STW Members Bikes you would Love to have yourself…
Bregante – I also covet Farticus’s raw finished Curtis. Its a bloody work of art. I’ve politely requested he stops posting pictures of it up. His response was to encourage me further to get one ordered. Which frankly wasn’t helpful. But I definitely haven’t been pricing one up, and considering how bad the fallout would be should one happen to turn up unannounced in the post. Really I haven’t. Honest.Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
Since the pics were taken I got a few rides in before the gloop arrived and it’s bloody brilliant. Only issue I have had is a bit of chain rattle against the bottom of the chain ring (not lost the chain at all) so I might get one of the Syntace bolt on guides to control that as I don’t have a clutch mech.
Rest of the bike feels really good, just a few pedal strikes in compressions where there’s roots that I’m not used to getting on a hardtail.
bottlecage would have to go though
😳 I have a bottle battery on my Lupine lights, I do tend to use just a water bottle on shorter rides as I always forget to clean my camelback bladder out…Posted 4 years agoEcky-ThumpMember
so I might get one of the Syntace bolt on guides to control that as I don’t have a clutch mech.
They do seem to work very well. I’ve ridden a mate’s 601 with one fitted and was impressed. Simple, efficient and effective.
Really interested to know how your 301’s bearings fair over Winter, as I’m considering a purchase.Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
Really interested to know how your 301’s bearings fair over Winter, as I’m considering a purchase.
I suspect I’ll be avoiding the worst of the weather on it tbh, I have a couple of hardtails that are probably better suited to riding through South Downs winter mud.
It was fairly mudddy the other week when I went out, though, and it certainly didn’t clog up around the BB (nowhere near as much as a couple of other guys I was ridign with bikes from what I saw). Which would make sense I guess – there’s supposed to be room for 650B wheels in there.
I think that FS loses it’s advantage/point after a certain depth of mud has been reached. I’ll keep it for mostly dry or frozen days.Posted 4 years agoHob NobMember
There isn’t a massive amount of room around the BB area on the 301 when running a tall 27.5″ tyre (28″ in the case of the one i’ve been using)
It’s tighter on the DS, I think dishing the wheel 1-2mm towards the disk side would open up a lot more space.
I am using quite thin ID rims which makes the tyre a bit taller though. When I relegate these to spare wheels i’m putting some fatter rims on which may decrease the size of the OD of the tyre.
The bearings ‘should’ hold up pretty well, they look to be well sealed, and most are out of harms way. The 2 around the BB will probably die the quickest, no doubt.Posted 4 years ago
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