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    Paging Esquire... VPX set up question

    Esquire, I have a question for you, since you are the only one running integrated headset on VPX.
    Do you have any clearance issue between VPX's downtube and fork's rebound knobs?
    I wanna get a 66 RC with Cane Creek integrated headset (flush fit) for my uzzi.
    The stack height is really low.
    So, I'm kind of worried about the clearance issue...
    Any idea? I got the medium size frame by the way.
    Thanks!

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    Cant speak for a 66, but an 05 Z1 FR's rebound knobs will just hit the bottom of the down tube. Mine is a small, and not just spec'ed like esquires bike, actually customized by the man himself. I really doubt that it would ever hit during riding, I think you would be making a 90deg turn or greater.

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    i have the breakout + on a small frame (FSA orbit extreme headset) and the travel adjust knob hits... so i went and made that knob shorter. if i had a zero stack there's no way i could make it clear.

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    Thanks, guys
    I guess 66's rebound knob will most likely hit the downtube if I run zero stack...
    I have been trying to avoid Manitou SPV forks cuz' I had a clunking Minute One
    But, now maybe I should go back to Breakout Plus.
    It looks like a default setting for a Uzzi

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    None here

    I don't have a clearance issue with the Fox fork, and medium frame. I expect its limited to the small frames, but when the 66 arrives in the next week or so, I'll check to see if its a problem on the medium as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by esquire
    I don't have a clearance issue with the Fox fork, and medium frame. I expect its limited to the small frames, but when the 66 arrives in the next week or so, I'll check to see if its a problem on the medium as well.
    Really? nice! I'll wait for your test result before getting a new fork, then.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumstix
    Cant speak for a 66, but an 05 Z1 FR's rebound knobs will just hit the bottom of the down tube. Mine is a small, and not just spec'ed like esquires bike, actually customized by the man himself. I really doubt that it would ever hit during riding, I think you would be making a 90deg turn or greater.
    I just came back from LBS (with a 66RC )
    One of the shop mechanic told me they used to send a Z1FR1 to Marzocchi to tweek the fork to 170mm travel for like $100...
    I'm not quite sure if it's possible.
    But, if you're interested, doesn't hurt to call Marzocchi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TC3
    I just came back from LBS (with a 66RC )
    One of the shop mechanic told me they used to send a Z1FR1 to Marzocchi to tweek the fork to 170mm travel for like $100...
    I'm not quite sure if it's possible.
    But, if you're interested, doesn't hurt to call Marzocchi.


    What travel fork did you get, 150mm or 170mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumstix
    What travel fork did you get, 150mm or 170mm?
    170mm, HA will be "KIND OF" slack...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TC3
    170mm, HA will be "KIND OF" slack...

    Will be interesting to here your reviews with that fork. I ordered a 150mm 66 RC today, still want it to be trail worthy, not that the 170mm fork cant be, just want to try the shorter one. I do plan on tring a 06 170mm 66RC soon as they arrive, they are supose to be lighter and 40mm's shorter, we'll see. I have been thinking hard about a Fox 40RC too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drumstix
    Will be interesting to here your reviews with that fork. I ordered a 150mm 66 RC today, still want it to be trail worthy, not that the 170mm fork cant be, just want to try the shorter one. I do plan on tring a 06 170mm 66RC soon as they arrive, they are supose to be lighter and 40mm's shorter, we'll see. I have been thinking hard about a Fox 40RC too!
    We are on the same boat, bro.
    The 150mm 66RC is basically a 170mm 66RC with different spacers.
    I heard 06 66s won't be travel tweakable, tho.
    I don't know when the new 66 is coming out,
    so just get the current 66 instead

    By the way, you mind sharing your Uzzi's build list?

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    I run a Sherman Breakout Plus (170mm) and slack or not, the thing still climbs so well that I have yet to touch the travel adjust switch. No real need.
    Pedalling the goods since 2002.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Innocent Bystander
    I run a Sherman Breakout Plus (170mm) and slack or not, the thing still climbs so well that I have yet to touch the travel adjust switch. No real need.

    I may be buggin you guys about a Sherman soon! I had esquire install the E 13 reducer cups before it was shipped, so I guess I will try the 66RC first but may end up going the build you did.

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    I really think that it may be the best all around fork for the Uzzi, but I am really curious about the 66 as well, so we can at least exchange notes. At this point, I can't imagine being more pleased with any bike.
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    the sherman already feels tall (and that's coming from some1 who likes it tall)... i can't imagine the 66. too much i think but i may know nothing at all.
    Last edited by peachy-B; 06-10-2005 at 12:22 PM.

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    Yeah, I knew the 66RC's gonna make Uzzi really slack
    It's probably not a perfect choice for a trail bike
    but, I'm setting it up more like a FR/DH bike
    and let my 5.5 handle most of the longer trail ridings
    Who knows, it's all numbers on paper
    It might be a good climber in the real world...
    I'll report back how it performs in about a week

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    Almost there...

    I'm answering to my own question, in case anyone's interested.
    The 66RC/FSA Orbit Extreme reducer headset clears from hitting Uzzi's downtube by 9mm
    Still not sure if the flush fit headset clears, tho.

    Still waiting the rest of the parts from Larry.
    Looks like I'll be riding 5.5 this weekend.

    By the way, anyone knows how to remove spring out of 66?
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    TC3,
    Your stable looks a bit like mine. Nice! My VPX is sparkle silver with the same yellow/silver wheels you have, and my 5.5 is also sparkle silver with black rims (although with red King hubs).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster1200
    TC3,
    Your stable looks a bit like mine. Nice! My VPX is sparkle silver with the same yellow/silver wheels you have, and my 5.5 is also sparkle silver with black rims (although with red King hubs).
    Ha! we got the same taste on frames and wheels, huh?
    I'm running pewter King ISOs on my 5.5.
    so... you sold your SLX yet?
    One of my friend is looking for one

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    Quote Originally Posted by TC3
    Ha! we got the same taste on frames and wheels, huh?
    I'm running pewter King ISOs on my 5.5.
    so... you sold your SLX yet?
    One of my friend is looking for one
    I still have the SLX....and I feel ever so guilty letting an awesome steed like that sit for over a year and a half without any use. I need to put it together again (some of the parts were borrowed temporarily for my VPX). Where are you located? I'm in Orange County, CA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster1200
    I still have the SLX....and I feel ever so guilty letting an awesome steed like that sit for over a year and a half without any use. I need to put it together again (some of the parts were borrowed temporarily for my VPX). Where are you located? I'm in Orange County, CA.

    Im in OC too!

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    I live in Beverly Hills, about 15 minutes away from Santa Monica Mountain
    After I bought my 5.5, I sold my SLX on eBay in a few weeks
    Cuz' I ride a lot faster with 5.5 on both up and down the hill
    and I knew my SLX won't get too much love from me later on, although it's an awesome machine... so...
    I got a group of ridding buddies (mostly old friends from same school),
    Joey is looking for parts for his NOS Tracer,
    and Mike is ready to get a SLX to build
    George just finished building his bling matt black 5.5
    It's like a Intense cult going on here
    We ride JPL @Pasadena twice a week
    and also planning to do Mammoth as soon as the snow melt
    You're more than welcome to join us, and Eric (E-man), too

    Check your PM

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    TC3, looking forward to hearing how the 66RC performs on your Uzzi. I am looking to change to the Uzzi now the large frames are available. I had to get a VP Free to tide me over. Have a Dorado on the VP Free, but dont want to put the Dorado on the Uzzi. I have been having a blast back on a single crown fork on my ID, the AM1 is a sick fork. Wish they would put ETA on the 66RC, that would solve many problems.

    Hope that 66RC works well, am counting on your report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    TC3, looking forward to hearing how the 66RC performs on your Uzzi. I am looking to change to the Uzzi now the large frames are available. I had to get a VP Free to tide me over. Have a Dorado on the VP Free, but dont want to put the Dorado on the Uzzi. I have been having a blast back on a single crown fork on my ID, the AM1 is a sick fork. Wish they would put ETA on the 66RC, that would solve many problems.

    Hope that 66RC works well, am counting on your report.
    I'm gonna do 20 miles of singletrack (mostly downhill) tomorrow...
    but on my 5.5, Uzzi still needs crank, chain, FD and cassette from Larry
    I'll be able to ride Uzzi next weekend for sure.
    and will report back

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