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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Heckler Stolen - Now Ibis Mojo HD, Remedy 9.8 or SC Blur TR?

    OK, so I went out to put a new part on my bike yesterday and it was gone... bastards! So someone lifted my Heckler out of my garage yesterday around 1PM while I WAS HERE! Pisses me off. However,... this is where it gets good.

    I get a new bike from insurance. Looks like I'll get between $4000 and $6000 replacement costs. SO here is what I am looking at for an Upper Park romper that I can take to Downieville and Northstar without having to shuttle (ie, actually climb good). i also used to do 24 Hour events and want to get back into them, so it must go up well. So here's the line up:

    1. Ibis Mojo HD
    2. Trek Remedy 9.8
    3. Santa Cruz Blur TR (the new carbon frame)

    Any thoughts???

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    Oh yeah, and if anyone sees my Red 2004 Heckler in Chico, please let me know. I'd love to pay a visit to the new owners...

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    Out of those three, the mojo hd is the most park friendly bike. A mojo HD and blur tr are in quite different classes, seems like you might want to take a gander at the Trek Slash and Carbon Nomad.

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    Aluminum Nomad. Mine has bombed Karpiel, Dogbone and Boondocks at N*, ridden Big Boulder as a loop from D'ville, and done 6 hr days at Demo. Before that I had a Heckler, which I thought was the best bike ever until I got my Nomad. I'm running an AM build with flat pedals and the only carbon is a Haven bar, and it weighs in at 30 lbs. I'm even converting it to a 1x10.
    There are timesI wish it was a little lighter, but that just motivates me to eat fewer cookies. Take the $$$ you save on the frame (vs getting an Ibis) and buy some nice AM wheels, such as Mavic Crossmax SX or Easton Havens, and run them tubeless.
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    Ibis Mojo SLR or the TR if you really want to climb. HD or trek (or a Nomad)for the park stuff or if you don't mind climbing a bit slower and enjoying the downhills more.

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    friend just got a trc, doesn't even touch the nomadC anymore!

    trc or hd. You can't go wrong with a mojo, and you can't go wrong with ibis.

    a trek what? lol, different league with the other two bikes.

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    I have a 2011 Trek Remedy 9 in near new condition for sale if you're interested. With your insurance settlement, you may be able to purchase my bike and one more

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    Is your homeowners insurance paying out that much? I'm curious since I didn't even get close to the value of a bike that was stolen from my garage from my policy. After they depreciated it + my deductable, it ended up being about 30% of the value of the bike

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    I would say: try to ride them all and pick the one you like.
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    Mojo. Bought one in 2008 for 10 years worth of BD presents and would get another in a second. The great customer service is just an added benefit.

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    I think the bigger question is what are you going to do to prevent the new bike from being stolen while you are at home?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuruAtma View Post
    I think the bigger question is what are you going to do to prevent the new bike from being stolen while you are at home?
    It will be in my bedroom closet locked to my dresser with bear spray in my nightstand and my dog sleeping in front of it...

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    I second the plan of riding each and then buying the one you like best.

    I had an opportunity to test ride each of my dream rides (basically) a couple years ago and came away very surprised.

    Up at MBO, I test rode the Intense Tracer2, Mojo, TranceX, and Remedy. I only rode the TranceX because I knew it was the least expensive and I wanted to see how it measured up. After riding 15 miles+ on each I was more than surprised to like the TranceX the best! I wanted to like the Mojo, but I just didn't. The Tracer2 was def. the best downhill, but the TranceX was pretty close and was also a rocket uphill (which is where I need the most help!), and the Remedy rode well, but I couldn't get over the ping ting of the rocks hitting the downtube the whole time. Sounded like the frame was about to crack the whole time.

    Basically, test ride them all, and I think you might be surprised by the one you like, for reasons that no one on here knows.

    Loving my TranceX, although I also have a DH/FR rig, and I would not ride the TranceX at Northstar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnryder56 View Post
    Up at MBO, I test rode the Intense Tracer2, Mojo, TranceX, and Remedy.
    Basically, test ride them all, and I think you might be surprised by the one you like, for reasons that no one on here knows.
    Yeah, i blew my brakes on my Heckler on Larrison at MBO, so I demo'd a Specialized Stumpjumper and loved the feel of it (though I've been dissing Specialized for years, I used to live in Morgan Hill, so I just had too much of them). But on the Larrison trail, it ripped! I doubt I'll have the opportunity to ride an Ibis or a Blur TR, but I think they have a Remedy demo I can use (and a Tallboy and Nickel I think). I MAY just go the Remedy route and upgrade the parts on it as best I can. THough the Ibis does look sexy as hell, I just want one I can rail Oregon and Downieville on, but still climb North Rim better than before. Not asking for much! ;^)

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    HD.
    Best bike ever.
    Best customer service ever.
    +With a fork and shock swap you can go between 2 different bikes.

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    If you're a heavier / more aggressive rider, stay away from the Remedy. I broke three frames in two years. While the customer service was excellent, it simply wasn't worth the down time. I've since moved to a carbon Nomad and it's been great. Test ride as many bikes as you can..

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    Quote Originally Posted by apensity View Post
    OK, so I went out to put a new part on my bike yesterday and it was gone... bastards! So someone lifted my Heckler out of my garage yesterday around 1PM while I WAS HERE! Pisses me off. However,... this is where it gets good.

    I get a new bike from insurance. Looks like I'll get between $4000 and $6000 replacement costs. SO here is what I am looking at for an Upper Park romper that I can take to Downieville and Northstar without having to shuttle (ie, actually climb good). i also used to do 24 Hour events and want to get back into them, so it must go up well. So here's the line up:

    1. Ibis Mojo HD
    2. Trek Remedy 9.8
    3. Santa Cruz Blur TR (the new carbon frame)

    Any thoughts???


    Those are fine options. The Ibis Mojo SLR is a fine, fine bike but very hard to get.

    The Santa Cruz TRc has better geometry and is one of the best bikes available today. Santa Cruz Blur TRc Review | Mountain Bike Review

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    To replace a Heckler I would say an HD.

    But with all of the choices you have there you can't really go wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apensity View Post
    SO here is what I am looking at for an Upper Park romper that I can take to Downieville and Northstar without having to shuttle (ie, actually climb good). i also used to do 24 Hour events and want to get back into them, so it must go up well. So here's the line up:

    1. Ibis Mojo HD
    2. Trek Remedy 9.8
    3. Santa Cruz Blur TR (the new carbon frame)

    Any thoughts???

    There are a lot of opinions being tossed out at you, but based on the limited amount of info you've given, none of these bikes stand out as any being better for you than the others. And the reality is they are all sweet bikes. Each of them do something a bit better than the others. Without getting more info from you, in my opinion it is impossible to recommend one at this time.

    A few questions that need to be answered before one of these shines above the others:
    1. Will it be the only trail worthy bike in your quiver?
    2. What kinds of riders do you ride with? IE, XC dudes, DH guys, or all mountain riders?


    The Trek Remedy is a sweet all arounder. So is the Mojo HD. Changing from a 32 to a 36 fork will dramatically change up the personality and the types of trails the bike will rule on. The mentioned above, the Mojo HD gets the one bike transformer prize because it pedals well, and can be built up in a short or long travel mode. Add an angleset and you can customize it even more.

    Someone mentioned a Nomad, in AL and Carbon. Both options are sweet, and it is also a great NorCal-all arounder that is bike park capable. You aren't going to be able to keep up with spandex wearing dudes though. I love mine but I'm adding a Blur TRc and a Driver 8 to my quiver which will cover all my bases. The Blur TRc is a killer NorCal trail bike, but you wouldn't want to ride it down BoonDocks at N*.

    The Mojo HD is the only one of the above I haven't done a hour-plus ride on. I was looking at one for a while, but went with the Nomad since I could drop the seat lower, which was key for riding DH/ Park stuff to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdubsl2 View Post
    If you're a heavier / more aggressive rider, stay away from the Remedy. I broke three frames in two years. While the customer service was excellent, it simply wasn't worth the down time. I've since moved to a carbon Nomad and it's been great. Test ride as many bikes as you can..
    I've also broke my Trek frame several times. My Fuel was only getting about 9 months between breaks. I'm not that aggressive, just heavy. Love my Heckler! Why I haven't changed for 6 years now.
    It's not slow, it's doing more MTB time.

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    Thanks for the feedback jaisun. Most of my ridding is AM as we typically climb lavacap to get to a nice DH trail ("B-trail" for those familiar with Chico). Then it is fast single track and rock gardens from there back to home. I am a point and shoot/speed is our friend sort of rider, and typically just hope to make it through some of the rockiest gardens, but haven't bailed yet in 15 years of this trail. I found that my Heckler could never be truly "dialed in" so when I rode bikes which were set up for people in my weight class (read: Clydesdale - 210+) I was ecstatic. So I'd like one which will help me spin up hills easier than the Heckler, will hold tight lines on DH and be able to handle rock gardens with ease, be able to take 5 foot drops at the most, and still be strong enough to take my weight without cracking frames or destroying rear pivots. I've been riding for 30 years and am a total adrenalin junkie, but I keep bikes for what seems like 10 years before I upgrade. Most of my riding has been in Oakridge OR. Here is a vid of me on my Heckler, then moving to a demo after I blew the brakes going down Larison (I'm the second rider)
    Chico Mtn Bikers - 2007 MBO weekend - YouTube
    Here is the link to most of the trails. This is exactly what I ride any chance I get.
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    is this your heckler?

    Santa Cruz Heckler Dual Suspension Mountain Bike With Shimano XTR

    seems close to the parts you had

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    and i would get a blur trc, im about 200 and have taking it on some good rides, it crushes B trail and guardians

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowjnky View Post
    I want that bike badly.

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    Echoing Carl Hungus and Snowjnky. The new Stumpjumpers should not be overlooked. I have the 2012 Stumpy Comp FSR 26er. I'm a former Nomad owner as well as a current Yeti ASR 5 owner. The Stumpy even in it's non EVO version is one of the most capable bikes I have ever ridden. It does lack some of the boutique finesse and parts selection of the more expensive brands. However, the geometry and ride quality are incredible. I've had the bike all of the west and it's performed famously from Gooseberry Mesa to Skeggs to Tamarancho. I would give it a bias toward the more aggressive side of trail/descent. Blur TRc would be my pick of your three suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSeymour10 View Post
    is this your heckler?

    Santa Cruz Heckler Dual Suspension Mountain Bike With Shimano XTR

    seems close to the parts you had
    Possibly, link is down now.

    Looks like I'll be going for the TRc, I saw this vid and it won me over! Whistler, Dirt Merchant - A-Line - GX - YouTube

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    Quote Originally Posted by d-bug View Post
    HD.
    Best bike ever.
    Best customer service ever.
    +1 the Mojo HD pedals so well I decided not to keep my regular Mojo, and instead have a beefier wheelset for the parks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apensity View Post
    Possibly, link is down now.

    Looks like I'll be going for the TRc, I saw this vid and it won me over! Whistler, Dirt Merchant - A-Line - GX - YouTube
    What kind of fork did you have? Pic showed it with a bomber, and the person putting the ad in obviously had no idea what they were writing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d-bug View Post
    What kind of fork did you have? Pic showed it with a bomber, and the person putting the ad in obviously had no idea what they were writing.
    Checked on my phone this morning and found I still had the CL listing loaded. I've got screen shots of it if you are interested.

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

    Sorry for threadjacking, but I'm hoping you folks can help me keep an eye out.

    Someone stole my car in Modesto last Friday night and my bike was in it. It's ~2000 Heckler with a blue anodized front triangle, raw aluminum rear. Marzocchi Z1 bomber fork, new SLX drive train.

    four o eight three nine 8 97 five 9

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    Keep checking Craigs list twice a day. If found, copy the page before the bike is sold then turn in to local police. I'll keep my eyes open for it.

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    Blur trc is nice but I wouldnt want to dezcend downieville on it over and over. with that little travel youre going to always, always have be riding smooth and on top of things, or go slow and drag brakes. If youre just an xc rider lookjng fir something a little more playful and fun for trail ripping without a weight or pedalling penalty the trc is awesome. Or a pro who wants something to slay superd and has the skills to work a bike with less travel. Personally I think if youre doing a lot of descending and you like to go fast get something with more travel. Id love to have a trc as a second bike, but I know id destroy it trying to make it my one and only bike riding annadel, demo, uc, downieville, ashland etc. Get a 6" bike.

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    For all of it's travel, the Mojo HD still feels like it's helping you climb up the trails. At least that was my experience pedaling my way up that rocky climb on the to the Pauley's Creek/Big Boulder intersection from Packer Saddle. I look for bikes that pedal, too, since that is just where most of my time is spent on the bike. Downhill riding with a shuttle or a lift is unfortunately not an everyday occurrence. I know a couple people who gave up their 5" mojo's for the HD. Imagine a 6" bike that's climbable. Score! TRc is probably awesome too. Be thankful these are your choices!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shredchic View Post
    For all of it's travel, the Mojo HD still feels like it's helping you climb up the trails. At least that was my experience pedaling my way up that rocky climb on the to the Pauley's Creek/Big Boulder intersection from Packer Saddle. I look for bikes that pedal, too, since that is just where most of my time is spent on the bike. Downhill riding with a shuttle or a lift is unfortunately not an everyday occurrence. I know a couple people who gave up their 5" mojo's for the HD. Imagine a 6" bike that's climbable. Score! TRc is probably awesome too. Be thankful these are your choices!!


    Love my HD

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    My Mojo HD is being built up now at the LBS. I should have it by end of week. Close decision between TRc and HD though. Thanks for all of your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apensity View Post
    My Mojo HD is being built up now at the LBS. I should have it by end of week. Close decision between TRc and HD though. Thanks for all of your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuruAtma View Post
    I think the bigger question is what are you going to do to prevent the new bike from being stolen while you are at home?
    Hell, if I were getting $4-$6K back from my insurance on a stolen 2004 Heck ferchrissakes I'd make sure the next one got stolen too. Maybe they'd pay $15K for a Mojo HD?

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    Wait till you try it with a better shock! There's no down side to the upgrade. Check out Lopes on the HD with a coil shock. He starts cooking after one third of the vid.
    Sorry ahout your Heckler I think? Let us know how the new one goes!
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    Just rode the HD yesterday, that mhufhugger climbs like a champ! DW Link is the bee's knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck Pitueee View Post
    Wait till you try it with a better shock! There's no down side to the upgrade. Check out Lopes on the HD with a coil shock. He starts cooking after one third of the vid.
    Sorry ahout your Heckler I think? Let us know how the new one goes!
    I've been riding it for a couple of months now and I have no complaints at all about the air. I heard it is heavier with the coil and you can see it, but maybe after going to Northstar with it I might see wanting the coil!

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Castigador View Post
    Just rode the HD yesterday, that mhufhugger climbs like a champ! DW Link is the bee's knees.
    LOVE how it climbs, the Heckler was SUCH a different bike! No comparison, at all... This thing bombs like a DH and climbs like a light CC. I'm in love...

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    Quote Originally Posted by apensity View Post
    I've been riding it for a couple of months now and I have no complaints at all about the air. I heard it is heavier with the coil and you can see it, but maybe after going to Northstar with it I might see wanting the coil!
    I wasn't recommending coil but it's awesome to see how fast an HD can go. I like the RS Monarch plus rc3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck Pitueee View Post
    I wasn't recommending coil but it's awesome to see how fast an HD can go. I like the RS Monarch plus rc3.
    Point and shoot! It is incredible, I look for straight lines now, not so much looking to miss obstacles. Different riding experience all together. I loved my coil on my Bullet though! 5th Season, t'was awesome...

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    Congrats on the rad bike! I've been riding a Mojo HD for a year now it's the best thing I ever threw a leg over (without a pulse anyhow). I ride a Roco with a Ti-coil and it is truly excellent...I have it built up for DH more than XC though.

    Anyhow, stoked on your stoke...werd
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