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singletrack
07-12-08, 03:53 PM
Finally I could be bothered to wheel them out to the front garden and snap away.

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GT Peace SS.

Weight: light (ish)

Plain butted steel frame and fork
Current tyres- Maxxis Crossmarks Exceptions 2.1 (these have lasted me close to 2 yrs!!! WTF??)
FSA Headset (no name i think)
Bontrager AM hubs and rims (strong as an ox and roll so so smooth)
Bonty QR front and rear
Avid Juicy 5's (soon to be Hayes Stroker Trails)
LX crank
XT BB
Candy pedals (falling apart)
Easton stem
Bontrager risers
BBB seatpost
WTB seat
Lockons
Steel Chris King 13 tooth rear
32 tooth Blackspire front (could do with it being 34)

Marin Wolf Ridge

Weight: medium (ish)

Pikes 110- 140 uturn
Fox rp23 rear 140mm
FSA Orbit (I have a new King waiting to be fitted)
HopeII on Syncros dp25 rims - 20mm Maxle front and 12mm Maxle rear (hot!)
Shimano XT brakes- 7" front 6" rear
X9 shifters and XO rear derailleur
XT cassette
Deore front derailleur (120g!!)
Lockons
Syncros 600 stem
Ritchey carbon rizer
XT cranks (soon to have a bashy)
HOPE stainless steel BB (amazing!)
Candy pedals (falling apart)
Thomson elite post and Ti railed WTB seat (still fucking rock hard!)
Current tyres- Specialized Eskar front 2.3 (but is a 2.4) and Knobby Nic rear 2.25

Cove Handjob

Weight: medium (ish)

Columbus steel frame
Lockons
XT brakes
King Headset
X9 shifters
Bontranger risers
Thomson 70mm stem
Thomson elite post
Ti WTB saddle (nice and soft!)
XT crank & bashy
HOPE stainless steel BB (amazing!)
Candy pedals (falling apart)
XT front derailleur
X9 rear derailleur
XT cassette
Chris King ISO hubs on Mavic 717 rims
Hope front QR and XTR rear
Current tyres- Larsen 2.1 rear and Mountain King 2.4 front

Nath.
07-12-08, 03:56 PM
Your biatches rock my socks off!

singletrack
07-12-08, 05:02 PM
Your biatches rock my socks off!

hehe. yeah i like to ride them hard. oh dear :o

Gekigengar
07-12-08, 06:08 PM
How does the Marin handle as a XC bike?

singletrack
07-12-08, 06:20 PM
How does the Marin handle as a XC bike?

I suppose it depends on what is XC? If you mean racing, enduro stuff then it would be a little heavy/ slack. If you mean epic rides with ups and downs with some rough stuff then it is great.

Saying that- the head angles on this are fantastic and you can ride up stuff that a 80mm bike can ;) albeit slower and then down with 140mm travel :D

ADAM7935
07-12-08, 08:14 PM
looks like a great lineup! and they look ridden which is also good......

singletrack
08-12-08, 04:07 AM
looks like a great lineup! and they look ridden which is also good......

cheers. yes they all have battle scars and a story or two to tell!

The Marin is only a few weeks old now though so has alot to catchup on :D

ukalipt
08-12-08, 07:34 AM
nice stable, stable. still need a fixed or a roadie. as a compliment.
the gt is awesome. the perfect single speed.

singletrack
08-12-08, 07:42 AM
nice stable, stable. still need a fixed or a roadie. as a compliment.
the gt is awesome. the perfect single speed.

I agree- i need a roadie or fixie :D when i find a ghetto steel roadie i'll start from there!

yeah, the gt is a fantastic little bike and is alot of fun.

Justin Fox
08-12-08, 07:56 AM
So good that they're all so different to each other.

singletrack
08-12-08, 11:00 AM
So good that they're all so different to each other.

It does stop me getting bored i'll give it that :D

singletrack
26-08-09, 06:25 PM
Its has been more than 6 months since this post & a few changes to my stable has happened since then.

The Cove was sat unused in he garage for months and after a last ditch attempt to keep it alive as a single speed....it was sold to fund the touring/ commuter bike - a Salsa Fargo.

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Meanwhile- over the winter months I rode the GT to work most days until the Fargo took its place. Have I ridden the single speed off road all winter? NO. Instead of single speeding i've taken up running and it has sat un loved for months.

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Currently I'm looking at selling it so if anyone is keen let me know (my wife will be in Melbourne in October you see- so we can ship it to Aus!)

http://www.mountainbikingnewzealand.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/3535586910_cd8719ffe1_o.jpg

As for the Marin Wolf :) Well it had some bearing issues (they were munted) and that was taken care of by my LBS over winter. I also had the PIKES fixed up to for the third time under warranty and a general overhaul/ tune/lube. I'v e ridden it about 6 times this winter as teh trails pretty much close due to the snow and wet. Aside from the servicing, I've not really changed anything except a new Thomson stem and I also got rid of the terrible Crank Brother pedals and I'm now back to good old Shimano. So far so good with the bearing work.

http://www.mountainbikingnewzealand.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/P1011331.jpg

For the summer i'll be getting the rear re-built with a UST rim to rid me of snake bites as well as some new rubber and handlebars. What I'm also keen on is a pair of Fox 36's......but I'll most likely spend that kind of cash traveling about NZ a bit more to ride some primo trails instead.

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Bring on Summer!!!! :D

p.s. i saw a trance for sale today at $3.5K......and I WANT! (shhhhhhh :))

Purt
26-08-09, 06:36 PM
Mountain running in New Zealand = awesome!

Didn't addmin always want you GT?

singletrack
31-08-09, 04:25 PM
Today I was out testing the new cockpit setup. 50 mm 0 deg Thomson and 50mm risers at 700mm. I've never had such a confidence inspiring ride yet! I was hucking off everything. I highly recommend this setup if you want to go down FAST!

Having the ability to drop the PIKES for climbing worked so well- with the risers- i forgot to put them backup to 140mm on occasions.

After thinking good and hard about another trail bike too- I've decided to get some Fox 36's and UST wheels for the Wolf and take another look for next summer. The fact is that I love this bike so much- what's the point of getting a new one? I've never enjoyed a bike as much as this one......it is fantastic.

Here are a few pics from today at my local playground :D

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The "Wolf" & start of "The Flying Nun Track" (fantastic bit of trail.....!)

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New 50mm risers and 50mm Thomson FTW!

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Mint! & Bottom out too...by the looks of it!

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Jing
31-08-09, 04:52 PM
i am very interested to hear more about your trails. Just as something new but also as potential research for when i go to NZ later on.

Have you done any trails in aus? what would you compare it to in aus? Is it very flowy and fast paced or very slow and technical or a mixture of everything.

singletrack
31-08-09, 05:28 PM
Is it very flowy and fast paced or very slow and technical or a mixture of everything.

Pretty much all of the above :) You can choose what sort of stuff you like. South Island has more mountain riding though. Regardless of where you go- there is alot of elevation it. Todays ride- being a "qucik spin" was a good 3hrs easy pace and 1300+ M of gain....i assume. Here in the Port Hills it is technical- rocky-steep-and flowy. Then we have Bottlelake or Mcleans which is very similar to the sort of stuff i rode in Aus- flowy and minimal elevation. Great for SS-night riding etc.

I never rode anything like here in NZ when i was downunder. But saying that- i was more XC focused.

Here are some write ups of what I've ridden here in NZ (and also others)

http://www.mountainbikingnewzealand.co.nz/category/trails-commuting-single-speeding/

To be honest- Zane would be the best guy to talk to about riding here as he has ridden most of NZ :D But what ever you want it is there......with south island focusing on big mountains!

The Kennet Brothers book is a bit of a bible too- and worth checking out. I'll have more news on rides in the coming months though as i plan to ride more spots outside of Canterbury than last.

I do think a BMU trip to the south island is in order though ;) its only a few hundy away and a few hours too! Of course- i'll put some folk up here at my pad......

Justin Fox
01-09-09, 06:42 AM
I do think a BMU trip to the south island is in order though ;) its only a few hundy away and a few hours too! Of course- i'll put some folk up here at my pad......

Dibs!

singletrack
01-09-09, 08:08 AM
Dibs!

No worries :)

BT180
01-09-09, 10:02 AM
+1! :)

Jing
01-09-09, 10:13 AM
+2

milkman
01-09-09, 10:23 AM
I'm going NZ, North Island in Feb 2010. lol Wrong island :/