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  • 09-15-2009
    wolfman00
    lets see some komodo's
    Hey, I finally got my '07 komodo done last week, its been a slow build. Its built for AM riding mostly. I will get some pics up in the next day or so.

    But, I know lots of you have em, post em up! Also, if you have a chain guide...definitely post that up haha.

    Lets see em!
  • 09-22-2009
    chelboed
    Alright, wolfman...but where's yours?
    Here's the progression / digression / sidegression of mine:

    It all started out as a 2004 Komodo Team frame with parts carried over from my XLT:


    That frame didn't work out b/c the rear tri was too flexy, so they warrantied it out for a 2005 frame.

    I first built it up as a 31lb FRHT:


    I had issues with the 55r, so I got a Domain 318 and dropped down a tire size:


    I found myself doing more aggressive XC/trail riding than Freeride...so I dropped it down to 26lbs with a little lighter build:


    I'd like to build a 2008>newer FRHT version...they have ISCG.

    Okay...here's my 1998 Komodo. I got the frame off ebay for $6. It's set up as a rigid SS XC rig. Pretty dang fast:
  • 09-22-2009
    wolfman00
    I like your '05. I need to weigh mine and see what its at.

    I will go take a photo of it now actually, since im bored.
  • 09-22-2009
    wolfman00





    So far, it rides great and feels super solid.
  • 09-26-2009
    phat_tire_runner


    Here's my 2005 Komodo got the Frame for $60 and built the rest up from scratch

    2006 Marzocchi AMSL 130mm of travel
    2008 RaceFace Evovle Cranks, Bar, Stem, & Post
    BB7's 185 in front 160 in rear
    2008 X-9 Triggers and Rear derailleur X-7 Front
    Mavic Xm 819s on Dt Swiss Rear & Specialized Stout Front
    WTB Rocket V saddle
    ODI Rogue grips
    Mavic Holy Rollers for commuting, DJ, & DS
    Panaracer Cinder Rear and Fire Freeride Front for Single track
    Atomlab Trailpimps for Commuting & DJ
    Shimano 520's for everthing else

    Next Upgrade is a Pike 454 slider and Xt 20mm hopefully soon.
  • 09-26-2009
    wolfman00
    i notice we all are using odi rogues. They are the most comfortable grips i have ever used.

    got a guestion for ya- is it just me or is a 2.35 kinetics look more like a 2.1? Also, any of you used a 2.6 in the front with a 2.35 in the rear?
  • 09-27-2009
    chelboed
    I don't like ODI Rogue's. I have the new Peaty's on my '05 now. Moved the Yeti's over to the SS. The Rogue's are just not my style.
  • 09-27-2009
    chelboed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wolfman00
    I like your '05. I need to weigh mine and see what its at.

    I will go take a photo of it now actually, since im bored.

    Thx BTW.

    I'm beginning to think the Float was a mistake. I love it and it serves as a fantastic trail bike fork. I just have this hankerin' to go huckin' now and then. I probably wouldn't go crazy anyhoo b/c I'd hate to jack up my freakin' $500 wheelset and Hone crankset doing things that they weren't made for.

    What I really need to do is get me a 16.5" built up with a DJ or FR build with a stout set of wheels, cranks, and fork so I can go downtown and have me some fun when the trail is too sloppy!
  • 10-03-2009
    2silent
    no current pictures-

    I have an '04 with-

    marzocchi all mountain sl fork (2006)
    azonic outlaws
    holy rollers/swamp things
    deore crankset with 24/36t and e13 dual ring guide
    wtb laser v in camo
    x5 shifters and derailleurs
    203/160mm juicy 5s
    magnesium flat pedals

    It works well for trail riding and for screwing around downtown- great bike
  • 10-03-2009
    chelboed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 2silent
    no current pictures-

    I have an '04 with-

    marzocchi all mountain sl fork (2006)
    azonic outlaws
    holy rollers/swamp things
    deore crankset with 24/36t and e13 dual ring guide
    wtb laser v in camo
    x5 shifters and derailleurs
    203/160mm juicy 5s
    magnesium flat pedals

    It works well for trail riding and for screwing around downtown- great bike

    Are you sure it's an '04? Does it look like this:

    Or this:




    Reason I ask is b/c your build is more of a FR/AM build. If you have the 2004...then you've got a "trail bike" frame sorta overbuilt or built heavy. Oddly...I've got the 2005 Freeride Hardtail frame but under built it (light). Almost just swap your frame for mine and the bikes would be built proper:D
  • 10-03-2009
    2silent
    yeah, mine is the 1st one but in grey

    it is "overbuilt" but that's 'cause I got the frame for $50 and could care less how "fast" it is. I wanted a bike my friend's could keep up with me on when I rode with them... heh (actually, seriously)

    I also really wanted an 'indestructable' bike that I could ride cross country trails on (so I do like this geometry)

    -Drew
  • 10-04-2009
    chelboed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 2silent
    I also really wanted an 'indestructable' bike that I could ride cross country trails on (so I do like this geometry)

    -Drew

    I feel ya there, Drew. I have broken a few frames, tacoed a few wheels, broken cranksets, pedal spindles, saddle rails...at 200lbs, I can't skimp in the area of durability and I can't afford to buy new components all the time. I've gotten to the point where I pretty much use "All Mountain" componentry for plain ol trail riding. It may be 26-27lbs, but I don't have to worry about destroying it and not having a bike to ride.:thumbsup:
  • 10-08-2009
    2silent
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpywSalwpH0

    in action- well, as much as is possible in my hard thus far
  • 10-08-2009
    2silent
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by chelboed
    I feel ya there, Drew. I have broken a few frames, tacoed a few wheels, broken cranksets, pedal spindles, saddle rails...at 200lbs, I can't skimp in the area of durability and I can't afford to buy new components all the time. I've gotten to the point where I pretty much use "All Mountain" componentry for plain ol trail riding. It may be 26-27lbs, but I don't have to worry about destroying it and not having a bike to ride.:thumbsup:


    yeah, def. true. Even more true when the only reason you have that bike is for screwing around. I have a mamasita with a very light build and a monocog 29er as well.
  • 10-08-2009
    chelboed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by 2silent
    yeah, def. true. Even more true when the only reason you have that bike is for screwing around. I have a mamasita with a very light build and a monocog 29er as well.

    ThuperThweet!

    I'm working on a RM Flow DJ right now. I got a great deal on the frame from a dude...and I picked up a Saint crankset for $26:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
  • 10-09-2009
    7PointMe
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    Here's My Freeride / All Mountain 08 Komodo 1. Excuse the poor quality of the cellphone pic, but I'll post some better pics soon.

    Upgrades include:

    Funn Fatboy bar
    Juicy 5s
    ESI Racers Edge grips
    Crank Bros 5050xx pedals
    Alienation Pivotal saddle and seatpost
    Sun Doubletracks (heavy, but I got a good deal so I'll ride them until I can afford something lighter/cheaper. Can't say I'll ride them til they break, b/c these wheels are tanks)

    Best Upgrade: Push'd 426 Pike (You can see the humble fork it replaced in the background)
  • 10-09-2009
    2silent
    looks great!



    I swapped to 170mm raceface atlas crankset tonight- so my above "build" is no longer accurate.
  • 10-17-2009
    2silent
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    thread died- not too many of 'em I guess.
  • 10-19-2009
    spsurfer
    I didn't posted mine yet, because it's 100% original, not realy exiting.
    A great bike anyway, I think I'll start to upgrade with the brakes one day they'll fall apart.
    I use my Komodo as an Freeride / Allmountain bike, and used to old canti brakes, the mecanical disk brakes of the komodo aren't that bad either.



    Regards
    surfer
  • 10-19-2009
    2silent
    I swapped to a bontrager 60mm stem and easton risers today- so far I like the feel. little more dj-like I will probably stop posting each time I tinker with my setup too- probably make a change each week, heh.
  • 11-14-2009
    Moodrid
    My 07 komodo
    I cant get a pic to uploadbut I have the orange and black 07 3.0.I bought the frame and built it up.I went all mountain build and it weighs in a 31 pounds.
    Componets are:
    09 Fox vanilla r 140
    Sram x9 shifters and rear derailuer
    Shimano SLX cranks with bash ring.
    WTB fx 28 wheels with XT hubs.
    BB7 brakes with 160 rear and 185 front disc.
    IRC Trail Bear tires.
    Race face bars with easton all mountain stem.
    Chris King headset.
    Deore LX front derailuer.
    I could drop some wieght if I went tubeless.I run slime tubes with tire liners.
  • 11-23-2009
    chelboed
    Alright men...the Komodo has taken a turn for the better. I found a PIKE from an individual that bought a Pitch and wanted a Lyrik, so he let me have the PIKE for $220 shipped. Fox Racing Shox is supposed to be God's gift to suspension, but this PIKE is 100% smoother than my Float or Vanilla. Specialized calls it a 351, but looking at the spec's, it's basically a 426 w/o the external floodgate. The only problem is that the HT length on a 2005-2007 Komodo is pretty dang tall, man!! 140mm!


    The solution was a low stack headset from CrankBro's and a short-stack stem from Spank.

    -Rockshox PIKE 351 Coil U-turn / Motion Control / Lockout / Intl Floodgate
    -Crank Brothers Iodine AM headset (20.56mm stack)
    -Spank Spike FR / DH stem (26mm stack)

    (I also got a 2.35 Nevegal and Excavator to throw back on b/c Conti's IMO are an inferior tire)







  • 11-25-2009
    7PointMe
    Chelboed,

    Bike looks great! Is that a single ring setup on your Komodo? How does it pedal, or how has it changed your biking? I've been thinking of going that way and have been leaving it in the second ring to practice. What's your chainring size and cassette range?

    Glad you like the Pike, I got a used 426 recently and had PUSH rebuild it - it's butter.
  • 11-25-2009
    chelboed
    It used to be set up as a 1x9. (32f / 11-34r) Loved it for a while. Switched back for 2 reasons:
    1. My knees have been grumpy, so a granny helps.
    2. The drivetrain is SO MUCH SMOOTHER when not using those more extreme gear cominations. There is noticeable drag and gear noise when in the 32/34 or 32/11 combo's.

    I like my main ride to be smooth and quiet.


    The 1998 Komodo that is pictured further back in this thread was set up as a SS, but I went back to a 1x9 on that one. (32 / 11-34) It works well for a light/rigid bike.
  • 11-25-2009
    2silent
    you want to sell those continentals then eh?

    btw- my komodo is being taken apart/parted... Decided to go a different direction after getting an unbelievable deal on a Salsa El Santo frame (no need for the "heavy" bits on that one)
  • 12-01-2009
    wolfman00
    I think this winter i am going to tear mine down and strip the paint off it. All the paint is chipping off, so i may just strip it and clearcoat it. or have it painted the same color as the general lee haha.
  • 12-05-2009
    levar012586
    Here's my 2005 Jamis Komodo


    It has a Rock Shox Recon 351 w/lockout
    Avid Juicy 3's w/ 7in rotors
    Yeti ODI grips
    IRC Trailbear tires 26X2.35
  • 12-05-2009
    wolfman00
    nice builds,

    chelboed, what front hub do you have? Is it convertable? I see you using 20mm and QR forks on it.
  • 12-12-2009
    levar012586
    thought i added a pic last time
    Quote:

    Here's my 2005 Jamis Komodo


    It has a Rock Shox Recon 351 w/lockout
    Avid Juicy 3's w/ 7in rotors
    Yeti ODI grips
    IRC Trailbear tires 26X2.35


  • 12-12-2009
    chelboed
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wolfman00
    nice builds,

    chelboed, what front hub do you have? Is it convertable? I see you using 20mm and QR forks on it.


    Sorry guys, I've been out for a while.


    The hubs are Hope Pro 2 convertible. Yes, the front convertible from 20mm to 9mmQR in like 30 seconds.




    2silent: I gave the Conti's to a friend.
  • 05-22-2010
    Action1
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    Komodo
    Here is 1 I built about 5 years ago-I really like it.
    Jack

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  • 05-22-2010
    rossbourne14
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    2009 stock komodo 1

    looking to upgrade the forks and tires .. any suggestions?
  • 05-24-2010
    7PointMe
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    2009 stock komodo 1

    looking to upgrade the forks and tires .. any suggestions?

    Looks nice! I didn't realize they'd taken weight out of the downtube over previous years' models as well as the rear triangle.

    As for the fork and tires; I can definitely recommend a PIKE, the travel adjustability really lends to the bike's do-all capability and it's super-smooth. I've got a WTB MotoRaptor that came with the bike up front and a WTB Velociraptor rear tire. I guess it depends on what you're doing with it. Your Larsen's probably good as a rear tire, but you may want to look into something with a bit more bite on the front. I'm going to be swapping out the MotorRaptor with a slightly worn 3C Minion in the front as the current WTB tire has started to wash out in fast turns.
  • 05-27-2010
    Heavy Hitter
    I got that same Komodo. Another upgrade will be the seat. WTB makes a seat with thicker rails. You WILL bend your rails after landing enough jumps. I highly reccomend the WTB Jaxon. It will look even better on your bike, is comfy and can handle a lot more.,
  • 05-29-2010
    SlugSmasher
    Komodo Old School
    Ahh memories...

    I bought a Komodo LT new in 2001 and rode the living crap out of it up and down the west coast for 9 years. I upgraded everything attached to it at least twice during that period. The geometry was perfect for my style of riding which is aggressive XC, I think everybody calls it trail riding nowadays. Climb, descend, haul ass, techincal - this bike did it all and mostly proved that FS bikes are overrated for 90% of all trails. The frame was Easton Ultralight and had beautiful welds and a nice CNCd dropout section. This bike was well ahead of it's time when it came out and I loved every minute of every ride on it. I looked at other bikes the last few years and contemplated new ones every season but once I rode the Komodo on a nice spring epic, I kept it every time.

    Sad as it is though, the frame finally cracked on one of the chainstays and I had to retire it this year. Nice thing though is that I was able to build a rippin singlespeed out of the leftover parts on a different frame.

    RIP old friend.




  • 06-11-2010
    rhanson94
    Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic. It's got the 14" frame. It's my girlfriend's bike.

  • 06-11-2010
    wolfman00
    I would love to get a hold of one of the newer frames. That one looks really good. Much better than my nasty orange haha.
  • 06-11-2010
    rhanson94
    I like the way the black on black looks also. I think her bikes looks better than mine....
  • 06-16-2010
    Heavy Hitter
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by wolfman00
    I would love to get a hold of one of the newer frames. That one looks really good. Much better than my nasty orange haha.

    Yeah I love my 09 black frame. It is one of the toughest looking bikes you will see. Once you swap seats and make it even blacker, it just looks better. I upgraded the platform pedals on mine, and that makes a huge difference in control.

    This bike runs best with the seat dropped for shorter tech trails that have big rollers, and of course downhill. For flatter trails, you have to crank the seat up so you don't burn out your legs, but it really is a tough bike and goes over everything like a tank.
  • 06-16-2010
    wolfman00
    Oh yeah, i forgot to tell you- your bike called me today, it wants a pike. haha

    but seriously, the pike and a komodo frame is a match made in heaven.
  • 07-09-2010
    justinber95
    ill pitch in
    komodos rock
  • 07-10-2010
    chelboed
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    2009 stock komodo 1

    looking to upgrade the forks and tires .. any suggestions?


    There is no better fork for that bike than the PIKE. I have had several forks on my Komodo...
    Marz 55 5"
    Marz 55 6"
    Rockshox Domain U-turn
    Fox Float 140
    The PIKE U-turn that I have is about 1.5yrs old and is incredible. Tough enough for anything I'll do with the bike as a clyde who likes to jump stairs...but still versatile enough for XC rides. Lateral and fore/aft sturdy. 20mm TA is KILLAH for aggro XC stuff.


    It's just a great fork.



    As far as tires...IMO there' isn't a better tire out there for "mountain biking" than the Kenda Excavator. The caveat with the Komodo is rear tire clearance. The frame has a tough time clearing a 2.35 Excavator...so I run a 2.35 Nevegal in the back...which is has a little less rolling resistance anyhoo.

    So...2.35 Excavator front / 2.35 Nevegal rear.:thumbsup:
  • 07-12-2010
    wolfman00
    I have 2.4 moto raptors on mine at the moment. for dry stuff...not too bad, not great. When its wet- might as well be slicks, they suck. I will probably get some nevgals. I rarely hear anything bad about them.
  • 07-15-2010
    gc075
    Hey Rossbourne14, what size is your komodo?
  • 07-20-2010
    [dB]Will
    Just ordered my '09 Komodo! It should be here by... next week :(
  • 07-20-2010
    [dB]Will
    Hm... I was told it would be 3 days for assembly and then another 4-5 days for shipping. I placed the order today and just received an email saying it was shipped! Oh man, if I get this bike before the weekend...
  • 07-21-2010
    7PointMe
    Sweet - post some pics when it shows up!
  • 07-21-2010
    [dB]Will
    Looks like it'll be here Saturday. My mom will be in town though so I'll have no time to take her on her maiden voyage until Monday. Pics will definitely come.
  • 07-22-2010
    rossbourne14
    whats the biggest tire you could put on the 09 komodo? i was wanting to go with the maxxis high roller - minion setup.
  • 07-22-2010
    wolfman00
    I run 2.4 moto raptors