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Haro clutch, story and pics of my mid life crisis
Antsnz
post Feb 2 2014, 04:27 PM
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I think I have hit my mid life crisis and instead of buying some american muscle to go out in my garage (will do that some stage) I decided to go crazy and build me a new bike.
I feel like a hypocrite, as I often joke about lycra clad roadies on their expensive bikes riding to a cafe - use to say “way to much bike for what they do”.
And here am I looking to build a bike which probably I won’t get the full benefit from
But hey I love BMX, so I went and did it anyway haha

To give you some background, I am 43 ride both 20” and Cruiser and use to ride back with i was young. i.e. quit riding when i was 20, started back up when i was 40 and love it.
I was previously on a Chase pro xl which is one mean ride but when I got it I sort of felt it was too small for me - chucked a longer stem on it and got some good riding in
After 2 seasons I came to conclusion it was to small so needed something longer.
I could of gone and just got a longer Chase - they are very good
But I wanted something cutting edge and I had been riding 20mm hubs on my cruiser and loving them.
So the frame had to have 20mm, I also liked the idea of the BB30 and the 1.5” tapered head tube.
More investigations and after some time the BB86/92 came out, hmmm sounds even cooler

So Haro was on the short list, I could of gone the Al Blackout,
A friend picked one up which I had a ride and it was killer but I wanted the 20mm all round.
So a while back I ordered a Clutch - man was i nervous, would this Elite rocket ship be too much bike for me, was it going to be a wild stallion and buck me, will the carbon be too stiff.
I would not know until i Rode it.
I also decided to pretty much build it all new similar to my cruiser with Box parts

And this is what I got
Every thing starts with a pile of part

(IMG:http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/antzchch/photo.jpg)
Weight of the xxl
(IMG:http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/antzchch/weight.jpg)
front end parts
(IMG:http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/antzchch/frontend.jpg)
Nearly done
(IMG:http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/antzchch/nearcomplete.jpg)
Weight of complete with my flats
(IMG:http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/antzchch/weightcomplete.jpg)
if you can't see it thats 7.8kgs
then some finished posey photos
(IMG:http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/antzchch/IMG_2823.jpg)
(IMG:http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/antzchch/clutch1.jpg) (IMG:http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/antzchch/clutch2.jpg)
(IMG:http://i137.photobucket.com/albums/q201/antzchch/clutch3.jpg)

Will update this with a review of how it rode, have ridden it the last 3 days and in short loving it, this thing is a whirling dervish.
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post Feb 2 2014, 04:46 PM
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Thats one very nice ride.

Congrats and thanks for sharing!

All the Best

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post Feb 2 2014, 05:49 PM
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Nice looking ride. I always wonder how the stiffness feels on middle aged bones.
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post Feb 2 2014, 11:22 PM
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Nothing wrong with living a little. Love it.
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post Feb 3 2014, 05:38 PM
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QUOTE (timt @ Feb 3 2014, 12:49 PM) *
Nice looking ride. I always wonder how the stiffness feels on middle aged bones.


Yep i hear ya, was very worried that stiff would be too stiff and light would be too light
I had a ride a while ago on a 2009 Carbon ultra box and that thing felt super stiff
I was concerned that the new Clutch would be like riding two 2x4 strapped together.

Well after four days and some gate practise last nite I can say i could not of been further from my worries.
The frame must have some flex tuned into it, or it is the blend of carbon, as it rides real smooth
Yes the "PTC" does make it stiff and very responsive and as their marketing hype goes the combination with the weight does make this frame accelerate really nicely and my butt dyno would say is better than my last frame (which was very good)
I have cased and bonked a few jumps and still have my teeth, in fact felt when i did get out of shape it was easier to bring the bike back under control.

So hats off to Haro (in my humble opinion) they have made an awesome frame that any level rider can enjoy.
Yes I probably will not get the most out of this new technology, but it is a joy to ride and I believe I will get some gains
Further more the longer TT has been awesome and i know there have been threads on here about sizing with bikes and I use to think
some of you were mad for wanting a longer frame (i'm only 5'10") but that was the first thing i noticed pumping over a jump
I had better control due to the extra room
So with the longer TT, lovely carbon frame and the 20mm hubs this bike tracks amazing, accelerates very good(can feel i get up to spin quicker), manuals and jumps just great for me.
So Carbon has my vote, 20mm hubs and Longer TT too
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post Feb 3 2014, 07:46 PM
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Looks awesome! Good luck with it! The BOX forks are nice but I was wondering if going 20mm was so important to you, and I will say I love it as well, why didn't you go with a tapered fork to take full advantage of the tapered steerer tube?
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post Feb 3 2014, 08:04 PM
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QUOTE (Mac3150 @ Feb 4 2014, 02:46 PM) *
Looks awesome! Good luck with it! The BOX forks are nice but I was wondering if going 20mm was so important to you, and I will say I love it as well, why didn't you go with a tapered fork to take full advantage of the tapered steerer tube?

I will go with a tapered fork to take advantage of the 1.5" HT but waiting for the Cliq one,
so went with the box in the interim (as i got it for a good price from a guy here who ordered the wrong size)

I have found the 20mm front axles makes the bike roll a lot better, more positive in corners.
I can hold my line tighter/harder and therefore faster
It probably gives advantages on the gate too but i notice it most in the corners and generally riding i.e. where i point the bike it goes.
The 20mm in the rear just adds to this and helps with acceleration IMHO

Parts list is
Haro Clutch xxl 21.75TT
Box 8" maximus bars
Box 53mm delta stem
ODI TLD grips
Box genius lever
Elevn Headset
Box 20mm forks
Cliq cranks with F1 ceramics BB86
Box rims and Box hollow hubs with F1 Ceramic bearings
ACS Crossfire pro Freewheel 16
Vee Rubber speedsters 1.75 front and rear
Box Seat and seat clamp
Shimano XTR brakes (these are off my old ride and love these brakes so never feel like changing them) with promax brake pads
Sram Chain
Think thats it

Thanks for the comments

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post Feb 4 2014, 03:19 PM
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Very nice (IMG:style_emoticons/default/good2.gif)
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post Feb 4 2014, 03:23 PM
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All the companies are stepping up.Haro is looking real good!
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post Feb 4 2014, 06:55 PM
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Looks awesome! Thanks for the write up. The frame is really a dream, it's everything I could have ever asked for in my glory days.

Cheers,

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