Added a comment to seanbrian's bike check 3/31/2020 11:20 AM

I normally prefer a size smaller tire in the rear because I feel like the bike is more agile and less spongy... but so far so good! The 2.10 is due out soon so if I end up hating it I can always swap the rear out for that eventually. They remind me of a cross between a Ruben tire and a V monster and the tread pattern does not scream textbook trails tire so it rolls surprisingly fast and smooth on concrete and grips really well for footjams. They are also on the thicker side so they may be more case & bump jump friendly (even though I really don't get many flats hahahaha).

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Added a comment to seanbrian's bike check 3/30/2020 6:07 PM

Thanks! I’ve had a lot of “cool builds” but they’ve been just that, another cool build. It’s bizarre to say but this is the first build I’ve had the “this one is undoubtably mine” emotional attachment to haha

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Liked a comment on the item SBR’s T1 Ruben 3/30/2020 6:04 PM

Nice! Been wanting to see one of these built up. A fresh batch just came in to my local shop and they look great. You did a fantastic job on the build that’s great you found a frame that fits!

Liked a comment on the item SBR’s T1 Ruben 3/30/2020 6:04 PM

Wow! Looks amazing. Did this replace the MOD?

Added a comment to seanbrian's bike check 3/30/2020 5:30 PM

Yessir. I'm on the shorter side at 5'6" and the MOD was a little big for me with the 13.6" rear end that I had to run in the middle of the drop out with my gearing and 9" standover. The Ruben fits much better since it has an 8.5" standover and I was able to shorten my chain a full link (it's not slammed, but sits around 13.3 or so if I had to guess?) but I still get the 74* HTA that I love. I've been having such a hard time finding geometry I'm fully comfortable on and I think I've done it with this build.

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Started new thread FS: S&M sticker lot 3/29/2020 8:19 AM

Lot of 25 S&M stickers and one patch. Looking for $25 shipped (will ship in a small box)

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Started new thread FS: S&M 20.75” Credence MOD 3/28/2020 6:08 AM

3 month old extremely clean S&M MOD in gloss clear / 20.75”. No dents, dings or any kind of grind damage. Comes with S&M 990 mounts and a 19mm Profile bottom bracket. Looking to get $300

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Added a comment to seanbrian's bike check 3/21/2020 4:36 AM

The Trey seat looks rad but I already swapped back to my S&M railed seat because I prefer the shape haha.

I’ve had a FAF rear on and off for years and its one of my favorite tires. I’m running a 2.4 front and 2.3 rear and love them. I run about 80-90 psi and they feel great on just about anything and have a good enough grip that I don’t notice much difference from when I had the 2.4 Mainline in the front (even with footjams). I will say that the FAF has a better, much smoother slide than the 2.10 Track-mark rear I was running which was SUPER sticky.

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Updated bike check SBR's S&M Creedence MOD 3/20/2020 9:49 AM
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Added a comment to seanbrian's bike check 1/27/2020 6:42 AM

Thanks!

The long/short answer is:

BTM vs. MOD: I've always been pulled back to frames with midschool overtones which the MOD for sure has. The BTM is a fun bike, but the plusses of the slightly more responsive geometry do not make up for the loss of overall stability (especially as I've gotten older). I still spin pretty often, but I'm not doing feeble hard 180's or anything that I'd reap the benefit of a shorter rear end. Also, the shorter rear end threw my manual & tire trick (taps, fufs, etc) balance point way off.

CCR vs. MOD: I'm pretty short (5'5"-5'6") so the 21' top tube was a bit much for me. I run a 30/9 ratio and have a 710sl with a half link (since the ratio wont slam on the MOD) so I'd say where my wheel is on the MOD is right about the same place it was on the CCR so its a close enough "apples to apples" comparison when it comes to the rear end. I don't really notice the headtube difference between the CCR's 74.25 and MOD's 74.5, but I can say the riding reach of the 20.75" MOD is closer to a "newer school" geometry 20.5" since most frames now have 75 or 75.5 and it pushes the bars forward.

Overall, I think I'm 110% settled on the MOD. The only change I could want for this frame is welded mounts and that really does not make much of a difference overall other than being a bit more stiff. I did however just order some 33mm offset Widemouth forks and a Turtleneck to give me a little more stability up front. Shoot me a message on instagram if you want to talk more about geometry, I geek out over this stuff and love talking shop hahaha ( Instagram: s.b.r_ )

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Added bike check SBR's S&M Creedence MOD 1/26/2020 10:33 AM
Liked a comment on the item SBR's S&M CCR 1/12/2020 6:03 PM

Sick one!

Liked a comment on the item SBR's S&M BTM 1/12/2020 6:02 PM

I like this a lot