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    Astrix Sports

    This thread is designed to post Astrix porn, share rides, hook and ride, setup Astrix riding groups and general comments on Astrix specific issues as well as meet new and veteran Astrix's owners! I am amazed there is not a bigger presence on MTBR. All the threads I found are hella old.

    My name is Rafael and I am a proud owner an 07 Astrix Huckster! Built up pretty burly to take drops and hucks, I've ridden Palm Springs Mountains, So Cal Freeride parks and favorite of all NorthStar at Tahoe! I am a local of Oakland CA and would like to meet fellow Astrix owners!

    Request for all you Huckster owners out there what fork do you use and how does it handle...and what head angle does it give you?

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    sick.

    My Union:


    Currently set up in DH mode (other the the gearing that is back at my trail setup of 32X19). Z1 Light @ 150mm, Ex823 on Hadleys, 2.5 Blue Groove front, 2.5 Minion UST rear, Hozefellers, Thomson post (stem is on order, Hayes Mag's, home made drop outs for longer wheel base. Sick little bike.

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    That is hella tight, how does it handle...I've been wanting a Union for a while now.

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    Good. Very very good for what I use it for. I'd prefer a slightly slacker head angle but other then that the bike rocks.

    I ride a bit of everything on it, the bike is very stable at speed, really inspires confidence when hitting larger drops and gaps. I've done a few larger drops with it ~10 ft'rs, raced DH on it and put it though lots of abuse. The frame holds up well.


    Now my bike has a longer then stock wheel base - about 20mm. This helps with the stability and allows me to run larger tires ( a 2.5 will now fit with ease) In it's stock form the bike cornered better and would feel more at home on a 4x track then racing DH.

    I'm accualy going to make a 2nd set of drops and move the axle up in the drops, to lower the bb and slacken the head angle - this will improve the bikes cornering and help in the really steep stuff.

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    Good. Very very good for what I use it for. I'd prefer a slightly slacker head angle but other then that the bike rocks.

    I ride a bit of everything on it, the bike is very stable at speed, really inspires confidence when hitting larger drops and gaps. I've done a few larger drops with it ~10 ft'rs, raced DH on it and put it though lots of abuse. The frame holds up well.


    Now my bike has a longer then stock wheel base - about 20mm. This helps with the stability and allows me to run larger tires ( a 2.5 will now fit with ease) In it's stock form the bike cornered better and would feel more at home on a 4x track then racing DH.

    I'm accualy going to make a 2nd set of drops and move the axle up in the drops, to lower the bb and slacken the head angle - this will improve the bikes cornering and help in the really steep stuff.

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    Good. Very very good for what I use it for. I'd prefer a slightly slacker head angle but other then that the bike rocks.

    I ride a bit of everything on it, the bike is very stable at speed, really inspires confidence when hitting larger drops and gaps. I've done a few larger drops with it ~10 ft'rs, raced DH on it and put it though lots of abuse. The frame holds up well.


    Now my bike has a longer then stock wheel base - about 20mm. This helps with the stability and allows me to run larger tires ( a 2.5 will now fit with ease) In it's stock form the bike cornered better and would feel more at home on a 4x track then racing DH.

    I'm accualy going to make a 2nd set of drops and move the axle up in the drops, to lower the bb and slacken the head angle - this will improve the bikes cornering and help in the really steep stuff.

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    Good. Very very good for what I use it for. I'd prefer a slightly slacker head angle but other then that the bike rocks.

    I ride a bit of everything on it, the bike is very stable at speed, really inspires confidence when hitting larger drops and gaps. I've done a few larger drops with it ~10 ft'rs, raced DH on it and put it though lots of abuse. The frame holds up well.


    Now my bike has a longer then stock wheel base - about 20mm. This helps with the stability and allows me to run larger tires ( a 2.5 will now fit with ease) In it's stock form the bike cornered better and would feel more at home on a 4x track then racing DH.

    I'm accualy going to make a 2nd set of drops and move the axle up in the drops, to lower the bb and slacken the head angle - this will improve the bikes cornering and help in the really steep stuff.

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    Hey Pepper, you got any close up pictures of those homemade drop outs??

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    OI - sorry about the dublicate posts above.

    I don't have any close up shots right now but can get some tonight.

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    Update

    Check out the new fork on my Huckster!

    Sweeeet!!!

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    ok I'm a slacker. I should have had photos of my drops on my Union up by now but I've jut not had my slr and my bike in the same place recently..

    Anywho I've just got a quick question, hopefully one of you will be able to help. What is the tallest recommended fork for a Union? The DHX on my downhill bike is blown (again) so I'm going to run my Union at the hill this weekend with my ... 170mm 2006 66RC2X on it. The bike feels great with the big fork but what are the chances I'll loose my head tube?

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    Not to sure what the max is but you might be pushing it with that much travel...Good luck.

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    Anyone, interested in trading frames...well other huckster owners I have a Large and would like to trade for a medium. Frame is in great condition with one small paint chip on the chainstay. I have ridden a Large for about 6 months and feel it might be just a little to big.

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    some up to date shots of my union, currently sitting at 33.4 pounds with the 66, EX823's and big tires from the DH bike.

    The drops were made from 5052 plate aluminum, made by hand with a jig saw and a file. I need to toss the big steel bolts thou as they are stupidly heavy. I'm going to swap them for some alloy bolts as soon as I can. Normally I'd ride this bike with my z1 and some smaller tires, keeping the weight around 30 even.








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    That is pimp! Does it make stiffer, or why the customization?

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    A bit stiffer yes then the old set up yes (not that the old set up was flexy mind you)

    My main goal was to widen the wheel base so the bike would be more stable at speed and to increase tire clearance. my new drops are around 20mm longer then the old set. They totally transformed the bike. This is by far the best handling hardtale I have ever ridden DH with. I raced on it once this year and posted some pretty solid times and shocked many of the folks on real DH bikes.

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    I see very clever, I am considering getting one for myself. I will post pix of my bike with new for and crankse soon!

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    G'day Blokes,

    Thought i'd join the Astrix lovers group.

    I have just an 07 Huckster frame - in the process of building her up.

    How do you find the maz tripples on yours Rarrayo?

    How does it effect the head angle/handling.

    Mine will purely for DH and i'm putting a 200mm boxer race on her.

    Will post some picks when she's all nice and dirty.

    Cheers,

    jawry

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    Awesome!

    Great to hear your building up a Huckster! Well when I first built it up I ran a RockShox Domain with 180mm but the axel to crown was around 572mm and honestly it handle...well it felt to slack and sluggish around the corners, not very responsive. I called Astrix and they explained that they designed the frame around a lower axel to crown...so they recommended a Triple Travis 180mm. This fork is sweet 180mm, Intrinsic Travel super plush and stiff. Now the bike handles the way it was designed to, responsive and quick around a corner.

    I recommend you research the axel to crown of the 203mm your thinking of running. Honestly I think 180mm is more than enough to race DH, I have taken this bike everywhere and ridden it hard and I never had a problem with it bottoming out.

    Can't wait for your build! Where do you stay?

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    G'day Rafael

    My name is Iain - i'm from Brisbane in Australia.

    At the ripe old age of 43 i have just got into DH and currently running an 05 Stinky - have pretty much outgrown that - hence the beautifull new bike!

    From your photo it looks to be Maz Monster on your Astrix. Thats 200mm isn't it?

    I spoke to the Aussie importer - he has a young bloke (Aussie Under 19 Champion) that is racing a Huckster with a 200mm Boxxer World cup - reckons it should be fine. I'll give the boxxer a go (i got it for a steal) if i dont like it may change it down the track.

    My frame is white - i reckon she looks hot. As money allows i'd like to add some coloured ano bits for the bling factor. I'm scouring the web for picks to help with the bling/colour making decision process (boys and their toys - just don't tell my wife how much i spend!)

    Will keep in touch and add some piccies when she is built up.

    Cheers,

    Iain

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    The Marz in the pix was a loner and it was an awesome fork, but hella heavy...Yes keep me posted and please let me know how it runs with the boxxer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PepperJester
    some up to date shots of my union, currently sitting at 33.4 pounds with the 66, EX823's and big tires from the DH bike.

    The drops were made from 5052 plate aluminum, made by hand with a jig saw and a file. I need to toss the big steel bolts thou as they are stupidly heavy. I'm going to swap them for some alloy bolts as soon as I can. Normally I'd ride this bike with my z1 and some smaller tires, keeping the weight around 30 even.







    You're putting a ton of stress on the frame with those dropouts being so long. Definitely do NOT put aluminum bolts in there, they might break off. I would recommend putting in the highest grade steel bolts you can find...

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    Hey guys.
    I've got a Union HT. running a more 4x type setup than pepper, but still with a Marz Z1 sport (130mm travel) for a bit of DH type action.
    Will post pics as soon as I have some good one. Just recently broke my hand after a crash on it, so its a waiting game at the moment.

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    Nice welcome! I am planning on building a Rooks this summer will post pix as I get going.

    Hey pete where you from?


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    I'm in the UK. Recently found I need a new brake lever too - crash totaled my hayes

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