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    Good job! New RACE BIKE porn..Pic's

    Decided over the winter to switch from racing a FS bike to a hardtail. Given the buff singletrack and fireroad race courses here in Northern California my 4 inch travel bike seemed liked the wrong bike for the job. I'll be keeping it for the high country technical rides this summer. I will be taking the new bike for it's maiden voyage this afternoon. Just doing the test ride around the block I have to mention that the Avid Ultimate brakes and levers are amazing and worth the extra $$$. The rear derailer is a loaner, my new Sram X0 is not in yet and the tires are also not the tires I will be racing. I went through each part to make it as light as possible without being "stupid" light..the result 22.8 pounds. Pretty good given I have a "real" front fork. Here is the build:

    Soulcraft Option Three Custom Frame...THANKS MATT FOR ALL YOUR HELP!!!
    19.5in Center-to-Top
    Fox F100X 2004
    Avid ultimate brakes and levers...DA BOMB!
    SRAM X.0 Shifters & rear derailer
    FSA Carbon Pro ATB 9spd ISIS Cranks
    FSA Ultimax Xtreme Pro Ti ISIS BB
    Shimano XT Top Swing Front Derailer
    SRAM PC-99 Cahin
    Shimano M959 pedals
    King Headset
    Ritchey WCS Stem
    Easton EC70 Monkeylite XC Carbon 1.25" Bars
    Easton EC70 Post
    WTB Rocket V Ti Stealth Saddle
    Hutchinson Python Light Tires
    Dave Thomas Speed Dream Wheels with King Hubs
    Michelin AirComp Tubes
    Salsa Stainless Flip off
    Here are the PIX
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    Sick Rick! That's a beauty! nm

    You'll enjoy that baby on all that Nevada City ST.

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    Very nice, Ricky.

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    Nice ride.

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    Sweet!

    Love the "BUILT FOR SPEED" on the chainstay!

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    awesome

    Whats a frame like that go for? Maybe you got a discount, just curious as to ballpark price. I didnt know Soulcraft was in Petaluma...hmmmmm.

    Sweet ride




    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    Decided over the winter to switch from racing a FS bike to a hardtail. Given the buff singletrack and fireroad race courses here in Northern California my 4 inch travel bike seemed liked the wrong bike for the job. I'll be keeping it for the high country technical rides this summer. I will be taking the new bike for it's maiden voyage this afternoon. Just doing the test ride around the block I have to mention that the Avid Ultimate brakes and levers are amazing and worth the extra $$$. The rear derailer is a loaner, my new Sram X0 is not in yet and the tires are also not the tires I will be racing. I went through each part to make it as light as possible without being "stupid" light..the result 22.8 pounds. Pretty good given I have a "real" front fork. Here is the build:

    Soulcraft Option Three Custom Frame...THANKS MATT FOR ALL YOUR HELP!!!
    19.5in Center-to-Top
    Fox F100X 2004
    Avid ultimate brakes and levers...DA BOMB!
    SRAM X.0 Shifters & rear derailer
    FSA Carbon Pro ATB 9spd ISIS Cranks
    FSA Ultimax Xtreme Pro Ti ISIS BB
    Shimano XT Top Swing Front Derailer
    SRAM PC-99 Cahin
    Shimano M959 pedals
    King Headset
    Ritchey WCS Stem
    Easton EC70 Monkeylite XC Carbon 1.25" Bars
    Easton EC70 Post
    WTB Rocket V Ti Stealth Saddle
    Hutchinson Python Light Tires
    Dave Thomas Speed Dream Wheels with King Hubs
    Michelin AirComp Tubes
    Salsa Stainless Flip off
    Here are the PIX

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    check out there web site

    Quote Originally Posted by Shwaa
    Whats a frame like that go for? Maybe you got a discount, just curious as to ballpark price. I didnt know Soulcraft was in Petaluma...hmmmmm.

    Sweet ride
    for price etc: www.soulcraftbikes.com

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    Follow up

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger___
    You'll enjoy that baby on all that Nevada City ST.
    So I just got back from the first ride on the bike, and yeah it really rides sweeet! Only problem is a got a little too much of the new bike buzzz going and had a nasty little crash on the fire road leading down to the miners trail! DOH! Worst road rash I've had in a while.

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    WOW, nice bike!! I've been looking (and drooling) at the Soulcraft website a lot lately. I'd love to park one of their bikes next to my Ibis, but I think the next ride is gonna have to have some rear suspension.

    ...heading to Santa Cruz's website now...

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    Nice...

    Yummy,yummy,yummy VEry nice bike, I bet your a very proud owner of it too, I know I would be
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    Really sharp! The white HT reminds me of my

    first bike-a white with blue decals Mountain Master by OFF ROAD which later became Pro Flex then K2. I hope you have some clear wear guards under the cables at the headtube?[

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    Wow, such a sweet rig!

    Congrats!

    b.

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    So why did you go with 100mm travel instead of 80? Isn't that a bit much for pure racing rig?

    K-Zero
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    Very nice rig.

    one two three four five
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    I'll double that. Very nice steel HT. Looks fast already. Nice V's...

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    Good job! Panaracers

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    Nice ride!

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    100 mm vs 80mm

    Quote Originally Posted by K-Zero
    So why did you go with 100mm travel instead of 80? Isn't that a bit much for pure racing rig?

    K-Zero
    It was actually a tuff choice and I kept going back and forth on this. My FS bike is 100mm and thats what I'm used to. The weight is the same and the bike could be built for either size. So, the answer to you question is I went woth the 100mm because thats what I'm used to and I want as much cush as possible.

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    Nice $5000 hardtail !

    Man Merlin, how you sneaking all these credit card charges past your wife? Didn't you just get a Soulcraft singlespeed too?

    Your build is bootiful. You'll enjoy those Dave's wheels. You should get a Soulcraft kit team clothing kit to match.

    francis

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    Thanks Francis!

    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Nice $5000 hardtail !

    Man Merlin, how you sneaking all these credit card charges past your wife? Didn't you just get a Soulcraft singlespeed too?

    Your build is bootiful. You'll enjoy those Dave's wheels. You should get a Soulcraft kit team clothing kit to match.

    francis
    FYI, yes I did just get a Soulcraft SS as well. I'm on their grassroots race team so I'll be displaying the Soulcraft colors at the races starting this weekend!

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    Damn!
    "sometimes i'm too much man for my own damn self"-undercover brother

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    Nice bike! I love seeing 26" wheeled hardtails (or even rigid bike) with v-brakes built up for racing and XC riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FKMTB07 View Post
    Nice bike! I love seeing 26" wheeled hardtails (or even rigid bike) with v-brakes built up for racing and XC riding.
    Dude, the original post is 8 years old and simply resurrected by a spammer.

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    Whoops, my bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FKMTB07 View Post
    Whoops, my bad.
    Aside from the fact that this is an uber old thread, its AMAZING how much the sport has changed in 8 years!

    As compared to today's modern XC race rig (not mine):

    Alcohol may lead nowhere, but it sure is the scenic route!

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