A few days ago I was made aware of some sale items over at bike29.com. I noticed the Rocker SS frame at a pretty good markdown and got intrigued. I've always been aware of Spot's stuff and part of that awareness was that they are usually well outta my price range...except now it wasn't really. All of a sudden it seemed like the big question mark that was "What am I gonna be riding next year?" seemed pretty obvious. Lots a things about this deal/opportunity were making sense to me. George at bike29 is going through a bit of a transition period right now and this felt like a good opportunity to try and help out a local merchant who has been great for the industry locally...I mean he put on SSUSA2012, dudes legit. Spot's are
Bing. Bam. Boom. Don't overthink it, just take advantage of what is served up. So the trigger has been pulled. I'll be moving my parts over to a new Pearl White Rocker SS come 2013.
I love the dropout design on this frame that allows for the belt install. Just makes the most sense to me and seems to be the strongest, most durable way to get that done. Splits at the dropout itself and the sliding bolts hold the whole thing together.
Also liking what I'm reading about the ride feel of the 853 tubing Spot uses and it sounds like its pretty easy to build up pretty light for a steel frame. This also allows me to keep the Redline in rotation a bit and use it for my SS Cross build idea. I'm thinking cross tires on an old 29er wheelset with some dirt drops...DUN for almost no $$. Here is some sweet marketing material for your viewing pleasure:
I'm feeling pretty good about this...can't wait to start messing with builds/projects if there is some downtime this winter. Bikes!