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    A new day is dawning

    Or at least it was as I took my new 5.7 for its first ride.
    And yes, they were out of the gold CK headsets for the lunchbox, that should be remedied within a couple weeks. For those who care about such things, it weighed 26.2 lbs. That is with tubes still in also, so I expect it to just brush under 26 pounds once I set it up tubeless, not bad with a dropper post I'll probably end up adding a riser bar for my normal riding, which will bring the weight right back up. Funnily enough, a typical 240 gram aluminum "Trail" riser bar will probably not actually be as strong as the 140 gram Syntace carbon bar it would replace... Ride was good so far. Great from the rear end. The Fox wasn't as smooth as my Wotan yet, but it's not broken in yet either. I've been working on adjusting the cockpit since this morning also, lowered the stem 10mm, and adjusted the levers. I'm looking forward to trying it out again with the changes. It feels closer to the sweet spot just riding around the neighborhood. It will take some time to get used to the quicker handling, it's about 1.5 degrees steeper than my current bike which is part of what I was looking for in a new bike, but it still requires an adjustment period. I'm pretty stoked so far. I'll try to follow up with a more in-depth ride report once I take it on some more trails. It blew away an Anthem X I took on the same trail two weeks ago. I actually felt like the AnthemX climbed over bumps worse than my 34lb faux-bar Preston. The Preston felt smoother over the bumps even with its Pro-pedal turned on. That ride helped seal the deal to go with the Pivot,
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    Looks great! I can't wait for mine to get here.
    I am impressed with the welds that I can see.

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    Really good looking package! everything fits together NICE.
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    I remember that bike going out, 1st 5.7 with gold! Why not go with a carbon riser? Monkeylite XC is only about 20g heavier than the Syntace...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcstumpy
    Really good looking package! everything fits together NICE.
    Thanks. I'll be really happy once I get rid of that red headset. The one odd color sticks out, and I prefer low-key.

    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit
    I remember that bike going out, 1st 5.7 with gold! Why not go with a carbon riser? Monkeylite XC is only about 20g heavier than the Syntace...
    I might do that. My plan is to have a separate bar/stem for regular trail riding and just put the Syntace and the current stem on for racing, so I don't mind going somewhat heavier on the "trail" bar. Leaving the stem attached to the bar makes swapping them pretty easy. I currently swap a 50mm and DH bar onto my Preston when I take it to Sunrise. I also plan to just use a rigid post for xc racing, but I wasn't sure if I'd want a post with setback or not, consequently the bike is sort of half in trail mode, half in xc race mode. With the rigid post, and the syntace bar, this thing will likely be sub 25.5, which seems ridiculous for a bike with this much travel and stiffness. I'll try swapping the DT 5.1/Hope wheelset from the Preston on for some rides too once I pick up the 15mmTA adapters for them. I think the bike will be as capable as I need it to be at that point and still sub 28lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit
    I remember that bike going out, 1st 5.7 with gold! Why not go with a carbon riser? Monkeylite XC is only about 20g heavier than the Syntace...
    I just took a look at the dimensions for that bar, and it is right at the size I'm looking for. Good call. If I run bars that are too wide I end up nailing chollas with my hands, so the width is perfect. Would you be comfortable, durability-wise, running that bar within the limits of the 5.7, say nothing more intense than Milagrosa, Mormon down to 24th st., or Geronimo. Anything nastier than that I would use the big bike. Majority of riding will just be on the 50-year trail since I can ride to that from my house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DLd
    I just took a look at the dimensions for that bar, and it is right at the size I'm looking for. Good call. If I run bars that are too wide I end up nailing chollas with my hands, so the width is perfect. Would you be comfortable, durability-wise, running that bar within the limits of the 5.7, say nothing more intense than Milagrosa, Mormon down to 24th st., or Geronimo. Anything nastier than that I would use the big bike. Majority of riding will just be on the 50-year trail since I can ride to that from my house.
    I have been running the Easton Monkeylite XC bar on my all-mountain rig for a couple of years now and have had absolutley no problems. It would be at the top of my list if I was looking for another 685 mm bar.
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    Sweet! I just ordered the blue lunchbox for my black 429!
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    Quote Originally Posted by skiahh
    Sweet! I just ordered the blue lunchbox for my black 429!
    I almost went blue. In some ways I think it might have looked better since it's not like the gold on my wheelset and lunchbox match up anyway. Green could have worked out good too. I'm just happy to have it and get to ride it though. I'm not too concerned about the color, I just wanted to change to something other than red. The one blue on black build I saw looked really tight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DLd
    I almost went blue. In some ways I think it might have looked better since it's not like the gold on my wheelset and lunchbox match up anyway. Green could have worked out good too. I'm just happy to have it and get to ride it though. I'm not too concerned about the color, I just wanted to change to something other than red. The one blue on black build I saw looked really tight.
    I think it'll look great, too. And when I go Lefty (via Project 321), I'll get blue hubs and blue nipples, but will leave the rims black.
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    Yeah, I'd totally trust the MonkeyLite on that bike. I've been running the DH version for years now with no issues (on my Firebird and DJ).
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