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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    I know y'all are probably sick of my bike but I thought I'd give a shout out to the fine folks at ENVE. The rear rim was defective and was less than a year old so I called them and they were very accommodating. They replaced both rims, which was nice, and I got the fancier tubeless version (not that I'll go that route with this bike). They were also VERY fast in taking care of the warranty replacement. I also slapped on the Schwalbe Super Moto tires considering winter hasn't really arrived here (we did have some nice snow over this past weekend, though). The tires make the bike about 3 pounds lighter compared to the Maxxis Hookworms.




    Sweet! Interesting. So, why did you opt for a steel fork instead of the Enve carbon cyclocross fork that Firefly is also offering with this model?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot View Post
    Sweet! Interesting. So, why did you opt for a steel fork instead of the Enve carbon cyclocross fork that Firefly is also offering with this model?
    That fork isn't an option with the insanely huge tires MrDangerPants is running on that bad boy. He was running Maxxis Hookworms at 2.5" when he first built it.

    Sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot View Post
    Sweet! Interesting. So, why did you opt for a steel fork instead of the Enve carbon cyclocross fork that Firefly is also offering with this model?
    Quote Originally Posted by SignatureJustin View Post
    That fork isn't an option with the insanely huge tires MrDangerPants is running on that bad boy. He was running Maxxis Hookworms at 2.5" when he first built it. Sweet.
    Thanks for the kind words! SignatureJustin is correct that the tires are insanely huge (currently running 2.35s) and therefore won't squeeze into a CX fork. I could have opted for a Ritchey MTB WCS carbon fork but liked the Engin fork options better (unicrown or segmented). That being said, I have a new fork that's currently en route so will post photos when I get my grubby little paws on it.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    Thanks for the kind words! SignatureJustin is correct that the tires are insanely huge (currently running 2.35s) and therefore won't squeeze into a CX fork. I could have opted for a Ritchey MTB WCS carbon fork but liked the Engin fork options better (unicrown or segmented). That being said, I have a new fork that's currently en route so will post photos when I get my grubby little paws on it.

    2.35 inch tires?! That's almost 60mm wide!!!! Where are you riding this thing? Paris-Roubaix? Even then, the pros that race cobbles are using around a 28mm tire, but 60mm?! Wow! That is awesome.
     

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    TBF Mass Ave in Arlington is in pretty rough shape.

    ;)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigfoot View Post
    2.35 inch tires?! That's almost 60mm wide!!!! Where are you riding this thing? Paris-Roubaix? Even then, the pros that race cobbles are using around a 28mm tire, but 60mm?! Wow! That is awesome.
    Thanks! This is basically my primary road bike, which is why I replaced the Hookworms with the Super Motos. I also use it for urban adventures, gravel road rides and easier single track trails. Here, there and everywhere! It's a blast to ride!

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    TBF Mass Ave in Arlington is in pretty rough shape.

    ;)
    Indeed. I avoid Mass Ave and generally take the Minuteman Bike Path. It's a great place for a warm up/cool down when I do long rides out to the Carlisle/Westford area.

    Oh, and here's a shot of the lovely stem with the matching handlebars:

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    Thanks! This is basically my primary road bike, which is why I replaced the Hookworms with the Super Motos. I also use it for urban adventures, gravel road rides and easier single track trails. Here, there and everywhere! It's a blast to ride!



    Indeed. I avoid Mass Ave and generally take the Minuteman Bike Path. It's a great place for a warm up/cool down when I do long rides out to the Carlisle/Westford area.

    Oh, and here's a shot of the lovely stem with the matching handlebars:



    Just out of curiosity, what PSI are you inflating those tires to?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfoot View Post
    just out of curiosity, what psi are you inflating those tires to?
    60 psi.
     

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    My titanium fork arrived on Saturday and I asked Firefly if they'd install it for me, of which they agreed. Jamie did the honors, though he let me bead blast the fork and that was pretty cool. Anyway, I'm about to get in a quick ride so a ride report once I get some serious miles on the new fork.



    I also got to meet Mike Ramponi as he was hanging out at the Firefly HQ with his sweet beast (photo from Firefly's Instagram page):

     

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    looks cool but i don't understand it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jerk View Post
    looks cool but i don't understand it at all.
    Bikes rule. I don't think there's anything more to understand.
     

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    I want to see a picture of Ramponis bike. It looks pretty cool too.

    MRDP's rig is the best looking super motard bike I have ever seen. I just want to pull those slick tires off- throw some knobbies on and hit some jeep trails!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscott View Post
    Bikes rule. I don't think there's anything more to understand.
    I love it because I don't understand it....like a Ferrari with monster truck tires on it.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    60 psi.


    Seriously, unless you weigh over 300lbs you should pump the rear up to HALF that much. 60psi is the absolute limit of the casing, not a suggestion.

    Really you ought to do a tubeless conversion with gorilla tape + Stan's sealant, and drop the pressure even further.
     

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    60psi is probably getting close to, or over, the limit of the enve rims.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerk View Post
    looks cool but i don't understand it at all.
    And that's okay!

    Quote Originally Posted by jscott View Post
    Bikes rule. I don't think there's anything more to understand.
    Indeed!

    Quote Originally Posted by the bottle ride View Post
    I want to see a picture of Ramponis bike. It looks pretty cool too.
    I didn't take any photos of Mike's bike as I was ogling it too much! It really is a great rig. He's running a 2x1 setup and that was pretty cool. Anyway, you can go to the Firefly website and see some photos and a write-up (though I'm sure you know this already).

    Quote Originally Posted by the bottle ride View Post
    MRDP's rig is the best looking super motard bike I have ever seen. I just want to pull those slick tires off- throw some knobbies on and hit some jeep trails!
    Oh hush, you're too kind! And yeah, trails are fun too:



    Quote Originally Posted by BryanF View Post
    I love it because I don't understand it....like a Ferrari with monster truck tires on it.


    Quote Originally Posted by blasdelf View Post
    Seriously, unless you weigh over 300lbs you should pump the rear up to HALF that much. 60psi is the absolute limit of the casing, not a suggestion.

    Really you ought to do a tubeless conversion with gorilla tape + Stan's sealant, and drop the pressure even further.
    Seriously, you ought to shut the <insert common offensive expletive here> up. I've been running 55 - 60PSI (for road riding) with these tires for the past 3 - 4 years with zero issues (55PSI/4 bar is the max for these tires).

    Also, the wheels come standard with a tubeless kit. I run tubes. Always have and always will.

    Quote Originally Posted by C D View Post
    60psi is probably getting close to, or over, the limit of the enve rims.
    75PSI is the max for the rims.

    Anyway, I haven't had any time to ride, but did play with some wheels last night and slapped some 650B Chris King/Blunts (from my current SS MTB project) for giggles:

     

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    It's like a monster cross between a road bike and a MTN bike. John Tomac would be proud! :)
     

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    MisterRiskyBritches , I have enjoyed every photo/rendition of this bike you've posted. Now please post one of it dirty!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterDangerPants View Post
    Seriously, you ought to shut the <insert common offensive expletive here> up. I've been running 55 - 60PSI (for road riding) with these tires for the past 3 - 4 years with zero issues (55PSI/4 bar is the max for these tires).

    Also, the wheels come standard with a tubeless kit. I run tubes. Always have and always will.
    Seriously have you even tried lower pressures or are you the sort of fool that pumps all of his tires to the limit without hesitation?

    Looking back in the thread I only weigh a couple pounds more than you and I wouldn't dream of pumping them beyond 25psi (for comparison I ride 42mm Hetres at 45psi tops and 23mm clinchers at 90psi tops).

    60psi in a Super Moto is even more foolish for people our weight than riding Vredestein Fortezzas at 145psi, because you're paying for the weight and aerodynamics without getting more than a tenth of the potential performance.


    I can understand just not wanting to deal with the potential mess and hassle of tire swaps that tubeless entails, but know that you're leaving a lot on the table performance-wise (though not neatly as much as you lose by massively overinflating them)
     

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    Absolutely beautiful. I would love to see a couple close-ups of the Ti fork, specifically the dropout to blade junction and unicrown to steerer. Awaiting the ride report as well.
     

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