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Post by desertbikes on Sept 3, 2019 20:46:45 GMT -7
Yup, I ordered this. $398 on an email "invitation". It really is a good deal. In fact the thing fits 26x4 27"Plus & 29er Plus. I already have upgrade part ready to go. Not top of the line but certainly an upgrade to the steel Wally bikes - Aluminum frame, 8 spd FreeHub (not freewheel) & replaceable derailleur hanger. Specs are below the photo
NOTE - competed bike with 29er Plus & 26er Fat wheels & observations on second page
The Dolomite will become the high-bar cruiser & the Hitch/Malus will be stripped of good parts & put out to pasture.
i guess ull be riding again in 2021 or so looking at ur dolomite rebuild time
A subdued guffaw to you. Yes that project has been protracted. At least I have & ride bikes. Perhaps you might post something regarding your own cycling exploits.
I've already a second set of wheels for it since it can fit 26x4 as well as 29x3.?? I can already see that hills & boulders are still best tackled with 26" fattys. 29er plus will go best in desert XC just as the old Mongoose Deception did. Although where it failed in sand & washes the 29er plus won't. Already found fork selections under $200 that fit the fatter 29s.
I'm sure it won't stop there but will see what's what.
Post by desertbikes on Sept 11, 2019 18:54:57 GMT -7
5 days to go. Finally down in the 70s at dawn so started on Dolomite today. Everything is full of sand - not unexpected since I don't have a shop (yet). All the new parts have been stored indoors so they're good. Just have to take down the axles & re-grease. Other that that, pretty much everything else is new anyway. Just the frame & wheels will be reused, and the wheels are off the Hitch when it was new. They might have 30 miles on them.
I'm curious where you purchased this bike. Maybe I've missed it. It also seems that 2 weeks to ship something is a long time these days.
Guess I didn't mention that - Bikes Direct www.bikesdirect.com/products/fat-bikes.htm A great place to window shop, get realistic cost for for various equipment levels & get ideas. Dorian initially delayed shipment for a few days. Normally you get a bike in 5 business days or less.
Post by desertbikes on Sept 17, 2019 19:41:56 GMT -7
Running 20 psi in the Vee 3" tires. Handles well on loose over hardpack & did well in sand if you stay on your toes. Rolled over the top but lots more corrections than a 4"x26. It certainly didn't sink like a 29 x 2.2MTB. Just a test run today for adjustments.
than a 26x4
Everything is adjusted using a 5mm hex key except the bosses which are 4mm. Lots of bosses too. 6 on the fork & 4 on the downtube.
Post by desertbikes on Sept 17, 2019 19:58:50 GMT -7
72 TPI tubeless ready tires seem pretty supple & will do for now. Nice aggressive tread compared to a lot of other 29er plus tires. Will keep an eye open for a 120 TPI on closeout.
SRAM x4 is a nice setup with a direct pull rear derailluer - no cable hoop hanging off the back. Also glad to have a replaceable hanger again. The SRAM shifters will take a little getting used to after running Shimano levers for so long. It has a Shimano Alivio FD so the usual immediate upgrade won't be necessary.
Post by desertbikes on Sept 18, 2019 20:25:07 GMT -7
These are $12 no-name sealed bearing pedals from ebay. Replaceable pins too. That's a 175mm Suntour crank arm w/ sealed cartridge bottom bracket
Alloy bars & stem. Using a $7 wireless speedo. Backlit & 12 function I think. Differed from MapMyRide app by 1/10 mi over 5 mi. Not sure that I trust either one. Will double check tire measurements again.
Added alloy bottle cage & seat bag. WTB Speed seat is good so far. Comes with aftermarket style alloy seatpost, not the 1950s steel clamp.
Second day. Brakes & RD are perfect now. Still futzing with FD a bit.
Last Edit: Sept 18, 2019 20:45:11 GMT -7 by desertbikes
Gravity 26er wheel set x 80mm rims - front 1720 rear 1879g
Vee Bulldozer - 1450g
Chaoyang - 1150g
Tubes - 607g (ouch)
Rotors 90g ea
Shimano CS-HG31-8 cassette - 324g
No sealant in the tubes yet & yeah, they're heavy, but thick.
Gravity wheels are machine made & could use a little finishing TLC on arrival. Bearing were well adjusted w/ rubber boots. One was true the other needed a tweak.
Incidental notes - All bike tire mfg lie about tire width. You can at least say that it's not disclosed how they arrive at their conclusions. In this case, 3" Vee tires only measure 2 5/8" on 37mm rims (20psi). They have a 3" footprint in dirt. The 4" Chaoyang 3 5/8". The Vee Bulldozer labeled as 4" is actually 4" on 80mm rims. .
Last Edit: Sept 22, 2019 16:00:07 GMT -7 by desertbikes
Post by desertbikes on Sept 22, 2019 15:24:00 GMT -7
I'm just gonna say, I have never been more frikin please with a bike. This is exactly what I wanted out of the Deception nine years ago before I accepted its limitations. The adjustable stem raises the bar about 1.5" & brings it so close to the steer tube it's like a BMX stem. This bike, with the stock wheels, is more fast & nimble than I could have hoped for. Humping around on a 50#. fat bike exclusively over the past year probably hasn't hurt either. Weight training.
Those are $10 chinese ebay fenders. The front needs some modification but the rear is fine. More about those later. I timed the wheel swap - 90 seconds
Last Edit: Sept 22, 2019 15:26:43 GMT -7 by desertbikes
desertbikes: 28' here this AM! 84' by Sat. Go figure. Slight chance of fun today, 30% chance of light & variable naps this afternoon.
Mar 1, 2021 8:37:02 GMT -7
tomcat65: ugh... No fun today. Replacing the water pump on the 'company truck' today. Rain all day yesterday, it's a mess out there... Well, actually, I can't say No fun, it shouldn't take more than a couple of hours.
Mar 1, 2021 8:14:40 GMT -7
desertbikes: Got the laminated stock today for my first custom Benjamin Marauder in .22 cal. Will be upgrading a Fortitude as well. With the temps warming up in the midwest the first rifles will be done JIT.
Feb 27, 2021 21:33:06 GMT -7
lurker: this i want to see.
Feb 26, 2021 23:36:42 GMT -7
desertbikes: My percussion cap making kit showed up today. Will make a post about it. Now I'm good, come what may When words just won't do, say it with a Hawken
Feb 26, 2021 15:17:48 GMT -7
tomcat65: ...and no, they did NOT have any ammo for anything that I own... lol
Feb 26, 2021 11:14:07 GMT -7
tomcat65: I was at a gun counter 2 days ago, the guy ahead of me had filled out the b/g check and cleared, but his driver's license expired. No Sale. March 1 is new hunting/fishing license day in Kentucky. You might take a minute to check your expire dates boys.
Feb 26, 2021 11:11:00 GMT -7
tomcat65: The Witch Doctor was NOT going to live with my old kitchen, so those are less than 10 yrs old. The washing machine I bought in 2007, my dryer, probably 30 y/o and 70% rebuilt by me, as necessary. My son's w/d about 5y/o and failing. Older is often better
Feb 23, 2021 21:06:54 GMT -7
desertbikes: 1990s Kenmore washer has run without a problem. I'd like to get one with more options. The 1987 Kenmore elec dryer lost its cool-down cycle but we live with it. I am gonna get a new gas stove/oven this year. Our 25 year old unit has pilot lights.
Feb 23, 2021 16:20:42 GMT -7
tomcat65: Going to elaborate on a Kenmore washing machine mention. My son has one, randomly overflows on rinse cycle. Water level/pressure switching checks out. Anyone with similar problem? My best guess right now, is a connection or failure issue at the controller
Feb 23, 2021 15:55:49 GMT -7
tomcat65: My neighbors planted a couple of acres of sunflowers, then they sat chairs up behind their barn and scattered feathers for about 3 hours on opening day of Dove season. As far as the eating, Pigeons and doves - probably not much difference.
Feb 22, 2021 18:07:24 GMT -7
tomcat65: My fumbly bumbly fingers are likely to hit buttons and mess things up randomly.. It was a rough morning.
Feb 22, 2021 18:04:10 GMT -7
desertbikes: Hey Tom. I must have imagined there was a post here about sunflowers & feathers. Must be getting old...er I got 2 more of the pigeons this AM. Have one on ice for later. The other is for the hawk or roadrunner. Whoever gets there first.
Feb 22, 2021 12:41:28 GMT -7
Admin Czar: Lurker - You're welcome to post again if you wish. The block is removed. Just leave the, "I Heart Che Guevara" tee shirt at home please.
Feb 22, 2021 8:16:48 GMT -7
desertbikes: Wacked a pigeon on a power line this AM at about 40 yards using a Benjamin Marauder with a heavy 10.5 gr .177 crosman ultramag pellet. The feathered rats are trying make a home in my shed. Gave this one to kitty. Will try the next one myself.
Feb 21, 2021 10:50:30 GMT -7
desertbikes: ....what he said
Feb 19, 2021 21:14:25 GMT -7
gonefishin: hay kjoyes!
Feb 19, 2021 18:41:18 GMT -7
Admin Czar: Welcome, kjoyes! Hope I'm not smellin' a spam samich
Feb 19, 2021 1:02:25 GMT -7
tomcat65: lol.. I think we might see mid 50's next week. I'll take it
Feb 18, 2021 17:36:35 GMT -7
desertbikes: Snow sounds about the same in eastern OK too, TC. They might hit mid 60s soon tho. The wind here has been a bear. Makes everything tougher. I know. Sounds petty to you Eskimos
Feb 18, 2021 11:25:26 GMT -7