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I'm feeling a bit Surly this morning - how about you? (pics!)

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  1. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Well she's done - meet my new Surly Instigator! Finished the bike up last night by running some rear brake cable and housing and installing a slightly longer stem and she's ready to go.

    So without further delays - here's my new bike! :dancing: :thumb: :dancing:









    She's not a lightweight XC hardtail, but she's not an overly porky freeride/dh hardtail either. I like to think of the bike as a trail bike hardtail.

    I got the frame from Carbon Fetish - thanks CF! The wheelset was a score from the mtbr.com classifieds - brand new for less than half of any online price I saw and they are hand build Cane Creek Terros Disc wheels - they feel nice. The rest of the stuff is what I had left over from my previous bike builds. It all came together pretty nicely.

    I rode it around a bit last night and it feels pretty nice. easy to get the front end up and over things and the 4130 cromoly definitely has a nicer "feel" to it than the aluminum framed Sould Hardline I had before this one.

    I'm taking this bike with me up to the Kingdom Trails this weekend! Should work out well up there! :dancing: :dancing:
     
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  2. jacksonpt

    jacksonpt Turbo Monkey

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    Nice Mark! Looks like a great build, and a sweet ride.
     
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    Crazy Sweeper more COWBELL!

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  4. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    Looks good!!
     
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  5. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Thanks!

    Can you guys ride tonight?
     
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  6. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    Good job!
     
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  7. hooples3

    hooples3 Fuggetaboutit!

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    very nice!!!! i always wanted to build one of them up as a ss!!!
     
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  8. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    Nice build Mark!!! :thumb: Looks great and should be a great "do all" bike for ya'.

    :think: Hmmmm...doesn't JT have one of those frames for sale right now? :devil:
     
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  9. TreeSaw

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    Very nice!!! :thumb: Test riding at KT this weekend huh? I think you're gonna love it!!!
     
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    Reactor Turbo Monkey

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    Very nice. A surly that's not a single speed! :D
     
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    COmtbiker12 Turbo Monkey

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    Very nice looking Surly man. :D
     
  12. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    Bike whore!!! :D
     
  13. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    I'll take that as a compliment from you Splat! :D
     
  14. laura

    laura DH_Laura

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    bitchin'
     
  15. Rip

    Rip Mr. Excitement

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    Nice.
     
  16. Mackie

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    Sweet!
    I give it 6 weeks before it's replaced! :thumb:
     
  17. binary visions

    binary visions The voice of reason

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    That's awesome, Mark... Could this one be a keeper? ;)
     
  18. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    I thought Splat would come through with that comment.
     
  19. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    Tonight is not good. :(
     
  20. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    I see your 6 and say 5
     
  21. DNA

    DNA The human raccoon

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    But seriously, let me know when you decide to get rid of it. I may be in the market for a new bike about then.
     
  22. splat

    splat Nam I am

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    tommorow Night ? an nam ride ?
     
  23. stinkyboy

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    Nice ride!
     
  24. MtnBikerChk

    MtnBikerChk Squeaky Wheel

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    I see your 5 and say January.
     
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    oly skin cooker for the hive

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    Sick build Mark.
     
  26. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    You guys are too funny. You never know I might turn around and sell it tomorrow if the offer is right. ;) Just kidding.
     
  27. TN

    TN Hey baby, want a hot dog?

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    sweetness. I have always loved those frames.
     
  28. reflux

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    Have fun Mark, I'm glad to see you finally put it together. My own steel ride should be done within a week or so, just depending on when the powdercoater is done with it.
     
  29. berkshire_rider

    berkshire_rider Growler

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    Which Minute is that? Is it adjustable or 5" full-time? :confused:
     
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    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Minute 2 - 130mm - Air - no adjustable travel.
     
  31. I Are Baboon

    I Are Baboon Run, Forrest, Run!

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    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Cool what are you building up?
     
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    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    splat Nam I am

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    Kidding my Ass!
     
  35. reflux

    reflux Turbo Monkey

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    I'll bump this thread next week with pics. Deal?
     
  36. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    Just start a new one! or if you want you can bump this sucker up. :cool:
     
  37. stosh

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    Looks good man... wow... 130mm travel fork...
     
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    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    well I took the bike out last night for our maiden voyage together. I like the geometry a lot. I like the steel feel a lot as well - much more compliant than the Soul Hardline I had briefly yet just as sturdy and stiff feeling if that makes sense.

    The wheels are strong and stiff but the rear hub is slower to engage and runs really quiet compared to my DT Swiss Onyx hub.

    Techy sections were easier to handle with this bike and I was able to climb every thing I can climb with my Ted Wojcik. It was fun to sort of "feel" the trail a little bit more with this bike. My ass will need to get used to the stutter bumps and the rooty sections fo trail, but that'll come after a few more rides on the bike.

    All in all I'm very happy. :thumb:
     
  39. DHS

    DHS Friendly Neighborhood Pool Boy

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    awesome. looks great. glad you kept it and are riding now.
    yay!
     
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    Corngrats. Now go get it dirty. :thumb: