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    New BMC Trailfox

    I finally got out for a ride on my new Trailfox. I built up the frame a while ago, but was delayed by the need for a longer brake line and a different front derailleur. But she's finally finished enough to ride and no longer a garage show queen! Still a couple of minor things to sort out, and a new wheelset is probably in order (the Havocs are just about done), but the first ride was good.

    The frame is a 2010 140mm travel model, which I got at cost price after I busted my second 2008 Trailfox frame. The broken frame was not covered by warranty, but they looked after me by getting me the new frame for $400. I also needed a longer fork to go with it, by some freak chance Rockshox were clearing out their old stock and I got a 2011 dual-air, black box 150mm revelation for $320!

    The new frame seems to climb as well as the older 120mm version, but eats rock gardens with ease on the way down. Luckily I kept my hardtail (which I was going to sell) as it as become my race bike since I broke the last frame. Now I've got the hardtail XTC for racing and xc riding, and the Trailfox for the You Yangs.

    The last pic is of my Kinesis Tripster cyclocross/commuter bike. The frame was $300 from CRC and I couldn't resist building myself a disc brake road bike. I built it up mostly with spare and second hand parts, the wheelset was the exception, which I built myself with white novatec hubs and EQ23 rims. Should be plenty sturdy for commuting and light xc duty.
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    That's wicked Pauly. Looks fantastic and it's great that you're happy with it.

    Are the Havocs really close to done? Bearings? Rims? I must admit I got the impression mine would outlast most of my bike.

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    Hey NP, it's mainly the rear which is getting close to a write off. I cracked the rear rim whilst training for the Wombat 100, a replacement Havoc rim was at least $170 depending on where I got it from. So I just bought a Sun Ringle Black Flag rim for $50 and built that on there, the rim is a bit narrower and 50g lighter. There aren't many 24 hole MTB rims to choose from, so I was happy to find one with eyelets and the same ERD so I could re-use the old spokes and run high tension. The rim worked and got me through the race.

    But when I went for my next ride on the wheels there was a problem. The aluminium which supports the pawls in the freehub body has slowly over time been distorting, it reached the point where it had been pushed out so far as to be contacting the rachet teeth in the hub body. It made a sound very similar to a tyre rubbing the frame. So I pulled it apart and filed back the metal a tiny amount, it fixed it for a while but I'll new a new free hub body soon. While I was in the hub I found the bearings were very rough and hard to spin. So I punched them out and put in my old ones which spin better but were sloppy. I also had to make some shims for the axle end cap to space it further out so the freehub wouldn't jam against the hub body when I tighten the axle bolts all the way down.

    So I'll need a new freehub and new bearings, and even then the wheel is built with a lighter rim which I'm not sure will stand up to my weight and the You Yangs rock gardens very well. So rather than throwing good money after bad I think it's time for a new wheelset, I'll use the Havoc front on my xtc with my 20mm reba fork once I drop it to 100mm.
    I've been really happy with the Havocs, they've served me well for years, 3 x 100km races, hundreds of downhill runs at the You Yangs and barely a problem from all the abuse (until this year). The Havocs did outlast 2 frames! Time for some Flows on Hope Pro Evos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulb View Post
    Mach 5.7c
    You always get the nice bikes

    BTW, bit mainstream for you isnt it?

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    Nice work Pauly. I'm also impressed with your DIY efforts on your hubs.

    Everyone, must be time for an MTBR reunion ride sometime soon. Blue Lake or somewhere?
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulb View Post
    Mach 5.7c
    Very nice.

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    The Pivot feels like cheating, almost as much travel as the Covert and lighter than the Anthem. It is tall though but it still handles very well. Last 3 rides have been on it, will take out the Transition tomorrow and see how it feels after getting used to the 5.7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud View Post
    Nice work Pauly. I'm also impressed with your DIY efforts on your hubs.

    Everyone, must be time for an MTBR reunion ride sometime soon. Blue Lake or somewhere?
    Thanks Hud. I'll be up for a ride anytime soon, I haven't done a group ride for ages.

    Oh and I went for a ride at the You Yangs on Saturday and the wheel worked fine. So I guess I'll just keep riding it until I can't repair it anymore and then go for a new wheelset.

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    Could of new additions to the steed.

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    Giving flats and Five Tens are whirl, new Deity pedals, teamed up with a KS LEV.

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    love the tartan!

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    Finally got a new bike. 5 years after the last new one. Not the high end Liteville that I was hoping for but its all im going to need.



    I had forgotten what a real trail bike was like. All set for a road trip next weekend now

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    No Lefty?

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    Lol, your the second person to ask me that today!

    Pockets were not deep enough for that version. Too much money spent on that other hobby (not that it has been that much). I had to sell my 79 escort to pay for the new bike.

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    No pics of my '12 Remedy 8 at the moment.

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    Great pics.

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    All the gear and no idea.

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    It'll look better when they send the decals and it gets built.


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    Whenever I see a Nicolai frame, I hear Rammstein.

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    Duuu, du hast. Du hast...... Nicolai.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered View Post
    Whenever I see a Nicolai frame, I hear Rammstein.
    Was it all the dropout bolts that gave it away?

    Nice frame.
    The twenty-nine inch wheel.

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    Built.


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    That is a sweet looking bike, how do those 18 gears go?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragz22 View Post
    That is a sweet looking bike, how do those 18 gears go?
    So fa so good. A little more fine tuning on the cable tension needed though.

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    Very industrial looking, you always get some very nice and interesting bikes! Pardon the ignorance but is it an internal gear hub or something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_M View Post
    Very industrial looking, you always get some very nice and interesting bikes! Pardon the ignorance but is it an internal gear hub or something?
    Pinion 18 speed gearbox.

    Pinion P1.18 | PINION / P1.18 / DRIVE TECHNOLOGY

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    Cheers. Very cool, the future right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979 View Post
    That looks awesome. Can't wait til derailleurs are history.

    Only disadvantages seem to be weight (~3.5kg for Pinion set up vs 2-2.5kg for top end sram/shimano groupset), and that it needs a specific frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bloodpuddle View Post
    That looks awesome. Can't wait til derailleurs are history.

    Only disadvantages seem to be weight (~3.5kg for Pinion set up vs 2-2.5kg for top end sram/shimano groupset), and that it needs a specific frame.
    My reasoning for it was destroying 6 rear derailleurs in an 18 month period on different bikes. Replacing them got expensive.

    If I didn't like the gearbox I'd be hanging out for Shimanos answer to Srams XX1.

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    First post Just purchased this bad boy.



    2013 Genius 940... Bit of an upgrade from my old girl.

    Apolllo Enduro



    And a couple of years ago when I was working in South Korea, I bought this to keep me on the bike while over there...



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    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979 View Post
    New Marzocchi 44 RC3 Titanium forks.

    Hey there,

    How do you rate the 301? Im having a nightmare on deciding what 160mm Bike to buy (yours looks set up for 140?) and I have been given a sharp price on one. I want a bike to keep for a while.

    Is the frame very stiff? And what about small bump compliance?

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stuart.cunningham View Post
    Hey there,

    How do you rate the 301? Im having a nightmare on deciding what 160mm Bike to buy (yours looks set up for 140?) and I have been given a sharp price on one. I want a bike to keep for a while.

    Is the frame very stiff? And what about small bump compliance?

    Cheers!
    I think it is a great bike for what I wanted. I was after something to replace my Pivot Mach 5, which is why I went for the 140mm travel version. Small bump compliance is good, but it is firmer than the Nicolai I just bought, about the same as the Mach 5. The newer versions with the Fox shocks are meant to be a little plusher and I think that would be a good thing. I'd definitely buy one again in the same situation.

    Gearboxes are the way of the future though. Have a look at the Nicolai Pinion equipped bikes!

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    my new bike

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    Just upgraded my forks. Stoked on the Pikes.
    Sent from the future to destroy the past.

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    Iíve gone the dropper. Iíve always said that it was pointless me having one, as I rarely come across a trail/stunt etc where I need to drop the saddle. It wasnít until dong a recent Gravity Enduro at Stromlo where my eyes were opened to the benefits of lowering the saddle. Yes there is nothing technical enough to drop the saddle, but you can go faster and have more fun with a lower saddle. It just so happens that I like having fun on my bike so I decided it was for me after all. I wanted one that had an intermediate lock in position so I could have some sort of consistency, fortunately my bike shop had this Specialized one which has a lock out point 35mm below max height. Its also at the cheaper end of market (which is what I needed) and got some good reviews so its now sitting on my bike ready for its first test run. Probably not going to need it much at Lysterfield on the weekend but im sure it will get a bit of use.

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    Iíve gone the dropper. Iíve always said that it was pointless me having one, as I rarely come across a trail/stunt etc where I need to drop the saddle. It wasnít until dong a recent Gravity Enduro at Stromlo where my eyes were opened to the benefits of lowering the saddle. Yes there is nothing technical enough to drop the saddle, but you can go faster and have more fun with a lower saddle. It just so happens that I like having fun on my bike so I decided it was for me after all. I wanted one that had an intermediate lock in position so I could have some sort of consistency, fortunately my bike shop had this Specialized one which has a lock out point 35mm below max height. Its also at the cheaper end of market (which is what I needed) and got some good reviews so its now sitting on my bike ready for its first test run. Probably not going to need it much at Lysterfield on the weekend but im sure it will get a bit of use.
    running the same one... you dont realise how much good they do until you actually use it! love running it fully dropped on descents so you can really lay the bike over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_M View Post

    Iíve gone the dropper. Iíve always said that it was pointless me having one, as I rarely come across a trail/stunt etc where I need to drop the saddle. It wasnít until dong a recent Gravity Enduro at Stromlo where my eyes were opened to the benefits of lowering the saddle. Yes there is nothing technical enough to drop the saddle, but you can go faster and have more fun with a lower saddle. It just so happens that I like having fun on my bike so I decided it was for me after all. I wanted one that had an intermediate lock in position so I could have some sort of consistency, fortunately my bike shop had this Specialized one which has a lock out point 35mm below max height. Its also at the cheaper end of market (which is what I needed) and got some good reviews so its now sitting on my bike ready for its first test run. Probably not going to need it much at Lysterfield on the weekend but im sure it will get a bit of use.
    Hi Ben,
    I'm looking at one too the guys I know who have them swear by them
    And on my new to me banshee it will be the icing this bike is screaming out for
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    You down mate? You Yangs Cressy descent this weekend would think be up your alley

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    Quote Originally Posted by I Like Dirt View Post
    ...You Yangs Cressy descent this weekend ...
    Are you racing? Waldog and I will be there ... trying to avoid the day becoming a grudge match from last year and instead just enjoy the ride, but I'm sure it's bound to happen.

    P.S. Nice Banshee. But yeah, needs a dropper post

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    Yep, - although for me the race bit is probably just another shuttle
    I saw you were going
    Matt's also going to race - I think you met him up at Buller one day
    He'll probably end up using the Banshee most of the time

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    All I Can say is ĎWHY THE HELL DID I NOT GET ONE EARLIERí!! Such a great addition to the bike and totally suits my riding. I donít have anything else to compare to but it worked well for me. It will take a little while to perfect getting it straight into the middle position but I didnít have too much trouble on Saturday. One thing that will take awhile is riding with it all the way down, my legs instantly die if itís not fairly steep, especially if I donít get it into the middle position and it drops all the way.

    I found out about Cressy Descent when I got to Lysterfield. Would have loved to do it but the only reason I took the bike was that an old friend from primary school who I still catch up with is just getting into riding and wanted to go for a ride. Considering he struggled with Lysterfield blue trails I think You Yangs might have been a bit difficult for him. Plus Iíve got to save up my browny points for the Bright MTB festival. Hope you guys all had fun.

    P.S. Sick Banshee Mike!! (No MTBR challenge in the proxy this year?)

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    Hi Ben,
    Eased off on slots atm as Matt's now getting into mtb a bit more. He used the Banshee to great effect on Cressy decent to win junior category in his 1st gravity race

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    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiJohn View Post
    Just upgraded my forks. Stoked on the Pikes.
    The black and white looks sweet, didn't know the sb66 came in White, only thought black and turquoise.

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    You shalt not be disappointed.

    I've had mine for just over a fortnight and wow!! So good!!

    I came from a LEV. Night and day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog View Post
    You shalt not be disappointed.

    I've had mine for just over a fortnight and wow!! So good!!

    I came from a LEV. Night and day.
    Got it installed. Now have to wait til the weekend to try it out


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    Quote Originally Posted by waldog View Post
    You shalt not be disappointed.

    I've had mine for just over a fortnight and wow!! So good!!

    I came from a LEV. Night and day.
    Really. What are the big differences? I went for the Lev but would have waited for the Thomson if it was a fixed cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crank1979 View Post
    Really. What are the big differences? I went for the Lev but would have waited for the Thomson if it was a fixed cable.
    Hey buddy.

    Build quality for one. The Thomson is by far a much better looking/manufactured post. The action is smoother, hard to believe as the LEV is very smooth. Absolutely no saddle wobble/twist at all. It feels as solid as a normal seat post.

    The fixed cable of the LEV is a great thing, surprisingly though I haven't had an issue with cable movement, but that could easily be different on other frames.

    I had terrible reliability with the LEV. Time will tell with the Thomson.

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