Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross frame and fork. I was in great anticipation of this farme and fork, since I want to use it in just over a week at CIRREM.
You might know how it is when you are expecting the delivery man. Checking the windows. Was that a noise outside that I heard? Yeah.....pretty much paranoid! I couldn't even work down in The Lab since I was afraid I'd miss the guy and he would leave the dreaded "yellow note" saying he'd try again tomorrow. Time seemed to drag. I made lunch. Still no delivery man.
Then about an hour later I heard the same type of noise. It was the FedEx truck! Yes! When the guy knocked, I actually counted to ten before opening the door, just so I wouldn't startle him. He slid the box inside saying, "Whatever it is, it ain't heavy." And it wasn't my Brother either! (heh! Sorry, it's late as I write this. I am a little punchy) Anyway, I ripped open the box, as you can imagine, and saw the "Orange Crush" color right away. Pretty cool.
Once again, I am impressed with Mike's work. I had the pleasure of riding a Haro Mary when Mike designed their 29"er, and I could see similar details in the cross frame. Even the box it came in was reminiscent of the frame box the Mary came in. Hmm.....Anyway.
If you are wondering, yes! I did get it built up. I threw it together with a somewhat temporary build just to get the thing rolling so I can get things dialed in with regards to fit, and what not. Obviously, the easy thing to do was to set it up single speed, which is what I did. Well, easy is relative. I had forgotten how testy Shimano cantilever brakes can be to set up. (I used an old stash of brakes I had saved since the 90's. Old STX cantilevers.) In fact, some of the parts I used go back to the 80's.
I'll detail all that out later, but for now, I am rather stoked to be riding a Black Mountain Cycles bike, and my test ride was pretty dang smooth. Yeah......smooth!