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    Christmas Came Early v.bike pron

    Well after a painful 3-month wait, my Tracer VP finally arrived:










    Frame: Intense Tracer VP Large White
    Fork: 36 TALAS RC2 1.5
    Headset: King 1.5
    Stem: Synchros AM 80mm
    Bars: Easton Monkeylite XC
    Brakes: Avid Elixir CR (203f/185r)
    Grips: Salsa Juegos de Fuego
    Wheels: I9 Enduro w/ Stans
    Tires: Mountain King 2.4 UST
    Drivetrain: XT
    Pedals: 647
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Saddle: WTB Rocket V SLT


    I haven't gotten a chance to ride it yet because the damn fork arrived with an oil leak on the TALAS side Hopefully that will be corrected tomorrow and I can enjoy my long Thanksgiving break outside

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    you suck!!! hehe just kidding beautiful bike man congrats!!! get that fork fixed and get some more pics with it dirty(bike porn is better dirty)

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    Are you sure it's a leak and not just excess oil from when it was built?

    Many manufacturers over fill forks and they will weep for the first few rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob
    Are you sure it's a leak and not just excess oil from when it was built?

    Many manufacturers over fill forks and they will weep for the first few rides.
    It was coming out of the bolt at the bottom of the left sanchion. The bolt was tight, leading me to believe there was a failed seal.

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    how tall are you? i am trying to decide between a medium and large.

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    Ahhhh,

    Leaking from the top wiper seals would be an indication of overfilled.

    Leaking from the bottom bolt and I'd have to agree with your initial dignosis.

    BTW: That is one beautifully coordinated bike.

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    Yeah, gorgeous tracer! I too agree with your seal assessment, should be an easy fix.

    Avid brakes and Shimano shifters!? For shame...
    Bike good, work bad.

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    oh, wow...

    I9s too

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    Quote Originally Posted by qbert2000
    how tall are you? i am trying to decide between a medium and large.
    I'm 6 feet exactly with a 31.5" inseam and the bike fits perfectly... however I will post a better fit assessment after some trail time this weekend.


    Quote Originally Posted by Clutchman83
    Avid brakes and Shimano shifters!? For shame...
    Haha, I go with what works The Elixir CR's are so sexy


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    oh, wow...

    I9s too
    I go for stealth bling. Luckily, my hub is MUCH quieter than I thought (quieter than kings for sure). I hope it gets even quieter as everything breaks in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob
    Ahhhh,

    Leaking from the top wiper seals would be an indication of overfilled.

    Leaking from the bottom bolt and I'd have to agree with your initial dignosis.

    BTW: That is one beautifully coordinated bike.
    Thanks bob. I only wish Thomson made an 80mm 1.5 stem

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    I just pooped.

    Good luck with the elixirs.... you'll need it

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny427
    It was coming out of the bolt at the bottom of the left sanchion. The bolt was tight, leading me to believe there was a failed seal.
    Failed seal? On the left stanchion? Depends if you are looking from the rider's view or from the front view. Right side from rider's view could mean a seal issue, but more likely for either side you just need to replace the crush washer. I don't think there is an o-ring or anything, but I can't really remember from when I rebuilt mine, I just remember being careful of the crush washers so that I could reuse them.

    The bike looks great, what kind of use is it aimed at? Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny427
    I'm 6 feet exactly with a 31.5" inseam and the bike fits perfectly... however I will post a better fit assessment after some trail time this weekend.




    Haha, I go with what works The Elixir CR's are so sexy




    I go for stealth bling. Luckily, my hub is MUCH quieter than I thought (quieter than kings for sure). I hope it gets even quieter as everything breaks in.
    thanks, that describes me exactly. it makes me feel better not pulling the trigger on a medium on ebay for 1500. i could have done it but didn't want to feel cramped. still hated to pass it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny427
    Haha, I go with what works The Elixir CR's are so sexy.
    Yeah, I hear you there. My friend has a set just like yours that make my Hayes Mags on the DH bike feel like garbage. They are a sweet brake, I'm gonna be in the market for some after Christmas methinks!
    Bike good, work bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny427
    It was coming out of the bolt at the bottom of the left sanchion. The bolt was tight, leading me to believe there was a failed seal.
    That's what happened on my Rockshox Dart 3, except the leak was on the rebound adjustment knob at the bottom of the right arm (correct term?). The rebound mechanism failed and blew a seal.
    '08 Specialized Rockhopper 29er (modified)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hack On Wheels
    Failed seal? On the left stanchion? Depends if you are looking from the rider's view or from the front view. Right side from rider's view could mean a seal issue, but more likely for either side you just need to replace the crush washer. I don't think there is an o-ring or anything, but I can't really remember from when I rebuilt mine, I just remember being careful of the crush washers so that I could reuse them.

    The bike looks great, what kind of use is it aimed at? Enjoy!
    From the rider's view, it was the left side (aka, TALAS cartridge side). To be honest, I didn't want to open it up and check because the shop can just return the fork as DOA. Competitivecyclist was absolutely awesome in handling my case; they sent a new fork out right away pre cut with a new baseplate. Everything is fixed now and i'm itching to get out for a ride tomorrow morning!

    For now i'm going to keep it in the 5.5 and 130 settings to evaluate it's "XC" use, then i'll open it up with the 6" and 160 settings. I'm 230lbs btw, so I'm sorta forced to buy the bigger stuff because the lighter stuff either breaks or is too flexy.

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    Very sweet, do you have a weight on the i9's with 5.1's i'm running Ex1750's which are around 1825g but ive been looking at the i9's now some uk distributors sell them.

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    That thing is gorgous!!

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