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    2013 XS EMD Build Thread

    Well it's a decision made - my wife wants in to see what this is all about. After a great deal of research and debate, i am building her an extra small EMD. She is 5'3" and will be a serious beginner with her first time on dirt - should be interesting.

    So I am tearing down my XL AIR9 to build the EMD - i just dont ride it that much with the RIP. I just got everything stripped off, clean and ready to go. Ordering the EMD tomorrow, should be here in a few days (plus a new headset - with the spacer for the tapered tube). Also just ordered new cranks and the seat.

    Frame - 2013 XS EMD - going with white
    Fork - RS Reba Race - stripped off all the decals - i think the white on white should look nice
    Wheels - Stan's crest on Hopes - qr
    Tires - 2.4 Ardent in front, 2.1 Seguaro rear
    Shifter - SLX
    Rear Der - XT
    Front Der - XT
    Crank - XT, 170mm, 24,32,42
    Cass - XT -11-34 - i wish it was a 36 for her, but it will do for now
    Brakes - XT
    Pedal - flat, pins set LOW for now
    Bar - Easton carbon - 725mm
    Stem - a few options - probably something slight rise/drop and short
    Post - Thomson
    Seat - Planet Bike ARS women's

    Just some parts for now - can't wait to start the build this week...

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    Cool, I'm sure she will love it.




    Quote Originally Posted by fatpig View Post
    Well it's a decision made - my wife wants in to see what this is all about. After a great deal of research and debate, i am building her an extra small EMD. She is 5'3" and will be a serious beginner with her first time on dirt - should be interesting.

    So I am tearing down my XL AIR9 to build the EMD - i just dont ride it that much with the RIP. I just got everything stripped off, clean and ready to go. Ordering the EMD tomorrow, should be here in a few days (plus a new headset - with the spacer for the tapered tube). Also just ordered new cranks and the seat.

    Frame - 2013 XS EMD - going with white
    Fork - RS Reba Race - stripped off all the decals - i think the white on white should look nice
    Wheels - Stan's crest on Hopes - qr
    Tires - 2.4 Ardent in front, 2.1 Seguaro rear
    Shifter - SLX
    Rear Der - XT
    Front Der - XT
    Crank - XT, 170mm, 24,32,42
    Cass - XT -11-34 - i wish it was a 36 for her, but it will do for now
    Brakes - XT
    Pedal - flat, pins set LOW for now
    Bar - Easton carbon - 725mm
    Stem - a few options - probably something slight rise/drop and short
    Post - Thomson
    Seat - Planet Bike ARS women's

    Just some parts for now - can't wait to start the build this week...

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    Just curious -- where are you getting your EMD frame?

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    Parts are here - bike mostly done - we have a problem

    Parts showed up and built most of it - all but shifters/derailleurs. Decided to do a quick fit check - standing over the top tube is touching. I am not sure what happened. We fit against similar bikes, all with a 27" stand-over height knowing that was the spec for the XS EMD. plus, i saw several women shorter than my wife (5'3") that were on the XS.

    So i am not sure what to do - i could change the reba down to 80mm, go with lower volume tires, make sure the seat is shifted back.....etc i am just not convinced it will give the clearance i think she really needs to be confident as a beginner.... ugh - it may have to go on to craigslist and i start over.....

    Came together AWESOME though - it is killer little beast - i guess i will get it shifting and figure out what to do...

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    No way bro! That is her size and believe me when she starts to ride it, it will have plenty of standover for her when she hits the bumps. I always touch when standing on my bike but when it comes to riding, lots of clearance for up/downs and hopping. It's gonna fit her like a glove, I'm sure of it.

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    My 11 yr old son who is under 5' is riding the same bike. Once on the trail the fit is fine. He is tearing up our Thursday night time trials on it.
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    Nothing to see here.

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    A huge relief as my concerns on size and fit were not warranted at all - the bike really does fit perfectly. Our first trip out was a success. Started at the BMX track a bit just to ride on the dirt, figure out brakes and shifting. It didnt take long before she was ready for the trail - a very smooth gradual sloped singletrack. Went for a couple of miles and there were many smiles - even with a minor digger into the stickers when she stopped in a bit of a valley and couldn't touch...

    So - on the build - i ended up with 60mm stem with 10 degrees and i ended up flipping it up, instead of down like i thought i would - body position is actually much better. I went with 680mm width on the bars - cutting down a 725 - kinda wish i had gone with 700 - it just seemed to wide. Also - i just added ergon grips - we will see how they work, but i noticed right away that her natural wrist position was a little off and it was causing some soreness - i think the ergons will help as well as just spending some time on the thing and getting used to the more forward position on a mtn bike.

    I will get some photos next time out - the EMD is really an amazing frame, especially for the $. If you are reading this b/c you are considering the EMD - DO IT.

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