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NSMB - 2024 - Hardtails Leaning Against Stuff Thread

Jan. 8, 2024, 11:23 p.m.
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Posted by: Vikb

Looks nice.

If only the TT was curved instead of the bend.... does look nice tho

(Edit - altho that would be a bit of a Sklar rip off).


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Jan. 9, 2024, 2:22 a.m.
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If I didn't love my Scrambler, I'd be mighty tempted by the Dirt Tracker. I'm using the n=1 Scrambler as a do-it-all with 29x2.25s right now, but I think, when I move home this fall, it will get bigger rubber and a more ATB role in my stable:

  • Surly Troll commuter
  • Stooge Rambler 27.5x2.6 drop-bar + gears

  • Stooge Scrambler 29xbigger singlespeed ATB

  • Waltworks fatbike hardtail for trail/heavy duty adventure

There's a lot of overlap between those four, and I went back and forth a lot about preordering a Rambler after my previous gravel bike died by car, but I think they'll all see good action.

Jan. 9, 2024, 3:29 a.m.
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I get why Stooge don't do 44mm HTs (due to aesthetic reasons and maybe purity) but it would be cool to stick a bouncy fork on the front of a Stooge.

Tristan - there is a ton of overlap but all very different uses - could you get the same uses out of a Scambler with wheel / bar swaps?

Jan. 9, 2024, 4:54 a.m.
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Posted by: fartymarty

I get why Stooge don't do 44mm HTs (due to aesthetic reasons and maybe purity) but it would be cool to stick a bouncy fork on the front of a Stooge.

Tristan - there is a ton of overlap but all very different uses - could you get the same uses out of a Scambler with wheel / bar swaps?

I've also thought my Scrambler plus a squishy fork would be cool. Maybe in a couple years it'll get some head tube surgery.

I could absolutely cover the whole range with the Scrambler, in fact I am right now! I'm temporarily living in Germany (home is MN in the USA), and only brought two bikes with me - the Scrambler and my Otso Warakin gravel bike. The Warakin and I got run over by a car and now I am using the Scrambler for everything, with one wheelset. It's a decent allround commuter/gravel bike/ATB/trail bike. I already have the Troll and fat bike at home, and I'm going to build up the Rambler with parts salvaged off my gravel bike. I like having options.

Jan. 9, 2024, 6:04 a.m.
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Reading the Stooge www it doesn't seem like Andy would ever do a Stooge with a squish fork - therefore surgery / custom would be the only option.

Options are good.  I have the Murmur on the stand undergoing a rebuild at the moment.  It's nice to have the time to rebuild while still being able to ride.

Jan. 9, 2024, 6:38 a.m.
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If you are willing to have a dedicated rigid frame/fork that opens up design options not possible for bike that needs room for a suspension fork and moving front wheel.

Jan. 9, 2024, 8:41 a.m.
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3.25" is an interesting tire size (front of the Stooge).

Jan. 9, 2024, 10:11 a.m.
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Nearby trails are too muddy to ride with a series of big storms, but I rode up to the ridge on dirt roads so I could finally get some time on this thing after building it up nearly a month ago. First impressions are than it is a big bike, 490 reach on a hardtail is a lot, but I think sizing down would have been too small/low.


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Jan. 9, 2024, 3:09 p.m.
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Shakedown ride on the triple hardtail today! 

This was a pretty slow build, found an older On One Inbred frame locally this summer and wanted to build it up as a rigid SS utilitarian bike initially and keep it to a relatively low budget.  Slowly amassed the parts and got it built up over the holidays for the most part.  Gearing is currently set up 32x18 which is a workout around here for sure.  Ultimately, the bike may accompany me to Europe this summer to do some bikepacking on flatter terrain so the gearing will work there.  Might also tinker with a 1x5 setup on the Hope singlespeed hub, we'll see..

A few post-ride lean pics:

Jan. 9, 2024, 3:14 p.m.
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I should probably also admit that I am fairly tempted to save parts from the Inbred and transfer them over to one of those blue Dirt Trackers.  Such a rad looking bike!  I'm not sold on the 29+ platform and also do like the more nimble geometry of the On One but yeah, definitely getting the feels on that Stooge.

Jan. 9, 2024, 4:12 p.m.
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Posted by: michel77

Shakedown ride on the triple hardtail today! 

This was a pretty slow build, found an older On One Inbred frame locally this summer and wanted to build it up as a rigid SS utilitarian bike initially and keep it to a relatively low budget.  Slowly amassed the parts and got it built up over the holidays for the most part.  Gearing is currently set up 32x18 which is a workout around here for sure.  Ultimately, the bike may accompany me to Europe this summer to do some bikepacking on flatter terrain so the gearing will work there.  Might also tinker with a 1x5 setup on the Hope singlespeed hub, we'll see..

A few post-ride lean pics:

If this is 26", then I recently inherited one of these frames. What's the A-C on the fork? I've thought about swapping the parts off my DMR commuter, but the higher BB has me wondering if I'd prefer prefer a shorter fork. (DMR has a Surly 483mm)

Jan. 9, 2024, 4:14 p.m.
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Posted by: velocipedestrian

Posted by: michel77

Shakedown ride on the triple hardtail today! 

This was a pretty slow build, found an older On One Inbred frame locally this summer and wanted to build it up as a rigid SS utilitarian bike initially and keep it to a relatively low budget.  Slowly amassed the parts and got it built up over the holidays for the most part.  Gearing is currently set up 32x18 which is a workout around here for sure.  Ultimately, the bike may accompany me to Europe this summer to do some bikepacking on flatter terrain so the gearing will work there.  Might also tinker with a 1x5 setup on the Hope singlespeed hub, we'll see..

A few post-ride lean pics:

If this is 26", then I recently inherited one of these frames. What's the A-C on the fork? I've thought about swapping the parts off my DMR commuter, but the higher BB has me wondering if I'd prefer prefer a shorter fork. (DMR has a Surly 483mm)

Hey, this is one of their 29er frames.  I am running a Kona Unit rigid fork with 470 A-C and seems to work well geometry wise.

Jan. 9, 2024, 4:32 p.m.
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My 'old' Whishart reborn as a commuter, or dare I say.....gravel bike. Original geometry largely by me and fillet brazed by Rob Warren literally in a shed in East Van IIRC. It's a bit of a 'parts bin special' at the moment. I'll build a nicer rear wheel when I can source a rear rim for the Hope hub that I have lying around. Suntour friction shifter drives an XTR Rapid Rise rear derailleur to confuse anyone who rides the bike, including myself.

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Jan. 9, 2024, 6:38 p.m.
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Posted by: fartymarty

I get why Stooge don't do 44mm HTs (due to aesthetic reasons and maybe purity) but it would be cool to stick a bouncy fork on the front of a Stooge.

Tristan - there is a ton of overlap but all very different uses - could you get the same uses out of a Scambler with wheel / bar swaps?

YESSS this!!!!!   God I wish I could put a decent squish fork on my stooge.  Its the only reason I'll be picking up another hardtail in the future and turning the stooge into a monstercross rig or selling to a friend.  The bike punches way above its weight class but its for exactly that reason that I know I'm gonna break that beautiful biplane fork at some point.  I like to hit the local blue jump line every now and then and it'd only be a matter of time.

Jan. 10, 2024, 2:03 a.m.
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Seeing that inbred above reminded me of my daily driver workhorse, this one rolling on 26".

Not the most current pic, I've been slowly moving it from Klunker to nimble XC whip, but I haven't taken any good photos of it given the early sunsets lately.

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