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    Internal cables are history...



    I can live with the sight of some shift and brake housing on the DT.



    Installed the Float X volume reducer. This is the stock piece that came out of the shock the one that got installed is about twice the volume and there is an even bigger spacer that I didn't install if I want even more ramp up.



    I've got a 3 day MTB camping trip planned for the weekend so I can test it out properly.
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    Not a very exciting photo from the weekend, but there was too much riding happening so this is the only photo I have of me on my bike in Cumberland, BC.

    Amazing trails if you can make it there and super friendly locals - thanks Jerry [MTBR member] for showing us around.

    Got to ride the M6 in much faster more open terrain with lots of jumps, bridges and other features to attack. This let me see a whole different side of the Mach 6. It was definitely at home hammering really hard down gnarly lines. Getting my weight back and riding that rear wheel was fun and made short work of anything that came around the corner.

    The Float X with the bigger volume reducer was excellent. I didn't bottom out no matter how hard I charged rough section or landed jumps. It's well matched to the Pike now.

    The tighter 24NM rear shock mount has stayed quiet despite a lot of wet/gritty rough riding.

    The only issue I had was a puncture on the tread of my rear Hans Damf when I was riding through an extended rocky section fast getting as much air as I could. One of the landings was too much for it and it started spewing Stan's. I got it sealed, but in the process of adding air back to the tire we managed to break the Presta valve - twice! Totally operator error. I fired in a tube and was good the rest of the weekend. I'll be adding a spare Stan's valve stem to my hydro pack tool kit. And I'll be more careful. We were rushing so we wouldn't hold up the group and ended up causing a bigger delay. Doh!

    Last day of riding on Monday I got to ride with a new Mach 6 owner on his very first ride. Nice looking stealth black M6. That's my first sighting of a M6 in the wild at home on Vancouver Island.

    Anyways - I'm now satisfied with the performance and fit of the M6 to the point where I won't mess with it for the rest of the summer. Time to wear some parts out.

    Great riding bike. Well balanced. Ready for anything I'm going to throw at it.
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    I guess I'll have to get a volume spacer kit to try out! I installed one on my last Enduro and it helped, but that suspension needed a lot of help. I would agree Vik, this bike loves very fast descents and speed. Very friendly on steep and fast lines. Thanks for the update.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawgman25 View Post
    I guess I'll have to get a volume spacer kit to try out! I installed one on my last Enduro and it helped, but that suspension needed a lot of help.
    I didn't feel any downside to installing the spacer and the ramp up at the end of the stroke is nice if you are a bigger guy. I start at ~180lbs before clothes and gear.

    It's easy to swap and you get a lot of spacers with the kit so you can fine tune your shock.

    I'm still going to send the Float X to Avy at the end of the summer when I tear down the bike for a full overhaul.

    Quote Originally Posted by dawgman25 View Post
    I would agree Vik, this bike loves very fast descents and speed. Very friendly on steep and fast lines.
    My local riding is very techy slower speed stuff. We have steep sustained DHs, but they end up being so tight that you don't get high speeds.

    It's also very slippery a lot of the year so I run low pressure [19-20/20-22psi front/rear] and I think I paid for it on this trip. Next time I'll add some air when shuttling [rarely do that].
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    Bike staying quiet and rear tire plug keeping the air in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post


    Bike staying quiet and rear tire plug keeping the air in.

    Very nice thread and A+ build bike looks awesome. Nice seeing U wearing elbow pads. I learned my lesson couple weeks ago ridin the boo. I am 47 now and crashes, they hurt much more now for some reason. Vik's Mach 6 Builds-20140419_122744.jpg this is going to be ***** to heal that little white dot in the middle it is my elbow bone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pvflyer View Post
    Very nice thread and A+ build bike looks awesome. Nice seeing U wearing elbow pads. I learned my lesson couple weeks ago ridin the boo. I am 47 now and crashes, they hurt much more now for some reason. Click image for larger version. 

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    I hope you heal up soon. That looks gnarly!

    I don't ride anything techy without pads and that means I wear pads 99% of the time at home. I don't notice them when I ride and I think having a bit of extra protection lets me ride sketchy lines with more confidence. For about half the year pads also keep my joints warm so I can keep riding in shorts all winter.
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    I used to only wear pads for Northshore, Whistler, etc. I just bought a new set up RF Ambush knee pads and love them. At 45, was getting tired of the scrapes and scabs on some falls and mainly washouts on fast corners, so I finally came to the bright idea that maybe I should start wearing pads for MOST of my rides. Last week I only used the knee pads and went OTB twice on some steep techy stuff that I have cleared dozens of times with no problems. Elbows are all scraped up, knees are great. Now I will do both for most rides. Only took several years of riding to come to this conclusion. Ugh.

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    I have only been using knee pads for a few years, but I'm considering some elbows after a few recent scrapes. I like a substantial knee pad, but I'm thinking a minimal elbow pad would suffice. What do you guys like for elbow pads?

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    Poc 2.0 and G-form here. I just broke my wrist though. Any wrist protection or stabilizer which works?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    I have only been using knee pads for a few years, but I'm considering some elbows after a few recent scrapes. I like a substantial knee pad, but I'm thinking a minimal elbow pad would suffice. What do you guys like for elbow pads?
    I'm wearing 616 elbow pads these days. They are small/low profile.



    Race Face has some pads that seem minimal while still having enough protection to bother. I'm going to try some on next time I cross paths with a pair.

    Race Face

    Pads are a wear item so I'm always on the hunt for the next pair. Getting a good fit is hard for me so I don't want to be looking when the old pair is completely toast.
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    vikb thnx

    I have a few pads just choose not to use it. sometimes U can forget that the easiest trails R the ones that end up causing U the most amount of pain. I have a pair of 661 gel elbow/ knees pads like you and I agree that it does not gets in your way.

    So, for now one elbows/knees pads it will b part of my everyday ride. Lesson lived lesson learned.

    Congrats on a well built bike and well put it together journal of your built, I really enjoy this thread.

    Looks like U do have some great trails around U to explore all the Mach6 potential, awesome looking trail.

    Have a safe memorial day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzanova View Post
    Poc 2.0 and G-form here. I just broke my wrist though. Any wrist protection or stabilizer which works?
    I'm suposed to get my cast off my left wrist in 2 weeks. I broke my scaphoid snowboarding 9 weeks ago. I have a new Mach 6 sitting in my basement with only 2 rides on it. Its killing me seeing it sit there with no love. I bought a 661 wrist brace for $10 from major online bike shop (can't remember which one). I'm hoping recovery won't be too much longer. For now I'm riding my single speed Frankenstein hard tail to keep my legs.

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    A rock put a hole in my rear Hans Damf tire. At the time I damaged the Stan's valve stem so I threw in a tube to keep riding on that trip.

    When I got home I installed a tubeless tire plug and a new valve stem. The plug held for 1.5 hard rides before coming loose. I replugged the tire with 2 plugs [shown above] and completed the ride with no issues.



    I wanted a more permanent fix as the tire is new so I don't want to chuck it or run a tube if I don't have to.

    So I applied a patch to the inside of the tire after cleaning off the Stan's and mold release agent. Hopefully this holds long-term.



    I give these tire plugs 2 thumbs up for a fast and easy way to keep you rolling when you damage your tubeless tire. No need to break the bead of the tire. Just plug and pump back up to pressure.

    They definitely have a place in my hydro pack as does a spare valve stem.

    The plugs are re-useable so I saved the ones I had in this tire for the next repair.
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    I need to get some of those in my pack. Thanks for the review.

    Your bike is amazing BTW! Inspirational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    A rock put a hole in my rear Hans Damf tire. At the time I damaged the Stan's valve stem so I threw in a tube to keep riding on that trip.
    ...
    I wanted a more permanent fix as the tire is new so I don't want to chuck it or run a tube if I don't have to.

    So I applied a patch to the inside of the tire after cleaning off the Stan's and mold release agent. Hopefully this holds long-term.
    Vik,

    Keep us posted on the long term results on the patch. I took the Hans Dampf off my M6 after a puncture on a smooth trail a few weeks ago that Stans wouldn't seal. I'm racing my first Enduro next weekend and I don't trust the casing on the Hans Dampf anymore, especialy for a rocky race run. If your patch technique works I'll give that a try to get some life out of my almost new HD, but not during a race!

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    Our trails are all rocks. FYI the orange seal does a much better job than Stan's in my opinion.


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    What race Turf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    What race Turf?
    California Enduro Series, Pevine - Reno, NV.

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    Looks awesome and saw it sold out. Let us know how it goes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    Vik,

    Keep us posted on the long term results on the patch.


    I've been punishing the repaired tire on lots of rocky terrain. So far so good. No issues at all.
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    Hornby Island. More good times on my Mach 6. Faster trails than at home. Nice to be able to really open the bike up. The faster you go the happier the Mach 6 is.

    The internal patch on the rear Hans Damf is holding up well.



    Whoa! No hikers only bikes? I love it...
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    I repair my tires all the time by cutting pieces out of old inner tubes, roughing the piece up with sandpaper, and applying to the inside of the tire using barge cement (on both the patch and inside of tire). The barge cement is a high strength rubber cement that can be bought in most home improvement stores. Say goodbye to throwing tires away when you get holes and sidewall tears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Looks awesome and saw it sold out. Let us know how it goes!
    The 1'st CA Enduro series event at Reno (Peavine Mtn.) was a lot of fun but the Mach 6 was too much bike, thus not really my riding style preference. A 4-5" Trail bike could have dominated the course. I pedaled my butt off and came in 7'th out of 19.

    Last weekend was race 2 at China Peak. A 3-stage course that with lots of super loose, sharp & rocky switchbacks and a nice technical rock garden section. I ran stage 1 & 2 in trail mode on the shock and Pedal mode on my 160mm Pike. Opened them both up for the rock garden on stage 3 and wound up getting a 2'nd place finish, super stoked.

    A bit bummed about the broken Carbon wheel on the pre-ride, but glad it didn't happen on race day. I was running 26-30 PSI and still feel it wasn't enough for the rocky sections. Waiting to here how NOX will handle the wheel...Warrantee or discounted crash replacement (I didn't crash!) Fortunately I brought a backup Aluminum wheelset.

    Funny that out of roughly 250+ participants, mine has been the only M6 at race 1 & 2. I've seen a handful of new Nomads, which will probably kill the next event at Northstar and the following event at Mammoth, I've been hoping to share some Pivot stoke, but no luck yet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    The internal patch on the rear Hans Damf is holding up well.
    Nice to know, I'll have to give my Hans Dampf a patch and another try! I loved the tread, just not the flat!

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    The 1'st CA Enduro series event at Reno (Peavine Mtn.) was a lot of fun but the Mach 6 was too much bike, thus not really my riding style preference. A 4-5" Trail bike could have dominated the course. I pedaled my butt off and came in 7'th out of 19.

    Last weekend was race 2 at China Peak. A 3-stage course that with lots of super loose, sharp & rocky switchbacks and a nice technical rock garden section. I ran stage 1 & 2 in trail mode on the shock and Pedal mode on my 160mm Pike. Opened them both up for the rock garden on stage 3 and wound up getting a 2'nd place finish, super stoked.

    A bit bummed about the broken Carbon wheel on the pre-ride, but glad it didn't happen on race day. I was running 26-30 PSI and still feel it wasn't enough for the rocky sections. Waiting to here how NOX will handle the wheel...Warrantee or discounted crash replacement (I didn't crash!) Fortunately I brought a backup Aluminum wheelset.

    Funny that out of roughly 250+ participants, mine has been the only M6 at race 1 & 2. I've seen a handful of new Nomads, which will probably kill the next event at Northstar and the following event at Mammoth, I've been hoping to share some Pivot stoke, but no luck yet!
    How did it happen? ( I mean, the broken wheel )

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    Rolled off a 5' tall granite slab right onto a hardpack/rocky section that was all part of the course. Must have hit a rock pretty hard to do that damage. Good news from NOX that they are going to provide a new rim under warrantee. Super happy about that. NOX also told me that they redesigned the rim to increase sidewall strength.

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    Great!!!

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    Nice thread.. we had a few peeps send us links to this thread so thought we'd chime in.

    This rim failure is a great example of why we changed our construction technique about 6 months ago. We now use an overwrapped hookless bead. Getting rid of all seams near the bead eliminates the delamination which was most likely the precursor to this failure. All stuff shipping now (and for last 4-5 months) is made using new techniques and we haven't had issues. We appreciate you guys riding hard and helping us improve our rims!
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    I appreciate you guys backing your products so solidly. With all the new choices for Carbon wheels as of late, I'm glad I chose you guys...NOX Rocks!

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    I noticed that the rear Hans Damf tire was picking up rocks and dragging them across the seatstay on each side [bike is upside down in the pic] so I applied a couple Lizard Skin patches to prevent further damage.
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    That damaged Hans Damf died today. Casing let go so the tire bulged massively in the area of the puncture. Still held air fine, but the tire rubbed the CS every revolution.

    Thought my day was done until another rider pulled a spare 650B tire out of his van. You know 650B is here when there are spare tires floating around on a day ride.

    I'm chalking this up to bad luck and I loved the HD other than this so I'm going to try another.
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    What did your final suspension settings look like Vic? Did you end up using a bottomless token in the Pike? I remember seeing you changed out the volume spacer in the Float X. I was just trying to find a baseline so I have somewhere to start from. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by llll Hate llll View Post
    What did your final suspension settings look like Vic? Did you end up using a bottomless token in the Pike? I remember seeing you changed out the volume spacer in the Float X. I was just trying to find a baseline so I have somewhere to start from. Thanks.
    I don't have all my suspension settings at hand, but I used 2 tokens in the Pike and a large volume reduction spacer in the Float X. I ride the Pike in the open setting with the least amount of LSC. The Float X I typically ride in Trail 1 or Descend. Fairly quick rebound on both fork & shock.

    I shoot for ~25% sag at each end.

    With the volume spacer added to the Float X I have a supple initial stroke and have never bottomed out the shock since I made the change. No matter how hard I ride.

    The bike feels taut more than plush, but I prefer it that way.

    I'm pretty happy with things. I haven't messed with them for a while.
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    The GF and I got our M6's out to the Chilcotins for a 5 day float plane assisted camping trip. Lots of fun was had. The M6's did great on the longer smoother trails and were ready to rock when things got steep and rough.



    Trip photos are here.











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    Always wanted to get on a float plane. U guys are spoiled with the terrain around I need to relocate.

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    Looks like an awesome trip Vik!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    Looks like an awesome trip Vik!
    Thanks SP. I'm not an awesome rider so I need to take my M6 to awesome places to keep my awesome quotient high!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5power View Post
    Always wanted to get on a float plane. U guys are spoiled with the terrain around I need to relocate.
    I've considered moving to access better job opportunities, but every time I do I realize how good I have it with the biking opportunities close to home.
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    hey vikb - I can't thank you enough for all the detailed pictures you post on your build. it's been an immense help as reference for my build. THANK YOU

    with that, i'd love your and any other members opinion on the best routing method to run the brakes moto style...? Nothing really on the right side to route the LH=Rear brake and back over to the non drive side. Didn't find any postings on mtbr about it either. Would be great to hear your take. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by umicheng View Post
    hey vikb - I can't thank you enough for all the detailed pictures you post on your build. it's been an immense help as reference for my build. THANK YOU

    with that, i'd love your and any other members opinion on the best routing method to run the brakes moto style...? Nothing really on the right side to route the LH=Rear brake and back over to the non drive side. Didn't find any postings on mtbr about it either. Would be great to hear your take. Thanks!
    No problemo. I get lots of useful info from other MTBRer's posts/builds which is why I take the time to share mine. Glad it helped.



    If I wanted to run my brakes moto I'd just cross the housing at the bottom and run each one up the side of the frame's DT I wanted it on. Like in the photo above, but crossed at bottom near BB. You could skip the lowest stick on guide and just zip tie the two housings together where they cross.

    The rear brake would then run up the right side of the DT and the rear derailleur would run up the left side of the DT.
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    I cross the housing on all my mtn bikes. I'm from England but have lived in the US almost 20 years and don't understand why brakes aren't set up moto on bicycles here. My road bikes are moto too. The first time a friend borrowed my old 5 Spot he went otb in the first mile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilks View Post
    I cross the housing on all my mtn bikes. I'm from England but have lived in the US almost 20 years and don't understand why brakes aren't set up moto on bicycles here. My road bikes are moto too. The first time a friend borrowed my old 5 Spot he went otb in the first mile.
    I was on an advanced MTB course this summer and 1 instructor was English and their brakes were moto style. Caused all sorts of confusion with the participants.

    I ride a motorcycle daily, but I never confuse the MTB and the moto
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    Yeah. It's what your used to but having ridden bmx, road etc as a kid in England I wasn't about to relearn how to apply brakes. I am renting bikes in Moab and fruita next month and put in the swap request for the brakes.

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    yep! I just can't grasp the fact the front brake is on my LEFT side. I can make myself utilize the rear brake on the right, but I just get all confused when I need to use both. Enough where I'm just going to switch and make my life easier.

    I'm frequently on the race track with my sportbike, and have the same issues if I change bikes to riding GP (reverse) vs standard shifting. I think some people just rely more on muscle memory than others.

    This XS frame is a b*tch. Stared at it for a while last night and putting cables, I'm not sure if I'd be able to get my shock out. Theres like 2mm of space in between the shock and frame. I decided to route the RD cable through the frame straight over the shock...and I think im going to use a stick on, on the body of the shock to hold at that point to prevent rubbing. If I route my brake housing through there too, Im not sure how we'll they'll both hold together with the frame movement....but I'll keep you posted. ugh wish there were better solutions!

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    I got injured last fall and had to take a several months off the bike to let my arm get better. So not much Pivot action going on in my life. I did write a short review for our local MTB advocacy group's magazine.

    I had to keep it brief to fit the review into the space available.



    I'm back on the bike now, but it's winter in the PNWet so I'm trashing my 6yr old SC Nomad. Although I miss the Mach 6 when I come home with a bike that's coated in mud I don't regret riding the old bike. Not only am I not wearing out the expensive ride, but I'm pushing around an extra 8lbs which is helping me get back to my normal level of bike fitness.

    I hope all the Pivoteer's out there had a good holiday season and best wishes for an awesome 2015!
    Safe riding,

    Vik
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    Vik, I was wondering what happened to you just last week as we haven't heard anything from you in quite a while. Sorry to hear about your injury, good to hear you are on the mend. Been getting in some great night rides in the Seattle area of late with this non winter weather. In between the rain storms, there have been some great rides in hero dirt.

    Thanks again for the finish piece you made for everyone. I just got complimented on mine again last week. Safe riding in 2015.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawgman25 View Post
    Vik, I was wondering what happened to you just last week as we haven't heard anything from you in quite a while. Sorry to hear about your injury, good to hear you are on the mend. Been getting in some great night rides in the Seattle area of late with this non winter weather. In between the rain storms, there have been some great rides in hero dirt.

    Thanks again for the finish piece you made for everyone. I just got complimented on mine again last week. Safe riding in 2015.
    Ya it was a sad end to an awesome riding year, but I got lots of fly fishing in with my good arm!

    I love the year round riding in the PNW. I figure with some lights I can get my riding legs back under me in time for the prime time riding season starting in spring.

    I'm glad the cover is working out for you.
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    Wow my last post in this thread was back in January.

    I had another great spring/summer season on the M6. Really not that much to talk about the bike just works. No hassles. No drama. I like that.

    I was a little sad to get rid of the Schwalbe Hans Damfs, but after wearing them out so fast I needed to try something else. The Continental Trail Kings in 2.4" width are working out pretty well.

    At the start of October I'm going to switch back to my Santa Cruz Nomad winter rig and abuse that all through the PNWet winter. I love rocking a 7yr old bike that is still amazing! And I like keeping the M6 minty fresh for the prime time riding season.



    So I am thinking of sending my Float X to Avalanche Racing to do their magic. Anyone running an Avy'd Float X on your M6? On my Nomad it made the bike 100% better. The M6 works pretty well stock so I'm trying to gauge what to expect from the upgrade. I also have to measure the clearance below the shock to see if it will fit.

    For about the same $$ I can get a CCBD Inline and then keep the Float X as a spare. Reading Dawgman's bad CCBD experiences I'm not so sure that's a great move.
    Safe riding,

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    Vik - Avy transformed my fox shocks on my Mach 5.7c and Mojo HD and I'll be sending the Float X in off my Mach 6 as soon as it snows. I'm aware of lots of inline issues. I'd look for a DBair if you're looking at Cane Creek.

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