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    BMC Superstroke build finally done!












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    Frame: 2008 BMC Superstroke 01 frame 150 or 130 (adjustable) rear travel
    Fork: Fox 36 Vanilla R 160mm travel
    Shock: Fox RP2
    Brakes: Avid Juicy 7 (185mm front 160mm rear)
    Crank: Truvativ Stylo 3.3 Team
    Bars: Sunline V1 Aluminum 1.5" Riser
    Stem: Race Face Atlas AM
    Grips: Oury lock on
    Shifters: Sram x0
    Front DR: Sram x7
    Rear DR: Sram x9
    Casette: Sram PG970
    Wheels: Sun Ringle STR8 Track AM
    Pedals: cheap/heavy kona platforms
    Seatpost: Race Face Evolve XC
    Saddle: WTB Rocket V with a nice tear

    I pieced most of it together via buying used parts off ebay and forum classifieds

    I have been piecing together this bike since March or April, primarily for a trip I am leaving for this Thursday. I'll be driving to Maine with a friend and riding at the following areas:

    Case Mountain (CT)
    Arcadia Wildlife Management Area (RI)
    Pawtuckaway (NH)
    Bear Brook (NH)
    Ft. Rock (NH)
    Bradbury Mountain (ME)

    Initially, I was going to ride more areas, such as Vietnam (MA) and Westwoods (CT) as well as some stuff near Mt. Washington on the way back down. Seeing as I don't want to get in over my head, I cut the riding back a little.

    What I DO need are some fatter tires. The Panaracer Fire XC 2.1s may not cut it. I was looking at Kenda Nevegal 2.35 DTCs but I can't seem to find anything locally. If I cant find those, or something just as good, locally I am going to order a set and have them shipped to a friends house in RI so I can pick them up on Saturday.


    When propedal is turned on, this bike climbs like a dream! I am still getting used to the handling with the wider bars and higher ride height. I still need to dial in the rebound on the fork and rear shock. The standover height isn't all that great. The frame is a 17" but it fits like an 18ish. The bars seem a bit high also, but I am probably going to move around some spacers before I decide to replace the stem or bars with something lower. Otherwise, I am very happy with the bike thusfar!

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    congrats...it looks great!

    enjoy the trip!

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    Congrats on the bike! I'm sure it would be a blast to ride. As for the tires, you might want to consider the Continental Mountain King Supersonics. One of my friends has it in 2.4 inch size and it is very light for that size. It's got very big volume (60 x 559) so you could run it with lower tire pressure.
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    Looking sick Kenny!!!!!
    Glad to see she is finally up and running.
    Let us know how the riding goes on your trip!!!!!!!
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    That's the 1st BMC Superstroke I've seen built up and looks amazing. Great job building!

    You are right about the Panny Fire XC tire. Need find some fatty. Hurry and find some Nev or Minion. Full report when you get some riding in.
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    the frame looks really good ...

    yeah you definitely need some AM tires ...

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    Man, I'm looking at the bike and I noticed something missing

    Mud. Get it muddy, ASAP!

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    Here's mine with Nev 2.35 front and 2.1 rear. The STR8 Track AM wheels are sick.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickgto
    Congrats on the bike! I'm sure it would be a blast to ride. As for the tires, you might want to consider the Continental Mountain King Supersonics. One of my friends has it in 2.4 inch size and it is very light for that size. It's got very big volume (60 x 559) so you could run it with lower tire pressure.
    Those'll last about 3 seconds in NE rocks. I tried one once, and it fell apart in no time flat.

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    Another Stroke built up...


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    Here is mine

    I built it 2 weeks ago. I'll post a pic to make this thread sorta like a superstroke pic thread.


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    Thats awesome, I just bought a superstroke frame from jenson and i'm moving my components over to it and its going to be virtually identical to yours except the pedals/crank and im putting a fox vanilla fork on instead of a van.

    How do you like the superstroke? Where can derailleur hangers for it?!?!

    Thanks!
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    also, what size is that frame?
    19"? 21"?
    Durango, CO

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    Well i got my frame today and answered all of my own questions.
    Durango, CO

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    nice ride guys ,the thing that really caught my eye was the rear derailer (replacable) hanger.. wow that looks like a beefy peice as does the rest of the bike. when i was in the navy years ago i spent some time around there beautiful countryside .and the locals for the most part were very nice to deal with. have a great trip!

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    After riding the Super Stroke around my only complaint is standover height, or lack of. Otherwise, it has been a great bike! Plenty of suspension travel, handles like a dream, zero issues with build quality.

    I just wish the top tube was bent a little instead of straight to give me some more standover.

    I have also since replaced the tires with some WTB Prowler XT 2.3 tires and I lowered the stem about 1".

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickgto
    I'll post a pic to make this thread sorta like a superstroke pic thread.

    as long as we're doing that...

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    Nice bike, Joules!

    I was thinking about getting a Crank Bros Joplin seatpost until I saw the price tag! I was trying to stay on budget with the bike at the time.

    I am going to be replacing some components soon here to gear the bike towards more freeride than XC such as 8" rotors, beefier seatpost, different seat, and replacing the largest chainring with a bas guard.

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    2 days before I ordered the joplin I crashed on a stupid little log pile, went over the bar and landed in poison ivy. If I had a little more skill or a little lower saddle I would have made it. Since I can't throw money down and get skill, and since it would probably be cheaper than and ER visit from going into anaphylaxis from PI again, and REI had them on sale for literally a day and I had a coupon... only paid like $170 for it.
    We don't have many long downhills here, rarely worth it to stop and lower post.

    I have to have the QR insanely tight to keep my post from slipping too, anyone else have that problem?

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    Anyone have a weight on their built up bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soya
    Anyone have a weight on their built up bikes?

    Mine is a bit over 34#
    I weighed the frame/damper at 9# (21" size) so there's a starting point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soya
    Anyone have a weight on their built up bikes?
    Mine is a 17" frame but full build weight is at 39 lbs. The 66RC2X fork, RF Evolve DH Crankset, Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5 front tire as well as Titec El Norte cockpit with Titec Pyroscoper seatpost are heavy components. I don't mind the heavy build cuz I'm used to the weight with this rig being my lightest and the other two being 45 & 50 lbs. I do 20 mile rides with my 45 lbs mini dh bike with dual chain rings so I could probably do a lot more on this thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules
    I have to have the QR insanely tight to keep my post from slipping too, anyone else have that problem?

    Not a bad price for the post, I have been seeing them for a lot more!

    I havn't had the problem with the QR you speak of.

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    Mine is coming in @ 33.8 lbs. 21" frame.
    I haven't had any problems with the seatpost slipping either.
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Here's what my superstroke ended up looking like:

    Durango, CO

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    Those bikes look sick! Do you call it the superstroke because you combined the fourstroke with the supertrail?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sloppyC
    Those bikes look sick! Do you call it the superstroke because you combined the fourstroke with the supertrail?
    I guess it's because it's got a shock that is 8.5 x 2.5, which is rather big for a 5 to 6 inch travel rigs. Normally bikes with this travel come with 7.5 x 2.0 or 7.875 x 2.25. You could also consider that a Giant Reign-X which has 6.75 inches of travel and only has a 7.875x2.25 shock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sloppyC
    Those bikes look sick! Do you call it the superstroke because you combined the fourstroke with the supertrail?

    My guess is that he called it a superstroke because that's the model? It's been discontinued for the current year, but most of these are 06 and 07 frames.

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    When run in the 150mm setting the bike has a leverage ratio of 2.36:1. Which is pretty low. When run in the 130mm setting the leverage ratio drops to 2.04:1.
    This is a good thing.......= )
    Look, whatever happens, don't fight the mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savagemann
    When run in the 150mm setting the bike has a leverage ratio of 2.36:1. Which is pretty low. When run in the 130mm setting the leverage ratio drops to 2.04:1.
    This is a good thing.......= )
    The low leverage ratio is also the reason why it could still be ridden aggressively by heavy riders even if it is equipped with an air rear shock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules
    as long as we're doing that...
    Nice bikes ! I'll add another one-

    It's a 2007 model, 17 inch. I bought the wheels and fork at the same time as the frame. The 55s are burly and look great, but 160mm on the front makes the bike sit up real tall (I'm around 5'5), and I think I need a lighter spring, as the fork barely registers my weight. I'm going to get an 09 RS Revelation 110-140 air uturn, so I can dial the travel down and set the fork to my weight.

    The weight of these bikes when built can be a little scary after riding a light XC bike, but the superstroke pedals beautifully.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparkles
    Nice bikes ! I'll add another one-

    It's a 2007 model, 17 inch. I bought the wheels and fork at the same time as the frame. The 55s are burly and look great, but 160mm on the front makes the bike sit up real tall (I'm around 5'5), and I think I need a lighter spring, as the fork barely registers my weight. I'm going to get an 09 RS Revelation 110-140 air uturn, so I can dial the travel down and set the fork to my weight.

    The weight of these bikes when built can be a little scary after riding a light XC bike, but the superstroke pedals beautifully.
    I went with a Fox 36 Vanilla R when I built mine, because funds were tight. Eventually I am going to upgrade to a Fox 36 Talas or a Rock Shox Lyrik for the same reason you stated, with a 160mm fork the front end sits up pretty high.

    The height and weight took a little getting used to after my build. Once you get used to it though, this thing really carves on the downhills!

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    frame is in the mail

    ordering this next http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Seatpost.aspx

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    Frame weight...

    Those sound like pretty hefty build weights. Anyone have a frame-only weight? I'm thinking it will be comparitively heavy.

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    They are a bit over nine pounds I believe, with the shock. Pretty heavy but the bike feels good and is well balanced. I can't wait to get the supertrail out for a good comparison.

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    Wow!

    Quote Originally Posted by bjj4202000
    They are a bit over nine pounds I believe, with the shock. Pretty heavy but the bike feels good and is well balanced. I can't wait to get the supertrail out for a good comparison.
    There are a neat looking design, but I would have never guessed they were that heavy. They must be capable of some decent abuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNC
    There are a neat looking design, but I would have never guessed they were that heavy. They must be capable of some decent abuse.
    I think so. Mine has been put through the ringer for over a year now and is doing well. My only area of concern is the top tube seems a little soft. I broke a chain and crashed a while back and after the dust settled there was a nasty dent in the top tube. I didn't think I went down hard enough to do that, but who knows. Funny things happen very quickly when you hit the dirt. I still ride it, however, and all seems to be fine. For this year they changed the top tube to a monocoque design and gave it a bend so I hope it will not be an issue again. (The dent came from the bars spinning-I realize this is a set up issue, but still....)

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    what is the head angle on these bikes they look crazy steep to me, maybe it is just the seat tube angle, top tube and rear suspension that makes them look so upright.

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    Here is the geo chart for the 2007 superstroke.

    superstroke series 01


    Size S---S'----tt----tt'---sa--ha----ht---rc----wb
    17" 410 363 515 538 72 68 125 449 1076
    19" 460 417 537 562 72 68 130 449 1101
    21" 500 462 572 597 72 68 140 449 1136
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flystagg
    what is the head angle on these bikes they look crazy steep to me, maybe it is just the seat tube angle, top tube and rear suspension that makes them look so upright.
    It's 68 degrees with a 6 inch fork. Mine is around 67.5 degrees with a 170mm 66 RC2X. It would be steeper with a shorter than 6 inch fork.
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    http://www.foromtb.com/showthread.php?t=360627

    from what these guys are saying here, it appears that Easton engineers designed the Superstroke...if true that's would be interesting.....oh and sorry the site is in Spain Spanish

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    got the frame today, bike is done, the bike is perfect, I dont even need the off-set post. the stand over is ok.

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    Got any pics yet?
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    Post em up!
    DH:Mountain Cycle Shockwave 9.5 w/ 888R
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    I dont know how to do that,errrrr can I please email them to one of you guys and you post them up or tell me how to do this, I'm pc stupid just came home from a 22 mile run, oh boy, this thing made me look like I knew what I was doing. holy moly,,,,,my buds took turns riding it and they were blown away.

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    Posting pictures is easy.

    Go to www.flickr.com or www.photobucket.com or any of the dozen or so other free hosting sites.

    Dump your photos on there, come back here and click the "Insert Image" button in the reply field (looks like a mountain with a yellow sky and sun) and paste the hyperlink for one picture in the box that appears.

    Repeat for each shot.

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    Updated pics of my Superstroke :





    Swapped my brakes(Hope Mono 6) from my Quake to my BMC,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny301
    Posting pictures is easy.

    Go to www.flickr.com or www.photobucket.com or any of the dozen or so other free hosting sites.

    Dump your photos on there, come back here and click the "Insert Image" button in the reply field (looks like a mountain with a yellow sky and sun) and paste the hyperlink for one picture in the box that appears.

    Repeat for each shot.

    OK Cool, I will do that when I get home. Thanks man

    Nice brakesn dude. I'm rocking Code 5s
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    I would love to have the shock off one of thoses if it is 8.5 x 2.5. My Enduro currently has a 8.5 x 2.5 RP23 with the HV air can. The AVA can on those would make tuning the shock a dream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagaredama
    I would love to have the shock off one of thoses if it is 8.5 x 2.5. My Enduro currently has a 8.5 x 2.5 RP23 with the HV air can. The AVA can on those would make tuning the shock a dream.
    I find the AVA adjustment a nice tool to have in tuning the bottom out control of the rear shock. It's the main reason why I got the older '06 model over the '07 even if it didn't come with the seatpost collar QR.
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