Wednesday, September 10, 2014

2014 LenzSport Behemoth.

I built this bike for myself late in June.  It is a size large, "Punkass" (short chainstay) LenzSport Behemoth.

I built it to be my alpine and bikepacking sled, and that's what I used it for.

Thing is, the alpine riding season is short, and this bike is very, very, very similar to my daily-driver LunchBox that I ride the rest of the year, and everywhere else.

In other words, I only rode this Behemoth a few times before realizing that it was a bit redundant to have in my quiver.  I'd like to enjoy the relative wealth of owning a purpose-specific bike, but the honest reality is that I cannot justify it.  

This fact was driven home when I realized that I'd ridden it 6 times since new.  Six.  Re-dun-dant.

The good news, for you, is that I built it with top-shelf components and rode it just enough to dial in the ride.

MRP Stage fork has 150mm of travel, tapered steerer, 15mm thru.  I love the adjustability of this damper, specifically the way they've decoupled all of the other adjustments from the air volume.  No other fork on the market is as adjustable, nor can any other fork be made as supple on top while still feeling bottomless and never, ever having a harsh bottom out.

Internal rear der routing is clean and quiet.

Traction tape on the Reverb remote.

Stealth Reverb with 125mm of drop.

XO1 10-42 cassette.

Gorgeous rootbeer powdercoat really lights up when in natural light.  Not *just* when in the sun.

RockShox Monarch RT3, MM tune, HV can.  Note the RWC needle bearings.  This chassis gets 125mm of travel.  And while to some folks 5" of travel = a bashing, banging, hucking bike, that is emphatically not the case here.  The Lenz LunchBox is designed and optimized for that style of riding, while this bike, the Behemoth, has a decidedly XC feel to it.    

Wolftooth 26t n/w ring, with integrated Wolftooth bash.  Perfect gearing for the mountains.  Note SRAM Ceramic BB.

Comfy bars for all-day and overnight rides.

Hayes Prime Comp brakes clamp onto Ashima 180/160 rotors.

Wheels are Light-Bicycle 27mm hookless carbon rims, laced to DT Swiss 240s hubs with DT Swiss SuperComp spokes and DT Swiss Prolock alloy nips.  Note that 8 nips on each wheel are red.  Valves are WTB aluminum, tires are tubeless ready 2.3"--Bontrager XR4 Team up front, Maxxis Ikon EXO out back.  Great blend of light, fast, and durable for trouble-free bikepacking trips.

Gravity headset for the simple reason that I'm sick to death of the creaks, squeaks, and ticks inherent with the high $ gucci headsets from King and Cane Creek.  This one cost half as much and has yet to make a peep on this bike.  I also have this exact headset on my LunchBox and Milk Money, and those two are also utterly silent as well.  Amen.

New this bike would run ~$6600 all-in.

As pictured, ridden 6 times, I'm selling it for $4200.  That price is for local pickup in Grand Junction.  

Add $50 delivery within the state of Colorado, or as far as Moab.

Want it shipped?  Sure thing--add $125 to the total.

Pedals are not included.

Thanks for looking,


Friday, August 15, 2014

Fatback/Surly wheelset.

I built this wheelset for Jeny last winter.

Fatback import hubs (135/170) with their sweet-as thru-bolts included.  9mm front, 10mm rear--will fit any QR fork or frame.

Surly Rolling Darryl rims in impossible-to-find purple.

Laced 3x using DT Swiss SuperComp triple butted spokes and red DT Prolock alloy nips.

Finished off with red rimstrips and a pair of Surly Bud/Lou tires.

Note (above) that the outer row of edge knobs has been trimmed off the rear tire--it wouldn't fit her frame otherwise.

160mm Avid rotors included.

She rode these wheels about a dozen times, on snow, for maybe 200 miles (probably a lot less) total.

They are true, round, and dished as-new.

The purple Surly rims were very limited production, and have been sold out for over a year.

This wheelset, including tires, would cost north of $1200 new.

Selling this barely ridden wheelset for $800 shipped.

Don't hesitate:

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Purple Fut.

Selling a set of *tubeless* fat wheels.

Sun Ringle recently brought their MuleFut rims to market, ushering in the age of turn-key tubeless fat.

I laced this set of MuleFut's to Salsa Conversion hubs in purple, using DT Swiss butted spokes and purple DT Swiss alloy nips.

Salsa skewers are included, as are conversion end caps to run the front at 15mm, or the rear at 12 x 177.

The rims are taped and valved for tubeless, and the 120tpi Husker Du tires shown are already seated and holding air on the rims.  You simply need to install sealant (through the valve is easiest) and away you go.

This set is on special this week for $900 shipped, exactly as pictured above with tires, skewers, and conversion end caps.

Need 150mm end caps for Bluto?  Sure--add $22 to the total.

Need an XD driver for the rear hub?  Sure, add $105.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Lenz Milk Money for sale.

Size small, polished finish, excellent condition.

4" front travel, 3" rear.

Pics tell most of what you need to know.

Yep, Pushed..

Aluminum valves even!

Wheels and tires are brand new--I laced them yesterday with DT butted spokes and alloy nips.  Tires are tubeless with sealant already installed.

Syntace carbon bars, stem, and ESI grips are also brand new, never ridden.  Bars are 720mm wide.

Saddle is new.

Hard to see, but yes that is a King NoThreadSet.

As built it is sized for someone in the 5'4" to 5'5" range.  Can easily fit up to 5'8" with a taller/longer stem and post.  Happy to swap in a longer/taller stem if you already know this 40mm version is gonna be too stubby.

Gearing is 29 x 21 = 1.38 ratio = 40 gear inches.  On the low side if your trails are fast and smooth, just about right if you live where there are mountains.

It has the usual scuffs and scrapes and cable rub spots that you'd expect on a used bike.  The only spot that is worthy of mention is pictured below--a teeny little dent in the non-drive-side seatstay.

I asked Devin Lenz if he thought it merited concern or action, and he said 'Nah--don't worry about that little thing'.  

He also made clear that he could replace that seatstay if I wanted, but he didn't see the point for something so trivial.

Cost is $2500.  That assumes local pickup in Grand Junction, Colorado, or delivery to Denver, Durango, or anywhere in between.

Want it shipped?  Sure thing--I'll box and pad it and have Fed Ex Ground drop it on your doorstep.  Add $120 for this option.

Pedals not included.

Previous owner rarely/never used the remote fork lockout, so I removed it from the bike.  It is included with the sale, so you're covered if you know you'll use it.

Awesome bike.

Need it?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Light, wide, fat.

Choose all three.

My friend Brad has a penchant for tinkering: Witness the frame, fork, and rims on his bike.

Notice anything about the rims?  They are Surly Clownshoe rims, but Brad put them on a diet--carving 200g off of *each* rim without compromising stiffness or strength.

Admittedly it's kinda hard to see since my rims are still black, but Brad also hogged out the rims on this wheelset:

I laced them back in December but, for many reasons, only rode the front 3 times and the rear not at all.

The spec is as follows:

Origin8 front Bluto-compatible hub, 15 x 150mm, 32h.
Borealis rear 197 XD hub, 32h*.
DT Swiss Revolution 1.8/1.6 butted spokes, silver.
DT Swiss Prolock alloy nips, black.

*Rear can be QR or 12mm, and XD or 10 speed.  Please specify.

Alligator stainless rotors (180f/160r) are included, with ti rotor bolts.

Tires are the ubiquitous Surly Bud/Lou.  Front is tubeless and has been so since January.  Rear is tubed.

Tires are virtually new--no visible wear anywhere.

As pictured here, including Brad's machine time. this is a $1700+ setup including tires and rotors.  

Selling the set, shipped to the lower 48, for $1200 all-in.

Only have the one set--don't hesitate.