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    2014 Spitfire V2 27.5 buildthread

    Hi Mtbr
    I want to share the build of my new wet dream I've had a real hard time deciding which frame to purchase for my new all-mountain bike. I wanted carbon, 27.5, new-shcool geo with long-ish reach, low bb, short rear and a not to slack or steep headangle. I searched for a frame that would suit my taste for quite som time but I couldn't find one that I would want to pay for with my hard earned cash. I decided to go aluminium frame quickly chose the new Spitfire. I think it's going to match my riding style perfectly

    Opting for aluminium gave some room in my build budget to go crazy ... so this is where I'm at:

    Frame Spitfire V2 27.5 Large Bright Blue
    Headset CaneCreek Forty
    Rear shock FOX Float X
    Fork Rockshox Pike RCT3 DP
    Stem Syntace Megaforce Ti 50mm
    Handlebar Boobar Jerome Clemenz edt 750mm
    Drivetrain SRAM XX1 Trigger
    Brakes XTR M987 180mm discs
    Wheels Enve 27.5 AM 32h
    Seatpost RS Reverb
    Saddle Specialized Phenom Pro

    I have all the parts ready. I'm just waiting for the frame to be finished off and shipped to Denmark. I can't wait

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    I'm looking forward to some more details of your spitfire build. Just a few weeks ago I finished my blue Spitfire V2 build so I'm quite interested.. especially at what weight you'll end up. Definitely not a low-budget build you're going for there ;-)

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    Feel free to post a picture of your bike here mate. I'd like to see it!

    I have a real hard time staying in control when I go shopping for parts. I guess things add up in the end
    I don't know what it's going to weigh. I'm hoping under 27 with pedals tho

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    My pile of parts came to life.

    2014 Spitfire V2 27.5 buildthread-13630268184_11a622af4b_b.jpg
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    12.9 kg or 28.4 lbs with pedals.

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    Those wheels are lush.

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    Lovely build, :-)

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    Very nice build! How tall are you? I'm 190 cm (6'3") and thinking about a large...
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    I'm 189 cm on an XL and can't imagine fitting on a Large. I suggest XL with short stem and center-mount dropper seatpost for proper 'in the bike' fit. But that's just me.

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    It all depends on preferances and body proporions. I'm 189cm with fairly long legs and arms and ride a large with 50mm stem and 785mm wide bars... works for me.
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    just to chime in, im 6 foot 2 and a half/ 190 cm and an XL fits me perfectly. I've got long arms for my height though. I rode a Large rune and was far too cramped on it, although I note the top tube is .2 inches longer on a spitty for the equivalent size

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    nice bike you have there looking forward to my 2014 Spitfire frame comes

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    I have been too busy riding to post my build until now. I picked it up about 4 weeks ago.

    So far so good! This bike feels incredibly good at high speeds and even helped me to my best ever race result in a recent enduro (4th!).

    Build is with CCDBA (non-cs version), 650b wheels/dropouts, Pike at 150mm, SLX brakes and derailleur, Zee shifter, Race Face Turbine cranks with 32t Narrow-Wide, MRP AMG guide, Chromag kit (bars, stem, seat, pedals), Minion DHF/High Roller II tire combo, KS LEV dropper.

    It's a fairly heavy build at 32.25 lbs, but I ride hard and don't want to worry about parts failing on me again.

    Brand New:
    2014 Spitfire V2 27.5 buildthread-2014-banshee-spitfire.jpg
    2 Weeks in after the first enduro:
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    Last weekend near Mt. Rainier:
    2014 Spitfire V2 27.5 buildthread-20140706_102938.jpg

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    Dropper and 800g+ tires are the real weight killers. Nice looking build though. Guessing you do a lot of downhill?

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    I run a similar set-up, but with 2x9, also around 32lb, on rocky trails in the mountains = sturdy tires. Tires with light casing won't hold up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autocratic View Post
    Dropper and 800g+ tires are the real weight killers. Nice looking build though. Guessing you do a lot of downhill?
    Yeah I ride everything and only have 1 bike right now, so it will need to handle some DH type trails, enduro racing, some jump lines, xc outings, and maybe even a little bikepacking.

    And I can't stand flimsy tires. These tires are far more sturdy and grip way better than my old Dirty Dans, but I can definitely feel the extra weight and rolling resistance.

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    I'm starting out with some specialized tires. Butcher control front purgatory grid rear. Not too far off from your maxxis weight but I'm hoping they still roll well.

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    Question for spitfire owners. I'm looking to get into a spitfire and currently own a 2014 transition covert 650b. I'd like to just switch my build kit over but I can't get by the long chain stays with the 650b dropouts. 17.4" is a very long chain stay for a modern aggressive trail bike. Curious to know your thoughts on this and how it rides compared to other high end trail bikes out there. I love the feeling of short chain stays for manualling and railing corners so its the only thing about the bike that puts me off.

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    I went from a medium 2013 covert (26") and switched to a large 2014 spitfire (650b), so I can understand your worries about the long chainstays - especially since I like to play around a lot with jumps, manuals, etc.

    However, the handling of a bike is much more than just chainstay length. Even then, a ~10mm increase in length over the entire 430mm lever arm only comes out to about 2.3% increase. Taking all other factors into consideration, how much will you notice it? I say not much - the different suspension makes a far more noticeable difference in my opinion. (I also went from a Fox Float CTDa to a CCDBa for the shock, which was a very welcome improvement).

    I also really do like the design and construction of the Banshee more.....with the exception of how small in diameter the pivots are (8mm and 12mm). The transition has much larger pivots (10mm and 15mm), which is extra piece of mind (though I'm not sure it's necessary since the spitfire and rune use the same bearings, and the rune seems plenty sturdy )

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    There are quite a few of us that run the Spitfire V2 with 650b wheels with 26" drop-outs. There is enough clearance for non-oversized 2.3" tires.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sheik_Yerbouti View Post
    Question for spitfire owners. I'm looking to get into a spitfire and currently own a 2014 transition covert 650b. I'd like to just switch my build kit over but I can't get by the long chain stays with the 650b dropouts. 17.4" is a very long chain stay for a modern aggressive trail bike. Curious to know your thoughts on this and how it rides compared to other high end trail bikes out there. I love the feeling of short chain stays for manualling and railing corners so its the only thing about the bike that puts me off.

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    I got my 2014 Spitfire CCDBACS yesterday, what a awesome bike





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