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Discussion in 'BMX & Dirt Jumping' started by don, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. don

    don Turbo Monkey

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    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    I need a private moment with your bike. Please send it to me via UPS. Thanks.
     
  3. don

    don Turbo Monkey

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    Frame: USB Molly Maguire Gen 4
    Fork: Manitou Jumper w/ spring mod
    Headset: King modded w/ Dia Compe compression ring
    Stem: FBM Crown Royal 53mm w/ Tree Compression Bolt
    Bars: Solid - Custom 3" rise
    Grips: Duo Chris Doyle
    Bar Ends: FBM - soon to be Tree
    Lever: Odyssey
    Seatpost: FBM
    Seat: Demolition
    Clamp: Profile
    Cranks: Profile 175mm
    Spindle: FSA Ti
    Chainwheel: Tree 34T
    Pedals: Sun ZuZu
    Chain: KMC 710-SL
    Hubs: Profile 20mm, Profile Cassette w/ Eastern Alloy Nuts
    Hoops: Sun RhinoLite XL
    Spokes: dt Champions
    Front Tire: Maxxis Holy Roller 24x2.4
    Rear Tire: Tioga FS-100 24x2.1
    Brakes: Revenge
    Brake Pads: Kool Stop
    Cable: Odyssey Linear
    Extras: Knight Axle Tugs, Knight Cable Hanger
     
  4. don

    don Turbo Monkey

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    Sorry to post multiple times - just didn't want to type a bunch and hit the wrong button - which I've done.

    The Gen 4 frames are great - ride wise, it doesn't feel much different than my Gen 1 but that's a good thing as that frame I've had for the longest of any which says a lot for a picky guy like me. Lee & Sean got it over to me quick - I swapped the parts, took it for a driveway ride and then tore it down and packed it for a trip to Ray's.

    Just like the Gen 1 frames, the new Molly rode great at Ray's. Stable, flickable, light. I hadn't been on a bike much in a month or so before the trip so it was good to be on some familiar ground.

    I love the small but nice changes to the latest batch: externally butted seattube, yoke update, smaller dropouts, and a bit more clearance around the 990's.

    I'll be changing some little things this spring:

    - Tree Bar End Caps
    - possibly the fork to a Z1 w/ Nem Pro lowering Kit and shaved disc hole or tryout the AtomLab GI60 fork
    - Get the bars painted - either brown or tan, fork will be the same color too
    - maybe get a little modern and run a pivot seat/post setup

    If anyone is interested, I'm selling my Gen 1 Molly: www.defconfour.com/other/forsale/index.asp
     
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    eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Be sure and box it up real nice.
     
  6. don

    don Turbo Monkey

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    The green Gen 1 is waiting to go to a good home. It's all broken in and has been raised on a good diet of northeastern trails :D
     
  7. Mr Tiles

    Mr Tiles I'm a beer snob

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    oh man don, yer killing me. a perfect blend of old and new skool. soooo nice. props to ya buddy!
     
  8. Axis

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    Yes very nice!
     
  9. usb1

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    nice don,can i get an invite to the trails this season
     
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    SeXXy
     
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    oh man, she's a looker, don, good stuff! Solid set-up.

    I wanna throw my Revenge back on my Molly and get rid of that Demolition, but I want to either paint it, or find a black one... mine is just raw alu. and sticks out like a sore thumb on the stealth bomber.
     
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    new build looks great don. why did you go back to the jumper? thought you had a marz on your old build.
     
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    nice build don i went ahead and got one for myself. What trails do you ride, and where are they. I have my own dj spot, but i'd like to check out some other places in NJ to get some ideas and variety into the mix .
     
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    Super nice bike, but I have a few questions:

    1) Why don't you have bar ends

    2) How did you butt the seatpost

    3) What does:
    mean?
     
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    I need a private moment with your bike, and the name of this thread.
     
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    that looks really good, also looks ridiculously fun to ride! Good work!
     
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    Nice bike. Good Band.
     
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    I want your bike. I was just speechless when I first looked at it. Its my new computer background.
     
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    FBM Crown Royal Stem, 53mm reach, Tree Bike Co compression bolt for the fork.

    That thing looks real good don.
     
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    double post, sorry
     
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    Thanks so much Don, the bike looks great as I knew it would.

    I personally, am the second happiest person for builing a frame you like so much, ride so often and that you hang onto for so long....(you wife being the 1st of course).
     
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    hell yeah! Anytime you want to come on down.

    I've got some work to do over the next couple of months on them but they should be running nicely. I can't wait to for this weather to break.
     
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    don Turbo Monkey

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    There are a couple spots - in the Monmouth County area is all I can say on a forum. I have no problem having people from other trails ride our spot - typcially the people that dig know what's what. Once this weather gets better and I can get some digging in and things running again - I'll let you know.
     
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    don Turbo Monkey

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    I have a FBM bar end on one side of the bars. When I took those pics I had just gotten in a 20x1.5mm tap and had to try it out!

    Seatpost isn't butted - at least as far as I know, the seattube on the USB is - externally - you can see it in the pic.

    sb317 is correct - Tree makes a compression bolt for the headset - check out Tree's site: http://treebicycleco.com/
     
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    don Turbo Monkey

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    I'm happy someone figured the band connection. One of my favorite bike video sections was in Standpoint's Video 'zine w/ Small Brown Bike and the 'Nam Trails. Great song w/ footage of them playing live and some real sick footage of 'Nam at one of it's last jams.
     
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    don Turbo Monkey

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    haha! Thanks Lee :thumb: I'm hoping to hit some new spots this season w/ this brown Molly.
     
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    don Turbo Monkey

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    I switched back and forth on the forks a couple times last year. IDK, there's parts I like from both of them and would change for the heck of it. I'm probably going to strip the Z1, shave it down and repaint the lowers - and lower it a bit more. And see how I like it then. And then there's that Atomlab fork I'd like to see some more about.

    Thanks for the props - we really have to get together and ride some trails this year!
     
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    sweet molly don - i like it.
    i kind of miss my sherman jumper :(
     
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    Nice! Don't know how I missed this yesterday.

    Brown was a good choice... simple and smooth. Can't wait to see action shots of that thing on the trails!
     
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    cool sticker placement. inside the chainstay is also where the Molly Maguire sticker sticks on my green baby.
     
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    nice ..enjoy the new frame.

    i'll be ready to throw some dirt soon
     
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    Cool - it will be good to have some extra help and another person riding this year. You'll have to see the new "Warm-up" line I've been working on over this winter - can't wait to finish it and hit it.
     
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    Did you notice a big difference going from 1st to 4th gen Mollies?
     
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    perhaps you should read the whole thread and MAAAYBE u'll find out.
     
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    reading? I'm American!
     
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    Ahh, not many changes but enough to be a worthy upgrade.
     
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    Different down-tube as welll...

    Per Axis, From Gen 2 to Gen 4, the difference between frames is/was 14.32 ounces = 0.895 pounds.
     
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    I think your bike is really nice.
     
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    Thanks for all the props everyone!

    Like Lee said, difference in weight for sure. My Gen 1 is 6.10 lbs and the Gen 4 is 5.57 lb. I bit less than Axis's difference but I think my Gen 4 was one of the heavier ones out of the batch and I believe the Gen 2's are a tic heavier than Gen 1's.

    Regardless, I think 5.57 lbs for a solid chromoly 24" frame is nothing to scoff at and I'm very happy with it.

    O yeah, as built my bike tips the scale at 29.5 lbs. I could probably cut weight in the brakes (those Revenges are nice but have sealed bearings), tires and maybe seat/post and maybe some other spots if I was really trying. But I think sub 30 is very respectable especially for a 220 lb rider like me.