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    Just converted from 26" to 650b.
    Still using my 26" Fox 36, not much clearance left with a Maxxis Minion DHF 2.3 but it works. Also still using the 26" drop-outs because the Hutchinson Toro 2.35 is more like a 2.2 tire. Colorado front range is pretty dry so mud clearance is not that much of a priority.
    First impressions: Lost a gear going uphill, but bike seems to roll faster in general. Bike rides a bit higher but I don't mind fewer pedal strikes. This bike is now even more stable and faster on the way down than I'm capable. Good stuff.

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    Dear lord cooldaddy, turn down the HDR or whatever you did to the photo, so we can see the bike.

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    sorry looks ok when you click on it

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    I too am running 650Bs in the 26" dropouts - loving it!

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    A few little updates:



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    Couldn't be happier with it!

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    Am thinking of trying out a BOSs Kirk on mine. Does anyone here have any experience of them on the Spitty?

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    Yep ! I've been running the Kirk on mine for a good months now.

    I previously had a DBair. And, overall, I feel the Kirk is "better".
    Why ?
    The most noticeable improvement over the DB is felt in downhill and/or rough sections. Better control and more predictable grip. So even if the DB was a great shock, the Kirk is one step ahead I feel thanks to it's conception. It basically feels like a coil shock (which the DB did not...), just like BOS's coil DH shock (the S**Toy).

    Now, on uphills, the pedaling platform (which ...is technically not a pedaling platform ...but then ok it acts exactly like one) helps a lot. I haven't ridden the DB CS yet, so can't compare.

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    Thanks superQ - exactly what I wanted to hear... or probably didn't want to hear, because my bank balance is screaming at me.

    I just felt that when things get really rough, that the Deville starts "running away" from the shock. Where the fork speeds up, I felt the DBair hang up ever so slightly.

    That, and I like having matching suspension

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercow View Post
    Thanks superQ - exactly what I wanted to hear... or probably didn't want to hear, because my bank balance is screaming at me.

    I just felt that when things get really rough, that the Deville starts "running away" from the shock. Where the fork speeds up, I felt the DBair hang up ever so slightly.

    That, and I like having matching suspension
    ccdb have always struggled with high oil flow hits. there are lots of threads discussing that, i have little doubt the kirk would be better overall, i just also have little funds in the bank to get one

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    So after my first ride destroyed my chain, not sure if it didn't have enough links or was something else I fitted a new chain over the weekend added an extra link just to be on the safe side.

    So out again tonight and same thing happened again with the chain although it did last until I was just about at the top of the first big climb when it burst apart. Pretty pissed about it as I just can't figure out what is going wrong.

    I'm running a shimano slx that was 2x10 that I'm now running as a 1x10. Could the chain alignment be out and that's what the problem is? If it is how do I solve it, is it a new chainset specific to 1x10?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimateweevil View Post
    So after my first ride destroyed my chain, not sure if it didn't have enough links or was something else I fitted a new chain over the weekend added an extra link just to be on the safe side.

    So out again tonight and same thing happened again with the chain although it did last until I was just about at the top of the first big climb when it burst apart. Pretty pissed about it as I just can't figure out what is going wrong.

    I'm running a shimano slx that was 2x10 that I'm now running as a 1x10. Could the chain alignment be out and that's what the problem is? If it is how do I solve it, is it a new chainset specific to 1x10?
    i had that issue with the v1 rune and spitfire. what brand of chain? i switched to kmc and added a link and didn't have the issue again. i think the issue was bigger on the v1 because it had more anti squat and i snapped my in the granny ring cranking a steep chute under power. double check your chain length and don't run a sram chain, that was the brand i used when they snapped.

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    First one was a shimano and second was a SRAM. Will probably go KMC this time but think I may stick it in to the LBS that way if it happens again I can at least get them to cover the replacement cost of the chain

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    Remove the lower shock bolt and cycle through the travel to find the most chain growth. I did that when I replaced my XX1 chain, and I actually needed to shorten the chain a bit after that, as the excess chain was not caught by the RD...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimateweevil View Post
    So after my first ride destroyed my chain, .....
    So out again tonight and same thing happened again
    A buddy if mine kept blowing up a brand new chain this way. Turns out he had soaked the new chain in WD40 to remove the OE chain oil, and that supposedly causes hydrogen embrittlement!

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    New addition to my spitfire- KS LEV 150 for additional inch of seat drop. 2013 Spitfire-dsc_0047.jpg
    + some action shots, since i love riding this bike so much
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    Quote Originally Posted by kinserk View Post
    New addition to my spitfire- KS LEV 150 for additional inch of seat drop. Click image for larger version. 

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    + some action shots, since i love riding this bike so much

    nice shots

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    2013 Spitfire

    Just a static picture before 800 meters negative elevation




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    Playing amongst the bluebells...


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    My first full suspension bike and loving every bit of it.

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    Re: 2013 Spitfire

    Action shot of me doing a spot of duel slalom



    And how my spitty currently looks, love this bike its so versatile



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    Quote Originally Posted by dklopp View Post
    Alright guys, you might be happy to hear that I got off the phone earlier with the LBS to order up the Spitfire frame and look at build options. The only (slight) issue is that the Large Raw 650b frame wont be available until late May...I honestly have no problem waiting because I think this will be a great bike, but sooner would always be appreciated .

    In all seriousness, I am beyond excited to get my first full custom build going. I'm thinking this will be a great bike for me, as I tend to prefer the feel of shorter travel bikes (should have never sold that Transition BottleRocket...).
    dklopp, have your Spitfire yet? I absolutely loved the bottlerocket I had. Nothing else has come close to how much fun I had on it, and this has me leaning even more towards a spitfire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeboardorblade View Post
    dklopp, have your Spitfire yet? I absolutely loved the bottlerocket I had. Nothing else has come close to how much fun I had on it, and this has me leaning even more towards a spitfire.
    Not yet. I can't wait to get on it though! I will report back with pictures & initial comparison as soon as I get it.

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    Sweet. Please do! Build plans finalized?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeboardorblade View Post
    Sweet. Please do! Build plans finalized?
    Banshee Spitfire 650b, CCDB Air, large, raw
    RS Pike RCT3 27.5, 160mm
    Stans Flow EX 650b wheelset
    Shimano SLX brakes (180mm rotors) & drivetrain
    Raceface Turbine crank/bb with n/w chainring
    MRP AMG guide
    KS LEV DX
    Chromag Bar, Stem, Seat, Pedals
    Maxxis Minion DHF/High Roller 2 combo

    I think that should be a pretty solid build. This will be my only bike, so it's going to do it all!

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