Finally got the 29er back from paint. It was actually done over 2 weeks ago, and while it was painted exactly like I asked, my bright idea to leave the name off the down tube just left it looking a little plain. Paul agreed with me so we took a little longer with it but now its right. I went way back for the paint scheme on this frame. Purple and white was the color of my first new bike, a Western Flyer with a big banana seat and an Evel Knievel sticker running down the side of it. It was the bike that I did my first ramp jump on. Slammed straight into my mom's '73 Monte Carlo. Did I get a spanking? You know it, just one of the many, didn't hurt though, it just taught me to back the ramp up and then i could fly that much farther. Man, what a smart kid I was. This frame is fully rigid as of now. We're gonna test it out with the White Brothers Rock Solid rigid fork because its just so much lighter. The frame came out a tad over 4 lbs. and with the carbon fork its right at 6 lbs., but as far as I can tell this frame rivals all the other 29er steel frames and is just roughly a pound heavier than the carbon and aluminum frames out there, but the real concern is the ride quality and that test will be coming soon enough. Yancey and I are gonna bolt on a slew of Sram Double-X components along with a set of Stan's No Tube Gold Pro wheels and take it out to the Broken Bricks where, "... you gotta jump over water but you land in oil, climb the ladder of a broken crane yeah, yeah, yeah." Can you name that song? If so, you'll win a brand new pair of slightly used taco'ed wheels with jenuwhine Specialized hubs, or I will knock a couple hundred bucks off a set of new wheels of your choice. The steering on this purple people-eater is carbonified with some Easton bars and an FSA stem, so light that they were floating around the shop until I bolted them down. Those bars may look wide but you'll need it all when you're hanging on during that Superman-Air over fifteen garbage cans. Sshhhh, don't tell'm but I actually put seventeen. Virginia, did he paint that seat lug purple? Brilliant!