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    It's blue.

    I wanted to get out for a ride on the thing before I posted up with just a picture, so here's some babbling to go along with it.

    Build... Pretty much everything from my chameleon which is going back to rigid single.

    How'd it ride? Well... it climbed way beyond my expectations. Seated, out of the saddle, both very nice. The weight was noticable, but it's only got a single ring up front.

    That brings be to where it points down... Well, I couldn't let it go to full out because of chain dropping. Remember the one ring? Maybe I overestimated on the chain length too, but either way it pretty much killed any kind of fun on the way down. I'm going to work something out on that and torture my kids by making them ride over to the Research Park.

    Anyhoo, it's blue.
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    Damn - I don't know if it's the lighting in the pic or what but that is sexy - I haven't seen one in that color (only the flat lighter blue that they used for the AC2) - very nice. I ended up pulling 4 links from my chain right after buying mine.

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    Research

    Hey there, if you head up there around 4 or so, I'll meet you up there. Thought that you were going to get a new Chamelion! That is too cool, now you will be REALLY smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s1ngletrack
    Damn - I don't know if it's the lighting in the pic or what but that is sexy - I haven't seen one in that color (only the flat lighter blue that they used for the AC2) - very nice. I ended up pulling 4 links from my chain right after buying mine.
    I think the color looks darker in that light, it's actually lighter. That was just the pic with the most agressive stance.

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    How do you like those Juicys? I just put some on my Chase, love them.

    Sweet ride.

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    Thats the frame i just bought for myself. I'm switching the parts from my current frame (01 Specialized Enduro Expert hardtail) to this one. I have a Race Face Evolve XC crankset up front, and I was considering putting on a bashguard, or even running one ring. But you are saying it'd be better with more rings? Maybe I'll keep all 3 of them, and look into a 3 ring chainguide.....I have a lot of problems with my chain coming off.

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    Your set up looks nice. I have an 03 Z1 FR for the front, but also a custom Stratos 7" dual crown. There's a company I found out of Big Bear, CA, that sells custom links that make the travel on ac frames adjustab le between 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches. I was thinking about getting the links and putting the dual crown on there, but I'll probably just put the Z1 on there for now. hmm.....not that you guys really care....sorry

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    Cool Sheet Jim. Nice setup. Chain does look a little longish! Maybe get a guide?

    Wanna meet Dave this friday afternoon for brew? Barry in town too?

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    That looks awesome Jim! That has to be one of the sexier shades of blue Ive seen on a frame.

    You still planning on hitting up Todd's this weekend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lidarman
    Cool Sheet Jim. Nice setup. Chain does look a little longish! Maybe get a guide?

    Wanna meet Dave this friday afternoon for brew? Barry in town too?
    Thanks. Yeah, I'm pulling the shock to cycle the travel and see what I can get away with... bare minimum.

    For sure! What time are you guys thinking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twouareks
    Your set up looks nice. I have an 03 Z1 FR for the front, but also a custom Stratos 7" dual crown. There's a company I found out of Big Bear, CA, that sells custom links that make the travel on ac frames adjustab le between 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches. I was thinking about getting the links and putting the dual crown on there, but I'll probably just put the Z1 on there for now. hmm.....not that you guys really care....sorry
    Thanks.

    I'm going to switch over to the 5.3" setting for now, with the Z1, but the bike would be a lot more stable with a 6-7" fork IMO. As for the plates, more travel isn't always better. Especially when you take into consideration the added stresses and angle changes... and the two combined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbdirteater
    How do you like those Juicys? I just put some on my Chase, love them.

    Sweet ride.

    Dave
    To be honest, the Juicys are sucking BIGTIME right now. Not sure why, but I have to squeeze the heII out of them to stop. Now I know they're only 6ers, but I'm pretty sure something is wrong.



    This is what my front lever looks like and I'm noticing the other lever looks the same way inside where it pivots, but it's not on the outside yet. I guess I should contact Avid or ask Larry what I should do since I bought them there. They FOR SURE aren't as strong as they should be or need to be for this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Blue
    Hey there, if you head up there around 4 or so, I'll meet you up there. Thought that you were going to get a new Chamelion! That is too cool, now you will be REALLY smooth.
    couldn't get out for the Park.

    Nothing smooth about me riding this bike... hehe My wheelbase grew by 2", the rear end isn't static, the top tube grew .5"... Man, that's a lot to get used to. I pulled up to drop the step this morning and ended up thanking my fork for saving my @ss. I'm either going to hit Eaton tomorrow while the kids are in school or try for the research park again. I gotta get some hours in on this thing if I want to go sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitchenware
    To be honest, the Juicys are sucking BIGTIME right now. Not sure why, but I have to squeeze the heII out of them to stop. Now I know they're only 6ers, but I'm pretty sure something is wrong.



    This is what my front lever looks like and I'm noticing the other lever looks the same way inside where it pivots, but it's not on the outside yet. I guess I should contact Avid or ask Larry what I should do since I bought them there. They FOR SURE aren't as strong as they should be or need to be for this bike.
    I had to bleed my rear Juicy, was too spongy out of the box. And I run a 203mm rotor on the front, think it really helps, no fade and both feel like excellent modulation now. Good luck with yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twouareks
    Maybe I'll keep all 3 of them
    If you ride trails with ledges and big rocks, the teeth on the big ring will quickly be ground down into useless nubs.

    I'm running a bashguard, and it gets plenty of use.

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    Looks awesome man, enjoy!
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    That's straight up freaky-- dude

    We have the exact same bikes...

    cept I had mine first and you knew...

    am I that good???

    naa, but welcome to the club

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loudpawlz
    If you ride trails with ledges and big rocks, the teeth on the big ring will quickly be ground down into useless nubs.

    I'm running a bashguard, and it gets plenty of use.
    I haven't had a big ring in a couple years. When I did have one, it was pretty much a bash guard I don't see how anyone 'round here keeps a functional one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiMana
    That's straight up freaky-- dude

    We have the exact same bikes...

    cept I had mine first and you knew...

    am I that good???

    naa, but welcome to the club
    hehe, when I first saw you hit that big rock drop on the shuttle, I thought you were on a much larger bike. Actually, watching you ride yours kinda helped in my decision a bit (the price helped too). I figured if it was holding up to the stuff you were doing on it, I should be A-OK. Now I'll have to wait until next season to hit that drop though. Plenty of time to get familiar with 'er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbike24_7
    Looks awesome man, enjoy!
    thank you, I'll give it my best shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiMana
    That's straight up freaky-- dude

    We have the exact same bikes...

    cept I had mine first and you knew...

    am I that good???

    naa, but welcome to the club
    Not trying to hijack the thread but - KaiMana - how do you like your bike with a Slider - as opposed to the Firefly? I have one coming on Friday for my AC1 and thought I'd ask someone who's ridden one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kitchenware
    Thanks.

    I'm going to switch over to the 5.3" setting for now, with the Z1, but the bike would be a lot more stable with a 6-7" fork IMO. As for the plates, more travel isn't always better. Especially when you take into consideration the added stresses and angle changes... and the two combined.
    I don't think the angles change with the travel adjust on the AC, that's how it was on my old one anyway. And not only is the TT longer but that ST angle really gets it back there and makes for one long cockpit. I went from a small AC to a small RFX, same TT but the RFX felt like a BMX bike with it's steep straight seat tube. The AC really gave me a good feeling for riding back on the bike, which I liked.

    What a deal too. Been awhile since you've been fully squished huh?

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    singletrack... I'm excited to see your slider this weekend. I'm looking at getting one but I already have a Sherman Breakout. really wondering if there is a deiiference and if it is worth the upgrade. Is your fork the TPC or the Evolve? Should be a good weekend as long as the weather holds out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Blue
    singletrack... I'm excited to see your slider this weekend. I'm looking at getting one but I already have a Sherman Breakout. really wondering if there is a deiiference and if it is worth the upgrade. Is your fork the TPC or the Evolve? Should be a good weekend as long as the weather holds out.
    the weather will hold out!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz
    the weather will hold out!!!

    dave do you use aim?
    Who else on here does todd?

    For those that dont know, my sn is Kleptomaniac345 or if you want to I'm always logged onto multiple sn's so its also COmtbiker12.
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