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    Figured I'd give Hugh Black at True North Cycles some love - great guy to work with and he has some serious talent and experience.

    First up is my 29+ build:

    After a short-lived stint as a single speeder, it's now running 1x11 and I'm appreciating the low gears on the steep climbs around our new home.

    This bike is fantastic. Wide tires takes the edge off of my poor line choices and the big wheels roll over everything. And yes, I'm tall.

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    For the record: 29x3.0 Chupacabras mounted on 50mm rims clear a 29/27.5+ Rockshox Boost Reba without too much of an issue.

    On deck is my 'cross bike freshly kitted up with S&S couplers and a magic powder coat.
     

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    I'm so glad you posted this. T.N. is beyond bad@ass. Great bike.

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    YES.
    True North bikes are just fantastic. Hugh is doing brilliant work that is mostly under the radar outside of Southern Ontario. One of these days I'll have one...
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    Great looking bike.

    Do you have to run a wider tread crank to clear the big tire in the back?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by GonaSovereign View Post
    YES.
    True North bikes are just fantastic. Hugh is doing brilliant work that is mostly under the radar outside of Southern Ontario. One of these days I'll have one...
    Agreed - his titanium work is phenomenal too. It's becoming more and more likely that that'll be my next project. Still a few years away though I suspect since I'm still in the honeymoon phase on this MTB!

    Quote Originally Posted by darkmother View Post
    Great looking bike.

    Do you have to run a wider tread crank to clear the big tire in the back?
    Thanks! It's a standard 73mm Shimano bottom bracket and M8000 crank. Hugh fit the crank and squeezed the rear wheel as tight as possible in there - he actually cut a nifty little notch out of the chainstay to allow for the chainring to clear. I don't have a good picture of that exactly but I can take a quick snap if interested. The wheel could actually move about a cm back but it's still in winter-mode, longer wheelbase and max snow/mud clearance.
     

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    Figured I should post this one too.

    My True North 'cross/gravel/travel/whatever bike. This is my first custom and first True North, can't say enough good things about it. Recently had it retrofitted with couplers and a fresh powder coat. The bike looks black in flat light but once the sun shines on it the sparkles come through in a big way. A welcome change from the gloss black paint it was sporting for a few years.

    I've recently added a road bike to the stable so this one is seeing fender duty for the time being. The couplers have already paid for themselves in flights/avoided bike rental costs and I'm getting pretty good with tearing it down and building it back up again.

    Channeled my inner Lionel with the all pink outfit, although with proper sock length.






    Paint photos:

     

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    That paint is magic.
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    sweet bike.
     

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    Both those bikes are super proper.
     

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    A quick photo from before the S&S retrofit. Old setup had cantis, wheels that I rode into the ground, and gloss black powder coat. Full homemade bag setup.

    Love how it looks dirty.

     

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    Went for a solid 45km mountain bike ride in the rain on Monday, no complaints here. Planning for a trans-alp trip early next summer.

    I love this bike.

     

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    Seems like Imgur's space limits have mucked up my photos in this thread. Figure it's time for an update anyhow.

    I was sick this weekend so spent some time resting, cleaning, and preparing for next week's tour. Trans Alp MTB trip with some friends, staying in hotels so not packed down super heavy. Took it for a quick spin and the setup rides quite nicely. The updated 11-46t cassette and 30t chainring should help me up the mountains.

    Porcelain Rocket seat pack, Restrap frame and top tube bags, Outershell handlebar bag (for my basic DSLR). Will report back if I survive!

     

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    The Bruce Gordon RnRs are a bit tight in the fork but they seem to be great tires so far. Roll really fast on pavement considering their size.

     

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    Almost ready for paint!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryA View Post
    Almost ready for paint!
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    Nice! What is the story with this frame?
     

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    I asked Hugh to build me something with discs, that would swallow 700x40c, and, oriented around gravel.

    Tubeset is Zona and geometry is longer, lower, slacker, and a tad more upright than my cross bike.

    Plan is to use a Whisky CX No. 9 fork, and I already have some Belgium+s. Will probably use Campy H11 hydraulics and Chorus derailleurs, and a Praxis Zayante 48-32 crankset.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryA View Post
    I asked Hugh to build me something with discs, that would swallow 700x40c, and, oriented around gravel.

    Tubeset is Zona and geometry is longer, lower, slacker, and a tad more upright than my cross bike.

    Plan is to use a Whisky CX No. 9 fork, and I already have some Belgium+s. Will probably use Campy H11 hydraulics and Chorus derailleurs, and a Praxis Zayante 48-32 crankset.
    Excited to see another True North on VSalon! What colour are you going with?

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    Finally got it on the road!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LarryA View Post
    Finally got it on the road!
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    Hey Larry, we need a ride report and some detail shots of the build! Hope you're enjoying that sweet ride.

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