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    Hardtail anyone? Chomag Sakura build

    I built this one up at the end of last season and never got around to taking pics. I've been on a handful of rides on it now, love it. Steel frame, very compliant, quite light, and relaxed All Mountain geometry. This thing just devours single track. I took it on a 35 mile epic in the fall with many, many thousands of feet of climbing and it just killed. With the fork in 2.75" mode it feels almost like an XC race rig (except for the wide riser bars) and in 4.75" mode it handles technical moves with the best of them. Being a light build, have to go a little easy on the bigger features but it's worth it for the efficiency on endless climbs.

    Frame: Chromag Sakura (3.75lbs, true temper OX platinum)
    Fork: Maverick SC32
    Headset: King, ventana race
    Stem: Sunline All mountain, 65mm
    Bars: Chromag
    Grips: ODI Rogue lock-on
    Brakes: Hope Mini Pro, 160mm
    Shifters: X0
    Saddle: Selle Italia SLR Ldy
    Post: Thomson Elite
    Clamp: Chromag QR
    Cranks: XTR, 175mm
    FD: XTR
    RD: X0 med cage
    Cassette: XTR 11-34
    Chain: PC-991 Hollow pin
    Pedals: Crank Bros Acid
    Wheels: I9 ultra light w/ZTR 355 rims (1410g)
    Skewere: DT Swiss RWS
    Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25, setup tubeless

    Weight 23.8 lbs
    HTA with fork in 4.75" mode - 68 deg
    HTA with fork in 2.75" mode - 70 deg















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    Very nice indeed. Cool to see a finished pic etc, remember seeing the frame pics..... Any pics of the Blk Mrkt Mob? ..... Mwah ha ha
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    Very nice indeed. Cool to see a finished pic etc, remember seeing the frame pics..... Any pics of the Blk Mrkt Mob? ..... Mwah ha ha
    Yeah, I didn't even bother to clean it up. MTB's are supposed to be muddy right?


    Da Mob:



    But I'm letting the Mob go. Too many bikes in my stable at the moment, I can't even move in my garage. Sold my Tracer yesterday. I believe the Mob will have a new home by this evening.

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    Whoah! Nice.

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    Nice. Taking it south this week? Or sticking to the SS?

    I am selling off Garage Fodder as well to pay for my fancy seatposts!

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    Me likey!

    I've been looking at the Stylus, but that bike looks sweet!
    Extreme stationary biker.

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    Wow, that looks awesome. Approved.

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    Very spanky


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    Quote Originally Posted by JMH
    Nice. Taking it south this week? Or sticking to the SS?

    I am selling off Garage Fodder as well to pay for my fancy seatposts!

    JMH
    seatposts?

    Takin' the SS this weekend, hope to ride Grafton.

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    F-in hot!

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    Nice Chromag! Great build.

    I have been lusting over their frames, the geo on the Samurai is exactly what I want for my next bike.

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    Very very sweet. I wouldn't change a thing on that build, love the fork choice, very original!
    Bike good, work bad.

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    Mate, that looks awesome. I've been riding full suspension for over 12 years and it was stuff like this that tempted me back to the steel hardtails!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Err
    seatposts?

    Takin' the SS this weekend, hope to ride Grafton.
    Talked with some locals, sounds like everything is pretty dialed and in good condition, along with some additional building that is still under wraps.

    You'll love it.

    Yeah, Seatposts... you were there for the conversation about who deserved a seatpost more... the only way to end those discussions happily is with two of everything.

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    Sweet! If I were looking for a new (non-custom) steel frame, they'd be right up at the top of the list. Evil Sovereign vs. one of the Chromags would be a really tough call. It'd probably come down to fine points of geometry around a Lyrik for the fork.
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    Waahhhhhhhhhh, sooo hot!
    Nice stuff mag. I bet she rips

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    I liked your pic so much I called my LBS and asked them how much for the frame.

    Im hurting a little bit now.

    Buts its sooo sweet that I fully understand.

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    beautiful

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    Thanks for all the comments. The credit here really goes to Ian @ Chromag bikes, all I did was bolt some fun parts on a killer frame.

    Some of the detail in the dropouts can be seen in this photo, it's really a sweet frame:

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    What do you think

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    That's a really smart build for the chromag-burly frame with all-purpose geometry (to provide years of fun) coupled with parts that handle the up hills-just good thinking (and the Maverick/ I9 set up is a nice touch of function bling!).

    Looks really great too-I like the Chromag handle bars!

    Liam

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    Drool......!
    Love the black and blue!
    All the angles look perfect!!!

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    This has become the bike that the wife and I fight over when the day calls for smooth trails and lots of climbing. The relaxed angles and the 4.75" of fork travel keep the pucker factor to a minimum when the going gets really rough. With a short inseam, I love the low top tube. The I9's are freakishly stiff for being an ultralight wheel set, money well spent.

    I should also note what punishment the SC32 has taken. I've used it for urban riding, including drops to flat, stair gaps, and skinnies and wall rides. It's seen a bit of time at the skate park and survived my learning 1/4 pipe transfers that included massively hard hits from about 5' up to flat when I blew the transfer. I've used it for dirt jumping, mostly smooth landings but a few botched ones. And now it's seeing a bunch of fast rocky trail riding. No creaks, leaky seals, notable flex, or any other issues encounter in its life. It remains plush and trouble free. Just thought I'd share since many people seem to find it to be a curios spec for this frame.

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    Very nice build. I have been eyeing the chromags for awhile too...but haven't seen any in person. The samurai had been more of what I thought I wanted but this looks pretty sweet at a the really light weight. What size are you riding?

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    i don't usually like blue colored frame bikes, but this is a spankin good one!
    check out great video coverage of anything mtb (well almost).

    http://www.mtbcut.tv

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