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    Nrs Pics

    i've seen a bunch of stickies here about faith pics, ac pics, reign pics, etc...
    here's my chance to start an NRS pics, sticky pls?

    here's my 05 nrs2:
    pic1 when i got it!
    pic2 is how it looks now!
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    some more detailed pics:
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    Oh wow, an NRS thread for me to drool over as i await the arival of one of my own. Hopefully soon i will be able to contribute some pictures to this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    Oh wow, an NRS thread for me to drool over as i await the arival of one of my own. Hopefully soon i will be able to contribute some pictures to this thread.
    FEEL FREE TO CONTRIBUTE PICS AND INFO. ALL CONTRIBUTIONS WELCOME!
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    Nrs in Action

    I have no still shots so i'll show my bike in action.
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    My 2005 Beauty.

    Don't think I'll go to an anthem until they are carbon. This nrs is just under 23lbs and is awesome for xc racing.
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    Thanks for the contributions, let's keep em coming guys!

    Nice pics, keep em coming! Stills, Action shots, and even Funny pics too.

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    ... and if we just ... great thread--now to get out the camera...

    Excellent thread. I have been meaning to break out the camera & take some pix's of mine. My wife kids me about the time I spend on my bike -- kind of reminds of a custom tag I saw on a nicing looking Subura WRX -- "OTHRWOM'N".

    Anyway, I started with a used hard-tail just over 2 years ago to see if I would like to MTB. Well, I proceeded to upgrade most every component over the following 1.5 years, primarily buying used parts off of ebay. In March 2005, I finally picked up a '02 NRS frame that came with a Cane Creek Cloud 9 shock and the 4.5" rocker arms ;-) Of course the frame was disc only, so I had to upgrade my wheelset too...

    Here's the build that I have ended up with:
    - '02 NRS 20.5" frame (red frame with some black) w/ Cane Creek Cloud 9 & 4.5" rockers
    - K2 - Noleen Mega-Air Shock (100 mm)
    - CrossMax XL (primary) / Shimano WH-M959 (secondary) wheelsets
    - XT 760 cassette (11-34) / XTR 953 cassette
    - SRAM 9.0 Half-pipe shifters
    - X.9 Rear Der, XTR 960 Frt Der, SRAM PC-99 chain
    - RaceFace Next LP cranks (carbon w/ red that matches the frame ;-) w/ UN-73 BB
    - RaceFace rings (46-34-24)
    - PD-M737 pedals
    - Maxm MX-6 carbon 1.5" riser handle bars
    - Avid Mechanical disk brakes (165mm rotors) w/ Avid SD-7 levers
    - WTB Rocket Laser Ti seat and carbon seat post (no name from icycleusa.com)

    About the only things that I have not replaced are the stem and the headset cap (it still says Trek ;-) It is fun to ride and is most appreciated on some of the rooted & rutted single track. Anyway, I need to get some pix's of it and wish I already had them. I did manage to do an endo onto the pavement a couple of weeks ago, and cracked the plastic gear indicators on the shifters -- I was lucky that was all I cracked--ouch

    I have not been able to weigh it but I am curious to know its weight. As I mentioned, only a few of the parts were purchased new at retail prices (cassette, chain, shifters, rear der). Most of the items came from individuals or ediscount.com. Including the 2nd wheelset, I have about $1350 in the bike (plus a few extra $$'s for cables, etc.). For most of the items, I figured out what I wanted by reading the mtbr forums & reviews, watched the prices on ebay, and then waited for a good deal. I got the WH-M959 wheelset (not to be mixed up with the really sweet WH-M965) w/ M953 cassette for an incredible deal off ebay--you can tell that chain had come off the cassette on the rear wheel but its not bad enough to merit replacing any of the spokes--they make a great 'back-up' setup ;-) They are not the lightest wheels (1900g-2000g) but the XTR hubs work well. I keep trail tires on the Crossmax XL's and less agressive / road tires on the WH-M959's.

    When I upgraded the hardtail to a 9-spd, I had a local shop do it. When I got the NRS frame, I borrowed a friend's bike tool set and built out the bike myself. Lots of fun.

    Anyway, sorry about writing the book -- you just got me started. Pix's to follow...
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    i'll post some updated pics of the new thomson elite stem (just came in yesterday) on the nrs when i get home from work.

    keep the contributions coming. a little love for the nrs is greatly appreciated. info and specs welcome too.

    ps. anyone running an xt hub with 717 rims gone notubes, pls. post pic of the setup and info if possible.

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    Heres mine, 2004 NRS Air........kept it stock, was very happy with every part that came on it. Currently for sale to be replaced by the Anthem 1





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    Guess I should also mention that I've been racing NRS's for almost 4 years. I had a 2002 NRS 1 for 2 years until the composite version was released and bought the 2004 NRS Air. I love this bike and probably have close to 100 races in those 4 years on the NRS. Needless to say I'm also looking forward to trying out Giants new design, I'm even willing to go non-composite for a year

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    i'm hoping to add some more pics to this post within the week.

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! losing steam

    let's get some more pics up, specially now that the nrs is being replaced by the anthem, soon the nrs will be a distant memory in the history of xc mtn bikes.

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    Here's my baby

    In all her glory, resting in the sweet singletrack. Dunno what to say 'bout her...after years of riding a HT, the NRS is a freaking rocket. Climbs better than my buddies "fully active" Stumpy FSR, and for the last two months has taken a 220lb beating and never wavered.

    BTW, how do I upload a bigger pic? When I try, it says the file size is limited to 195kb, and when I edit the pic to 195ish, it is so small....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaJockey
    In all her glory, resting in the sweet singletrack. Dunno what to say 'bout her...after years of riding a HT, the NRS is a freaking rocket. Climbs better than my buddies "fully active" Stumpy FSR, and for the last two months has taken a 220lb beating and never wavered.

    BTW, how do I upload a bigger pic? When I try, it says the file size is limited to 195kb, and when I edit the pic to 195ish, it is so small....
    Usually I just use image shack to host the image if it is too big rather than saving a smaller file.
    http://imageshack.us/

    and then use the [img] tags to post it on the forum. You can just copy and paste the format from imageshack.
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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by DakotaJockey
    In all her glory, resting in the sweet singletrack. Dunno what to say 'bout her...after years of riding a HT, the NRS is a freaking rocket. Climbs better than my buddies "fully active" Stumpy FSR, and for the last two months has taken a 220lb beating and never wavered.

    BTW, how do I upload a bigger pic? When I try, it says the file size is limited to 195kb, and when I edit the pic to 195ish, it is so small....
    nice one dakotajockey, and all the others that posted pics too. i tried taking pics with lower pixels ( from 5.0 megapixels to 3.2) then i post em and they come out all right.

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    Lack of smaller pic...

    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=4/11217204938.jpg&s=x2

    I have another picture somewhere and a few action shots but cant seem to locate them.
    One of my friends recently died of a coke overdose and it really got me thinking, "damn, maybe I should start drinking pepsi"

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    Quote Originally Posted by en are es
    Lack of smaller pic...

    http://putfile.com/pic.php?pic=4/11217204938.jpg&s=x2

    I have another picture somewhere and a few action shots but cant seem to locate them.

    thanks for posting a pic of your beloved ride. any future plans for your steed?

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    Couldn't resist...My NRS Comp 2

    Quote Originally Posted by nrsrex
    thanks for posting a pic of your beloved ride. any future plans for your steed?

    nrsrex
    Nice thread. I have seen the pics Anthem that will replace the NRS next year. I am sure it will perform well, but the NRS is still a cut above many others out there. Here is a shot of my NRS Comp 2 (stk, with exception to Hayes Mag Plus Brakes). Enjoy...

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    Good job!

    NRS still rules... Here's mine...



    Frame Giant XtC NRS 3 2003, size M
    Fork Manitou Skareb Platinum 100 SPV 2004
    Stem Thomson Elite 5*/90 mm
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    Grips Race Face Good n Evil
    Seatpost Thomson Elite 30,8 mm
    Saddle Selle Italia SLC Gel Flow
    Drivetrain / Brakes Shimano Deore XT 2004
    Chain SRAM PC 99 Hollow Pin
    Cables Nokon Konkavex
    Rims Mavic XC 717 Disc
    Spokes/Nipples DT Swiss Super Comp / DT Swiss ProLock
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    Tires Schwalbe Racing Ralph 2.25
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    Guess I have the cheap one of the bunch. Oh well, I'm a poor college student and it rules anyways. And yes, it is kept in a very cluttered room next to my wifes 05 Kona Fire Mountain.

    03 NRS 3 frame
    Marzocchi MX Pro 105
    Panaracer Fire XC 2.1 tires
    Race Face Ride XC crank
    and....you know, other stuff that I don't want to type all out.


    I tell you, this fork has made all the difference in the world compared to the Rock Shox Pilot that came stock on it. I think my next upgrade will be a new seatpost, cause this Titec one is creaking like crazy no matter what I do.

    Long live the NRS!!
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    ready for wet night riding now
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    It's My Turn!













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    Good job!

    Exquisite Red Ride!

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    You can find mine here...


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    Quote Originally Posted by NRS1FREAK
    You can find mine here...


    NICE!

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    Idea!

    just found out that the top american rider at the worlds in angel fire was riding an NRS, forgot his name though. i think i read it in mountain bike action magazine. Cheers for our beloved NRS.

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    My NRS3

    This is my 2003 NRS3. It has been stock until Wednesday. I like the way the bike rides/shifts/brakes much better now. It's still a bit heavy. The Maxxis tires, slime tubes, and the Terry saddle are pretty heavy. Replacing those with a San Marco ERA Composit saddle, Panaracer Greenlite tubes, and Michelin Comp S tires would drop the bike down to 24.74lbs. Man, the weightloss bug is addictive. Anyway, here's the bike and specs:
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    ... and if we just ... my NRS story...

    Here is my MTB story: In April of this year I bought my first MTB a '05 Rainier, and found out I love mountain biking. However after a Colorado biking trip I found myself wishing I had purchased a FS bike.

    In Oct. went back to Denver CO to hit the Veloswap & shop for FS bikes; something a little more exotic like Yeti, Santa Cruz, Rocky Mountain, Titus, Turner etc. etc. That is the bike snob in me thinking.

    After about 8-10 bike shops or so and after the swap meet, my last stop was a fairly new Supergo store. Which I understand that they are being bought by PerformanceBike, and will NO longer be a Giant dealer. Therefore they were closing out most all of their Giant line, especially older/slower moving models

    I happen to find a ’04 NRS1 Air (XT/XTR), that they had on clearance at 50% off (like maybe off the ’05 price). Nonetheless of all the countless bikes that I test drove, the NRS1 Air was the best bang for the buck, and without a doubt the best all around feel & ride.

    Of course I’m preaching to the choir.

    I shall try and get some pics this weekend, but I just wanted to relay my story. Giant still makes some great products. I also recently purchase from my LBS, a Giant cruiser bike for my wife. That makes 3 Giant purchases this year.

    The Rainer has SRAM setup, & and NRS Shimano. Maybe now I can figure out for myself what all the hype is about, and which setup suits my needs the best.

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    Is it ok to post some pics of my NRS? She isnt quite finished yet, and i've only a phone camera. Wasn't sure it half builds were allowed

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    Sorry for the quality - only a crappy phone camera
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    Good job!

    Nice!

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    I'll get some better pics when she's fully built - that should be by the end of the month hopefully

    Hopefully fitted with a bunch of SRAM X.0 as well

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    Here is my NRS...well I can't really say mine anymore as I sold it yesterday. Got a Reign beginning of the summer and plan was to use that for trails and NRS for XC but I have riden the NRS only once in the last 4 months. Its a great bike but its never felt the same a since getting the Reign so it had to go. It wasn't fair on the old girl leaving her locked away so she gone to a new home to get riden again.
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    sad to hear that she's leavin you but glad to know that she'll be getting the usual care from another nrs lover. nice ride!

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    ... and if we just ...

    hey smidge, forgot to say good luck and enjoy your build up! seems like your nrs is gonna be a killer ride. feel free to post pics of it when you get her ready!

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    Will definately post some better pix with my proper digital camera when she's done.

    All thats left is:

    Fit SRAM X.0 Rear Mech and shifters
    Fit Avid Juicy Carbon Brakes
    Fit new Fox Float R AVA rear shock
    Replace Bushings in the Horst link with bearings.
    Fit EC90 Zero CNT Seatpost and new saddle
    Fit SRAM Hollowpin chain
    Fit M959 XC SPDs

    Then it's just the odds and sods like grips etc and tuning her ready for racing.

    Only problem is i cant get the avid juicy carbon until the start of Dec

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    here's mine:



    only a few things are stock, seatpost, front derailuer, rear shock, cranks and pedals

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    love the red paint scheme chap!

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    ... and if we just ...

    i was hoping that this would be a sticky by now, pls. moderators, give us nrs'ers our own little sticky!

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    I'm sure it will be soon enough :P the Faith and Trance and AC all get their own lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrsrex
    i was hoping that this would be a sticky by now, pls. moderators, give us nrs'ers our own little sticky!
    Your best bet is to send a PM to a moderator.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rkj__
    Oh wow, an NRS thread for me to drool over as i await the arival of one of my own. Hopefully soon i will be able to contribute some pictures to this thread.
    Are you upgrading??? If so, Congrats, man!!!!!

    I know you're one of us riders "ridin' it cheap". You won't be disappointed with the NRS especially if you're more on the XC side of things. It's too short travelled for my white-knuckle riding style (not that I do technical stuff but I need a long legged ride to replace my lack of skills - I usually ram thru stuff rather than riding over it).

    All in all, Godspeed and I wish the brown santa shows up soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrsrex
    thanks for posting a pic of your beloved ride. any future plans for your steed?

    nrsrex
    Havent been here in ages... computer problems and erased my bookmarks. Finally found the site again...

    Anyways, just got SRAM X7 driveline.
    For christmas,
    Avid Juicy 5's - 6 inch rotors
    RSEVEN fork
    Cateye Enduro 8 wireless (guess its called the MICRO WIRELESS) computer

    ...cant wait. This thing is a rocket, even at the 25-26 lbs or so. Ive always wondered what its like to bike around an 18 lb. My friend has a 15 lb-er. Its amazing, but I would choose my NRS over it any day (full suspension, FSR design, etc...
    One of my friends recently died of a coke overdose and it really got me thinking, "damn, maybe I should start drinking pepsi"

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    Mods: will you guys pls. sticky this post

    Quote Originally Posted by nrsrex
    i've seen a bunch of stickies here about faith pics, ac pics, reign pics, etc...
    here's my chance to start an NRS pics, sticky pls?

    here's my 04.5 nrs2:
    pic1 when i got it!
    pic2 is how it looks now!

    Mods, pls. make a sticky of this post. purdee please!

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    NRS AIR pix for all nrs lovers out there...
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    Ahh! Rip off that spoke guard already!!! As soon as I get my baby back I think ill be buying a Minute 2! So excited to hit the trails with my Full SRAM and new fork... hurry up SRAM and ship those front derrailers!
    One of my friends recently died of a coke overdose and it really got me thinking, "damn, maybe I should start drinking pepsi"

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    Here is mine


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    awesome rides, i've been trying to post updated pics of my beloved but something seems to be going wrong with my digicam.

    again, nice rides y'all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny.gear
    Nice Graphics and I especially like the name: wolf

    The name is fitting for a NRS as it hunts down its prey.
    Ya, the NRS is now my backup or city bike because I have a Devinci Banzai as my main all mountain bike. I couldn't convince myself to sell it because of the paint job. The picture is not that great, the paint job is really nice on it and the name came from my addiction to wolfes, I just love those... Thanks for your comment.

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    interesting paint job... good work.

    still waiting for my bike
    One of my friends recently died of a coke overdose and it really got me thinking, "damn, maybe I should start drinking pepsi"

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    i must agree, it's a real cool custom paint, i like!

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    Quote Originally Posted by granny.gear
    OFF TOPIC: Never heard of the Banzai... is it Horst 4-bar? Good bike?

    ON TOPIC: Ever thought of single speeding the wolf? Trying to convince NRS owners to SS as it should make a very good SS with its suspension design. Did you paint it yourself?
    Ya, the Devinci Banzai is a horst link/ICT design with 5.75" of rear travel. A pretty good all mountain type bike in the same league as the Ellsworth Moment, Turner 5spot/6pack but at a much cheaper price.

    No SS for me sorry. I'm an old guy so I need my granny to make it uphill! haha

    I had the paint job done by a small custom road bike company. If I had done it myself I would never have posted it! hahaha

    Cheers.

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    Good job! Here's Mine

    Well, I better put up the goods. I love my NRS3. I upgraded the brakes to some Hayes with eight inch rotors. I recently swapped the Pilot fork for the Black fork and got some new rims and tires. Too be honest, I might throw the Pilot back on. The Black lifted the front end a bit too much but I'm waiting to see if I can deal with it.
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    try the SGF rocker arms & keep the fork...

    Quote Originally Posted by abmtnbkr
    Well, I better put up the goods. I love my NRS3. I upgraded the brakes to some Hayes with eight inch rotors. I recently swapped the Pilot fork for the Black fork and got some new rims and tires. Too be honest, I might throw the Pilot back on. The Black lifted the front end a bit too much but I'm waiting to see if I can deal with it.
    How much travel does the Black fork have? Have you considered getting a set of the SGF rocker arms? The extra travel of the rocker arms (4.5 vs 3.75 stock) balanced out the additional 25mm travel of my new fork (i.e., 100mm vs 75mm stock). The bottom bracket hieght was raised a little (1/2" ?) but was worth it for the the extra travel.

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    The Black fork is adjustable from 100mm to 120mm. I'm running it at the 100mm setting. I saw some discussions about the SGF rocker arms and the seem easy enough to install. But do you think my SID would blow up from the extra travel? How is your SID holding up?

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    don't have a sid...

    Well, I can't comment on the SID as I have a Cloud 9 on my NRS--I purchased the frame used and that's what it came with ;-) I have read that the SID's do alright as long as your not a clyesdale--ymmv. You may already realize it but the shock does not end up traveling any more. The SGF rocker arms have a slightly different geometry which allows for more rear travel. There is more pressure applied to the shock though, thus the comment regarding clydesdales. I am not sure how much extra pressure there is on the rear shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abmtnbkr
    Well, I better put up the goods. I love my NRS3. I upgraded the brakes to some Hayes with eight inch rotors. I recently swapped the Pilot fork for the Black fork and got some new rims and tires. Too be honest, I might throw the Pilot back on. The Black lifted the front end a bit too much but I'm waiting to see if I can deal with it.

    nice ride, those 8" rotors look monstrously powerful for a xc rig. but i guess if your converting to the sgf rockers, i'm assuming that you'll be doing a lot more than just xc riding. a lil free riding would definitely need a lil more stopping power than the 6" rotors could provide. shoot us some ride feedback on how your new fork rides...

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    Eck... I was looking at a Black Elite 100mm non-adjustable travel for 135$, but after seeing that NRS with the Black I may not. Dont think my Float R would appreciate the SGF arms. Could you run the Black with sag to balnace it out? Im thinking no, due to all its technology and such...
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    Just got back from a ride today. NRSREX: Thanks and you're right about the eight inchers....they grab like a mutha.... I've ridden four times since the pics were taken and still haven't gotten use to it. My bike seems off balance which is really distracting. Also, not too sure about stepping up to the SGF rocker arms because I don't want to blow up my sid shock. Speaking of the fork, it's solid. It soaks up what its suppose to. The fork didn't really seem to dive too much when I hit the front brake. I felt the front end wander a little while climbing but that was expected. Anyways, maybe a few more rides and then I'll make the final decision to put the pilot fork back on.

    EN ARE ES: Yeah bro, I would stay away from putting the Black on your ride. It'll really jack the front end up to the sky. As far as adjusting sag I tried but that fork is really tall and didn't seem to matter. Ah well, good thing I posted so you could spend the 135.00 elsewhere. Peace.

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    I do believe Giant changed the frame geometry slightly to accamodate 100mm forks, ill check up on it tomorow.

    The NRS is meant essentialyl for 4" front / 4" rear, it was not meant for 5" front.

    The Black was built for 90mm-120mm travel, and even a "purpose-built" 100mm fork could only keep from altering the geometry so much... you could get the SGF arms and use a 100mm fork.

    Edit: And yes the Black is heavy, but I dont care about weight if it performs fairly well. Plus, ive been having problems keeping my front end down on 40% climbs.
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    Ive opted to go for the Black. Its a good deal. A super for 150$? Elite for 130$? Im getting the super and soon the XTC hybrid carbon/alum. frame and my old Deore parts... should be around 500$ for a solid race machine. Keeping the Pilot until a good deal for a 80mm fork or a U-Turn or RTWD... been looking at a Duke XC with RTWD to the 60s - 120s. Would never go to the extremes, 80-100mm area. 100 descents... yeah thats where my thought process is now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by en are es
    Ive opted to go for the Black. Its a good deal. A super for 150$? Elite for 130$? Im getting the super and soon the XTC hybrid carbon/alum. frame and my old Deore parts... should be around 500$ for a solid race machine. Keeping the Pilot until a good deal for a 80mm fork or a U-Turn or RTWD... been looking at a Duke XC with RTWD to the 60s - 120s. Would never go to the extremes, 80-100mm area. 100 descents... yeah thats where my thought process is now.
    I bought a black super air 100mm for my '02 NRS3 but after 4 rides it kept letting the air out, after many attempts to fix and many new seals Manitou decided to give me a new fork, I opted for the black super air 80mm. With a remote lockout and hitting the scale at 3.4 lbs its waaaay better than my POS judy XC that came stock with the bike. If you can get an '05 black super air on a closeout deal or something I'd really recommend it, heck I'd even recommend the 100mm super air if you can get one.

    I also read you were going to put an Sram Front Der on your NRS.. will Xgen fit the NRS?? I got one as a gift a few weeks ago but haven't really had the time to take a look at it and figure if it'll fit so if you got any insight on that please share.

    Oh BTW I have a friend who went with a Skareb on his NRS and he seems to be really happy with it, maybe you can get a good deal on one. Now that the '06 models are out Im pretty sure there are some great deals on the '05 models out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Equilibrium
    I bought a black super air 100mm for my '02 NRS3 but after 4 rides it kept letting the air out, after many attempts to fix and many new seals Manitou decided to give me a new fork, I opted for the black super air 80mm. With a remote lockout and hitting the scale at 3.4 lbs its waaaay better than my POS judy XC that came stock with the bike. If you can get an '05 black super air on a closeout deal or something I'd really recommend it, heck I'd even recommend the 100mm super air if you can get one.

    I also read you were going to put an Sram Front Der on your NRS.. will Xgen fit the NRS?? I got one as a gift a few weeks ago but haven't really had the time to take a look at it and figure if it'll fit so if you got any insight on that please share.

    Oh BTW I have a friend who went with a Skareb on his NRS and he seems to be really happy with it, maybe you can get a good deal on one. Now that the '06 models are out Im pretty sure there are some great deals on the '05 models out there.
    My mind is set on either the RSEVEN or Black Super (hopefully with RTWD). I was considering a U-Turn since it can do 80mm... but its back to either the RSEVEN or Black as said earlier. Im looking for good deals... if you see anything keep me posted Im also looking at the Skareb but im not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by en are es
    My mind is set on either the RSEVEN or Black Super (hopefully with RTWD). I was considering a U-Turn since it can do 80mm... but its back to either the RSEVEN or Black as said earlier. Im looking for good deals... if you see anything keep me posted Im also looking at the Skareb but im not sure.
    Performance has a little deal going with the skarebs ... Manitou Skareb Reg: $449.99 Sale: $269.98 .... Manitou Skareb Platinum Reg: $699.99 Sale $399.99 ... the platinum sounds like a good deal to me... remote lock out and 3.2 lbs... its a bit more than you were going to spend for the black super.. but it is also a much better fork and you won't have to worry about the black lifting the front end on ur NRS. If you have team performance membership or anyone u know maybe the extra cash you save and the points you'll get you can buy some more upgrades for your bike.

    Rseven is pretty good too (ugly colors on '06 tho) on my experience I would stay away from Rockshox older stuff like the Duke they have been a pain in the ass for me. Reba is nice tho but I still have preference for Manitou stuff they have never let me down with their stuff except for that leaking Black I told you about but they came thur and gave me a new one. Although I've heard horror stories about Manitou's service it has not been the case for me.

    Nashbar has the black super air at $329.99

    JensonUSA has black super air for $239.99 but only disc version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by General Equilibrium
    Performance has a little deal going with the skarebs ... Manitou Skareb Reg: $449.99 Sale: $269.98 .... Manitou Skareb Platinum Reg: $699.99 Sale $399.99 ... the platinum sounds like a good deal to me... remote lock out and 3.2 lbs... its a bit more than you were going to spend for the black super.. but it is also a much better fork and you won't have to worry about the black lifting the front end on ur NRS. If you have team performance membership or anyone u know maybe the extra cash you save and the points you'll get you can buy some more upgrades for your bike.

    Rseven is pretty good too (ugly colors on '06 tho) on my experience I would stay away from Rockshox older stuff like the Duke they have been a pain in the ass for me. Reba is nice tho but I still have preference for Manitou stuff they have never let me down with their stuff except for that leaking Black I told you about but they came thur and gave me a new one. Although I've heard horror stories about Manitou's service it has not been the case for me.

    Nashbar has the black super air at $329.99

    JensonUSA has black super air for $239.99 but only disc version.
    Sounds great, im going to see if anyone has a membership to that site so I can get it for cheaper. Thanks... now its either the RSEVEN or Skareb, toughie

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    Sounds great, im going to see if anyone has a membership to that site so I can get it for cheaper. Thanks... now its either the RSEVEN or Skareb, toughie.
    You an get it at that sale price in Performance without the membership, I just thought it would be nice to get the performance team points when dropping the cash for your new fork. Nice pic are you riding in AZ? I ride in the Phoenix area, my dad just posted during the weekend some pics of a trip we took to Sonora just south of the border, cool place to go if you have the time.

    You chose well with the sram x.7, I have X.9 on my NRS and have no regrets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by en are es
    The NRS is meant essentialyl for 4" front / 4" rear, it was not meant for 5" front.

    The Black was built for 90mm-120mm travel, and even a "purpose-built" 100mm fork could only keep from altering the geometry so much... you could get the SGF arms and use a 100mm fork.
    I was a little confused by this posting as 1" = 25.4 mm and 4" = 101.6mm. Thus, a fork with 4" of travel has approx. 100mm of travel. The 2004 and newer NRS's should be able to accomodate the 100mm fork without the SGF arms.

    Older NRS's were setup for 75mm forks. Thus, if you wanted to keep approx. the same geometry and use a 100mm fork, one needed to go with the SGF rockers.

    Also, regarding the FD, the best investment I have made in a while for my bike was to purchase a used XTR FD (FD-M960 for $30-$35 on ebay). I have been amazed at how much cleaner my shifts are with the XTR FD over Deore & LX FD's that I have previously used. I have only heard mediocre comments regarding the SRAM FD--the biggest benefit is that it allows you to have a totally non-Shimano bike Currently, the FD & BB are the only Shimano parts on my NRS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Equilibrium
    You an get it at that sale price in Performance without the membership, I just thought it would be nice to get the performance team points when dropping the cash for your new fork. Nice pic are you riding in AZ? I ride in the Phoenix area, my dad just posted during the weekend some pics of a trip we took to Sonora just south of the border, cool place to go if you have the time.

    You chose well with the sram x.7, I have X.9 on my NRS and have no regrets.
    Yup, the Phoenix area. Actually right in the heart of Phoenix, South Mountain to be exact. Love the trails here, fast and for all skill levels.

    1 inch does = 25.4mm
    For some reason in the mtb world, I believe either:
    a) 80mm became 4 inches
    b) or max travel is not directly related to fork size

    or something... but I do know that all NRS models are meant to accomadate 80mm forks.

    75mm is a wierd measurement, do any companies even make that size in non-adjustable forms?
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    Quote Originally Posted by journey
    I was a little confused by this posting as 1" = 25.4 mm and 4" = 101.6mm. Thus, a fork with 4" of travel has approx. 100mm of travel. The 2004 and newer NRS's should be able to accomodate the 100mm fork without the SGF arms.

    Older NRS's were setup for 75mm forks. Thus, if you wanted to keep approx. the same geometry and use a 100mm fork, one needed to go with the SGF rockers.

    Also, regarding the FD, the best investment I have made in a while for my bike was to purchase a used XTR FD (FD-M960 for $30-$35 on ebay). I have been amazed at how much cleaner my shifts are with the XTR FD over Deore & LX FD's that I have previously used. I have only heard mediocre comments regarding the SRAM FD--the biggest benefit is that it allows you to have a totally non-Shimano bike Currently, the FD & BB are the only Shimano parts on my NRS.

    Cracks me up when ppl go on getting rid of Shimano and how it's a benefit on their bike. I run X.0 Rear Mech and Shifters but XT HT2 Crankset, the HT2 cranksset is by far the best out on the market in terms of price, performance and reliability. I dont understand why some people jump on the Shimano hating band wagon when really they have no clue.

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    Oh and my Fox F100X are amazing on my NRS. They are short in terms of overall height for a 100mm fork but they are fantastic.

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    i think that my headset and disc brakes are the only non-shimano parts on my bike, and i'm hell bent on keeping my disc brakes that way coz i want the juicy 7 carbons for christmas.

    running xt fd, rd, cranks (xt ht2), xt triggers, spd(wana change that to eggbeaters too) xt etc...
    so santa, if you're out there, i've been a very good boy this year... blablablablah!
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    anybody having problems with posting pics lately? i've been trying to post updated pics of the nrs2 and have not been successful. just wonderin if this is a lone case or an epidemic...

    if it's only me, then i think i'm gonna need a new puter soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by General Equilibrium
    You an get it at that sale price in Performance without the membership, I just thought it would be nice to get the performance team points when dropping the cash for your new fork. Nice pic are you riding in AZ? I ride in the Phoenix area, my dad just posted during the weekend some pics of a trip we took to Sonora just south of the border, cool place to go if you have the time.

    You chose well with the sram x.7, I have X.9 on my NRS and have no regrets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrsrex
    i think that my headset and disc brakes are the only non-shimano parts on my bike, and i'm hell bent on keeping my disc brakes that way coz i want the juicy 7 carbons for christmas.

    running xt fd, rd, cranks (xt ht2), xt triggers, spd(wana change that to eggbeaters too) xt etc...
    so santa, if you're out there, i've been a very good boy this year... blablablablah!

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    what the f@$#, still can't post pics on this thread! and if anybody could pm the mods to request that this be turned into a sticky, please!

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    nrs front der. suggestions?

    i just picked up a used 2001 nrs frame. i need a front der. for it. it looks like its going to be a pretty tight fit. i need to find out some how if i need a TP/bottom swing or TP/top swing. or if either will work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrsrex
    what the f@$#, still can't post pics on this thread! and if anybody could pm the mods to request that this be turned into a sticky, please!
    If you really want to post pics, try using http://imageshack.us/ to host your images. copy and paste the line that they suggest "for forums."
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    For those of you who haven't seen my NRS.. it now is a little less bling with a kally seatpost as i need the extra length, i will probably be getting a thompson or something like a USE soon

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    Thanks to bike freak and the mods! Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all!

    NRS Post is now officially a sticky.

    Big ups to all of you nrs'ers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrsrex
    Thanks to bike freak and the mods!
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    I don't know who it was, as I P.M.'d CraigH, but whoever it was - THANK YOU!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTO
    I don't know who it was, as I P.M.'d CraigH, but whoever it was - THANK YOU!

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!
    Should I assume you finally got that sweet NRS you told me about???

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    Quote Originally Posted by nrsrex
    Thanks to bike freak and the mods! Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all!

    NRS Post is now officially a sticky.

    Big ups to all of you nrs'ers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    Should I assume you finally got that sweet NRS you told me about???

    Congrats, bro!!
    While I DO officially own it, I don't posess it quite yet. Tomorrow I pick it up at my buddie's place in Buffalo. If you don't hear from me by tomorrow night bake a cake with a file in it for me and send it to Canada Customs!

    Thanks. I'm so stoked to get my hands on it it really ISN'T funny. You guys have me all riled up like you wouldn't believe. I already want another one!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTO
    While I DO officially own it, I don't posess it quite yet. Tomorrow I pick it up at my buddie's place in Buffalo. If you don't hear from me by tomorrow night bake a cake with a file in it for me and send it to Canada Customs!

    Thanks. I'm so stoked to get my hands on it it really ISN'T funny. You guys have me all riled up like you wouldn't believe. I already want another one!
    Things you can expect... Nice ride, nice quality, reliability, awesome acceleration and no power loss.

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    Grr... quite honestly the NRS has been frustrating me recently. A few weeks ago I got my bike back with SRAM X7 Shifters, XT front der. and X9 rear der. ...and it was running smooth for awhile. But yesterday for christmas I got Avid Juicy 7 disc brakes, installed the front one succesfully with no rub, but the rear I didnt know what was up. I dont recall braking when there was nothing for the rotors to press on, but I may have just done that and blown a piston completely. But I got it to a point where there was little rub on the rear and decided to just go out for a little spin. Bent my derrailer hanger!!! Not in the best of moods now but my bike shop is open tomorow and im going to tell them to completely overhaul it, bleed and fill my brakes, adjust brakes and their rub, and make sure both discs are on completely and properly on.

    Well I love the brakes still! It added a teensy bit of weight, but that makes me feel better (going up hills often my front end would lift, and it was very nerve racking, and going downhill it often seemed like it wasnt even touching the ground, because every small bump sent me skimming over the top of the trail. The derrailers are great too... I just want to get this bike running and keep it that way. Hopefully the rear brake is fine! Also need them to adjust my rear routing a bit.

    Anywhoo, pics...



    The other pics arent uploading, and the picture of my bent derrailer hanger isnt going through.

    Anyone have any idea how much a new derrailer hanger costs for an NRS frame? Im hoping under 20$.
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    it is not so expensive , for information rear derailleur hanger costs about 12 € in France . I always have one in my Camelback in case of ....bad luck .
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    Quote Originally Posted by riri3
    it is not so expensive , for information rear derailleur hanger costs about 12 € in France . I always have one in my Camelback in case of ....bad luck .
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    Yup, sounds right. IIRC, BETD has them for 16 GBP.

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    well, i'm proud to show my newest member to my Giant family - my own custom-build NRS composite. i'm already the happy father of 2 Giant roadbikes and an Aus-spec XTC2 hardtail. more recently i bought a host of high-end components and built up another (Specialized) HT, but in the lead-up to Christmas, i sussed out a great deal on an NRS. i really only wanted the frameset, but this wasn't available, so ended up buying a partially stripped Aus-spec NRS1. this features the same composite frameset as the NRS Air, and to our (my and the LBS) amazement, the one i bought actually had the front triangle 'stickered' as an NRS Air (more streetcred ).

    so i've spent the past couple days stripping my Specialized HT and remaining parts of the NRS1 and putting all the goodstuff onto this new bike. i'm really pleased with this new build-up. you'll notice it resembles much of a stock NRS Air, although this is largely out of my own personal preference for parts rather than aiming to build an NRS Air from scratch.

    parts list includes:
    *NRS composite 16.5"/SM frameset with standard Fox Float R rear shock
    *RockShox Reba SL forks: i removed the Reba Race (85mm travel) from the NRS1 and swapped in the SL i had because it features U-Turn, so now i've dialled in 100mm travel - something to experiment with
    *Mavic Crossmax SL wheelset w/Hutchinson Python UST tyres
    *SRAM X.0 triggers shifts + X.0 rear derailleur + SRAM PG-990 11-34 cassette + X-Gen FD
    *FSA K-Force carbon crankset 44/32/22 + Shimano PD-M540 pedals + CN-7701 XTR chain
    *Avid Juicy7 6" brakeset
    *Giant carbon seatpost + 31.8mm carbon flatbars + ODI grips; temporary Easton stem (have bought FSA carbon XC stem to replace); WTB seat w/titanium rails

    unfortunately i don't have scales to weight it, but i'm thinking 11~12kg/25lbs is feasible (size SM remember ).

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    weather's beautiful down here around Melbourne, Australia, so i'm out to some singletrack this afternoon to try it out.

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    Why is your seat so low? Theres no way you race it like that...
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    yeah, i'm experimenting with seatheight and setback. mind you, i'm only 5'4".

    had the first ride this afternoon, and whoa, i can see why you guys love your NRS's. awesome ride! moving on from a HT, i find it quite plush and very comfy, yet great climbing ability, agile, and far less fatigue by the end of the outing - everything that i'd read about in an NRS. a friend rides a Specialized Epic, so had the chance to do some quick comparisons; both are top bikes. i actually found the Epic a bit more chuckable in some circumstances and easier to bunny-hop. but with more 'time' in the saddle and some minor changes to seat position, i think i'll be loving this bike.

    i'm out riding again on Friday (couple days) so look forward to that.


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    Alright, now that i've sorted through some technical difficulties - TADA!

    Both frame and fork were from E-Bay. Previously cared for the frame is a Large. Fits GREAT for my scrawny 6' 3" build. One small dent on the top tube is the only thing "wrong" with it, but it's small so i'm not concerned about it. The HL bushing on the non-drive side has a tiny bit of play in it, so that'll get tended to soon enough. The frame came with a seat (SI Flite... in blue - bye bye), Thomson Elite 410 seatpost (no shim), LX FD and FSA headset. Nice guy, huh?!?! All the bits I was worried about getting he provided - what luck. I already ditched the RS SID shock. The Cloud Nine is a little long for the application, but it actually works perfectly at keeping the angles same as stock with the Mega Air at 100 mm travel.

    I was worried about the white RF cranks on the bike, but with the fork it balances out very nicely, I think. But I gotta tell ya', never EVER in my life have I seen a more beautiful blue metallic paint. Looking at the pics y'all have posted was a good indicator, but when I saw it for the first time myself..... well, I won't comment on that.

    Anyways, had my first ride this morning. Just tooling about the neighborhood, nothing fancy or special. Bike climbs and descends fantastic. The no sag theory is something i'm quick to embrace. Poor man's SPV - HAHAHA!

    Lots of playing around to do. Weight as shown (keeping a few grams for grips also) is at 25.3 pounds. Not bad considering i'm hardly even trying at this point. Right now the idea was to get parts on it, try it out and decide if i'll spend money on it or not.

    Man, i'm gonna be broke next year! I REALLY like this bike.

    On the list is brake's, wheels and miscellaneous bits and pieces to lighten it up. Also tempted to give the Dura Ace stuff a try (a la Duckman). We'll see what happens.

    Okay, pics......

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTO
    Thomson Elite 410 seatpost (no shim)
    WOW!!! Congrats!! Terrific bike, Andrew!

    How does it ride??

    Also, what size is the seatpost. I'm torn between using a 30.8 or a 30.9 for my Warp. I NEED a straight seatpost and the choices are limited at 30.8 (Thomson only, too much money for a Warp even if it's my only ride).

    What size is the C9?? What size is the original shock?? I'm screwed with the shock size on my Warp. There is no clearance between the non-drive side swingarm and the crank for a slightly longer shock (7.875 against 7.5) to raise bb and correct seatpost angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp2003
    WOW!!! Congrats!! Terrific bike, Andrew!

    How does it ride??

    Also, what size is the seatpost. I'm torn between using a 30.8 or a 30.9 for my Warp. I NEED a straight seatpost and the choices are limited at 30.8 (Thomson only, too much money for a Warp even if it's my only ride).

    What size is the C9?? What size is the original shock?? I'm screwed with the shock size on my Warp. There is no clearance between the non-drive side swingarm and the crank for a slightly longer shock (7.875 against 7.5) to raise bb and correct seatpost angle.

    Sorry for the highjack!
    I've only had the one ride, so far I like it. I can only suspect that the shock is responsible for this, but it's not as stiff as people say. It'll be a while before I can really tune things up properly as right now the bike is still "climatizing" (it was built in a basement at 27*C - it's 2*C outside now.... shrinkage).

    The seatpost that was included is a 30.9 x 410, no offset. It fits snug. I can't say that it's correct or not as i've been reading a mariad of different post sizes for the frame, but what's in there is staying for now. I'll upgrade with something lighter soon enough. If this 30.9 will fit your frame in a satisfactory way then you can have it. I don't see the big deal with it - it's just a plain jane seatpost in my eye's. Nothing special at all and too friggin' heavy for what I want. One thing I notice with this post is that it won't go ALL the way down into the frame, but that could easily be a slightly bent post and/or seat tube or just dirt/oxidization. I won't know untill work opens again and I can check the post on a granite surface table. Either way it's going. Let me know if you want it. (P.M. me - yes, i'm serious)

    The original SID is 6.5 (165 mm) i2i. The C9 is advertised at 170 mm, but it's REALLY 173 mm i2i (thanks CC! nice ). Originally I figured 5 mm is no big deal and I can make it up with custom offset bushings, but with 8 mm I can't compensate THAT much - physically impossible. As I said, the frame geometry is intact, so i'll wait and see what happens. I'll post about it as a concern here and in the Shocks section in due time. I'm also toying with the idea of SGF plate's, so it'll be of far greater concern then.

    I've taken a good, long hard look at this frame and I must say that while i've looked and partially drooled at bike's in the LBS' this thing has really got me bit. I never thought of Giant as a major player in the market (they were "just another bike company" in my eyes... SORRY!), but now I really take that back. This is one heck of a beautiful piece of work! I'm almost afraid to ride it and ruin it. Ummm, I think I might have to buy another one... or at least another Gaint FS for sure, sometime down the road. (No Rene, I won't trade you! )

    I thought my Way Big frame size on my K2 was big..... this Large is bigger!!!!!!! It make's the K2 feel like a BMX!
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    Someone wanna fill me in with this? My frame is an NRS. Not an NRS1, 2, or 3 or NRS Air. JUST "NRS".

    Wtf is up with that?????? I can't find it on Giant's website (any of them for that matter). Maybe a warranty frame (from previous owner)?

    Also, is there a way to verify the year of the bike with the serial number??

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTO
    Someone wanna fill me in with this? My frame is an NRS. Not an NRS1, 2, or 3 or NRS Air. JUST "NRS".

    Wtf is up with that?????? I can't find it on Giant's website (any of them for that matter). Maybe a warranty frame (from previous owner)?

    Also, is there a way to verify the year of the bike with the serial number??

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    Two possibilities... Warrantied frame or bought as a frame alone.

    Giant frame only offers, lack the number after the model. The reason is that with Giant you get the same frame (exception made for the NRS Carbon and XtC Carbon) all across the price range. The shock you get changes too with the bike's level. But the frame remains with the same build quality, which as you noticed is very, very nice.

    I can't help on the S/N, though. I'm sure some people here hold record on the changes made to the NRS during time. I guess from 2001 to 2005 there had been small changes (bearing assemblies, cable stops, rockers, etc) so maybe higher detail pics and you can get the precise info from some NRS'ites here.
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