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    Finally, I have to say that a couple other things have happened to make this bike perfectly timed:

    1. PIKE. Amazingly best fork ever. I love it every time I ride. It converted me from rigid the way George Costanza converts hetero women into lesbians.

    2. DHF tires.

    The package is amazing, and the thought that I can use a CCDB on the Box, lose nearly an inch of wheelbase, keep my BB where I like it has the wheels spinning.

    Sorry Keith from Banshee. We can agree to disagree that longish stays are a good idea on 29" bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mxer View Post
    I am digging this USA made bike!What is the wheelbase and standover on the medium size frame?How wide can we go on the tire size out back?Would be nice to have an optional rear with a little longer stays to fit the surly knard/dirt wizard tires.I am looking for a one bike quiver.
    My medium production frame has a 45.5" wheelbase, 16.72" stays, and 29.5" standover.

    I've run 2.5" Dissents on MTX33's as well as 2.5" Minion DHF's on P35's and Derby rims. Plenty of clearance for both.

    I have zero interest in running Knard's or Dirt Wizard's on this bike--you'd never be able to keep air in them, and I tend to like riding more than fixing flats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    Finally, I have to say that a couple other things have happened to make this bike perfectly timed:

    1. PIKE. Amazingly best fork ever. I love it every time I ride. It converted me from rigid the way George Costanza converts hetero women into lesbians.

    2. DHF tires.

    The package is amazing, and the thought that I can use a CCDB on the Box, lose nearly an inch of wheelbase, keep my BB where I like it has the wheels spinning.

    Sorry Keith from Banshee. We can agree to disagree that longish stays are a good idea on 29" bikes.

    I'm thinking that a certain well-loved Prime frame is going to be for sale in a few weeks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I'm thinking that a certain well-loved Prime frame is going to be for sale in a few weeks...

    It has at least one more trip in it. I love the bike, but I think it can be improved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    It has at least one more trip in it. I love the bike, but I think it can be improved.
    I meant Monday after that trip.
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    Thanks Mikesee I appreciate the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    It has at least one more trip in it. I love the bike, but I think it can be improved.
    I was wondering when you'd chime in here

    There isn't anything the Prime does that this doesn't do better. The rear end on the 'Box is stiffer as well. I'm not hatin' on the Prime, just sayin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxer View Post
    lenz is gonna do the behemoth with the short stays also.Just emailed for the geo chart for the new lunchbox.
    Now that is intriguing. The LB looks awesome, but overkill for my local riding. A punkass Behemoth on the other hand...tempting, very tempting.

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    ^^ Interesting indeed. Curious to see the weight spread from Mammoth -> Punk Behemoth -> Punk LB frames.

    I have this Pike fork sitting in my garage along with some other sweet bits and they just need to go on SOMEthing...and the decision keeps getting harder (it's a good problem to have!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Rock View Post
    ^^ Interesting indeed. Curious to see the weight spread from Mammoth -> Punk Behemoth -> Punk LB frames.

    I have this Pike fork sitting in my garage along with some other sweet bits and they just need to go on SOMEthing...and the decision keeps getting harder (it's a good problem to have!)
    Life is good, You can take a good bike & remove the fork & then you are left with a bike that needs a new Fork & a Fork that needs a new bike.

    I used to not have enough wheel sets for my bikes & now I don't have enough bikes for my wheel sets.
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    Thats my problem, I have enough parts lying around for 2 or 3 bikes so I keep wanting to hang the parts on new frames

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin+M View Post
    Thats my problem, I have enough parts lying around for 2 or 3 bikes so I keep wanting to hang the parts on new frames
    Parts are so much easier to find when you bolt them to a frame.

    Then you get to order more spares.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    I found in hardtail testing that a short rear allows you to have a very low BB and still get away without hanging too much on ledges because the rear wheel hits the rock sooner. Get it?

    At least I think that is what you are saying. Best of both worlds IMO.
    We're saying the same thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    6'1" here, and I disliked the large LB. The Medium was just right.
    Enel,

    I owned a MED Lunch Box (which was stolen after 4 rides) and at 5'11" my knees would hit the controls on tight turns with a 70mm stem. How could you ride a MED at your height? My inseam is an average 32". The new LB has me tempted, but logic says I shouldn't be on a large, with riders taller than me riding the same size. Confused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highrustler View Post
    Enel,

    I owned a MED Lunch Box (which was stolen after 4 rides) and at 5'11" my knees would hit the controls on tight turns with a 70mm stem. How could you ride a MED at your height? My inseam is an average 32". The new LB has me tempted, but logic says I shouldn't be on a large, with riders taller than me riding the same size. Confused.
    Dunno. My legs are longer and therefore my torso is shorter. I size for torso and let my legs deal with it. 60mm stem on mine. Ran the bars pretty low as well.

    Fit is subjective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enel View Post
    150 Check
    I can use my CCDBa Check
    Short stays Check.

    That BB height has me interested. Perfect IMO. Even for Chunk. NOt sure how he did it because the pre-pro I saw from Mikesee was something like 14.25" HIgh BB's feel hobby horse to me at slow speeds. They have their advantages, but I don't like the feel.

    I have been off Lenz frames for a few years, but this one has me interested.
    Agree. Would prefer the pedaling characteristics of the BMC or 9er, but the geometry is getting dialed. My 13.2" bottom bracket is great. With 29er wheels your approach angles change and you don't have as many problems as the tippy 26ers that would high-center easily. Been DH riding and racing and no problems there (with plenty of big roots to catch on and abrupt drop-offs to possibly hang up on). The other thing is that riding on 29er wheels, you want to feel "in" the bike and not way over the top and disconnected. Old long and high 29ers just feel crappy compared to a low dialed in 26er on a downhill or fast snappy trail. Newer 29ers like this Lenz completely change that (I'm riding similar geometry on my 29er). It's still a 29er, but it's finally a 29er that rips and allows the chassis to take advantage of the wheel size to the highest degree, rather than be held back by sub-optimal geometry.

    16.7-17.2 stays, 6" of travel, 67 HA, 13.2-13.6" BB, these numbers make for ripping bikes, especially with today's lighter carbon bikes.
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    Took delivery of my frame today.

    Unboxed, built as far as I could get without getting the crown race set.

    This frame in Rawthic looks amazing - industrial & mean, ready to get filthy and stomp the s##t out of some gnarly trail. However, I'd imagine this finish isn't for everyone...it's.....for lack of a better term, RAW, living up to it's name. It ain't purty by any means, but I love it.

    Should have the build completed tomorrow...pics forthcoming!

    ...cannot wait to ride this beast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbsocal View Post
    Colin,

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    Does the new frame take the same size shock (7.875 x 2.0, 200x51)?

    I hope they update the Lunchbox specs on their site...

    JB
    I'm interested in what size shock the new LB is running too.

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    The bike that started it all just got even better...

    The VA I'm running is 200x57

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    Hey Guys, just wanted to let you know that we are also doing the new Behemoth with the super short chain-stays. It will have the new slick looking top tube, but the down-tube will stay the same as it is now to keep the frame lighter. So the Moth will be a lighter version of the box with 5" travel. So if you like the Box, but want something a bit more XC oriented, the behemoth is a good choice. Email us at sales@lenzsport.com if you want to see the geometry chart for either the Box or the Moth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highrustler View Post
    Enel,

    I owned a MED Lunch Box (which was stolen after 4 rides) and at 5'11" my knees would hit the controls on tight turns with a 70mm stem. How could you ride a MED at your height? My inseam is an average 32". The new LB has me tempted, but logic says I shouldn't be on a large, with riders taller than me riding the same size. Confused.
    Hi, Nick @ Lenz Sport here. I had a similar issue with the medium lunchbox. I'm just over 6', and with a 32" inseam. I go large for my frames. Medium Box rode great, but my knees got intimate with the controls from time to time. It depends a lot on riding style too. If this bike is your "freeride" trail bike, perhaps one size down is good so you can have a more compact bike for drops and such. You may just have to deal on the climbs and get used to it. If you want to use this bike for more longer rides with lots of climbing, I would go with the large. Also, remember that standover heights on the new LB and Moth are going to be lower, so at 5'11" and a 32" inseam, you should have no problems being comfy on a large frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Rock View Post
    Weight? And 1x only, yes?

    Like the way the Lenz's ride. Torn between this and Mammoth for a one bike quiver. The short CS's and burliness of the 'box are appealing, but the weight and possible efficiency increase of the mammoth make it tough to choose.

    Also curious to your thoughts on the monarch plus vs CCDBA (I think you had one on a Spider Comp?)
    and the new Behemoth will be right in between the box and the Mammoth. It will have the short chainstays like the box, so maybe that would be the choice for you. you can see my thread below with the line drawing of the new behemoth.

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    The bike that started it all just got even better...

    Piggyback shock is not an option on the Behemoth, I believe. So if that's a factor in your decision...

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    that's correct. If you need the piggy back shock, the LB is the one. We can do 5 inch travel LB frames too. we just don't advertise that option.

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    jimithing...cannot wait to see your bike! I am about ready to add the LB Punckass to the stable along side the Milk Money. Rawthic is my color choice as well. Hopefully we'll be able to connect when you come out west for the next trip. I don't think I'll have mine put together until spring though...gonna put a deposit on frame and then start collecting parts so that my wife doesn't add up the total cost : ) Gotta connect with mikesee about a wheelset - will be my second from him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimithng23 View Post
    Piggyback shock is not an option on the Behemoth, I believe. So if that's a factor in your decision...
    Quote Originally Posted by wigston View Post
    that's correct. If you need the piggy back shock, the LB is the one. We can do 5 inch travel LB frames too. we just don't advertise that option.

    Nick@Lenz Sport
    Not to derail the thread, but according to the measurement for the shock on the new Behemoth, a CCDBAcs would fit. Any reason not to run it?

    For those that have experience with the CCDBA, how hard was it to get setup without a base tune starting point from CC? I'm pretty close to ordering a Behemoth, but I want to run a better shock and must admit I'm a little intimidated by the CCDBA, but everything I read tends to suggest it's worth the trouble though.
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    I think it is a frame clearance issue, not a shock measurement issue. This is the first production Lunchbox to fit a piggyback shock, another reason why I jumped all over it.

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    "Official" shock size is 200x51 for the Punk-Box.

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    The new LB as me salivating over building up a new bike!, the thing looks awesome with the BB all tucked next to the wheel. Any chance of riding one in the Nor Cal area? or even the 650Box!

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    The bike that started it all just got even better...

    Quote Originally Posted by Colin+M View Post
    "Official" shock size is 200x51 for the Punk-Box.
    I stand corrected. ;-)

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    Notice that I said "Official" wink wink

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    The bike that started it all just got even better...

    Haha! We're on the same page...

    So my PunkAss is all built, ready to shred. Shakedown trail ride tomorrow morning.

    A few notes from my build:

    - PunkAss short and wide rear end creates a bit of a...process, I'll call it...with using standard spacing on the bottom bracket cups and crankset. Not much more to say than it's a trial and error process.

    - The medium frame looks small and compact. In fact, it's surprising looking at the bikes overall size knowing it's a 150/160mm travel 29er. Coming from the "old" large Lunchbox frame, the medium fits well. In just riding around my neighborhood the last coupla nights I can feel this size frame is quicker and more nimble. Really looking forward to how this translates to feel on the trail.

    - Something, somewhere (I can only think its in the drive train) is creaking/crunching/groaning. Only happens with medium and above pedal force in the smallest half of the 11-speed cassette. I dug up a thread here discussing this issue - the fix was either 1) remove the cassette and grease the body of the XD driver & cassette carrier. 2) remove the RD and grease the bolt/hanger interface. 3) remove the cap on the clutch mech and slather grease in there. 4) warranty the RD.

    I did the first 2, haven't been able to manage the removal of the bolt covering the clutch mechanism. The noise is still there, but not as prevalent as it was last night. Also removed the reverb post, cleaned and applied a thin layer of grease. Checked seat rails. BB cups are tight, crank bolt bottomed out, chainring bolts all tight. RD is brand new. XO1 group, except crank is RF SIXC and ring is RF 30t narrow/wide. Pissing me off....hoping its in the clutch mech.

    So...ya. Built, rolling, and ready to hit the trail but not without some bumps in the road.

    Hoping to put up some pics tomorrow.

    Anyone else care to share build tips/tricks, or other experiences?

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    The bike that started it all just got even better...

    I had the same creak issue with my brand new X0/Wolf Tooth 1x10 setup. I tried everything but nothing seemed to work for the first few rides. As soon as I gave up, the creaks started to disappear til they were inexplicably gone. My best guess is that the drivetrain had to "settle in" - I'm sure all the grease and torqued to spec bolts helped. I didn't have this problem with an earlier XT build, FWIW.

    Edit: now that I think of it, my pedals were the last creaky holdout.

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    I had an X9 type 2 derailleur that was guilty of this. It was also stiff as sh*t to move the cage forward into the locked open position to change the wheel out.

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    Don't wanna derail this thread anymore than I have.

    Tore down the drivetrain again tonight, went through everything once more, gonna put nearly 25 miles of trail on it tomorrow.

    REALLY looking forward to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wigston View Post
    Hey Guys, just wanted to let you know that we are also doing the new Behemoth with the super short chain-stays. It will have the new slick looking top tube, but the down-tube will stay the same as it is now to keep the frame lighter. So the Moth will be a lighter version of the box with 5" travel. So if you like the Box, but want something a bit more XC oriented, the behemoth is a good choice. Email us at sales@lenzsport.com if you want to see the geometry chart for either the Box or the Moth.

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    Hi Nick,
    Thanks for the info. Do you have any picks of an XL Lunchbox with the new Punkass rear and swoopy toptube? Might have to dump my e29for a local bike made here in Colorado.

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    Shakedown ride = success.

    Creak = gone.

    Ride = amazing.

    ...I'd embellish more but I'm goin' riding again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimithng23 View Post
    Shakedown ride = success.

    Creak = gone.

    Ride = amazing.

    ...I'd embellish more but I'm goin' riding again.
    Pics--or it never happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Pics--or it never happened.
    crappy iPhone shots:





    not your quality, Mikesee, but it's all I got right now. ;-)

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    I am drooling boys!Please keep the pics coming!How about some pics of the left side.LOL

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    another crappy iPhone shot with shaky hands...

    non-drive side, per request ;-)


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    Thnx jim23!Soon as i get my ducks in a row i am ordering one.

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    Let's see some ride/trail pics worthy of all that bike!


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    Dang guys, let the man ride his bike in peace!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    Dang guys, let the man ride his bike in peace!
    haha! thanks for that. ;-)

    hoping to go out today for some more interesting trail and action shots.

    first couple of rides I was more focused on shaking the build out and dialing in the suspension. the VA was packing up on me through high speed root gardens and such...quick adjustment and good to go.

    loving the Pike/VA combo. I had some reservations that the VA may have been overkill; those thoughts are gone.

    I'll be sure to post up more thoughts as I get more time on the bike.

    Sun's out, time to ride.

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    OP: Are you the same Colin+M that wrote this a few months ago? if you are - man, you go through a lot of amazing bikes! would love to hear some comparisons and wondering what your ride will be next month, but for meantime enjoy your new LB.

    "Well I've owned the LTc, SB95 and now the Ripley.

    The Ripley for me is my "one bike to rule them all" as I tend to keep the drops and jumps under 3ft and it pedals so damn well. Literally if you turn the crank, the bike is going forward whether it be uphill/downhill/flat ground. This is the best pedaling bike I've ever ridden, period. It is almost freaky how quick it is to be honest. I couldn't believe how fast I was on my "home trail" today and I don't think I gave up anything on the descents. The 120mm of travel feels like much more because it is so well executed. It is hardtail fast when you pedal, in or out of the saddle, and supple to the max on the downs.

    I liked the SB95 I had, but nothing about it really wowed me to be honest. It was heavy and very middle of the road. I do think that the sb95c however should really propel it to true "super bike " status.

    The LTc, although the Geo chart would mislead, really likes to be pointed downhill and was very easy to pop off jumps and felt very comfortable in the air. On the downside, it pedaled like it wanted to be pointed downhill

    So to sum it up...if you desire a trail bike, get the Ripley. It will take the drops and will grab some air if you desire it. I'm just not that type of rider, but Brian Lopes just rode one to a 9th place finish on the DH course at Sea Otter against numerous DH Bikes. Not too shabby for a 120mm 29er.

    The Ripley is the best bike I've owned and I wouldn't give it up to get the LTc or SB95 back. The DW link feels similar to the switch link on the Yeti, but is better executed IMO as the Yeti seemed to blow through travel and wasn't as supple on the rocks/roots. I think the carbon version will address the weight issue, but I still prefer the Ripley's DW link to the Yeti's switch."

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    Quote Originally Posted by starre View Post
    OP: Are you the same Colin+M that wrote this a few months ago? if you are - man, you go through a lot of amazing bikes! would love to hear some comparisons and wondering what your ride will be next month, but for meantime enjoy your new LB.

    "Well I've owned the LTc, SB95 and now the Ripley.

    The Ripley for me is my "one bike to rule them all" as I tend to keep the drops and jumps under 3ft and it pedals so damn well. Literally if you turn the crank, the bike is going forward whether it be uphill/downhill/flat ground. This is the best pedaling bike I've ever ridden, period. It is almost freaky how quick it is to be honest. I couldn't believe how fast I was on my "home trail" today and I don't think I gave up anything on the descents. The 120mm of travel feels like much more because it is so well executed. It is hardtail fast when you pedal, in or out of the saddle, and supple to the max on the downs.

    I liked the SB95 I had, but nothing about it really wowed me to be honest. It was heavy and very middle of the road. I do think that the sb95c however should really propel it to true "super bike " status.

    The LTc, although the Geo chart would mislead, really likes to be pointed downhill and was very easy to pop off jumps and felt very comfortable in the air. On the downside, it pedaled like it wanted to be pointed downhill

    So to sum it up...if you desire a trail bike, get the Ripley. It will take the drops and will grab some air if you desire it. I'm just not that type of rider, but Brian Lopes just rode one to a 9th place finish on the DH course at Sea Otter against numerous DH Bikes. Not too shabby for a 120mm 29er.

    The Ripley is the best bike I've owned and I wouldn't give it up to get the LTc or SB95 back. The DW link feels similar to the switch link on the Yeti, but is better executed IMO as the Yeti seemed to blow through travel and wasn't as supple on the rocks/roots. I think the carbon version will address the weight issue, but I still prefer the Ripley's DW link to the Yeti's switch."
    Yeah and don't forget he got rid of his Ripley and bought an SB-95c after writing this. Me? I'm glad he's out there living the dream.

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    The 2 things that drove me away from the Ripley eventually were the fact that I felt it was too small and that it was very twitchy. Now after realizing that the Fox 34 fork I was running on it was taller A-C than my 150mm Pike might play into those feelings

    I still think I would have been better off on an XL rather than L, but I'm sure the 160mm fork A-C didn't help the ill handling characteristics I was encountering as it would have shortened the reach and just screwed things up in general.

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    How short are the chainstays again? How about "so short that my 28T chainring overlaps the tire" short.The bike that started it all just got even better...-img_20131027_135336.jpg

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