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August
05-30-2011, 11:33 AM
Some may have seen this bike before: it was Dave Wages' personal ride for a while before I snatched it up. I rode it as a single speed for a couple years, but since I signed myself up for the Wilmington/Whiteface 100K (http://www.leadvillequalifiers.com/wilmington/wilmington), I decided I better get some mechanical advantage. So I did.

I took it out to Blue Mountain yesterday, put it through the ringer, and everything's just as it should be. Someone commented that it's reminiscent of bikes from the early days of mountain biking--fillet, fat tires and rim brakes. It's simple at any rate, and light weight at 21.5 lbs as pictured.

So Dave can build mountain bikes in addition to his award-winning road bikes, and his new personal 29er (https://picasaweb.google.com/elliscycles/DaveS2011NAHBS29Er#) , a bi-laminate work of art, should have won the "Best Off Road" award at this year's NAHBS in my mind. It's a little more on the modern side of his "modern classic" ethos, but still built with classic methods and materials.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5061/5776105227_6a68a5bd80_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3594/5776647016_51037ba5ec_b.jpg

aosty
05-30-2011, 12:03 PM
Some may have seen this bike before: it was Dave Wages' personal ride for a while before I snatched it up. I rode it as a single speed for a couple years, but since I signed myself up for the Wilmington/Whiteface 100K (http://www.leadvillequalifiers.com/wilmington/wilmington), I decided I better get some mechanical advantage. So I did.


Super nice bike! I have a couple of friends in NY who are also doing that qualifier event.



I took it out to Blue Mountain yesterday, put it through the ringer, and everything's just as it should be. Someone commented that it's reminiscent of bikes from the early days of mountain biking--fillet, fat tires and rim brakes. It's simple at any rate, and light weight at 21.5 lbs as pictured.


Blue Mountain!



So Dave can build mountain bikes in addition to his award-winning road bikes, and his new personal 29er (https://picasaweb.google.com/elliscycles/DaveS2011NAHBS29Er#) , a bi-laminate work of art, should have won the "Best Off Road" award at this year's NAHBS in my mind. It's a little more on the modern side of his "modern classic" ethos, but still built with classic methods and materials.


I'm a big fan of this year's award winner but... I saw them both in person and totally agree this bike should've won.

mcewen
05-30-2011, 11:09 PM
Very nice!

Reminds me of the very best hardtails that were out in 1992 when XTR first was launched. I remember some VERY nice fillet hardtails built with XTR to showcase the state-of-the-art at the time. However, they were 26" and had vert dropouts and were not quite so exquisite.

Jack Brunk
05-31-2011, 12:13 AM
Awesome bike but lose the gears. If Dave made it for SS thaen it should be a SS ride. Beautiful bike though.

indyrider
05-31-2011, 06:31 AM
Stunning!

His personal rig though, takes the cake. I have to totally re-engineer my thinking now of what my next rig will be. I want one :beer:

gearguywb
05-31-2011, 07:06 AM
Fabulous!!!!

kelowen12
05-31-2011, 07:20 PM
That is nice.

Dave Wages
05-31-2011, 11:25 PM
Awesome bike but lose the gears. If Dave made it for SS thaen it should be a SS ride. Beautiful bike though.

When I built it, I wanted to be able to run it either way, so I've got no problem with the geared setup. In fact, that is pretty hot!

Nice work Chris, good luck at the races!

Cheers,
Dave