Archive for December, 2005

Redline Monocog 29er early?

December 29, 2005

I just heard the 29 inch Redline Monocog may be arriving earlier then expected. Maybe a lot earlier.

My source at Redline is sticking with the March date though.

Anybody know a new time frame or heard if this is true?

Mountain Goat Whiskey Town Racer 29"er?

December 26, 2005

It seems a bit of news has leaked out that confirms that a “new” twenty nine inch wheeled bike is available from a name that harkens back to the birth of mountain biking in the modern era. First Flight Bicycles, a noted collecter of vintage bicycles, and parts, has commissioned a run of steel hardtail mountain bike frames under the Mountain Goat moniker, with the permission of the originator of the mark, Jeff Lindsey. The first run of frames will all be 26 inch wheeled frames. The plans are to also produce a 29 inch wheeled frame, and any wheel size can be produced with custom geometry, or paint, for an upcharge. The custom paint will even be sprayed by the original Mountain Goat paint man!

For those of you that may be in the dark here, Mountain Goat, founded by Jeff Lindsey, was a premier hardtail, steel mountain bike frame maker from the early eighties until the mid-ninties. It’s most popular and well known model, arguably, was the Whiskey Town Racer, noted for it’s “team” paint scheme in orange with green splatter. These new frames will carry the same model name, but will be a modernized version with 1 1/8″ head tubes, suspension corrected for 80mm fork geometry, and disc brake mounts. Paint will be a rather subtle, ( for a Mountain Goat) green powder coat. However; as previously mentioned, you could get any past Mountain Goat paint scheme, including the “Team” scheme, for an upcharge.

For more information, go to First Flight Bicycles

Keeping Things Straight

December 21, 2005

One of the pecadilloes of owning a 29 inch wheeled bike is how to true your wheels with the tires mounted. I remember the dismay I felt the first time I threw a wheel of mine on my old, trusty Park TS-2 stand. It wouldn’t fit! I had to dismount the tire to true the wheel. Not the best thing, especially when you are in a hurry. What to do? Well, I found out that there are some alternatives.

If you are like me, and you already own a nice, old Park stand, you may want to look into the Park Truing Stand Upright Extensions. They clip onto your existing Park TS-2 truing stand “legs” and allow you to true a 29″ wheel with the tire mounted. No other modifications to your stand or routine are necessary. You can pick up a set of these for around $30.00.

If you do not currently own a truing stand, or if you want to upgrade to a stand that is compatible with the big wheels, there are complete stands available that can do the job. One of these is the Pedros Shop Wheel Truing Stand. This rather industrial looking affair has all the shop quality features you would expect. A heavy, stable base, dual indicators, and long enough legs to accomodate even the biggest 29″ tire and wheel combination. All of this in black and at a price of around $180.00. I think this stand would be an excellent addition to any shop. Worthy of building wheels on, and would last a lifetime, if cared for properly. It compares quite favorably to the TS-2 stand, in my opinion.

A truing stand with one leg? Yep! The Ultimate Truing Stand is a fine piece of equipment, albeit a rather odd looking piece. It’s not for those of you out there with “balance” issues! It uses a single leg to hold the axle of your wheel. The indicator works from only one side, as well. While this may not sound ideal, it actually works quite well, once you get used to using one indicator. To check your wheels “centering” or “dish”, you simply flip the wheel around. The really nice feature of this stand is that you can slide the indicator up the leg and use it to true or check your disc rotor. It’s the only truing stand that I know of that has this feature. It also is mountable to Ultimate’s Pro Repair Stand, to make the truing stand even more versatile. Talk about multi-tasking! The Ultimate Truing Stand also has a nice, heavy base for shop use, and also has little holes molded in it to hold your spoke wrenches and such. Look for the Ultimate Truing Stand for it’s versatility, red annodized finish, and at a price around $100.00.

Another Park Stand that is 29 inch friendly is the Park TS-8 which is a “consumer” level piece that Park Tools produces at a nicer price of around $80.00. It has one sided indicator truing, and a 10.4 pound base, making it fairly stable for all but the heaviest wheels. Annodized in Park’s ever present blue color, this stand is probably best suited for the individual that is only really interested in truing his wheels and maybe doing an occaisional wheel build.

The Minoura Workman Pro comes in at a “workman’s” price of about $40.00 and is passably compatible with most 29 inch rubber. Some users report modifying their stands slightly to accomodate the biggest tires. While this may not be ideal, it is a less expensive alternative to the pricier stands. Of course, the old adage applies, “you get what you pay for”, and this is no exception. The stand has a minimal base, and is only really meant as a way for you to quickly touch up your wheels. Look for this same stand re-badged as a “Spin Doctor” model.

Since this blog is part of the Crooked Cog Network, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a “blue collar” method to true your 29 inch wheels. You won’t even have to remove the wheel from your bike. In fact, it wouldn’t work if you did! It’s the “Clothes Pin Method”. That’s right! Just grab a lowly clothes pin and clamp that piece of wooden wonderment to your seat stay, adjacent to your rim. Use the ends of the clothes pin as an indicator! You can even check out your disc brake rotors with this method. Just don’t get caught stealing a clothes pin off of the neighbors clothes line!

Cogs for a commuter 29er?

December 19, 2005

What cogs do you recommend for a road warrior commuter 29er mountain
bike? My ride to work is pretty flat.

–Mark

Specialized Fast Trak 29er Tire on Sale

December 15, 2005

You can now pick up the 29×2.0″ Fast Trak tire from Specialized either at your local dealer or online for $36.99 a piece.

The people at Specialized are telling me that it’s already selling faster then expected so I’m guessing they’re gonna go out of stock sometime soon.

Also, my source says they faster they sale the more likely a bike will be next on their 29er list. Think selling the tire was a market test?

Let them know you want a 29er out of Specialized.

Specialized Fast Trak 29er Tire

Trek Confirms "96"er Project

December 14, 2005

You probably have already heard rumors, or have seen the pictures. Now you can start saving your ducats for a single speed “96”er bike from Trek! It should be quite similar to the bike ridden at the Single Speed World Championships in Pennsylvania last summer by Travis Brown. This was confirmed to me by Trek employees at the Trek University dealer seminar in Des Moines, Iowa yesterday. No word on the details as yet, but expect any news to be posted here.

Get your Specialized 29er…

December 14, 2005

Tires!

Yes Specialized Fast Trak Pro tires (size 29×2.0) are due to arrive in their warehouse any day now. From there, there’s a few extra days of inspection and quality assurance before they can actually be let out the door. So they are about a week from going on sale.

But take the part number 0016-0285 to your LBS to put your order in.

And yes the question does arise… Why are you making a tire and not a bike? R&D costs, blah, blah, blah. I’ve already gone off on that.

I still think they have something up their sleeve, although everyone there is still saying they have no knowledge of any plans for a 29 inch wheeled platform.

Supercaliber price

December 12, 2005

The price on the Gary Fisher Supercaliber, due out in May or June, has been set at a $2600 retail. However, as with anything six months out, this is a tentative price.

Also, I saw a rumor floating around that Klein may be coming out with a 29er and according to my source this is false.

Questions on the 96er

December 11, 2005

I am looking at a Carver 96er Frame. The Carver runs a 29er wheel in front and a 26 inch wheel in the rear. I am wondering how these would ride compared to a full 29er Advantages/Disadvantages? Anyone have any experience with these? The concept seems to make some sense to me.
— Tim Dalton

I read this review at Dirt Rag Magazine’s website and we have a Carver frame we are gonna build up to review on Blue Collar.

Exclusive Redline 29er Monocog Pictures

December 7, 2005

I’ve got pictures of the new Redline Monocog 29er!

As far as I know I’m the only one who’s got copies of these four pictures right now…

Click the pictures to view them bigger.

Redline Monocog 29er

Redline Monocog 29er

Redline Monocog 29er

Redline Monocog 29er