Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Moots Snoots.

When it comes to one-of-a-kind bikes, there may never be another as unique and function-specific as this one.

Way back when I first started dreaming about riding to the South Pole, I knew that any old off-the-shelf bike wasn't going to do the job the way I wanted it done.  I knew that I needed the bike to be light and durable beyond question, but I also knew that it needed to carry all of my gear and fuel in a simple and easy to access manner.

Brad Bingham and I had several conversations about the end product before he put pencil to graph paper and started sketching this bike out.

Salient details include:

-Liquid storage in both fork legs, downtube, and the entirety of the trailer.

-Custom titanium front and rear racks.

-5 bottle cage placements, none interfering with the ability to run a full frame bag.

-150mm spacing with on-center built wheels.  All three wheels can be run in every position on the bike.

-All wheels use DT Swiss 440 hubs, DT Swiss butted spokes, and DT Prolock alloy nips.  Surly Marge Lite rims on the bike, Remolino rim on the trailer.

-Brass valves on each fork leg, one near the bottom bracket, and two on the trailer for decanting whatever liquid you happen to be storing.  Basic input and outflow hardware that can be found at most any hardware.

-Titanium tubing used in frame, fork, bars, seatpost, racks, and trailer to keep the overall package as light and comfortable as possible.  Silky smooth ride as a result--even with tires run at high pressures.

As far as sizing, it fits like a 'stock' Moots 18" frame, and the geo #'s match up across the board.

1 x 11 drivetrain.  30t ring with 10-42 cassette.  Twist shifter.  Entire drivetrain (shifter, cassette, chain, derailleur, ring) is brand spanking new.

Easily fits 29" x 2.4's front, rear, and on the trailer.  Happy to build you a second 'set' of wheels for this purpose.

Front wheel with single cog can be swapped into the rear wheel position as a failsafe, in the event that the rear hub, cassette, or shifting system fail.  Trailer wheel can also be moved to front or rear of the bike.  Handy.

Custom Moots ti risers.

Integrated seat binder bolt, and some gorgeous welds.

BB cluster, with frame fuel port at top right.

Ti Moots post in 27.2 x long.  Comfy.

Fork legs are held together by an off-the-shelf Marzocchi DH crown.  Roughly 1" of adjustment (sliding the legs up/down in the crown) means you can fine-tune ride characteristics by tweaking the head angle and BB height.

Note fuel input at top, outflow at bottom, and King ti bottle cage in the middle.

Hayes Prime Comp brakes--simple, powerful, dependable.  Also brand new--just installed (with ti hardware) and bled.

BB junction from non-drive side.  Phil Wood bottom bracket is brand new, just installed.

12 x 150mm Maxle's hold all 3 wheels in place.  Bombproof, simple.

King headset on the frame, gorgeous welds too.

OK--need storage?  Brad built these gossamer light but super stiff racks for both ends of the bike.

4 simple (and easily found/replaced if needed) bolts hold each rack to the bike.

Need yet more storage?


It's been a few years since I measured, but IIRC the trailer holds roughly 200oz of fuel.  I stored white gas in it, but it could easily be cleaned and repurposed to hold _____.  Use your imagination.

One potential customer wanted to use it to tour the Canning Stock Route, and planned to use the liquid storage to hold water to get him from well to well.  Smart.

Another potential customer planned to fill it with whiskey and drag it around RAGBRAI.  His prerogative.

Two cages on the trailer for _____.

A few examples of the fabrication and weldery that Brad puts into everything he touches.

I'm selling this bike as I simply have no need to haul what it can, and I don't need extra expedition bikes around!

Interested?  But have questions/reservations?

I started this thread shortly after I started riding this bike.  In it you'll find most questions and answers that have ever been asked about it.

Price for the whole package is $8200.

That assumes local pickup.  I'll ship if you insist, but expect roughly $300 including insurance.

Want the trailer, but not the bike?  Sure thing--price is $3200 shipped, including one wheel.

Please--no lowball offers.


Friday, August 1, 2014

Lenz Milk Money for sale.

Price dropped--see below.

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 $2250.  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?


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

LenzSport PBJ "Park Bike".

Previous buyer bailed, so it's back up for sale, with price reduced.

This is my park bike--A LenzSport PBJ in size M.

I built it to ride Crested Butte and Winter Park all summer, then to take to Whistler in the fall.  That's basically what 'bike park' means to me: CB in the early season to get back on the horse, WP in the heart of the summer to get back up to speed, then game on at Whistler in the fall when the bike, body, and mind have been dialed.

I built this bike to be as light as possible without sacrificing durability.  I chose each part specifically because I've built a relationship of trust with that part through the years.  I know I can ride this bike as hard as I want, all day long, all season long, and not have to worry about something breaking and taking me down with it.

I sent the Dorado back to Manitou for an overhaul this winter.  Came back crisp, clean, and smooove--ready for a full season of ripping.  180mm of super tunable travel.

This bike was ridden five times last summer.  Five.  Two of my main DH riding partners wadded themselves up good and proper early in the summer, and by the time they'd healed up I'd moved on to other ambitions.

This summer I'm moving on early: Jeny and I have lots of travel plans coming together, such that it's obvious we won't get to 'ride park' more than once or twice.  Other priorities, and there's no sense keeping this bike around into 2015 if it's not gonna get used in '14.

X.9 10 speed trigger, ESI Chunky grips.

Brand new parts this spring = ENVE DH bars, Hayes Prime Comp brakes, Ashima 8/8 rotors, SRAM X9 10 speed shifter, chain, and shorty rear der, Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 dual-ply tires, and both wheels.  New as in never been ridden.

Rims are Stans Flow EX, hubs are DT Swiss 440, Spokes are DT Swiss butted, nips are DT Prolock alloy.  DH casing tires are set tubeless with a 60/40 blend of Stans and Tubeless Slime.  WTB aluminum valves.

Front is 36h because it's a DH bike.  Rear is 32h because it's 150 spaced and with a shorty freehub body.  Basically it's the most indestructible rear wheel on the planet, overkill for almost anyone.  This is achieved with monstrous flange spacing--look at the pic below to get an idea.  You might be able to dent or flatspot this wheel if you ride like a hack, but I doubt *anyone* could fold it up.  Skippy has been trying to wad his (identical) rear wheel up for years, unsuccessfully.  He knocked himself unconscious and ended up in the ER last summer by repeatedly landing whips sideways, but his wheel is still round and true.

Shorty freehub means an abbreviated cassette.  This is a 12-14-19-23-28, mated to a Wolftooth 32t direct mount narrow/wide ring up front.  I've learned that I almost invariably end up in my 32 x 12 at the bottom of every run, regardless of run or even park.  So I created this 'short stack' cluster to give me a few options for transiting across the mountain and even a bailout 28t for short, punchy climbs.

Between the clutch rear der, MRP guide, and n/w ring, that chain ain't coming off.

Answer -One DH stem keeps the bars where they oughta be.  Ti hardware gratis.

Headset pushed in upside down, just because. 

Tire specs in bold, right there on the sidewall.

Carbon spacers and a ti bolt piercing the top cap.

Syntace P6 carbon post in 30.9.  Cut way short.

Prime Comp brakes are simple, powerful, and proven.  Ashima 200mm rotors, Ti hardware.

Vivid Coil in 200 x 57, MH tune, with a 600# RCS ti spring.  The rear of this bike gets 178mm of buttery smooth, bottomless travel.    

Overall this bike weighs 34.88# as pictured.  Pedals are included in that weight, but are not included with the sale.

I spent a rainy weekend last month getting this bike dialed in for the fast approaching park season.  It is dialed, quiet, tight, and light.

A closer look at our schedule for the summer revealed that I simply won't have time to use it, and I don't want it sitting here taunting me if I can't ride it.

The oldest parts of this bike are 5 rides old.  The newest (as listed out above) are brand spanking new.  Not much more to say but that it's in impeccable condition.  

Look closely in the pics and you can see that there are bits of dust and dirt in the hard to reach places.  That's because I clean my bikes by hand--never powerwash them--and I'm not too worried about dust in the crevices.

This bike would cost well in excess of $6500 to assemble as I have here.  Selling it for $3750 including ground shipping anywhere in the lower 48.

But wait--there's more!  I'm throwing in this Vivid Air R2C for those days when an air shock is the right call:

Will deliver to any bike park in Colorado, no extra charge.

Don't bother with lowball offers, please--this price is more than fair.