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    why the 180mm's ? are they the same a2c as the 160's ?

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    Thanks

    how much do those new talas forks weigh?
    2507g

    are they the same a2c as the 160's ?
    No, its 565mm, same as totem. I ordered my AM with a AFR downtube to fit 180 Forks. With 171 and coil shock at the rear its now well balanced.

    32.8lbs blimey are the tyres Helium filled.
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    Hi Dreamflow, interesting build. Will you let us have some photos and ride report?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamflow
    My new AM

    Sex on wheels

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    My new Helius AM ready to race


    * Rider height; 1.78m, weight 75kgs, ride style : Enduro race, DH marathon (maxiavalanche)

    * Frame: Size, & Color: Taylor, white extralove orange, Maxle rear
    * Fork: 2010 BOS Deville 160mm
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: 215X63 Float Rp23
    * Brakes: Avid Elixir CR carbon 185mm
    * Cranks: Truvativ Stylo OCT 175mm 32T with E13 LG1 white
    * Shifters:Sram X0 orange
    * Front Derailleur: NA
    * Rear Derailleur: X0 orange
    * Pedals: Cranck brother candy 4Ti
    * Stem: Strailline 35mm orange
    * Handlebar: Answer Carbon AM 710mm
    * Seatpost: Crankbrother Joplin 4, clamp straitline orange
    * Saddle: SDG Ti fly
    * Bottom Bracket: Truvativ GXP
    * Cassette: SRAM 11-34 9spd orange
    * Chain: SRAM PC 991
    * Headset: Chris king chocolate
    * Grips: ODI Ruffian lock on
    * Front Tire: Maxxis minion DH F 2.35 42A St DH
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: No Tubes Flow / DT Comp 2.0/1.8
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Hoops Pro 2
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis minion DH F 2.35 42A St DH
    * Rear Rim: No Tubes Flow / DT Comp 2.0/1.8
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Hoops Pro 2 Maxle
    * Cables: xtr teflon
    * Misc:
    * Overall Weight:14.1kgs

    in action last week



    great bike but every body on this forum know that climbing fast and go down very fast a very very good race bike...

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    Wow! That is a fantastic looking bike.

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    Wowwowwewa. Sexy beech.

    Fantastic looking machine.

    What are your impressions of the BOS and what was the measured weight of them?

    Enjoy that bad boy.

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    The BOS work great, very good on small shock and very good progressivity she gives a lot of grip it's the best 160mm i ride and the weight is 2080grs.

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    what is taylor made?

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    it's taylor frame, it's an option with surcharge you can have a frame with for your measures, in my case i choose top tube at 580mm, seat tube at 450mm, head angle at 66°, bottom bracket height +10, and the rest like original.

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    Cyril,

    Wow that's another superb build. You have some very impressive toys.

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    How does it feel with the 66 degree head angle when riding trails/singletrack?

    +10 BB is great isn't it? I think the original is alittle too high.

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    I only ride single track, and 66° is agile, i prefer have a shorter top tube with more angle and if combine shorter top tube and more angle you have the same wheelbase like longer top tupe and less angle but in the second solution the bike have more skill to pedaling if you prefer have more capacity in downhill it's better to have shorter top tube with and head angle more open (66°).

    I prefer to have lower bottom backet and +10mm is a good value for me in french race in the alpe there a lot of flat curve and devers curve and it's better to have a lower BB to get a better grip

    So geometry is a personnal choice, and when it's good for my riding style it's not necessery good for everybody.

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    Cyril - Stunning bike and build, as you said, we all know that, but still, an absolute stunner.... Love that BOS fork...

    Great action shots, think you need to post those into August action shots
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    From being happy with the performance of the fox air shock on the back I've gone and stuck on a coil DHX4. At first I got on with the air but i think I may have blown it because I suddenly found myself banging pedals and unable to climb anything steep.

    With the coil shock on the bike is a different beast. It rides much higher in the travel and is so much more solid in the silly rocky stuff I like best... I think I'll go ahead and get the air custom tuned which was always the plan, but so far the extra weight of the coil is nothing to the benefits of the extra performance gained.

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    yup. it's the large volume air can and low ratio. I had no issue with a small volume can on the FR or 'old' AM but the new combination sucks! Suits a coil far better
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    Thanks dipper... you did warn me about that but I figured it was worth a try as I've not been on air shock before
    I've just filled the secondary chamber of the air shock with a piece of plastic to reduce the volume and I'll give it whirl like that to see if it's a start for tuning the shock. From fiddling with air pressures it worked okay at high pressures but I had very little small bump complience, reduce the pressure and it was wallowy with many a pedal strike. Fun on the downs though as with a bit of weight back-shift you can get the back wallowed out and have a fun big cruisey chopper... until you hit a rain ditch or something where there was no back end travel left and you get a solid thunk and kick back. Fun but ultimatley not the fastest or controlled.

    The coil in comparison simply feels plush and controlled, no surprises but it also loses the throw the weight about tomfoolery which I did enjoy... although I knew it was wrong

    I've been giving it a good hammering over the summer and it's still very much brilliant

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    Air shock greatly improved with the reduced volume... but still not a patch on the coil for ultimate control.

    Note - this is a simple Float R with a high volume chamber from a few years ago which I bought daft cheap off ebay... and hence I have no idea what kind of tune is on it and what frame it was from. Bought to experiment with and have as a spare shock figuring if it performed okay it was a bonus and if it needed tuning then it would still be cheaper than a new shock. Good fun tinkering so far and I'm learning heaps about suspension with this, the coil, and the Fox 36 Float RC2's to play with

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    My AM!

    Picking my AM frame up on Friday,I'm giddy as a very giddy thing!
    Will post pics when it's built.
    * Frame, Size, & Color:Large frame,Anthracite Grey(Gloss) Silver decals and Extra Love
    1.5 headtube,iscg tabs,maxle rear end.
    * Fork:Fox Van rc2
    * Shock, i2i, stroke;fox van rc2 coil(2011)
    * Brakes:Formula Oro gm edition 200mm rotors
    * Cranks:Raceface Atlas double and bash
    * Shifters:x9
    * Front Derailleur:xt
    * Rear Derailleur:x9
    * Pedals:Easton flatboys(black)
    * Stem:Straitline 65mm
    * Handlebar:Nukeproof 760 1inch rise
    * Seatpost:Thomson
    * Saddle:sdg bellair ti
    * Bottom Bracket:hope ceramic
    * Cassette:sram redwin
    * Chain:sram
    * Headset:Hope stepdown
    * Gripsdi
    * Front Tire:Nevegal/minion
    * Front Rim/ Spokes:flows
    * Front Hub/Skewer:hope pro2 / 20mm
    * Rear Tire:nevegal/minion
    * Rear Rim:flow
    * Rear Hub/Skewer:hope pro2 / Maxle
    * Cables:Goodridge carbon
    * Misc:Blackspire stinger chain device
    * Overall Weight:Not sure,till i build it.

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    chillijo - sensible spec.
    problem i had with the goodridge cables is they have loads of internal stiction making shifts very dificult [even with xtr ttriggers].....
    pics once complete please

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    Frame arrived Friday,thanks to the guys at Moonglu in Ripon,fantastic,friendly and knowledgable service, built it up yesterday,off to thrash it around the Peak district today

    Lovely new Toy! by paul winterbottom, on Flickr

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    So what about a 2010 DHX5 air, will that suck on the back of a 2010 AM?

    I am about to press the button on a s/h one tomorrow maybe and it has one on the rear?

    It is well specced, has a Hammerschmidt and allegedly 32lbs which I can live with (although running a minions which are heavy) but no i950 yet which I would want to add, so a coil would add what another 1/2lb?

    So is the coil enough of an improvement?

    I know its subjective but I'm trying to guage whether it's better at the limit or just alround better?

    I've not ridden a Nic yet so its all subjective to me!!

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    The DHX Air won't suck but the consensus of opinion is that it's not as good as the RP23. There doesn't appear to be any performance gain from a shock that is heavier and more expensive and indeed,the reports suggest that the RP23 is more consistent in its damping characteristic over longer descents.

    But you're buying second hand so many of the issues won't really apply.

    32lbs with a Hammerspittle seems reasonable; I reckon you could sell the Hammer&Sickle for decent money and put a lighter and simpler 1x9 set up on. That would save you a good 1lb in weight.

    Is the coil an improvement? Depends on what coil you put on and how well set up it is. The difference between air and coil springs is noticeable, but the difference between one unit that is set up specifically for bike and rider versus another that isn't is far greater.

    If you want maximum damping performance with minimal weight then you can look to retrofit the new Rock Shox Vivid air, assuming they are a) available and b) available in the right dimensions.

    Is this Nic running the 200x57 levers or the newer 216x63 levers (think that's what they are now)?

    I run my AM with either a coil (cane Creek Double Barrel) or air damper (Fox RP23 Boost Valve). The CCDB is markedly better and I love it, but it adds 1lb in weight and that's with a Ti spring. With steel spring, the delta is around 1.5lbs.

    If I rode exclusively in the Lakes, Peak, Wales (not trail centres) or Scotland, I'd run the CCDB 100%. But I live in the south of England and run the RP23 for Surrey Hills, which is nothing like as rocky (although we do have an extensive network of tree roots that seem to be missing in other parts of the world).

    The RP23 BV is very good indeed but it doesn't actually provide any improvement in pedaling characteristics of the bike over the damping adjustments on the CCDB, even if running the RP23 in the Pro-Pedal 3 position, which provides the maximum LSC. Plus the CCDB only has about 30% of the low speed compression and rebound currenrly wound on, so in theory you could wind even more on to improve the control of pedal induced bob (and yes, the AM does have pedal induced bob when running in the 32t front ring).

    The big gain from the RP23 is the lack of weight. The unit is only just over 200g whereas any coil spring damper, even without the spring, will weigh around 400g.

    The 2010 AM will still have almost 5 years of warranty cover remaining as the warranty is transferable. Nicolai are about the only company I know in the bike world (or any product come to think of it) where the warranty is transferable.

    What colour is this Nic then and how much are you looking to pay?

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    ^^^^^^^^^

    whereas i live in NE Scotland and prefer the monarch 4.2 compared to my CCDB............ ! ? !

    the Monarch is taut and controlled and the CCDB although excellent feels 'sluggish' in comparison, even though i have correct LSC/LSR settings and the correct spring weight selected.
    the HSC and HSR circuits were basically ramped open to get sufficient transition from the LSC 'slug''..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Lecht_Rocks
    ^^^^^^^^^

    whereas i live in NE Scotland and prefer the monarch 4.2 compared to my CCDB............ ! ? !

    the Monarch is taut and controlled and the CCDB although excellent feels 'sluggish' in comparison, even though i have correct LSC/LSR settings and the correct spring weight selected.
    the HSC and HSR circuits were basically ramped open to get sufficient transition from the LSC 'slug''..........
    Too much low speed damping with no high speed damping! No wander it feels 'sluggish'!
    Ho Ho Ho.....and I thought you were an engineer!

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    Its White and here
    http://www.moonglu.com/blog/for-sale...uk-super-bike/
    Opinions and views welcome on value and build but I have dibs and an appointment in the morning...
    My questions are mostly around the rear shock and Hammerschmidt.
    I thought about 1x10, maybe 28x11/36. I will need to go uphill.
    Below 33lbs is desirable, I did T-Provence this year and there was alot of uphill, granny was needed!
    If I ordered new it would be NATO green Matt but I have one v expensive bike and my wife has set boundaries!
    This seems a good compromise of mostly new/value/ spec I would choose.
    The Hammerschmidt and rear shock not be my immediate choices but I don't know how good the hammer... Is I can however see the benefits.

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    Cracking bike, good price.

    Get it bought, get riding and worry about the bits and bobs later.

    The article that bikes features in is next to my loo.

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    That was the plan in the morning :-)

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    ...but doesn't stop me thinking about it and getting fettle dizzy!

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    For da luv of da little darnkey dat carried da vergin Mary wud ya go on!

    That thing is sublime.

    If it were me I would be asking if they can sell me the frame on its own, saying that I need to spend slightly less and was hoping to build it up with cheaper components and my own choice of damper. They'll probably not want the hassle of having a lot of second hand kit to flog but will know that the chances of selling that thing as (bling) it is are pretty remote. For that kind of money people will want to spec their own build.

    I reckong you could get it for about £3200 using that approach.

    I can't see where they say what size it is.

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    I had a ride on that bike before i ordered mine,it's a medium and it felt light even with the hammershite on it,tis a lovely bit of kit,buy it!!!!!!!!! You can always flog the rear shock if you don't get on with it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdr08
    Too much low speed damping with no high speed damping! No wander it feels 'sluggish'!
    Ho Ho Ho.....and I thought you were an engineer!
    fool - the LSC and LSR are spot on.

    the HSC cannot keep up.

    that's why i'm an engineer and you're not.

    loser. done that weight calc yet ?

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    yeah, the intention tomorrow was to do just that Chillijo.

    My reply to geetee was gonna be "its my size "

    I think I'll probably stick with the Hammerschmidt too, I like the idea after some of my experiences on the Trans Prov.

    My 'other bike' is a rigid which is what I did the T-P on and its the race which opened my eyes once again to a full susser after a 2 1/2 yr break. I really wanted to just enjoy the trail for the trails sake rather than the 'challenge' of being able to do the trail.

    The Nic fits my idea of a bike and of a bike company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Lecht_Rocks
    fool - the LSC and LSR are spot on.

    the HSC cannot keep up.

    that's why i'm an engineer and you're not.

    loser. done that weight calc yet ?
    I'm surprised you're an engineer especially since you fail to grasp the concept of LS and HS damping or understand what they actually do! I think your even to stupid to understand how stupid your comment about HS damping really is.

    Next you'll be telling me that your CCDB has the wrong tune for yer AM, that it suffers from inane pedal strike, that your rear triangle is the incorrect size for the frame and that it has too much travel for the trail leading to a numb soulless ride......

    Ho ho ho Fool, damn fool.

    And yer a big boy TLR I'm sure you can do yer own weight calc .

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    i'm too expensive for that - you're cheap.

    get it done before i get you bagged.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Lecht_Rocks
    i'm too expensive for that - you're cheap.

    get it done before i get you bagged.

    Ho Ho Ho you be cheaper too if you got it right first time! Sort out yer own Fook-ups!

    And as for baggin' I think you'll find you need some clout to put weight behind that....but then that's maybe why your in 'feed' the noo....Ho Ho Ho.

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    We the people ...

    Lets bring this thread back on track for what it's for!

    Finally after 6 months and 2 weeks from my initial order it's finally finished.
    The main delay was with finding a headset to fit the tapered steerer tube. A lot harder than you'd think.

    Riding terrain conditions: Trail centres, Local DH spots, Peak District and Alps

    * Rider height: 6' 4", weight: 75 Kgs, Ride style: Trail, All mountain and DH

    * Frame, Size, & Colour: Large with tapered head tube, maxle axle and ISCG tabs, Nato Olive green
    * Fork: 2011 Fox 36 160mm RC2
    * Shock, i2i, stroke: CCDB 216x63
    * Brakes: Hope mono M6 Ti front and mono M4 rear. Braided hoses and floating rotors
    * Cranks: Race Face Atlas
    * Shifters: Sram X9
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano Xt
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram X9
    * Pedals: DMR V8
    * Stem: Thomson Elite X4 50mm
    * Handlebar: Easton EA70
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    * Saddle: Charge Spoon
    * Bottom Bracket: Raceface Atlas
    * Cassette: Sram PG950
    * Chain: Sram PC990
    * Headset: Syncros AM hardcore
    * Grips: ODI
    * Front Tire: Maxxis Highroller 2.35
    * Front Rim/ Spokes: Sun Singletrack/DT plain gauge
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro2
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis Highroller 2.35
    * Rear Rim: Sun Singletrack
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro2 12mm Maxle Lite
    * Cables: Transfil
    * Misc: Middleburn dual ring set up with E.13 bash guard
    Chromag seat post clamp
    * Overall Weight: Who cares!



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    A few updates to my am, since now I have ordered a dh bike I've put it on a diet. It now weighs a trim 32lbs

    <img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4151/5086520611_347bccabdb_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="DSC00271" />

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    ian - that looks stunning mate - nice job fella

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    Sweet sweet bikes fellas - pinder - what's the new DH rig then?
    www.essexhertsmtb.co.uk - Mountain Biking near London in the UK

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    ufo st

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    Awesome looking AM's.....Whole lotta yumminess.....

    MMm the AM 29er is a coming..... You will all cream ya pants
    The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whafe
    MMm the AM 29er is a coming..... You will all cream ya pants
    seriously whafe - the 29'er movement has failed in europe.
    i see it as a marketing weapon in the mtb world.
    one more choice as an upgrade / new bike needed.

    26" wheels turn in fast and have sufficient grip and roll.

    29" wheels are more flexy and heavier [like for like].

    i see no valuein 29" [yet].

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Lecht_Rocks
    seriously whafe - the 29'er movement has failed in europe.
    i see it as a marketing weapon in the mtb world.
    one more choice as an upgrade / new bike needed.

    26" wheels turn in fast and have sufficient grip and roll.

    29" wheels are more flexy and heavier [like for like].

    i see no valuein 29" [yet].
    Dont wish to derail the thread...

    However TLR, I think it is very premature to say "the 29'er movement has failed in Europe"

    Do you think it has even started has yet? Somehow I doubt it, it is only very recent that 29er's can race so to speak....

    Do you think that all the 29er's outside of Europe are just a myth? That is a serious question...

    Anyway, all I know is that you will come around As will a good many in Europe....
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    I have a rigid 29er, much better than 26" for riding rigid. So I am very pro 29 in many ways, however, I see more downsides than upsides for anything with squish, wheels are definitely heavier, hard to build as stiff due to basic physics, Tyres are heavier. Geometry can compensate and make them turn as quickly but they aren't quite as flickable.

    I now have a 26" AM, pics later....:-)

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    Anyone got any suggestions for fork and rear shock settings for my AM as a starter.

    2010 fox 36 float FIT - air pressure, rebound, high and low speed compression

    2010 Fox DHX5.0 air - air pressure main, rebound, boost valve air pressure, chamber volume.

    I am 75kg loaded to ride.

    Any help appreciated.

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    On the fork

    Open the high speed compression up all the way, i.e. zero/least HSC. You're quite light and its unlikely that you'll need much if any HSC on the fork. Use that as the starting point; if you notice the fork making a loud 'ker-thlunk' on repeated large hits, then add two or three clicks and go from there.
    LSC, as a starting point, add about one third of the total available damping (so five clicks more/positive of LSC if there are 15 in total) . You'll probably not need much more than this and might even want less. Add more if you think the front end is bobbing around too much or the front is diving in corners and braking. You'll feel this as the bike getting skittish when hitting compressions or under braking; as the front dives, the steering angle gets steeper and the steering becomes much more sensitive/sharper in feel, which can translate to it feeling nervous. Reduce the LSC if the front end is washing out on turns or you're not getting enough grip from the front in turns.

    On the rear:

    From memory you're boost valve pressure will be somewhere between 75psi and 150psi. I used to run 150psi in mine but I am 33% heavier than you. More pressure in the Boost Valve will increase the effect of the pro-pedal settings. Maybe start at 100PSI and then reduce it if you feel that the pro-pedal setting is too firm (not helped by the fact that you've got three levels of pro-pedal on the DHX Air from memory). Perhaps best to start in the Pro-Pedal 2 setting and adjust from there knowing that the third setting will be firmer.

    I'd open the bottom out setting almost all the way (the chamber volume - this controls how the damer 'ramps up' in terms of its bottom out resistance), start with maybe one full turn. The bike has a progressive linkage so the suspension will start to get harder to compress anyway. You'll want more if you feel the bike bottoming out a lot (the same ker-thlunk as with the forks) and less if it feels like you're hitting a brick wall in the suspension too readily. You'll feel this most likely through your feet; over relatively minor bumps, the bike will feel supple and then suddenly harsh through the soles of your feet.

    Rebound, again start without about one third of the total available rebound damping i.e. more/positive. Add more if the bike feels skittish or nervous over fast bumpy ground; this is the bike moving around too much underneath you. Reduce the amount of rebound damping if the bike feels harsh over fast bumpy ground; this is the shock 'packing down', i.e. it the spring cannot recover in time for the next hit. You need to balance this with bottom out resistance also.

    Hope that helps - sorry I can't help you with main spring pressures, but you would use the sag levels to set these anyway and there should be a starting point in the manuals.

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    Cheers geetee.

    Some changes on the 2010, boost valve pressure is a min 125psi so I'll leave it at that.
    I don't have the manual and there's limited info out there I think.

    I'll set it up as above and see how I go.

    Didn't TLR say he might sell his CCDB? ;-)

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    I run a 2010 DHX air and I am pleased with it. Although whilst I'm not sure it performs any better than the RP23 to justify the extra 200 or so grams, it's certainly not as bad as people like to harp on about.

    A year and a half of fiddling has left me with the following settings.

    I weigh 89kg kitted up.

    In the top hole ( for jumps, drops, mini DH) I run the B/V at 150psi, 2 turns of bottom out, Main chamber @ 230psi. This gives 30 ± 3% sag.

    In the second hole down ( for general trail) I run the B/V at 175psi, 2 turns of bottom out, main chamber @ 225psi. This gives about 25 ± 3% sag.

    One thing I will say is it's super sensitive to adjustment and is not as easy as turning some knobs.

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    TLR have you seen that you can buy new ones for £470 these days?

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    Paid £300 for mine used 3 times as new with spring.

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    New(to me) AM

    Ok, here's a few of my pics of the new steed, not ridden it beyond the front of my house yet, family, work, wrist niggle, but expecting to get out at the weekend and have a shakedown, set the shock/forks up in use etc, looking forward to it.


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    Spec:
    Frame: Nicolai Helius AM, gloss white powdercoat with Extra Love Anodized Pivots and Bearing Covers, Maxle 135 x 12mm rear axle
    Rear Shock: Fox DHX Air 5.0
    Fork: 2010 Fox 36 Float FIT RC2
    Headset: Chris King No Threadset
    Stem: Thomson X4
    Handlebar: Easton EA70 Monkeybar
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite Layback
    Saddle: Selle Italia Regal-E Team
    Brakes: Hope Tech M4 Custom Red Ano with Goodridge Braided Hoses
    Rear Mech: Shimano Saint Shadow
    Cassette: Shimano SLX 11-28
    Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Howizter
    Chainset: Truvativ Hammerschmidt AM
    Left Shifter: SRAM X0 for Hammerschmidt with Hope Tech lever mount
    Right Shifter: Shimano XT M770 with Hope Tech lever mount
    Hubs: Chris King ISO Disc 32H Red
    Spokes: Sapim CX Ray Bladed Black with Red Nipples
    Rims: Stans Flow white powdercoat
    Tyres: Maxxis High Roller Rear, Minion Front 2.35 set up tubeless

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    Philip awesome mate - well done for buying that!

    Are you really a pilot? Well you are now.

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    Very nice, gorgeous steed, not tempted by a drop'able seatpost to finish it off?

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    Thanks guys, nah, not a pilot, but along time ago I was going through the process and the name stuck for a while.

    I am tempted by a dropper post after my experiences in the alps but I don't know if it's that big a deal in the UK, perhaps the very nature of the Hammerschmidt, which is designed around those short ups would complement a dropper nicely. I certainly would have liked one in the alps.

    How much more than a standard post do they weigh?? Whilst I think technically its fairly heavy at around 32.5lbs, I have to say it didn't feel it on my, albeit short, test ride, maybe because the wheels are light and the weight is concentrated around the BB, a dropper may not change that significantly?

    How much use would it get in the UK? And which one is the one to go for if I went down that avenue?

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    I use mine all the time, although im not sure if its just a crutch for me being crap, either way i wouldnt go back to a standard seatpost

    There are a host of companies in the market now, with the Rockshox Reverb being the latest release

    Ive been running a Kind shock i950r and ive had no issue what so ever with it, its performed flawlessly, the Reverb is getting great reviews as well, most of the issues people seem to have had (with all the different) manufacturers seem to have been ironed out, Fox are entering the market with one sometime in 2011

    Weight wise your probably adding 300 to 400 grams to your bike

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    Re. the dropper post, it's got nothing to do with how steep the terrain is and all about where your weight on the bike it. The lower your centre of gravity, the faster you'll go around corners and downhill, even if the gradient is only shallow.

    It has the potential to toally change your riding style and you will go faster if you drop your weight on the bike. A Gravity Dropper will only add a few hundred grams at most. Others will add maybe 300-400.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_pilot
    Ok, here's a few of my pics of the new steed, not ridden it beyond the front of my house yet, family, work, wrist niggle, but expecting to get out at the weekend and have a shakedown, set the shock/forks up in use etc, looking forward to it.


    P1000745 by philip.pryor, on Flickr" width="549">


    P1000747 by philip.pryor, on Flickr" width="549">


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    P1000755 by philip.pryor, on Flickr" width="549">


    P1000757 by philip.pryor, on Flickr" width="549">

    Spec:
    Frame: Nicolai Helius AM, gloss white powdercoat with Extra Love Anodized Pivots and Bearing Covers, Maxle 135 x 12mm rear axle
    Rear Shock: Fox DHX Air 5.0
    Fork: 2010 Fox 36 Float FIT RC2
    Headset: Chris King No Threadset
    Stem: Thomson X4
    Handlebar: Easton EA70 Monkeybar
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite Layback
    Saddle: Selle Italia Regal-E Team
    Brakes: Hope Tech M4 Custom Red Ano with Goodridge Braided Hoses
    Rear Mech: Shimano Saint Shadow
    Cassette: Shimano SLX 11-28
    Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Howizter
    Chainset: Truvativ Hammerschmidt AM
    Left Shifter: SRAM X0 for Hammerschmidt with Hope Tech lever mount
    Right Shifter: Shimano XT M770 with Hope Tech lever mount
    Hubs: Chris King ISO Disc 32H Red
    Spokes: Sapim CX Ray Bladed Black with Red Nipples
    Rims: Stans Flow white powdercoat
    Tyres: Maxxis High Roller Rear, Minion Front 2.35 set up tubeless

    isnt that Neil's old bike from Moonglu?

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    Ref the dropper post
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...93#post7441193

    Read the last 2-3 pages and you have all the latests goings on, be aware there seems to be a few people posting in that thread with a vested interest

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    @shakeyakey yes it is, although 'Neils old bike' seems to suggest more use than it has had. I'm afraid I couldn't resist :-)

    The only change is the saddle. Soon to be 22t Hammerschmidt ring, and maybe dropper post. Thinking about 203 front disc.

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    i run a 203mm front disc.
    you'll need it to slow down the bulk the AM carries and the speeds it's capable of smooting out.

    remembered that bike from the MBUK Super-Bike article....enjoy....

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    I run a 203mm disks on the Ion,It has no problem stopping me and i am 225lbs.

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    Sweet purchase pilot, you will be well stoked with it....

    My main riding buddy Momentus has just purchased a couple of Reverb crutch posts, he is rating it big time....

    Go with a 203, cant go wrong with 203....
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    203 it is then.

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    Lol 203 is way overkill.

    Whafe: I too have a Reberb coming in, really curious to see how it works.

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    Are the new levers retrofittable? Is there any major benefit other than the extra travel? Anyone done it? What is the cost?

    Thoughts on the new slacker angles? I get the impression that many like the AM for it's balance between downhill stability and trail handling speed, will 1deg change that much?
    I guess you can always install an angle changing headset to go either way, or go custom if you have a strong preference.

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    210mm front, 203mm rear here.

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    Don't worry about the angles or the shock... just ride the thing and enjoy.

    About the brakes, sell the M4's if you don't get on with them and get some decent stoppers, a bigger disk is a poor crutch on crappy brake.

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    I am surprised the Hope 4 pots arnt stopping you,They are very good brakes.Do they need a bleed or new pads?

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    my tech m4's are exemplary.
    203 x 180 here.
    loads of modulation and lovely lever feel.

    not up to the vfr1200's nissin's however

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    I'm fine with M4's! How did I give the impression I wasn't. I love Hopess for their ease of working on them and parts availability, fully rebuildable in the event of a crash.

    I was just asking about the angles etc? I have no intention of changing any of that stuff, just gonna ride it and enjoy, but I am always interested in why changes are made, I am an engineer and a bit of a geek when it comes to the tech side of bikes. So they were just genuine questions rather than any desire to upgrade.

    My funds are now limited to a max of a dropper post and a new front disc otherwise my wife will castrate me!!!

    Need to save for Trans Provence or similar trip next year too, was just too awesome not to do something like that again.

    I intend to seek out some natural terrain in the peaks/lakes/wales/Scotland to go and test this thing too.

    Anyone with recommendations or gpx files they're happy to share would be great :-)

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    New to the forum. Had a brief peek at this thread when thinking about my bike and was then directed to it by RPM100 who gave me some immensely useful advice and assistance with my choice.



    Spec:
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23, 200 ctrs
    Fork: Fox 36 Talas (160mm) Fit RLC
    Headset: Hope
    Brakes: Hope M4 dia 200/180 F/R
    Stem: Hope 50mm
    Bar: Easton EC70 MonkeyLite CNT DH 711mm, 2" rise bars
    Saddle: Specialized Phenom
    Seatpost: USE carbon
    Wheels: Hope Hoops 20mm axle F, 12mm axle R
    Tyres: Specialized Eskar 2.3 F, Specialized Captain S-Wks 2.0 R
    Shifter: Sram X0
    Crankset: Middleburn RS8 Duo, double & bash
    BB: Hope
    Rear derailleur: Sram X0
    Front derailleur: Sram X9
    Cassette: Sram PG990
    Chain: Shimano XT
    Grips: Sunline, Lock-on

    Built by my LBS, Mammoth, Milford, Stafford.

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    Digga...weight?

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    Don't know the weight. Don't care.

    It climbs pretty well and descents with indecent pace. Perfect.

    They didn't weigh it in the shop and I didn't want to ask. Sounds stupid, but if I don't know whether or not it's heavier/lighter than other bikes I'm riding with, I have no psychological reason to make any 'excuses' - I can just STFU, grit my teeth and ride.

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    digga - thought you were an engineer ?

    as engineers, we need all the informatioN AVAILABLE TO MAKE A CONCERNED AND CONCERTED DECISION AS TO THE OPERABILITY AND USEABILITY AND FUNCTIONALITY OF ANY DESIGN.

    WITH A MTB, WEIGHT IS OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE ffs !

    GET IT WEIGHED IN MAN

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    The bike was spec'd and bought as much with the heart as with the head (which knew a Helius would take the punishment that my Stumpjumper was struggling with) and, though I am an engineer, I am also a fatalist. It is what it is.

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    Digga, you will get used to TLR ^^^^^

    Weight is important to him because he keeps his bikes on his living room wall and has to lift them down to dust them.

    It's a fare bit lighter than mine so I would guess 30. something.

    Having ridden with Digga I can see why weight is of no particular importance on this build.

    Hope the first ride went well, and rememer to fill in that recommendations card so Nicolai give me 50% off my next frame

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    digga - please respond to my PM.

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digga666
    New to the forum. Had a brief peek at this thread when thinking about my bike and was then directed to it by RPM100 who gave me some immensely useful advice and assistance with my choice.



    Spec:
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23, 200 ctrs
    Fork: Fox 36 Talas (160mm) Fit RLC
    Headset: Hope
    Brakes: Hope M4 dia 200/180 F/R
    Stem: Hope 50mm
    Bar: Easton EC70 MonkeyLite CNT DH 711mm, 2" rise bars
    Saddle: Specialized Phenom
    Seatpost: USE carbon
    Wheels: Hope Hoops 20mm axle F, 12mm axle R
    Tyres: Specialized Eskar 2.3 F, Specialized Captain S-Wks 2.0 R
    Shifter: Sram X0
    Crankset: Middleburn RS8 Duo, double & bash
    BB: Hope
    Rear derailleur: Sram X0
    Front derailleur: Sram X9
    Cassette: Sram PG990
    Chain: Shimano XT
    Grips: Sunline, Lock-on

    Built by my LBS, Mammoth, Milford, Stafford.
    Just noticed that you are running the rear on its lowest travel setting.

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    weight is only of any importance if you race or arn't fit enough to keep up with yer mates. Or as rpm100 says you need to lift it off the wall for dusting/taking pics
    www.gravity-sports.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by dipper
    weight is only of any importance if you race or arn't fit enough to keep up with yer mates. Or as rpm100 says you need to lift it off the wall for dusting/taking pics
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    seem to remember it was you and SDR08 who were struggling to keep up last time, 'young man'............

    mwahahahahaha

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    ye think? I seem to remember we were all much the same. the only difference being you were test riding my 27lb chumba racing snake while me and mark were on our FR/AFR monsters!
    www.gravity-sports.co.uk

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    ye think? I seem to remember we were all much the same. the only difference being you were test riding my 27lb chumba racing snake while me and mark were on our FR/AFR monsters!
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    Digga, outside of the lads flexing their manhood, that is a sweet looking AM. Me likey alot...

    Enjoy that steed, thrash her hard...
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    Have ordered a ks i900 lever model, reliability in my head, BUT I am now unsure if it was the right thing to do.
    Will I really need emergency on the fly droppage where I have no time to reach between and drop it?
    Will the simplicity of no remote and the associated potential adjustments/stiction etc in our shitty UK climate outweigh the on the fly emergency and extra £50
    Someone re assure me before I fit it please ;-)

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    I'm afraid i can't reassure you,i'm in the same boat,really fancy a dropper but don't really want another cable on the bike,but don't want to shell out for one with a lever if it doesn't work as well as a remote.......................... Think i'll wait and see what happens with yours

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    I'm not worried about the cable, but it will be more fickle than a lever and bit more prone to damage, but that's a lesser concern.
    As I need the layback, I can't swop once I've made my choice so its key, i950 can be upgraded.

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    I've run both the remote and the non remote. imo the non remote is pretty much hopeless. there was very few occassions i found I could take my hands off the bars at speed/over rough stuff while chasing my mates. the remote is indespensible
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    Havent run one without the remote, but i would definatley 100% say go with the remote, you will be surprised just how much you use the remote, for me the remote is what makes the whole package work

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    i use a joplin remote - fantastic bit of kit other than the reliability.


    i reckon remote dropper posts are as inventive as sus forks werer all those years ago...

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    Helius AM Tailored made, slopping top tube, rohloff equipped. custom sizing.
    Complete build 14.5kg,

    Spec:
    Rear Shock: DT swiss Ex200
    ForkT swiss EC150mm
    Headset: Blackspire Deepcup in red
    Brakes: Marta SL 2009/10 rotor 180/160 F/R
    Stem: Thomson 70mm
    Bar: Easton MonkeyLite XC
    Saddle: Fzik
    Seatpost: Easton EC90 31.6
    Seat clamp : tune 34.9
    Wheels: Tune 20mm axle F, Rohloff rear, philwood 15G spokes, stans flow rims.
    Tyres: Mountainking 2.4 black chilli
    Shifter: Tune/ rohloff
    Crankset: Truvative Noir Redwin 170mm
    BB: Turvative
    Rear tensioner : Rohloff + 13T cog bolt
    Front guide : custom DMR top guide.
    Chain: KMX X9-sl
    Grips: NsBikes
    Pedals : DMR V8 Ox-blood

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    Rode at Whinlatter Fri and then a truly horrific route in the Lakes Gt. Langdale to Borrowdale, well I say rode, 11 miles of pushing and carrying up and down, before abandoning and riding 29miles on the road rather than the 10m direct route of 'the route' fekin terrible it was, should've asked a local rather than a route of the net...anyways..

    At Whinlatter I was trying to figure out when I would and wouldn't want to use the dropper post...cutting a long story short, absolutely got to be the remote, lever would have been useless really, agree went into BikeChase today and picked one up, last one after they got a bunch in on the Saturday!!!

    The Nicolai was ace at Whinlatter, shock settings weren't far off, bit more low speed compression on the front but other than that felt good, didn't make a very good walking stick or handbag on the 'natural route' tho.

    The weather was crap too...and all the carrying in grinding paste rubbed off half the C in Nicolai on one side of the bike, ah well, it looks like a mountain bike now I'm not bothered (anyone know where I can get a red reverse C from

    Cheers for all the help guys

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    Sweet AttitudeBikes - that almost looks slopestyle!
    www.essexhertsmtb.co.uk - Mountain Biking near London in the UK

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    Spec Update: Dropper Post added

    Ok, a bit more action under its wheels now...

    New Weight 33lbs Not sure how to make it any lighter really, not convinced by carbon bars, don't want to change the tyres, the hammerschmidt is so worth it after only two rides, I love it, dropper post is ace, already running close ratio cassette, like the benefits of short cage rear mech, air shock....

    I can say however that with very light wheels it does ride 'light' on the trail, but the weight weenie in me is in turmoil

    Frame: Nicolai Helius AM, gloss white powdercoat with Extra Love Anodized Pivots and Bearing Covers, Maxle 135 x 12mm rear axle
    Rear Shock: Fox DHX Air 5.0
    Fork: 2010 Fox 36 Float FIT RC2
    Headset: Chris King No Threadset
    Stem: Thomson X4 0Deg 70mm
    Handlebar: Easton EA70 Monkeybar
    Seatpost: KS i900r dropper
    Saddle: Selle Italia Regal-E Team
    Brakes: Hope Tech M4 Custom Red Ano with Goodridge Braided Hoses
    Rear Mech: Shimano Saint Shadow
    Cassette: Shimano SLX 11-28 close ratio
    Bottom Bracket: Truvativ Howizter
    Chainset: Truvativ Hammerschmidt AM
    Left Shifter: SRAM X0 for Hammerschmidt with Hope Tech lever mount
    Right Shifter: Shimano XT M770 with Hope Tech lever mount
    Hubs: Chris King ISO Disc 32H Red
    Spokes: Sapim CX Ray Bladed Black with Red Nipples
    Rims: Stans Flow white powdercoat
    Tyres: Maxxis High Roller Rear, Minion/Swamp Thing (Condition dependant) Front 2.35 set up tubeless

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    steep fast and loose :)
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    pilot - one of my criticisms of nicolai is the weight but at the penalty of stiffness, it's a fair trade [sort of - if you're a fat b@stid that rides hard and without finesse]....

    if you're a lightweight waif, then the stiffness is probably unnnecessary and less weight is possible from a lesser built frame.....

    nicolai are of course primely located for real mountain action, and in the uk, very few places command or demand the level of over-built frame strength that a nicolai offers......

    if i lived in whistler / PdS / etc, then I'd consider the FR / AFR , etc.....

    the AM was the lesser option when i bought mine - now there's the AC..... if only I'd waited ....

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    TLR I'm ok with the weight really, I could have gone with an AC but my other bike has been my only mtb for some time, completed the Trans Provence Alpine race on, not sure I can reveal it's name as I could be the subject much derision ;-) is a VERY a stiff ride indeed particularly laterally. It was a major attraction of the Helius AM, I rode a couple of others, including Trek Remedy and they just felt flexy, even on fast smooth singletrack, I really didn't like the feeling.

    It's what we hang off it that makes most of the difference isn't it, Fox 36's are my choice, as is running the Hammerschmidt and dropper, piggy back air shock,
    My friend has 32 DT Swiss 150,s ex200 shock on his pace, carbon crank and between them you have the 3lbs or more, evidenced by another build on this thread at 27lbs, so do able. Me I'm happy it's bullet proof and stiff as hell.....and I'll keep telling myself that ;-)...is the ano finish lighter than paint....;-)

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    steep fast and loose :)
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    mine's @ ~32lbs dependant on shock chosen.

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    "Its All Good"
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    Nicolai's - "Stiffer than a honeymooners chopper"
    The_Lecht_Rocks: whafe - cheeers - may i offer an official apology for the wagon wheeler "dis-belief"

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