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    It's my only regret that I didn't choose the IE...but I'm hopefull that this error by me can be solved later on . We are all harbouring a geek inside us and SO...why not try IE...geeky?...yes..check! Got to have! ;-D

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    Yes, openly admit.. I'm a gadget geek!

    And I love it! 😃

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOger View Post
    The mud guard!! What happend...did it work or was it a debris collector?
    I bought one from Mucky Nutz as recommended by the UK riders on here. Hasn't really been muddy but I've raced over 200km with it on and the rear shock seems to stay a lot cleaner. Yet to test in really muddy conditions but I'm pretty sure it will work well, no signs of it being a debris collector.

    By the way I got the older version of the mucky nutz one (2.0) for cheap as well as a new version but the older version actually fit the rear better.

    As for the other posts about the XR, I chose the non-EI version mainly because I was a little reluctant to get a battery-dependent mechanism on my bike. I do a lot of 24 hour racing, 100km races etc and I was worried it was just one more thing to fail or to need to remember to charge. Having said that I now wonder what riding EI would be like - perhaps I'll venture into that territory in the next few years.

    I have the CTD remote lever which is a whole step up on my old Anthem with the propedal down somewhere that I couldn't ever find without taking my eyes off the trails. the CTD seems to work great, I ride mainly in "trail" or the middle setting but open it right up for longer or rougher descents and lock it right out for firetrail flats or climbs. It does not give any where near the amount of adjustments the EI would do but it's cable operated on doesn't need charging ;-)

    I also bought the bike when there was NOTHING anywhere to be found on the internet about it so perhaps now with these reviews I would be more tempted by EI. Although I do like the fact that I don't have to remember to charge anything before I ride.

    In terms of the bike itself - it's awesome. Don't by the Anthem, this is so fast, nimble. I think it's summed up by another friend of mine who just got the 529 on my recommendation. She said "it doesn't feel like a 29er" so true, I feel as nimble as I did on my 26er. I haven't ridden the Anthem but with a longer rear stay and wheelbase I don't think it'll have the same feel.

    To me the only other bike that came close was the Epic, I know some people on here didn't like the Epic but I found that was another bike that handled well straight off the demo rack.

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    The other thought I had is that, the EI system seems to be quite sought after as a stand alone setup, which it won't be available as until next year at the earliest.
    If you bought it and its not for you, sell it... And buy whatever shock you like.
    Not an ideal situation to end up in but I'm certain you'll have no problem offloading it!
    I'm a cross country guy so the life of the battery wasn't really a concern. Though I've definitely had in excess of 26 hours riding without charging. I've never ran it flat and taking just 1 hour 10 minutes to charge..(it is that precise) its not alot considering the usage you get in return.

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    Definately buying one now. Im not even fussed to do a proper off-road demo.

    Just hope it sizes right for me.

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    Definately buying one now. Im not even fussed to do a proper off-road demo.

    Just hope it sizes right for me.
    This one is for you Stephen!
    What a terrible and joyful decision you're making!
    I started OVER a year ago to scout the market...by august last year I had narrowed it down theese:
    -Specialized Epic Expert..yup..I know..cows follow the herd
    -Trek Superfly 100 Elite..safe card..BUT...they started changing components...
    -Ibis Ripley 29...looked SO FINE...but to much Enduro
    -Niner Jet RDO...awesome...but...but...nope
    Then I met the owner of the newly opened bike store who had been to Euro-bike and told me about Lapierre! Look them up on the almighty web...hmm...interesting..just how I would build a bike...AND they send it from factory with almost the stuff I want...have you noticed how the companies splash the stuff on the bikes...front derailliur SRAM X5,rear der. Shimano XT, crankset FSA SPXGTA XL???? and it goes on....I'm in my mid 40's (cranky) but I loved when you could choose a XT full-equiped bike and you knew THAT will work...and you could almost give a toss what the frame looked like. Told my dealer I REALLY want to try that one...waited...waited..october came...bike supposed to come...nope....waited...aaaaargh...what to do...well..I ordered the bike...without trying it out....never regretted that decision..I'm 176cm.. ordered a Medium....works like a charm cause its smaller (by a couple of centimeters) than my Specialized Stumpy M (17,5) hardtail.
    Hope that will help you!

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    Thanks lokisare!
    Had my first day out with "almost-without-snow" conditions...well....the first couple of clicks...but realized quickly what a good idea tha mud guard was...ordered it as soon I arrived home.

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    If the EI measures the hit on the front and uses it to damp the rear, then what is controlling the front damping? Does the EI also control that automatically? Based on what?

    Hope i havent proved my terminal ignorange?

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    There is an accelerometer on the fork leg, in the bottom bracket and one in the computer display. They simply measure the movement of the bike, not the front fork. The reason their attached ahead of the shock is simply to advance warn the system what to set the rear shocks setting to...
    The front fork has no attachment to the EI system itself.
    Hope that helps to with your question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice2ie View Post
    The other thought I had is that, the EI system seems to be quite sought after as a stand alone setup, which it won't be available as until next year at the earliest.
    If you bought it and its not for you, sell it... And buy whatever shock you like.
    Not an ideal situation to end up in but I'm certain you'll have no problem offloading it!
    I'm a cross country guy so the life of the battery wasn't really a concern. Though I've definitely had in excess of 26 hours riding without charging. I've never ran it flat and taking just 1 hour 10 minutes to charge..(it is that precise) its not alot considering the usage you get in return.
    Like I said, I committed to buy in December before anyone on here was riding EI, decision may well be different if I was buying now! :-) Maybe I'll be due for an upgrade next year ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOger View Post
    Thanks lokisare!
    Had my first day out with "almost-without-snow" conditions...well....the first couple of clicks...but realized quickly what a good idea tha mud guard was...ordered it as soon I arrived home.
    I just had to trim mine a little to make sure it didn't impact the shock linkage when the rear suspension compresses... I'm sure you'll work it out. Seems like a great little product, I bought an extra for the front for muddy conditions but haven't used it yet - apparently keeps fork stanchions much cleaner too.

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    You would have had to wait like me if you'd wanted an EI model. I ordered mine end November/beginning December but the first batch of EI bikes didnt come into the country until February! So at least you didn't have a ridiculous wait!!

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    Have booked a real off-road test this weekend. Will let you know what i think.

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    Had a great weekends riding on my XR529, Saturday was a 400 mile round trip to ride at a place called Afan in South Wales, we did 30 miles of great trails in the sun! While it doesn't mean a whole lot I was pleased to see on Strava afterwards that I got a bunch of top 10s (out of a few thousand people) on the long rocky downhill segments - not bad for my first time there and on an XC bike!

    Got home Sat night, oiled the chain (didn't touch anything else at all) and then did a 4 hour enduro xc race on Sunday. The course was mega tough with almost zero flowing sections where you could get a rest or find a rhythm. Finished 9th in the top category which I was happy with for my first proper race and I was riding unsupported so had to fetch bottles and gels from the car a couple of times (not to mention a hard ride the day before!)

    The bike seemed to handle it all fine!

    For those of you using the rear guards, just check and trim the bit that sits against the linkage. I didn't at first and have a small amount of wear in the carbon from the grit that gets in there.

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    Had a quick trip this weekend on a trail I usualy hated on my old HT 29er.
    Itīs infected with roots,stones with that perfect distance between to give you thoose lovely abrubt stops and no flow at all if your not on a 26''. BUT this time it wasn't that awful at all...I actually had to stop after a couple of clicks when I realized my freinds were behind me and not the other way around. I had my "shock pump" with me and tweeked front/rear and it got even faster. Couldn't be happier...what a ride...

    By the way Phil! Have you done any trail riding in the Brecon Beacons?

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    Nope, never ridden in the Brecon area, would love to at some point when I get chance (was going to do the Rough Ride this year but can't make the date)

    I've heard good things about it, I bet it is perfect for longer rides on a short travel 29er!

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    Hey, does anyone know about the bb on these?? I was sure it was a bb30, but the carbon chainset has gxp printed on it!! So now I'm confused!!!

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    gxp means 24mm axle. so either they run adapters for bb30 or more likely the frame is another pressfit standard.

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    So you think the frame is indeed 24mm and not the bb30 standard as advertised?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice2ie View Post
    So you think the frame is indeed 24mm and not the bb30 standard as advertised?
    on the LaPierre website (link in the OP) the specs say just pressfit bb, the standard is not specified, no mention about bb30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syl3 View Post
    on the LaPierre website (link in the OP) the specs say just pressfit bb, the standard is not specified, no mention about bb30.
    Lapierre XR 729 | BikeRadar

    States bb as do most others including an email from hotlines though they said specs vary!!

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    Turns out its a bb92 press-fit bottom bracket, should anyone want to change it!! xx cassette, rear derailleur, shifters fitted.. Chainset on the way!! That really us the last upgrade I'm making!! lol..

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    Ei with fork locked out...

    Quote Originally Posted by Brice2ie View Post
    There is an accelerometer on the fork leg, in the bottom bracket and one in the computer display. They simply measure the movement of the bike, not the front fork. The reason their attached ahead of the shock is simply to advance warn the system what to set the rear shocks setting to...
    The front fork has no attachment to the EI system itself.
    Hope that helps to with your question.
    Question...if the fork is locked out what does that do to the system? Will it still respond in auto mode?
    Seriously thinkin bout one of these...thanks mate

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianthom View Post
    Question...if the fork is locked out what does that do to the system? Will it still respond in auto mode?
    Seriously thinkin bout one of these...thanks mate
    It doesn't effect the system as the system doesn't monitor the forks travel, just the lower legs movement along with movement/vibration on the handlebars and on the rear shock itself through accelerometers.

    Heres a good, basic understanding of how accelerometers work.

    A beginner's guide to accelerometers

    Hope that helps!

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    Have been riding my XR 529 for a couple of months and WHAT a joy....bought the American Classics MTB race 29 wheelset....and what a difference it made...itīs not the fact that it shaved over 1 kg "off" the rotating weight...the "NO flex" feeling is actually more impressing. One thing I have to solve is how to "after fit" a manual remote for the rear suspension....itīs not something you want to fiddle with during a race...not so convinced anymore that the EI is for me...I like manual. At the last race I had the opportunity to try both Spec. Epic Expert and the Trek Superfly Elite and got that fuzzy fealing...I made the right descision choosing the XR. Thought of going 1x10 but I'm not shure...don't you "max out" to fast going downhill?

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    I'm slightly confused...
    If you already have the XR529 the EI option isn't an option, unless you but another complete XR as its still not available as an individual system. At least not in the UK.

    I guess it depends on what rear shock you have fitted.. Fox do rear shocks with, on the fly adjustment. I've no idea what rock shox do at the moment. Very few people I've spoken to who have the Fox CTD with remote say they never use the remote as they leave it in "T" in races, never feeling the need to adjust it!

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    Don't be confused...

    I just ment WHEN it's available...I won't buy it..I LIKE the option to switch the bike into "ridgid"-mode...Rock shox is not an option...I like the CTD..and want it in 2-mode only "ridgid/"T"" and a solution is the remote for my front suspension (rock shox) BUT "slightly tweaked". Thats the way I want it..Manual..

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    I think the electronic suspension thing is going to take off the next 12 months or so, I wouldn't be surprised to see this concept get developed and adapted to more and more bikes. While I think the EI would be nice I also like the simplicity of having a mechanical cable operated system... I think my ideal would be a race bike with the EI because I do sometimes forget to switch and find I've been climbing in fully open or descending in trail.

    On the upside I am loving my bike, I fall more in love with it every race and haven't yet found anything it can't do. I've finally updated my blog with more race reports so if anyone is interested the link is in my signature I think.

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    Had mine for 7 months now, still going pretty well! Did the Mountain Mayhem 24hr on it last weekend and I was sailing past everyone, which was nice!

    When racing I always just leave my bike in trail mode. I'm usually too broken to think about changing shock settings, or the climbs are too bumpy anyway!

    I have a 100km race on it this weekend, which I know is going to be brutal as it is my local trails and all twisty singletrack, short steep climbs and short steep descents. Barely any rest or sections to get in a rhythm where is where I'm usually good.

    1000 mile report on my bike:
    - The Reba forks needed a service after less than 200 miles. Putting that down to the bad winter!
    - Changed to Gore sealed gear cables (the originals didn't last long in our winter as mud got in the liners where they come out by the BB)
    - Freehub on original wheels sounded bad from the start and turned crunchy after less than 200 miles (I have a few wheel options so not using the original wheels at the moment). Can't get a replacement either as even hotlines can't ID it!
    - Rear Fox shock bushings developed play during last weekends race. Quick and easy change
    - Paint cracking around the rear pivots - Looks like it is just where aluminium inserts for shock and bearing mounts are meeting the carbon of the frame, hopefully nothing to worry about
    - Some possible stress marks in the carbon on the top of the shock mount part (on the inside of the corner where it meets the seat tube). Will keep an eye on those!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil S View Post
    Had mine for 7 months now, still going pretty well! Did the Mountain Mayhem 24hr on it last weekend and I was sailing past everyone, which was nice!

    When racing I always just leave my bike in trail mode. I'm usually too broken to think about changing shock settings, or the climbs are too bumpy anyway!

    I have a 100km race on it this weekend, which I know is going to be brutal as it is my local trails and all twisty singletrack, short steep climbs and short steep descents. Barely any rest or sections to get in a rhythm where is where I'm usually good.

    1000 mile report on my bike:
    - The Reba forks needed a service after less than 200 miles. Putting that down to the bad winter!
    - Changed to Gore sealed gear cables (the originals didn't last long in our winter as mud got in the liners where they come out by the BB)
    - Freehub on original wheels sounded bad from the start and turned crunchy after less than 200 miles (I have a few wheel options so not using the original wheels at the moment). Can't get a replacement either as even hotlines can't ID it!
    - Rear Fox shock bushings developed play during last weekends race. Quick and easy change
    - Paint cracking around the rear pivots - Looks like it is just where aluminium inserts for shock and bearing mounts are meeting the carbon of the frame, hopefully nothing to worry about
    - Some possible stress marks in the carbon on the top of the shock mount part (on the inside of the corner where it meets the seat tube). Will keep an eye on those!
    Don't wanna worry you but I would defo keep get an eye on them "stress marks". Had my XR 529 5 months and my frame cracked right through there. It took my LBS over a month to get the frame replaced under warranty. HotLines had a real problem trying to get hold of one, it seems they're in short supply ATM. In the end I got a XR729 frame set which defo looks the dogs tho. Love the bike, but got reservations about the frames durability now. I always check the frame over after every ride. Interestingly I have noticed that in the area that cracked, on the replacement frame, the carbon seems thicker when you put your finger up the seat tube .

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    Ouch, I will definitely keep an eye on it then. To be honest there isn't a single person I ride with who has had a carbon frame that hasn't cracked at least once. A carbon MTB is definitely something I'd only buy from new and expect to get swapped under warranty once or twice!

    Nice to see you got an upgrade for your wait though - i'm not fussed if mine breaks but I would be annoyed to wait a month with no bike.

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    Being without a bike for a month was seriously frustrating especially as I had to cancel a couple of events I'd planned to do.

    Hopefully my replacement's gonna last longer than the original !!!!!!

    Anyway at least it seems that the warranty's a good un, A big thanks to Steve at HotLines for getting it sorted.

    Every cloud has a silver lining, Looks well sexy in matt Black.

    Lapierre an their 29er FS-lapierre-xr-v2-007.jpg

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    Great to see other XR owners out there, bit worried about the frame cracking story though. Use mine for FOD duty and cracking around south wales, great bike, seriously fast and not too dim witted with big wheels. Thinking of upgrading to a dropper post and some gripper tyres

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    Great to see a specific LaPierre thread. Love the 729 (I have a thing for black frames), I'm picking up a new XR Team tomorrow. One of the last XLarge frames available in Aus and could 'only' get the Fox shock, Ei will be in the distance for me. Love the concept, but CTD will be a big step up all the same. I have put Enve/DT Swiss wheels, Racing Ralph/Rocket Ron tyres and an XX1 drivetrain straight on it - based on the above I hope the frame lasts - I'm 6'4 and 99kg so will no doubt stress it quite a bit.

    My bike shop recommended the Team specifically for the frame strength and gave me a good deal, how could I resist! Hope to post a photo and a description of just how it rides in the next week. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TopCaat View Post
    Great to see a specific LaPierre thread. Love the 729 (I have a thing for black frames), I'm picking up a new XR Team tomorrow. One of the last XLarge frames available in Aus and could 'only' get the Fox shock, Ei will be in the distance for me. Love the concept, but CTD will be a big step up all the same. I have put Enve/DT Swiss wheels, Racing Ralph/Rocket Ron tyres and an XX1 drivetrain straight on it - based on the above I hope the frame lasts - I'm 6'4 and 99kg so will no doubt stress it quite a bit.

    My bike shop recommended the Team specifically for the frame strength and gave me a good deal, how could I resist! Hope to post a photo and a description of just how it rides in the next week. Cheers.
    Sure you're gonna be impressed with the Team especially with the XX1 group set fitted, its awesome !!

    By what your LBS is saying the Teams frame set is stronger. So is it made from a better quality carbon than the 529 & 729 ?? The Lapierre web site seems to imply it is

    Interestingly the 2014 XRs frame has a new carbon fibre lay up to increase "stiffness" or is that another way of saying making it stronger (less crackable), Lol

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    Well, my new bike delivery was certainly sweet and sour. Sweet in the ride, the weight, performance of the Enve wheels, XX1 and LaPierre frame - working together brilliantly. What a bike!!! But...... sour in that sometime during the first weekend 3 rides I cracked the carbon. It seems that Phil S is a fortune teller and can see the future of every carbon frame!! Anyway, the new frame part (knuckle between rear triangle and shock) is on its way to my LBS and I should have the bike back on track next week - fully supported by warranty (good service). Then I get to smile again. More later, once I get going. The 2014 Team frames come with XX1 and look brilliant.... but I needed it now.

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    Mine is still holding together well, and it has taken a serious beating at a few XC races and trails here there and everywhere recently. It still amazes me how fast it goes downhill!

    I've fitted a 32t Goldtech narrow-wide chain ring and an XT shadow+ mech on mine recently, so that I could ditch the front mech and shifter. It converts really cleanly due to the low mount front mech. I'm not sure how well i'll get on with marathon events and long steep climbs with that gearing though, but I love the simplicity and completely silent drivetrain, plus the pedal and forget nature of not having the chain half drop off like it does on rocky DHs with a front mech.

    At the moment mine weighs 22.8lbs (without pedals so I could compare to the factory weight) which I reckon is impressive for a few minor upgrades and no weight weenie efforts at all. I've also had some chinese carbon rims delivered which are now at Goldtech being built up. Hoping they are a good deal stiffer than the WTB Stryker i'm currently running on the front (have a Ritchey WCS Vantage carbon rear wheel which is very nice!)

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    Anybody else having issues with cracking at at the shock link/seat tube? Im considering this bike, but cracking the frame because of the design would suck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phil S View Post
    Mine is still holding together well, and it has taken a serious beating at a few XC races and trails here there and everywhere recently. It still amazes me how fast it goes downhill!

    I've fitted a 32t Goldtech narrow-wide chain ring and an XT shadow+ mech on mine recently, so that I could ditch the front mech and shifter. It converts really cleanly due to the low mount front mech. I'm not sure how well i'll get on with marathon events and long steep climbs with that gearing though, but I love the simplicity and completely silent drivetrain, plus the pedal and forget nature of not having the chain half drop off like it does on rocky DHs with a front mech.

    At the moment mine weighs 22.8lbs (without pedals so I could compare to the factory weight) which I reckon is impressive for a few minor upgrades and no weight weenie efforts at all. I've also had some chinese carbon rims delivered which are now at Goldtech being built up. Hoping they are a good deal stiffer than the WTB Stryker i'm currently running on the front (have a Ritchey WCS Vantage carbon rear wheel which is very nice!)
    Good to hear your frame is holding up well, at the end of the day if the warranty's a good un I think It's not such a big deal if you have to have a replacement, just inconvenient. Despite this it's still a great bike!!

    Mine's going, and looking, great with the new 729 frame set and it's being well used. Done some events including the Bontrager 24/12 lots of trail centre days Afan, Bodmin etc and a few XC races and it's performed without a problem apart from a change of rear gear cable. Having the rear mech cable exit from under the BB doesn't seam like the smartest place IMO.
    Apart from the frame, forks and brakes I've changed everything else. Now running a XX1 chainset 28t (weak legs lol ) xo type 2 rear mech and shifter. gold KMC L chain, 1070 cassette, Jagwire ripcord cable, Mavic crossmax ST wheels and Hope mono saw rotors, Truvativ noir carbon bar, Easton stem, Thomson set back post and Fizik saddle. Comes in around 23.8lbs including XT pedals.
    HELP I need to stop spending money !!!

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    I did get my XR Team back within 2 weeks and have been riding each weekend since - every ride it just gets better. Have to smile and am constantly amazed at what it does and how fast it is compared to my old Ellsworth. No further problems, the frame and bits all going well. Just wondering about a dropper seat, would be nice but not sure and it will weigh a bit on what is currently a very light bike. In short, loving it!!

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    A year has gone...well..it ain't over...but my bike has been a delight. The AC race MTB wheels was a the best improvement I ever have done/felt on a bike.... Next year I probably will switch the XT cranks to XX1 BUT it's with some hesitation due to the fact that with the current setup in front (38/26)... I run out of gears during long decents. Bought a 40T but it won't fit...any suggustions? Last race is done so I look forward to some nice recreational winter mayham...and some fiddeling in my workshop...it's time to get that rear suspension remote done...if I only had bought the Team frame!!.. ;D!

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    Now have new wheels! light-bicycle carbons on 28h Goldtec pro comp hubs (48POE, enduro bearings and machined at my LBS no less). 1520g for the pair. Pic below (hopefully)

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    Upgrading the wheels is the best thing you can do on this bike! I have the new Roval Control Carbon 2014 wheelset, and it was a totally different bike. The Reba fork converted to 120mm too
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    I managed to get 110mm out of my Reba by removing the bottom out spacer. It hasn't exploded just yet!

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    I found out my Reba was a 2013 model, so the only way to get more travel, is to change the air shaft (20mm longere) and thats it. No spacer in my fork.

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    "to rival the brain?" The brain is a blind man attempting to dodge punches after they land. Lapierre's EI has their sensor on the fork and so the rear suspension is ready when your rear tire hits the rock/root. Read my review of the XR529EI at Lapierre XR529EI Review
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    Scott's Bikes in Cleveland TN has these bike (EI) available for demo rides. You can read my review of the XR529EI at Lapierre XR529EI Review
    Define love? My 2008 Gary Fisher HiFi Carbon. Is that Debbie Gibson singing, or is it my heart?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bilbobaggyshorts View Post
    Don't wanna worry you but I would defo keep get an eye on them "stress marks". Had my XR 529 5 months and my frame cracked right through there. It took my LBS over a month to get the frame replaced under warranty. HotLines had a real problem trying to get hold of one, it seems they're in short supply ATM. In the end I got a XR729 frame set which defo looks the dogs tho. Love the bike, but got reservations about the frames durability now. I always check the frame over after every ride. Interestingly I have noticed that in the area that cracked, on the replacement frame, the carbon seems thicker when you put your finger up the seat tube .

    Well I'm very disappointed to find my xr729 chainstay has a massive crack through it. Just sent photos off to sunset cycles who will hopefully get it sorted. Have been really enjoying the bike. A fabulous ride. Kitted it out with an XX groupset, mavic SLR wheels and an FSA carbon finishing kit. All sat up at home unrideable. 😢.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brice2ie View Post
    Well I'm very disappointed to find my xr729 chainstay has a massive crack through it. Just sent photos off to sunset cycles who will hopefully get it sorted. Have been really enjoying the bike. A fabulous ride. Kitted it out with an XX groupset, mavic SLR wheels and an FSA carbon finishing kit. All sat up at home unrideable. .
    Sorry to hear your chainstay has cracked mate. I'm sure your LBS will get it sorted. Hopefully quicker than it took mine!! You might even get a 2014 frame set as a replacement. Nothing worse than being stuck with an unrideable bike. Been Cardinham woods today and mine's still going strong. I've had to endure a 7 week mountain bike free vacation though, a result of a broken thumb . Been having issues with the rear mech outer cable getting crap in it via the end cap that goes into the BB. Gonna sort that out by running a one piece outer throughout. My Formula RX brakes have been replaced with XTs which IMO is a vast improvement, fitted a SRAM XO type 2 mech and shifter and had my rear Mavic ST hub replaced under warranty. ATM I'm giving Maxxis High Roller 2 a try and really like them, serious grip

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    Thats not so good, I hope you get it fixed quick (like mine was). Since my issue (very early on) I have been good with it, rode the Cape to Cape a few weeks ago and it went brilliantly - not one issue during or after the 4 day race. Have a KS LEV Integra dropper seat now and it performed flawlessly, makes technical stuff and downhill a dream. The cable fits quite well, inside the frame and comes out below BB then up beside swingarm pivot and into seat post - just long enough! I love this bike!

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