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    Vik's Mach 6 Builds

    I decided to start my own M6 build thread so as not to clog up the Mach 6 photo thread with minutiae about our builds so folks who didn't want to see this info can avoid it and folks who are interested can find it in one spot.

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    My GF got jealous and ordered a M6 as well. Here X0 complete [small = 27.8lbs w/o pedals] came with a DM cover.



    My large blue frame = 6.86lb.

    [IMG]"http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7269/13289841633_d92fd90050_b.jpg[/IMG]

    and the rest of my bike waiting to be born!



    - 160mm Pike
    - XTR brakes
    - XX1
    - RF Next SL cranks
    - Light Bicycle rims w/ Hope Hubs and Conti TK 2.2" tires
    - RS Reverb
    - RF stem & bars
    Safe riding,

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    Quote Originally Posted by turfnsurf View Post
    I was considering a Light Bicycle Wheelset, but I was concerned about them setting up tubeless with the hookless rim. I know people do it, just sounded different. I'd like to hear how you like them after a few rides, they seem like a good option compared to Enve's (expensive and pain in the A$$ spoke setup.)
    I set up my LB 35mm wide hookless rims in a few minutes.

    - 1 wrap on stans 25mm tape
    - 2 scoops of sealant
    - 1 CO2 cartridge to get it seated
    - a few shakes to spread the sealant around
    - let them lay on their sides for the evening with occasional flips to spread things out nicely

    One of the easiest tubeless setups I have done.

    BTW - tires = Conti Trail King 2.2" Protection
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    I went bikepacking with the boys this weekend in the mountains so after riding home today and getting in a nap I figured I better tackle one of the tasks left to get the GF's M6 fully rolling.

    My LBS didn't set up the stock tires tubeless as they knew we'd discard them pronto.

    I tried to seat the beads on her stock rims with one wrap of tape, but the Trail Kings in 2.2" were a loose fit and wouldn't take a seat with a blast from a CO2 cartridge. I don't have a compressor and I want these tires to be re-seatable on the trail so I added a second wrap of tape and they popped into place no problem.

    FWIW - I've used these same tires on a bunch of different rims and this is the loosest fit I have encountered.

    Now I need to:

    - pull her XO1 cranks now and install the Blackspire Bruiser bash guard
    - get her suspension dialled
    - apply some protetive tape in key areas
    - de-logo the beast

    Looks like rain all week so I'll have time to make that happen.
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    Vik
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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    How are you going to de-logo?
    I'm going to cut out some shapes that cover the offending decals from paper. Then take them to a local sign shop so they can make me vinyl decals. I'll match the colour scheme of the bike so they don't look out of place. They are removable so if I am not 100% stoked or I want to change 'em up in a year I can.
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    For interests sake here are the complete wheel weights for our bikes:

    Mine:
    - Hope hubs
    - Sapim Race BD spokes
    - DT Swiss nipples
    - LB 35mm wide rims
    - XT 203/180 rotors
    - XX1 cassette
    - Conti Trail King 2.2" tires [tubeless 1 wrap tape + 2 scoops stans]
    - front = 1842g
    - rear = 2218g

    GF's:
    - stock Pivot M6 XO1 build DT Swiss wheels
    - Avid 180/160 rotors
    - XO1 cassette
    - Conti Trail King 2.2" tires [tubeless 2 wraps tape + 2 scoops Conti sealant]
    - front = 1778g
    - rear = 2150g

    Glad to see her wheels come out light as this was one of our goals for her new bike. She's 120lbs so a heavy bike/wheels is more of a problem for her than it is for me.
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    Vik
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    Do you you know the wheels weight? ( without tires, discs, cassette. If you built'em, the rims weight? ) Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by maindog View Post
    Do you you know the wheels weight? ( without tires, discs, cassette. If you built'em, the rims weight? ) Thanks!
    Mine:

    - LB rims/spokes/hope hubs
    -- front = 784g
    -- rear = 912g
    -- LB rims = 412g
    -- Hope front hub = 175g
    -- Hope rear hub w/ XD = 403g
    -- Cont TK 2.2" = 771g

    GF's

    - stock Pivot X01 build DT Swiss wheels
    -- wheel w/ rotors and XO1 cassette, but no tires
    -- front = 2lbs
    -- rear = 2.7lbs
    -- working from memory on these numbers [have them written down at home]
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    Thanks!!!

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    I have a roll of Shelter Tape I'm going to use to protect some parts of our M6 frames: Shelter Bike Frame Protection

    I'm also going to score some helicopter tape for non-impact abrasion spots like the top of the TT where shoes get dragged across it.

    What are you guys doing for frame protection besides the stock DT guard and the CS guard?
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    Vik
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    I'm still buying everything, I think I will use helicopter tape...

    I have two more questions: Can you confirm the L-B rims ERD to be 551? How tall is your girlfriend? How does she like the fit? I'm 5'8" and I think I'm going for the small. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maindog View Post
    I'm still buying everything, I think I will use helicopter tape...

    I have two more questions: Can you confirm the L-B rims ERD to be 551? How tall is your girlfriend? How does she like the fit? I'm 5'8" and I think I'm going for the small. Thanks.
    My wheel builder used the ERD spec on the LB page to order spokes and had no issues.

    My GF is 5'6" and on the small. The fit really depends on your torso/arm length. She has long legs and average upper dimensions typical for a girl. She seems to fit it fine and she tried a medium in Sedona that was bigger than she liked.

    Having said that she hasn't been out on it for a real ride yet since I was away for the weekend and didn't finish getting her bike setup.

    We may trim a bit off the bars to make the narrower for her, but besides that she looks good on the small.
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    I am letting my bike get scratched! Actually though, the leather stuff does a good job of protecting the frame. Haven't really seen other places get worn yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    I am letting my bike get scratched! Actually though, the leather stuff does a good job of protecting the frame. Haven't really seen other places get worn yet.
    These are our first carbonium frames so I will admit to being overly protective. I'm not nearly as comfortable with the ideal of riding a carbon bike as I am a metal bike.
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    A serious lack of spare time means a few tweaks a night to my GF's Mach 6 to get it rolling.

    On Thurs/Sun I:

    - installed RF grips
    - dropped her stem
    - adjusted her bars
    - installed soem Spank Spike pedals
    - setup soem Cont TKs tubeless



    Tonight's my mission was installing a Black Spire Bruiser taco bash guard.



    As long as you don't have to mess with the PF BB the XO1 cranks are dead easy to remove & reinstall.



    That's a 30T ring with the taco bash installed.

    My work done I can go make tacos and enjoy a beer!
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    Vik,

    The Trail Kings seem pretty big for a 2.2. Have you measured them? Want to run one on the front. Conti is all over the place on sizing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadmcmichael View Post
    Vik,

    The Trail Kings seem pretty big for a 2.2. Have you measured them? Want to run one on the front. Conti is all over the place on sizing.
    TK's run big. The 2.4" TKs on my 26er are like a 2.5"+ tire from a more "normal" brand.

    I wouldn't run a true to size 2.2" tire on the M6, but I figure the TK in 2.2" is like a "normal" 2.3"- 2.35" tire.

    I'll measure them and post the info.
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    Yes, generally looking at 2.4s but those look plenty big at 2.2.

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    Lookin' good Vik. congrats on the new bikes. Still waiting on my bonus, so haven't pulled the trigger on mine yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Lookin' good Vik. congrats on the new bikes. Still waiting on my bonus, so haven't pulled the trigger on mine yet.
    Thanks KRob. Your M6 review definitely played a role in getting us on these bikes. That and the fact it was the only one of the options we were looking at that we could put our hands/butts on as opposed to just ordering $5K+ bikes sight unseen.

    Has your decision stayed the same - SC Solo or are you still mulling over the options?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tadmcmichael View Post
    Yes, generally looking at 2.4s but those look plenty big at 2.2.
    In a perfect world I would have two wheelsets one with TKs in 2.2" and one with TKs in 2.4" so I could pick and choose with minimal hassle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    Thanks KRob. Your M6 review definitely played a role in getting us on these bikes. That and the fact it was the only one of the options we were looking at that we could put our hands/butts on as opposed to just ordering $5K+ bikes sight unseen.

    Has your decision stayed the same - SC Solo or are you still mulling over the options?
    Still pretty set on the 5010 but I have waivered a bit after seeing a few burly M6's with the Derby carbon wheels like Salespunk's and also riding my buddy's Burner with the same wheels. I'm thinking a bike like that would do 97.5% of what my Chilcotin would do (that's within my skill set), yet still feel nearly as light and playful as a 5010c.

    Also revisited the Flux built with a lowered Pike and carbon rims.... just can't quite get over the dated looks of the Flux. If it were carbon with the updated styling of the Czar I'd be all over that.

    I've got an email in to a buddy who runs a shop that is a SC dealer though and if I can get the XO1 AM build for close to my budget I think I'm staying the course and getting the 5010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    Still pretty set on the 5010 but I have waivered a bit after seeing a few burly M6's with the Derby carbon wheels like Salespunk's and also riding my buddy's Burner with the same wheels. I'm thinking a bike like that would do 97.5% of what my Chilcotin would do (that's within my skill set), yet still feel nearly as light and playful as a 5010c.

    I've got an email in to a buddy who runs a shop that is a SC dealer though and if I can get the XO1 AM build for close to my budget I think I'm staying the course and getting the 5010.
    Well either way you'll end up with something awesome.

    As you know I'm a proponent of the one bike to rule them all philosophy. Beyond cost savings and getting 100% in tune with one bike it's just so simple. Mountain bike ride - grab "the" bike - ride - smile - repeat!

    My M6 will be 7lbs lighter than my Nomad, more efficient up and just as capable down which is as close to perfection as I can imagine given my local riding.

    I will say I dig the Solo orange and external cables more than the M6 colour options or those foolish internal cables!
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    Don't have headset of PF BB tools for your Mach 6? No problem when your bike mechanic of choice has a rolling workshop.

    If you happen to be in the Victoria, BC area that's Brent @ Velofix.ca - the only guy I trust with my FS MTBs.
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    That's a killer setup!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Salespunk View Post
    That's a killer setup!
    +1 - more mobile bike mechanic porn: Our Mobile Bike ProShop - Vancouver - velofix
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