if you ever want to sell, this is basically my dream bike... I know, my dream is pretty low but, its what I want to build.
Originally Posted by amadkins
Is that Marx fork a 44 MicroTi? If so, I'm just curious why you would switch to the Tower Pro? The Tower Pro is excellent, but I found them to ride very similarly when the MicroTi is tuned correctly, so I probably wouldn't spend money just to have a fork that rode pretty much the same. These are my two personal favorite 29er forks.
Originally Posted by amadkins
Moots 2010 29er Ybb
Replaced drivetrain in May and is XT
Fox Float 29 15mm thru-axle (Pushed)
Stan's Flow with King hubs (F&R)
Moots Seat Post
Selle Anatomica Titanico X (most comfortable seat I ever had)
Over 15,000 miles on it and still love it
Jet 9 RDO
I'm 6'5" and 230lbs in my birthday attire.
Jet 9 RDO (XL)
Stan's Arch EX w/King hubs
XT 2x10 w/XTR shifters and shadow plus rear mech
King HS and BB
Thomson seatpost and stem
Ritchey WCS carbon bars
I love my XC race machine!
Banshee Prime (L)
Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy (L)
Both bikes have LaceMine29 wheels: 36-hole MTX-33s laced to Hope Pro 2 Evos on the Prime, and Stan's FR rims laced to a DT 340 and a Hope Pro 2 on the Yelli. I don't worry about my wheels.
It is. In order to get small bump compliance where I want it, I have to run it pretty soft. Couple that with the fact that it doesn't use the last inch of travel, and I have about a 45mm front travel bike. I've also found Marz customer service to be pretty lacking.
Originally Posted by jeffj
The tower pro experience has been much better even without the xxfirm spring. I expect it to get even better.
Originally Posted by shugarbear
2011 Stumpy Expert.
Wide Race Face Bars w/Ergon Grips
Upgraded Wheels- i23 Rims, Tied DT Comps Spokes, Hope Evo Front Hub, King Rear Hub.
Hans Dampf 2.3 on the front. 2.2 Nobby Nick on the rear.
Currently on the Spesh Rockhopper, but looking to go with a Banshee Paradox this spring
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2010 Kona Unit.
I'm thinking about getting either 2013 Unit (with raw metal finish) or Surly KM next spring.
Just picked up a 2012 Trek Cobia last month. So far I added Black-Ops Nylo-Pro Pedals, Serfas Saddle, and The Sensus Swayze grips. I've only put about 10 miles on it, but I really like it so far. Can't wait for more...too bad it is getting so cold up here in WI.
6'4" about 300lbs geared up. 2012 Carve Expert, all stock but XT shifter and brakes W/Ice tech rotors. Love it and it is the fastest turning bike that I have been on, it rides like it is on rails. Stout 29 rims are heavy but have been holding up well in the dirt. Stock M446 brakes were junk and deore shifters were weak as well. Got a great deal on a closeout and with the shifters and brakes I paid just a bit over MSRP. LBS also threw in a free chain guard as well.
Abram1 & Lurch
Pride and joy -'12 Specialized Camber 29er Elite and 26" city roller - '89 CDale M500
Rider - 210-220 6"3 - Lanky 8'6.5" vert reach
The Camber (Abram) is a solid ride that takes a lot of abuse on the rocky AZ trails. I lament to smoother trail days when Lurch (in black) was my steed in the Denver foothills and Winter Park area. OTB days are behind me, -HA! Lurch was literally dropped down mtn sides, wheel taco'd, all but cracked, hung in storage for 10 years, exhumed, sanded and given an appeal that few would know there are a couple Race Face components there. Now a bike I can lock up in public for an hour with little worry, minus the seat and fully locked wheels and frame.
The Camber has survived 13 hour endurance rides without any issue, and my lower back never pains me. It's plush, indeed. Climbs like a goat, descends like a rocket. In 1.5 years and 220lbs bangin' on it, it has never needed a wheel tune - knock on wood. I've learned a bit about the RS Ario rear shock, and perhaps it's fair to say this is universal on Manitou too. After (1.2yrs) the first and only replacing of the seals by a shop I like, it seems the final tension or torque placed on the air cannister has not been adequate, which resulted in a large ring seal on the bulkiest part of the cannister purging. What I've had to discover, is I can put it on the bench at home, unscrew, reseat the gasket, and squeeze that f-er down as tight as my hands let me.:cool: RockShox online videos suggest no torque rating for this, only hand tight - BUT THE TRICK MUST ALSO BE HOW TIGHT YOUR ELF GRIP WILL LET YOU GET IT!
Lurch, (puckermobile) the m500 Cannondale of yore was my first attempt, which I'm realitively satisfied with, at building a less attractive city commuter. It needs a longer steerer tube on a different fork. Ideas welcome, please. :rolleyes:
If you have questions about the Camber - demo one or PM me. Each day, I long to get on this bike and hit rugged trail even though I've had epiderals in my L5 S1 back area years ago. No back issues despite terrain.
300lber here. Not-so-patiently awaiting my New Waltworks SS and a Jet 9 RDO.
Motobecane Fantom ProSL hardtail and a Santa Cruz Tallboy. Have had the MB for 2 years and no issues except for trashing the original Formula rear hub (replaced w/WTB). Just got the Tallboy (couldn't pass up SC's blowout price!!) after using a Blur. Built up w/X-Fusion Slide 29 120mm fork, DTSwiss wheels, Elixer brakes, and some other stuff I had. Love 'em both!!
Having fun on this Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC. 6' 270 down from 330 in four months. Have also switched to flat pedals since this photo.
Originally Posted by Gonzilla
Just riding? Or riding and dieting?
Airborne Goblin 22" frame fits my 6'5" 260lb body pretty nice.
I started commuting to work 1/2 hour each way. I also started to ride at least twice a week for at least 2 hrs on trails that I would have to walk up. Lots of fun on the way down. I am starting to make it up some of the hills. I had done this years ago with some success but what really kicked it in for me this time was some tough talk from this Paleo website called Whole 9 life. Totally free advice on how to get it done. Tried it for 30 days and then my wife and I had such good success with it we just kept on going. We have tried quite a few diets before but this one finally clicked with us. It is nice to feel that getting to my goal weight of 225 is not a struggle anymore, just a matter of time.
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Put 2600 miles on my trusty Access XCL29er this year. I bought it to get back into riding and love it. I'm about 230 down from 350 a year and a half ago.
Just bought a Marin Team CXR29er to race next year. I've only ridden it once but really like the ride. I'm swapping it to 2x10.
Also built up a SC Chameleon as a single speed. Tons of fun to ride.
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Great job on the weight loss Fro! That single speed is sweet! Makes me think I should do same thing to my commuter. It is an old Klein.
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Looks like you have been doing awesome with the weight lose. I does feel good to be in control of ones weight. The tricky part is continuing to eat healthy once you reach your goal. It is really easy to slip into old habits and have the weight creep up. I gotta be on top of what I eat all the time.
I like the Tallboy LT a lot. A long travel FS ride is next on my list. I want something for cushy fun.
2011 specialized stumpjumper fsr expert 29er
Just picked it up yesterday. And a heck of a deal too
2013 Specialized Camber Comp
I own a 29er, but I haven't been able to ride it on any trail.... it has been raining/muddy since the day I brought it home. I have just been tooling around the neighborhood.... already LOVE this bike...