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    Quote Originally Posted by dkel View Post
    Build done! This is the first build I've done where I've pressed in the headset and cut the steerer myself. I managed to get the star nut in mostly straight, but I'm thinking that's a tool-worthy job—unless someone has an alternative to getting the actual tool, cuz that biz is like twenty bucks!

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    I have the Park tool, but before I got it, I used to install star nuts with a deep socket, like this:

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    (Not my pic, btw.)

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    Makeover on the Classique Viaje is done. Converted to SRAM 1x (38 chain ring 11/42 cassette), hydro brakes, Stans 650b Crest S1s, and WTB byway road+ tires in a 47 set up tubeless. Nowhere this bike can't go now.

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    Saturday, I traded an old bike for a slightly less old 1997 Kona Hei Hei Titanium (26" wheel) frame, 2 forks (the SID and a rigid fork), 3 wheelsets, 4 high end v-brakes, and box full of other goodies. I now have my super-duper townie I've always wanted to build for cheap

    I was up until past midnight building it to be ready for the DC Bike Ride a few hours later. The Rock Shox SID will take a hiatus while the rigid fork does townie duty because it'll accept a light weight rack.


    1997 Kona Hei Hei Titanium by ricky d, on Flickr

    Oh, and those grips - although they look awesome - after an hour or two, it feels like you're clutching a bunch of nails. The white stars are a harder durometer rubber than the red rubber, and the point of each star digs into your palms. They're going to be swapped for something less flashy but more comfy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KayakCyndi View Post
    Makeover on the Classique Viaje is done. Converted to SRAM 1x (38 chain ring 11/42 cassette), hydro brakes, Stans 650b Crest S1s, and WTB byway road+ tires in a 47 set up tubeless. Nowhere this bike can't go now.
    What is the purpose of moving to 650b? Lowering center of gravity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    What is the purpose of moving to 650b? Lowering center of gravity?
    650b + big tires like that (those are 47mm) is roughly same diameter as 700x28c. So you get similar gearing + standover, etc. as a road bike with a whole lot more traction/off-road-ability and comfort. 650b rims will also weigh a bit less, which helps offset the weight of those bigger tires too.

    I'm curious to try this on my frame, but want to find a way to test for the necessary frame clearance before taking the plunge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hozn View Post
    I'm curious to try this on my frame, but want to find a way to test for the necessary frame clearance before taking the plunge.
    Put Cyndi's wheels on your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkel View Post
    Put Cyndi's wheels on your bike.
    Of course Hans is welcome to do that but he needs thru-axle and specs that I don't have. But just to test fit, anytime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KayakCyndi View Post
    Of course Hans is welcome to do that but he needs thru-axle and specs that I don't have. But just to test fit, anytime.
    :-) Yeah, I guess if it's not tight, then I could probably just borrow someone's ( yours! :-) ) QR 650b wheelset and position it close enough to confirm. I may try to find some measured diameters and cross sections and just make a model of the tire profile, etc. and use a tape measure. I should be able to prove this out with enough confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KayakCyndi View Post
    Of course Hans is welcome to do that but he needs thru-axle and specs that I don't have. But just to test fit, anytime.
    How do you like the tires? A little more tread than WTB Horizons, looks like?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyRider View Post
    How do you like the tires? A little more tread than WTB Horizons, looks like?
    This is just day one. They roll nicely on pavement. I'll have to report back once I get them out on the canal, Loudoun gravel and/or local mtb trails ....

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