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    Commencal hardtails gallery

    here's my 2005 vip nuts 3 frame which i completed in late 2007. my goal was to build a nice looking and durable mtb with good componentry. all main parts are sram (sram, rock shox, truvativ, avid) weight is 10.8 kg (23.8 lbs).
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    Looking at the parts you have on there, I'm surprised it weighs so much. Other than that, it's a pretty hot bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f3rg
    Looking at the parts you have on there, I'm surprised it weighs so much. Other than that, it's a pretty hot bike.
    thank you. i was a little disappointed when i received the frame. instead of ~1.600g it weighed 1.800g. anyway, the frame was cheap (super-sale), i like the brand and i love how it looks.

    some parts are rather lightweight but most of them are not (frame, bar, seatpost, crankset, pedals). but weight was not my priority. my goal was to build a nice looking, durable mtb for a reasonable price.

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    My Commençal hardtails:

    Commençal VIP Nuts 5, rigid and singlespeed:


    Currently looking like this:


    Commençal VIP Nuts 2 (?):

    I wanted to use it for XC racing but didn't like the older geometry, so I have replaced the frame for something else. I still have the frame though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qprs
    Commençal VIP Nuts 2 (?):

    I wanted to use it for XC racing but didn't like the older geometry, so I have replaced the frame for something else. I still have the frame though..
    the vip nuts 2 frame was the reason why i decided for commencal. still a great looking frame! what i don't like about the build shown in the pic is the mixture of components (tune, race face, ritchey). i would have decided for one and it would have been a perfect build!

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    Quote Originally Posted by daddy yo yo
    what i don't like about the build shown in the pic is the mixture of components (tune, race face, ritchey). i would have decided for one and it would have been a perfect build!
    I agree, it would look better that way.
    I used parts I allready had lying around here, which also explains the white Fox and golden chain (those colours wouldn't have been my first choice, if I went out buying new parts for this frame).

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    My all-time favourite bike!

    I love this bike!

    I originally bought this Combi second hand with the idea of fixing it up to sell on or give to one of the kids but when I tried it out I just loved the way the frame rode. There was literally nothing else on the bike I wanted so the only original parts of the bike are the frame and seat-post clamp.

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    Rock Shox Reba, Hope Bulb/Mavic D321 wheels, mid-range Shimano transmission and brakes. Unusual features; I use Shimano flat-bar road shifters as they have micro-adjust on them which lets you stop the chain rubbing the dérailleur with a click of the shifter. Avid HS1 disks, they squeal less than Shimano ones. Big 48/38/28 chain rings as I ride this bike on the road as well, helps me keep up with my mates on their road bikes! ;0) Bigger cassette to claw back those low gears.

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    Really high riser bars as I get back problems otherwise. Looks mental but feels excellent :0)

    On the road I swap the wheels for Hope/Mavic X317/Specialized Armadillo. A lot of the back/farm roads where I live are pretty rough so the relatively tough wheels let me just batter over them. It's hard work keeping up with road bikes on a MTB but working harder suits me fine. If I wanted it easy I'd take the car.

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    I love this frame so much when it dies I want another just like it. The back end is short and stiff so the bike is agile and climbs brilliantly. The trade-off for the short-stem directness off road is lack of high-speed stability on road but you get used to that. I will be gutted when this frame gives up.

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