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  • Let’s Talk about the Marauder…

    I’ve been riding my personal Marauder as a single speed the past few weeks and really enjoying it. However, with this past prototype, I had made a slight error on one of the bends of the seat stays. I’ve been wanting to tear that bike down and replace the seat stays to correct the mistake …

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  • “Oranged” Marauder

    RECENT HEAT: So Brian’s Marauder came together after a slight delay on one last part from the good folks at Shimano. Some times things come together nice and smoothly. Some times things take a bit more time with a delay on a part. But they always are worth the wait! But let’s be frank… I …

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  • Lou’s Huntsman Catamount

    Occasionally I have a challenging build that comes out of the shop. On average, most builds are simple in the fact that there isn’t a fit issue but more to do with incorporating several of the owners bikes, (wants and needs) in to one bike. The biggest challenge lay in the fact that at some …

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  • JP’s Marauder

    JP’s Marauder is signed sealed and delivered.  Things have been a bit hectic over here after returning from Montreal to have some corrective surgery… and not for me.  For my dog.  But I digress!  Up above is JP’s Marauder and the spec is something special: Shimano XT M8000 1×11 drivetrain, Race Face Cinch cranks, Thomson …

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  • Stable in Review

    Every year I dedicate a certain amount of time on the build list to prototype my own bikes to update geometry tweaks, improve handling, try new set ups and overall refine the ride. This past year of 2015 was no exception where I built new prototypes of my Huntsman, my Kid Dangerous 1×11 mountain bike …

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  • 44 Bikes X Radavist

    This past spring I had contacted John Watson about sending him a bike for review. He was down so I scheduled the build to arrive at his doorstep in July this past summer for him to begin the review process. Being that this was formally my first bike out for any sort of test or …

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  • Huntsman “Super Trail”

    When we first moved to NH in 2006, the very first thing that became completely evident was just how many well groomed dirt roads were available at my fingertips. At the time I had a single speed mountain bike and a Kona Kula made out of Reynolds 853 sporting 25mm tires. And it immediately was …

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  • Huntsman 1×11 Build Check

    A few weeks ago, the New England Builders’ Ball was approaching and right around the same time I had budgeted some time in the build list to rebuild a new Huntsman for myself. So planets were aligned and it was time to churn out a new prototype with a few new features to test out …

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  • Mean Machine in Review

    So to follow up with the previous post, I wanted to break down the initial ride thoughts with lots of close ups. Always interesting to see how the dust settles on initial rides! This build was literally trial by fire with no time to do any pre-ride checks or take a few short rides to …

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  • MTN XXX : Builders’ Ride

    Last August, I posted up an update to why I ride what I ride. You can read about this build’s previous incarnation here. Earlier this season, I made some big changes component wise from a mix of Sram XO/X9 which was a 1×10 setup (and ran a Wolftooth 40t cog for a bit too) to …

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