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    Chromag pics

    Hi,

    since I'm searching for pics of Samurai and Trl, in L size, I thought I could open a thread so that people can show their gorgeous canadian steel hardtails!

    Come on, post your Chromags (and please report model and size )!

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    Err... nobody?

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    I want a Chromag but could not justify spending that much on a frame. I just built a Cove Handjob and completely satisfied. But I would like to see some Chromag pics as well so post up.

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    Go check out the chromag blog...some sexy bikes there....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudpuppy
    some sexy bikes there....
    You can say it loud!

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    Hello !
    I've now a Samuraï in L size. I had previousely a Samuraï second hand in M size and it was a little bit short for me. I've ordered the new frame by my idol-guitarist and now bike shop owner in BC. For my frame, I was in contact too with Ian Ritz, the owner of Chromag and he was very friendly and professional. I can't enough recommend his frames and accessories, they are the best for me. My bike is mounted like this :
    Chromag Samuraï L size frame, Magura Laurin FCR 130 fork, DT Swiss EX 5.1D rims with DT 240 hubs and DT RWS axles, Conti MT King tires, Chromag bars-seatpost-seatpost colar, RF Atlas stem, Profile Racing crank with Ti axle and RF chainrings, Shimano XTR shifters-derrailleurs-cassette-chain, Chris King headset, SDG Bel Air (now WTB) saddle, RF grips. This is a super MTB for Hard XC and All Mountain and it rides amazingly in my country, here in Switzerland.
    I've a picture of this bike, but I can't and don't know how to post it.

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    Here's the picture. The guitar and the LP is in homage to Paul, the greatest rock guitarist for me.

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    Great bike (and awesome color too)!

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    Steve's got some great tastes!

    don't open the Chromag can or you're in for some big trouble. Great rides, plenty o'fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bling




    Steve's got some great tastes!

    don't open the Chromag can or you're in for some big trouble. Great rides, plenty o'fun
    That's Moreland's bike. goes with his polka dot DHR.

    here's mine


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    my bad for my typo, I was having a look at Smith's and moreland's bikes...

    Connor can you detail the specs? may be a side shot
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    medium Chromag Sakura in a kinda shizo built up
    2 weeks young and after switchin to a 70mm stem a blast to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooka


    medium Chromag Sakura in a kinda shizo built up
    2 weeks young and after switchin to a 70mm stem a blast to ride.
    what does it weigh?

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    and also, how tall are you?
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    Thanks for your interests. ;-)

    I am 5ft ten, blue eyed and short legged.
    I like cats, reading good books, listen to music and go shopping with friends. My favorite color is green. A greyish green. Or maybe it is more of a greenish grey ...

    The chromag is slightly under 27lbs fat with those amazing extra strong sidewall Tioga DH-tires and slightly under 25lbs with cliplees pedals and reasonable not yet lightweight tires.

    Hope, some of the informations are of any use for you guys ;-)

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by pooka
    I am 5ft ten, blue eyed and short legged.
    Me too, so I guess a Medium Chromag would work for me just fine Yours looks good but I think the Samurai would be more like what I'd need.

    (cats aren't too bad. The only thing with dogs is that you have to go out with them whatever the weather.)

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    I'm 6 feet with a rather long inseam but stil lwant a Med size

    sakura or Stylus...still undecided

    more of a dog person
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bling
    I'm 6 feet with a rather long inseam but stil lwant a Med size
    Similar situation here. 6', 35" inseam, in love with Samurai. I guess the large would be the size I need but I'm afraid about standover height. So I was searching for pictures of Chromags in L-size.

    @pooka: gorgeous Sakura!

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    Greb, we are the same size and have the same inseam.

    If I take a stylus, that's be a Med, can't quite get my mind around going Med for a SAmourai though. In that case I'd say that Lrg is the way to go
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    Do you mean that a Samurai should be more "pedal-friendly" than a Stylus? If so I think you're right, the longer top tube is what I need for a do-it-all bike.

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    I think the Stylus is much heavier than the Samurai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    I think the Stylus is much heavier than the Samurai.
    It is indeed but so versatile and fun. I demoed this one:



    it was set up as a single speed to fool around on the Roc d'azur exhibition.

    I would have it with a 2x9 and 140mm fork most probably.

    dunno.
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    Here you can see some pics of the new Stylus, with updated decals and a relieved yoke between the chainstays.

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    I have been lusting over the Stylus for over a year now. It looks like the perfect do it all bike. Chromag seems to have perfect geometry on these bikes and they look great. Anyone know where to get one of these bikes in the United States? Their websites dealer list isn't much help..

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    anyone with the geo charts of the old stylus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bling
    anyone with the geo charts of the old stylus?
    I don't believe the geometry has changed?

    Interesting to note that the TRL, Samurai and Sakura all have effectively the same geometry given the same fork length.

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    My bad, I thought that it changed when they redesigned the rear triangle
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    When I see what those guys do with their bikes I ten to believe the Stylus is overbuilt for what I want.
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    In regard of the sizes of the Samuraï and the Stylus : a L Samuraï is bigger than a L Stylus. I had previously a Samuraï in M size and it was a little bit small for me as I'm 184 cm or 6 feet and half an inch, with long legs and 91 kilograms (200,5 pounds I think ?). With a L Samuraï now, it's just fine for Hard XC and All Mountain styles of riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bling
    When I see what those guys do with their bikes I ten to believe the Stylus is overbuilt for what I want.
    Put another way;
    based on what these guys do on samurais I tend to believe a samurai will be more than durable enough for the type of riding I do.

    I'd love to own a samurai... I'm going to have Curtlo build something similar but with full length cables and sliding drop-outs

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    THX, that's exactly sums up my position right now.

    @FM, good point!
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    Stylus Stokage.

    After a year or so of studying and drooling over a few different steel hardtails I decided I am ordering a Mocha Brown Stylus frame from Ian on Monday. I mostly chose the Stylus over the Samurai for $$ reasons, as it is at the max of my budget. I am fond of the shorter seat tube to get that seat nice and low though. Since Chromag says it is a trail/jump/and urban frame I'll test that theory I'll be putting mid-weight parts on it to make it a little less portly. My do it all full-suspension bike weighs around 37 lbs so if my hardtail is around 32lbs I'll be completely happy.

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    Chromag dealer

    Hammerhead bikes in Austin,Tx. recently just became a Chromag dealer. They had a beautiful black Stylus built up the other day, it was SICK....I get a lot of stuff from them, great small shop.

    Hammerheadbikes.com
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    Got myself a second hand Large Sakura...can't wait to build it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bling
    Got myself a second hand Large Sakura...can't wait to build it
    Nice Man! post some pics, I want to see it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Bling
    Got myself a second hand Large Sakura...can't wait to build it

    I barely can beliebe anybody sold his sakura.

    Such a great bike.

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    yeah I hear you, but he got a great deal on a Gipsy

    Here is how it is now, most of the specs will be what I currently run on my chiquillo but might change sometime soon. I was just surprised that the headtube is the same regardless of the frame size.

    I also got so more Chromag stuff, minimalist seatpost, ranger stem but 50mm which will certainely be too short, might need a 70 but we'll give it a try.
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    new stylus frame

    <img src="http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h31/baxterlongmember/PICT0702.jpg">

    <img src="http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h31/baxterlongmember/PICT0704.jpg">
    the rear triangle at the BB and the drop outs look lightened up compared to the previous stylus models..
    <img src="http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h31/baxterlongmember/exampl1.jpg">

    <img src="http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h31/baxterlongmember/PICT0701.jpg">

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    is that yours?

    what will the build be like?
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    Yes its mine

    I do not have all the parts yet, it will hopefully be built by spring. The plan is to stay somewhat light but without too much compromise ;

    Pike Air fork
    Juicy 5's
    X9 Rear D and shifter
    Single ring Stylo or Hone cranks
    Transition AM wheels
    Kinda big but not too heavy tires 2.3 or 2.5's

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    Awesome, I demoed one recently and had a blast on it!
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    Today I had some time for a ride. Haven´t been riding for 16 days. It was terrible, but know I feel much better and I almost forgot what a blast of ride the sakura is.

    Yeah! I love this bike. It is a great climber ( I guess, I suck first these days) and when I finally arrived at the bottom of the local downhill trail in Zurich, I wondered what happened the last few minutes. Something flowy? Maybe? It definitly got me.


    some riding pics probably next week. We ´re gonna groove this weekend ;-)

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    chromag pic

    heres mine samurai
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    Morelands Chromag has the sickest paint job! I didn't notice it was the same bike before, half blue and half silver.

    Mine wont up load so heres a link. Trl is pretty heavy atm 35lbs and Monk is 30.

    http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2686746/

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    Great stable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosho
    heres mine samurai
    That's great! The frame looks like it's anodized... am I wrong? What colors are available with this finish?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greb
    That's great! The frame looks like it's anodized... am I wrong? What colors are available with this finish?
    its powdercoated black industrial
    you would have to talk to ian

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    Here's mine, build to come
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    Sorry for the question but... is Chromag still alive? Their website has pretty old pics (no fancy headtube badge, no new stylus, no colored bars) and their blog hasn't been update in a while... Hope to hear news from them soon!

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    Not to my knowledge, quite the opposite in fact, a friend of mine is the importer for France and he told me most of the next batch is already sold.

    Quite a success so I wouldn't think so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greb
    Sorry for the question but... is Chromag still alive? Their website has pretty old pics (no fancy headtube badge, no new stylus, no colored bars) and their blog hasn't been update in a while... Hope to hear news from them soon!
    i was lucky and got mine .he took it off a dealer with a big order or else i would have to wait.

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    Yeah, I think just like Cove, their website is clearly not a priority.
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    yeah, still around. The osx bars are a big hit in BC.

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    they ^re busy ridin their stuff... :-)

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    Here's mine, tires to be changed but I clearly dunno what fork to get!

    120 Reba with a 20mm axle or Revelation 140 with a 20mm axle, any input would be appreciated
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    Isn't the Sakura supposed to be a XC bike?

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    Awesome.. it looks fast. I would personally go with the Revelation for added versatility. The weight gain on the Revelation is hardly significant.

    Enjoy the new ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    Isn't the Sakura supposed to be a XC bike?
    According to Chromag, the Sakura can have up to a 5" fork, so I think it mainly depends on how you want to build it..

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    Yeah, it says from 3" to 5.5".

    I could have my current Reba at 115mm but I would like to have a 20mm front axle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime
    Isn't the Sakura supposed to be a XC bike?

    No, it is not. No, it is not. No, it is not.

    As well as i understood things around Chromag, the sakura is the most xc-ride within their stable, but to me it seems that bc cross country the way the chromag guys think of it isn´t like common xc.

    They call their geo "all ride" and there arn´t any significant differences geo-wise between sakura or gipsy or trl ...

    They say it isn´t meant for 6fter and so on. Ok. But on the other hand 6fter aren´t meant for everybody to ride anyway.

    My sakura works great with a reba at 115mm travel. But I set up the forks pretty sporty. (only 20mm sag) for I like suspension for increasing control in harsh situations and not so much for having a cushy ride.


    ridin pics made, to proove the bikes potential. soon to come.

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    First ride, massive stoke!

    a real can of whoop ass: a sheer invitation to play with the bike. It calls for fun rides and leads to fool around. Great geo very balanced and natural. I dunno if that makes any sense, my English is not good enough to express how pleased I am with this rig. Now waiting for the 140 Reve with the 20mm axle.

    the only drawback as opposed to my Ventana El chiquillo much of the pedaling force is lost, it's clearly not as reactive but not as brutal either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kosho
    heres mine samurai
    ITS FOR SALE
    CHECK THE HARDTAIL CLASSIFIEDS

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    it was terrible in ticiano

    weather was a pain in the ass
    mountains hard to find
    only fireroads to ride











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    linky

    http://classifieds.mtbr.com/showprod...=27738&cat=all

    just how tall are you?

    great bike and great set up!
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    Thnks for sharing. So inspiring
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    Another one from France



    Mine getting down and dirty

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    The Chromag 2009 catalog:

    http://www.xmsracingimports.com/Pdf/...g%2009_low.pdf

    But... hey, there are no frames! Should we worry?

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    nope, I guess it's just the accessories version more to come.
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    my stylus

    my stylus.
    really good hardtail. and i´m really impressed how it handles technical rough stuff better than i thought.
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    Hadn't seen this thread...

    Here's my Sakura, super sweet ride. Ian did a killer job on the design.




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    sweet ride!
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    These Chromag bikes are sweet. I really want one! Keep the pics coming please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-Ryder
    These Chromag bikes are sweet. I really want one! Keep the pics coming please.
    mine is for sale check out the classifieds

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    Thanks for the heads up. However, I'll need a large.

    I'm also not ready to drop the $$$ yet. Time are tough.

    Thanks anyway. Good luck with the sale!

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    Here's a horrible pic of mine



    on the one of a buddy
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    better pics



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    Lookin good

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    nice forks. i´m thinking about those, too.

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    The steel hardtail/RS Rev match seems a winner indeed!
    Mr. Bling, what's the bike near the red samurai?

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    H bicycles custom Ti hardtail , a French company working with the biggest Chinese factory

    http://www.rspshop.com/
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    large samurai

    2004 vintage, fox vanilla 130 rlc, older xt bits. she's mine.

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    This thread is awesome! Chromag bikes are really wonderful: I love the CNC pieces (caliper mount, yoke between the chainstays).
    I'd really like to go back to the roots of mtbiking by switching to an hardtail: simple, light, reliable... but I'm not sure I'm going to enjoy a "hard" ride! I can't decide... probably a 29er is the way to go for an hardtail? Or should I go for a Samurai and don't be tempted from big wheels?

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    No 29er that I know of can quite compare to the fun I get on my Chromag.

    The geo is great, balanced and truly fun oriented while remaining easy to pedal. And steel is confortable nothing like my old Ventana hardtail

    I don't know where you live but I know some French owners in the Alps and other rugged places and they ride it all the time.

    with a fellow Chromag owner we will probably race the transvesubienne
    http://www.transvesubienne.com/raida...esubienne.html
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    Probably you're right... the main objective of riding is fun!

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    LOVE the black samurai with the rigid fork.That would make one bad looking singlespeed.

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    Nice bikes here guy's !


    Can you run any of the Chromag models, especially the Samurai as a Single Speed!

    If so would you need to use a EBB and if so would a Phil Wood EBB be best? just thinking here!

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    If I were to buy a Samurai, I'd make it SS, using the Yess BB mounted tensioner.

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    The only Chromag that is designed for singlespeed is the Monk but seeing as it is a jump/urban frame you couldnt really use it for anything else,so you would have to use some sort of tensioner on any of the other Chromag frames.

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    updated version: new wheelset, new rubber, still that much fun!
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    Mr. Bling, is that a Sakura a "large"?

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    Yes Greb that's a Large Sakura. I'm 6 feet (1m83)
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    Quote Originally Posted by LIFECYCLE
    LOVE the black samurai with the rigid fork.That would make one bad looking singlespeed.
    but then i wouldn't be able to DO anything on it. . .

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    Anyone know the seat clamp size for a Stylus?

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    I went on a shopping spree and got a Lynx saddle and a blue OSX handlebar.

    to sum it up, I pretty much got all there is with a chromag sticker on it!
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    NSMB again: Ranger stem and Fubars OSX!

    http://www.nsmb.com/page/s/2790/gear...mag-point-one/

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    full set

    added: OSX chrome bar

    Lynx saddle

    a couple of grams and soooooo much fun!
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