Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 50 of 168
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224

    2009 Jamis Dakar XCT 2.0?

    Does anyone have the 09 model xct 2.0? I just ordered one off of jenson and was wondering what people think if of it. I will be using it for a lot of xc type riding, and also dh trails and moderate jumping. I should have it here in probably two weeks (of course I order it memorial day weekend). How does it handle different terrain and elevation, like climbing and rocky descents. A lot of bob when pedaling or no?

    -Tim

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Quote Originally Posted by T174M
    Does anyone have the 09 model xct 2.0? I just ordered one off of jenson and was wondering what people think if of it. I will be using it for a lot of xc type riding, and also dh trails and moderate jumping. I should have it here in probably two weeks (of course I order it memorial day weekend). How does it handle different terrain and elevation, like climbing and rocky descents. A lot of bob when pedaling or no?

    -Tim
    Ha! I just ordered the model 1.0 from Jenson. I figure I'll just upgrade the crank myself and it shouldn't be too bad. Coming from a cheapo motobecane hard tail I am sure it's going to be night and day for me. I'll let you know how it is if I get mine before yours. I ordered it about a week ago. It took the full 3 business days for them to do the build.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Quote Originally Posted by camoto
    Ha! I just ordered the model 1.0 from Jenson. I figure I'll just upgrade the crank myself and it shouldn't be too bad. Coming from a cheapo motobecane hard tail I am sure it's going to be night and day for me. I'll let you know how it is if I get mine before yours. I ordered it about a week ago. It took the full 3 business days for them to do the build.

    You should definitely get it before I get mine then. Mine will probably ship next Friday, then it will take another 4 days to get here. I ordered it last night and the wait is already killing me, haha. I had the money to spend so I decided to go with the 2.0. I'm coming off of a 2001 P3, so this should be a big difference from me as well. I was using a 400 pound 9 speed P3 for AM type riding..Needless to say hills were pretty brutal and rocky descents were all about picking lines.

    I was orignially going to get Pricepoints sette flight, but they didn't have that in my size anymore. Found this on jenson and it seems like a pretty dam good bike for the money.

    -Tim

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    I am sure you'll love it, you picked up a really good bike with some nice components.

    I saw the "broken" thread before I bought. Someone made mention about a bad weld, but if you look at the picture it did not break on the weld, it broke right on the plate. My bet is that there was probably a bad batch of those plates during manufacture, so it will be interesting to see how they hold up.

    I have been riding my current bike as hard as I can, so I can get a full appreciation for the new one when it arrives. I am really looking forward to it!

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    I got mine yesterday. Haven't had it on the trail yet, but got it all dialed in last night after work. I am definitely going to have to upgrade the crank I don't see it lasting very long. Other than that, very nice, I am sure you will be super pleased with the 2.0!

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Quote Originally Posted by camoto
    I got mine yesterday. Haven't had it on the trail yet, but got it all dialed in last night after work. I am definitely going to have to upgrade the crank I don't see it lasting very long. Other than that, very nice, I am sure you will be super pleased with the 2.0!

    That's good news, where's the pics dudeman? My delivery date is scheduled for Tuesday, so I have a few days to wait yet. Post up a little report after the first ride also.

    -Tim

  7. #7
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Quote Originally Posted by T174M
    That's good news, where's the pics dudeman? My delivery date is scheduled for Tuesday, so I have a few days to wait yet. Post up a little report after the first ride also.

    -Tim
    Will do both soon!

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21

    Wow

    All I can say is wow. After riding a hard-tail "comfort" bike through the woods getting on this bike is like night and day.

    It was a pretty easy setup, although the derailleurs needed to be completely re-adjusted from scratch. I don't know what level of setup they do at Jensen, but I would have preferred they just chucked the derailleurs and cables in the box then half-ass them like that. I was also a little surprised that they decided to use 100 PSI for pressure for both the shock and forks. Call me a fat ass but I really don't think that the average rider is going to be happy with that. Maybe it has something to do with shipping? I dunno. Other than that, the only thing I did was a lizard skin and diamond grips (after 15 years of using domino grips on dirtbikes, I just can't cope with anything else.)

    It rides REALLY nice. Granted I am pretty biased because this is one of the nicest bikes I have ever ridden, but still, I can't be more happy with it. It handles the rocks and roots like they aren't even there. Uphills are a ton easier now that I am not pedaling an M1. I have a funny feeling my lard ass is going to bust that crank in two. It's the cheezy fsa alpha drive. I just hope it breaks close to the car or home.

    Anyways, here's the pics. It was getting dark so the flash kicked in and screwed up the lighting, but you'll get the idea.





  9. #9
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Looks great dude, glad you're liking it.

    How well were the brakes bled from new?

    Do you need a special pump for the shock?

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Quote Originally Posted by T174M
    Looks great dude, glad you're liking it.

    How well were the brakes bled from new?

    Do you need a special pump for the shock?
    Yeah I just picked up a hand held suspension pump for 30 bucks. It's crappy but gets the job done.

    the brakes do feel a LITTLE spongy, but to be honest, I don't know if that's me or the brakes. I know a cool dirtbike trick you can do if there are air in the lines is to zip tie the brakes in the "on" position overnight and sometimes air bubbles can travel to the highest point which is your reservoir so I may try that just to see if there is a difference.

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Yeah, it might work. I don't think those brakes even have a reservoir do they? I am good at bleeding the brakes on my mx bike, so these shouldn't be any different really. Does the bike seem sturdy/strong? I will be riding dh trails occasionly, and might take it to diablo to give that a go. I'm a pretty smooth rider (I think), so hopefully it holds up fine.

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    ha! that's a good question.... I imagine they do have one though, I dunno!! It's not clearly obvious if they do or not to me.

    Yeah, it definitely feels solid to me.

  13. #13
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    A few more pictures, better lighting and the removal of about a half a pound of worthless stickers:




  14. #14
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    7
    Can you tell me the size of the rear shock perchance? Jamis doesn't list it on their site and I had just ordered one of these but found a sweet deal on Ebay for a Fox Float RP23, for what I believe to be the correct size, 6.5".

    JensonUSA was no help.

    Also, I'll need to figure out where I can get the new mounting hardware...

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    7
    Sweet bike, BTW

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Quote Originally Posted by theskidish
    Can you tell me the size of the rear shock perchance? Jamis doesn't list it on their site and I had just ordered one of these but found a sweet deal on Ebay for a Fox Float RP23, for what I believe to be the correct size, 6.5".

    JensonUSA was no help.

    Also, I'll need to figure out where I can get the new mounting hardware...
    Did you try calling/emailing jamis? They'll probably be the ones to send you in the right direction for hardware too.

    What's the difference betwen the xct frames and the sixfifty frames? Only difference I found was the xct has a slacker ht angle.
    Last edited by T174M; 06-06-2010 at 01:25 PM.

  17. #17
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by T174M
    Did you try calling/emailing jamis? They'll probably be the ones to send you in the right direction for hardware too.

    What's the difference betwen the xct frames and the sixfifty frames?
    Yeah, it seems like Jamis makes a point NOT to include their number on the site and simply defer people to the dealers for questions, however, I keep getting conflicting answers from my dealer on the actual size.

    Oh well, I can just wait and measure it myself, not sure on the differences between the XCT and sixfifty frames.

  18. #18
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Quote Originally Posted by theskidish
    Yeah, it seems like Jamis makes a point NOT to include their number on the site and simply defer people to the dealers for questions, however, I keep getting conflicting answers from my dealer on the actual size.

    Oh well, I can just wait and measure it myself, not sure on the differences between the XCT and sixfifty frames.
    I believe the rear shock is 130mm (5 inch) of travel, but I have a feeling your looking for the eye to eye length right?

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    7
    Yeap, that's the one I need.

  20. #20
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Sorry for the delay. Eye-to-eye is 7 7/8"

  21. #21
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by camoto
    Sorry for the delay. Eye-to-eye is 7 7/8"
    Awesomeness, thanks for the info.

    Once again my intuition fails me, not even close to 6.5".

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Posts
    2

    Jamis XCT

    hey all
    i picked up an XCT 1.0 up about 2 months ago, it is by far the best bike i have ever ridden. I feel a lot of bike companies will hop on board and copy this style of all mountain/XC rig. So far i upgraded the tires from the geax2.0" to some eskara 2.3". and the brakes, to a juicy 5. It climbs like a hard tail and descends like a downhill, i notice no pedal bob when dialed in properly and this things soaks up everything! Ive put over 300km on this bike already, and feel like it is riding better everyday. Do yourself a favour and go test ride some specialized, gary fisher, giant bikes then ride the jamis xct, and you will notice this bike is on a different level from the others!
    Thanks

  23. #23
    fyl
    fyl is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    8
    Hi, I am planning to build a bike with some used parts Dakar XCT 2.0 2009 frame with SLX groupset with a Rock Shox Recon SL 85-130mm U-Turn.

    I have been reading a bit of reviews about the XCT and it seems that there are some complaints of pedal bob as well as it being not a very good climber. Can some XCT users provide some feedback around this ? How is the Fox Float R that comes with the frame with this regard ?

    Tq
    Last edited by fyl; 06-07-2010 at 11:29 AM.

  24. #24
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    7
    Quote Originally Posted by fyl
    Hi, I am planning to build a bike with some used parts Dakar XCT 2.0 2009 frame with SLX groupset with a Rock Shox Recon SL 85-130mm U-Turn.

    I have been reading a bit of reviews about the XCT and it seems that there are some complaints of pedal bob as well as it being not a very good climber. Can some XCT users provide some feedback around this ? How is the Fox Float R that comes with the frame with this regard ?

    Tq
    I just rode a 2009 Dakar XCT 1.0 through all the trails at Tsali, and I have to say that the only time I ever noticed any pedal bob whatsoever was when I was climbing out of the saddle. But as soon as I planted back down I hardly noticed any. Towards the end of the trip I learned to just stay seated and jam on the pedals in an easier gear, and that seemed to work much better for the bike. This was my first extended experience with a full suspension rig (I rode a Spec Rockhopper for a few years prior), and I must say even though I know it was more weight, that my legs actually felt less tired at the end of the ride than they normally do.

    So take my review with a grain of salt because I haven't had much experience with a full suspension bike.

    The girlfriend offered a new rear shock as a bday gift so I am looking to upgrade it to a Fox Float RP23 which I've heard that with the propedal activated it makes a noticeable difference, we shall see.

    Also, also, for anyone else who may be interested the rear shock sizing is as follows:

    Eye to Eye- 200mm/7.875''
    Stroke- 50mm/1.97''
    Mounting Hardware- 10mm x 22.4mm Front, 10mm x 22.2mm Rear

  25. #25
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Quote Originally Posted by theskidish
    I just rode a 2009 Dakar XCT 1.0 through all the trails at Tsali, and I have to say that the only time I ever noticed any pedal bob whatsoever was when I was climbing out of the saddle. But as soon as I planted back down I hardly noticed any. Towards the end of the trip I learned to just stay seated and jam on the pedals in an easier gear, and that seemed to work much better for the bike. This was my first extended experience with a full suspension rig (I rode a Spec Rockhopper for a few years prior), and I must say even though I know it was more weight, that my legs actually felt less tired at the end of the ride than they normally do.

    So take my review with a grain of salt because I haven't had much experience with a full suspension bike.
    Good to hear someone's pumped on the ride. Mine should be here tomorrow so hopefully I can get some riding in this week or weekend.

  26. #26
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Just took mine out again. I also don't notice pedal bobbing unless I am out of the saddle and really pedaling hard (mind you, I do have my suspension set to my weight too, which is in the fatboy range). I managed to rake the right pedal across a rock and rip out half of the little pegs. No big deal because I wasn't too crazy about the pedals anyways, now I have an excuse to buy new ones. I also raked the rear rotor across a rock and there was only cosmetic damage. I need to get out of "dirtbike" mode and start picking more sensible lines. It's hard to not pick the nastiest line there is on this bike though, I am loving how it just soaks up everything.

  27. #27
    fyl
    fyl is offline
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Posts
    8
    Great to hear feedback that pedal bob is not obvious. I usually climb while seated so, it should be ok for me. Will try it out and share my experience.

    Thanks.

  28. #28
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Well,

    Fedex gave me a little present today. Bike came and got it together with no issues other than jenson forgetting to toss the rear quick release in. I put on some platform pedals instead of the clip ones, and I'm going to need some smaller set screws for these babies as they are a little to shin destroying for me. I set the sag in the rear shock, and added some air to the front. What is an acceptable psi level in the front for 160lb dude? it still seems a little soft to me, and I can't seem to find the compression adjustment.

    Here is the bike. I took off the large chainring(never used it previously), and put on a bashguard that I made.




    Only got to ride it in the yard/around the block so far, and I am pretty pleased with how it fits me, feels. This weekend I will take it to the trails to get a good feel of how it rides. Only thing I noticed was it does seem to dive a little on sharp cornering, but that could just be because I have to get used to a longer travel fork or something.

  29. #29
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Man, those are some PURDY forks!! Makes me kinda wish I went for the 2.0!!!

    For 160 lbs, I would start with 160PSI (both front and rear) and go up or down from there based on how it feels, although you might get other advise on here.

    Judging how mine was (100 PSI front and rear) your issue with diving might be that it's just too damn soft. Check the pressure and see, it's night and day when set up properly. I don't know what fork you have, but mine only has a rebound adjustment, no compression adjustment.

    Awesome looking bike, great color too! Those look like the same pedals that I ripped the spikes out of, but mine had the pressed in spikes, not the threaded ones.

    I like how your tires don't have a big huge internet address on the side of them like mine do. LOL

  30. #30
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Quote Originally Posted by camoto
    Man, those are some PURDY forks!! Makes me kinda wish I went for the 2.0!!!

    For 160 lbs, I would start with 160PSI (both front and rear) and go up or down from there based on how it feels, although you might get other advise on here.

    Judging how mine was (100 PSI front and rear) your issue with diving might be that it's just too damn soft. Check the pressure and see, it's night and day when set up properly. I don't know what fork you have, but mine only has a rebound adjustment, no compression adjustment.

    Awesome looking bike, great color too! Those look like the same pedals that I ripped the spikes out of, but mine had the pressed in spikes, not the threaded ones.

    I like how your tires don't have a big huge internet address on the side of them like mine do. LOL

    I set the sag in the rear, forget what psi it's at...I'm guessing if the sag is right, the psi has to be right. The front (marzocchi bombers 44 ata) had like 50psi in it, and I pumped it up to 75psi and still feels soft. I wasn't sure how much air these forks could handle, I'll try putting some more in the forks. These forks don't have a compression adjustment either, or atleast I can't find it.

    How long did your brakes take to break in? The stopping power is still pretty weak right now.

    -Tim

  31. #31
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Ok,

    Bumped the front up to 140psi, and the rear is at 150psi. Thing feels pretty darn good riding around right now, can't wait to hit the trial. Hitting a roller at speed behind my house I can get the rubber o ring almost all the way down the shock..Is this normal or should I put some more air in it? Other than that it looks like it moved pretty far through its travel over something pretty small, it feels good.

  32. #32
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Quote Originally Posted by T174M
    Ok,

    Bumped the front up to 140psi, and the rear is at 150psi. Thing feels pretty darn good riding around right now, can't wait to hit the trial. Hitting a roller at speed behind my house I can get the rubber o ring almost all the way down the shock..Is this normal or should I put some more air in it? Other than that it looks like it moved pretty far through its travel over something pretty small, it feels good.
    If a little roller is pushing the o-ring all the way down, I would try more air, personally. It's really your personal choice, and what you like to ride and how you ride it. You don't want it bottoming out on something that is average for your riding, that's for sure. You can do the same trick on the fork with a piece of string or a small zip tie that the oring does on the shock as a temporary thing to see what you are getting for travel on the front.

    As an example (don't laugh) I am 220 lbs and I have 210 PSI front and rear and it's a little on the soft side. I don't do big drops either so it's nice and plush for most of my riding.

  33. #33
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Didn't see your brake question. The brakes took about 10 miles to break in and start really grabbing.

    Also, you should have books for the forks that came in the box from Jenson (at least I did). The max pressure on those forks should be pretty high. My cheaper ones the manual says 200+ psi. It doesn't give a maximum pressure so you should be fine going up more if you want to. Just check your book, I bet it is in there.

  34. #34
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Quote Originally Posted by camoto
    If a little roller is pushing the o-ring all the way down, I would try more air, personally. It's really your personal choice, and what you like to ride and how you ride it. You don't want it bottoming out on something that is average for your riding, that's for sure. You can do the same trick on the fork with a piece of string or a small zip tie that the oring does on the shock as a temporary thing to see what you are getting for travel on the front.

    As an example (don't laugh) I am 220 lbs and I have 210 PSI front and rear and it's a little on the soft side. I don't do big drops either so it's nice and plush for most of my riding.
    Yeah, I'm going to wait until I hit a good trail to start messing with it..No sense now as I don't know how it will ride over the real stuff. As of now I feel like I have it in a pretty good starting point. Gotta put that bash guard I made to some use and abuse now!

    Kind of random but, can you run front lower rollers on a dual ring setup?

    Here's another picture for the hell of it:


    EDIT: Camoto, I checked the zoke book and to be honest it's pretty vague. It is the manual for like 5 different forks in 5 different languages.

  35. #35
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    7
    Schweet color on your bike.

    From the designs I've seen on my friends bikes with front lower rollers, they are in a fixed position and wouldn't be able to travel with the derailleur.

  36. #36
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Got some more seat time on the xct these past two days. With the suspension aired up more it rides way better. Rode some road/easy trails so far. On the road this bike is even surprisingly nice to ride. I also noticed no bob unless I'm standing up pedaling which even then it was pretty minimal. I also noticed the lockout on the fork is either on or off, regardless of the little setting on the lockout mechanism (maybe I just didn't notice it through the middle settings). I ordered a 65mm stem as the 100mm is way too long for my liking.

    Will post up after I ride some more aggressive trails and see how it fares.

  37. #37
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Nice, glad you are liking it! I ended up getting new pedals, welgo b67's and have a nice ride planned for saturday, looking forward to it!!

  38. #38
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Quote Originally Posted by camoto
    Nice, glad you are liking it! I ended up getting new pedals, welgo b67's and have a nice ride planned for saturday, looking forward to it!!
    Yeah same. My bike came with clip in pedals from the factory, so I had a set of platform pedals (DMR v12 mag pedals) lined up to throw on there when I got it. Really loving these pedals. I want to get some short pins to thread in there though as the current ones are nasty.

  39. #39
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Another little update:

    Finally rode some REAL trails today (only about 3 or 4 miles though, didn't want to run out of light), and I am loving this bike. The stem is definitley way too long for my liking, I felt uncomfortable on the long steep descents with such a long stem. Only other problem I have is keeping the front end down on longer/steeper climbs (probably myinproper riding technique though). I also need a lizard skin or something to quit down my chain rattling against my frame.


    Also, as far as transporting the bike goes. Is it bad to lock-out the fork, and tie the bike down in the bed of my truck to the handlebars? Is pulling down on the front end semi-tight for longer periods of time while the fork is locked-out a bad idea?
    -Tim

  40. #40
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Good question on the fork. I wouldn't think you would need to cinch it THAT tight anyways, but maybe a better question for the general forums. They do make a bracket that bolts to the bed of your truck and you could clip in the fork like a skewer that way instead.

    I also did a ride this weekend. Found that the tires are not quite right for the trails around here. Ended up getting a new pair and hopefully they will fare a little better (and not have the stupid enormous logo on the side)

  41. #41
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Slapped on some new tires. The 2.35's definitely are going to have some more bite than the 2.2's. And the higher volume let's me run lower pressures.


  42. #42
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Sick tires, let me know how you like them. I'm pretty pleased with the ones that came on my bike, both are 2.35's also. I put a 65mm 10 deg rise stem on and it has also made a world of difference in the ride on this thing. I'm not a fan of the long xc style stems, and going from a 100mm to 65mm was definitely the perfect fit for me.

    Those tires change the whole look of your bike, they look sweet.

  43. #43
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Quote Originally Posted by T174M
    Sick tires, let me know how you like them. I'm pretty pleased with the ones that came on my bike, both are 2.35's also. I put a 65mm 10 deg rise stem on and it has also made a world of difference in the ride on this thing. I'm not a fan of the long xc style stems, and going from a 100mm to 65mm was definitely the perfect fit for me.

    Those tires change the whole look of your bike, they look sweet.
    I don't have too much of an issue with the stem, but I have orangutan arms, so maybe that's the difference!

    These are the Kenda Nevegals with the stick-e. I am curious to see how they do in the wet, because those other tires were awful and I was sliding off of every root and rock and I couldn't run the pressure low enough at my weight.

    I am also going to ditch the outer front ring for a bash guard and putting on a 185mm front rotor. Maybe I should just starve myself for a month or two instead... LOL

  44. #44
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Yeah, my tires kicked out over a lot of roots when I hit them at speed in the wet (it had just started pouring when I rode). I figured that was normal and I just am not used to riding on quickly-turned-wet terrain.

    I am 6'1 160(pretty lanky), and the 100mm stem just had me leaning over too far. I like more of an upright riding position, and it made it much easier for me to get over the rear of the bike while going down. That may stem (pun intended) from the style that I have acquired from ringing the crap out of a 125 around the mx track though. What is a normal psi to run on really rocky/rooted trails?

    Do you need a bracket for the caliper to run a larger rotor? I was thinking about upgrading my front rotor too as I already bent it up pretty good.

    On the bash guard...I definitely think it's more suitable for trail riding than the outer sprocket. I will throw the big front sprocket on if I'm riding fire roads or the actual roads...Not used in the woods for me as I don't think I will ever be pedaling that fast going down, and am sure not strong enough to use it going up. It also gave me an excuse to throw another one of the bash guards I made on another one of my bikes.

    This year I'm looking to make some more bash guards, and maybe a couple stems.

  45. #45
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Yeah, for the brakes there's a bracket for 185 and 215. Search jenson for AVID CPS. I am pretty sure your fork has the IS mount so it's the IS to 185mm bracket (it's about 10 bucks).

    With the 2.35's at your weight you might be able to get away with less than 30psi, it's all a matter of personal debate, but if you aren't riding anything paved and mainly on the trail, I would say (and everyone else has been telling me) as low as you can go without pinch-flatting. I am always afraid of flats, so I tend to go a little higher than I should. I put the thicker tubes in these tires, so I can work my way lower with less fear of pinching them. I aired these ones up to 35 and they seem perfect but I haven't been on the trail with them yet, I just mounted them up tonight. I'll go lower than 35 if I can.

    Did you ever do enduro/harescramble riding on the 125? Other than the pedaling, it's very similar to me!

  46. #46
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Put some more seat time on it and I'm still loving it. I softened up the forks a little, and took some of the pressure out of the tires and the changes have improved the bikes riding more. I have no complaints with it yet.

    Here is where I have been riding:

    I just took this because I like how the trail dipped out of the woods and swerves through the treeline/field for a little bit.


    Here is a little 2 to 3 foot drop, kinda hard to tell from the picture. The suspension soaked up the landing well, which is into a pretty rooty little area.


    Here is part of a nasty uphill that I fail to make it up everytime thus far...It is a lot more fun running this trail the opposite way and hitting it as a downhill.


    I need to get a lizard skin or something to quit the chain down from slapping my frame.

    -Tim

  47. #47
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    That looks like some nice riding!!

  48. #48
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    224
    Another little update after more ride time:

    Bike has still taken everything I can throw at it. I noticed paint chipping on the underside of the frame right behind the front sprockets (from the chain slapping I guess), so I threw some more tape on there. Should I remove some links from the chain if I took off the larger ring?

    I have been getting better at climbing with this bike, just need to figure it out a little more so I don't either slide the rear out, or do a wheelie. I have hit a few drops up to about 5ft on it now and it's not complaining at all. At this point I am very happy with my purchase..I may be upgrading the brakes soon, or at least getting an oversize front rotor to see if that helps improve braking a bit.

  49. #49
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    Sounds like you are enjoying it! I also am removing my outer ring, so that's a good question. Obviously you don't have to remove links, but if you do that would prevent you from ever putting it back on without a chain swap.

    I ended up getting the 185 front rotor for just a little more bite in front, I haven't put it on yet so I can't give any feedback on it.

  50. #50
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Posts
    21
    I might as well whore this thread up some more...


    Pictures from today's ride. Blue Hills. Most of it is just flat path, but there are a few gnarly sections (at least I think they are):

    No bikes allowed on this one. Probably a good thing for me! LOL






Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •