Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Another Green Monster

Green seems to be the go to color of late, with differing shades of course.  Seems to be a fitting color for monsters.  And this is my biggest monster to date.  The rider is 6'5" and all leg so it led to an interesting fit and geometry.  People always ask how short the stays are as a single component of a frame and I answer that stay length is just one part of a greater system that is the whole frame working through its various functions (climbing, descending, pedaling, coasting, steering, leaning, etc.) to serve the rider in its various uses.  

So while this frame as one rider may describe it could be considered quite long, this particular rider is a big fella and his center of gravity while riding is going to be waay off the ground and way back over the back of what a production bike would be.  The result is what you see....super slack angles, a shorter than expected top tube, longer stays than most people reading would want, bringing this rider a package that should allow super confident descending down the steepest loosest terrain Flagstaff has to offer while still being able to get up the mountain with some time to hit the play lines in between.

Add to that a 130 mm fork, direct mount front derailleur, horizontal dropouts for geared or single speed use, clearance for 29 x 2.4" rubber, and "Brass Knuckles" cable routing for use with a dropper seatpost and the limits of this bike are only within the rider's ability.  I'm super excited to see this bike built up and and pointed down the local trails.  

Thanks for the cool project, and enjoy your new bike Chris!

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