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    Quote Originally Posted by scrubadub View Post
    Love love love the fade.

    Did Nate comment on the durability of the neon colors? I remember talking to Crumpton and he said that modern day neon colors fade quickly. I'm debating colors for a project.
    Blame the EPA. Back in the day the paints, that were later be found toxic and full of bad things (shocker), had the ability to hold their pigment for decades. Over time, it seems, the demand grew so small for these eye burners that the paint companies never really figured out how to make the pigments whole again.
     

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    Nate and I didn't get into the longevity of the paint too much. I'm not concerned, though. I've already warned him that I plan on abusing this bike and I'm pretty sure it'll need a repaint before color fade is a concern. Also, this color is so insanely bright that it would have to fade a lot to not still be bright pink. I'm interested in his thoughts, though.

    Oh, and I just got some Compass 32 Stampede Pass tires to put into service for more road oriented duty. The Clements were really good on dirt, but I'm not thrilled about cornering on them on pavement with the squared off edge. I can't wait to show up on a group ride with this bike.
     

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    Hey, don't get me wrong, I'm thinking of sending the frame to Nate to have it painted! I saw what happened to DCT's Crumpton firsthand, and if I rode seven days a week I'd expect fragile neon paint to fade more quickly. As it is, I have enough bikes that I can ride it on cloudy days—now I just need to get Dave Kirk or Kelly Bedford to make a fork for it...

    You are going to love the Compass tires!
     

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    I had one of the fluo yellow Embro Team Gaulzettis for a bit. By the time it made it to my hands, the top tube had faded nearly to white, though I'm unsure over what time period that was. That said, throw caution to the wind, get the Serotta painted the way you want it, and then do it again in a different color when it starts to fade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdp211 View Post
    I had one of the fluo yellow Embro Team Gaulzettis for a bit. By the time it made it to my hands, the top tube had faded nearly to white, though I'm unsure over what time period that was. That said, throw caution to the wind, get the Serotta painted the way you want it, and then do it again in a different color when it starts to fade.
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    There is some irony about being concerned about a repaint...that you may have to repaint it. Which is different then being concerned about having an original finish that you don't want ever be less then it's original state.

    - I realize that this sounds a little like a Donald Rumsfeld (sp?) sentence.
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    Matt, that thing is seriously awesome! Looks like your trying a whole bunch of new stuff. Initial thoughts on Shimano? Discs? Can it take cross tires?! Haha. Man, that thing is too cool. Hopefully I will get a chance to see it in person this summer!!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    Matt, that thing is seriously awesome! Looks like your trying a whole bunch of new stuff. Initial thoughts on Shimano? Discs? Can it take cross tires?! Haha. Man, that thing is too cool. Hopefully I will get a chance to see it in person this summer!!
    Yep...this bike is pretty different from anything else I have. Initial thoughts...

    - Discs are awesome, especially on dirt. I've been going back and forth between the Zukas as my other non-disc bikes and the skinny tire, rim brake death traps haven't killed me yet, so I won't say I'm in the "I'll never go back camp." No regrets on discs for a bike like this, though, and I don't think I'd want a bike for dirt without them.
    - Cross tires will fit. Actually the 35mm tire on there now is kinda cross-like. I could easily fit a 33-35mm tire with knobs.
    - With Shimano the jury is still out. It nice and smooth and shifts well. I've never been a fan of the floppy brake lever, but it's fine and I haven't had any issues with it. I I miss getting the tactile feedback from the lever when shifting, but it's still really nice stuff.

    You definitely need to make it down this summer so we can hit the levees.
     

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    Rolling party...

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Strongin View Post
    Rolling party...

    SO much awesomeness in one picture!!
     

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    New tire day. And art walls.

     

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    That thing is amazeballs gnarly in every way. Fresh fade, too.
     

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    Finally had Nate cut the excess off the fork steerer. Looks mo-better.

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    Spent a few hours crushing gravel on the Zukas today. The faster you go the better it feels. What a blast! (Action pic from Rick Stevens).



    Dusty...

     

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    Did a century on the Zukas over the weekend, about 45% dirt, about 15% sticky red GA clay mud.


    Pit stop, before making it to the mud.


    When the walk started, before the mud got really bad. When it got really bad the wheels stopped turning.


    Aftermath, just before getting the hose.


    I didn't scrape any mud off the rims, that's from the rim going through the fork that was caked and packed. I was able to ride a lot of the muddy sections, and there was several miles where looking down at the front tire there would be a perfectly clean stripe from where the mud was packed in tightly enough to scrape the tire clean, yet somehow stay attached to the fork at the same time. The majority of the bike stayed clean though, 'cause it's too sticky to fling off when you're going 5mph.


    A taste of the nasty.

    Nate - you should really put more clearance on these bikes.
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    Why didn't you just ride on the grass? ;)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldmuthariley View Post
    Why didn't you just ride on the grass? ;)
    It was even softer! And most of the time there really wasn't a shoulder...



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    Quote Originally Posted by dgaddis View Post
    It was even softer! And most of the time there really wasn't a shoulder...



    Looks like great fun and fantastic pictures !
     

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    Facebook memories reminded me that I've had my Zukas for just over a year now. Still lovin' it. Did a 200k mixed surface ride last weekend and got to draft a tractor for the first time ever, which was cool.

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    Knocked out some mixed terrain miles early this morning. Had a blast bouncing around some gravel access roads in the dark followed by a trip through a damp field to clean my tires.



     

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