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  1. #6776
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    Had this finally built last week My do it all bike and the most expensive build for me lol.



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    My mountain bikes are all all-mountain bikes.
    Titus El Guapo and NS Surge.
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    Still need to trim cables on the guapo as well as get new tires and set it up tubeless.
    I need to figure out a chainguide for it too... any suggestions for a chain guide that will allow me to keep both chainrings?

    Frame / Shock: 2010 Titus El Guapo (L) / Marzocchi Roco WC
    Fork / Headset: Marzocchi 66rcv 180mm / Cane Creek 10
    Handlebars / Stem: Black Market Way-Lo 31.5" with ODI Rogue grips / Gravity GAP 60mm
    Saddle / Seatpost: Sette Evo / Thomson
    Brakes / Brake Rotors: Magura MT2 / Magura Storm SL
    Cranks / BB: Raceface Atlas AM with 22,32 tubine rings and bash / Hope stainless
    Shifters / Derailleurs: SRAM X7
    Cassette / Chain: SRAM pg950 11-34 9 speed / SRAM pg971
    Pedals: Forte Convert
    Rims / Hubs: Stans ZTR Flow / SRAM X9
    Tires F / R: Kenda Excavator 2.35 / Forte Pisgah 2.3

    For more pics and info on the ns surge: The All Mountain Hardtail Thread. Post up yours.
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    Hey Shawn, how would you compare your Nickel to a Butcher? The travel is pretty similar, the weights are pretty similar, and I would imagine they feel fairly similar. You have a light build compared to the Butcher, though. Would you compare it to a Butcher with a lightweight parts kit or a different bike, completely?

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    Ventana X-6

    Here is my 2006 Ventana with 160 mm front and rear. Avalanche Chubie shock and Fox 36 with Avalanche damper.
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Nice.................the stem..why so long ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainbiker24 View Post
    Hey Shawn, how would you compare your Nickel to a Butcher? The travel is pretty similar, the weights are pretty similar, and I would imagine they feel fairly similar. You have a light build compared to the Butcher, though. Would you compare it to a Butcher with a lightweight parts kit or a different bike, completely?
    I've never ridden a Butcher, so I can't compare that way. I like longer top tubes and I like to go on long rides, so for me the Nickel was the way to go. Where I ride you're either going up or down. I'm not a great climber, I don't really enjoy the suffering. So, I put it in low gear as soon as I can and get to the top slowly and use as less energy as I can. When I get to the top it's WFO down the other side. I need a bike that goes up and down well. Then, I figured that I can have the Nickel geometry with longer suspension with no increase in weight. Its actually a tiny bit lighter. So, it was a no brainer for me. For me the Butcher is just more weight and more bike then I need.

    I really tried to make this bike like the Mountain Cycle San Andreas that I have been riding since 1996. A bike that doesn't do one thing better then other bikes, but does everything very well and is simple and super tough. The San Andreas was a compromise though with its high BB. And it reminded you of it all the time. For me, my Nickel LT has no compromises. When I ride it, I can't find any faults or anything that I don't like. It just eats everything I roll over, yet feels very lively and playful. I've always heard and read how people say how lively their bike is. Now I know what they mean. It's a completely different bike with the 150mm fork and the longer stroke Monarch shock as opposed to the 130mm fork and Fox shock. It's like a dead lion that woke up. I just wish it wasn't raining so I could go ride.

    So, to answer your question, I would say that the Butcher is serious All Mountain. My Nickel LT is just flirting in the All Mountain category, maybe getting a lick in here and there. But for me it's perfect.
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    Just built her up today.

    2013 Banshee Rune V2. This bike is sick.








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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyboy.ca View Post
    Just picked this up. Nice to have a bike slot in between the HT and the DH bike.
    nice scooby...
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkslide18 View Post
    2013 Banshee Rune V2. This bike is sick.
    I think that I agree with you there, dang that's nice. Great looking polished aluminum.
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    that is a nice knolly.

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    with the new lyrik rc2 dh solo air 170


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    Quote Originally Posted by aedubber View Post
    Had this finally built last week My do it all bike and the most expensive build for me lol.]
    THAT is one sexy bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    With a new 150mm RS Revolution RL Dual Air. ]
    How are you liking the Mutano as a rear tire? And is there a big performance difference with it when running the tread reversed like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pernando69 View Post
    with the new lyrik rc2 dh solo air 170


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    Wow, that looks super slack!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spykr View Post
    How are you liking the Mutano as a rear tire? And is there a big performance difference with it when running the tread reversed like that?
    Good eye! I love these tires for where I ride. They are light, strong and pretty wide. It seems to work better in the rear reversed. I think the V shaped tread acts like a paddle. I haven't noticed any braking degradation as I would have expected. With that said, it could just be all in my head. I am running them Ghetto tubless. It just makes sense to me to run the rear reversed.
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    '08 KTM 530
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Good eye! I love these tires for where I ride. They are light, strong and pretty wide. It seems to work better in the rear reversed. I think the V shaped tread acts like a paddle. I haven't noticed any braking degradation as I would have expected. With that said, it could just be all in my head. I am running them Ghetto tubless. It just makes sense to me to run the rear reversed.
    I'll definitely give that a try once mine arrives in the mail! I already love it as a front tire here in so-cal (running tubeless) so I figured why not try it in the rear as it's basically a beefed-up nanoraptor, which is my favorite rear tire other than the fire xc pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pernando69 View Post
    with the new lyrik rc2 dh solo air 170


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    Never seen one of these before! Is it a uk thing?


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    Quote Originally Posted by socalrider77 View Post
    Never seen one of these before! Is it a uk thing?
    They're Spanish and the designer has some interesting ideas about bike geometry, with any luck other companies will take note.

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    another picture where you see the stem



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    what's wrong with the stem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d.n.s View Post
    what's wrong with the stem?
    Looks to be straight or almost straight up and down as opposed to outward like on most bikes


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    I love the look of the mondraker's ........... I wonder what it would throw off if you didn't run a 0 stem? ........... only since I'm a clyde .......... hmmm
    Master of Nothing, but dammit if I don't try..............

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    what does being a clyde have to do with stem length?
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    this mondraker looks strange...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwyooaj View Post
    what does being a clyde have to do with stem length?
    come on dude, everybody knows that if you're big the laws of physics don't apply, bikes explode going off curbs, spokes break just by pedaling and bikes only go straight.

    i've been running a 28mm stem on my DH bike and a 35mm on my AM hardtail, went one size up to mediums over smalls that i've been riding and I really like the way they handle. Would really love to try one the Mondrakers for forward geo.
    nothing witty here...

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