Clem H Complete - Mustard
- Tig welding most of the joints
- Having the completes assembled where they're made, in Taiwan
Most of the joints are tig welded but we've included the lugs that are most important to us. For 2017 we've used our new ball-n-socket seatlug that allows the seatstays to be set at any angle we decide, so the seatstays won't have the curve (which isn't a bad thing) that they had on Clems in the past. They'll also have our RC-05 wide flat-shouldered crown that's also used on our Hunqapillar and allows tires up to a 2.4 easily. The decals are understated and show up well against the paint. See Clem coming out of the sewer?
Here's an excerpt from a blog post Grant wrote about the Clems:
"As a trail bike, commuter, shopper, all-around ruffabout bike, it’s as pure and perfect as you’ll find anywhere. I think of it as a mountain bike–and the frame does pass the mountain bike EN test, the toughest in the world, so it’s not going to break on you. But in the 2017 real world bicycle market, it doesn’t meet the unnecessary qualifications—there’s no frame or fork suspension, so you do it with fat soft tires (and the CLEM fits them!) and good technique–you let your joints open and close and absorb shocks organically, the same way you’d do it if you jumped to the floor from the top of a ladder. An unsuspended/natural style mountain bike rules out showing-off and stupid riding. It means you go slower, which means you might not keep up with your full-gizmo’d comrades. You travel over the ground, you don’t go at it with the latest land-conquering weaponry developed for the modern mountain biker.
The CLEM and other analog fat tire mountainy bikes aren’t handicaps! Think of all the hellatious and fantastic trails ridden and fun times had on them! Half a quintillion, I bet. There were never complaints until 1990, when the suspension riders with their slightly unfair advantage dominated the World Championships in Colorado. From that DAY on, suspension was required to be competitive in racing, and non-racers wanted the same gear for general mountain travel, and ever since, trying to sell unsuspended mountain bikes has been a losing battle,
Boo-hoo? No! A bike like the CLEM is soooo capable, soooo reliable, sooo hassle-free."
These bikes are going to be around and in use in 40 years and they'll still be great bikes then. There's nothing weird about them and they'll require very little service beyond changing brake pads and chain-rings when they eventually wear. If you're enterprising enough, what service they will need is easily learned with some inexpensive tools and a couple Youtube videos. If not, they'll be a breath of fresh air for your LBS's mechanic. Nothing is hidden in blackboxes and there's nothing electronic. That's a good thing.
STYLE H (high top tube), formerly known as Boy’s bike; or
STYLE L (low top tube), formerly known as Girl’s bike
FRAME SIZES/WHEEL SIZES:
45cm / 26-inch traditional mountain bikey size wheels.
Typical rider height: 5-0 to 5-5
52cm / 27.5-inch new mountain bikey size wheels.
Typical rider height: 5-5 to 5-11
59cm /700c newish mountain bike size (29r)
Typical rider height: 5-7 to 6-3
- FSA Duron headset
- Nitto Tallux Stem (11cm for the 52, 12cm for the 59)
- 55cm Cromo Bosco
- Silver 38/24 Cranks (173mm for 52, 178mm for the 59)
- Deore Rear Derailleur
- Claris front derailleur
- Deore V-Brakes
- Sunrace BLM V-brake levers
- Microshift Thumbies, mounted inboard the way we like 'em
- Nine speed 12-34 Sunrace cassette
- Alex DM24 rims 32/36
- 9 speed chain
- Non-Pletscher but still good kickstand
- Kalloy Post (29.8mm for the 59, 26.8 for the 45 and 52)
- Grey housing
- No Saddle or Pedals this time
$120 to California
$155 West of the Mississippi
$170 East of the Mississippi