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    Post youre C'dale claymore

    Post youre claymore bike here.
    I'm looking for one but want to see some picture's of the claymore.

    On the net I only find pictures of the claymore that they use for the site, want to see some real life pictures, or in action, custom claymore's are also more then welcome.

    Cheers.

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    Click on my gallery. Claymore is a sweet ride.

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    What size is it?

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    Large, stock. Have Mallets on it now and have DMR V12 Mags for lift served downhill. Search Claymore in the forums and you'll find another set of Claymore pics from another lucky owner. I've been riding all over the hills / mountains south of Syracuse and have been extremely satisfied.

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    Thanx!

    Does the system with the travel adjuster really works? I mean then in the 180mm travel with other geo, does it feels as a freeride/downhill bike?

    I'm a downhiller right now, but we don't have a bikepark close here, minimal 3 hour ride (willingen,winterberg germany). And we go on a roadtrip every year for 4 weeks to france, austria, italy. And that is the only time the downhill bike get used, like 4/5 weeks in a year. The local tracks are easy and you can do them bij enduro bike, but we have so much cool single tracks!

    So I was thinking of the claymore, with single ring in front, maybe a totem 2 step, so I can ride them single tracks and the easy downhills but also some bikeparks and maybe some super enduro races next year.

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    It works. The geometry really does change. I've never ridden a purpose designed downhill bike however, the bike is absolutely different when you change from "elevate" to "flow" Switch the Talas fork from short to long travel and you are on a very different bike.

    For a lot of dedicated single track without a lot of downhill you might be wanting a little steeper geometry in "elevate" mode. You could get that by running more sag in the fork and less sag in the rear. Or go with a shorter fork (I'm not familiar with the totem 2 step maybe that was the direction you were heading).

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    Stylomat,

    Yes, it feels like a DH bike in flow mode. So plush but pedals so well. I run a 1x10 with a 36 big ring and it really is the one bike do all.
    Bike parks on weekends, trail rides during the week. I'll need to get some updated photos and post.

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    I was also thinkinig about getting a claymore as an up grade to a bit bigger bike but also as a do it all. I currently own a 150mm trail bike that I can and do ride daily on the trails here in MN. There are some on the north shore where I wish I had a bit more travel and a slacker head tubed as well as I'm originally from SD so I ride at least one time back home in the Black Hills and really wish I had a bigger bike. I am also planning on going out to CO and hopefully Whistler and I would like to be able to take only one bike to do the epic all day all mountain riding. Is this the bike? is it too big/much? to small/not enough? just right? How about the head tube angle? I know that c'dale is pretty notorious about having a steeper head tube angle on their bikes apposed to comprable other company's bikes? Is it worth looking at an angle set?

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    I don't really see the "need" for an angle set. It's really quite slack as is. I measured my head angle closer to 65 degrees stationary. Then you figure when you get on the bike and sag in Flow mode, it slacks more.

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    nice, that is perfect! sounds like you really like it. Do you know if they sell it as a frame set or do you have to buy a complete bike? I'm just trying to get the most info since my LBS doesn't have any and said they wont get any unless they are custom ordered and the cannondale demo that stops here usually is all about scalples and there road line up. Not a huge demand for big bikes in MN.

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    I agree with 2wheelrevolution. It is plenty slack as is. I've been riding the bike in everything, with the weather in New York lately that's been a lot of mud, and the bike does it all pretty well.

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    I've seen plenty of mud lately too.
    Complete bike only.

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    Have any of you guys had any issues with the frame, pivots or rear suspention or heard of any? How is the stiffness or the rearend and the bike over all?

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    I doubt many LBS will order a claymore on spec unless the owner wants one for his/her personal use (and of course is ready to pay for it). If you really want to ride one first you could get out to Highland MountainBike Park and ride a rental. They aren't stock but I'm sure you'll have fun. Rental page... Rentals & Service Shop Sure that will cost you to fly out (it's a long drive from Minnesota) but the Claymore isn't a cheap bike so it might be worth the investment for you. Alternately ask your LBS to find out where the nearest shop that has an owner/employee with one that is will let you try it. I was looking at YETI 7 before going with the claymore and while I never found a 7 in michigan to check out, I did find a Trek dealer that owned an ASR 5 and was willing to let me check it out.

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    I had a small issue with a popping sound from the rear suspension on the first ride. I checked the torque on the pinch bolts and it turned out the factory had shipped two bolts under torqued and the bushing gap was positioned incorrectly. I corrected it, took it back to the shop and they went over it again as well. No problems

    The bike is plenty stiff (see comments about wheel build below).

    I took it back in later for a freebie tune-up and they said they heard something. I didn't hear anything. (That probably meant they had missed the bike and wanted to take it for a joy ride) Anyhow, they took it down and fully serviced the rear end and the bike is as good or better than new.

    I had some issues with rear wheel spoke tension (full disclosure: I'm 235 pounds without gear) The wheel builder in the went over the rear wheel and increased overall tension. I've been out 20 times since with a lot of climbing and descending without any trouble. Highly recommend retuning the rear spokes for improved power transfer. The bike was already stiff laterally but the wheel tune up made it even more so.

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    @tmcl yeah I asked if they knew anyone that had one and they didn't of course, there aren't a lot of cannondale dealers in MN as Erik's Bike shop is the biggest bike shop in MN and they are the main C'dale dealer and I think there are only like 3-4 other shops in the whole state. I asked then if anyone would have a Jekyll or they would be ordering any in and didn't sound promising either. I would have to say that Highland might be out of my way a bit, haha. Oh well I might start working at erik's part time this spring and might just have to do more research and take a leap of faith! It sounds like such a rad bike! And exactly what I want the do it all fun bike! its definately a plus to hear you don't have any issues with it. I usually avoid bikes there first few years of production because I want to make sure they have all the kinks out first but if a bike park is using them as fleet bike they have to be pretty damn solid and i'm only about 175lbs so I don't i over flex most decent wheel sets when tuned to spec but I'll keep that in mind.

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    Had a few things on my bike not torqued correctly as well.
    Other than that no issues other than the screw holding the shock travel lever together came loose and I lost some pieces so I had to get a replacement lever.

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    do you guys all rock the stock fox talas forks? just wondering becaue I saw that Jerome Clementz is running the Rock Shox totem RC2 DH, which is a slightly bigger/beefier fork. Not sure if it's worth the upgrade or not.

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    Stock. No complaints here. I'd like a remote travel adjust on occasion as I flip back and forth between long and short depending on conditions but I'm not sure it's worth the hassle and clutter.

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    Does either fox or rock shox make a remote travel switch for the fork? the rear is remote right?

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    No, there's no remote switches available for the fork. Clementz runs a Totem because he's sponsored by SRAM. The TALAS does well, though it feels a little bit harsher on small bumps as compared to a coil.

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    Ditto re: a little harsh on small bumps as compared to coil. As speed and intensity picks up however it tracks well and feels nicely stuck to the ground.

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    Hey what's the full bike weight on the claymore?

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    I am really leaning towards wanting one of these over a Specialized SX Trail.

    My C'Dale dealer down here in Las Vegas honestly isn't very helpful with mtn stuff. They seem to only focus on the roadies.

    I didn't get a definitive price on these....

    What'd you guys get set back for your bikes, if you don't mind me asking?
    You in Oklahoma City? If yes, come ride with us.

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    About a hundred under the average internet posted price at the time. A little over 4K before taxes. Then the dealer "gave" back the taxes in a gift card @ 5% of the purchase price.

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    That was for a claymore 2.
    BTW just picked up a 1994 MT2000 Cannondale tandem in fine condition for $600. Both wife and self will be happy when we're on the road now.

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    Regarding weight, the shop said it was 32 pounds (stock) with cheap plastic pedals on it. I haven't independently verified it.

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    That's not bad at all. I just checked with my shop and they said the Claymore one is MSRPing at $5000 and probably shelf pricing between $4700-4800, If you are more friendly and know the bike shop you might even get a better price.

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    the bolt on my travel adjust lever worked itself loose and I ended up losing some pieces to my lever rendering it useless. I've been waiting two weeks for a replacement and it looks like at least another week until Cannondale will have them. So check and make sure your bolts are tight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMCL View Post
    Regarding weight, the shop said it was 32 pounds (stock) with cheap plastic pedals on it. I haven't independently verified it.
    What model level are you riding? I was thinking of getting the 2 as it comes with a van as for hard ripping I think I would rather have a coil over the Talas air and I never adjusted my 160 talas anyways, not racing up the mountain
    anyone, how does the pull shock hold up to hard riding and how is it for maintenance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMCL View Post
    I doubt many LBS will order a claymore on spec unless the owner wants one for his/her personal use (and of course is ready to pay for it). If you really want to ride one first you could get out to Highland MountainBike Park and ride a rental. They aren't stock but I'm sure you'll have fun. Rental page... Rentals & Service Shop Sure that will cost you to fly out (it's a long drive from Minnesota) but the Claymore isn't a cheap bike so it might be worth the investment for you. Alternately ask your LBS to find out where the nearest shop that has an owner/employee with one that is will let you try it. I was looking at YETI 7 before going with the claymore and while I never found a 7 in michigan to check out, I did find a Trek dealer that owned an ASR 5 and was willing to let me check it out.
    You said the bikes at highland aren't stock I was looking at them, I know they are red but what else is not stock or has been changed?

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    Regarding not stock. Derailleur is deleted, chain guided and bash guard added. Tires were Nevegels (Claymore 3). Wheels I don't know but they weren't 2011 Claymore 1 or 2 spec as best I could tell. For 2012 Cannondale website shows they have dropped the line to 2 models one with and MSRP of $3900 and the other with and MSRP of $5000.

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    Regarding maintenance of the shock. I'm #235 pounds and I've been riding in a lot of mud lately and all I've done is clean the bike after each ride. The frame nicely shelters the shock body from most mud flying off the front tire. I haven't touched the shock pressures since I moved from Michigan to Central New York 3 months ago. All I did then was check everything and make a slight change in pressure and adjusted the damping to account for the different terrain and speeds. Since then the bike has felt the same every ride. As mentioned in earlier posts, if you buy one, make sure all the suspension bolts are torqued to spec and check that the bushing gap is oriented according to spec and then you should be set for a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMCL View Post
    Regarding not stock. Derailleur is deleted, chain guided and bash guard added. Tires were Nevegels (Claymore 3). Wheels I don't know but they weren't 2011 Claymore 1 or 2 spec as best I could tell. For 2012 Cannondale website shows they have dropped the line to 2 models one with and MSRP of $3900 and the other with and MSRP of $5000.
    what do you mean by deraileur deleted? I'm looking at the pic and there is a deraileur and the rims are mavic cross max sx, wasn't that what the claymore 1 had on them? looks to me like its a mash of all of them, picking which components they liked. Does anyone know if highland sells these off at the end of the year? and if so how much they are asking?

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    The front derailleur is deleted. Yep, the wheels are what was on the 2011 lineup. Regarding the wheels I was looking at the 2012 Claymore 1 that is listed with Sun Ringle Charger Pro. My mistake on that one. Agreed, a mashup. There's less than 2 days remaining on an EBAY auction for a Claymore 2 if that interests you.

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    Highland is selling their bikes right now for $2700.

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    Sweet rides

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    How does it climb? Is there a significant difference compared to the jekyll?

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    I think it climbs just fine, no bob in the saddle. I can't compare it to a jekyll as a I haven't ridden one. Personally I tend to forget that the claymore is suspended when climbing in the saddle. Most of the reviews (there aren't too many) for the Jekyll had similar things to say regarding climbing.

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