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S&M Covid Cruiser 26 + 29er added 8/26/20

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I've been wanting a modern Klunker style 4130 frame for a while now. There's really not much out there. I've also been hoping S&M would make a 26" or 29" frame. Well, both wishes came true! S&M came up with this sweet Cook Bros inspired frame and fork. They did it in 2 sizes, 26" and 29". Wagonguy posted his 29er, here is my 26. I've got a 29er on the way too. I'll post that in this thread when it arrives and I get it together.

I've owned or ridden nearly every 26" BMX on the market. This bike feels more compact than others, in a good way. It feels great actually, a nimble shredder for us old guys. I can't wait to try it on the local pump track. I'd highly recommend this f/f to anyone. So much old school flavor with all the solid modern componentry. The attention to detail is impressive. S&M welds of course, a "Made in USA" stamp on the seat tube between the two top bars, shield cutouts on the dropouts, S&M shield logo on the downtube gusset, that head badge. The frame is beautiful. I had planned to go with the black, but when this clear gloss showed up with the beautiful discoloration around the welds, I changed my mind immediately. 

Here's the parts rundown:

Frame and fork: 2020 S&M Covid Cruiser 26 

Headset: FIT

Stem: Hutch

Bars: Gary Turner 7.5" cruiser

Grips: Oury downhill

Brakes: Paul

Bottom bracket: Profile

Cranks: Profile 180mm

Spider: Profile

Chainwheel: Profile

Chainring bolts: Wolftooth

Chain: KMC

Pedals: Profile GAS

Seat clamp: Profile Slim Jim

Seatpost: Thomson

Seat: Brooks C17 carved

Hubs: Onyx

Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger

Tires: GT LP-5

Tensioners: Profile

 

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Cool looking build on this one and look forward  to seeing the 29er when you get it together. 

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wow! I so want one of those now! Inspired by one of Dirtys posts earlier this year, I started tracking down parts to build a 2 speed kick back clunker, but have yet to find right frame, this could be just the ticket.

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As much as I love the GT tires, I wasn’t so sure about skinwalls on this bike. I swapped them out for some Maxxis Holy Rollers, 2.2 in back and 2.4 in front. Much better, and more moto! 
 

I got a good long single track ride in on it today. I know it’s still the honeymoon phase but I think I have a new favorite bike! Everything just feels right. 

 

 

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Your bike is awesome!........the details........

I will add: As a 26 inch riding fool and I was late to the 29r party. I purchased a 29 race hardtail (Cannondale Flash  Carbon) road bike efficient, light and race bike handling.........I suggest you do it!

 

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9 hours ago, Curt said:

Your bike is awesome!........the details........

I will add: As a 26 inch riding fool and I was late to the 29r party. I purchased a 29 race hardtail (Cannondale Flash  Carbon) road bike efficient, light and race bike handling.........I suggest you do it!

 

Oh yeah, I’m all over 29ers for the dirt. A few years ago I sold my JMC 24. With the money I built this. It’s a Vassago VerHuen. It’s 29x3, fully rigid with a Dean ti fork and a Rohloff Speedhub. This would be my “if I could only have one bike” bike. 
 

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Looks like my Covid 29 f/f will arrive Friday. I’m planning to build it as a modern single speed klunker to tear up the single track. Looks like a couple parts not make it until next week. 

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Got the 29er together! 

Much to my surprise when I went to pick up the f/f, the boss said it was my bonus! This has been a crazy season at the bike shop. It's not the biggest bonus $-wise, but it's easily the coolest bonus I've ever gotten.

I built it up last night and got to ride it today. I went thru 3 sets of bars before going with the ones on it. First I tried the S&M Husky 4spd bars. They felt good, but not quite right. I tried the Husky High Bars, I didn't like the way they felt. Finally I took the S&M S.A.C. bars off my fat bike, they were the Goldilocks bars, perfect! I guess the fat bike will be getting some different bars now. 

The trans gold is gorgeous. It shows some off the little details even better than the clear trans does. 

The bike is a very different beast than the 26, even though I've built them with many of the same parts. The 29er feels much more like a cruiser. It is considerably longer, although the top tube is the same length as my Firemans Texas Cruser 26 at 23.5". As I suspected, it's a great single track rocketship. The 26 feels great on the single track as well, but its an entirely different animal. I think the 26 is the ideal cruiser for getting rad on the street and park, the 29 is also great on the street but it really shines on the single track. Both are wheelie machines, but the 29er (like almost any 29er) is almost effortless. 

Anyway, they both kick total ass! It is surprising the difference two very similar looking bikes, equipped with a very similar set of components can feel like to very different machines. Both great in their own way. 

Here's the parts on this one:

f/f: 2020 S&M Covid Cruiser 29er

Headset: FIT

Stem: S&M Race XLT

Bars: S&M S.A.C.

Grips: Oury downhill

Brakes: Paul

Bottom bracket: Profile

Cranks: Profile 175mm

Spider: Profile

Chainwheel: Profile

Chainring bolts: Wolftooth

Chain: KMC

Pedals: Straitline AMP (to be replaced with Yoshimura Chilao when they arrive)

Seat Clamp: Phil Wood

Seatpost: Thomson

Seat: Brooks C17

Hubs: Onyx

Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger

Tires: S&M Speedball 2.4

Cable: Kool Stop

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29 minutes ago, MelvinsArmy said:

Got the 29er together! 

Much to my surprise when I went to pick up the f/f, the boss said it was my bonus! This has been a crazy season at the bike shop. It's not the biggest bonus $-wise, but it's easily the coolest bonus I've ever gotten.

I built it up last night and got to ride it today. I went thru 3 sets of bars before going with the ones on it. First I tried the S&M Husky 4spd bars. They felt good, but not quite right. I tried the Husky High Bars, I didn't like the way they felt. Finally I took the S&M S.A.C. bars off my fat bike, they were the Goldilocks bars, perfect! I guess the fat bike will be getting some different bars now. 

The trans gold is gorgeous. It shows some off the little details even better than the clear trans does. 

The bike is a very different beast than the 26, even though I've built them with many of the same parts. The 29er feels much more like a cruiser. It is considerably longer, although the top tube is the same length as my Firemans Texas Cruser 26 at 23.5". As I suspected, it's a great single track rocketship. The 26 feels great on the single track as well, but its an entirely different animal. I think the 26 is the ideal cruiser for getting rad on the street and park, the 29 is also great on the street but it really shines on the single track. Both are wheelie machines, but the 29er (like almost any 29er) is almost effortless. 

Anyway, they both kick total ass! It is surprising the difference two very similar looking bikes, equipped with a very similar set of components can feel like to very different machines. Both great in their own way. 

Here's the parts on this one:

f/f: 2020 S&M Covid Cruiser 29er

Headset: FIT

Stem: S&M Race XLT

Bars: S&M S.A.C.

Grips: Oury downhill

Brakes: Paul

Bottom bracket: Profile

Cranks: Profile 175mm

Spider: Profile

Chainwheel: Profile

Chainring bolts: Wolftooth

Chain: KMC

Pedals: Straitline AMP (to be replaced with Yoshimura Chilao when they arrive)

Seat Clamp: Phil Wood

Seatpost: Thomson

Seat: Brooks C17

Hubs: Onyx

Rims: Velocity Cliffhanger

Tires: S&M Speedball 2.4

Cable: Kool Stop

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Loving the clear gold finish one this one. While I'm not into 29" bikes, this looks awesome.

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Both of the builds are great. I really like the 26” with the black tires a lot better than with skin wall.  The gold on the 29 is killer.

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On 8/26/2020 at 12:07 PM, MelvinsArmy said:

A little of the historical inspiration behind the 29er. 
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Is that Charlie Kelly?? or one of the other Mt. Tamalpais crew? Maybe Gary Fisher? 

Mountain bike roots right there.

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On 8/19/2020 at 9:51 AM, MelvinsArmy said:

Oh yeah, I’m all over 29ers for the dirt. A few years ago I sold my JMC 24. With the money I built this. It’s a Vassago VerHuen. It’s 29x3, fully rigid with a Dean ti fork and a Rohloff Speedhub. This would be my “if I could only have one bike” bike. 
 

B2F970C9-9752-41CB-8034-2DEF401E3F7A.jpeg
 

Looks like my Covid 29 f/f will arrive Friday. I’m planning to build it as a modern single speed klunker to tear up the single track. Looks like a couple parts not make it until next week. 

A Nice "if I could only have one bike" choice, no suspension other than the tires is hardcore. 

Oh and the NASA sticker is awesome! I am a long term card carrying member of The Planetary Society.

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As long as we are talking 29 ers. My current ride 

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20 hours ago, Curt said:

Is that Charlie Kelly?? or one of the other Mt. Tamalpais crew? Maybe Gary Fisher? 

Mountain bike roots right there.

Pretty sure it's Gary Fisher. Any of those guys and their bikes would do for inspiration though. I've got a soft spot for Gary, my first real mtb was a Gary Fisher. 

Yeah, never liked suspension. I think because I grew up on a bmx bike, I learned how to get the bike anywhere I wanted to go without thinking about the suspension bouncing. With a 29+ and the tires at about 25psi, you roll (or fly) over everything pretty easy. 

That Cannondale looks awesome. Those Lefty forks are so trick, I've always liked those.

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