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    Just another day in uber-land. i skipped out of work early and took a nice afternoon ride since it was in the 40s today.

    1. Wish I'd taken a good camera, the view of Pikes was great from the lookout at Palmer Park today.

    2. Fun stuff at PP. Lots of great trails in those canyons.
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    Ok. I just bought a '96 Super V. I don't want to go crazy installing a Jekyll swing arm and cutting the frame yet, so what can I do for the shock in either Fox, Man or RS without upsetting the geometry? I'm putting an 85-130 Tora on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    Ok. I just bought a '96 Super V. I don't want to go crazy installing a Jekyll swing arm and cutting the frame yet, so what can I do for the shock in either Fox, Man or RS without upsetting the geometry? I'm putting an 85-130 Tora on it.
    Measure the length (eye-to-eye) of the existing shock. I think a 5.5" i2i will work. You can get a Fox RP23 or any other good platform shock that comes in that size. It will be a huge improvement.

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    Everyone says fox, but are the others decent or is it that fox makes the best, most user friendly? Also I'm 200lbs, will an air shock suffer from that or are they completely different from a few years ago?

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    Also, what diameter??

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    Everyone says fox, but are the others decent or is it that fox makes the best, most user friendly? Also I'm 200lbs, will an air shock suffer from that or are they completely different from a few years ago?
    I'm close to 200 in riding gear with no problems, running a used fox dhx air on my uber. I ride very aggressively in rocky terrain also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    Everyone says fox, but are the others decent or is it that fox makes the best, most user friendly? Also I'm 200lbs, will an air shock suffer from that or are they completely different from a few years ago?
    Personally, I prefer Fox but it has been a couple years since I've tried any alternatives. You might want to look for a used Fox Float R from a few years back and have it PUSHed to add platform damping. I don't think there are any modern platform coil shocks available in a 5.5" i2i so you're probably limited to air shocks.

    As ryguy79 pointed out, most of us are using DHX air shocks on our Ubers with no problem. This isn't exactly comparable though. Shocks (and frames) take the most abuse on bottom-out. Repeated bottom-out will eventually blow a shock or crack a frame. Our Ubers have twice the travel as your '96. The additional travel protects the shock and frame from abuse. Our DHX shocks also have a separate bottom-out adjustment for added protection. I don't mean to imply that an air shock won't hold up for you but you should recognize the limitations of a 3" travel frame.

    An alternative to the 5.5" i2i shock-
    You could go ahead and drill and cut your tabs now without changing the swingarm. This would allow use of a 6.5" i2i shock with a 1.5" stroke. You would get 50% more travel (4.5") which will help protect your frame and shock. You will also find that there are many more 6.5" shocks available than 5.5" shocks. You could eventually upgrade further to a 7.5"x2.0" shock if you find a Jekyll swingarm.

    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    Also, what diameter??
    Diameter isn't really relevant. Eye-to-eye (length) and stroke are the important measurements for rear shocks. i2i is all that matters in your case. 5.5" shocks only come with a 1" stroke.

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    That pretty much answers my questions about shocks and swingarm. Thanks, I appreciate it. I eventually want to go disks so a better swingarm and better fork are in the plans, probably for next year, but I thought the limitation was in the swingarm. Can I use the 6.5i-i shock without drilling or is it something I should just do now and be done with it and buy the longer shock. I'm not a hard core rider so I don't think I need the extra travel, but If I want to change to a Jekyll s/a would I have to go to a 7.5i-i or could I stick with the 6.5?

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    I know I have a lot of questions and I hate bugging you guys but can I use a 6.5" i2i and a Jekyll swingarm without drilling and cutting? Also is an 8" steerer long enough if I want to use the Gemini reducers?

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    Heartfixer, I see you like your Fox RP3 shock. Someone else mentioned the Rockshox Pearl. Anyone else have any input? My 230 pound friend sometimes rides my UberV. The DHX is no match for him unfortunately. I've had a Roco R Air on there for nine months, but it is not holding air pressure anymore. Probably for the same reason. We know the DHX coil won't fit the Uber. Does anyone know if the Roco RC coil or Roco TST coil will fit?

    Craig, how much green does it take to build a wheelset with the Industry 9 hubs and Mavic rims? Someone at the LBS told me the I9 bearings are problematic. They are kind of bike snobs at that particular LBS. Is there anything to that? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    I know I have a lot of questions and I hate bugging you guys but can I use a 6.5" i2i and a Jekyll swingarm without drilling and cutting?
    Yes - we refer to it as an 'Uber Lite'. Very nice riding bike with a good platform shock. Cannondale put 6.5" shocks and jekyll swingarms on the 2000 and later SuperVs.

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    Also is an 8" steerer long enough if I want to use the Gemini reducers?
    It's probably enough but you won't have any room for additional headset spacers under the stem.

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    If I use a Cane Creek headset how will the geometry sit. Will it still be too steep with the 6.5" and Jekyl S/A?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    If I use a Cane Creek headset how will the geometry sit. Will it still be too steep with the 6.5" and Jekyl S/A?
    It should be OK. The Gemini adapters only reduce the HTA by about 1 degree. I use the adapters so I can leave my 100/120/140 fork at 120mm most of the time. I'm not sure exactly what the how tall your fork is (the crown height). Assuming it's similar to other 130mm forks I would guess that your HTA will be at about 69 degrees. It should be pretty well matched to the 4.5 inches of rear suspension.

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    Plain Jane Uber V

    Here it is all done:



    No frills and de-badged but it rides great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hfy108
    Here it is all done:

    No frills and de-badged but it rides great.
    Love it hfy. I'd never heard of Mother's Aluminum Polish before now, but it looks great. I'm going to borrow your idea for holding Lizard Skins in place too. Why didn't I think of that? The grey-stripe Cannondale swingarm protector for my Prophet has barely any velcro to hold it on.

    Howdya like your Swinger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrynorton
    Love it hfy. I'd never heard of Mother's Aluminum Polish before now, but it looks great. I'm going to borrow your idea for holding Lizard Skins in place too. Why didn't I think of that? The grey-stripe Cannondale swingarm protector for my Prophet has barely any velcro to hold it on.

    Howdya like your Swinger?
    I went into my local LBS looking for a chainstay guard and he gave me the Lizard Skin for free because "these dang things never sell!" (his words). Zip ties are amazing things....

    No problems at all with the Swinger. I lost about 25# pressure over three days of riding so I guess that is alright.

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    Yah, the Swinger 3-way that came on my Prophet got pretty leaky after a couple years. Maybe that's just the way air shocks are. I put a DHX coil on it and it works great. Springs - the original platform.

    I'm hoping Marzocchi will warranty the Roco R Air on my Uber right now. I can pump it up and ride it, but it leaks out if I don't ride it for a day or two.

    Man, your picture's great, but it has made this page of the thread all wonky. A tip with the zip ties - the black ones are UV resistant. The white ones break from sun exposure after awhile.

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    What are Jekyll S/A's going for these days, and does anyone have a spare in either V or disc? I've got the bike so now I want to move on with the project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrynorton
    Yah, the Swinger 3-way that came on my Prophet got pretty leaky after a couple years. Maybe that's just the way air shocks are.
    No matter how hard we ride or how long they sit, none of us here have had any problems with the DHX Air. They're user-serviceable too.

    Quote Originally Posted by jerrynorton
    Man, your picture's great, but it has made this page of the thread all wonky.
    Yeah- do you think you could resize the picture to about a third as big? It's really making the thread hard to navigate. Awesome looking Uber! I'd just like to see the whole bike at once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rw420
    No matter how hard we ride or how long they sit, none of us here have had any problems with the DHX Air.
    Well it's known that they don't work well for heavier riders. I'm not heavy (175 lbs.) but I made the Uber up so I'd have a second bike for when I want to go take a friend riding and the DHX Air was no match for my 235 lb. friend. It stuck down after his third ride. Anyway, after I bugged some guy at Fox named Andrew (who was kind enough to respond to my multiple customer service requests) Fox warrantied it for the [cheaper] DHX coil in the 200mm size so I could replace my leaky Swinger on my Prophet. I'm glad you like the DHX Air 5.0, but 49 reviewers in mtbr reviews pages give it 2.92 out of 5 points. That's why I'm soliciting other opinions/experiences with other rear shocks for the Uber.

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    Is anyone running a 1x9 setup on their Uber?
    Cannondale Uber V 900

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    What are Jekyll S/A's going for these days, and does anyone have a spare in either V or disc? I've got the bike so now I want to move on with the project.
    I found mine on Craigslist. The guy was selling a broken Jekyll frame for $100 so I convinced him to sell me the SA for $75.

    Google for "bouncingknee software". They have a free program that searches all Craigslist cities at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    What are Jekyll S/A's going for these days, and does anyone have a spare in either V or disc? I've got the bike so now I want to move on with the project.
    Apparently people are starting to realize that they're hard to come by.

    This guy is trying to get $300:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=120218541982

    Or you can get a whole Jekyll frame for $275:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=230219655726

    Or you could just call Craig at Mendon Cyclesmith. Last time I asked he was selling brand new ones from Cannondale for about $200.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rw420
    Apparently people are starting to realize that they're hard to come by.
    Jeezum, 3 bills?? I'm undercharging

    FWIW, (and 98% of folks could not care less) In speaking with Cannondale last time I ordered swaingarms, they had enough material for 40 more, and then production was ceasing. So if you care, do with that, what you will
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    Ok! I've got my Jekyll swingarm!!!! Had to buy the frame as well but for $160.00 shipped from Ebay I can't complain. It's a CAAD 4 but it will work for my application.Will have to stip it down though. Uber light for now. Anyone want a large blue Jekyll front triangle???

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    Hi Craig,

    What's the price of your I9 hubs with Mavic rims? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jerrynorton
    Hi Craig,

    What's the price of your I9 hubs with Mavic rims? Thanks!
    check yer pm's....
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    Just pulled apart my frame. I need to keep the spacers that came with the V swingarm right? Also, the frame came with the Gemini reducers and I want to use the FSA Orbit internal zero stack set up with them. Anyone know if this will work before I buy them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    Just pulled apart my frame. I need to keep the spacers that came with the V swingarm right? Also, the frame came with the Gemini reducers and I want to use the FSA Orbit internal zero stack set up with them. Anyone know if this will work before I buy them?
    Yes - you will reuse same spacers that originally came on your frame. I suspect that the reducers you have are probably the Super V variety rather than the Gemini ones. But either way any standard 1 1/8" headset should work fine.

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    After reading an owners manual from Cannondale it states that the Gemini reducers will not work on standard head tubes. I didn't know there was a difference, so these are Super V reducers. If I decide to go with a flush mount headset what would these sell for? They're practically mint.

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    rw420, after looking at the pics of you white Uber, my lower reducer is looks longer than yours by what looks like a quarter of an inch. Yours tapers while mine tapers and goes straight about .250". Are there different reducers produced???

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    rw, never mind. I looked at the link in your reply.(Embarressing) You have the Gemini's that you machined down. Is there a market for the Super V reducers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    rw, never mind. I looked at the link in your reply.(Embarressing) You have the Gemini's that you machined down. Is there a market for the Super V reducers?
    My white bike has a 1.5 headtube so the Gemini adapters did not need to be machined for that one but we have machined them for others. That frame was produced in '02 or '03 as a police-edition and it's the only one I've ever seen with a 1.5 headtube. .

    The SV adapters go for $25-30 on ebay. You should really consider keeping them for your next fork but I'll take them if you want to sell them. Please PM me if you do!!

    Since you are looking to put the headset directly into your headtube there are a couple of things to watch out for:

    - Make sure the headset is for a Cannondale headtube, NOT a 1.5 headtube. The Cannondale headtube has less press depth.

    - Make sure that your fork crown and adjusting knobs will not hit the downtube. If you use Super V adapters or Problem Solvers then this will not be an issue since these add some space between the crown and headtube.

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    New Uber V!

    I was able to get my hands on a XL team blue 99 Super V frame. I have been riding a large frame for 3 years and it served me well. But I always felt I could use a little more room. That and I was never happy with the color. Everyone called my bike Daisy??

    I am very happy with how it turned out. Here are the pics....

    Bare frame.



    Further along,



    Almost done.



    Done! Old frame on the floor...



    *edit.... It rides awesome!
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    New Addition

    Hello All,
    Here is the latest addition to the UBER family... Special thanks to MD and RW for helping me build it...
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    nice rigs! "it's the first day of the rest of your life!" (or something like that)

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    Does anyone know the shock size of the stock rear shock on the 97' Super V-900 comp, Bolt to Bolt

    Thanks, Coop

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    I see on the transition to the Uber-V most moving to the Jekyll swing arm. What's the major difference other the maybe a weight difference? Is it a suspension issue? Also is there an alternative to the Jekyll swing arm, they seem hard to come by? I'm 6'3 250lbs and looking to gain all I can in suspension. Thanks, Coop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop
    I see on the transition to the Uber-V most moving to the Jekyll swing arm. What's the major difference other the maybe a weight difference? Is it a suspension issue? Also is there an alternative to the Jekyll swing arm, they seem hard to come by? I'm 6'3 250lbs and looking to gain all I can in suspension. Thanks, Coop
    The Jekyll-style swingarm is required for the Uber. It places the rear shock mount further back, allowing for a longer shock without adverse effects to geometry. The weight difference isn't really a factor.

    You can get a new Jekyll-style swingarm from Mendon (www.mendoncyclesmith.com).

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    Quote Originally Posted by rw420
    The Jekyll-style swingarm is required for the Uber. It places the rear shock mount further back, allowing for a longer shock without adverse effects to geometry. The weight difference isn't really a factor
    Are we mounting the shock on the V frame more forward (toured the steering tube) or further back when moving to a Jekyll SA? I would think further forward to be advantageous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop
    Are we mounting the shock on the V frame more forward (toured the steering tube) or further back when moving to a Jekyll SA? I would think further forward to be advantageous.
    You should go back and read through this thread for more details.
    • The Jekyll swingarm upgrade moves the rear shock mount rearward.
    • The forward shock mount is moved forward by drilling new holes and cutting off the excess tab material. This modification is required on all the Super V frames except the '99s (the 99's came stock with smaller shock mount tabs).
    • If you complete both of these modifications you can use a 7.5" x 2" shock to get 6" of rear wheel travel.
    • If you do only one of these modifications you can use a 6.5" x 1.5" shock for 4.5" of rear wheel travel.

    FYI- Both of the new Ubers that were just posted are '99 frames that required no tab modification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rw420
    You should go back and read through this thread for more details.
    'cept now he doesn't have to cause you're such a nice guy!
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    Anyone here uses a chain guide with their uber? Just looking for a review of their experience.

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    Has anyone figured out yet if a SV4000 + Rush swingarm is 29-er compatible?
    Also, how can you tell if a SV3000 would fit a Rush swingarm?

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    Hi everyone, this is my first post to the forum. I just bought a 1997 Super V that has the Jekyll swingarm but it doesn't appear to have the tab mod. It does have a 7.5 X 2 Fox Float R shock. Does this lack of tab mod adversely affect the handling of the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aa996
    Hi everyone, this is my first post to the forum. I just bought a 1997 Super V that has the Jekyll swingarm but it doesn't appear to have the tab mod. It does have a 7.5 X 2 Fox Float R shock. Does this lack of tab mod adversely affect the handling of the bike?
    Please post a picture.

    Are you sure that it isn't a 6.5x1.5 shock? Without the frame modification the geometry and bottom-bracket height will be very undesirable. The headtube angle would exceed 71 degrees and the BB would likely be over 15 inches.

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    [QUOTE=nbarsotti]I currently have a 2000 SuperV 1000 that already has a jekyll swing arm that was replaced years ago under warranty when the original swing arm cracked. /QUOTE]

    I have a 97' Super-v. This was the last year that Cannondale offered a lifetime warranty. Out of curiosity, if I was to somehow crack the swing arm, it seems as though they would provide a new swing arm. I doubt they still have new Super-V swing arms laying around. I have the original sales slip. Is this as it seems? What are your thoughts on this?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop
    I have a 97' Super-v. This was the last year that Cannondale offered a lifetime warranty. Out of curiosity, if I was to somehow crack the swing arm, it seems as though they would provide a new swing arm. I doubt they still have new Super-V swing arms laying around. I have the original sales slip. Is this as it seems? What are your thoughts on this?

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    To my knowledge Cannondale has always provided and continues to provide lifetime warranties.

    They might make up a swingarm but its more likely that they would offer you a Rush frame and expect you to pay for a new shock to fit it.

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    Where is the best place to measure travel in the rear shock? If I'm using a tape measure would it be accurate to measure movement from the saddle to the ground?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop
    Where is the best place to measure travel in the rear shock? If I'm using a tape measure would it be accurate to measure movement from the saddle to the ground?
    The Super V has a 3:1 leverage ratio. Measure the stroke of the shock and multiply by 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rw420
    The Super V has a 3:1 leverage ratio. Measure the stroke of the shock and multiply by 3.
    Thanks.
    It seems that my shock has a 1.5 to 1.75" stroke. So I guess I have 4.5" to 5.25" of travel. And from what I read with a Jekyll SA I should get about 7.5" of travel with the right shock. Correct?

    Now on the other hand, if I ride mostly technical XC and not much DH I really shouldn't worry about more then the 5" of travel I already have. It seems with my style of riding that 3" or so of more travel might be counter productive as far as loss of power in the stroke of the shock goes. Agree?

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    I'm trying my darndest to post a picture, no luck yet. The shock measures almost exactly 7 1/2" from eye to eye. The swingarm doesn't appear to be at any more radical an angle as the ones posted here. But the tabs don't appear to have been altered at all. I'll e-mail you some pics if I can't figure out how to post them soon.

    Thanks, Jeff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coop
    Thanks.
    It seems that my shock has a 1.5 to 1.75" stroke. So I guess I have 4.5" to 5.25" of travel.
    That seems pretty unlikely for a '97. Are you checking to see where in the stroke it bottoms out? If it's an air shock you can deflate it and measure. What is the total length of the shock from bolt to bolt (i2i)?
    Quote Originally Posted by Coop
    And from what I read with a Jekyll SA I should get about 7.5" of travel with the right shock. Correct?
    No. Travel = 3 times the shock stroke. The largest shock you can effectively put on an Uber is a 7.5" with 2" stroke which gets approximately 6" travel. You will need both a Jekyll swingarm and modified shock mount tabs on the frame in order to fit a 7.5" shock
    Quote Originally Posted by Coop
    Now on the other hand, if I ride mostly technical XC and not much DH I really shouldn't worry about more then the 5" of travel I already have. It seems with my style of riding that 3" or so of more travel might be counter productive as far as loss of power in the stroke of the shock goes. Agree?
    Modern platform shocks solve the efficiency problems. I climb everything I decend and still find that the 6" travel Uber is an awesome all-mountain bike. IMO more travel is better to protect both the frame and rider from damage due to bottoming-out the shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aa996
    I'm trying my darndest to post a picture, no luck yet. The shock measures almost exactly 7 1/2" from eye to eye. The swingarm doesn't appear to be at any more radical an angle as the ones posted here. But the tabs don't appear to have been altered at all. I'll e-mail you some pics if I can't figure out how to post them soon.

    Thanks, Jeff
    How high is the bottom bracket (center)? And what fork is on it? If it has the original fork its gotta handle like a road bike.

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    It has a Fatty Ultra fork on it, and the BB is 14 3/4". I appreciate all your questions, if it isn't set up correctly I eventually want to get it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aa996
    It has a Fatty Ultra fork on it, and the BB is 14 3/4". I appreciate all your questions, if it isn't set up correctly I eventually want to get it that way.
    Yeah - you've got road bike geometry and a very tall BB. It will be much improved if you either cut the tabs (6" travel) or replace the shock with a 6.5" i2i to get 4.5" travel. What shock is on it now? If it doesn't have a modern platform shock then you'll really benefit by getting a new one.

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    Okay, I just learned firsthand why the shock mount should be moved. I went on a ride around the lake, with several creek crossings and lots of exposed roots, and that bike tried its best to throw me over the handlebars every time my front wheel hit something. The rear ride height is obviously too high. A more forgiving rake and a little stiffer front shock will help immensely too. I'm going to modify the frame tab really soon for sure, hopefully tonight. I'll take some before and after pics.

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    Okay, I completed the tab modification and though it's still a bit cobby I put it together and took it for a test ride. Like day and night! The bike steers much slower and feels so much more stable. Most importantly, it doesn't feel like it's going to pitch me over the bars when it hits a bump. I've roadraced motorcycles so I know that even a click of rebound on the fork can make a difference, but this totally transformed the bike. Thanks RW420 for all your input, it was invaluable.

    BTW RW420, how's the powdercoating holding up on your blue bike? I'd like to get mine powdercoated before I head to the islands.

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    I took the Uber out before going to work this morning. Here in Connecticut, there was a few inches of snow left over from a few days ago.





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    My Uber-V Fell Over

    One of the things I love about this thread (other than the great tech advice) is all of the pictures of the Uber-V's. I posted mine when I finished putting it together so I figure I'd post it while out on Trail 100 in the Phoenix Preserve.

    This photographic moment presented itself as I somehow became dislodged from my bike at the bottom of step three. Even the great Uber-V cannot completely overcome amateur riding skills (but it sure helps)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aa996
    Okay, I completed the tab modification and though it's still a bit cobby I put it together and took it for a test ride. Like day and night! The bike steers much slower and feels so much more stable. Most importantly, it doesn't feel like it's going to pitch me over the bars when it hits a bump. I've roadraced motorcycles so I know that even a click of rebound on the fork can make a difference, but this totally transformed the bike. Thanks RW420 for all your input, it was invaluable.

    BTW RW420, how's the powdercoating holding up on your blue bike? I'd like to get mine powdercoated before I head to the islands.
    There are many different types of powder coat. Some are much more durable and scratch-resistant than others. I chose from the industrial finishes that my local guy had in stock. The finish has some texture to it. It holds up very well and seems impervious to scratches.

    And speaking of the islands, I'm currently looking out at the Carribbean Sea from the balcony of my room here in Mexico while tapping this out on my ipod. So as nice as that fresh snow looks, I'm not missing it at the moment...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rw420

    And speaking of the islands, I'm currently looking out at the Carribbean Sea from the balcony of my room here in Mexico while tapping this out on my ipod. So as nice as that fresh snow looks, I'm not missing it at the moment...
    Awesome! Are you in Cancun? We stay at the Marriott Casa Magna while we're there. I travel extensively to Mexico and the Caribbean, though mainly on business. My wife works for DoD though, so we will be living in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for two years. That's why I got the mountain bike and sold my R600. I understand mountain bikes are much better suited for Gitmo than roadies. Now that I've modified the frame I'd like to make sure it's protected from corrosion, hence the powdercoating question.

    Thread jack over........

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    Quote Originally Posted by rw420
    There are many different types of powder coat. Some are much more durable and scratch-resistant than others. I chose from the industrial finishes that my local guy had in stock. The finish has some texture to it. It holds up very well and seems impervious to scratches.

    And speaking of the islands, I'm currently looking out at the Carribbean Sea from the balcony of my room here in Mexico while tapping this out on my ipod. So as nice as that fresh snow looks, I'm not missing it at the moment...
    Bastard!
    6" fresh powder on top of 4" of wet snow here. Conditions in the grove are good though...

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    just another great day on the uber...

    pueblo reservoir south shore trails. great stuff. sadly no action shots on the uber.
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    Sun rocks blue skies snow even, its so unfair. Dont any of you guys get to ride in mud and rain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baker921
    Sun rocks blue skies snow even, its so unfair. Dont any of you guys get to ride in mud and rain?
    we get mud when the snow melts. and afternoon showers all summer. but for the most part, colorado rules. it was in the 70s in pueblo. and i'm going skiing tomorrow.

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    baker, just in case you're not jealous enough already...the views while riding weren't bad either...
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    Not helping! I've got gales to go with the rain and the mud. Never mind my Prophet can take it but my SuperV's V-brakes can't. Have a great day skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiskEverything
    Has anyone figured out yet if a SV4000 + Rush swingarm is 29-er compatible?
    Also, how can you tell if a SV3000 would fit a Rush swingarm?

    My income tax return is on it's way!
    If you think it would, you probably know something most of us don't. It would be cool if it would work. Try it and return and report.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aa996
    Are you in Cancun?
    Aventura Palace - about an hour south of Cancun in the Mayan Riviera region

    Another hot day here!

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    Here's my report. I wondered if a Marzocchi Roco TST coil would fit on my V. I didn't really think it would. First I had a DHX 5.0 Air on it that stuck down after a few rides. I warrantied it for a DHX 5.0 coil that I couldn't get on it. Then I bought a Roco R Air because it was inexpensive - $171. It worked okay, but was kind of slow on the rebound. I don't think it's made for a single pivot, but it wasn't bad. After 8 months it would not hold air very well, so I warrantied if for the TST coil. Or rather, they gave me about a hundred bucks on an upgrade to the TST. Coincidentally it came with the spring and shock separate. I was kind of pissed because there aren't any instructions to assemble it. After awhile I figured out that I had to take the rebound knob off (with a small allen wrench) to get the spring on. Before I assembled it I put the shock body on the bike and moved it through a full stroke to make sure nothing would interfere. Because the spring was off it was easy to get in there, but I wondered if the spring would interfere when I put it on. Voila! I put the spring on and it was fine. There was a small trick to it. The spring keeper is star shaped to match the preload adjuster - the thing you screw down to compress the spring and make the suspension stiffer. At first I thought I would have to use a bench grinder to take off a little bit of the edge of one of the points of the star. But I put it with the slot facing down, then put a little pressure on to see if it would go on. It turned just a little off vertical and slid right on. The edge of the star point on either side of the slot will just fit on the edge of the offset where the shock mounts to the Jekyll rear triangle.

    Now I'm finally happy with this bike.

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    Hey guys,

    I just found shock mount kits for those of us with 5th Element shocks and 22mm tabs!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/5th-Element-Moun...QQcmdZViewItem

    I bought 2 sets, so there's 8 left.

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    Newest Uber

    I thought I would just post new pictures of my baby. I've had it put together for a couple of months but hadn't gotten around to posting pics. Thanks to rw420 for the front shock as i bought it from him. I had to have the reducer cups milled as they were gemini's.

    First one is before the rest are after.
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    welcome to the club

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    Started the conversion on my super v this week
    Basically put all of the parts off of my specialized p3 onto it for now
    Headset ruducer cups turned up this morning so just fitted those and my junior t's
    Tracking down a jekyll swingarm dont seem to be easy
    Lots more to be done when funds allow ha

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    Well, it's almost done. Just waiting for the 4mm ferrules for the SP41 housing and I can ride!!! It turned out better than I thought it would. It's a large frame but I thought for sure it would be too cramped. With a 120mm stem, it's perfect. Weighed it today and it comes out at 31lbs. The Tora fork probably does'nt help. Now all I have to do is decide on what to do with the Jekyll donor frame. I picked up a late s/a for $50.00 from the local dealer in great shape. Now I have two!!

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    Took my ride into the local downhill tracks in the woods today had a real pukka blast
    Cant wait for a swingarm to show itself haha
    Got a few pics to post soon
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    baalan what size is your Jekyll frame? If its a medium you could have a customer here
    New 04 Jeckyll to Large, need Medium???

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    It's a large. Top tube is aroud 23" +or- a little.

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    Would a 2003 jekyll swingarm be ideal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vin_bmx
    Would a 2003 jekyll swingarm be ideal?
    definitely

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    Quick question for the experts or anyone who knows. I am looking at Super V frames right now to make the conversion as I already have a swingarm. On a 99 super V do you know if it will work on a medium size frame? I know the tabs are different on this year model and don't require modification, but don't know if it makes a difference between a medium and a large.

    thanks

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    I do believe that the frame size does not make a difference. You should not have to make any modifications to a 99 frame.

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    I have a 99 frame in medium so I hope im correct in my thinking

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    Nice color change Jimmy... Now you guys will have to bring your rigs down to MA this spring for a ride!

    Quote Originally Posted by jdcamb
    I was able to get my hands on a XL team blue 99 Super V frame. I have been riding a large frame for 3 years and it served me well. But I always felt I could use a little more room. That and I was never happy with the color. Everyone called my bike Daisy??

    I am very happy with how it turned out. Here are the pics....

    Bare frame.



    Further along,



    Almost done.



    Done! Old frame on the floor...



    *edit.... It rides awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zen bicycle
    Quick question for the experts or anyone who knows. I am looking at Super V frames right now to make the conversion as I already have a swingarm. On a 99 super V do you know if it will work on a medium size frame? I know the tabs are different on this year model and don't require modification, but don't know if it makes a difference between a medium and a large.

    thanks
    We've never built up a '99 medium frame but I think it will work fine. In fact, I think any size '99 frame will work for an Uber build.

    All other years ('96,'97,'98, '00-02) require tab modification. Tab modification is not possible on a small frame because there is not room on the tabs to move the shock mount far enough forward. (A small frame still makes a nice Uber Lite though.) We have successfully modified the tabs on a medium frame but it is really close. We ended up having to do a bit of extra cutting, grinding, and sanding due to interference between the tabs and the end of the shock.

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    jdcamb, what are you planning on doing with that large frame?

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    Now I'm Po'ed. Took my new light for a light ride along a local trail and the RP3 gets stuck down! This happened after I got home though and not on the ride. Brand new shock. Off to Push to have them completely rebuild it for $150.00 or just replace it? I paid $150.00 for it supposedly new. Anyone else have this happen to them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zen bicycle
    On a 99 super V do you know if it will work on a medium size frame?
    Mine's a ninety-nine medium. I didn't have to do anything to the shock tabs.

    There's really not much difference between Cannondale sizes. An inch more difference between medium, large and extra large in what would be top tube length (if they had top tubes). Maybe slightly more than an inch difference in the cockpit because the hypothetical top tube is also not very horizontal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    Now I'm Po'ed. Took my new light for a light ride along a local trail and the RP3 gets stuck down! This happened after I got home though and not on the ride. Brand new shock. Off to Push to have them completely rebuild it for $150.00 or just replace it? I paid $150.00 for it supposedly new. Anyone else have this happen to them?
    RELAX! DEEP BREATH! A stuck-down is no big deal. I've fixed them trailside in under 10 minutes. All that has happened is that the pressure from the positive air spring has leaked around a seal into the negative side. This results from either a damaged or defective $2 quad seal or if there is too little Float fluid in the air sleeve to properly lubricate the seal. Full instructions are available here:
    http://www.foxracingshox.com/fox_tec...605-00-071.pdf
    You should read through all these instructions but some of the steps may not be necessary to fix your problem. For example, you do not need to remove your mounting hardware because it is narrow enough to allow the air sleeve to pass by. Since the shock is stuck-down, pressurized air is stuck behind the main quad seal where you can release it only by unscrewing and removing the air sleeve. You will need some Fox Float fluid. If you buy a bottle it will last a lifetime. I would do the following:
    1- Unbolt the swingarm
    2- Deflate the shock!!
    3- Put zipties or something similar through the rear shock eyelet to prevent the air sleeve from flying across the room and getting damaged (or damaging something). As soon as the air sleeve is unscrewed, the trapped air pressure will blow it off with considerable force and noise. Zipties are good because the nylon is soft enough to prevent damage to the air sleeve wiper.
    4- Carefully unscrew the air sleeve until the pressure is released (POP!).
    5- Remove the air sleeve and clean it out (see instructions)
    6- Clean and inspect the main quad seal
    7- Put a healthy coating of new Fox fluid all over the seals with your finger
    8- Slip the air sleeve back onto the piston and over the main quad seal. This can be tricky - everything has to be in it's proper place or it won't go on.
    9- Add 2 ccs of Float Fluid to the air sleeve and screw it back on (BY HAND - no tools!!).
    10- Pump it up and try it

    If the stuck down happens again you need to replace the main quad seal. If you don't feel comfortable working on it then print out the instructions and take them to your LBS with the shock. Good luck and please post the outcome here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zen bicycle
    jdcamb, what are you planning on doing with that large frame?
    Ignoring it until rw420 tells me I gotta do something with it?? I tripped over it the other day as it is sitting on rw's basement floor. So I guess it is available.

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    Thanks rw, I appreciate it. It was great to ride it while it lasted. Real smooth. Would a Push rebuild be worth it for the $95.00 basic or would it just be a factory spec rebuild?

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    Quote Originally Posted by baalan
    Thanks rw, I appreciate it. It was great to ride it while it lasted. Real smooth. Would a Push rebuild be worth it for the $95.00 basic or would it just be a factory spec rebuild?
    I have to say no. I wouldn't spend the money to have a new shock Pushed unless you were getting the custom Factory Tuning (which you probably don't need). Maybe after it's worn-out or broken. It just seems silly to have them replace a bunch of new parts. I really doubt if you'd notice the difference anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommurtz
    Nice color change Jimmy... Now you guys will have to bring your rigs down to MA this spring for a ride!
    Thanks. I am hoping to make my brothers 40th Bday party in Franklin the first week of june if I can. Vietnam would most certainly be in order. Lets see a pic of your new rig?

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    Holy crap that was loud!! I think my cats went through the ceiling. Well, it's apart. I'm a machinist and used to pulling things apart but this is neat!

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    Try to get new seals tomorrow ordered. I was hoping to post pics

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    Pike on an uber?

    Just curious...would like to maybe move to through axle up front and stick with 140mm travel...I wish you didn't have to step up to a 36 to get through axle on a Fox.

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    A few pics from the woods last week














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    Here's an updated shot of my white Uber. I was able to trade my polished swingarm for a white one. I had the cranks off anyway so it was easy to swap it out. I think it looks much better this way-
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