Any Mountain Bikers?

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Yellow Pig, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    Nice bike. How many beers have you opened so far? Besides that priority how does it ride? Handle? What do you think of the fork?? Give us some deets!!


  2. bobfab

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    looks like an awesome ride. I cant believe the traction of these CX type tires. In the beginning of the summer i swapped out 29" MTB tires with some Maxxis Raze (since i am primarily riding gravel trails and pavement with the baby on board) and they handle incredibly. I haven't had them on the real MTB trail, but i have been impressed. I would love to try one of those forks!

    What is the construction of the bike, carbon i assume?
  3. _CJ

    _CJ Retrogrouch

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    That Lauf fork is interesting. How's it ride?

    I've been using the Shockstop stem on my (rigid fork) mountain bike for at least a year now, and really like it. Apparently they're pretty popular with the gravel guys too. https://redshiftsports.com/shockstop-suspension-stem


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  4. docwyte

    docwyte Long timer

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    My back hurts just looking at that full rigid bike on a trail. Ouch....
  5. K_N_Fodder

    K_N_Fodder Long timer

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    16 lbs!! Holy crap..... interesting little front suspension.
  6. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    The geometry of the bike combined with the 30mm of suspension is impressive. The front is comparatively slack and the chain stays are short. When I first test rode the demo bike in Kansas a few months back I hit 33mph during a steep descent in deep quarter sized rollie gravel and it was on rails. Combine that with being under 17lbs and it accelerates like mad... even with my under-powered arse riding it :gdog

    I have ridden both the Specialized and Trek gravel bikes with their "de-couplers" / "isolators" (or whatever they call it) - this feels remarkably different to me (in a good way).
    Ride them back to back and it is quite striking.

    If you are in the market for a gravel bike at this price level, I highly recommend test riding one of these before you buy.

    The problem I have is that my wife test rode one when I was picking mine up and now she no longer likes her Liv gravel bike and wants one. :patch :rofl

    I haven't used the beer opener yet :D

    My wife wants a dark blue one:

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    Correct. The entire bike is carbon. Lauf has made the Lauf fork for bikes for years now and offer a 5 year warranty on the fork. They have had exactly zero warranty claims.

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    Before starting with bicycles in 2010, Lauf's head engineer did high-end composite prosthetic feet.
    They know how to design things out of carbon well.


    I think the difference you would notice is the amount of un-sprug weight, and the increased traction in the way the springs keep the front wheel planted.
    That was the big thing I noticed with the Specialized and its vibration dampers being in the bars and seat.. I felt less connected to the bike instead of more connected.

    You are getting old :photog

    Two of my buddies have their Laufs showing up tomorrow. We are hoping to play some hooky on Friday and head out on the 3 of them. Should be fun!

    cheers gents,
    Ed

    :freaky

    Some detail shots:
    Specs for quick reference cleared into the frame out of sight:

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    Every bolt has Lauf's label - and the ones you use regularly have their torque spec etched on them:

    Bento & bottlecage:
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    Threaded bottom bracket:
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    Internal cabling is sheathed so running a new shifter cable or brake line is super easy. No "feeding" necessary - just shove it in the hole and it comes out the other end where it belongs :thumb (and they don’t rattle in the frame like the Yetis, etc without inner guides do.)

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    Color wise - this one was custom.
    I think officially it is called "Miami Green".

    I've always wanted a Bianchi (mainly due to color :rofl ) so now I have a bike that color :D

    It is quite a bit greener than my Yeti's turqoise color:
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    I need to come up with a better bike storage system in my shop lol
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  7. jimmex

    jimmex Guero con moto

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    Damn cool bike.
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  8. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    Yep!

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    This is my commuter/gravel/bikepacking rig. Took it down to Oaxaca this past summer where it shined on the crappy roads and trails around there. I have a nice road and mtb and always find myself trying to figure out if I should just ride the niner. It's steel, and not that light, but it sure is fun!

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  9. Olas

    Olas the darkness

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    I like Feedback sport bike stands - simple, small and easy to move out of the way. I keep some at home and in the office!
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  10. Golden955

    Golden955 Been here awhile

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    Great little local (Golden) company with great products.
  11. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    Nice. I have been looking at niner and Salsa. The miners looks great. Please tell me more about your likes and dislikes about the bike. I appreciate your input.

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  12. docwyte

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    Yeah, well back surgery 12 years ago means if I don't have full suspension, I can't ride. Really happy with the Yeti SB5C Lunch Ride I picked up a few months ago.
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  13. RockyMtnScotsman

    RockyMtnScotsman Been here awhile

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  14. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Yeah what an asshole move.
    File for bankruptcy - screw everyone they owe money to - then the owner cashes out selling to investors.
  15. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

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    Lunchride is a great bike! I demo'd one a few weeks ago. :thumb
  16. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Niner is in FoCo on east Prospect.
    They have all their bikes in the showroom and will let you try them out.
  17. eakins

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  18. Green Stainz

    Green Stainz Long timer

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    A little shady there. He might be headed for a bunch of lawsuits.
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  19. eakins

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    My 9yr old daughter rides with me alot (also on the back of my moto too) so we've upgraded her to this 24" wheel RipRock.
    2.8" fatty tires, wide range cassette & a basic fork. $500. It really stepped up her ability until she can fit on Juliana. The 2.8" tires helped the most as a 9 yr old just rides and does not think about traction or lack of it so much.

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    So then I was concerned about it going to the school parking area. It's the wild west and unsecure so I found this AWESOME ride at the used place for $50. Did I mention it's awesome :-) They just don't name em like they use to.

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  20. Sledred

    Sledred Been here awhile

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    ^^^ Nicely done with the Awesome bike for school days and the Ripper for trails . Coaster brake on the rear of the Awesome? I can't say I've seen a 2x on the front with coaster brake before...
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