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So after about 7500 miles I was experiencing too much BB flex in my Vaya which resulted in damage to my rear hubs.  I needed something with a thru axle, shorter stays, and was a bit stiffer.  I ended up with an Otso Warakin.  Anyone have any experience with one?  Any tips or tricks?  Wheels are in the shop getting converted to T/A and I need full length housing so I can't finish it.  These are the only two pics I've taken of it. 

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The only semi-real two problems I've noticed are the chainstay bridge bolt hole wasn't faced super well and the cable guide bolt being too long and interfering with my BB install, as shown in the second pic.  For fake problems, the only thing uglier than the gray fork is the seatpost collar.

What are people using for fenders?  I test fit my 29er Planet Bike Cascadias (65mm) and they fit easily in the frame and kinda in the fork.  I'd have to really bend the hell out of the brackets to get them to line up to the fender mount holes which are located mid blade on the inside.

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You damaged a rear hub because of BB flex?  Do you weigh 500 lbs?
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Naw, 195. I think there's something wrong with my left pedal stroke. It's also my lead leg when I start from a stop. I've broken XT left pedals, rounded out the bearings on a Chris King hub, messed up the axle on a White Industries, cracked a spindle on an Ultegra crankset, and most of my frames have marks from the drive side crank arm hitting the chainstay.

You'd think with problems like that I could pistol squat a school bus but instead I just spend money on bike repairs.
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No experience with the bike but I think the more important thing here is that we need more pictures of the cat!
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Nice cat. Is that a Maine Coon?
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She's just an ex-abandoned good looking mutt from the shelter.
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Sometimes she doesn't have parts
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As for the bike, my Chorus shifters and derailleurs should arrive tomorrow.  I'll need new housing and those Jagwire elite links get pricey quick when you go full length, but they're oh so cool.  I'm also waiting on White Industries to send out some thru axle conversion kits and then I'll be rolling and post some pics.
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Bike's finally finished.  22.2 pounds with an uncut steer tube, 2 bottle cages, pedals, and bar end mirrors (for Fredly commuting).  That's about the same as my Vaya when I had a carbon fork on it.  I think if I swapped out my Thomson x4 stem, got new cranks, took off my pedals/cages/light mounts/etc it'd be right around 19.

Ride quality wise it's a lot stiffer than the Vaya, so I shouldn't have the same hub issues I mentioned before.  I find myself pushing a harder gear than before.  No toe overlap on the 47mm rake fork on a 56 with 44c tires.  I have the rear wheel in the far back position (440 chain stay length) and it feels a bit sportier than the Vaya, even with the carbon fork.

I didn't get any pics because as soon as I got home from my 16 mile commute to the gym the wife riled up our bees and I had to go inside.

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Non drive side pic of our high quality bike lanes.  Chorus shifters/derailleurs, Ultegra crankset and cassette.  If you guys haven't tried the Ritchey EvoMax bars you're missing out.
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500 mile update!

 

My knee has bad weeks and good weeks, so my mileage is all over the place.  I think I've ridden enough to form a general opinion though.

PROS-
It's pretty compliant for my weight of 200ish lbs (but then again, I'm running 42c compasses so anything would be)
It has massive clearance (probably 2.1s comfortably.  The new Hiili fork that I haven't put on yet can take a 2.35.
It's a lot stiffer in the BB than my old Vaya, so my lopsided leg strength hasn't caused any issues.
Stainless so it shouldn't rust, but I'm having a few knee surgeries this fall and will be out most of the winter, so I won't be able to test that for sure.

CONS-
The chainstays flare out too close to the BB.  I wear size 46/46.5 shoes and my cleats as far back as they go.  Bigger shoes or cleats up near your toes and you may get so many heel strikes that the bike is unrideable.
The cable guide thing under the BB doesn't fit the derailleur cable housing (according to my mechanic) so i had to use a zip tie.  That's pretty amateur, if true.
The seatpost clamp is ugly.  This isn't a subjective opinion.  It really is.


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To make it 6 self posts in a row, here's my cat again.  She got a haircut since the temp's going to be in the 90s until Minnesota melts.
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