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    Advise from the experts... that's YOU!

    I'm somewhat of a newbie to FS bikes as I've had my Cannondale HT since tha 80's and could use some advise UP FRONT. I'm 6'2" & weigh about 325.

    I have a Heckler X9 AM ordered that is suppose to be here next week & was hoping that with you guys experience you might provide me some advise on what needs changing right from the start. My dealer is willing to work with me if I need to swap parts - besides it would be much cheaper to do it now then after they have failed. The items that concern me are: Wheels, Suspension (Shock & Fork), and Saddle - I'm sure you guys will have more.

    FYI - I plan on changing the air shock to a DHX and was wondering what size coil spring you guys would recomend?

    It comes w/ the following:
    FRAME Heckler XL
    FORK 32 Float rlc
    REAR SHOCK Float R
    REAR DER SRAM X9 long cage
    FRONT DER Shimano M760A (XT)
    SHIFTERS SRAM X9 triggers
    CRANKSET TruVativ Stylo Team w/ Giga X Drive 22/32/44
    BOTTOM BRACKET Included w/ crankset
    CASSETTE SRAM PG 980, 11-34
    CHAIN SRAM PC 971
    BRAKES Avid Juicy 7's w/ 185mm rotors
    BRAKE LEVERS Avid Juicy 7's
    BARS Race Face Atlas low riser
    STEM Race Face Evolve XC, 31.8mm
    GRIPS Lizard Skin lock on
    HEADSET Cane Creek S3
    SEAT POST Thompson
    SADDLE WTB Pure V Stealth
    WHEELS DT 5.1 rims laced to DT 340 hubs w/DT 14/15 spokes, alloy nipples.
    TIRES Kenda Nevegal 2.35 folding
    TUBES Kenda Freeride

    Thanks in advance.

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    Really I wouldn't change anything until something breaks. That build is a good starting point. Don't go too crazy. I (personally) dont care for that shock, but run it till it dies.

    Have fun and keep the rubber side down.

    Brock...
    Are the wheels roundish? Ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBFan
    The items that concern me are: Wheels, Suspension (Shock & Fork), and Saddle
    You have pretty good parts there, overall.
    Wheels: that is a set that people use for riding HARD.
    Suspension: air suspension gives you good possibilities for adjusting the spring rate. Just add or remove air, no changing springs.
    Saddle: a pretty personal choice, you'll know if it is good in a few rides.

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    That looks like a pretty solid start to me, I wouldn't change anything right out the door. Maybe the crankset eventually, seems little on the lighter XC side to me but solid part none the less.

    Maybe have the rear shock PUSHed at some point or swap for a coil? Wheelset looks to be the ducks nuts, I wouldn't change it.
    Quote Originally Posted by turnerbikes
    in fact for trail type bikes I am tired of QR roady shite in general. Lets move on.

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    My Superclyde Heckler Build

    I am almost done buying parts for my Heckler frame. I ordered it with a DHX shock, and I bought 600, 650, and 700 pound springs. I weigh 300lbs.

    Here's my build sheet:
    Heckler 5 frame, XL, powder black
    Fox DHX 5.0 shock, 8.5x2.5
    Fox 36 TALAS RC2
    XT 750-series derailers and trigger shifters
    Shimano Saint Triple crank
    SRAM PG970 level cassette and chain
    Avid BB7s w/203mm rotors and Speed Dial 7 levers
    Funn Fatboy bar, 2" rise
    Takeoff stems from the LBS until I get it dialed, then X4 or hope
    Beanfink's Big Fat Grips (ODI rogues w/ourys stretched onto them)
    Chris King Nothreadset
    Thomson Elite seatpost
    WTB Power V saddle
    Mavic EX729 rims
    Hope Pro 2 hubs, 20mm front, QR rear, 36 hole
    Kenda Nevegal 2.35" DTC, kevlar
    Cheap tubes

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    Looks like a solid build.

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    The build is fine no need for changes, maybe get the shock PUSHED.

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    What does - get the shock "pushed" mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBFan
    What does - get the shock "pushed" mean?
    Push Industries will tune the shock for your weight, bike and riding style.

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    One thing I failed to tell you guys was that my dealer was willing to swap out & install whatever shock & fork I wanted at only the MSRP difference.

    What should I get? DHX? Vanilla Fork? 36 Fork? Air or coil? etc.

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    Coil rear shock if it's the same dough, you might as well.

    If you are going "big" the 36 is awesome. The Marz 66 is super/duper/badarse. Marz Z1 light is top-notch if "big" for you is <7 feet.

    Good luck.

    Brock...
    Are the wheels roundish? Ride it.

    Disciples Of Dirt, come ride with us.

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    I like Marzocchi's forks, and one major reason is that even the coil forks are "air assist": you do not have to swap springs to adjust them for your weight and riding style, you just put in more or less air.

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