- Stooge Cycles – who's interested? (slack 29er content)
re the toptube length, it shrank a little in the wash! But in all seriousness, i’, 5′ 11 and i’m using a 50mm stem for it to fit nicely, turned out that the 24 was just a little too long. re the chainstay length, the frame had to be redesigned to fit the ebb, the option is still there for 16.5 stays providing you run gears.
Regarding the one size fits all – that’s not really my ethos, but at this stage it’s economy of scale coming into play. The frame really does build up big (100mm stem etc, builds up huge, in fact), BUT, if it proves succesfull and there’s enough genuine demand then i will certainly build both larger and smaller frames as required. As it stands, the frame handles sooo well on tight, technical trails. It’s been tested by riders from 5’6 to 6’2 and neither had a problem with fit.
If anyone fancies checking it out and getting sized up correctly you’ll be more than welcome to come on over when i have the demo bike(s) built up. Includes free coffee!Posted 3 years agoavdave2Member
if it proves succesfull and there’s enough genuine demand then i will certainly build both larger and smaller frames
I certainly hope it does, I really like the idea, a bike that has taken on all the improvements in mountain bikes over the years barring those that require more maintenance. I’ts as simple as the first bike I bought 28 years.Posted 3 years ago
The frames are (finally) arriving next wednesday (21st May). Looking forward to getting them dispatched to my first customers and seeing the results of their builds. Planning an open day in the near(ish) future with a couple of test bikes, should be fun, i’ll keep you posted on here.Posted 3 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
Was finding myself quite tempted here – has a set of crest 29er wheels on my Roadrat, thinking of getting a more mountain-y frame and transferring bits.
Really put off by the single size though – at 6’1″ I’d be pushed towards a 90/100mm stem and a layback post, neither of which I’d want to use.
Think I turn my attention back to Singular at this point.Posted 3 years ago
singlespeedstu – Member
It’ll be too small for you mate.
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Thing is Stu, I’ve got the flexibility of Hoodini so can make any size shine 🙂
Yeah Martin. My Raijin has been serving just fine and dandy for the past two years. Thing is the suspension fork usually stays on lock out which is why the Stooge appeals with its high & light front, combined with a fairly balooned tyre.
Clink – faster than a robber’s dog 🙂
I think the Stooge’s geo will make the cockpit fairly adaptable for riders of differing sizes. It’s not ideal having to use lay back posts, but I’ve been using a Kent Ericson on the Raijin with no issues
BTW – My Raijin’s ETT is 23.5″ and the Stooge’s is 23 and I’m 6’2″Posted 3 years ago
Just to update everyone, the ETT on the Stooge is 23.5, not 23. I think it was actually me who quoted it as 23, getting too relaxed with my own measurements 🙂 re the 90mm/100mm stem size, i wouldn’t see that as a problem. i know it’s de riguer to run 50mm stems right now, but i guess same goes for running 150mm of travel.
When i originaly built the bike up i ran a 90mm stem and it certainly didn’t detract from the handling. i now bounce between a 50 and 70 and i’m 5’11, think i’m settling on the 70. But i have no doubts the bike will fit Bonesetter fine.
Reach and stack figures – i’ll decipher my drawings and put them up ASAP.Posted 3 years ago
I was thinking about ‘layback’ posts too, more specifically the Thomson. Most straight posts on most bikes have slightly offset saddle cradles, because the Thomson is an inline design, the layback is designed to mimic this. Its not like the old BMX laybacks, more a subtle shift i suppose. I’ve always used Thomson laybacks since i got in the bad habit of Brooks saddles.Posted 3 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
Any plans to offer other sizes? (understand that numbers are small to start so one size makes sense)
Si used to short stems now that I find long (70+) really unpleasant to use.
The Thomson layback I particularly dialike because you can’t lower it fully – suppose other brands don’t have that issue, but still feels like something of a bodge to make a frame that’s too small fit.Posted 3 years ago
I’m torn between one of these and a diamond/unicrown Jones, plus a few others such as Singular Swift and Salsa El Mariachi…
The swift and the el m are very similar but very very different to the jones.
I can’t comment on the stooge as i’ve not tried on but it appears on paper as if it would give a jonesish type ride.
Nige you also thought your xxxxxxxl niner was the right size for you. 😯Posted 3 years agoplacid_casualMember
I went across to see Andy at Llandegla this weekend to get a test ride on his prototype. I rode a lap on my Salsa El Mariachi singlespeed and then half a lap (I was knackered) on the Stooge.
How was it? Suffice to say, I came away with a new frame!
Despite the comparisons above, they ride very differently. The tighter back-end and higher front-end of the Stooge make for a really fun ride. The ElMar is probably quicker, but the Stooge is much more fun.
The production version of the frame is slightly different to the prototype shown below with additional bracing on the top-tubes and the addition of an EBB, but the finish is exceptional.
The toughest decision wasn’t whether or not to buy one, but what the colour to get !
Bring on the gratuitous photos…
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