Sunday, June 20, 2010
I can't believe I have to do this, but I do.
I am selling my custom Quiring steel 29er single speed MTB. It is about 4 years old. The tubes are a mix of True Temper OX Platinum and Columbus Nivacrom. The geometry is very similar to a Niner medium hardtail. It has paragon sliding dropouts. The right-hand slider has a derailleur hanger, and the frame has cable stops if you want to set the bike up with gears. The paint shows some wear and scuffing, and there are a couple of small chips in the paint on the downtube and toptube. There are no dings or dents. I've treated the frame with T-9 every year, and the bottom bracket shell still shines like new without any rust or blemishes.
The headset is a Chris King. It is the same age as the frame and is working just like new.
The Niner carbon fork is new, as are the Thomson X2 stem and Masterpiece seatpost and the Easton Monkeylite Carbon Handlebar. These parts were just installed with less than 5 hours of use.
The crank is a well-used White Industries ENO crank with a hard-to-find Boone Ti chain ring in 34t. The bottom bracket is a Phil Wood with ti axel with less than 500 miles on it.
The wheelset is Industry 9 Ultralight SS. This is one of the early models, and it has seen some miles. The rear hub was rebuilt less than 500 miles ago, and the entire front wheel was rebuilt (hub serviced and new rim installed) last season. The rims are a bit scratched and the rear decal shows a good bit of wear, but both wheels are straight and true. Please note that King cogs do not fit well on this wheelset; I use Surly cogs without trouble. Fresh Mariposa red rim tape is installed, but I am currently running tubes.
I have a bunch of different tires that you can choose from. Let me know what you like and if I have them on hand I will mount them up. Currently has a Specialized Resolution 2.3 front and a Michelin AT XC on the rear. The Michelin has less than 100 miles on it, the Specialized less than 500.
If you don't want the Niner carbon fork, I can replace it with an older RockShox Reba 29er 80mm suspension fork or a Salsa rigid steel fork and we can talk about adjusting the price accordingly.
Why am I selling this bike? I have another one just like it made of titanium. I needed two bikes when I was doing 24 hour solo racing. I don't see myself doing that type of racing anymore, and I can't justify keeping two top-of-the-line race bikes in the stable.
Frame: Quiring Custom Frame, Paragon Sliding Dropouts, cable stops and right-hand dropout with derailleur hanger for conversion to gears.
Effective TT: 23.75
Seat tube, Center to top: 17.5"
Head Tube Angle: 72 degrees
Seat Tube angle 73 degrees
Fork: Niner Carbon (new)
Headset: Chris King
Stem: Thompson X2 (new)
Seatpost: Thompson Masterpiece (new)
Handlebar: Easton Monkey Lite SL (new)
Seat: Fisik Poggio
Crank: White Industries ENO
Bottom Bracket: Phil Wood Ti
Chain ring: Boone Ti 34t
Cog: Surly 18t
Wheelset: Industry 9 Ultralight SS
Tires: Specialized Resolution Pro 2.3 front, Michelin XC AT 2.0 Rear
Hayes Stroker Carbon, 160mm front and rear.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
2008 Kona Hei-Hei 29er, 18"
I've ridden it for two years. I has maybe 2500 miles on it; it was the #3 bike in my stable. I has normal signs of use for that number of miles. The bike still works great; cable and housing were changes this spring; fork and shock were rebuilt last year.
I'm getting a long-travel bike so this one has to go! Below are the specs from Kona, with the few changes I made noted with an asterisk. Specifically, I put on a Chris King headset and a hand-built rear wheel from Mike Curiak.
Kona Race Light Scandium Butted, 3.5" Travel
RockShox Reba SL 2.9 100mm*
Fox Float RP2
Race Face Deus XC X-Type
Race Face Deus XC X-Type
Shimano LX (11-32, 9spd)
Shimano XT Shadow
FSA XC-282A OS
FSA OS 150LX
Kona Race Light
Hayes Stroker Carbon Hydraulic V6
Hayes Stroker Carbon Hydraulic
Shimano Disc M525
Hope Pro II*
DT Stainless 14g
Maxxis Ignitor 29 x 2.1
Bontrager Mustang Rear*, Sun EQ 2.3 Frontr
Selle Italia Flight
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I set out for what I thought would be a nice 3-hour ride in the afternoon. It turned into a 5-hour ride. The one big climb on the course was gravel. Well, it should have been gravel, but recent rains made it more like mud. Thick, sticky mud. It was a long slog up that hill, and it turned into kind of a long slog along the ridge line as well. Good training, but it did mean I coasted in slightly after dark.
A few quick bites of food, and it was off to the climbing gym! I started climb outside this summer and really enjoyed it. Climbing indoors isn't quite as much fun; I don't like following the established routes. But it is good cross-training, and I look forward to doing some more challenging climbs outside in 2010. So it was 2 hours in the gym, climbing and hanging out with friends.
Training starts in earnest next week. My post card didn't get to Iowa in time, so I don't know if I will get to race TransIowa this year. If not, I might look for some other long distance event to fill that hole.
Friday, November 20, 2009
The white singlespeed cross bike was sold, and a nice Surly Long Haul Trucker took its place. I am using it for commuting, but also hope to do some touring with it as well. I have less than 100 miles on it so far, but it seems like a solid bike. Heavy, but solid.
I plan to use this space as I have in the past; stories about training and racing. Now that some races are on the schedule, there should be more bits and pieces to share. If that sort of thing interests you, stay tuned!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
For the next little while, I will be traveling around Mexico with my girlfriend Ellee. While we might get to ride bikes one in a while, I won't be training on the bike in any way while I am here. This will be the longest I have spent not training in years. Part of me is sad, because there are lots of places down here that would be great on the MTB. On the other hand, lots of old injuries are healing and I expect to get back to the states in a very well-rested condition.
I have sketched out a race schedule and a training plan for 2010. I'd like to revisit some old spots (TI, DK) and enjoy some new challenges as well (Tahoe, Big Bear) but nothing is really set in stone yet.
So, expect to see very little in the way of updates here over the next couple of months. When I ride, I'll post something up. Otherwise, my focus will be on other things. If you want to know how my non-riding life is fairing, check out Facebook. I'm at least updating status every couple of days.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Fork: Easton EC90x, carbon
Wheels: Used 2004 Mavic Ksyrium, round and true
Tires: Used Specialized Armadillo
Crank: Used Shimano XT, 44t single chainring
Cog: Chris King steel 15t
Post: FSA Alloy, white
Bars: FSA Alloy, white, ergowing
Stem: Kore, White
Seat: Shimano Pro, white/black