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    Smile 2013 Element 999 RSL

    So i fall in love and ordered one !!! Yes ! After 10years Specialized's s-works Epic 26" 03'- 05'-07'- Stumpjumper's ht 29er 09' and 10' !!! It comes with a 100mm Lefty XLR 29er ! Normally the first week of december !!

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    What do you mean it comes with a lefty fork?

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    Element 999RSL 29" 2013



    Frame has arrived , building it up next week !! Can't wait !!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty69 View Post


    Frame has arrived , building it up next week !! Can't wait !!


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    Sweet!!!

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    Sweet frame. You'll love it.
    3hrs today on my 970RSL (on studs !). Great bike.
    The 999 colour combo looks great.

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    What headset are you going to use?

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    Nice frame. What size is it?

    As far as i understand you can only have this model as a frame only option or not?

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    Its a XL , this frame you can buy as a frame only or complete bike !!

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    so the frame only comes with an rp23 w/kashima coat, while the complete bike comes with the monarch xx shock?
    I'm getting mine this week, but it is a complete bike.
    pretty stoked.

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    Hey Misty, did you remove the remote lever and cable? If you did can you still turn the CTD dial? I'm still waiting for my frame and been wanting to know if that was possible with the CTD remotes. I would probably just run it on trail all the time like I do my, plus I hate remotes.
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    The valve on the remote CTD rear shock is spring loaded, if you try to run it without the remote bar lever it stays in the Climb position. You'd have to take the CTD valve apart to find that rather stiff return spring, or switch it to the lever type valve without the remote capability.
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    Rockyuphill,
    Have you taken it? I was thinking there would be a return spring in both the shock and lever. There has got to be a way to get that spring out and just use it with the knob. Maybe I'll give FOX a call.
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    I tried removing the cable on my Fox CTD shock on the Instinct 970 and found the shock valve was spring loaded to the C position. And it is a heavy return spring. There's no spring in the lever. I didn't want to get into taking the shock valve lever apart in case I blew something up and broke it.
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    I'm just curious why you guys are wanting to remove the remote lever? Is it the lever operation itself of functionability? From what few rides I've had so far I'm a huge fan of the function just not the lever size and looks. I'm coming from dual remote lockout levers and find myself using the CTD positions frequently.

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    I expect it's the huge size for most people especially for a lever that only adjusts the rear shock and not the CTD fork at the same time, like the one on the Instinct 970
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    I just don't like remotes. They clutter up the bars and I always forget to turn it on or off, I like to set it and forget.
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    She's here......

    Isn't that a cute one??
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    Frame: Rocky Mountain Element 999RSL XL
    Fork: Cannondale Lefty XRL 100mm
    Headset: ?
    Stem: Ritchey 100mm - voorlopig
    Handlebar: Schmolke
    Grips: Specialized
    Brake: Magura MT8
    Shifters: SRAM XO Twister 2x9
    Rear derailleur: Shimano XTR
    Front derailleur: SRAM XO
    Crank: B.O.R xc 666 36-22
    Bottombracket: B.O.R
    Pedals: Time Atac Titanium
    Wheels: Notubes Crest met DT Swiss 240s sapim cx ray messing nippels
    Remschijven: Storm sl160mm
    Cassette: SRAM 990 11-34
    Ketting: KMC X9L
    Banden: Schwalbe racing ralph
    Zadelpen: Thomson masterpiece
    Zadel: Fizik Aliante carbon
    Bottlecage: Specialized s-works

    Weight : 10.08kg 22.22Lbs




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    Last edited by Misty69; 01-31-2013 at 02:35 PM. Reason: wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty69 View Post
    Nice work! Looks like you may have the wrong tires listed...

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    2013 Element 999 RSL

    I want to know about those b.o.r. Cranks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty69 View Post
    Frame: Rocky Mountain Element 999RSL XL
    Fork: Cannondale Lefty XRL 100mm
    Headset: ?
    Stem: Ritchey 100mm - voorlopig
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    Great build.

    Are you running a normal-size Lefty, or a Lefty with the XL clamps? Stock headset? Which Lefty adaptor (P321 or Cannondale) ??

    I'm planning to run a lefty on my XL size RSL. The headtube+headset stack height measures 1mm too large for a normal-size lefty, but I'm hoping I can squeeze it in.

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    Did you happen to weigh the frame with shock before you built it? Curious what an XL frameset weighs.

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    I did not weight the frame. It came buil up with xx and I removed all of the xx parts, but the stem, fork, seatpost, saddle, seat collar, etc all stayed in the swap. It is now built up with full xtr and comes in at 22.7 with ti spindle egg beater 3s, no tubes, and a carbon ec 70 flat wide bar.

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    Thanks, I am looking to get one, but my budget will probably allow for the carbon front triangle and aluminum rear. I was hoping to get weights on both to see what the biggest difference is.

    By the way, that is a great weight, got a build list by chance?

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    the build list is simple. the bike is exactly as it is stock, but change any sram part for xtr and there you have it. also the bar is an ec70 flat wide.
    the fr rotor is 180mm and the rr is 160mm. the rr der is the shadow plus with the clutch mechanism

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    RockyUphill, where can I order a Medium frameset?
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    You'd have to go through your local dealer or an authorized online retailer. But I have a hunch that the frame only option might already be spoken for. Frame only production happens after all the built bikes are taken care of and are likely almost all sold by the time they are ready to ship. JensonUSA has no frames available.
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    All the frames are gone for 2013 I tried!! I just ordered a new Ibis Ripley 29er frame, 5.2 lbs but will be more rigid than the Element.

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    Zachariah, I sent you a PM.

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    I ordered mine back in November and I just received my frame set last week, I expect the build to finished by tomorrow night. This my not be much help but I spent a week on a Ripley and I can't say I was impressed. If the Ripley was any stiffer than the Element I couldn't tell and the Ripley definitely didn't climb as well as the Element. I will say the that the Ripley descended at lest as well as the Element. The only bike I've spent time on that impressed me as much as the Element is the Intense Spider Carbon Comp. I spent 3 days on that bike and if I hadn't already committed to the Element it would be a coin toss as to which one would end up in my quiver.
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    The Element was my 1st pick, hardly no bike shops that sell them. So no local support, very hard to talk to them on the phone. If something breaks good luck getting parts, there goes the season!!!

    It's really hard to buy a bike when I can't test it first, every bike fits different for different people. I have short legs but long torso, I'm 5'9. My gut told me the Element would be the perfect bike to ride everyday and race. I hope the Ripley fills that space in my gut!!

    The Spider looks like a great bike, I don't like the low arm at the bb. Just like the Tallboy it will get smashed.

    I will run a 140mm fork 34mm 51mm offset on the Ripley to slack it out abit, I have a set of i9 Torch wheels on the way for it. If I don't like it I can always sell it!!!

    I hope you love the Element, Rocky Mountain owners are passionate people and love to ride.

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    2013 Element 999 RSL-rocky-frame.jpg

    Not the 999 but same frame. I got the complete and stripped it down. This is the weight with hanger, rear shock/hardware, and bottle bolts. Nothing else. Size Large. 4.46 lbs.

    I have a nice project going that I will post pics of soon.

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    I totally understand what you're saying, if I hadn't had the opportunity to demo a Element I would have made a different choice (the Intense) instead of ordering from a shop 45 miles away. If my local RM dealer actually stocked RM products it also would have helped but as it was I decided to reward the guys who invested in the inventory and actually stocked RM bike. On a side note I know two Ripley owners who are both stoked with their bike so just because the bike didn't suit my janky riding style doesn't mean it won't be a great bike, enjoy!
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    If it does not work out I'll get the BC Element that has the green going through it. I'll buy the bike complete and part it out!!! The weight was the other thing that caught my eye on the Element, that full carbon frame is really light. The Ripley in Med at 5.2lbs.

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    Re: 2013 Element 999 RSL

    Like another guy. Ordered it in November got it yesterday! Lrg 2020grams. With bottle bolts and seatpost colllar

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    That's 130gms lighter than the 26" Element Team RSL frame in large

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    Like another guy. Ordered it in November got it yesterday! Lrg 2020grams. With bottle bolts and seatpost colllar

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    Re: 2013 Element 999 RSL

    999Rsl LRG, came with CTD remote...stupid remote adds ~122grams with cable and housing.

    May order a ctd factory shock. I don't need a remote....or see if fox can change the shock to a regular dial...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DukeNeverwinter View Post
    999Rsl LRG, came with CTD remote...stupid remote
    Mine too, it's the first thing (the remote) headed to ebay. The bike I demoed (the bike that sold me on the Element) came with a RS RT3 that worked awesome in the middle position, so much so that after a while I just left in the middle position and forgot it. Ill give the Fox a try without the remote, after I convert it to the regular dial and see how it goes.
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    Re: 2013 Element 999 RSL

    Can the ctd remote be converted to normal dial? Well, i'll have an answer tomorrow, calling fox from the shop.


    Really wish Rocky hadn't used the goofy 6x1.25 shock sizing.....can't find any supplier that stocks the Monarch RT3 in that size

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    Yes is the answer on the Fox, also, theres a bunch of 6x1.5 medium medium RT3s on ebay right now.


    Quote Originally Posted by DukeNeverwinter View Post
    Can the ctd remote be converted to normal dial? Well, i'll have an answer tomorrow, calling fox from the shop.


    Really wish Rocky hadn't used the goofy 6x1.25 shock sizing.....can't find any supplier that stocks the Monarch RT3 in that size

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    Quote Originally Posted by reydin View Post
    Yes is the answer on the Fox, also, theres a bunch of 6x1.5 medium medium RT3s on ebay right now.
    The ebay RT3's are 6.5" x 1.5", you'd need 6" x 1.25" for Element 29".
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    Interesting, the Rocky dealer I'm purchasing the frame set from gave me a spec of 6.5 x 1.5 x 22.2

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    The ebay RT3's are 6.5" x 1.5", you'd need 6" x 1.25" for Element 29".
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    Quote Originally Posted by reydin View Post
    Interesting, the Rocky dealer I'm purchasing the frame set from gave me a spec of 6.5 x 1.5 x 22.2
    The shock sizes are listed in the Critical dimensions table from the 2013 RMB Tech Manual as posted here. 2013 Critical dimensions

    It may be that he thought it was a misprint or an error as that size has only been used on the older 3" travel Element Team or Tsc frames.
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    Re: 2013 Element 999 RSL

    I took a ruler to mine. 6"X1.25..

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    There's just no excuse for beating on your shock with a ruler.

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    I took a ruler to mine. 6"X1.25..

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    Hey, thanks for that, otherwise I would've been standing here with the wrong shock and my thumb up my a$$!

    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    The shock sizes are listed in the Critical dimensions table from the 2013 RMB Tech Manual as posted here. 2013 Critical dimensions

    It may be that he thought it was a misprint or an error as that size has only been used on the older 3" travel Element Team or Tsc frames.
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    Well I just got lucky!!! I just scored a med. 999 new with extra's off ebay. I was also able to change the i9 green spokes to red to match frame. Since the Ripley in med still not available I cancelled the order. Now what fork to get? I can't wait!!!

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    Nice score! I'm going with a SID XX WC extended to 110mm.
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