Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Inbred

I finished the 29er single speed today. On-One is a company out of the UK and they named this model the Inbred.
 I couldn't find my 17t rear cog so I went with a 16t... ouch. At least I won't have to do as many squats in the shed any more.

Scary gears... 32X16t


The Inbred logo... 

Makes my knees ache. 

Ghetto grips. Old inner tubes wrapped around the bars. Adequate and free. The same thing I used at Leadville 100 this year. 

13 comments:

Kevin said...

You have to excuse my ignorance, from a non-bike person who considers a hill an overpass but what is the deal with a single gear bike? Is is that it is much harder? Is it a common thing around mountain bike folks?

Lucho said...

Kevin- No problem man, I wasn't born with the knowledge either! And it's a great question, one which I'm still kind of figuring out myself. I would equate SS bikes almost like doing a 100 run with no crew or pacers. Yes, it is much harder, but it's also more minimalist, or "pure" for a lack of a better word. One gear on a 12000+ vertical course means you are going to be grinding at a HUGE effort on the climbs (or even walking) but not really able to even pedal at all on the downhills. Going fast on a SS is very difficult.
I'm interested in trying the SS this winter to see if I want to race Leadman on one... because it would be even more challenging and epic :)

ej said...

hey that logo reminds me of the old bike frame makers BREW out of the hills in north carolina. frekin way cool!

mtnrunner2 said...

>Scary gears... 32X16t

Don't fewer teeth and Inbred go hand-in-hand? Perfect!

My dad saw the madness in Durango during the last single-speed race and said it was nuts. People going up typical mountain trails on pure power.

Dave said...

Love it! Absolutely sick. What kind of fork are you running? I'm digging the grips too. That's a mean gearing man. I don't think you'll have to worry about squats for the rest of your life if you keep riding that:).
Enjoy it!

Lucho said...

EJ- I tried to find it but couldn't. Brew is still building bikes and they pretty sweet!

Mtrunner- Ha! Fewer teeth... good catch! I gotta remember that one.

Dave- The grips are awesome. You wrap a length of road tube just like road bar tape. I also do another layer of cork road tape to beef up the diameter. At Leadville it was very comfy.
The fork is an Origin 8 Black-ops full steel. Bomb proof but ~4.5 pounds(!) If I ride fully rigid at Leadville then I want to try to find a used(cheap) Sir-9 carbon which weigh ~560g.
32X16 on the flatland isn't bad... but up here I can get 10,000 vertical in just ~30 miles... I think I'm going to like it. I've been a HUGE proponent of ME (big gear) work for the past ~10 years and it's always been an integral part of of my training so it shouldn't be a big shock. Plus squats are almost a hobby for me :)

Jeff said...

Love the bike. I ride a Surly Karate Monkey. Just rolled 100 miles on a single gear road bike last weekend. Cheers!

ej said...

http://www.brewracingframes.com/id34.htm

look at the bottom right. looks like they are building motorcycles now too. damn cool. anyway, by the way, i am back to running a bit on my foot, but now my long toe knuckle nest to my big toe is killing me. i just cant win this year! gonna write 2011 off as a bad year and jump back next year. anyway, i may have to get a brew frame now!

Lucho said...

Nice Jeff! I'll definitely need to work up to that!

Eric- Run through it for a bit and see if it goes away. A toe knuckle isn't a major place to have an injury but it could hurt like hell. Maybe try taping it to the next toe also. Size up on shoes?

ej said...

http://www.brewracingframes.com/id27.htm

hey this is a better pic. anyway, i will try the tape see what happens. i havent had new shoes in a year either! should prob do that!

Lucho said...

I meant to write an Air-9 carbon fork before...

Eric- Love the logo! Get new shoes and go up at least a 1/2 size.

Anonymous said...

For Leadman your thinking not only single speed, but an aluminum frame with traditional geometry, AND NO SUSPENSION?
Cool. You can certainly drink beer with us.
Here's a link to our flatlander forum, with a local who built up a On One Inbred, just like yours, but with a carbon fork.

http://www.joinomba.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=19488

Lucho said...

Thanks Anon. We'll see on the fully rigid SS. A front shock would be nice.