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    Taka Updated...

    Finally got the adapters for the front wheel, so both red Outlaws are now on. Trying out some Kenda Telonics tires, (though I'm feeling the 2.6 width is going to be too much rotational mass, they give me trouble tweaking/adjusting during bigger jumps). Added some sparkly red frame decals, they match the anodized rims very nicely. Next up will a set of red Deity Dirty 30 bars, and need to change raw aluminum Kore Torsion pedals over and we'll call it finished.

    Couple other departures from a stock Taka:

    Direct mount stem/crown from Function bikes.

    SDG I-Beam post and saddle.

    Cane Creek Angelset -1.5 degree

    Hayes NINE brakes.

    Sunline V1 riser bar in silver.

    Gamut 34T chainring.

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    Doesn't look as sweet as Hazard's Taka, but this is my slightly modified Taka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poontank View Post
    Doesn't look as sweet as Hazard's Taka, but this is my slightly modified Taka.

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    Sweet video!!!!!! Very well done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swildnm View Post
    My Guardian, with a RaceFace Atlas bar, Stans Notubes, X9 front der and a Reba fork.

    1. Very nice ride!
    2. Have you weighed it with the upgrades?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FirefighterMTN View Post
    1. Very nice ride!
    2. Have you weighed it with the upgrades?
    According to my crappy bathroom scale it is about 27 lbs. But that'ts with my current mods.
    So add to the previous list:

    Race Face Ride XC crank, Evolve stem and Strafe grips.
    SRAM 990 cassette and 970 chain
    X9 Shifters
    Sun Ringle Charger Pro wheelset
    GEAX AKA 2.2
    180 front rotor

    I'll try to get some current pics up soon.

    I think I'm going to get an X9 rear der, and some alloy chain rings and it will be done.

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    Guardian Update...

    This has fast become my favorite rig.

    Guardian - sort of upgraded or "Goblinized":

    X7 drivetrain
    WTB wheels
    Hope skewer up front, stock skewer rear
    Reba Fork
    Love the Tektro brakes, kept 'em
    Swapped seatpost out to a silver Uno for 'bling factor'
    Spank 777 bars, cut to about 720mm
    Sunline V1 Stem - 50mm, blue body, silver faceplate
    Lizard Skins Peaty Grips, red & blue collars
    Blue ano QR seatpost clamp will have to do until I get a dropper
    Deity Decoy flats. LOVE these pedals.

    I was running a pair Kenda Nevegal 2.3s, but for the most of the trails I'm riding, they're a bit overkill and the rolling resistance was a bummer. Put the SB8s back on, and even though they can slide out when really pushed, they roll so fast it's hard to not to run 'em.

    Not much else I'll change on this ride. If I find the time, I'll lace some silver velocity blunts or P35's in there, really only for aesthetics. I'm weighing in at just about 28lbs, and I'm not really a weight conscious rider, so it's awesome. Last thing I'll ad will be (eventually) a 130mm or 140mm fork just to get a more aggressive AM sort of ride. But if that never happens, I'm still content - nice job Airborne!







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    Nice, thanks for sharing! I didn't like the Ergon grips I was using. So, after seeing your post sporting the Peaty's, I got a pair of those and love 'em. Super grippy, even without gloves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barheet View Post
    Nice, thanks for sharing! I didn't like the Ergon grips I was using. So, after seeing your post sporting the Peaty's, I got a pair of those and love 'em. Super grippy, even without gloves.
    Nice Love those grips, they're almost every one of my rides...

    I used Ergons after I broke my left hand a couple years ago. I couldn't make a complete fist, so the grips were just right.
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    Well I've added some goodies here recently so I will update.

    Easton Haven Carbon bars (710mm width)
    Answer XC 70mm stem
    Thomson setback seatpost
    ODI Rogue lock on grips with green lock rings
    Some carbon stem spacers





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    My Marauder

    Here is my Marauder, not much modified yet but that should change soon!


    The main mod I have made was to put on Avid Elixer 3's



    I am also going to try These Continental Mountain Kings, a 2.4 in the front and a 2.2 in the rear. Changing to these tires took 3lbs off the bike, now I will see if they hold up, otherwise it will be back to the Kendas.



    I also have a Truavtive Husselfelt crankset, Sram X-9 rear derailluer, Lizard Skins Peaty grips, and Forte Flat pedals.

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    Finally snapped a pic.

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    That looks great swildnm,
    Any reason why you went with the Race Face crank, vs a x7 or x9?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildfifty View Post
    That looks great swildnm,
    Any reason why you went with the Race Face crank, vs a x7 or x9?
    Prob cuz they have been on clearance for $50 as of late

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    Real upgrade from stock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    Prob cuz they have been on clearance for $50 as of late
    Exactly, it is also significantly lighter than stock. The external bearings are supposed to be stiffer. Honestly I haven't noticed, but it is smooth, I like it. I was going 2X9 anyway and wanted a bashguard it was only a little more expensive to get the whole crankset.
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    Just got new brakes to replace the Elixer 3's. Now running Avid XO Trails on my Marauder. Pictures will come when it stops raining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swildnm View Post
    Exactly, it is also significantly lighter than stock. The external bearings are supposed to be stiffer. Honestly I haven't noticed, but it is smooth, I like it. I was going 2X9 anyway and wanted a bashguard it was only a little more expensive to get the whole crankset.
    What site has the deal for $50.00?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mi26r View Post
    What site has the deal for $50.00?

    Thanks!

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    I'd be buying one for my zeppelin but I just bought a new cassette, chain and got a set of roval rims set up for tubeless.

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    Thanks for the fast response! Would this work with a stock skyhawk? Would I have to change anything else?

    Thanks!

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    I got mine from Jenson for $10 more (and free shipping, so really about $2 more) you can get it with a nice aluminum bashring instead of the 44 tooth ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mi26r View Post
    Thanks for the fast response! Would this work with a stock skyhawk? Would I have to change anything else?

    Thanks!

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    I'd PM BigDaddyFlyer and ask. I think it will tho.

    You need to get rid of that front fork and crank. Good golly they are heavy. And your wheelset is heavy too.

    I swapped to a fox air shock and shaved almost 3lbs.

    My fiancé's felt 6-seventy has all that suntour stuff. It's a hard tail 26er in size 15 and it is 34.9lbs. 1lb more than my 21" FS zeppelin elite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    I'd PM BigDaddyFlyer and ask. I think it will tho.

    You need to get rid of that front fork and crank. Good golly they are heavy. And your wheelset is heavy too.

    I swapped to a fox air shock and shaved almost 3lbs.

    My fiancé's felt 6-seventy has all that suntour stuff. It's a hard tail 26er in size 15 and it is 34.9lbs. 1lb more than my 21" FS zeppelin elite.


    Yes, I've been reading up on what shocks to get....I will probably get shocks in the spring (supposed to snow tomorow) .


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    You'll just need to change the crank, every thing else can stay.. I put the same crankset on my wife's Skyhawk. It works well, and is much lighter than the included Suntour crank. But as recommended, If i were you, I'd definitely change out the fork as soon as possible.

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    here's my Goblin... been modified a bit since but I have some plans for next season....

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    Skyhawk




    Finished my wife's new bike. Swapped the fork for some Salsa steel, and the knobbies for 1.5" slicks. Way higher quality than the price point for this bike in my opinion!

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    Goblin

    So far all I have gotten done on her is changing out the wheels to the Black Flags..does not really do anything look wise but do seem to be a decent wheel set...got some other things planned for her.

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    1x9 conversion fully completed with BBG bash and NGear. Also increased fork travel to 100mm and added Peaty grips.

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    Got a new cassette, chain, and wheelset. Looks weird with silver rims. Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes-imageuploadedbytapatalk1356144626.680881.jpgPost Your Modified Airborne Bikes-imageuploadedbytapatalk1356144642.070274.jpg

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    Post Your Modified Airborne Bikes-imageuploadedbytapatalk1356200052.597231.jpg

    Mud n ice. Loving the new rims

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    Love my Zeppelin. Jealous of the new wheelset above me.
    Upgrades: DMR V8 Pedals, ODI Lock-ons, Red BBG Bashguard, White Front Brake? (Received a faulty one).
    Panaracer Fire FR Tires, didn't like the stock tires and I thought red would look sweet.

    People say the fork isn't great on the Zeppelin but I haven't seen a need to upgrade mine yet. Mainly have problems with the wheels coming out of true.

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    Nice Zep!!

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    I have the chance to get a lightly used fork (minute expert) but the steerer tube is cut at 6.5 "

    I measured mine (skyhawk) and its coming up at almost 7.5"........but there is an inch worth of spacers.

    Will the minute expert forks work if I get rid of spacers?

    Do I need spacers?



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    Quote Originally Posted by mi26r View Post
    I have the chance to get a lightly used fork (minute expert) but the steerer tube is cut at 6.5 "

    I measured mine (skyhawk) and its coming up at almost 7.5"........but there is an inch worth of spacers.

    Will the minute expert forks work if I get rid of spacers?

    Do I need spacers?



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    You will be fine without the spacers. Let us know how you like it.

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    Ohhh and I swapped the bar 2.1 rear shock for an ario RL. Love having a lockout. Totally changes the bike when climbing

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkidd_39 View Post
    You will be fine without the spacers. Let us know how you like it.
    Thanks!

    I will let you know.

    Next on the list is the crank. I want to do a 1x8. ( I really only use the middle front gear, can I drill out the rivets and use my original, or should I by one of the ss race face models out there for under $100

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    Quote Originally Posted by mi26r View Post
    Thanks!

    I will let you know.

    Next on the list is the crank. I want to do a 1x8. ( I really only use the middle front gear, can I drill out the rivets and use my original, or should I by one of the ss race face models out there for under $100

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    You could go with something like this..
    Race Face Ride 3X9 Crankset Oe 2010 > Components > Drivetrain > Cranksets | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
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    Race Face Ride 3X9 Crankset Oe 2010 > Components > Drivetrain > Cranksets | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

    This would require converting to a 9 speed. Depending on how long you have been cranking on your bike it might not be a terrible idea to swap out.. and the 8speed is a dead platform.. very difficult to find parts for..

    This all depends on your size of course. I total shanked out my cassette and chain in 300 miles.. but i'm at 280lbs.

    I can't find a weight on your stock crank but I would think it's pretty heavy. Suntour stuff is about as durable as they come. But they are freaking heavy.

    My Fiance's Felt is a 15" HT frame and weighs as much as my FS 22" zeppelin elite.. It's got suntour everything (Fork, crank, ect)

    But then again... You are modifying a entry level bike.. might just be a run what your brung deal

    Says the guy that has put the purchase price of a zeppelin elite back into his bike (Roval wheels, Fox shock, ect ect...)

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    You can use that Raceface Ride XC crank with an 8 speed setup. Did it for a while on my wife's Skyhawk till I converted it to 9 speed. I'm actually running one on my late 90's vintage 7 speed ride too.

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    if I bought the raceface with the bashgaurd, can I take of the small chainring?

    my goal would be to run 1 chainring in the front and remove the shifter and front derailer.

    (when I ride, I always kept it on middle chainring)


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    I dont see why not, but you'll probably need a chain guide to go 1x

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    Quote Originally Posted by swildnm View Post
    I dont see why not, but you'll probably need a chain guide to go 1x
    +1 on this def need a chainguard.

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    just installed a bling ring. i crafted my own ghetto guide until i figure out exactly what i need.
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    Manitou minute expert installed!

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    Goblin

    Added a FSA carbon handle bar. A FSA carbon seatpost. Xtr pedals. White seat post clamp. Have a FSA carbon stem on the way. Sun Ringle Black Flag wheels. Have some XO shifters from another build I might put on the Goblin and rear derailleur...up in the air on that has the X7 stuff is working just fine...

    So far the Goblin is working great and is more than I ever expected when I ordered this bike.

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    Tony, how much did those black flag pros cost if you don't mind me asking?

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    Tony, how much did those black flag pros cost if you don't mind me asking?
    I got them on sale at Performance Bikes...they where on sale for 299

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXTony View Post
    I got them on sale at Performance Bikes...they where on sale for 299
    I currently only see black flag comps for $300. Whats the difference between the pro and comp? Is it just the weight? It looks like its a ~100g difference for $300.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by stuppie View Post
    I currently only see black flag comps for $300. Whats the difference between the pro and comp? Is it just the weight? It looks like its a ~100g difference for $300.....
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    I really did not research the difference between the models..I saw these on sale and snagged them...I have a set of Sun Ringle Charger Pros on another bike and without doing a research I would think there may be a little difference in the hubs and bearings on the lower models vs the higher end models..I really do not pay much attention to weight much more these days when it comes to wheels...more worried about durability and quality..I have treated the Chargers like crap and they are still true and zero issues,,,it is hard to compare since one is a 26 and the Black Flags are 29..for the price of 300 dollars they are great wheels in my opinion...easy to set up tubeless..all the axle options in the even you go to another fork...so far I like them and they seem to be a great value for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TXTony View Post
    Added a FSA carbon handle bar. A FSA carbon seatpost. Xtr pedals. White seat post clamp. Have a FSA carbon stem on the way. Sun Ringle Black Flag wheels. Have some XO shifters from another build I might put on the Goblin and rear derailleur...up in the air on that has the X7 stuff is working just fine...

    So far the Goblin is working great and is more than I ever expected when I ordered this bike.
    That looks great! May post that one up on FB if you don't mind. The FSA stuff matches nicely~!

    Those aren't BF Pro's are they? I don't see the tell-tale two white spokes on each. Are they the comps? I can't tell..

    I really like my BF Pro's. I've been riding them now for awhile and they've been great wheels. Strong, light, and nice hub engagement. That's why we've spec'd them on our XO models and will be giving Sun-Ringle more spec on future models.

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    That looks great! May post that one up on FB if you don't mind. The FSA stuff matches nicely~!

    Those aren't BF Pro's are they? I don't see the tell-tale two white spokes on each. Are they the comps? I can't tell..

    I really like my BF Pro's. I've been riding them now for awhile and they've been great wheels. Strong, light, and nice hub engagement. That's why we've spec'd them on our XO models and will be giving Sun-Ringle more spec on future models.

    Jeremy
    Yeah I really like the Sun Ringle products..You can use any of my pictures anytime you want..thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mi26r View Post
    Manitou minute expert installed!
    Looks good! How does it ride? I put a Minute Pro on my wife's Skyhawk for Christmas and she is loving it.

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