I can announce.........
......that T_L_R has just bought a Chumba VF2
indeed - it's true.
bargain off Dipper and with a view to shifting all the gear onto an AC once I decide upon the options I want.
Lets put it this way - i got a £4k bike for less than £2k....
and the Helius AM is undergoing a transformation........
ccdb custom tuned
new 2011 kashima float 36's just fitted.
tubeless conversion and some new tyres.............
pics will follow
so still plenty of room for improvement, then!
Hoping the Chumba gives you a Chubby....
Much pedal strike on the Chumba?
TLR, be hard to move all the kit over to an AC when you will pull the trigger on an AC29er.... At least you can use some kit....
The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"
@whafe - i shall be demo'ing Dipper's AC 29'er when he get's home in a couple of weeks
The Chumper doesn't strike out at all, hence the [temporary] decision....
TLR-Whats the build kit on the Chumba?
current spec(which is subject to change at least a 1000 times before he collects it) is roughly
revalation dual air(remember them sam?)
full xt 10 speed
hope post and stem
carbon easton bars
hope hoops(possibly on 355's)
im no longer dealing with chumba but can still happily say it's a genuinely cracking bike. light, stiff and strong with excellent build quality. i had it built to 27lb and this build may add a lb but the options there to drop it below 27 fairly easily should he wish.
Very nice.I nearly brought one of them.Nice looking bike and a very good price.
Get ready for the daily phone calls Richard.......LOL
Only XT.....TLR be ashamed
hi sam - for ref i have SPARE xtr herer in my garage, LOL but i'll go XT 2 x 10 for a try.
TLR-I have an xtr m970 set of cranks sat here doing nothing aswell,They are amazingly good cranks,I Like the new style ones even more,but think they would look strange if i ever ran 1x10.
Xt's look sweet,I am going for X0 2x10.
Want to see you post your ride views on the Chumba,On the Chumba section would be good.I think it would ride very similar to my mates Lapierre,very similar looking suspension,If it is the same it will be a good trail bike for sure
having demo'd the vf2 a couple of months ago on a route that i cycle at least twice a week, i was blown away by the bike's tracking and lack of weight. it's a taut bike [i like] with a higher BB [i like LOL] and Dipper had it set up for him with more preload in the suspension, but it didn't detract from the bikes capabilities.
i was kinda hoping the AC would ride in a similar fashion, but for the price [mates rates], it couldn't be ignored......
if i decide to get the AC in a few months it'll be on the back of an extended demo at Glentress in early May....
it's only snobbery that lends me towards the AC in preference to the VF2 of course and the Nicolai's quality of build.......the low BB heights are my main issue / concern....
the AM will now take a bit of a back seat and get wheeled out if i'm in the mood for big hits and 'play-time'.....
must say, im quite looking forward to it, but it leaves the Ti456 in a precarious slot
I prefer a slightly lower BB as i find it makes the Bike corner better and feel more stable.
I didnt suffer any pedal strikes on my fr and i think the BB is the same height as the AM.
It depends a lot on the trail you are riding.I ride some very rocky trails and have had no problems.I am not sure on the BB height of my Ion,but you dont really worry about rocks on it.
You could always weigh the Ti456,precious metals are worth good money at the moment.
Dont forget we want a ride report.
problem with BB height is as you say - where do you regularly ride.........
i regularly ride where there are large rocks and technical climbs and the AM just doesn't like it.
my 6 pack had a higher BB and to be honest was just brilliant, but i had it over-specced for trail riding.
the chumba is like a lightweight 6 pack with similar geometry and the higher BB which i need.
my hummer has a higher BB tham my Ti456 but i prefer the Ti456 coz of the longer TT and general better fit.
we're all differrent and need different things, but i've been yearning for a 27lb 140mm trail bike for so long it's daft...........and as i said, having demo'd it a couple of months ago, i really really liked it
at mates rates, it's a no brainer...........
I had a turner spot and that was a good bike,was very flexy on the rear though.
You would have to be very carefull on parts to get a 27lb AC,Usually the most weight can be saved on wheels/tyres,I have tried lighter weight tyres (500g) and it didnt work for me,Back on Nobby Nics at 730g and have had no problems.
I am trying to get a lighter set of wheels,i have 1750g Mavic Sx's at the moment,and would like a 1500g set of summer wheels,thinking Hadley hubs(i have the service tools) with stans Alpines on Sapim Cx-ray spokes,even then i will be struggling to keep them light.
If Richard sorted you out a good deal.All is good,You are happy,he is happy..
it was beyond a good deal in my opinion..........
then again, he does owe me big time............
owe you?....dont get me started
Originally Posted by The_Lecht_Rocks
you dinnae ken yer born since i accellerated ye to stardom
how would you like this bike delivered? i'm thinking sideways up yer arse!
Standard bike shop delivery then.....
Originally Posted by dipper
would the levers puncture my heammerhoids [sp?] in that fashion ?
at least id lube it up first for most customers. for simon i'm going to degrease it and leave the ferruls off the end of the gear cables!
thats another £100 off the cost then, thanks
off? im thinking of adding a zero!
anyway, isnt this 'non nicolai' though? maybe you should go pester the chumba forum!
Originally Posted by dipper
They ***** more than on this forum.