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    The All Mountain Hardtail Thread. Post up yours.

    Updated pic of my Marley. Earlier this year I have moved to a 30t Oval chainring, SLX brakes and Ergon SMA3 sport saddle. I was going to upgrade the wheels, but decided I will put that $$$ towards a full squish AM bike I want to build up later this year.

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    -RS Yari 140mm
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    -Box Two Carbon Trail bars
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    -Sunrace 11-42 cassette, XT Derailleur, & XTR shifter

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    here's my new big honzo.

    i posted it on another section of the forum, but it seems appropriate here also.

    It has a 130/160 adjustable travel Lyrik
    xt brakes, ice-tec
    sram x1 shifter and derailure
    sram xo1 rear cassete, i can't remember the ratio
    shimano 2x crank, with 30 tooth raceface chainring,
    still 1x11, but 2x crank serves to mount a bash guard
    dropper post, don't recall the brand the shop put on
    wtb volt saddle
    stans wheels, i think 35 mm rims, 27.5 plus, at 2.8 tires
    race face pedals
    spank spoon bar
    ouray grips
    Edit: looks like a Lev si dropper
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    Quote Originally Posted by M320 View Post
    Guerrilla Gravity Pedalhead XL

    Nice xl..does anyone recognize what stem that is there? Picked up el Guapo stem from on-one and it's been an absolute piece of junk..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deerhill View Post
    Nice xl..does anyone recognize what stem that is there? Picked up el Guapo stem from on-one and it's been an absolute piece of junk..
    Itís a Deity stem. Top quality machining and super strong. Was just at the bike park yesterday with it.

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    Nordest Bardino
    Funn Fatboy 800mm bars
    Funn 40mm Stem
    XT groupset and brakes
    X-Fusion 140mm Trace
    X-Fuson HiLo 125SL dropper
    Hope hubs laced to WTB i23 rims
    Running 1x10

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    Getting ready for the rowdy season
    I'm crap, so need all the low pressure help I can get.
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    Still waiting on an EBB. Broke the original in Feb.
    They don't make things to last these days


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    Cotic soul mk5 medium
    Pike debonair 120mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01sam View Post
    Cotic soul mk5 medium
    Pike debonair 120mm
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    This is the only 2018 Soul Iíve seen besides mine!




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    Quote Originally Posted by FeedTheWolf View Post
    This is the only 2018 Soul Iíve seen besides mine!
    I think Iíve seen it on this forum. Purple grips and hope?
    What do you think of the pike at 130mm mines set to 120mm, Iím thinking of purchasing a new airshaft to try. Donít know if there is any point for the extra 10mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01sam View Post
    I think Iíve seen it on this forum. Purple grips and hope?
    What do you think of the pike at 130mm mines set to 120mm, Iím thinking of purchasing a new airshaft to try. Donít know if there is any point for the extra 10mm?
    Yes thatís mine! I love my 130mm Pike but I have nothing to compare it to except for an older 100mm Reba on my old hardtail. I havenít used all of the travel yet but Iíve gotten close, if that helps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FeedTheWolf View Post
    Yes thatís mine! I love my 130mm Pike but I have nothing to compare it to except for an older 100mm Reba on my old hardtail. I havenít used all of the travel yet but Iíve gotten close, if that helps.

    How many tokens are have you got installed? Is it a debonair pike? I use all but the last 10mm of travel. The bike just begs to be thrashed.
    My last bike before it was stolen had 2017 fox 36 factory on and were no where near as supple as the 2018 pike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01sam View Post
    How many tokens are have you got installed? Is it a debonair pike? I use all but the last 10mm of travel. The bike just begs to be thrashed.
    My last bike before it was stolen had 2017 fox 36 factory on and were no where near as supple as the 2018 pike.
    I removed one air token from mine so now I have a single token installed. Unfortunately this is a 2017 Pike so no debonair, although I wish I had the new one!


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    Time to say goodbye now to my beloved 2014 Giant Talon 4 frame. I will never forget the precious moments that we had. Youíve made a skillful rider in the trail and a fast rider on the road. Now I am welcoming my new frame a Vitus Nucleus. A more aggressive geometry frame running with 120mm front suspension. The enjoyment that I had in my Talon hardtail is irreplaceable that is why I got myself another hardtail.




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    Scored a NOS Kona Explosif Ti frame for a stellar deal, so built it up.

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    Nimble 9 27.5 plus. Fox 34 130mm, Ibis 738 wheelset with Specialized 3.0" rubber, SLX brakes and crank, XT derailleur and shifter, Sunrace 11-46 cassette, Reverb dropper, Hope purple bits
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    Quote Originally Posted by TR View Post
    Nordest Bardino
    Funn Fatboy 800mm bars
    Funn 40mm Stem
    XT groupset and brakes
    X-Fusion 140mm Trace
    X-Fuson HiLo 125SL dropper
    Hope hubs laced to WTB i23 rims
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    Nice whip ^^

    I'm running the same fork up front too...

    Great piece of kit for the price.

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    I just ordered all the parts I'll need to build up a 2018 rootdown. Xl black frame, Lyrik 160 rc2 and some other fun bits. Sticking with the trusty 11 speed gx since it is fairly flat around here. Hope pro4s laced to stans barons with 2.8 dhr and dhf for rubber. Can't wait for UPS to start showing up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan366 View Post
    I just ordered all the parts I'll need to build up a 2018 rootdown. Xl black frame, Lyrik 160 rc2 and some other fun bits. Sticking with the trusty 11 speed gx since it is fairly flat around here. Hope pro4s laced to stans barons with 2.8 dhr and dhf for rubber. Can't wait for UPS to start showing up!
    Congrats on the purchase. Such a rad bike.


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    One question I never asked and probably should..... The rootdown frame does come with the rear axle right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan366 View Post
    One question I never asked and probably should..... The rootdown frame does come with the rear axle right?
    Canít speak for Chromag. But every frame I have ever built comes with a rear axle.

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    I figured as much. Canít wait to get this thing built!
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    Anyone run a 2.6 up front and a 2.4 outback (29er)? I'm running 2.4 XR4s right now, would like to try the 2.6 XR4s but my frame only fits a 2.4 outback. Wondering if anyone is running a 2.6/2.4 combo and how they're liking it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjames12 View Post
    Anyone run a 2.6 up front and a 2.4 outback (29er)? I'm running 2.4 XR4s right now, would like to try the 2.6 XR4s but my frame only fits a 2.4 outback. Wondering if anyone is running a 2.6/2.4 combo and how they're liking it.
    I was running on my Pedalhead in the spring. Loved it. Maxxis on right now for park riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Simply, WOW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post
    I know, eh?
    Can't see your pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TR View Post
    Can't see your pics.
    I know, I was pretty excited to show off my new bike, tried for 10 minutes, could not work out how to upload any pics, then the moment kind of passed and I moved on to other things...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kryten View Post
    I know, I was pretty excited to show off my new bike, tried for 10 minutes, could not work out how to upload any pics, then the moment kind of passed and I moved on to other things...
    Here you go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus View Post
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    Thank you sir!
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    In the stand. Hopefully I have some time to get cracking on it this weekend. Wheels wonít be in til the beginning of the week.
    Full Build:
    XL Rootdown BA
    160mm Rockshox Lyrik RC2
    Cane Creek Forty ZS Headset
    Chromag 35MM BZA Stem
    Chromag BZA bars
    Chromag Squarewave XL grips
    Turbine Cranks
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    Absolute Black 30t oval Chainring
    GX 11spd transmission
    Hope Hubs laced to Stan's Barons
    2.8 DHR2 and DHF
    Shimano XT m8000 brakes
    203/180 ice tech rotors
    Dropper Post TBD(fox transfer or oneup)
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    Wow, that looks like it will be an absolute ripper! I love those Chromag bikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PUGlife View Post
    Wow, that looks like it will be an absolute ripper! I love those Chromag bikes!
    The bike will be far more capable than the rider! I won't have any excuses for why I can't do something now lol
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    The All Mountain Hardtail Thread. Post up yours.

    Had a Nukeproof Scout 290, but couldnít deal with the extremely low BB height. Swapped everything to a Kona Big Honzo frame.

    Current status with 29er wheels and 130 fork:



    Will build some 27.5+ wheels in the future

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    My triton custom titanium frame

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    Got the wheels in today. Ran home quick and got antsy. Had to mount the tires just to get an idea of how itíll look. Brakes will be going on tonight and hopefully the rest of the drivetrain over the weekend!
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    Brakes are on. XT m8000s front and rear. 203/180 ice tech rotors.
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    Just waiting on a 170mm oneup dropper and wolftooth remote
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    170mm oneup dropper installed and the bike is done. Canít wait to get out and ride. Hopefully the rain holds Thursday!
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    Couldn't be happier with the new ride. i need to add a couple of volume reducers to the lyrik and play with tire pressure a bit but it is fantastic. I have a feeling the hightower might become my secondary bike.
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    Long cage or medium cage

    Quick question im planning to build a dartmoor hornet hardtail enduro
    Planning to put a slx 1x11 using a 46t cassette and 34t chainring up front should it be compatible using medium cage slx rd or a long cage?

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    is that the color lamorborggg?

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    sorry on the gg pedalhead up there

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    I'm trying to turn my specializsd fuse into a more capable bike. Going with thinner tires and a new fork. Want to be able to take it to the bmx park and jump around, yet still rip enduro. Any suggestions? It has 100mm travel now that I bottom out on 4 foot drops. What do you all have on your hard tails?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennythevamp View Post
    I'm trying to turn my specializsd fuse into a more capable bike. Going with thinner tires and a new fork. Want to be able to take it to the bmx park and jump around, yet still rip enduro. Any suggestions? It has 100mm travel now that I bottom out on 4 foot drops. What do you all have on your hard tails?
    What does that bike have for a fork? Might be able to add some volume reducers to make it more progressive. A bit narrower tire with more aggressive tread pattern might help but probably wouldnít be the first thing on the list to change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan366 View Post
    What does that bike have for a fork? Might be able to add some volume reducers to make it more progressive. A bit narrower tire with more aggressive tread pattern might help but probably wouldnít be the first thing on the list to change.
    Suntour Raidon 650+ Fork. Has 3.0 tires. Going down to a 2.8 or possibly a 2.6 but concerned about pedal strikes--although, would adding fork length limit that? I'm also concerned with messing the geometry up too. Like the way I'm positioned now just wish it could be sent a little harder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennythevamp View Post
    Suntour Raidon 650+ Fork. Has 3.0 tires. Going down to a 2.8 or possibly a 2.6 but concerned about pedal strikes--although, would adding fork length limit that? I'm also concerned with messing the geometry up too. Like the way I'm positioned now just wish it could be sent a little harder.
    Iím not sure about that fork but adding 10-20mm of travel up front would give you a bit more to soak up big hits, it would slacken the head tube angle a bit, and it would raise your bottom bracket a little bit as well. I would probably stick with a 2.8Ē tire since that bike was really designed around the plus tires. If it doesnít have a dropper that would be another big item on the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan366 View Post
    Iím not sure about that fork but adding 10-20mm of travel up front would give you a bit more to soak up big hits, it would slacken the head tube angle a bit, and it would raise your bottom bracket a little bit as well. I would probably stick with a 2.8Ē tire since that bike was really designed around the plus tires. If it doesnít have a dropper that would be another big item on the list.
    Thanks for the advice. I do have e a dropper. Is 120mm the max you would go?

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    Iím sure others could chime in but that seems to be the rule of thumb. People seem to think the seat tube angles get too slack after 20mm but I do see the higher end fuses come with 120mm so maybe you could get away with more?
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    I had a couple more days to ride my Chromag last week and beat a few of my PRs set on my Hightower. This thing is just so much fun. Like a bmx bike on steroids. Hoping to bring it up to highland mtb park in the next couple of weeks and see how it fairs on some of the smoother jump lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trojan366 View Post
    170mm oneup dropper installed and the bike is done. Canít wait to get out and ride. Hopefully the rain holds Thursday!
    Nice Chromag man!! I did one for several runs down at snow shoe last year. Had a blast


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    Fresh new parts

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    Loving this bike.

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    now with dropper and tubeless, lovin it

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    I just ordered a medium GG Pedalhead! So stoked! I spent 2 days on one and it rips.

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    Should weigh in around 28lbs and settle at a 64.5 HT angle. You know... XC!

    Gotta wait 3-4 weeks.... its gonna be a long 4 weeks. Will post up when it gets here! Soooo pumped!
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    First post here. I'm in the market for a new Hard Tail. I used to have a Kona Unit but it got stolen unfortunately in Austin. I live in South Texas, and our local trail is pretty lame tbh, but it's better than nothing. I intend to travel around Texas when I get the opportunities, though.

    I want to get a hard tail around the 2,000 mark. I'm looking for something fun and jumpable, that feels more BMXish rather than XC, and all the bikes that I've been looking at (Commencal HT, Whyte, Chromag Stylus) all seem like they'd be nice to have, but the travel they offer seems way overboard for the trails I'd be riding regularly.

    Anyone have a recommendation? Was looking at the Esker Hayduke recently as well as the Guerilla Gravity Pedalsmasher. Some other bikes I heard mentioned was the Marin San Quentin 3-- which I actually found a local dealer sells for 1600 dollars.


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    Hi guys! I'm in the market for a new Hard Tail. I used to have a Kona Unit but it got stolen unfortunately in Austin. I live in South Texas, and our local trail is pretty lame tbh, but it's I'm grateful to have them because it's better than nothing. I intend to travel to Austin often when I get the opportunities, though.
    I want to get a hard tail around the 2,000 mark. I'm looking for something fun and jumpable, that feels more BMXish rather than XC, and all the bikes that I've been looking at (Commencal HT, Whyte, Chromag Stylus) all seem like they'd be nice to have, but the travel they offer seems way overboard for the trails I'd be riding regularly.
    Anyone have a recommendation? Was looking at the Esker Hayduke recently. The San Quentin 3 was also recommended to me, and I found a local dealer who is selling it at 1600!

    Thanks for your input.

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    Hi jgar,
    I would recommend considering the Big Honzo range of bikes from Kona. Great geometry, reasonable price and specs. I use mine as a dirtjump and trail bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgar View Post
    and all the bikes that I've been looking at (Commencal HT, Whyte, Chromag Stylus) all seem like they'd be nice to have, but the travel they offer seems way overboard for the trails I'd be riding regularly.
    Thanks for your input.
    is that really gonna be a bad thing?

    I put a 150mm Yari on my Commencal HT, it is way too much fork for me and my local trails, but I find it fine and take comfort in the thinking that when I mess up and that big hit is coming I have a fork that can take it and maybe save my arse
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgar View Post
    Hi guys! I'm in the market for a new Hard Tail. I used to have a Kona Unit but it got stolen unfortunately in Austin. I live in South Texas, and our local trail is pretty lame tbh, but it's I'm grateful to have them because it's better than nothing. I intend to travel to Austin often when I get the opportunities, though.
    I want to get a hard tail around the 2,000 mark. I'm looking for something fun and jumpable, that feels more BMXish rather than XC, and all the bikes that I've been looking at (Commencal HT, Whyte, Chromag Stylus) all seem like they'd be nice to have, but the travel they offer seems way overboard for the trails I'd be riding regularly.
    Anyone have a recommendation? Was looking at the Esker Hayduke recently. The San Quentin 3 was also recommended to me, and I found a local dealer who is selling it at 1600!

    Thanks for your input.
    Nukeproof Scout?

    Some of the bikes I considered that were reasonably easy to get for me before I ended up with RSD were Nukeproof Scout, Dartmoor Primal, Commencal Meta HT AM, Norco Torrent. Guerilla Gravity Pedalhead and all Chromags most of the UK brands etc. were out of my price range especially shipped although by the time I was done with the RSD, those would probably have been attainable too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sennaster View Post
    Had a Nukeproof Scout 290, but couldnít deal with the extremely low BB height. Swapped everything to a Kona Big Honzo frame.

    Current status with 29er wheels and 130 fork:



    Will build some 27.5+ wheels in the future
    Those big honzoís are built like tanks super fun , I Demod one a few weeks ago


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    Here is my 2019 Chameleon built from a frame.
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    Nice bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by everyonesgrudge View Post
    Here is my 2019 Chameleon built from a frame.
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    I've got a 2011 Chameleon built up to be a trail bike, and it is probably my go to bike on most occasions. Nice build!
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    Quote Originally Posted by everyonesgrudge View Post
    Here is my 2019 Chameleon built from a frame.
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    SLX 11-46 11s cassette
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    Can creek Helm coil fork 130mm
    Spank Vibrocore 777 bars/ 50mm stem
    Mercury X3 27.5+ enduro wheels
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    KS Lev integra 120mm dropper
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    Badass rig! Reminds me a little of my 2018 Cotic Soul, 130mm Pike and 27.5 x 2.6 Nobby Nics.


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    Thanks! Sadly I havent ridden it yet. I built it and had to drive halfway across the country for my job. I brought it with me though so soon I will ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPBakerIII View Post
    I've got a 2011 Chameleon built up to be a trail bike, and it is probably my go to bike on most occasions. Nice build!
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCTerp View Post
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    Love the Cotic, love the build and the grey/black/orange. I have the 2018 Soul. What fork travel and is that an MRP Ribbon?


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    Quote Originally Posted by FeedTheWolf View Post
    Love the Cotic, love the build and the grey/black/orange. I have the 2018 Soul. What fork travel and is that an MRP Ribbon?
    Thanks.

    MRP Ribbon air 120mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCTerp View Post
    Thanks.

    MRP Ribbon air 120mm.
    What size wheels and tires? Some custom decals would look nice on the fork. MRP also has various color decal options for their forks but you probably knew that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FeedTheWolf View Post
    What size wheels and tires? Some custom decals would look nice on the fork. MRP also has various color decal options for their forks but you probably knew that.


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    Wheels are Derby's with Hope Pro4s. Tires are Bontrager 29x2.4 - XR4 front and XR3 rear.

    I don't keep frames long enough to warrant custom stickers. I've had four sets on these forks from both MRP and Slik.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCTerp View Post
    Wheels are Derby's with Hope Pro4s. Tires are Bontrager 29x2.4 - XR4 front and XR3 rear.

    I don't keep frames long enough to warrant custom stickers. I've had four sets on these forks from both MRP and Slik.
    Dang! Lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by FeedTheWolf View Post
    Dang! Lol
    I've been trying different HT frames out the last fews months so I bailed on doing custom stickers, at least until I settle on one. I also have a current Chameleon (being warrantied) and have had access to current gen Rootdown and Honzo ST that I used this same build on.

    Easy travel adjustment of the Ribbon has made it simple to jump between different frames.

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    Haven't been on this site in a while. Here's my offering when it was first built ...
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    Here's my Chromag Stylus. Everything on it was taken off of a trek remedy so it's mostly bontrager components, sram X1 drivetrain and a dual-position 160mm lyrik. After owning and selling two full suspension bikes, I dismantled the remedy and sold the frame, used the money to buy this one, and couldn't be happier. Easily the most versatile bike I've ever owned. Doesn't matter that it's 34lbs, it's still a rocket ship up hills even compared to my previous carbon stumpjumper and it's a helluva lot more fun one the way down. Plus between the steal frame and the Ergon saddle, it's more comfortable than either the stumpjumper or the remedy ever were.
    Shorter seat tubes, taller droppers.
    Shorter chainstays, taller stacks.
    Shorter stems, taller BB's.

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    A few more pics of the Whyte 905 out in the Sonoran Desert, AZ.










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    Here's my Chromag Stylus. Everything on it was taken off of a trek remedy so it's mostly bontrager components, sram X1 drivetrain and a dual-position 160mm lyrik. After owning and selling two full suspension bikes, I dismantled the remedy and sold the frame, used the money to buy this one, and couldn't be happier. Easily the most versatile bike I've ever owned. Doesn't matter that it's 34lbs, it's still a rocket ship up hills even compared to my previous carbon stumpjumper and it's a helluva lot more fun one the way down. Plus between the steal frame and the Ergon saddle, it's more comfortable than either the stumpjumper or the remedy ever were.
    I also pulled apart a carbon full suspension bike to build my steel hardtail, 2017 Cannondale Habit SE. I liked that bike but I love my steel hardtail. I used the fork, dropper post, shifter and derailleur but everything else I got new.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FeedTheWolf View Post
    I liked that bike but I love my steel hardtail.
    I personally never expected myself to enjoy being on a hardtail more than a full suspension bike but after this, I'm a total convert. Hardtails rule, so much fun!

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    What size are those tires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodg View Post
    What size are those tires?
    They say 29x2.4 . I zoomed in on it because i have the same tire and it doesnít look nearly that big. Must be some wide rims

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakeba View Post
    Here's my Chromag Stylus. Everything on it was taken off of a trek remedy so it's mostly bontrager components, sram X1 drivetrain and a dual-position 160mm lyrik. After owning and selling two full suspension bikes, I dismantled the remedy and sold the frame, used the money to buy this one, and couldn't be happier. Easily the most versatile bike I've ever owned. Doesn't matter that it's 34lbs, it's still a rocket ship up hills even compared to my previous carbon stumpjumper and it's a helluva lot more fun one the way down. Plus between the steal frame and the Ergon saddle, it's more comfortable than either the stumpjumper or the remedy ever were.
    How does ride? Is the rear overly stiff or does it have a slight bit of compliance in it? Those are the differences between my 2013 and 2016 Honzos. It is everything I am looking for as a replacement for my current Honzo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beer_coffee_water View Post
    How does ride? Is the rear overly stiff or does it have a slight bit of compliance in it? Those are the differences between my 2013 and 2016 Honzos. It is everything I am looking for as a replacement for my current Honzo.
    It's incredibly comfortable. The Ergon saddle obviously helps a lot but if I'm riding on trail with small chatter (lots of tiny roots or rocks), I feel more coming through the super plush lyrik than I do through the frame. Steel is real. On the other hand, the frame is pretty darn stiff laterally, at least as stiff as my Remedy was, and that bike was solid. No problems pushing hard into corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodg View Post
    What size are those tires?
    27.5 x 2.4. They look beefy because the rims are 29mm int. 33mm ext. Width.

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