Built up my CRC Curtis

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  • Premier Icon wwaswas
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    and very pleased with it.

    The ‘ride it to the kids school and back’ test shows it’s springy (with those thin stays it’s not a surprise) but not wibbly.

    Off road tonight and I’ll see if I like it with 140mm forks (make it a degree slacker than advertised according to my iphone app) or whether I’ll drop them to 120 – certainly doesn’t feel too slow or like it wants to tuck under when turning so may well leave it.

    The drop outs are lovely.




    (sorry about the leaves)

    messiah
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    That is a bike of beauty, enjoy ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Premier Icon Vortexracing
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    Very nice indeed

    Houns
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    *approves*

    float
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    that looks nice. i almost bought one for the saving, but really couldnt justify another steel hardtail when i love the one ive got already.

    Damn. That is lovely.

    I always wanted a Curtis, and when the sale popped up I had a set of wheels and a set of Pikes spare. Dunno how I resisted, to be honest, but I managed to sell the Pikes and wheels and not buy the frame.

    Got my S1 built – definitely needs some bouncey forks on it…

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    I got a surprise when I came to rust proof it – I’ve never had a brazed frame before – they don’t have holes for gases to escape (they’re even sealed where the tubes mitre together) so nowhere to get the waxoyl in except the seat tube top and the bottle mounts on the seat and downtubes.

    Did you find the seat-tube insert thing made the post insertion pretty tight??

    hora
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    Darn I should have got one of those Curtis frames!

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    DBW – not really, quite ‘snug’ – had to open the seatclamp a bit to get it over the seat tube and then push the shim in afterwards but the Thomson will still slide down under the weight of the saddle if the clamp’s not done up.

    cynic-al
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    How light heavy is the frame?

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    not weighed it myself – crc reckoned 4.15lbs / 2.25kgs – my arm says ‘a bit less than an old skool Inbred’.

    My arm said a fair bit lighter than my Love/Hate I was holding in my other hand.

    Yetiman
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    That’s lovely 8)

    Very Nice. Wish they’d had an S1 in my size ๐Ÿ™

    crc reckoned 4.15lbs / 2.25kgs

    4.15lbs is 1.88kg though?!

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    so it is.

    well it’s either 4.15lb or 4.96lb depending on if you believe in the metric system or not.

    No, I’m not taking it apart to weigh the frame ๐Ÿ™‚

    Just weighed the complete bike on my Aldi ‘fisherfolk’ scales and they say ‘one at a time please’ or 25.5lb which is probably about right I think, based on my other bikes.

    IsaacClarke
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    Skinny Skinny!

    yum

    jfeb
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    Very nice indeed.

    Premier Icon ruffrider
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    Really lovely looking bike, quality build too by the looks of it – no wonder you’re pleased.

    bigbloke
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    I like that. Nice one.

    Markie
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    Wow. A great looking bike, in spite of having more fork than I will ever need! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    fenred
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    Eye candy..White saddle though please 8)

    Proper British made frame – love it

    empy
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    not many frames I’d swap for my Soul – but that’s one….

    Candodavid
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    Had my Custom 853 nearly 3 years and still love it.
    Stays on 853 are even more pencil like and ultra comfy

    wrecker
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    Oh my…….

    psychle
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    What frame is that guv? I went with a medium ‘Freeride 140’ in black, hope it looks as good as yours! It’s waiting for me in Australia for when we get back in 3 weeks, looking forward to it! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    Have to say you can’t beat a Curtis, that looks bob on…

    I’m very tempted to trade my BMX in for a Red Trail boss frame ATM 8)

    how much where they doing that frame for in the sale?

    _tom_
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    Nice, very clean looking frame ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    It’s the XC120 frame (I think the freeride is the same except for some extra gussets at the front?).

    Went out on the Downs and into Stanmer woods to join up with the Brighton MTB ride last night.

    Some bikes you just seem to ‘click’ with – I can’t express how pleased I am with this – it just feels spot on.

    I’m running a 140mm fork with a fair bit of sag so I suspect it’s no taller than a lot of 120’s – certainly the front end didn’t wander on climbs (even locked out) or try and tuck in on slow stuff. I’m not that hard or heavy a rider so I’m not too worried about exceeding the nominal travel the frames designed for so I’ll probably stick with it.

    I’ve got a Decade versa I run singlespeed with the same model forks (at 120mm) and the Curtis feels similar (a very good thing – the Decade is a great frame) although the Curtis does have a bit more spring at the back but also more stiffness at the front, if that makes sense – it seemed to skip across wet roots.

    Just really glad I took a gamble with not much research and with some doubts as to the published geometry, tbh.

    psychle
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    how much where they doing that frame for in the sale?

    ยฃ152 inc free delivery to Australia!! Un-be-fookin-lievable!! 8)

    Thanks for the review wwaswas, really looking forward to getting mine built up now ๐Ÿ˜€

    dizcostix
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    yep, lurvly bike and good review. Looking forward to getting my 853 xc100 built up now too – ill post some pics this weekend!

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