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    Quote Originally Posted by echelon_john View Post
    Here's my new-to-me Engin. Purchased it here from TT a couple of weeks ago, swapped out a few parts to taste, and she's good to go. Great handling, nice paint work, cool segmented fork, S&S...no nonsense.

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    Wow, so there are people out there who can buy TT's old stuff...
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    Ti 29 single speed rigid
    So you're the one who picked the bike up in a Porsche? It all makes sense now seeing as the seatpost length on that thing was impressive to say the least.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by ean10775 View Post
    So you're the one who picked the bike up in a Porsche? It all makes sense now seeing as the seatpost length on that thing was impressive to say the least.
    You could say he is a Baller.
    Start slow, then taper off.

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    Well awwwright. This will be a two part thread. First, let's talk about Engin. Drew set out to make bikes his way and with smarts he EARNED thru hard work and sharp business sense I'm feeling confident that Engin is going to be a brand you will hear about for many years to come. Not everybody makes it in this game, you have to be willing to have some, for lack of a better word, Chutzpah. It takes confidence and experience to say NO to customer demands, industry trends and other things about custom framebuilding which are not conducive to a successful business that is the business of building custom bicycles.

    Drew has his own way of making bikes, he controls the process to a fine detail feed by his near obsession with precision and repeatable results. Walk into his lair and it is immediately obvious that he is a gifted machinist...if you know what you are looking for....so I brought a couple of ringers with me for the tour ;) Tom Kellogg and Jeff were invited to join for an afternoon tour of Engin Cycles. The manner in which Engin and Spectrum Cycles creates a bicycle are very very different. Guys like Tom, Richard, Dave Kirk and a bunch others I'm forgetting learned the trade with not much more than a set of calipers, files and a torch. Drew taught himself the craft with good mentoring and an iron will to control the process. Like I said, all create very very fine bicycles and their methods are quite different. Viva La Differance. by George.

    Just one hr. ago I got back from my first romp on the Ti 29'r Single Speed rigid Engin and buddy I could not be happier. The bike is like a juiced race horse. The bike is stiff, light and nimble...more to come after a few hundred miles :)

    This bike will be my main squeeze for weekday commuting to work thru thick and thin AND I'll get it out weekends for some mtn. bike trails. With a simple change of chain/cog it's ready for hard trail or technical trails. Here in the mix is one pic. of the bike loaded up to go home and I PROMISE more to come.

    Short list of how it is built (Drew might chime in with more details)

    Ti Frame, Drew-designed Drop Outs
    Enve Rims / CK Hubs
    Whiskey Fork
    Enve SeatPost
    Gobi Saddle
    PRO Handlebar
    XTR Cranks/Brakes
    BB (Drew pls. fill in the blank I forget!!!)
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    Wow Josh nice write up.

    The BB is a Praxis Works bottom bracket. No doubt it is the best PF30 product available and since I am almost 100% Shimano it works in my favor.

    One thing Josh did not mention was that the bike weighted in at 20.3 lbs before some pedals. That is amazing considering nothing was done to the frame to save weight. The parts on the other hand were all very nice. The wheels really helped it along but then the tubes of course added it all back :) No tubeless for Josh.

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    One more omission. Drew what chainring is that again? Looks so nice.

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    I read all this and one thing sticks out... No tubeless!?!?

    Bike looks awesome and sounds like a great bike buying experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Tall View Post
    One more omission. Drew what chainring is that again? Looks so nice.
    The chainring is a Wolf Tooth Components narrow wide chainring. Although not needed for a single speed it is the only company making non ramped chainrings that match the 88 BCD that the new XTR crank is. It is a very well made product that looks as close to original when bolted on.

    Trust me Josh tried tubeless and it was with Stan's rims and proper tires. I joke because those rims are pre tubeless Enve's which means maybe 2 people in the world that wanted them. Luckily one of those two owns this bike.

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    Amazing looking bike, yet again.

    Tubless is overated by most accounts. If you are the type of person that wants to change tires depending on the conditions and area or type of riding, it is a gigantic PITFA. Throw some stans in a removable core tube and be on your merry puncture free way.
     

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    Back from another merry romp. I had time to take the bike to my local CX training grounds so it was easy to compare the handling to my CX bikes. No comparison they are worlds apart, where the cx bikes take finesse and poise this thing just rails. Of course there is no comparison the bike has huge tires but man it really eats soft uphills like no cx bike could ever. No hands no problem, the front end is so stiff and light that it is rock solid. The no hands test is something I put alot of stock in esp. for big rides like this, it quickly shows me how the bike will behave when going fast. Digging it Drew DIG ING IT :)

    ** Drew, talk about the stem. At your shop I didn't give it much thought and than it really hit me. Silly of me, that is pretty special. Very well designed, it will last forever.

    Some EnginPorn >>>>
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    Shiiiii toots... You make me wanna slap a carbon fork on my Ti IF that thing is rad!
     

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    That's a tapered steerer Whiskey No. 9 fork, yes? How does that head tube not look tapered? Clean work there. Loving it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Tollefson View Post
    That's a tapered steerer Whiskey No. 9 fork, yes? How does that head tube not look tapered? Clean work there. Loving it.
    Blame drew and his confound obsession with lathes.

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    It's a Paragon Machine works 44mm head tube. The 44mm standard was started by, correct me if I'm wrong, Sean Chaney and Cane Creek. Chris king bought into it. It uses an in-set 1-1/8" top cup and an external 1.5 on the bottom accommodating the tapered steerer. IMO the best tapered solution ...
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon View Post
    It's a Paragon Machine works 44mm head tube. The 44mm standard was started by, correct me if I'm wrong, Sean Chaney and Cane Creek. Chris king bought into it. It uses an in-set 1-1/8" top cup and an external 1.5 on the bottom accommodating the tapered steerer. IMO the best tapered solution ...
    Definitely not a Paragon head tube. I make all the head tubes on all the bikes. Yes it uses the 44mm I.D. standard which was Sean Chaney's idea but it is not a Paragon headtube. It represents a ton of time and material removal (especially that length). I did however buy the raw material from Paragon. It starts out as 2" x .145" wall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EnginCycles View Post
    Definitely not a Paragon head tube. I make all the head tubes on all the bikes. Yes it uses the 44mm I.D. standard which was Sean Chaney's idea but it is not a Paragon headtube. It represents a ton of time and material removal (especially that length). I did however buy the raw material from Paragon. It starts out as 2" x .145" wall.
    Drew: my apologies, upon closer look, it's clear you machined that head tube. The rings are clearly different than paragons chamfered reduction. It looks great and I'm sure it's a lot of man hours to make. It's a Nice detail for sure!

    Gordon

    BTW nice bike too tall!! Clearly didn't skimp anywhere! ;)
     

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    Drew, so how was it when those two legendary guys toured your shop? It may very well be that you too
    will become legendary in this wonderful craft. Tom & Jeff are two down to earth guys and great to spend time with.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue boy View Post
    Drew, so how was it when those two legendary guys toured your shop? It may very well be that you too
    will become legendary in this wonderful craft. Tom & Jeff are two down to earth guys and great to spend time with.
    It was a great afternoon. I love going to other shops and always welcome people to come for a visit. We could have kept talking but all good things need to come to an end. Plus Josh needed to ride his new bike!
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    Nice TT. The frame is so big it makes the 29er wheels look like traditional 26 inch.
     

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    This is my new (to me) Engin. Its the frameset Drew had for sale in the Classifieds several weeks ago. The build is extremely modest for a frameset of this quality, but its what I had on hand. Drew was great to work with - listening to my concerns, answering all my questions, mocking up multiple BikeCAD drawings for me comparing positions and giving additional fit advice. He ended up cutting 15mm off the head tube to enable me to get the bars down a little lower which turned out to be absolutely perfect. The frame wasn't tailor made for me, but I feel like was. I've left the excess steerer tube as I want to ride for a while until I'm sure of the position I want, but the bike feels wonderful as its currently set up. Without a doubt, the best bike I've ever ridden and the craftsmanship is exquisite.


    IMG_1744-2 by ericarthur, on Flickr
     

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