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    hey wolverine- did you have to change/mod the rear deurailluer when going to the bigger 34 cassette???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patriot222
    wolverine - It appears to be a great value although you replaced quite a few components. What does your weigh?
    sorry, been busy with work. anyhow it's slightly over 23 lbs.
    not a weight weenie, but no biggie in my book

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce372
    hey wolverine- did you have to change/mod the rear deurailluer when going to the bigger 34 cassette???

    thanks
    I change the RD because I went from trigger shifters to the dual brake/gear shifters.
    The RD does not need to be change if you keep shifters

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    New stem. ordering new headset and bars sometime tomorrow. Gonna stick with race face.


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    So here they are finally, a few quick pics of my Fantom Comp. Ive been wanting to post some for awhile but Im too damn forgetful. Stock except for the pedals. I tried a different stem for awhile but decided to go back to the stock one.
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    Im noticing that there is a spacer on top of the stem, and the more i look at these pictures I realize that some people (those who changed stems) don't all have the spacer above the stem. Could I put that spacer under the stem thus raising the stem a bit? I wonder why it comes like this, am I missing something?

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    The spacer can go below or above, depending on your desired stem height.

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    What size is the 29 Pro?

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    Fantom 29 Pro

    My Fantom 29 Pro:

    I bought the frame from Bike Island. Wheels, fork & brakes from ebay. The rest of the parts are an assortment of LBS and parts off of my 20 year old Nishiki Colorado. I've got about 140 miles on it so far and it is tons of fun.
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    I moved the stem up and moved the spacer down, I cant wait to take it out tomorrow to see if it makes any difference.

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    new moto

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    2008 fantom elite
    upgrades:
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    fire fr 2.4 tires-these things are huge
    grips
    extra firm spring for rockshox
    platforms
    sorry for the crappy pic-taken with phone

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    2009 Moto Fly Pro


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    those redwalls are superfly

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    Here is my 2008 Fantom Comp DS

    Frame TripleActive 4B, 3"/4"/5" Travel - Four Bar Rocker Arm. Gussetted SL 7005 Aluminum (Disc Brake Equipped) SuperSmooth Sealed Cartridge Bearings at critical pivots, replaceable rear derailleur hanger

    Fork/Rear Shock RockShox REBA TEAM WITH UTURN ADJUSTABLE TRAVEL (85-115MM) TurnKey LOCKOUT COMPRESSION and PUSHLOC /Rockshox Ario 2.2 Air with Rebound and LOCKOUT

    Crankset Shimano Deore Hollowtech

    Bottom Bracket Shimano Deore

    Pedals Plataform witth toe clips

    Front Derailleur Shimano Deore LX

    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT long cage

    Shifters Shimano Deore LX Rapid Fire 27 speed trigger shift

    Cassette/Freewheel Shimano XT cs-750

    Chain Z9000 super narrow 9 speed

    Hubs Vuelta forged alloy with high flanged hubs with CNC machined 6 bolt rotor mounts

    Spokes 2.2mm stainless bladed Count: Front: 28 Rear: 28 Lacing: 3 cross Nipple: Brass CP Finish

    Rims XRP Vuelta Team SL

    Tires/Tubes Panaracer FireXC PRO 26x2.1 / Presta Valve

    Brakes Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic Disc front and rear, 160mm rotor

    Brake Levers Avid Juicy 3 Hydraulic

    Headset Cane Creek S-8

    Handlebar Easton Monkey Lite SL Riser Bar

    Stem Ritchey Comp Aluminum threadless

    Tape/Grip WTB DualCompound

    Saddle Nashbar Race Saddle 190 gr.

    Seat Post Ritchey Comp Mountain 31.6mm aluminum

    Seat Post Clamp Super Light Aluminum

    Size Small 42c

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    1 of mine

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    Here's my 2009 Fantom Pro Ti. Been riding it for almost 1.5 months now and absolutely loving it.


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    motobecane fantom elite ds
    manitou r-7 elite
    rock shox ario 2.r
    fsa orbit xtreme pro head set
    fsa sl-k carbon fiber seat post
    bontrager inform r love it
    raceface system stem
    raceface evolve xc crank
    raceface good&evil grips
    answer protaper carbon fiber handle bars
    hayes hfx-9 with carbon fiber levers
    sram x-7 rear derailler soon to be x-9
    sram x-9 front derailler
    sram x-7 shifters soon to be x-9
    sunrims ds1-xc with flea hubs
    and weight in at 30lbs not to bad
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    2009 Motobecane Fantom 29 Pro

    Just got it this week.







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    Here's mine. '09 700HT. Just got it two Fridays ago.




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    Ok, I will be loading a pic of my 400ds but first I have to get it clean so it looks like the ones above. Here it is <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/21855327@N03/3296387700/" title="IMAGE_066.jpg by rope2, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3505/3296387700_5b3a82f4c7.jpg" width="500" height="400" alt="IMAGE_066.jpg" /></a>
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    2009 phantom team, my rig

    my rig with a few changes from stock set up more for AM riding because there are some pretty rock rooty trails where i ride in PA.
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    I'll be putting some pictures of my Fantom Comp HT with new Tora SL fork. After a month and a half of not having a fork due to a problem with Bikes Direct/UPS that was not cool. I had my Tora 302 replaced with a SL coil and a new headset. It's at the LBS being installed as we speak and I'll be be taking pictures/ riding for the first time in almost two months tomorrow evening.

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    Santorin, dude that silver is right on man. I wish I had kept one of my old GT Zaskar LE ball burnished frames from years ago but that 700HT is sweet!
    Frankenstein doesn't scare me ...

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    having issues compressing image sizes, pics are on the computer. cant wait to get out to the trails!

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    My 2008 Fantom Pro 29. I replaced the stem, seatpost and pedals. Its a BLAST to ride.

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    My 700DS

    My 700DS with some upgrades

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    here's an up close of my monarch 4.2, recon 351 and new avid juicy 5 brake levers








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    That fork and shock are perfect fits for that bike. Did you stay with the 6.5" Monarch?
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    4.2

    no it a 4.2 monarch

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    Quote Originally Posted by mas22386
    no it a 4.2 monarch
    What I mean is did you stay with the stock shock length, 6.5" eye to eye, or something bigger?
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    eye to eye

    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    What I mean is did you stay with the stock shock length, 6.5" eye to eye, or something bigger?
    yea its 6.5 eye to eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by mas22386
    yea its 6.5 eye to eye
    The reason I asked is I decided up size my shock to a 7.5". I now have 3.5" of rear travel. Interestingly we both went with different but similar types of fork and shock. I went with the Tora 318 U-Turn and the MC 3.3 shock. The 700 DS really comes alive with the motion control/adjustable floodgate options.

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    I did not know that you can up size the rear shock like that I wish that i would have

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    I did a lot of research and determined this single pivot design is a good candidate. It brought the front of the bike a little forward and higher. I picked the U-Turn option so I could dial in the right fork length. I also picked up an Easton seat post with a large set back and adjustable seat angle pivot. I just tweaked everything around til my position was just right. I run the fork at full length and occasionally crank it down for long climbs.

    Do you keep your forked extended out all the way with your setup?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    I did a lot of research and determined this single pivot design is a good candidate. It brought the front of the bike a little forward and higher. I picked the U-Turn option so I could dial in the right fork length. I also picked up an Easton seat post with a large set back and adjustable seat angle pivot. I just tweaked everything around til my position was just right. I run the fork at full length and occasionally crank it down for long climbs.

    Do you keep your forked extended out all the way with your setup?

    only on the way down i put it around 100mm to 115 when i climb and i lock it out as well when i climb i also love the flood gate on the rear shock

    Does your front fork have pop lock???

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    I've got the lefty poploc mounted. Looks like you have the righty poploc adjust? How do you like the small bump compression adjustment feature on the Recon?
    I swapped in the Firm spring on the Tora, I'm about 225lbs with gear, and it's super plush. I use the poploc all the time on climbs, it's awesome.
    I've got 5 or 6 clicks on the MC 3.3's floodgate and all "bob" is gone but it's still super plush. On down hillers I open the gate all the way for maximum plushness...sweet.
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    I love the poploc and the small bump compression is sweet to

    I think that your next move on your bike should be some better brakes i just got the avid juicy 5 and i like them a lot you can get them from tree fort bike for under $200

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    My '06 600DS
    Replaced:
    RS Dart1 w/ RS Reba Team
    KS shock w/ RS SID
    Tektro Mech disc w/ Shimano Hydraulic (mismatched)
    Skye bar w/ Bontrager Race Lite
    Suntour 12-28 w/ SRAM PG-850 11-34
    Haven't had it weighed but it feels lighter
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    Quote Originally Posted by mas22386
    I love the poploc and the small bump compression is sweet to

    I think that your next move on your bike should be some better brakes i just got the avid juicy 5 and i like them a lot you can get them from tree fort bike for under $200
    I've thought about higher end brakes but I've got those Aquilas dialed in so tight right now I can't find a reason to dump them.

    I've been thinking of turning my shock around like yours so I can get at better when riding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by damnitzhym
    My '06 600DS
    Replaced:
    RS Dart1 w/ RS Reba Team
    KS shock w/ RS MC 3.1
    Tektro Mech disc w/ Shimano Hydraulic (mismatched)
    Skye bar w/ Bontrager Race Lite
    Suntour 12-28 w/ SRAM PG-850 11-34
    Haven't had it weighed but it feels lighter
    Nice. You should weigh it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    I've thought about higher end brakes but I've got those Aquilas dialed in so tight right now I can't find a reason to dump them.

    I've been thinking of turning my shock around like yours so I can get at better when riding.

    mabe it was just my wait but i just could not get mine to not grab after every ride and they did not have the stopping power that i wanted but it all just a matter of opinion

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    Quote Originally Posted by mas22386
    I love the poploc and the small bump compression is sweet to

    I think that your next move on your bike should be some better brakes i just got the avid juicy 5 and i like them a lot you can get them from tree fort bike for under $200
    How do you like the juicy 5? I just completed a new build on a '08 Fuji Outland RC and went with the juicy 5 because the price was right. I haven't taken it for a ride yet, but the Avid brake lever feel is a little mushy compared to my Shimano brakes on the Moto. Feels like there's a lot of play before brakes grab even after having my LBS check them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnitzhym
    How do you like the juicy 5? I just completed a new build on a '08 Fuji Outland RC and went with the juicy 5 because the price was right. I haven't taken it for a ride yet, but the Avid brake lever feel is a little mushy compared to my Shimano brakes on the Moto. Feels like there's a lot of play before brakes grab even after having my LBS check them out.

    I like them a lot there is a lot of play before they grab. I like them but they are the first hydraulic brakes i have had so i don't have much to compare them to.

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    my 400HT

    My stock 400ht except for tires,pedals and a computer.
    Bontrager revolt super x front
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    What is with all the platform pedals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lostemple
    What is with all the platform pedals?
    Except for weight, what's wrong with platforms?
    Both of my bikes are now fitted with Mallet C clipless/platform pedals. On downhill sections I like the option of not being clipped in so I can put my foot down in tight turns.

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    For downhill I completely agree that platform pedals are the way to go. For XC and All Mountain clipless pedals give you the added pull strength in getting the most out of your legs.

    In my area (non downhill) which is mostly XC and All Mountain clipless pedals are a must. Those that use platforms are usually new to the sport and are scared of being attached to their bike. Once they become more confident they switch to clipless pedals for pedal efficiency and overall speed.

    In the end it is your bike and you can do whatever you want. Riding is what is most important.

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    I ride on a lot of long, steep down hills with hair pin turns. I put my foot down way too mush for clipless. Lots of narrow goat trails too with steep drop offs. I'll trade a little power for safety. It's probably 50/50% where I ride for clipless vs. non.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nico2me
    My '04 Fantom XC powder coated last year. Quite heavy at 32.5 lbs..... I use it as a training bike so when I race with my Scalpel, it feels feathery light. All components upgraded except the frame and rear shocks. I like the aggressive geometry and tight cockpit of this moto.
    Where did you take your bike to get it powder coated? Did you take to an auto body shop? How much did it cost? It looks great!

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    Here is my Fantom Trial. I've had it for about 7 months now and have loved riding it every chance I can get. Upgrades so far have just been the grips, new tires and Crank Brothers 5050xx pedals. On the way is a Fox F100 fork to replace the Dart 3 and I have a Crank Brothers Opium directset going in as well. Hopefully this will take a pound or so off the bikes weight and keep me going out on the trials!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    I did a lot of research and determined this single pivot design is a good candidate. It brought the front of the bike a little forward and higher. I picked the U-Turn option so I could dial in the right fork length. I also picked up an Easton seat post with a large set back and adjustable seat angle pivot. I just tweaked everything around til my position was just right. I run the fork at full length and occasionally crank it down for long climbs.

    Do you keep your forked extended out all the way with your setup?
    Stark
    Now that you had the 7.5 for a while do you still enjoy it? I'm going to be upgrading the rear on my 400ds? the 6.5 are a little harder to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mstguide
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    Now that you had the 7.5 for a while do you still enjoy it? I'm going to be upgrading the rear on my 400ds? the 6.5 are a little harder to find.
    I highly reccomend it for any of the Moto single pivot upgrade projects. I gained 2 1/4" of travel going from the Axis coil to the air shock. I highly reccomend you go with a shock that has motion control/pro-pedal with an adjustable floodgate. I can't stress that enough. The only regret I have is I wish I had located a MC 3R instead of the MC 3.3. The 3R gives you a handlbar Poploc Adjust feature. I have to reach down to switch between full open, threshold and lock out. I don't know what the travel is on your stock fork but if you can afford it I'd look into a Tora 318, or better, to increase your fork travel. It also allows you to fine tune the length and balance.
    I don't think it's a deal breaker tho if you only have the cash to replace the rear shock and not the fork at this point and time. In general you'll just need to tweak your overall riding position untill the balance is just right. I picked up an Easton 50 seat post with a large set back and adjustable saddle angle from Sierra Trading post for $20. This is another key component to the transition. It balances everything out and allows me to dial in the correct seat angle which changed slightly with the larger shock.
    Let me know how it goes and if something doesn't feel balanced.
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    Mounted on the car.



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    Time to cut the lawn! Nice ride. I am picking up my Q5 at the end of the week. I am opting for a hitch mount to avoid accidents and stupidity on my part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iMotion
    Mounted on the car.
    Right on man, keep riding. Looks like you upgraded the rear shock/tires/wheels but too far away to identify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    I highly reccomend it for any of the Moto single pivot upgrade projects. I gained 2 1/4" of travel going from the Axis coil to the air shock. I highly reccomend you go with a shock that has motion control/pro-pedal with an adjustable floodgate. I can't stress that enough. The only regret I have is I wish I had located a MC 3R instead of the MC 3.3. The 3R gives you a handlbar Poploc Adjust feature. I have to reach down to switch between full open, threshold and lock out. I don't know what the travel is on your stock fork but if you can afford it I'd look into a Tora 318, or better, to increase your fork travel. It also allows you to fine tune the length and balance.
    I don't think it's a deal breaker tho if you only have the cash to replace the rear shock and not the fork at this point and time. In general you'll just need to tweak your overall riding position untill the balance is just right. I picked up an Easton 50 seat post with a large set back and adjustable saddle angle from Sierra Trading post for $20. This is another key component to the transition. It balances everything out and allows me to dial in the correct seat angle which changed slightly with the larger shock.
    Let me know how it goes and if something doesn't feel balanced.
    Thank, I will be talking to my LBS soon to see what we come up with.
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    Which do you guys prefer? Which is bang for the buck? Both the same price but can't decide.
    Fantom HT Trail or Fantom 29er?
    Side note, what do you guys think about the Windsor 29er Comp?

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    hey, how would i take my stem off so that i could move the spacer that is on top if it to below it?

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    upgrade

    Upgrade come slow for me .
    I got this rock shox, from m lbs. try it out, it worst it. I don't have to worry about lock out as much because mainly I have to pedal all the time in our trails.
    When I do go to the mtn's I can manually lock it out. (is not on the fly but it was on my budget). I do like the ride much better next upgrade will be the Front one.
    Stark thanks for the advice.
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    mstguide...What did you get?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    mstguide...What did you get?
    Rock shox bar, I kept it at 6.5 inches. I didn't want to make many changes. It really rides soft and this bike its pretty tough. I notice the spacers are worn out, I need to get new ones. any ideas for the spacers?
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    Yeah, my lbs told me I was crazy for upsizing. Then they tried to sell me a new bike. Pretty clear what their motivation was. Glad I didn't listen to them.
    I would have liked to see you get something with Motion Control but a budget is what it is and you should see a nice upgrade in performance. Good job! If you have lock out you can always flip it on for long climbs. I actually leave the floodgate fully open 70% of the time, floodgate engaged 20% and fully locked out 10%. I ride in the mountains tho so see a lot of long climbs which tends to bring out some bobbing when I have to mash the pedals.
    What's worn regarding the mounting hardware? If you have to replace them I suggest you bring the bike into the lbs and let them measure and order it for you. That's easiest and you'll know it will be right. If you want to do it yourself, measure the bolt shaft diameter;probably 8mm, and measure the distance BETWEEN the mounting posts; both front and back. Those are the measurements for the hardware. Then call Jensen.com or some other bike part warehouse for assistance.
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    [QUOTE=Starkonian]Yeah, my lbs told me I was crazy for upsizing. Then they tried to sell me a new bike.

    How does it run with the floodgate open? I haven't figure out the best setting yet. I think I have it fairly close, I know I have 175 psi in it and that seems to be working good for the bounce, like I said I haven't play enough to find the best setting if open or closed.
    I had more pressure but it was too stiff. so I let some off.
    The BBG bashguard works pretty good too. I rolls over everything I go over. Even some of the bigger logs.
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    My MC 3.3 is super plush with the gate open. I must have a bigger air can than your Bar because I only run 70lbs air pressure and I get about 95% stroke travel on the biggest hits I do. I weigh 225lbs with gear too. Single pivot frames allow you to run lower air pressures which is nice due to the lower leverage ratio. You might want to let the air out of your shock and compress it fully to see where it bottoms out. Then set the air pressure so you achieve maximum travel without bottoming out. You could also put a tape measure from the seat to the ground to see how much travel you are getting with the new shock, if you want. I was amazed I went from 1 1/4" to 3.5" with the upgrade.

    Looks like you have the Bar 2.1? Looks like the red knob controls the rebound damper? I didn't know you can lock it out. That's nice for long climbs.

    It looks like you give up the largest chain ring for more clearance re: the bashguard? That looks pretty interesting, I'll have to check that out. I hardly ever use my big ring and there are some areas on my ride where I worry about grounding it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Starkonian
    My MC 3.3 is super plush with the gate open. I must have a bigger air can than your Bar because I only run 70lbs air pressure and I get about . . .
    The bashguard makes a big difference, some of the areas that we go over are pretty high and the outher ring dug into logs, the big problem was when I went to the rock garden at Alafia. The out ring hit a rock and I didn't realized it until it affected the next ring shift. I notice the chain hat pick up a little grindig on my middle ring.
    With the bashguard I can go over big logs and rocks with no problem it just rolls over everything. The BBG claims to have a life time warranty so far I haven't had to use it. In the future I'm going to get red tires for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mstguide
    The bashguard makes a big difference, some of the areas that we go over are pretty high and the outher ring dug into logs, the big problem was when I went to the rock garden at Alafia. The out ring hit a rock and I didn't realized it until it affected the next ring shift. I notice the chain hat pick up a little grindig on my middle ring.
    With the bashguard I can go over big logs and rocks with no problem it just rolls over everything. The BBG claims to have a life time warranty so far I haven't had to use it. In the future I'm going to get red tires for it.
    Hey mstguide,

    Does that bashguard replace the outer chainring or just mount over it? I'm looking to go 1X8 with my 600DS on the cheap, and I'm trying to figure out if the Truvativ Fived 3-ring crank can be converted to single speed fairly easily if at all. Thanks!

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    Depending on your set up, most of them replace the big ring, there are some big rings that are also bashguard they are made fairly heavy. I chose the bbg, it work very good with my set up, it replaces the big ring, and you have a color choice. In some set up you may need new screws for the distance away from the chain. BBG has bashguards for 5 also. you should be able to remove the smaller ring if you want to go single, with the bashguard, I would recomend it because it protects the chain to some degree.
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    Here is my Cross Uno. It is my commuter and is great.


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    Ti 29er

    Here are some pics of my new Ti 29er

    http://web.me.com/edramos/Site/Ti_29er_Shots.html#0

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    I just ordered a Fantom 29 Pro from Bikes Direct. Should get it on Monday. This is my first post in this forum so I am very new here.

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    She is a sweet ride. I am enjoying mine immensely. I just ordered a low rise bar. The flat bar is definitely a racing bar at only 22" wide. I am going to try 27" and if necessary cut off an inch to 26". I have not had any issues with turning or pain with the narrow bar, but per the forums and pro zines they recommend a wider bar.

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    i thin k i can tell from what you've written below, but how do you like the recon 351 on your moto? i have one on the way. fired up.

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    Longer Bar

    Quote Originally Posted by lostemple
    She is a sweet ride. I am enjoying mine immensely. I just ordered a low rise bar. The flat bar is definitely a racing bar at only 22" wide. I am going to try 27" and if necessary cut off an inch to 26". I have not had any issues with turning or pain with the narrow bar, but per the forums and pro zines they recommend a wider bar.
    mtb magz. just had an article were they concluded the longer bar gives better front end control.
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    Ti 29er with Crank bro pedals and T.H.E. saddle & grips


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    High Ho seatpost

    Quote Originally Posted by lowly_cook
    2 shots of my Fantom 29 pro.
    I notice many y'all are running your seatposts pretty high up there.

    Make sure the bottom edge of your seatpost is about an inch BELOW the lowest top tube/seat tube weld or you'll eventually ruin your frame.

    The minimum insertion line on the seatpost shows the min for the protection of the seatpost NOT for the protection of the frame.

    If you can't run your seatpost so the bottom edge is about an inch BELOW the lowest top tube/seat tube weld then you oughta buy a longer seatpost ASAP.

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    Here's a 29er for you all. It's in my commuter mode right now.

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    I was hoping Id be able to post here by now... but none are available. Guess I am stuck viewing the awesome pics of those here


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    Quote Originally Posted by lowly_cook
    2 shots of my Fantom 29 pro.
    dudes- great pics but some of you dudes are running your seatposts are way too high
    yer gonna break yer seat tubes right in front at the top tube junction...buy a longer post fer chrissakes...
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    Fantom Pro SL

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    My new Windsor Cliff 29 Pro
    Upgrades include:
    Titec Pluto Carbon Bars
    Titec RIP 3D Gold Stem
    Titec Pluto Carbon Seatpost
    Velo (Nashbar) Saddle
    Crank Bros Candy C Pedals
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    My Fantom 29 Pro. She's an XL (21"). 100% Stock, except for the Scott Comp saddle, and the 400mm seatpost.
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    Here is my 2009 Fantom 29. Longer seatpost, BMX pedals with pins and Ergon grips are the only mods. Everything else is stock. This thing is a blast to ride and corners like it's on rails. Who knew weekends could be so much fun?
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    here is my fantom team, i swapped out the light wheels onto my hardtail and put a riser bar on and a longer seat post- the medium frame fits me well with this setup, even though i am just over 6'1"


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    nice!

    Sweet! I like the shock boots... i did the same to mine.. helps a lot with dust protection.
    i love the smell of tri-flow in the morning......

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    Just finishing up the final tweaking of my second Motobecane mountain bike...

    I have $1770 into the bike right now for a Fantom Pro DS that I got off eBay in like new condition without any cable rub or anything. The $1770 includes the upgraded bars, stem, cranks, pedals, seat post, saddle, tires, grip, added a bottle cage and a computer. Here are the upgrades that I got...

    bars - Ritchey WCS in gloss white to reduce weight and match better

    stem - Thomson X4 90mm x10 degree rise to make the bike a bit quicker handling

    cranks - Race Face Deus with X-type bb to reduce weight, increase stiffness, improve shifts

    pedals - XTR M970 to keep weight down and keep with the XTR stuff

    seat post - Crank Brothers Joplin adjustable with remote lever to make the bike more usable without interrupting riding for steep ascents or descents and without having to remove your hands from the bars

    saddle - Selle Italia Max Flite Gel Flow to loose weight, increase comfort and match better

    tires - Panaracer Fire XC Pro in 166 tpi with red side walls just cause I like them the best

    grips - Lizard Skins Peaty lock on with red clamps for better feel, grip, and control

    added a bottle cage and a computer.



    The Thomson Elite X4 stem and XTR pedals haven't come in yet but those items won't change how it looks much at all. I really like the white with black and red accents. Usually I go for black bikes but this one came out looking really sweet in my opinion. My next bike has to be a LeChampion in titanium, then replace my steel hardtail with a Fly Team 29er (or maybe just add the 29er)....









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    and alas with the new 90mm stem...

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    winnar!

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    Good looking bike.

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    WOW....ill wait to post mine...*runs crying...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gdpolk
    Good looking bike.
    thanks man. nice looking fs moto you have there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellytronics
    thanks man. nice looking fs moto you have there.
    Thanks,
    I am really pleased with how it looks and rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jellytronics
    thanks man. nice looking fs moto you have there.
    I think it looks better right after a good 3-3.5 hour ride. Especially since this ride introduced another guy to the sport and he is already asking when we can go again


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    I got mine a few weeks ago, Windsor Cliff 29er Pro w/17" frame. Tora Race was very low on air and it took a week or so for the pump to come in that I ordered. Tomorrow is going to be the first real workout, and then a 3 day camp/ride next weekend. It feels great, is bone stock and weighs a little over 29# with the Xpedo pedals. I'm thinking of changing out the obvious parts (stem, bars, & seat post) to try save a little weight. I'd like to drop 3#'s or so, without spending a fortune. But from the few miles I've put on it so far, it rides a lot lighter than it's weight.



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    Some iPhone pics.








    2009 Motobecane Fantom 29er
    Ritchey Comp II Seat
    Carbon BBB seatpost
    Carbon Giant 90mm Stem with Carbon Spacers
    Carbon Gravity Riser Bar
    Carbon Eclipse Brake Levers
    BMX Pedals
    Red Avid 7.5" Rotors
    Panaracer Rampage 29 (front)
    WTB MotoRaptor 29 (rear)
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    700DS -- My first MTB

    MTBing is a new sport for me. I've been a roadie for a few years (Motobecane Vent Noir), and figured I like that bike so much, I'd give Bikes Direct another try as I start to test my skills on the single track. I am not unhappy with my 700DS. There are a few things I'd change (and have), but for the most part... I am really please with the 700DS as my first off-road bike. Some pics:
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