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  • Clembo
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    Sliding dropouts
    internal routing for brake cables
    New fangled headtube size thingy so Its futured proofed
    Forward facing seat clamp
    Maybe hub gear routing

    cynic-al
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    I already did ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Sliding dropouts (why have seperate ones for SS?).
    Full braze ons (gear cables under BB).
    130mm fork (no need for shorter) IMO.
    Slack angles (then fashionable)

    I’d go for a steeper seat tube now and maybe a belt drive option. I’m never going to be rad enough for ISCG or tapered forks, and internal cables are rubbish.

    psychle
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    Yes, sliding dropouts are a better idea I’m sure. These look nice:


    JonEdwards
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    Something that took the best parts of my Soda and my BFe and put them into one frame.

    So:- Titanium; best with a 140mm fork, but able to take a 160mm; the toughness and tracking of the BFe but the zing and comfort of the Soda. Probably a 1.5 headtube so I can use an internal top headset cup and keep bar height sensible, ISCG mounts, 31.6 seat tube for dropper posts. Clearance for a 2.5 tyre

    jools182
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    an electric motor

    TheSwede
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    Three three top tubes ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    psychle
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    Only the one top tube please… don’t understand why you need more!? Apart from to look a bit different I guess? ๐Ÿ˜†

    TandemJeremy
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    EBB rather than sliding dropouts? Simpler / lighter / stronger?

    psychle
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    Would consider an EBB, who makes the best one?

    llama
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    There is no point in a custom long travel hardtail because its only going to get abused, and if it isn’t why have the travel? I would prefer something classic so …

    light and flexy
    100mm
    long and not too slack maybe 70/73
    sliding drop outs
    full length cables, under top tube, zip tied
    2xbottle mounts, chain hanger
    no mudguards or rack

    Sam
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    psychle – Member
    Would consider an EBB, who makes the best one?

    Phil Wood

    psychle
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    What would you spec if you were going down this route? Interested to see what people come up with 8)

    Me, I think I’d be aiming for a really versatile beasty, something that would be at home with a 120-150mm fork, ‘all-mountain/trail’ geometry (something like the Ragley ‘nu-skool’ angles perhaps?), swappable dropouts for SS or geared action, ISCG tabs (just in case), tapered steerer, maybe even a splittable seatstay to have the option of running a belt drive if the fancy took me… internal cable routing would be nice, just to have the clean look really… hmmmm, wonder if I’ve missed anything? ๐Ÿ˜†

    MrNutt
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    an Orange Alpine 160 front triangle, 07/08 Subzero back end… …I wish!

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    I’d tend to agree with llama, but if you’re going down the longish travel route, I’d want a seatube and guides for a dropper post and remote.
    If you’re going to do the beltdrive thing, then investigate a removable/bolt on rear triangle ala Mantis/CR7/Tranny. Could be a laugh.
    Tapered headset for a cane creek angleset should you get the headangle wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh, and a custom Jenn Green head badge.

    Retrodirect
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    I like my bikes to ride a bit more backwheel happy (I’m a skinny whippet type so prefer shorter stays to hold the front wheel up) so I would go for something short travel, steep, short CS for popping (rubbish) manuals with a low BB to keep it a bit more planted in sprints…

    If possible I’d kinda like gold lined obscenely-floral (think hetchins) bi-laminate lugs on an Ivy green MTB frame with a drilled BB and wishbone stays,
    71/73 with a long toptube to use a 70mm stem and wide flatbars. Low BB (280 or so), supershort chainstays (390-405) for singlespeed, setup for an 80-100mm fork. Trackends. Really low toptube a la Evil/dialled

    Current vanity chariot custom is (yes I’m lucky enough to own a custom yin, in yer face) a clearcoated fillet brazed, 69/73 with a medium toptube to use a 90mm stem and wide flatbars. HIGH BB (310mm), supershort chainstays (405mm) for singlespeed, setup for a 130mm fork. Sliding drops, 460mm ST C-T, standard stays and a condor Aero road bridge.

    Did that mean anything to anyone? Can you tell I’ve been thinking about this too much?

    I dont get the 456/ragley nu’skool angles, the seats are wayyyyyyy too steep for efficient climbing with a lockdown fork, fine with a lockout, but not lock-down.

    Start with a 456, run with tall 6″ (or a 7″) fork, an inch off the BB, and a lowered top tube (either cannondale prophet, dialled alpine/evil sov style I’m not fussed), shrink the top tube by just a bit off the 18″, make the seat tube infront of the BB so the reach shortens with the saddle down (thus keeping it out the way).

    Premier Icon iain1775
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    full outer cable routing
    post mount rear disc mount
    adjustable wheelbase
    maxle dropouts (or swappable)
    ISCG tabs
    capable of running a 140 fork with tapered headtube so its adaptable / future proof
    forward facing seat clamp
    sensible seat tube diameter, none of this 27.2mm
    cable routing for a dropper post, but bolted on (like a Ragley) not brazed so if not using one the tubes are neater (ie they supply two sets of bolt on bosses, one for just brake and gear, one for brake, gear and seatpost remote and you bolt on whichever you need)
    good mud clearance
    custom laser etched graphics and my own designed metal head badge

    oh and Titanium

    SSB_UK
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    I’d go for a cargobike – xtracycle standard but able to accommodate humungous rims like Surly’s Rolling Darryl / Large Marge – low standover height, frame mounted front portage rack. Kind of like a pugsley big dummy cross – which has been done before. Custom everything – crank arms, sweep handlebars, stem.

    Probably not the standard STWer dream bike.

    Craggyjim
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    I’d like to see more pics of that frame that Psychle posted. I’ve often wondered about internal hydraulic routing for the rear disc brake but couldn’t work out a suitable way of getting it past the seat post or BB.

    joolsburger
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    4 inch travel, heavy duty Ti single pivot, square section stays a la nicolai geometry a like a heckler but ti. Fat down tube, thinner sloping top tube, normal head tube not OS. Post mount, internal cables if poss.

    mr_mills
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    Nicknoxx
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    Rohloff dropouts
    Bushnell EBB
    Designed for rigid forks
    low bottom bracket
    Rack and mudguard mounts
    Tidy cable routing
    Wonky down tube

    like this:
    http://www.zen202900.zen.co.uk/bike/pics/IMG_2188.JPG

    rkk01
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    Tandem with Emily Batty specced as front seat rider? – IGMC

    slowrider
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    65 head, 75 seat, 23.5″tt, 16″ st, long wheelbase, low bb, not sliding dropouts or ebb (ive broke both) but maybe modular ones so maxle/ss etc an option. 1.5 ht, preferably no longer that 120mm to keep front end height sensible. forks up to 160mm, iscg, no bottle mounts or cable guides etc, just clamps to go round the tubes so you can add and remove as you please. clearance for dh tyres. make it as stiff as poss, let the tyres and forks do the absorbing

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    slowrider – sounds ace ๐Ÿ™‚

    messiah
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    Two.

    One – slight modifications to my Nicolai Helius AM – almost the same but slightly longer top tube and uppy downy post mounts… that is all (although in reality probably not worth doing).

    Two – New hardtail. To suit a 160mm 36 Float fork and big brakes. 1.5 headtube, 73 x 65 angles and a nice long top tube. Low top tube for standover and ISCG for HammerSchmidt. Lower bottom bracket than a few bikes I have tried. Full outer for all the cables and an uppy downy post. Adjustable dropouts and BIG tyres.
    Make it from Ti… it’s a dream bike after all.

    Van Halen
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    a suspension corrected sunn bmix would be good.

    cant be arsed with this long and slack fad. i like corners.

    finbar
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    Bottle openers on every tube end. You can never have enough bottle openers.

    bassspine
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    psychle – Member

    Yes, sliding dropouts are a better idea I’m sure. These look nice

    Wrong. They look bloody gorgeous.

    Retrodirect
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    slack is a pig for the twisties.

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    I’m about to embark on building my own.
    Columbus Zona steel, 29er.
    HA 69 deg, Head tube 1.5″ for tapered forks.
    Longish Top tube with short stem
    Very short stays, 420mm, maybe slightly less, with the ability to take the biggest tyres currently available with a bit of mudroom.
    83mm BB to make the above possible and 150mm rear end to match.
    Fairly low BB.
    Full cable routing
    ISCG05

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    I’m about to embark on building my own.
    Columbus Zona steel, 29er.
    HA 69 deg, Head tube 1.5″ for tapered forks.
    Longish Top tube with short stem
    Very short stays, 420mm, maybe slightly less, with the ability to take the biggest tyres currently available with a bit of mudroom.
    83mm BB to make the above possible and 150mm rear end to match.
    Fairly low BB.
    Full cable routing
    ISCG05

    Can I hav eone too please? ๐Ÿ˜€

    Premier Icon ir_bandito
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    You guys ever heard of Kingdom Bike Project? You want to put your ideas on there, you never know, you might get one!

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Something in Ti, a hardtail that’s light but can take a 120-140mm fork (maybe knocked down to 100mm should I fancy some XC racing). Basically a really gorgeous all-rounder that would last pretty much forever. Oh and it’d be raw Ti, none of this polished rubbish.

    No idea about geometry of it though. I really like my old Cove Stiffee but then I really liked the totally different Cotic Soul when I rode one of those.

    GW
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    So basically you don’t have a **** clue? ๐Ÿ˜›

    A Ti hardtail with “Nu skool” angles so I can ride down sets of stairs without falling over the handle bars.

    Adjustable “on the fly” dropouts so I can lengthen the chainstays which will give me extra (much needed) stabilty when I come to a tricky, high speed descent at my favourite trail centre.

    2 inch headtube (so its future, future proofed)

    Probably gold plated, custom head tube badge (based on the BMW design)

    Mount for an M61 Vulcan cannon (just in case)

    GaryLake
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    Something like a Cotic Soda with sliding dropouts and XX44 head tube.

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    If I was going for for sliding dropouts, I would have a post mount version made. Seems so obvious to me, especially after going to the effort to make something as lovely as the pic above. Would cost a little more, but worth it for the kind of frame that would warrant those dropouts in the first place.

    Premier Icon kiwijohn
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    Hmmm?
    Maybe I’d get Rivendel to make me a rendition of my DMR Switchback.
    & no stupid sliding dropouts either, they just look hideous. Just nice simple Breever style.

    steel

    27.2 seatpost

    slack

    full outer cabling

    140mm fork

    lightish

    swop-outs (the DMR patented thing) so I can SS/Rohloff etc.

    top swing front mech

    mega curvy seat stays

    standard, non tapering steerer please.

    not too long a TT

    maybe take that three finger thingy that Ragleys have on the chainstays

    would like a polished steel look under the lacquer

    caliper mount on the chainstay (I like the way it looks, and assume it would let you build in a bit more compliance on the seat stays = comfy)

    filed down welds to make it look a bit titaniumish.

    free.

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