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Old 07-26-2016, 11:21 AM
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14 Months!

That takes some patience sir!

Well executed build and a great looking bike. I gotta get myself up to the Pacific North-West to ride with you crazy kids.
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Old 02-08-2017, 12:36 PM
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Spent some time over the weekend riding in Austin and the surrounding Texas Hill Country:



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Old 02-08-2017, 01:13 PM
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Looks good as always! Long-term review? Any changes you've made since you first got?
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:47 PM
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love this bike.
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Old 02-08-2017, 03:29 PM
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One of my favorite bikes posted on this site. The setback seatpost curve looks great with the curved fork.
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:22 PM
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Looks awesome! Such a well put together bike!
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Old 02-08-2017, 06:47 PM
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One of my favorite bikes posted on this site.
Same here.

So, so versatile.
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Old 02-08-2017, 07:19 PM
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I agree, its a great bike.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:49 PM
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Looks excellent, and could probably ride it through anything I presume
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:57 AM
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Still a favorite. I love that it's place-named and love the place it's named for. I used to live outside of Northampton in Haydenville and rode regularly in and around Franklin County. Deerfield--that bike is worthy for sure!

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Old 02-09-2017, 10:42 AM
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Thanks all!

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Long-term review? Any changes you've made since you first got?
After about 11 months, the bike is still excellent!!

As others have remarked, it is a really versatile bike and is a great all rounder. I ride it around town, on brevets, on camping trips, up fire roads... everything. It usually wears Compass Babyshoe Pass Extralights with big fenders, but it's nice to take the fenders off during the summer and play around with bigger tires like the 2.1" Schwalbe Thunder Burt. The seatstay clearance, of all things, is the limiting factor in tire size.

I'm pretty happy with the geometry decisions. The low bottom bracket make the ride quite stable. The trail sits right around 37mm (with the Babyshoe Pass tires), which gives me pretty neutral handling with the front load. 7-4-7 True Temper Ox Platinum lets the bike "plane" without feeling like it's going to fall apart when the stuff gets rough.

On the flip side, things can get noodly when the front end gets loaded up with 25 lbs of camping gear, but not too bad. I prefer to use a butt rocket and frame bag over lowrider panniers for shorter or more technical camping trips. There's some shimmy when at high speeds with no hands, but that seems typical of a bike like this and I think a needle bearing headset would fix that right up if it ever bothered me enough.

Aside from consumables, I haven't changed much since I first got it. Really happy with my component choices so far. I think the stem went up 5mm. The only thing I've considered changing was getting a new (smaller) rack and a slightly shorter bag.

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Old 02-09-2017, 09:39 PM
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Sorry if I missed it, any chance you have pictures with the Thunderburts on?
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:58 PM
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I think I only took one photo of the bike with Thunder Burts on...

I had it set up with the TBs a weekend camping trip up Rat Trap Pass off the Mountain Loop Highway here in Washington. I rode the same setup on another extended weekend trip along the Cascade Skyline route in Oregon a week later. Super fun tires to rip on gravel roads, yet are surprisingly quick on the pavement.


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Old 02-09-2017, 11:09 PM
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That looks like it rips, thanks for posting
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Old 02-09-2017, 11:43 PM
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That bike looks mean with those Schwalbes.

Also, I've had a 6800 crankset (to match the rest of a full group) earmarked for my new gravel/cross/allroad machine, but you have me thinking dirty thoughts about a WI crank.
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