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    It's water-cut from two 3/16 plates of stainless steel to give the 3D look. The back plate painted black then tig welded together. 2" stainless square tube tig welded for the hitch part.

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    "Fight Club" trail Antioch, Cal.
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    Cased a double and snapped my bars. Midair I could tell I didn't have the height and prepared for impact. I walked away from this one with just a couple of scratches.

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    So I suppose I'm in the market for new bars. What do people like for carbon bars these days? I see a lot of SIXC and Renthal in my neck of the woods.

    These were old (ca. 2012) Easton Havoc that had seen better days, 750mm/20mm rise/31.8 clamp, with a 60mm stem. How do folks feel about 35mm clamps?

    I'm 6'0, 32" inseam, on a Large balance. I might go a little wider, perhaps 760-780mm with a 50mm stem.

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    I run 35mm havens on my riot and love them. Done everything from xc rides to days at keystone bike park. I am waiting to decide if I like these atlas 2 bars I have on my balance right now. If not I'm going with 35 havens.

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    Love my SIXC 800mm, with 35mm dia. stem, at 50mm length. On a large Balance. 35 length felt short. Changed after a couple of rides. After riding the 800mm bars everything else feels to narrow. This is what I'm going to run on all my bikes. You get use to leaning the bike over to miss trees. Some tree gates are tricky. My pinkies move automatically. Ha.

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    Love my ENVE DH bars, 800mm with 40mm Thompson X4 stem looks so sleek!. I'm also 6'-0 on a large Balance.
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    Had one of those Thompson stems. One stout beautiful piece. It went with my TBLT when I sold it. If I didn't go with 35 dia., that's what I would get. Running RF Atlas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarus2405 View Post
    Cased a double and snapped my bars.
    And you weren't carrying the manufacturers approved carbon repair kit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarus2405 View Post
    Cased a double and snapped my bars. Midair I could tell I didn't have the height and prepared for impact. I walked away from this one with just a couple of scratches.

    So I suppose I'm in the market for new bars. What do people like for carbon bars these days? I see a lot of SIXC and Renthal in my neck of the woods.

    These were old (ca. 2012) Easton Havoc that had seen better days, 750mm/20mm rise/31.8 clamp, with a 60mm stem. How do folks feel about 35mm clamps?

    I'm 6'0, 32" inseam, on a Large balance. I might go a little wider, perhaps 760-780mm with a 50mm stem.
    Glad you walked away from that! Could have been painful.

    I have 800mm Six C bars (35mm) on a 40mm stem and I love the way they ride. However I can't recommend them. I had a crash that snapped an almost brand new set of SixCs last summer. It wasn't that hard of a crash and I couldn't believe they broke. I told my mechanic about it and he said he has seen quite a few broken SixCs. Had one right there in his shop.

    Raceface did a crash replacement but it only 20% off MSRP which was disappointing. I think I would seriously consider enve for the next set, just based on their crash and warranty policy.


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    I'm running chromag bza bars on my riot and epo and love them. Have had a couple nasty crashes and no issues


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    Captain Ahab

    Just got back from a Moab trip. Rode Captain Ahab with some buddies. Two of us were on the Balance and there were a few inquiries about our bikes. Of course, I told everyone how amazing this bike rides. We climbed all the slow tech stuff and made it down without a hiccup. I think we were the oldest riders on Ahab that day. The young whippersnappers were surprised how well we rode that day. I told them it was the bike...
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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Here you go, a few beers into the evening and figured I would appease you. This is a 2.3 dhr 2 on 30mm inner carbon fattie SL off my riot.


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    Yeeeesssss. Oh yes. That's awesome. Sorry, I've been out of town and missed your post. Did you happen to compress the suspension to see if the tire would hit the frame?
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    Nope. I did not get that far into it.

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    Trying to Balance my XC fitness training.

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    Not the best shot of the bike, but the view was nice. Mt. Baker


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    Quote Originally Posted by jminus View Post
    Not the best shot of the bike, but the view was nice. Mt. Baker
    From Galbraith? Nice shot nonetheless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRSpalding View Post
    From Galbraith? Nice shot nonetheless.
    Yes it is. The look out point right after the start of Evolution.

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    Not technically on the trail, but getting ready to ride

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    And on the trail (stretched a bit too much in panorama mode)

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    Couple of Moab shots of my DVO'ed '17 Balance.


    Classic Castle Valley shot
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    And another from Portal Trail.
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    Enjoyed a cool mid-day ride on my local (Chapel Hill, NC) trails yesterday. Love my new balance build!
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    Swapped out the Topaz for the Jade today and set up with base tune. So far the weight penalty may indeed be worth the increase in performance. Have to give it some more miles to say for sure but so far so good.

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    Opening weekend mud fest St anglefire bike park

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey j View Post
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    Swapped out the Topaz for the Jade today and set up with base tune. So far the weight penalty may indeed be worth the increase in performance. Have to give it some more miles to say for sure but so far so good.
    What are your settings on the Jade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottieM8 View Post
    What are your settings on the Jade?
    Used the base tunes from their site as a baseline: Base Tune | DVO Suspension Tech Website

    They don't list our stroke length so I started with a combination of the top two:

    180psi, 30-31 rebound, 5 HSC, and 4 LSC (want to try 2-3 LSC on the next ride).

    Only thing I'm somewhat unsure about is bought it with a 500lb spring and I'm right at 160 lbs. Sag actually feels really good and think a 450lb spring may sag too much for my liking.

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    U.C. Santa Cruz
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    Got me some new rubber. (Maxxis DHF/DHR2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey j View Post
    Used the base tunes from their site as a baseline: Base Tune | DVO Suspension Tech Website

    They don't list our stroke length so I started with a combination of the top two:

    180psi, 30-31 rebound, 5 HSC, and 4 LSC (want to try 2-3 LSC on the next ride).

    Only thing I'm somewhat unsure about is bought it with a 500lb spring and I'm right at 160 lbs. Sag actually feels really good and think a 450lb spring may sag too much for my liking.
    I'm also 160lbs with all my gear on. I have a 450lb titanium spring and it feels good.
    My settings are 7 hsc, 18 lsc, reb 19, all from full open. If anyone has settings on their Jade, post them up please. I climb a lot to get to the downs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottieM8 View Post
    I'm also 160lbs with all my gear on. I have a 450lb titanium spring and it feels good.
    My settings are 7 hsc, 18 lsc, reb 19, all from full open. If anyone has settings on their Jade, post them up please. I climb a lot to get to the downs.
    Good to know in regards to the 450lb - where did you get your Ti anyway (and what dims)?

    Also, will have try settings closer to yours once I get another ride or two in.

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    It's an older Progressive ti spring laying around. Not sure about the dimensions. Still tweaking the Jade but it's so smooth in the rough.

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    Hitechredneck, that's badass. Last year I took my Balance to Angelfire and it rained on the 3rd run down the mountain. I was still getting use to the bike and trying to get comfortable with it. That run in the mud was when it all came together. I had more fun and felt more comfortable on it than the DH bikes I had rented before. Can't wait to go back. Be there Labor Day weekend.

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    I can't believe that before even 100 miles of trails like this my CCDBAC is already notchy and loud. From what I've read those are the symptoms of a blown out shock. The real trails are soon to be dry here, what's a CC warranty rebuild take?2016 Canfield Balance Trail Photo Thread-0528171527a.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrashbarg View Post
    I can't believe that before even 100 miles of trails like this my CCDBAC is already notchy and loud. From what I've read those are the symptoms of a blown out shock. The real trails are soon to be dry here, what's a CC warranty rebuild take?Click image for larger version. 

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    Give them a call and they will direct you to the nearest service center to expedite the process. The one on my Balance is over a year old and still works great, knock on wood. I've had my older DBAIR serviced in the past and it took about a week. It really depends on where the nearest service center is to you.

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    Last ride on my CCDBA. Just sold it. Should have a 2018 float X2 in about a week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrashbarg View Post
    I can't believe that before even 100 miles of trails like this my CCDBAC is already notchy and loud.
    I can believe it. That was my experience with the CCDBA. Feels great for a month on a fresh rebuild and then all notchy. Send in for rebuild and repeat.

    Precisely why I went with the DVO Diamond and Topaz on my Balance (totally user serviceable).

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    I have not had any issue so far with mine. 350 miles so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twd953 View Post
    I can believe it. That was my experience with the CCDBA. Feels great for a month on a fresh rebuild and then all notchy. Send in for rebuild and repeat.

    Precisely why I went with the DVO Diamond and Topaz on my Balance (totally user serviceable).
    My experience was slightly different. Two failures, once at 570 miles and then another 500 after the rebuild. Shock feels great (amazing even) right up until it fails.

    The failure presents itself as a loss of compression damping, especially noticeable in the first inch of travel (up to the notch). Usually it feels like my ability to corner fast went to hell and I start losing the backend unexpectedly. Also both times it failed I noticed a lot more oil on the stanchion than normal.

    I was very tempted by the Topaz but I really like the tunable damping circuits on the CCDBA. Going to see if the Float X2 can get me similar performance with better reliability. I don't mind getting it serviced twice a year if I can plan for it in advance.

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    El Corte Madera, Skeggs Point, Cal.
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    Perfect weather, Perfect Dirt

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    Quote Originally Posted by acfsportsfan View Post
    Perfect weather, Perfect Dirt
    I see you have the Flow MK3 rims. I am on the verge of getting some new wheels and am on the fence between those or some crabon Light Bike rims now that they offer Onyx builds. Any input to sway me either way? Anybody chime in.

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    First weekend out with the X2. So far it feels great.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrashbarg View Post
    I see you have the Flow MK3 rims. I am on the verge of getting some new wheels and am on the fence between those or some crabon Light Bike rims now that they offer Onyx builds. Any input to sway me either way? Anybody chime in.
    The Flow MK3 rims have been the easiest rim (for me) to install tubeless tires. They are a good working man's rim. Not to heavy, just wide enough to give my 2.5 DHF tire a nice profile and have a cool looking low profile. I removed the Stan's stickers and left the "Flow" stickers on. On my Riot, I have ENVE AM rims and they are a P.I.T.A. when you happen to break a spoke (Internal nipple's). For the price $80 to $100 per rim depending where you shop, it's a great value and all I will be using for future purchases.

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    Thanks for the reply. Gotta admit that I like the low profile, and pretty much everything else you said about the stans are my selling points.

    On the other hand the LB are less than a $300 diff, and they don't have the hidden nipple thing.

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