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    1991 Grove Woods bike

 This bike was designed to push bike handling to the edge of the envelope.  The chain stays are a short 15.25"which would normally be difficult to do with 26" wheels.  To make this happen, the bottom bracket shell was widened to 80mm, rear hub spacing was widened to 160mm and a track style rear drop out was used.  The bottom bracket height was placed at 16" for maximum clearance.  Three of these prototype "Woods Bikes" were made and there was a short review in the November 1991 Dirt Rag magazine, written by Jay DeJesus.   A NC-based doctor saw the review and purchased this bike from Grove.  A second bike was destroyed in testing and Bill Grove still has the third bike.  He brought it to the 2007 Cackalacky Cup which saw the reunion of the only two remaining bikes!

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1991 Grove   1991 Grove   1991 Grove
1991 Grove   1991 Grove


Frame Cro-Moly
Fork Grove Box Crown
Rear Shock NA
Rims Specialized BX 26
Hubs Grove Custom 160mm wide rear
Spokes Stainless steel
Tires Tioga Wonder Dog
Pedals Shimano Deore XT
Crank Grove Hot Rods, double with solid outer ring
Chain Wipperman
Rear Cogs Sachs 7 speed freewheel
Bottom Bracket Grove, 80mm
Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT, custom mount
Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
Shifters Shimano Deore XT thumb shift
Handlebars Answer Hyperlite
Stem Fillet brazed
Headset 1" threaded
Brake set Suntour roller cam front, Shimano U brake rear
Brake levers Shimano Deore XT SLR
Saddle Selle Italia Turbo
Seat Post Sakae
Colors Black with purple/blue splatter
Size ?"
Serial #   None

 

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