Friday, April 24, 2009

Singular Pricing and new toys in the shop!

Yeah! Here's the long awaited post, letting y'all know what the Singulars are going to cost. Those who've been so generous as to put a deposit down already have an idea, but this is definitive!

First a brief rundown of the models:
The Swift is the mountain bike of the bunch. 29" wheels, Eccentric BB for SS duty, Cables stops and hanger for geared duty. A nice versatile bike. And good looking to boot!
Singular Swift

The Gryphon is much the same as the Swift above, but is designed specifically for drop bar off roading. The Gryphon is also designed to be run rigid, as can be seen with the short fork.
Gryphon front angle

The Hummingbird is an interesting one. Nominally a 26" mate to the 29" Swift, but it can be run with a 26" wheels and a suspension fork, or as a 69er with the supplied rigid fork and a 29" front wheel. This MAY be able to accept 650b wheels too. We'll have to wait to see if they truely fit though. No promises there.
Singular Hummingbird proto #1

These three bikes come as a frame, fork, and Phil Wood eccentric module. The head tube is faced/chased before leaving the door, and the frame is JPWiegle'd.

Price? $465

The Peregrine is the true chameleon of the bunch though. Lugged frame, clearance for BIG tires, rack mounts, eccentric bb, Disc brakes, cable stops and hangers, fender room, drop bars, Nitto North's, flat name it. The best lable is probably going to be a monster cross. This is the one you want to take with you all the way.
Production Peregrine #1

Arenberg Peregrine

Price? $635

Nice prices for nice bikes. Of course taxes and shipping apply where applicable and all that jazz. Check out Sam's flickr page for more shots of each of these bikes.

I've got a few wheels that can be sold with these bikes too. Just rolled in yesterday from the man in blue, Easton came through with 6 sets of the XC-1 29" wheels. Single speed specific, but enough room on the cassette carrier for at least 4 cogs if you float that way. Taking a set out here and playing with them gives a very nice first impression! Super smooth bearings. Seriously light. Perfectly round/true. I could give you the schpeal from Easton direct, but that's no fun. Since I just got 'em, I don't have any ride time on a set, but Cap't Bob over at 29inches has been riding a set, and seems impressed. Check it out!

Easton XC-1

Easton XC-1

Price? With a Singular: $490. Just want a set? $550.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

First Century. Done.

Last fall, in a fit of questionable bravado, I signed up for the Ragnar├ľk 105. A decision that at the time, seemed smart. At the time.

One very long winter later, and April 18 has popped up kind of before I expected it. Sure, I've been riding some before the event, but not to the level that one would consider actually training. So I went into this thing, just hoping to survive, and maybe, maybe even finish.

To that end, the finishing part, Ryan and I went up with out a bail out option. We didn't have any kind of support crew. No one to bail us out. We started, and the only way we were going to get back was to ride the whole way. One option. One goal. It worked.


We rolled out of the sack at 6am, ran into the local bakery/coffee shop for a quick energy shot, and made it back to the start for the 7:30 roll out. There were no real nerves this morning like I get at short mtb or CX races. It was a super relaxed atmosphere. Untill Ryan decided that he needed to fiddle with his shifter..."I'm not getting all my gears!" he says...

fiddling at the start.

I laughed at him.

The roll out was nice. Of course there were the rabbits, out to get the KOM points. The rest of us sat in and got ready for a long day.

The roll out.

on to the second section of gravel.

riders up!

Rock. On!

gravel. meet tire.

cool garage/man cave.

So the first half went by with out a real hitch. Ryan was off the front, riding strong enough that I couldn't really keep up with him. I rolled into the check about 5 minutes after he did. After a bit of fiddle farting around, eating and repacking, we took off again. This next section was the flattest, and also the hardest part. Miles 50 to 60 were fine, but 60 to 73 or so were the lowest point for me. Even though I'd been eating well enough, it obviously didn't matter. We stopped, pulled up the ground and I proceeded to stuff my face. I felt good the rest of the race, but Ryan never could really get over it.

B road climb.
This was a really nice smooth climb up a B road for 3 miles or so. Just a nice constant grade.

monster trucks!
They take thier ferbuyfer's seriously here.

Aaaannnd that's what we rode.

From ragnarok

103.3 miles. 7:34 on the bike. 8891' of climbing. 13.7 mph average[I was going for 14, but that last hill killed me.] 47 mph max. 8000 calories burned.

So that's that. Follow the links for more pictures.

Listening to: Johnny Cash//The Big Battle via iTunes suffle function.

Friday, April 17, 2009

I'm silly. Silly for big miles. Tomorrow.

Last fall, after feeling good and strong, and doing well in the cross races I did[top 10, B's/cat 3/4] an anouncement came along the interwebs about this race up Minnesota way in April. It looked intriguing enough. I've been getting into the endurance thing on the MTB side of the bike, and doing ok[a couple top 5 placings in 6 hour solo efforts]. Sure, none of them totaled the milage that this little shindig will. The Ragnarok 105. Its still mountain bikey enough for my tastes, but will be held almost exclusivly on gravel. Yep. 105 miles of gravel tomorrow. Am I ready?

uh, in a word, I don't think so.

See, I had grand plans of riding all winter long on the Pugsley. While I DID ride it, it was generally so butt chillingly cold, than I chickened out and surfed the interwebs instead. Or ate potato chips and dip. Or drank healthy dark beers. This is all evidneced in my gut. Guess you could say I've got some on board energy suppliments.

So anyways. I got this thing tomorrow. I might survive. I might not. You can be sure there'll be pictures forthcoming.

Other than that, I've been super busy at the shop here. Spring has certainly sprung, and people want to get out and ride their bikes.

Trail building is going well. We have almost 3.5 to miles flagged out, and about half that cut/roughed in. We'll start hitting it hard in the next few weeks here, in the hopes that we'll have something ridable soon. I promise I'll update this here blog on a more regular basis too!