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    Miss my SS1, anyone else?

    Just remembering how awesome the bike was and how much i miss it. I am really thinking of buying another one right now if I can find one used. Its funny how a bike that was made back in 08 is now being copied all over the market (low and slack AM bike). When it was made people said it was too low and slack for AM and now all the different companies are coming out with very similar bikes. The only problem is none of them have the complete package of being low, slack, 160ish travel, iscg tabs, and most important short seattube.

    So anyone else feel this way? or were you smart enough to keep it and still be riding a rad bike? Also, I have heard you can buy the new lower link and make the rear end stiffer. Also, I have heard the top link was made beefier in 09. Anyone care to educate me on all the differences from an 08 to 09. mine was an 08.

    Here was my beauty in a few different forms







    And lastly, if anyone has a used one they want to send to a good home (large 09) then let me know. I could even possibly trade if you want a more AM style bike (blur lt2)

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    Hey climbingbubba, couldn't agree more, but.....

    .....I now have a tracer2 and it's not far off being as much fun! It's easier to get up the hills and nearly as fun to get down them. I highly recommend it! It's lighter too and slightly more versatile(I stick spds on it and ride to work!)

    Still, I really miss my SS1.
    Its All Downhill From Here....!

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    So what's wrong with the SS2? Isn't that like a stronger version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phat Hair View Post
    So what's wrong with the SS2? Isn't that like a stronger version?
    The lack of seatpost and the way to slack seat tube really limits what you can use the ss2 for. I used my ss1 for everything. From xc to dh. I have owned waaay to many bikes and would have to say it was the best "one bike stable I have owned for the style of riding I do.

    As for the tracer 2, I really dislike high seat tubes when I am trying to jump or ride really steep stuff. I like 16 to 17 inches best. I am 6 feet and like larges and almost every company uses a 19 which is anoying

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    So Bubba, put me straight on this. I'm 6 foot dead and looking seriously at a SS2. I would plan to use a Reverb so that I could at least raise the seat to climbing height. Is that just fantasy? Is the riding position just rediculous in that position? I mean I know its not an XC bike, but my take on climbing is that its just the bit that happens between the descents.

    I had my large Uzzi stolen last week. I had a reverb on that and had no problem climbing on it. Do you think I'll be disappointed if I go for an SS2?

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    I own my ss1 since 08 and I still love it. Will definitely keep it!

    Right now I use it for everything: From all mountain to dh. And while it can handle all fairly well, it's not brilliant at any use case, mainly due to it's setup. That's why I will probably go for a additional second bike. I just don't know if I should use the ss1 as a mini-dh bike and buy an all mountain bike or add a reverb/double ring to the ss and buy a full dh bike. I think I will go with the first option, maybe switch to a 180mm fork.

    But yeah, the ss1 is a really fun bike overall!

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    Still have mine. Erik, you must have gone though at least 20 bikes since I bought mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cable0guy View Post
    Still have mine. Erik, you must have gone though at least 20 bikes since I bought mine!
    Exactly, so you know when I say it was my favorite I have a lot to compare its too.

    besides, you need to try more bikes. Like my banshee legend im selling

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    I decided to keep it as a backup bike after Intense dumped SS1 on Chainlove as you know. I am a bike whore, but you are a bike porn actor.

    Happy with my Trek Session. But looking into getting a carbon trail bike. Maybe the new Ibis SLR.

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    Ss1

    I missed mine so much that I bought another one. I went to the Uzzi and back in less than a year. I have mine setup single ring 9 speed and can climb most of the hills I face. I plan on getting a Reverb also and maybe some XT trail pedals. I have too much fun on the downs to compromise. Endure the climb to enjoy the downhill.
    On a side note, my buddy bought my original SS1 and loved it. Sold it to get the Tracer2 (rep said its very similar to the SS1 but lighter, stiffer and climbs better). He wants to buy an SS1 again. He said it feels very tall. Its a kickass bike but he misses the Slope.
    I have considered the Mojo HD with a 180 Talas. My other buddy highly recommends this frame but I can't get over the taller seattube and slightly higher bb. He had an SS1 (absolutely loved it) and Uzzi (didn't like it and I didn't like mine either) and raves about the Mojo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phat Hair View Post
    So Bubba, put me straight on this. I'm 6 foot dead and looking seriously at a SS2. I would plan to use a Reverb so that I could at least raise the seat to climbing height. Is that just fantasy? Is the riding position just rediculous in that position? I mean I know its not an XC bike, but my take on climbing is that its just the bit that happens between the descents.

    I had my large Uzzi stolen last week. I had a reverb on that and had no problem climbing on it. Do you think I'll be disappointed if I go for an SS2?
    One word NO.

    Have you read the Dirt review?

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    Shame on you climbingbubba for selling it. I lusted after that bike for while until I finally scraped together the money to buy it, and it might be the only bike I've ever owned that I can't find any trait that irks me. It will climb anything if the rider has the power (yeah it might be a lil' sluggish but it hooks up) and it is more than adept at downhill.

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    I still have my SS1 and can't see selling it.

    A carbon fiber version of this bike, a pound or two lighter with a stiffer rear end is my dream bike. C'mon Jeff, how can you resist making an all mountain slayer that can kill dirt-jumps and gnarly downhills.

    Thats my "American Dream"!

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    Thanks guys, I am in the process of picking one out. Might be getting another orange one and i would put a RC4 on it. should be a killer set up.

    My dream one would be a works red or blue though but don't know if i want to wait around forever trying to get one.

    So can anyone answer one of my original questions? What is the main difference between 08's and 09's?

    Also has anyone bought the new lower link and if so did it help with stiffness?

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    Differences between the 2 makes.

    This might help explain the differences between the 2 makes of the SS1.

    SS ISCG mount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toons101 View Post
    One word NO.

    Have you read the Dirt review?

    I just went from an Uzzi VP to the SS2 and no joke, could not be happier... pedals better, WAYYYY stiffer rear end, handles the steeps better, jumps better, corners better, more fun going down, just better all around. My legs are on the shorter side so the bent seat tube doesnt bother me, as my seat doesnt need to go that high. I run the shortest KS i950 seat dropper on it and I'm able to slam it all the way down for the downs and goes up just enough to climb up anything.
    Just recently went on a trip to lake tahoe with the in-laws who all love to do 25+ mile XC rides. My SS2 with a 1x10 set-up and flat pedals worked way better than my Uzzi would have. I was doing 28 mile XC ride one day, then riding all the double black runs at Northstar and the downieville Downhill the next few days with the same bike... pretty incredible bike if you ask me.

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    I've put a new lower link on my SS1(09), but noticed no difference I believe that SS1's flexy rear end comes from the lack of brace in the rear triangle.


    Notice that intense put a brace on SS2.


    Quote Originally Posted by climbingbubba View Post
    Thanks guys, I am in the process of picking one out. Might be getting another orange one and i would put a RC4 on it. should be a killer set up.

    My dream one would be a works red or blue though but don't know if i want to wait around forever trying to get one.

    So can anyone answer one of my original questions? What is the main difference between 08's and 09's?

    Also has anyone bought the new lower link and if so did it help with stiffness?

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    Toons and Boynamedsue - many thanks for these replies.
    I ordered my SS2 on Friday before I saw either of these comments.
    I had seen the Dirt review - which made me consider the SS2 in the first place.
    Really good to hear from real owners, however.

    Toons - I was in Les Gets this year at the same time as your Intense crew - I had a blue Uzzi until I got back. I saw you all parked up for lunch at that cafe below Les Gets main lift. I hope you had as good a time as we did. We thought the rain actually made the runs more of a laugh. Seems like a long time ago now though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by squiby View Post
    I still have my SS1 and can't see selling it.

    A carbon fiber version of this bike, a pound or two lighter with a stiffer rear end is my dream bike. C'mon Jeff, how can you resist making an all mountain slayer that can kill dirt-jumps and gnarly downhills.

    Thats my "American Dream"!
    Carbon bikes are made in China. So that would be a Chinese-American dream?

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    The longest I ever stayed with a frame was my SS1 (3 years +), I was hoping the SS2 would be a suitable replacement but the seat angle makes my back hurt looking at it. Plus I have to climb a bit to make it to the downhill.
    I'm now riding an Orange Alpine (love it) & the difference in stiffness is stark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cable0guy View Post
    Carbon bikes are made in China. So that would be a Chinese-American dream?
    Sounds good to me

    I prefer to buy local and support my communtity but have nothing against any other place that can do the job if needed. It's all about the heritage
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    Damn, this thread really makes me sad. My wife and I are expecting twins, and I have to sell a bunch of our bikes (we had about 18, including a tandem). We're out of space in our one-bedroom condo. I already sold my wife's SS1, and her 5.5 will soon be up for sale. My SS1 is probably one of the next that needs to go. Already sold my Tracer VP, and someone's supposed to test-ride my M6 this weekend. And the road and cyclocross bikes are goin' up for sale next week. I know that I will miss my SS1 - there is no other bike in production that I'm aware of that can match its capabilities. And for those who think the Tracer 2 would be a good replacement have never ridden an SS1 - there's no comparison. The SS2 shortcomings have already been identified.
    May the air be filled with tires!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster1200 View Post
    Damn, this thread really makes me sad. My wife and I are expecting twins, and I have to sell a bunch of our bikes (we had about 18, including a tandem). We're out of space in our one-bedroom condo. I already sold my wife's SS1, and her 5.5 will soon be up for sale. My SS1 is probably one of the next that needs to go. Already sold my Tracer VP, and someone's supposed to test-ride my M6 this weekend. And the road and cyclocross bikes are goin' up for sale next week. I know that I will miss my SS1 - there is no other bike in production that I'm aware of that can match its capabilities. And for those who think the Tracer 2 would be a good replacement have never ridden an SS1 - there's no comparison. The SS2 shortcomings have already been identified.
    Well, than just don't sell it

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