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    My nickel 650b Build

    Size medium form S/C for $600.00

    Fork..xfusion velvet 140mm
    Wheels.. Stans flow ex with 3.30 hubs
    Tires...Maxxis Ardent 2.25 front
    Crossmark 2.10 rear
    Bars...truvativ t30 flat 700mm
    Stem...fsa 80mm
    Cranks... X9 with north shore billett 104/64 bcd 2x10
    Chainrings...22t 36t
    Brakes...magura louise bat 180mm f 160mm rear
    Front/rear derailure...sram x9
    Shifters...sram x9
    cassette...xt 11-36


    tons of room in the rear

    weighs 28lbs





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    Very nice build and congratulations! You can't beat the price for the frame. I will be interested to see if you keep that stem length. Is the FD a 2 x 10 or standard?

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    Wow, sharp bike! Def a little jealous of that weight 28 pounds is awesome and I bet you did not have to much money in it to hit that weight either!

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    Thanks
    front is 2x10 think the stem is to long??

    i sold my 29er frame fork and wheels and kept my drivtrain bars ect..

    after selling that stuff and buying new i spent an extra 500.00

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    ...excellent build, you will be happy with that bike.
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    What's the BB height on these converted Nickels? I plan on using a Fox 36 tho.
    I can get a new frame pretty cheap right now so I'm very interested.
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    Very, very nice build!! I also have the Velvet 130mm on my BMC and hope to convert the front to 650b using a Stans Crest. My Trailfox will not fit the tweener out back, but I think the front end change will still make a difference. Your Nickel is the bike I would build if I did not already have a new Trailfox frame. Keep us posted on the ride report!
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    Mine is 13 3/4 to the center of the bb.

    Hope that helps

    on another note...as cheap as nickel frames are you could sell your bmc frame for more than youd buy a new nickel frame for

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    I like that bike a lot!

    (here is mine

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    Nice ride, congrats on the build. How is the ride?
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    Very nice!!!!

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    Super sharp build! What is the approximate weight of the nickel frame with shock?

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    Thx it was right at 7lbs

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    Love it!

    Why don't I see the Nickel on the Santa Cruz website. I really like this frame and at $600...very reasonable. Please excuse my ignorance if the answer is a well known fact.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HitmenOnlyInc View Post
    Love it!

    Why don't I see the Nickel on the Santa Cruz website. I really like this frame and at $600...very reasonable. Please excuse my ignorance if the answer is a well known fact.

    Thanks!
    You can still read about the Butcher and Nickel on the SC website. The links have been gone for some time, though all the info regarding tech specs and geometry is still there.

    SC is not making the Nickel any more - grab this classic while you still can! You can read about it here.

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    Yeah the frames are on the sale page on s/c website.

    After i sold off my 29er stuff i ended uo out of pocket another 600.00

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    Are all of the Mediums Sold?

    Competitive Cyclist and Backcountry.com have sold all of their Mediums...does anyone know of any other vendors that have a few mediums left...Also, Vizsladog who did your X-Fusion from?

    Many thanks, CDIDriver


    Quote Originally Posted by vizsladog View Post
    Yeah the frames are on the sale page on s/c website.

    After i sold off my 29er stuff i ended uo out of pocket another 600.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDIDriver View Post
    Competitive Cyclist and Backcountry.com have sold all of their Mediums...does anyone know of any other vendors that have a few mediums left...Also, Vizsladog who did your X-Fusion from?

    Many thanks, CDIDriver
    The Santa Cruz website may have them in the frame clearance section; they did the last time I checked. Currently it is down because they are moving. Should be back up in a week, IIRC.

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    I got mine on ebay.

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    Nice, almost identical to mine for the major components, but my Fusion is black.

    How do you like the crossmark?
    Hardrock 29er, Niner EMD9, Cannondale F29, Camber Expert, 650b Nickel all gone.
    2014 Giant Anthem 27.5 here.

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    it works nicely. hooks up good and rolls well.

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    I ordered a nickel, can I join the party?

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    Fox 36?

    Quote Originally Posted by blcman View Post
    What's the BB height on these converted Nickels? I plan on using a Fox 36 tho.
    I can get a new frame pretty cheap right now so I'm very interested.
    A Butcher maybe?
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    what headset are you using? I'm looking for a red headset and ordered the wrong one apparently. I'm so confused on what to get for my tapered fork.

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    That is really nice!! do you reckon they will come out with a nomad in 650B/27,5??

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    This may help you find the right headset and any other parts that you may need

    http://www.santacruzmtb.com/nickel/faq.php

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    The headset was a shocker for me as well, hadn't planned on spending almost $100 on it, the mix of semi-integrated and standard top and bottom may be a great design but a ***** when ordering build parts lol
    Hardrock 29er, Niner EMD9, Cannondale F29, Camber Expert, 650b Nickel all gone.
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    for sure. i moved back to fl. and set mine up 1x10 and its 26.5 lbs now

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