I bought the new Coker Big One, and rcvd it a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, the frame was slightly skewed so that the wheel was slightly closer to one side of the fork, as I said in this post.
Jerry, the Coker rep, was extremely helpful, and we agreed that I could just exchange the frame. Then, even better, he just wanted a picture of the defective frame, showing the wheel mis-alignment, instead of my returning the old frame.
Well, yesterday, I got the new frame. The wheel was better, but still not perfectly centered, and Perry (capuni) mentioned that the wheel could be “dished”, that is, bent in a dish shape. That way, it wouldn’t wobble as it spun, but could still be closer to one side.
Tired of waiting for mail deliveries, today I took the wheel to my most excellent local bike shop, the “Down Tube”, to be un-dished and trued. The guys all know me there, and get a kick out of working on unis. Joe, my mechanic today, even asked me if I was planning on mounting a brake (I am). He trued it up beautifully - same day service! I got it home this evening, cut down the seat post, and attached the saddle and pedals.
Actually, I attached my KH Fusion seat. I hoped that the bolt pattern matched KH and it does!
Finally, as it was getting dark, I mounted up and rode around the block. Fast. This uni is almost 5 lbs lighter than my cromoly & steel Radial 360. It’s stiff and noticeably more responsive, and it gets up to speed much quicker.
I’ll post more review info after my first long ride, but my first impression was that the new Coker Big One is a most excellent aluminum 36er.
I’m currently waiting on a custom aluminum handlebar (like munivision’s from this thread) from a local welder (should be ready Monday). At that point, I’ll be mounting some aerobars and the brake.
For a guy on a budget, this is one sweet ride. I can’t wait until it’s all together.