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I love these crystal ballin' articles. Nice touch of the nostalgia with the BottleRocket too, my 2nd fave bike after my 05 Bullit.
A bit to ponder about stays is the longer they are, the less clearance you have on the tire when rolling in the low gear. My experience on that comes from setting up a couple friend's longtail cargo bikes, be they Surly Big Dummy's or Xtracycle bolt on units, and in looking at fitting a wider rim on my RSD V2 Sergeant. Longer stays decrease the chain gap between the tire. Granted, the long tails and 3.8 tire on the RSD are on the extreme end of things. I don't have enough data to see how a standard boost back end with a 2.6 tire and a set of say 40mm internal width rims fit up, but color me curious.
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