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    Van Dessel jersey devil FS review

    The clock reads just past 300 miles on my stem and the Jersey Devil is good and broken in, ready for a review. I have taken it on all kinds of terrain from 40 mile death marches to buffed out single track to DH shuttling since some classify it as an "all mountain" bike and, as a whole, my thoughts are very positive. It took some time to get the White Bros fork to my liking, but it feels pretty good now. This bike climbs very nice, w/ minimal pedal bob, but still gets active when the going gets rough and you want it. On the steep pitches, the front end still feels very controlled with the front wheel staying firmly planted, even with the seat post at max height. On the tight, flowy trails, the Jersey Devil feels super nimble as i throw it around the corners and pump over the small bumps. Decending feels nice and controlled although in would prefer a straight seat tube so i could drop the seat more than an inch and half when shuttling, but that could be fixed with a tellescoping post such as a Gravity Dropper. The geometry is definately more along the line of an XC bike that an "all mountain" rig, which i felt when the decents got really steep as it got a bit twitchy. Also those cable discs were just giving me arm pump on the really steep technical terrain. The JD felt nice and controlled over some of the smaller drops i took (2-3 foot) and even felt pretty good jumping some doubles. Here the fork began to feel a little flimsy, but one could always upgrade to the thru axle version which should stiffen that up. I'm sure most people looking to purchase this bike wont be getting into those kinds of situations on it, but i figured i would give my experience there as well. In my opinion, this bike is a great "do everything bike" which is a huge plus in my book as i am always trying to keep my stable to a minimum. I may have to keep a freeride bike around just in case i get the hankering, but my shuttle days are few and far between now.



    bike set up is stock aside from flat pedals, koobi seat as well as ditching the cable discs for some hydros.
    rider 6'2
    32" inseam
    140 lbs
    bike size medium
    bike weight w/ pump, bottle cage, bell and computer is just shy of 30lbs.

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    bike porn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup
    rider 6'2
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    140 pounds at your height?

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    Yeah what Bruce said.

    And post some pics please!

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    Holy crap. Someone get that guy a sandwich. I'm 6'2" also but 180 pounds. I can't imagine where I could lose 40 pounds. Well, ok....I might have a little bit of a beer belly.

    Good review on the Devil. Keeping my eye on that frame. Once I've taken all the abuse my soon-to-arrive rigid Waltworks can dish out, I will be adding a FS 29er to my lineup.
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    Holy crap!! 140 lbs.!?? I'm 6'0 and 205 lbs.! I feel so fricken fat now! Damn, no lunch (or dinner) for me...

    So anyway, thanks for the write up. Any pics??

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    6-1 and 214. It's outside my dominate world view to imagine myself 75 pounds lighter. Get to a hospital, quick.

    related: i'm shooting to break 190, i've been there a time or two before...around 195 people start telling me I shouldn't lose anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncj01
    6-1 and 214. It's outside my dominate world view to imagine myself 75 pounds lighter. Get to a hospital, quick.

    related: i'm shooting to break 190, i've been there a time or two before...around 195 people start telling me I shouldn't lose anymore.
    Depends on your body type. I'm rather oddly shaped...wearing a size 44L suit for the jacket but need a 33-inch waist (for anyone that knows suits, this is quite the problem since most suits come in a 4-inch drop, meaning the pants for a 44 are 38 waistband....way too big for alterations without screwing up the pants). About a year ago I was up to about 210-215. Training for the SM100 got me down to the 180-185 range. I haven't ridden at all (or done much of anything for that matter) in about 2 months but have managed to stay under 185. I'm a tall, lean person. The 30 pounds I lost was mostly around my waistline. I don't mind if I put back on about 10 pounds as long as it's muscle.

    Long way of saying that a lot depends on the frame you're putting the weight on. A slender 6'2" is a lot different than a stock 6'2"
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    wow...this thread went from "check out my new bike" to "does my butt look big in these jeans?" fast!

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    clucking hens

    LMAO
    Sounds like a bunch of ladies at a "Pampered Yankee Basketweaver" party...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Padre
    wow...this thread went from "check out my new bike" to "does my butt look big in these jeans?" fast!
    The only time anyone wants to see your ass if as you leave the room.
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    Quote Originally Posted by heavyg
    LMAO
    Sounds like a bunch of ladies at a "Pampered Yankee Basketweaver" party...
    Yampered Pankee Wasketbeaver ? Whaaaaah?

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    hmmm... I had similar thoughts, but I don't think I had enough chance to get the shocks dialed in. Especially the white bros. more to come later..
    oh, and 6'-0", 195
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    Bro. With all that stem and post you got on that thing, you should go to a large size frame or even an XL and run a short stem. Then the bike would be twitchy on the descents.
    Roll over the weak and bunny hop the dead!

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    I mean it would make it less twitchy.
    Roll over the weak and bunny hop the dead!

    Blog this...!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fastmtnbiker33w
    Bro. With all that stem and post you got on that thing, you should go to a large size frame or even an XL and run a short stem. Then the bike would be twitchy on the descents.
    true... but that isn't my bike. just borrowed.

    the wcs post that came on the bike was too short, and my 410mm was fine for the climbs, but the seat tube prevented me from lowering it to DH mode.

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    here's the porn...

    so here are pics of the rig...





    who says a 29er cant climb? here is me motoring on by a stopped 26er...



    overall opinion...



    My feelings today are not quite as positive as i blew off my derailleur hanger and found I had a crunchy drive side hub bearing, but these are accessories. For the $2500, I think it is quite the deal. I wasnt expecting the XT cranks or the Thompson stem... or even the White Bros fork, but cool. I'm not sure if there was a mistake or I saw an old spec sheet. Anyway,

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