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    My new build begins

    After being away from riding for a bit, I decided to get back into it. Since Steelheads are cheap, they have a decent rep for strength, etc., and you can find one pretty easily I chose to buy a used from from a dude over @ Ridemonkey. UPS showd up @ the hacienda with the boxed up frame this past Friday. I pulled it out of the box, and it was in the exact condition the guy had described. Since it was a metallic blue, I decided to sand it down, prime it, and shoot it an ultra-flat blk. So now the paint is done... on to the next phase (forks, stem, and bars). I thought I would post some pics and show off my work... what do you think?

    The last pic is of a Steelhead I found on Pinkbike, where the dude is running a DC fork. Do you guys think that's a bit overkill? I go back and forth.
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    resident cynic
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    The steelhead can def handle a long fork, so too each his own. Thats a great bike.

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    That is once nice ride.

    Nice paint work.

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    What ever you do, don't route your f. brake line like that guy.

    My friend rode a steelhead with an adj travel Pike for while, he loved that bike.

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    I like the Huffy BMX bike in the back ground. Reflectors, Pegs, Lucky.....

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    chinkerjuarez: you'retalking trash on a kids bike... LOL... NICE!
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    Yeah I know I just noticed it, thought it needed to be brought up.

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    whats the story behind routing your brake line like that..

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    What kind or riding are you planning to be doing? If you're hitting urban or freeride then a 888 would be beautiful on there. If you're going to use it as an "all mountain" machine then maybe an RS Totem or even a Marz 66RC2.

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    Sally: No idea on the brake lines. That is a pic I grabbed from pinkbike.com, and used it only for reference when asking if anyone thought a DC fork was a bit overkill on a Steelhead. The routing of the front brake line looks a bit jacked if you ask me. I dont think I would ever use that method in this build or any other build.

    thump: I am going to be using the rig for mostly freeride and light DH stuff. So the 888 gets a big vote I guess? I've had some guys in a local shop recommend it also.

    Anyone have any experience with the Titec El Norte stuff? I like the looks of their bars with the 1.5" rise.
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    Yeah.. The 888 is a great fork for FR/DH. I haven't owned it personally but a friend of mine had one on a Ellsworth Dare that I would steal pretty regularly and it was smooth.

    If you had a 1.5 steerer tube I'd recommend the Totem, but at 1 1/8 I'd stick with the 888 or 66RC2. Btw, definitely check out the Avid Codes when it comes to brake selection. Put a pair on this year and they are soooo nice.

    Also.. Hadley hubs and EX721 or 729s (prob a 729 on the rear at least).

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