So, the Loaded grips were suffering after a couple of good stacks, so I've gone with something new
They're called Grip Rings, and come in a range of colours. Thanks again to Pushie Enterprises for the gear!
/edit: Ha, I also almost forgot! Changed the bars to Syntace 680mm jobs. 710mm was great in the really rough downs, but a bit too wide for my back on longer days. The 680mm have 12deg sweep, 10mm rise, but no upsweep, so I get a nice sweep with a wrist friendly flatness, while also getting a slightly more upright position for my back
The real question though, is how did that affect your ride? Positive, negative? Thoughts?
Very Positive! I've been running a FOX 34 160mm, and I love it. I have a 5.7 carbon, size large with an 80mm stem. I pushed it forward to help center me on the bike better, so I could weight the front end more, and it did the trick.
"The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face".
I actually haven't put my money down yet. I was thinking of going with the stock XT build and then switching out some parts, but my LBS has an XT/XTR Pro model on order already. They may have me talked into the upgrade, but it will depend on $ and which color they ordered.
I am still holding out to see how much it weighs. One of my big reasons for changing bikes this year was to shed some weight from my current bike (Turner 5 spot). I was super close to jumping on a SC TallboyC earlier this year, but wanted to wait and see the new Pivot and possibly the long, long, long awaited Ibis Ripley. Needless to say it's pretty much down to the Pivot or the Tallboy now.
Needless to say it's pretty much down to the Pivot or the Tallboy now.
That sounds reasonable to me. I was looking hard at an Ibis Mojo of some iteration or an Intense Carbine but was suggested that I look at Pivot. I was initially against it maybe only because I was familiar with the other two and Pivot was entirely new territory for me. I ended up going with the Pivot and am very glad that I did. I'm sure whichever you go with you will be happy.
2012 5.7 X0 Build Large 27 3/4 lbs
Easton Haven Stem 70mm
Easton Havoc Carbon Handlebar 750 MM w/ Lizard Skin Peaty Grips installed them yesterday (from a haven 711mm)
X0 crank with Race Face 32T 1X10 w/ XTR Trail Pedals
MRP Lopez Chain Guide
X9 Rear Der Type 2 smmall cage installed yesterday (from a X0 Der)
Maxxis Minnion DHF 2.25 1 ply front
Kenda Slant 6 rear both converted tubeless
For some reason in 2012 the front rotor came stock 160mm on these bikes. Changed it out to a 185mm yesterday.
Took it for a ride today. 750mm bars rule. Ive never felt so comfy. As far as the X9 type 2 small cage it feels snappier shifting than the regular X0 rear der it replaced more than likely due to the small cage. My bike is 100% anit- chain slap right now except when pedaling because chain guide pulley's naturally make a bit of noise.