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    Got my bike!

    Hello all,

    I am new to this place and I thought I'd share some photos of my new bike.
    Richards Bicycles took care of me, what a great shop!

    I welcome any comments/suggestions. The bike will be used for aggressive XC and climbing.

    Frame: Ellsworth ID
    Fork: Sherman Firefly
    Headset: Chris King
    Rear Shock: Romic Racing Shock
    Rims/Wheels: Mavic X321 disc rims
    Hubs : Shimano Deore XT
    Spokes: 14g stainless steel
    Tires: Hutchinson Tubeless
    Crankset: TruVativ Holzfeller, 44/32/22
    Bottom Brkt: TruVativ ISIS GigaPipe DH
    Chain: Shimano HG-93
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Cogs: Shimano HG50-I
    Shifters: Shimano Deore XT
    Handlebars: Easton Monkeylite EC90
    Tape/Grips: ODI Lock-On
    Stem: TruVatuv Team, 120mm x 5 (17 -19),
    Brake Levers: Avid Juicy levers
    Brakes: Avid Juicy Seven hydraulic
    Pedals: Time ATAC Alium, clipless
    Saddle: Fizik Plateau
    Seat Post: Thomson Elite
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan996tt
    Hello all,

    I am new to this place and I thought I'd share some photos of my new bike.
    Richards Bicycles took care of me, what a great shop!

    I welcome any comments/suggestions. The bike will be used for aggressive XC and climbing.

    Frame: Ellsworth ID
    Fork: Sherman Firefly
    Headset: Chris King
    Rear Shock: Romic Racing Shock
    Rims/Wheels: Mavic X321 disc rims
    Hubs : Shimano Deore XT
    Spokes: 14g stainless steel
    Tires: Hutchinson Tubeless
    Crankset: TruVativ Holzfeller, 44/32/22
    Bottom Brkt: TruVativ ISIS GigaPipe DH
    Chain: Shimano HG-93
    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Derailleur Shimano Deore XT
    Rear Cogs: Shimano HG50-I
    Shifters: Shimano Deore XT
    Handlebars: Easton Monkeylite EC90
    Tape/Grips: ODI Lock-On
    Stem: TruVatuv Team, 120mm x 5 (17 -19),
    Brake Levers: Avid Juicy levers
    Brakes: Avid Juicy Seven hydraulic
    Pedals: Time ATAC Alium, clipless
    Saddle: Fizik Plateau
    Seat Post: Thomson Elite
    Build looks good but I'm curious about your crank selection. Why the DH weight cranks and BB with so many other lighter weight components? Let us know what you think of the fork.
    Nothing to see here.

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    Very nice build indeed. I like all the specs of the bike - Good mix of parts I think.... I quite like the look of the Manitou fork with that frame.

    Looks aside, I bet that bike ride great.
    Trev!

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    Hi,

    I was just wondering where you got the pictures taken. That is quite nice and a change from the usual bike-leaning-against-the-wall (or sofa, tree or garage door) picture. How did you get the bike to stand without any visible means of support?

    Just wondering...


    Regards,

    Laifer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laifer69
    Hi,
    How did you get the bike to stand without any visible means of support?
    These specific photos were taken by Mike Richards from Richards Bicycles. I myself have taken many similar pictures. Simply photograph the object against a plain wall and preferably with a white sheet on the floor. You can later edit the photo using Photoshop in order to delete the background, floor, and anything other than the bike itself. You can also add shadowing as is the case in this picture (underneath each tire).

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    Why the DH weight cranks and BB with so many other lighter weight components?
    Although I prefer lightweight components, durability is my main concern. I am curious what you would have went with. I welcome any suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Dan

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    Race Face Next LP and Signature XS

    both cool and durable...

    Quote Originally Posted by dan996tt
    Although I prefer lightweight components, durability is my main concern. I am curious what you would have went with. I welcome any suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan996tt
    These specific photos were taken by Mike Richards from Richards Bicycles. I myself have taken many similar pictures. Simply photograph the object against a plain wall and preferably with a white sheet on the floor. You can later edit the photo using Photoshop in order to delete the background, floor, and anything other than the bike itself. You can also add shadowing as is the case in this picture (underneath each tire).
    Nice ride. I have the new XT cranks on my ID. They are ultra stiff and smoooth. Plus a whole lot lighter than the Rface. Richards is my LBS and they are really good at taking care of new and used customers.

    Dan if you like to ride the way the bike likes it than we need to hook up. If I understand correctly you live close to Palos. I'm easy to spot. I have the only red ID here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan996tt
    Although I prefer lightweight components, durability is my main concern. I am curious what you would have went with. I welcome any suggestions.

    Thanks,
    Dan
    I can't fault you for that logic. I try to do the same as I tend to wear equipment out rapidly. My bike is laden with heavier equipment. There is nothing wrong with the Truvativ I was just curious about your choice. I've always had good luck with the Shimano XT Cranks and would love to try the new XT with the integrated BB listed as 860g w/ BB. But the cost is prohibitive so I would have chosen the FSA V-drive Extreme Cranks. I use their rings on my current 2003 XT and they shift very well. At 689g they are not much lighter than the Holzfeller just my preference.

    Nice bike - How does it ride?
    Nothing to see here.

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    nice build!
    richards bikes did a great job!

    what's the weight of the complete bike?

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    Dan if you like to ride the way the bike likes it than we need to hook up. If I understand correctly you live close to Palos. I'm easy to spot. I have the only red ID here.
    That would've been great, though I live in NYC Thanks though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    I can't fault you for that logic. I try to do the same as I tend to wear equipment out rapidly. My bike is laden with heavier equipment. There is nothing wrong with the Truvativ I was just curious about your choice. I've always had good luck with the Shimano XT Cranks and would love to try the new XT with the integrated BB listed as 860g w/ BB. But the cost is prohibitive so I would have chosen the FSA V-drive Extreme Cranks. I use their rings on my current 2003 XT and they shift very well. At 689g they are not much lighter than the Holzfeller just my preference.

    Nice bike - How does it ride?
    Thanks for the suggestions The bike rides GREAT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryman
    nice build!
    richards bikes did a great job!

    what's the weigh of the complete bike?
    Ryan, I have yet to weight the completed bike. I will weigh it this week.

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    Great looking bike, Mike from Richards Bicycles looked after me great also. They were most helpful, also re the fact I am in New Zealand.

    During transit, the SRAM XO Shifter got damaged, next day Richards Bicycles had one in the post to New Zealand for me..........

    Enjoy the bike. Ride hard, means better health
    The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"

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    Better pictures, this bike rides like a dream!
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    I did a 20 mile pretty technical run today. Conclusion: the Hutch Scorpian Tubeless tires are ****. No traction, I was sliding all over the place. 26 x 2.0 F and R.

    Can anyone recommend a great tire setup for my ID? I ride aggressive XC and a lot of climbing.

    Thanks,
    Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan996tt
    I did a 20 mile pretty technical run today. Conclusion: the Hutch Scorpian Tubeless tires are ****. No traction, I was sliding all over the place. 26 x 2.0 F and R.

    Can anyone recommend a great tire setup for my ID? I ride aggressive XC and a lot of climbing.

    Thanks,
    Dan
    yeah conti vertical pro 2.3 works great
    D. by the way nice bike!

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    I'm trying to decide between:

    2.3 Hutchinson Octopus UST
    2.3 Conti Vertical Pro UST

    I hear the Conti's have weak sidewalls, while the Octopus is a very strong tire.

    Which would you guys choose and why? I'd like to order them by tonight.

    BTW: I am running X321 Disc Rims.

    Thanks!
    Dan
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan996tt
    I'm trying to decide between:

    2.3 Hutchinson Octopus UST
    2.3 Conti Vertical Pro UST

    I hear the Conti's have weak sidewalls, while the Octopus is a very strong tire.

    Which would you guys choose and why? I'd like to order them by tonight.

    Thanks!
    Dan
    I really like the conti's, but i guess I should have mentioned that I use X-max xl wheels and standard conti vertical' protection" tires(and Stan's). It's been a great setup! the sidewalls are reinforced. I don't know if they make a ust version.
    D.

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    I've had great luck with the Vertical Pro's as a UST. Sidewall did split after 10 months hard riding in a solo 24 hour race- but that's pretty normal fatigue. Lots of people I know love the Nokian NBX 2.3 UST except it does not hook up on wet roots or rocks- I'm considering trying it. I've never heard one person who was not talking about XC racing say anything good about the Hutchinson's, but I hear they work good on the XC conditions they're specifically designed for (Mosquito for mud, Python for hardpack, etc), but like I said, that's reviews saying that, all word-of-mouth I've ever heard does not recommend Hutchinsons. Peace

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    Looking at that bike for the first time I thought those tires were totally wrong. That bike needs aggressive tires, not CC race tires. I don't have an Id, but on my Heckler I use Kenda BG/Nevegal at 34 psi and I find them to be fast and have tons of grip. They make you feel like you can just plow through anything, but at the same time corner like rails.

    I used to run Python Airlites and although the speed is addicting, in the long wrong you are slower and less confident. What's the point of having a bike like that if you have no confidence in your tires?

    Good luck...

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    Other tires you may like...

    Specialized Enduro Pro UST, and Kenda Kinetics UST. If you catch a bike event/show with a Kenda booth you can get the Kinetics in UST for $20 each, very reasonable.

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    very nice build indeed

    how are the juicy's??
    I Ride, I Know

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    A few new pictures...

    Added a WTB Rocket Stealth, awesome saddle!
    Added a Black Spire Big Bash Ring, this thing is heavy (350g) and built like a tank!
    Switched to Panaracer Fire DH PRO 2.3 F/ Fire XC 2.1 rear, major improvement!

    The Juicy Sevens rock, stop like no other systme I've tried.
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    Awesome build...

    Glad you got rid of the Hutchinson's. They just didn't belong.

    I run the same confidence-inspiring tire combo FireDH/FireXC on my black Id with Firefly's... almost thought I was looking my own bike.

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