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    Who is riding a Satori?



    I don't have a pic with the Industry Nines on it, but they're black, so it doesn't look too flashy.

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    Wow, pretty bike, congrats!

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    first demo on one today

    flatted and forgot to check my tube supply prior to ride - i hadnt flatted all summer, but all y tubes have been "paid fwd" to others who were stranded over the season -

    needless to say - ugh - after I hiked the bike out over 2 miles

    the good:

    felt comfortable right from the lot - enough with a base demo setup for my height / weight - with more tweaking im sure even better - rebound etc

    cleared all the tech and tight swithchers all first try which kinda suprised me - how nimble the bike is for a LT 29 and longish wheelbase - but short chainstays

    was just starting to see the light in the DH when I flatted... my big smile quickly turned down at the realization I was without a tube, and noone else on the trail

    the new SLX kit is smooth and the clutched rear - outstanding

    I believe this is potentially one grt bike - need to ride it again - with xtra tubes

    the only downside for me is that off the floor - about 4lbs heavier than my giant - combined with the 2x10 - i coulda used the lower gearing on the steeps and wouldnt have gassed me as bad on the real technical climbing sections that make you work harder
    - that and I could be in better shape

    Also - would like to ride it dialed in - the Maestro rear is quite brilliant and when setup correctly I'm hard pressed to find something better - for a simple faux bar design - it did pretty well - but seemed to notice the square edge/bumps way more on the climb - again - some fine tuning may solve

    My reg ride is a Giant AnthemX29 - which has been great - but too nervous (geo) and would like some plush more all mt characteristics

    will be riding it again and against some other LT bikes - do like it - wouldnt hesitate to recommend it at this point

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    I finally fully commited to the mtb way of life and sold my last 4-wheeler and bought my '12 Satori last saturday. Ive put 50 miles of singletrack on it and absolutley love it. Definitley an improvement over my Walmart Mongoose
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    Quote Originally Posted by djcrb9 View Post


    I don't have a pic with the Industry Nines on it, but they're black, so it doesn't look too flashy.
    What size?

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    We got a 19 in my shop as a rental/demo and i had the pleasure of takin it out to test last week. Awesome build on the 13. Thru axles and the frame design provide a very stiff foundation. Slx stuff feels great. Was thinking of getting a process but thia might be my AM whip instead. Incredible ride

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    I wish I could have got a '13 but I got such a good deal on mine, it would of taken me another year to get it.

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    satori sizing questions

    ok so i'm 6'2" and a bit, 35" taint to floor in shoes.
    according to sizing charts that's 19" or 20"
    this will be my first FS and first 29er.
    i'm currently on a XL Scott Scale which I believe is considered 21"
    suggestions?

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    QuadRacer I much prefer the look of the all white with black decal 12 than the 13... but both are still really awesome looking and spec'd. Also the `12 and `13 both have the same axles, so there isn't anything new in that area. There isn't actually that much of a change from the current year model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Notes View Post
    ok so i'm 6'2" and a bit, 35" taint to floor in shoes.
    according to sizing charts that's 19" or 20"
    this will be my first FS and first 29er.
    i'm currently on a XL Scott Scale which I believe is considered 21"
    suggestions?
    I'm 6'2 and I ride the 22". but that's only because I run my saddle at 83cm, which on the 20" makes for a bit too much drop and the post is maxed out. I could ride a 20" , but only with a 80mm or longer stem, and I like a shorter stem, so I went 22".

    If you are 6'2" there's no way you should get a 19".
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    ^ Care to post some pics? I haven't seen the Satori yet in a 22" size. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by e1dorado View Post
    What size?
    That one's a 20. I'm 6'3" and it fits me well.

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    Just mine yesterday!

    Its a 2012 frame, I'll post pics when I get her all set up to my liking, so far just need a chain guide up front and some low rise bars. Anybody know the eye to eye and stroke of the rear shocks on these?

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    Quote Originally Posted by galbraithrider View Post
    Its a 2012 frame, I'll post pics when I get her all set up to my liking, so far just need a chain guide up front and some low rise bars. Anybody know the eye to eye and stroke of the rear shocks on these?
    Stroke is 2" and eye to eye is 7.5".

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    I wish I was still up by Galby! I miss living up there I'm down in the 253 dirty south now but there's lots of riding here also. Thanks for the shock sizing! I'm pondering a coil shock for the rougher stuff...I want some wider lower rise bars and ill probably gear the front down to a 32 with a full chain guide.Who is riding a Satori?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1349218137.883193.jpg

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    ^ Did you build from the frame up? Definitely looks better with a black Revelation vs. the stock white one (just too much white there).
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    Yeah frame up build, a good friend traded me the frame for my rumblefish. He was selling the satori and decided that he could sell the rumblefish just as easily. Needless to say I'm stoked! Can't wait to get it out on the trails.

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    in answer to the question posted in the topic.
    ME!
    in about 5-7 days.
    pulled the trigger on a 2012, for a great deal at a might aswell be LBS (50km from the homestead).
    now off to surf bike porn and mod sites!!

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    What are you guys seeing for prices on in-stock 2012 Satoris at this point? I was in a LBS near me last week that already has a 2013, and they have a few (2 in my size, and a few others) 2012s in stock at just about full price still.

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    i contacted all of the kona dealers listed in my area (southern ontario) on the dealer locator page.
    none had stock in my size. (20")
    they all could order remaining inventory from kona.
    was quoted:
    $2999 highest.
    $2500 lowest.
    $2699 seemed to be the most quoted.
    all plus tax obvs.

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    absolute best price i found was $2399 in calgary, 8% less tax than here, could've had it shipped for $75.
    it was a demo though, had seen some dirt.

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    There's a whole spread of sizes on 2012 Satori frames now on ebay for only $1295.
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    Here's mine. Great bike, stabile, compact, climbs great, but 26 granny is a joke. Had to replace it with 20-32 front rings. 160-180 discs are not worthy of such a grat descender. I need to replace top headset (any ideas?), original is too high.
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    Agree w everything Simen states - especially the 26t "granny" - while it worked yesterday, we have too many hard steep technical climbs in the frt range of CO where I live - would want to change to a 24 or 22 optimally. Also - I know there have been some issues with the kronolog seat dropper - and while it was new on the demo rig - worked really well. again - an extremely capable trail bike - soooo fun!!

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    The small 26t is about the only gear I run, Im thinking about taking the big ring off and making or buying a gaurd and remove the derailer altogether. Is there anything wrong with that? I figured less weight, maintainence and parts to damage?

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    I'm afraid you'll slowly wear your chain and cogs, especially in higher gears- your chain won't run straight anymore. I guess sram xx1 is the only option with granny around 28t only.

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    simen I bought the Loaded X-lite SIT headset... super low stack height at only 6.5mm... ceramic bearings... fun ano colors.

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    What headset is on there stock? Can you just change out the top cover? It looks like one of those fsa's where the top cover has like 10mm of spacers built in...

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    Correct, it's FSA's tallest top cover. Top assembly is ZS 44/28.6, now I only have to find a lower cover.

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    Shouldn't be too hard, I've got the same headset with a flat top cover on it. Also just put some super low rise bars on it and the driveway test was positive so I think zero rise stem, low rise or flat bars, and flat headset cover are gonna do it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by millargeo View Post
    What are you guys seeing for prices on in-stock 2012 Satoris at this point? I was in a LBS near me last week that already has a 2013, and they have a few (2 in my size, and a few others) 2012s in stock at just about full price still.
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    Shame they don't ship Konas, their frame only price had me tempted a few weeks ago.
    Rolling on 29", 650b, 8.3" and 23mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement View Post
    Shame they don't ship Konas, their frame only price had me tempted a few weeks ago.
    Even cheaper now, only $1075.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement View Post
    Shame they don't ship Konas, their frame only price had me tempted a few weeks ago.
    They dont (cant) ship complete bikes, but give them a call, they will ship you the frame only. Its how I got my Honzo.

    Also got a Specialized by working with them (they ended up selling the bike to my LBS to honor their dealer agreement with Specialized). Good people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simen View Post
    I'm afraid you'll slowly wear your chain and cogs, especially in higher gears- your chain won't run straight anymore. I guess sram xx1 is the only option with granny around 28t only.
    MRP Bling Ring comes in 28t.
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    Here's some pics of my 22". I'm using a 50mm Easton stem in the new 35mm clamp diameter. fits me perfect. Check out how good the "carry handle" is on the 22". This bike is so sweet to ride! Just finished a 10 mile single track excursion today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by el_chupo_ View Post
    They dont (cant) ship complete bikes, but give them a call, they will ship you the frame only. Its how I got my Honzo.

    Also got a Specialized by working with them (they ended up selling the bike to my LBS to honor their dealer agreement with Specialized). Good people.
    That's annoying as they wouldn't ship me a frame when I called, but the person didn't seem sure...

    I might have to put in a call.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 6thElement View Post
    That's annoying as they wouldn't ship me a frame when I called, but the person didn't seem sure...

    I might have to put in a call.
    I was dealing with Neil Adams, but at one point I called for him, he was not in, and the guy I talked to told me they wouldnt ship. But I guess he was out at lunch or something, as he called me back later that day. I basically emailed them from their site, he replied with his email and phone number, and got me hooked up.

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    satori vs spidercomp29

    so, I was originally drawn to this ride, but then it went off the radar due to my favorite shops not carrying Kona)

    i wish i would have read the stoke in this thread prior to going to outerbike, as I would have ridden it.
    now,
    after reading this, I'm interested in this ride again.

    things I like, the GEO you mention here is great. it's close to intenese that was my favorite at outerbike,

    what I really like, the extra size and price. hte 19 looks perfect for me. in so many bikes, I think i'm between the M and L, w/ a 23.5 effective tt, and a 24.5, but the 19 here is right between.

    i also found a frame only for just over a grand, which is quite a bit lower then even my hook up price on spidercomp frame.

    build it w/ xx1, carbon wheels and dropper, and it would be sweet.

    but,
    i haven't ridden.

    anyone know what the frame weight is?

    simple rear suspension works well it sounds like?

    i like suspension that is plush off the top, to ride smooth in the first .5 to inch, then has a some solidity in the mid range to work terrain, pump and push against, and works well in the bottom to forgive you nicely on the big hits. the intense is great for this, as is the specilalized version of hte 4 bar.

    Thx for the stoke thread, glad you all found a sweet 29er solution.

    cheers,
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    My satori 2012 19"
    12,55kgrs like picture.

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    sweet ride.
    what is that front chainring? 30?
    so 12.55 is under 28lbs, w/ dropper, that's good.
    how's hte stiffness on the arch ex? i'm thinking that one or going carbon wheels.

    thx,
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    Chainring = 30 T
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    Quote Originally Posted by C-Notes View Post
    ok so i'm 6'2" and a bit, 35" taint to floor in shoes.
    according to sizing charts that's 19" or 20"
    this will be my first FS and first 29er.
    i'm currently on a XL Scott Scale which I believe is considered 21"
    suggestions?

    I just got a 2013 Satori and I got a 20" frame. I am a little over 6 foot with my shoes on. I have a inseam of 32". I could ride either a 19" or 20". I went with the 20" because they gave me $700 off since it had been used by the shop owner for 2 months (look brand new). When I demoed the 20" at first before I saw it I thought it would be way to big based off of my old bike a 2005 Jamis Dakar XLT 19". But when you set them side by side the stand over height is the exact same. The only think is with the CB seat post I lose about .25 of an inch because it can't go up full height because I am not tall enough. No big deal IMO. I also went with a shorter stem to help with over all control of the bike. The bike feels perfect for my height with this setup. I don't have any trouble whipping the bike around on tight single track. Before I bought this bike I demoed and reviewed several bikes. Even two Specialized the EPIC and FSR 29ers. I rode the $9k and $8k versions. Compared to this bike the Satori wins hands down. I was very surprised by this as I was almost set on the FSR 29er. One hour on the Satori and I was sold. The 2013 Satori component specs are the nicest you can find. If you want better you have to spend around $4.5k+ on other brands.

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    yup, I ended up on a 20" fits me just fine.
    too many differences for me to say what I like best compared to my trusty Scale...
    right now i'm enjoying the upright riding position...no more sore back 20min into the ride!!
    I did put on some risers though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmjf9696 View Post
    I just got a 2013 Satori and I got a 20" frame.
    Post some pics!
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    I'm in the process of building my 2012 20"...brakes on the way..just a few more pieces needed.
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    Here is my Satori. Without my CB seat post. I am getting the air seals replaced on it. This is a great bike.
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    Kaj,

    I am looking at a 22" I'm 6-02 34-35 inseam. Took it for a spin today and it felt good. I would put a much shorter stem on (it had like 105mm on it). It just looked sooo big. I also ride the FR. I've been riding a 2006 Coilair for the past 6 years and this was my first ride on a 29er. I am sold on the bike love the ride in the bike feel over my Coilair. I guess I am looking for any additional input you might have on sizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archer1916 View Post
    Kaj,

    I am looking at a 22" I'm 6-02 34-35 inseam. Took it for a spin today and it felt good. I would put a much shorter stem on (it had like 105mm on it). It just looked sooo big. I also ride the FR. I've been riding a 2006 Coilair for the past 6 years and this was my first ride on a 29er. I am sold on the bike love the ride in the bike feel over my Coilair. I guess I am looking for any additional input you might have on sizing.
    If the bike felt good I would go for it. The Satori looks bigger the other bikes. If you feel the stand over is good that is all that matters. I would try out a 80 - 90 mm stem. The shorter stem will give you more control. I am 5'11" and ride a 20. It fits me perfect but looks so much bigger then my other bike. Hope it works out for you. IMO it is the best trail 29er on the market.

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    Try it with a 70mm stem, that's the length I use. I tried a 50mm stem for a few months, but it as a bit short and made tech singletrack a bit front heavy. The 70mm was just right.
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