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    yakuza bakuto fan club

    i ride one,its awesome!!

    anyone else post pics if you've kitted it out!

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    No pics yet.

    I don't have any pics yet actually I just ordered mine the other day and it is due in tomarrow. I can't wait! I will take pics of everything as I unpack and assemble my new stead.

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    koool,the whole font ends comes in bits,took me a few hourse to get it workin

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    Got mine setup more for trail assault right now, and I love how stiff the frame is for railing singletrack. I also take it over some rocks which is fun. Minor upgrades have been made to the bike.
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    Sick. How they do for Urban/DJ?

    Hey it looks like your footsies are about to come off.

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    too heavy for urban,i use mine for dj sometime and there pretty good if u pump the forks up

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    I don't do any urban, and I wouldn't try dj on this bike personally. Not that it couldn't take it - I bought the 19" which is pretty big, great for trail riding, not good for my pumptrack or dj. A 17" would've been good for those, so I just use my wife's Warrior for that. And good eye - my foot did slip off on that rock crawl - it's pretty icy in Boise right now!

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    id say its probaly best suited for the bike park/slopstyle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombin4X
    Got mine setup more for trail assault right now, and I love how stiff the frame is for railing singletrack. I also take it over some rocks which is fun. Minor upgrades have been made to the bike.
    Exactly what the bike was designed for. The geometry was 100% planned for use as an aggressive woods trail/ play bike. Its nice to see someone enjoying it for that purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by =ChrisB=
    Sick. How they do for Urban/DJ?

    Hey it looks like your footsies are about to come off.
    The Bakuto wasn't really planned for Urban / DJ, but it will definitely work. Keep your eyes peeled over the next few months for a new 09 prototype IH jumping bike with geometry designed by the Iron Horse Development League riders; Lars Tribus, Dave Smutok, Jordie Lunn, and Len Hornidge.

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    can I play?


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    Travis your Bakuto is probably the sickest one ever built. That thing rules. Color matched seat to Deemaxxes even. Sheeesh
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    id say its designed for freeride mainly aswell as trail riding which it is very good for

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    dante thats a sexy bike you have there! What forky is that?

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    I finally got my bike in last night and after about an hour or so of putting it together I was able to ride to the end of my street and back. I still need to make some minor adjustmenst and get a shock pump so I can setup the fork but for the most part its good to go and I can't wait to get out on the trail with it.

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    .... I know this is an old thread but I ordered a bakuto last thursday and I'm really excited. any ideas for making it more trail friendly? any pictures? Any thoughts on the bike?

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    After ridding mine for a couple of months now I have not found much that I would change. However I am getting ready to drop my small ring up front altogether and install a bashring chain guide combo. If I were not going to do this in the near future I would haft to replace the stock bash ring due to small cracks developing around the boltholes. But for the most part the bike is awesome and I have a blast on the thing Iím sure you will to just get outside and ride it like you stole it you will soon learn what you like and dislike and what need to be changed/upgraded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stubecontinued
    .... I know this is an old thread but I ordered a bakuto last thursday and I'm really excited. any ideas for making it more trail friendly? any pictures? Any thoughts on the bike?
    I made mine more trail worthy for the local riding spots by swapping the stock parts with:

    - a more comfortable and lighter saddle and seatpost
    - lighter and faster rolling tires
    - lighter and better platform pedals
    - longer stem and wider bars (not oversized) with Lizard Skins lock-on grips
    - swapped out the front chainrings to a 22/34 for steeper climbing
    - took the Splice fork off and sold it on ebay since I already had a Marz Drop-off to slap on until I move the Pike over to it


    I really enjoy riding it here in the foothills and trails where I live. It's super stiff and the 19" fits me perfectly since I am about 6'3", 200lbs.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bombing4x/431387318/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/183/431387318_3f24867ad4_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="002" /></a>

    EDIT: Did you get an 05, 06, or 07? I think the 06 had much nicer specs than the 05 did. And the 07 is a Dj/Urban/Park bike now.

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    I got an 05.
    I was planning to replace the forks already, but with what? I figured a longer stem might be in order as I am planning to ride it as more of a trail bike. Better platforms are probably a given also, what's a good light platform I might consider? I know the drivetrain is not top quality and will probably upgrade as I see the need.

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    oops.

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    I think the RS Pike is going to be a nice fork for this bike with the 20mm Maxle and 95mm-140mm travel options. Maybe do some research and see what other folks like and at what pricepoints. I am just running some cheap Wellgo's that I got on sale. I also slapped an 8-spd SRAM chain w/Powerlink since i like to keep that baby clean and lubed. One thing I can see getting swapped out in the near future is the Alivio rear der and the monster brake levers.

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    What kind of riding do you guys use the bakuto for?

    I wish mine would get here

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    Rock crawling/technical features, dh, foothills singletrack, pump track, road rides, it does it all. I just do not prefer jumping though - I am not very good at it and I don't like the 'thud' when I land.

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    Here's mine. I love it so far. Mostly trail riding and some freeride. The fork is at 150mm in the pic, now at 130mm and I like it better.

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    Finally got my bike yesterday and it's great. This is my first mountain bike but I rode BMX forever so I'm comparing it to the few mtb's I've tested. So far I've hucked it, DJ'd it, blasted it down some trails, jumped it down some stairs... wonderful. I guess I can officially join the fan club now.

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    Hi, I'm looking to get the Bakuta really soon. I want to ride this as more of an all mountain bike, my main buying guidelines:
    -slay singletrack
    -sturdy (hold up to a 6'1, 185 lb rider taking it off some launchers)
    -hardtail

    How well does this bike perform for A.M.? Climbing?

    Also, are the upgrades from 05 to 06 critical? (worth paying an extra $300)
    I know they changed the fork from a splice to a Marzocchi DropOff. Big deal?

    Thanks y'all, hopefully I'll get some pictures of me with my bakuto taking on porcupine rim soon.

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    Its a Chimpira but whatever... its the same frame



    Upgrades done so far:
    New front rim: Mavic Ex 729 with Quando 20mm hub (not in photo)
    New fork: Marzocchi 66 SL 2006
    New RD: Shimano XT
    Avid BB7 Brakes with 8" rotors
    Maxxis Minion DHF tire
    Wellgo DH Pedals
    Blackspire Stinger chainguide (not in photo)
    Avid SD5 brake levers (not in photo)
    Sram TRX shifters (not in photo)
    Oury lock on grips (not in photo)

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    Quote Originally Posted by willmh
    Hi, I'm looking to get the Bakuta really soon. I want to ride this as more of an all mountain bike, my main buying guidelines:
    -slay singletrack
    -sturdy (hold up to a 6'1, 185 lb rider taking it off some launchers)
    -hardtail

    How well does this bike perform for A.M.? Climbing?

    Also, are the upgrades from 05 to 06 critical? (worth paying an extra $300)
    I know they changed the fork from a splice to a Marzocchi DropOff. Big deal?

    Thanks y'all, hopefully I'll get some pictures of me with my bakuto taking on porcupine rim soon.
    I'm 6'3", 210 geared up and I'm sure it's sturdy enough. It sure climbs well for such a heavy bike too. Slaying singletrack is what this bike is made for (see dw's post earlier in thread). $300 difference? Where are you looking?:

    -05 at bicycleblowout for $550 shipped http://gallery.bcentral.com/GID40386...kuto-2005.aspx

    -06 at Randall Scott for $600 (shipping not included) http://www.rscycle.com/s.nl/it.A/id....=7&category=56

    This spec list on the 06 makes it a better buy, namely the fork, brakes, and transmission:
    -Marzocchi Dropoff III Suspension Fork w/ 150mm Travel & Thru Axle
    -SRAM X.7 trigger shifters w/ SRAM X.7 Rear Derailleur
    -Truvativ Ruktion Cranks w/ Howitzer Bottom Bracket
    -Truvativ Hussefelt Riser Handlebar & Stem
    -Avid BB-5 Mechanical Disc Brakes

    EDIT: I personally want as much squish as possible coming down Porkies...this wouldn't be my first choice for that ride, but whatever floats your boat.

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    Thanks for the info--
    I was looking between a new 05 on ebay for about $450 and one at performance bike for $750. Thanks for your listing on RS too.
    I agree that the spec list on the 06 is mostly better, but the Travativ Ruktion cranks got terrible reviews, worse than the cranks on the 05 bakuto. The main boost is the fork, which I plan on upgrading immediately anyway (too a sweet Marzocchi 66 probably)
    Right now I'm leaning towards that 05 model and upgrading the forks right away
    your ride looks pretty sweet, did you start with the 05 or 06?

    **lol, yeah I already took on porcupine rim on a trek hardtail rental and the downhill rock gardens beat the crap out of me But I love the singletrack portion of that ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willmh
    Right now I'm leaning towards that 05 model and upgrading the forks right away
    your ride looks pretty sweet, did you start with the 05 or 06?
    Me?

    Its a 2005

    Btw my bike posed on a hill so it looks way more chopper than what it looks like in reality

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    Quote Originally Posted by willmh
    Thanks for the info--
    I was looking between a new 05 on ebay for about $450 and one at performance bike for $750. Thanks for your listing on RS too.
    I agree that the spec list on the 06 is mostly better, but the Travativ Ruktion cranks got terrible reviews, worse than the cranks on the 05 bakuto. The main boost is the fork, which I plan on upgrading immediately anyway (too a sweet Marzocchi 66 probably)
    Right now I'm leaning towards that 05 model and upgrading the forks right away
    your ride looks pretty sweet, did you start with the 05 or 06?

    **lol, yeah I already took on porcupine rim on a trek hardtail rental and the downhill rock gardens beat the crap out of me But I love the singletrack portion of that ride.
    You could probably take the Marz fork off the 06 and sell it brand new on ebay and get more than I did for the Splice on ebay. Mine's an 05. Will be descending Porc Rim in about 2 weeks

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    Truvativ cranksets

    Just wondering how many of you have had problems / replaced completely the stock truvativ cranks?
    What were your experiences with bending / loosening ?
    Do only Truvativ DH cranks interface with the Howitzer BB interface?

    Thanks everybody

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    edit: figured out the answer to my question...
    Last edited by Bombin4X; 04-03-2007 at 09:37 PM.

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    a week in and I am so happy with this bike... I rode some trails in Santa Barbara over spring break and it was great. Been hitting the dirt jumps in my backyard and soaring over them. Got revenge industies "Da Kine" purple grips and some bar ends, next comes pedals, then on to the important stuff.

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    Im looking to get one, but Im unsure what size to get. Im 5'11" and looking to ride about equal parts dj's and singletrack. What size are you guys riding for your height and what style riding? Thanks!

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    For DJ I would almost go with the 15" frame, the 17" is perfect for the aggressive trail riding that I do but it's definitely a big frame. I am about 6' tall.

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    hello everyone. i bought a 95 Iron Horse Yakuza Bakuto from http://www.thebicycleoutlet.com/. i bought it without knowing anything about the bike but i checked the reviews on it and it had about a 4.5 out of 5 and the price was cheap, i got a huge discount. i paid 430 with shipping and i called the company and they told me it was the last one. after a few more questions i told him that i would but it. i think i got a 17 in. i am 6"1 280. i hope i got the right size but i had been riding a friends trek 4900 18" and it didnt seem too small. so the guy explained to me a bunch of things and said the size would be ok. i only had regular mountain bikes before. i have done some bikepacking in argentina and uruguay and i left my bike there. and i am hoping that when some family member comes visit me they will bring me my baby. im am not an elitist. i do not want the best of the best. i just want it to be strong and hold my weight. on my zenith bike, i put a noleen crosslink on it that worked great for my weight. i did a lot of riding on dirt with it, hit a lot of stuff and it worked great. and on the road it was like a non suspended shock. i will be using the yakuza as a commuter mostly but i go to go on some dirt trails with bumps and maybe small jumps. but nothing huge. i hope that by mid fall i would have lost a lot of weight and i will start to do some riskier stuff. i didnt want a bike to replace my zenith, i wanted something that can handle some harsher offroad stuff. i hope i bought the right bike. please let me know what u think.

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    me on mine on the redtail trail North Conway NH
    touch the sky

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    i got mine yesterday, niiiiiiiiice.

    its a much higher level bike than the one i have in argentina. and its comfortable even though its only an 17" and i am 6'1

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    I'm thinkin I'm gonna get the 05 bakuto 15 inch for DJ and urban. Just gotta save some mulah.

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    What do these bikes weigh in at? I ordered one but could not get a weight online anywhere. I am really excited to get it and hope I can make it my new AM hardtail with some slow upgrades.

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    Chimpiras are 35lbs I think

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