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Discussion in 'Cross Country, All Mountain & Trail Riding' started by DRB, Aug 29, 2005.

  1. DRB

    DRB unemployed bum

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    http://www.cyclingnews.com/tech.php?id=tech/2005/news/08-29

    Its pink (which is the new black) and has two different size wheels.



    And yes you are welcome you freakin' wacko singlespeeders.
     

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  2. ridetoofast

    ridetoofast scarred, broken and drunk

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    there is just no way in hell i am riding a pink bike...it just aint gonna happen.

    it does look interesting though, i wonder what the 2 different wheel sizes is supposed to accomplish.

    my lbs is a trek dealer and they just went to some big trek thing up in wisc., i'll have to ask them wtf is up with that. (edit) didnt see the blurb under the pic

    thanks for the pic :thumb:
     
  3. BikeGeek

    BikeGeek BrewMonkey

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    I wonder if he had that at SSWC? I'm pretty sure he was riding something pink, but I didn't bother to look too closely.
     
  4. Muuqi

    Muuqi Monkey

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    The pink was a one off job for Travis, here is the production version.

     
  5. batty_110

    batty_110 Chimp

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    Too nice for me. You gotta earn something like that. (too bad for me)... I like the looks of it.... a ton. :biggrin:
     
  6. McGRP01

    McGRP01 beer and bikes

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    That is a pretty sweet looking ride....
     
  7. peter6061

    peter6061 Turbo Monkey

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    Is that photo 'real' or just a computer model?

    I like the thru-axle rear dropout (if that's what it is).
     
  8. Dirty

    Dirty i said change it damn it....Janet...Slut!!

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    thru axle?
    looks like QR to me...at least it is on the pink one...
     
  9. peter6061

    peter6061 Turbo Monkey

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    Well, that's an entirely different dropout system, but I assume if they weren't using it on there, it's not on the production model either. Oh well.
     
  10. Dirty

    Dirty i said change it damn it....Janet...Slut!!

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    youre right, i didnt notice it was a new system, but its still QR anyway...found some more pics
    That rootbeer pic above must be a computer generated model, cause look at the HT/TT/DT junction, it isn't all fused like in the pic above...





     
  11. peter6061

    peter6061 Turbo Monkey

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    Yeah, no doubt. I was looking at the front chainring which didn't appear to be there under the chainwheel cover, and the chain which also vanishes as it goes behind.

    Thanks for the 'real' pics. The bike looks sweet.
     
  12. Dirty

    Dirty i said change it damn it....Janet...Slut!!

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    so....would one have to carry a 26" and a 29" tube if riding this bike? or is it possible to stretch a 26" tube to fit a 29" wheel...i dont think itd work well to stuff a 29" tube in the 26" wheel...
     
  13. DamienC

    DamienC Turbo Monkey

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    Here's one situation where it makes sense to run a tubeless setup which would mitigate against that mild annoyance.
     
  14. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    most 26" tubes fit a 29er
     
  15. mud'n'sweat

    mud'n'sweat Falcon

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    Too bad it's aluminum :p
     
  16. Mudpuppy

    Mudpuppy Monkey

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    You'd just carry a 26" tube and make it fit. I recently used a 20" tube in a 24" wheel because it was all I had left that held air. It was hard to get to stay in the tire while I was seating the bead but worked fine after that.:)
     
  17. Guitar Ted

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    Trek has "niched" itself into a corner on this one. A small wheel/ big wheeled front bike has been done several times in the past and usually the results are the same. I won't get into that, but as you know, there weren't many examples readily at hand to point to before this.

    Trek has a list of $1650.00 on this, if my co-worker is correct. ( She is the buyer at the shop I work at) That's some tall coin for a bike that you might not be sure about, and cannot be anything other than it is: a single speed with two different sized wheels.

    Trek might have re-thought this and allowed for the installation of a separate drop out for gears and also provided room to make it a full on 29"er if you desired to. Then the sales of this bike would make more sense to me.

    Oh well, we'll see how it goes, but I'm not holding my breath for an '08 version like this!
     
  18. tozovr

    tozovr Monkey

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    the 96ers/69ers keep showing up at the SS comps....guys keep riding them...

    C'mon Specialized won't build a 29er, but Trek will build this? Kudos.
     
  19. capt.crispy

    capt.crispy Monkey

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    Anyone ever check out Carver.They have been making 26/29 combo bike for a while now.Pretty cool.A mech at my lbs has one and swears by it.I think bikeman.com carries them.Check it out.
     
  20. tozovr

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    I'm actually hoping to build a 96 soon...insprired by the carver of course!

    A surly 1x1 just may be my platform of choice.
     
  21. Biscuit

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    I think a 69'er type setup takes most of the negatives out of a regular 29'er while still keeping some of the benefits.

    - bigger front wheel = bigger contact patch = more traction
    - bigger front wheel = rolls over rough stuff easier
    - small back wheel = no ultra-long chainstay issues
    - small back wheel = stronger rear wheel
     
  22. Quo Fan

    Quo Fan don't make me kick your ass

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    Here. I'm just not sure where "here" is.
    At Pedrosfest a few weeks ago, I rode a Carver 96'er rigid SS, just because I could, and I really liked the way the 96'er accellerated and cornered. The 29" rigid front gave the feeling of maybe 2" of travel and with the larger contact patch and larger rolling diamater made rolling up and over things easier. I wasn't impressed with the tires, I think it was Exiwolfs, but it was also pouring down rain when I rode the bike.

    All in all, I liked the 29 front and 26 rear. I'll have to ride a full 29'er to check out the difference, but for now, I am impressed with the 96'er.