? Do they offer you a good warranty?

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Road Bike Frames, Wheels & Components / Re: F10 T1000 Feedback
« on: May 29, 2017, 09:01:02 AM »
Not to derail this thread, but I use a Suunto Spartan Sport HR to pair with my speed and cadence sensor. It's gps enabled so I don't need to take my phone and it connects pretty seamlessly to Strava. I've had some issues with my sensor dropping during the ride, but the GPS always keeps track accurately for Strava. I like this setup because I can use the watch for other stuff like running, trekking and mountain biking.

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Thanks for posting this. I was able to get a set of cable cutters for a reasonable price!

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29er / Re: Klaster_1's Dengfu M06 build
« on: May 09, 2017, 11:43:26 PM »
Looks really good! I'm really curious how this frame compares to the 036.
Definitely an upgrade in terms of linkage. The geometry is very different, two different beasts.

When you finish your build and feel like you know the bike, I'd be really interested in a thread comparing them. Not only the geometry, but ride quality too!

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29er / Re: Klaster_1's Dengfu M06 build
« on: May 09, 2017, 08:10:17 AM »
Looks really good! I'm really curious how this frame compares to the 036.

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29+ & 27+ / Re: CS-FS27 Build
« on: April 30, 2017, 09:25:55 PM »
Your shock situation is certainly an odd one.. I'm wondering if one of the bolts is seized? I'm curious to hear how you fix that issue. In terms of the tire I ran a tire backwards for a few months and I honestly didn't notice a huge difference. You might wear the tread down faster if the treads are angled towards the intended direction of travel though. I'd ride it a bit and if you get bored one day then flip it around. I've found resealing my tires to be a breeze once they're ridden for a bit.

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29er / Re: Midwest's 036 Build
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:58:25 PM »
I do still have it. Currently it's just hanging in my garage. There's a guy who repairs carbon in Minneapolis and I've been thinking about taking the rim to him for a quote. To be honest though I'm not sure if I was to buy rims again if I would go for ones without spoke holes. I laced my wheels and took them to a local shop for tensioning and truing and the work really sucked. I had to take it back in to get it done right. I think they're just more difficult to work with. Oh well though! They're doing fantastic besides me being an idiot and riding at low pressure.

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Component Deals & Selection / Re: New Wheelset
« on: April 28, 2017, 11:00:47 PM »
I'd say role with the cheaper spokes. You may save a few grams, but I don't think the price is worth it. If the more expensive ones are bladed I think that's cool, but not needed for mountain biking. I run bladed spokes on my road bike, but don't see the point of doing it on an mountain bike.

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29er / Re: 140mm fork on an 036?
« on: April 28, 2017, 10:55:56 PM »
Quite honestly these are my first set of mid to higher end tires. They go tubeless really well and I haven't had to re seal them for almost 6 months. In terms of ride I'm happy with them. I wish I had a little more grip leaning over in loose stuff, but that's pretty demanding. I'm probably going to replace them at the end of the summer. When I do I'll probably search for some feedback on here.

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Here's the Transition as it stands now. I put a new saddle (Adamo Breakaway) and have a new set of bars from Aliexpress ready to be installed tonight! The wheels are actually more interesting.. They're from a really small company called C7 concepts. The founder was a cyclist and highway patrol officer before he was hit by a car and paralyzed. He went on to get into hand cycling and even has become a member of the US Paralympic cycling team! He founded this company to build hand cycles and wheels. I actually got the wheels locally from a guy on craigslist, but I emailed C7 since there wasn't to much information out there on his wheels. He told me they're made in China, but his manufacturers have given him Skype tours of the factories so he can see the QC and process. I thought it was a pretty neat company. So far the wheels have been incredible. The bike feels so much faster now.






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29er / Re: 29er full suspension all mountain or trail bike
« on: April 27, 2017, 07:17:35 PM »
As promised here is the geometry and image of the 098 frame. It reminds me of the Specialized Enduro. I may have been wrong on the suspension dimensions, so some further digging is needed.

I dug up this old thread. OP was running a 140mm front, but notice the rear is only 100. Not sure if this is a big deal to you or not.
http://chinertown.com/index.php/topic,530.15.html




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29er / Re: 140mm fork on an 036?
« on: April 27, 2017, 07:14:30 PM »


Mounted and ready to ride.

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29er / Re: Midwest's 036 Build
« on: April 27, 2017, 07:14:04 PM »
It's been awhile since I updated this thread, but I feel like it's worthy now that I've installed a 140mm fork. I've only had it out on one ride so far, but I'll update this once I have a better idea of the changes it makes!


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