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    Post your ETSX builds

    Hey everyone,
    Finally got to testride an ETSX on the weekend, rides nice, & alot lighter than my liquid20.

    Probably going to do a custom build, so I'm curious what everyone else has out there, & how much the bikes weigh if possible.

    Thanks all.

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    Here are the specs for my ETSX. I've only had her for a few months so it's still a work in progress. Little by little I'm trying to shave weight here and there, and upgrading to full XTR as well. I'm not sure of her current weight but I'd have to guess around 25 or 26 pounds. Once I have access to a scale I'll weigh her.

    2006 Rocky Mountain ETSX-50 Build

    FRAME : Easton 7005 FS Custom Ultralite
    SHOCK : Fox Float RP3
    FORK : Fox Talas RL
    BRAKES : Shimano LX Hydraulic
    REAR DERAILLEUR : Shimano XTR
    FRONT DERAILLEUR : Shimano LX
    CRANKSET : RaceFace Evolve XC X-type
    HEADSET : FSA Orbit
    SHIFTERS : Shimano LX Dual Control
    CASSETTE : Shimano XTR
    CHAIN : SRAM PC991 Hollowpin
    WHEELS : Mavix Crossmax XL
    TIRES : Panaracer Fire XC, 26x2.1, 127 TPI Casing
    TUBES : Maxxis Ultralight
    HANDLEBAR : RaceFace Next SL Low Rise, 25.4mm
    STEM : Thomson X-2, 100mm, 25.4mm
    SADDLE : WTB Rocket V Stealth
    SEATPOST : RaceFace Next SL, 27.2, 350mm
    PEDALS : Shimano SPD 540
    GRIPS : RaceFace Lock-on Grips

    Here's a pic of her minus some of the latest upgrades. BTW I love this bike! :

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    06 Rocky Mountain ETSX - Full XTR, Fox Shox, Crossmax XL Wheels

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    2004 ETSX-70 19" with the following kit:

    PUSH RP3 and TALAS 90-130mm fork
    Race Face Deus Cranks
    Race Face Deus 100mm stem
    Race Face XY seatpost
    Race Face low riser bar
    Magura Marta SL discs
    SRAM X-0 shifters
    SRAM X-0 rear derailleur
    SRAM hollow pin chain
    Shimano XTR f.der
    Mavic Crossmax XL wheels
    Selle Italia saddle
    ODI grips
    Kenda Kinetics 2.35 or Nevegal 2.1 depending on trail conditions

    Weight 28.2 pounds with Kinetics and 27.9 pounds with the Nevegals, weighed on an Ultimate Support scale.
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    Nice rides guys!

    Just got a call back from the shop, I guess the '07 frames (x50 & up) have some carbon fiber seat stays, should shave a bit of weight.
    & guess the shimano dual-conrol are gone as well, which is nice cuz I don't think I wanted to try em.

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    The rear is carbon on the ETSX-50 and up. The dual control is pretty nice but I plan on buying the 07 XTR hydraulic brake levers and shifter pods.
    06 Rocky Mountain ETSX - Full XTR, Fox Shox, Crossmax XL Wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    2004 ETSX-70 19" with the following kit:

    PUSH RP3 and TALAS 90-130mm fork
    Race Face Deus Cranks
    Race Face Deus 100mm stem
    Race Face XY seatpost
    Race Face low riser bar
    Magura Marta SL discs
    SRAM X-0 shifters
    SRAM X-0 rear derailleur
    SRAM hollow pin chain
    Shimano XTR f.der
    Mavic Crossmax XL wheels
    Selle Italia saddle
    ODI grips
    Kenda Kinetics 2.35 or Nevegal 2.1 depending on trail conditions

    Weight 28.2 pounds with Kinetics and 27.9 pounds with the Nevegals, weighed on an Ultimate Support scale.

    That is a sweet 70, both the RP3 and the talas are pushed? How is the sram x.o with the xtr?

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    2005 ets-x 50



    I changed the wheelset (crossmax XL), the brakes (2007 juicy 7, on the old picture it's still a juicy 5), got 2007 XT-shifters and RD, and swapped out the race face evolve stem, handlebar and seatpost for RF deus XC
    I'd love to know how much it weighs...

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    Nice bikes!
    The '07 etsx 50 is calling my name.....in the spring it will be mine

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    My aggressive build

    Mine started out as the originial ETS-X 50 (before the yellow paint job). Have the frame fail in 04 and was sent an 05 ETS-X 70 frame by RM. So here is the current build:

    04 Marz Z1FR QR20
    Push'd Fox Float RL (original)
    Deore M555 disk brakes with 8" front rotor
    LX shifters
    LX front derailleur
    XT rear derailleur
    Hone triple cranks
    SRAM 990 11-34t cassette
    RF Prodigy stem
    Easton EC70 riser bars
    ODI Ruffian Lock-ons
    Original Mavic 223/Deore hubs wheelset with the front rebuilt with Marz thru axle hub
    Panaracer Cinder tires
    (I am going to upgrade, can't decide between nevegal 2.35 and 2.1. Any suggestions are welcome, just consider I ride in the Pacific North-wet)

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    sorry for the blurry pic


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    Here's mine:

    2003 Rocky Mountain ETSX-70

    Frame : 2003 RM ETS-X 70 Easton 7005 RAD Bi-oval
    Shock : 2003 Fox Float RL
    Fork : 2003 Fox Talas RLC
    Brakes : Hope M4 front (205mm), Hope Mini rear (185mm)
    Rear Mech : Shimano XTR Rapid Rise
    Front Mech : Shimano XTR
    Cranks : Shimano XTR
    Headset : Chris King No-threadset
    Shifters : Ancient 2000 Shimano XTR RF+ (soon to be replaced)
    Cassette : Shimano XT
    Chain : SRAM PC991 Hollowpin
    Wheels : Front - Hope Ti. Susp. on Mavic X317, Rear - Hope Ti. Glide on Mavic X317 (in lemon!)
    Spokes : Sapim Laser
    Skewers : Salsa Flip-offs. Flip-Lok on seatpost
    Tyres : Continental Gravity Protection
    Tubes : Continental
    Handlebar : Easton Monkeylite EC70 O/S
    Stem : RaceFace Deus II XC
    Saddle : Specialized Alias BG
    Seatpost : RaceFace XYZ, 27.2
    Pedals : Shimano M858 (soon to be M970)
    Grips : THE Lock-on Grips


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    fantastic bikes guys... outshines my 30lb hardtail in many ways o.O

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    This thread makes me cry.


    I had an '05 ETSX 90, nicest riding bike I've ever touched.
    Red/White frame
    RP3
    Reba WC
    Deus headset
    Mavic 717's
    Hope XC hubs
    Pana' Fire XC tires
    XT cranks
    XTR derailleurs
    -chain/cogset
    Juicy 7 brakes
    Easton EA 50 seatpost
    EA70 bars/stem
    WTB power V saddle (I think...hated it)



    Bought the bike second hand dirt cheap $3500can, it was a demo at a shop and ridden by one of the employee's, wasent the best setup for a 90, but it was still top notch. Weighed close to 30lbs.
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    My ETSX-70 2004:



    Frame: RM ETSX-70 2004 size 20,5"
    Rear shock: Manitou Swinger Air X3 2007
    Fork: Fox Talas RLC 2004 (with Push modifications)
    Brakes: Magura Marta SL
    Wheels: Mavic Crossmax SL
    Tyres. Schwalbe Nobby Nic UST 2.25 (although at the moment Nokian Hakka WXC300 studded tyres)
    Shifters: SRAM X.0 trigger 2006
    Rear derailleur: SRAM X.0 2006 (medium cage)
    Front derailleur: Shimano XT
    Cranks: Shimano XT
    Pedals: Crank Brothers Egg Beater SL
    Handlebar: Syntace Vector Lowrider Carbon
    Stem: Syntace VRO
    Headset:FSA Orbit Extreme Pro
    Seatpost: Tune Starkes Stück
    Seat: Selle Italia SLR Gel Flow

    Weight approx. 12,3 kg with pedals.

    (The pic is a bit old and doesn't correspond to the current set-up of the bike)
    Pertti
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    2005 ets-x 70 and 2004 ets-x special edition out in the wilderness

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    Just bought a set of the Easton AM Havoc's from Price Point (smokin' deal $449) and stuck them on the ETSX-70. I had been running Hope XC hubs and Mavic 317 rims, but found the rims were a bit narrow for 2.35 Kenda Kinetics, so I was looking at getting a wider rim to get a wider tire carcass profile. The outside rim width on the Mavics was 23mm and the Havocs are 28mm. I figured I'd take a fairly big hit on the wheel weight increase but was surprised that the Hope/317 wheels were 1920gms with rim strips, and the Havocs were 1930gms with rim strips. The Havocs are really stiff laterally.
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    Etsx 70 - 2004

    * Frame Size & Color: 19" White/Bare Alloy (Easton 7005)
    * Fork: Fox Talas RL 125mm (5")
    * Rear Shock: Fox AVA (Pro Pedal)
    * Brakes: XT
    * Cranks: XT
    * Front Derailleur: XT
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram X0
    * Shifters: Sram X.7 Grip shifters
    * Pedals: Shimano 959
    * Stem: Easton EA70
    * Handlebar: Easton Monkey Lite xc
    * Seatpost: Easton EA70
    * Saddle: Selle Italia Mag rails?
    * Bottom Bracket: XT
    * Cassette: Sram PC990
    * Headset: Ritchey Scuzzy Logic
    * Grips: Oury
    * Front Tire: Geax Sturdy
    * Front Rim: DT 4.1
    * Front Hub/Skewer: DT 240/XT
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis Ignitor
    * Rear Rim: DT 4.1
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: DT 240/XT
    * Weight: 12.8 Kg (28.2 lbs)

    However have just discovered what may be a small crack in the lower pivot bearing mount on the seat tube Will have to watch this carefully luckily I'm not one to do big jumps or drops etc
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    Here's My Pair...

    Well, I have a pair of ETS-X90's (as well as '03 Slayer and '06 Ellsworth Moment just to prove I am not bias towards RM ). Anyway, I purchased my first ETS when RM only made a few back in '01 I think to test the waters. Regardless, I have been through a frame once a year it seems right up to the current '07. I must say that RM's warranty guys are nothing but teh best at what they do, period! So good in fact, that is why I bought the Slayer and ultimately the second RM in '06 (that was a leftover '05) as a race bike. Since the '07 came, I now use that as my race bike and train on the '05 ETS. Anyway, the builds...

    Here's the build of the '07 Team Issue/Colors...
    Full '06 XTR package
    Easton EA70 31.8 Stem
    Easton EC70 31.8 Bars
    Race Face Carbon Seat Post
    WTB saddle
    IRC Serac XC UST
    Mavic Crossmax SL
    PUSH-ed Fox Talas RLC
    SRAM PC-991 Hollow-Pin Chain

    Here's the build of the '05 Special Edition Black (only pic I have is me racing on it in the Wilderness 101 Race in PA this past summer, as you can see, it's quite capable)...
    Hayes Mag 9 Carbon brakes
    Mavic CrossMax SL wheels
    Easton EA50 Stem
    Easton EC70 Bar
    Easton EC70 Seat Post
    Full XTR Drivetrain (older style)
    WTB Saddle
    Fox TALAS RLC (will be PUSH-ed in the Spring)
    IRC Serac XC UST
    SRAM PC-991 Hollow-Pin chain

    Now for all those of you who may want to ask, I have no idea the weights of the bikes and frankly don't care. I love the looks and more importantly the way the ride and handle. I race the Endurance races and a typical ride for me is a good old fashioned New England 3 hour 30 mile loop. The ETS is the right bike for me in doing this.
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    Man, I love that white/brushed paintjob.

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    Here's a pic of mine with some nw XTR stuff.

    06 Rocky Mountain ETSX - Full XTR, Fox Shox, Crossmax XL Wheels

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    Wink this is mine !

    Frame Size & Color: 16.5" bronze brown fox (Easton 7005)
    * Fork: Fox Vanilla R 130mm 2005
    * Rear Shock: rock shox bar air
    * Brakes: Avid BB7
    * Cranks: LX
    * Front Derailleur: XT
    * Rear Derailleur: XT
    * Shifters: LX
    * Pedals: Shimano 520
    * Stem: Sexy Hope Gunmetal
    * Handlebar: Race Face Deus
    * Seatpost: RMT Race
    * Saddle: WTB Rocket V Stealth
    * Bottom Bracket:
    * Cassette: LX
    * Headset: Race Face Deus
    * Grips: Race Face
    * Front Tire: IRC Trailbear
    * Front Rim: DT 4.1
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Bulb/Hope Skewer
    * Rear Tire: Panaracer XC pro fire
    * Rear Rim: DT 4.1
    * Rear Hub/Hope Bulb/Hope Skewer
    * Weight: I don´t know but this rocks!
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    I love this thread! It has been a real source of inspiration ans ideas to my current planned build.

    I picked up this used 2002.5 ETSX, said to be a limited edition. It is a low mileage machine. I thought it maybe fun to build it up.





















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    wow, great looking frame!

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    Yeah that is an awesome looking frame...on another note, I wish whatever market the builders use the sign the frame was a bit more permanent. It rubs off in no time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dandurston
    Yeah that is an awesome looking frame...on another note, I wish whatever market the builders use the sign the frame was a bit more permanent. It rubs off in no time.

    I thought it was just my builder lol, didn't know anyone else had this prob. I was kinda mad when it rubbed off. It gave the frame some extra character, ya know.
    06 Rocky Mountain ETSX - Full XTR, Fox Shox, Crossmax XL Wheels

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    Thanks guys!

    Regarding the hand signed decal, I't is a shame it rubs off too easily. I may take it off, or rub off the name and sign my own name

    This is how it was done on my custom hand built 1988 Rocky Mountain Wedge


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    The 'built by' sticker fell off mine. Fortunately I was cleaning it at the time so still have it, stuck to my PC monitor. They really should do something a little more permanent!

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    While not really a build yet, here are some shots of the RS 426 Revelation Air fork on my ETSX. The Stem is a 120mm Thompson Road stem I had sitting around and I just used it to hold the assembly together. I think I'll be looking for a 100mm Race Face Deus.







    I have been trying to sort out a set of wheel, and I'm not sure what to get. There are some good prices on the Mavic Crossmax XL right now, however for slightly less I can get a set of hand built Hope Pro 2's with DT Comp Spokes and Mavic 819 UST rims, I like this for I can get it with black hubs, silver spokes and black alloy nipples. I would desparately love a set of King hubs, but I have already spent too much on bicycles in the last year. I'll be lucky if I can complete this ride

    Bar selection, should a person be considering a 31.8 bar these days over a 25.4...?

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    Ok, my first post (been lurking for a while!).

    I got a black (with alu swing arm) etsx-90 frame last summer and built it up as follows - my friend received the frame as a warranty replacement (his previous suffered the dreaded crack...) and I bought it from him, unused:

    * Frame Size & Color: 19" Black/Bare Alloy - ETSX-90, I am assuming 2005 model/maybe 2006 (how could I tell difference?)
    * Fork: Fox Talas RLC
    * Rear Shock: Fox RP3 (Pro Pedal)
    * Brakes: Hope Mini
    * Cranks: XT - with middleburn middle ring
    * Front Derailleur: XTR
    * Rear Derailleur: XTR
    * Shifters: XT
    * Pedals: Shimano 959
    * Stem: Thomson
    * Handlebar: USE ATOM carbon - but about to replace with - Easton Monkey Lite xc
    * Seatpost: Thomson
    * Saddle: Fizik Gobi
    * Bottom Bracket: XT
    * Cassette: Sram PC990
    * Headset: Hope
    * Grips: ODI lock-on
    * Front Tire: Panaracer Fire XC pro - folding
    * Front Rim: Mavic 717
    * Front Hub/Skewer: hope
    * Rear Tire: Panaracer Fire XC pro - folding
    * Rear Rim: Mavic 717
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope
    * Weight: Not weighed

    Will try and get around to getting photos online

    Update 19/03/07:

    am sticking with my oversize Use Atom carbon bars.
    And had XTR shifters put on at the weekend
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomw2000
    * Frame Size & Color: 19" Black/Bare Alloy - ETSX-90, I am assuming 2005 model/maybe 2006 (how could I tell difference?)
    2006 and newer has max. 5" of rear travel, 2005 and older max. 4.5". I'd say probably its a 2005 or even a 2004 since officially the ETSX-90 was called ETSX-Team for 2005.

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    What diameter is every one's ETSX's seatpost?

    Mine is what seems to be a 26.8mm, which is a bit bizarre given all my other bikes and even my older Rocky is a 27.2mm....


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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperZX
    What diameter is every one's ETSX's seatpost?

    Mine is what seems to be a 26.8mm, which is a bit bizarre given all my other bikes and even my older Rocky is a 27.2mm....

    Depends on the model year. I believe the ETSX changed to 27.2 with the 2005 model year. My original 2003 had a 26.8 and my 2005 and now 2007 are 27.2

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwarwick
    Depends on the model year. I believe the ETSX changed to 27.2 with the 2005 model year. My original 2003 had a 26.8 and my 2005 and now 2007 are 27.2

    Karl
    Thanks, it's a 2002.5

    I just want to be sure I get the right size seatpost

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    I've just replaced my 2004 ETSX-70 with the 2007 ETSX-70 (and there was no breaking of frames involved at all, it was simply upgrade-itis). I was interested in the less flexy carbon rear suspension and sturdier pivots and seat tube, as well as the lower ratio shock leverage. So far I am really impressed by how much less twisty the rear end is, especially on sharp edge bumps hit an angle. The lower ratio shock linkage does feel quite supple and it doesn't feel like it's using up all the travel. The BB height is also lower, only 13.375" at the 4" travel setting where it was 13.75" on the older model. It has a nice XC feeling on the 4" setting where I run it most often.

    I moved my X-0 drivetrain, Marta SL brakes and Easton Havoc wheels over to the new frame. Overall this '07 build is about 0.3 pounds heavier than my last '04 build, but the extra rigidity and travel is worth a bit of extra weight for me (with my weight being around 200 pounds).

    Since both the new shock and fork are longer travel than the '04, I have a surplus PUSH'd shock and TALAS fork and a spare ETSX-70 frame (and enough bits to build up another ETSX for a guest bike I suppose). At the end of the 2007 riding season I'll likely send the new shock and fork off to have them PUSH'd.

    The only negative comment I have is that the new carbon swingarm/seatstay is wider just behind the lower pivot and I get some heel strike that didn't happen with the '04. The swingarm is 6.125" wide at that point and the old swingarm was 5.25" wide. It's only on occasion but I'll have to train myself to avoid it or ignore it.

    Here's the new and the old shots.

    my 07 etsx70.jpg

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    and the heel strike location

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    Oh thanks, now you've got me thinking about getting an ETSX frameset again!

    Very nice build IMHO!

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    Nice Upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperZX
    Nice Upgrade
    It's a bit like jacking up the radiator cap and running a new car under it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill
    It's a bit like jacking up the radiator cap and running a new car under it.
    For sure

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    Hey Gang, Do I assume right that I require a Top pull front derailleur for the ETSX?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperZX
    Hey Gang, Do I assume right that I require a Top pull front derailleur for the ETSX?
    You are correct. The ETSX needs a top pull, top swing 34.9mm diameter clamp (31.8mm pre 2005).

    Karl

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    I have posted my 2004 ETSX frame in the classified section

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    Thanks Karwick


    Rockyuphill, to bad it's not my size... I love the color combo!

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    I just got a set of Cross max SLR's and a set of FSA K-Force carbon cranks for my ETSX-70. I will post some pics when I get around to building the bike up with the new parts.

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    2006 ETSX 30
    Fox Talas Fork
    2007 Fox RP23 shock (came stock)
    Race Fcae evolve X type crankset
    Chris King Hubs
    Mavic 819 Ust rims
    Easton post, stem and bar
    IRC mythos 2.1 tires
    Shimano 760 shifters and disc brakes
    2007 Shimano XTR rear der.
    2006 Shimano LX front der.
    Salsa q.r.
    Shimano XT cassette
    RMB saddle

    Bike weighs 27.5 lbs. Handles like a dream. Awsome machine.
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    ^^^ Nice Color!

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    Here is my ETSX-10 2006:











    2006 ETSX 10
    Fox Float 2007 Fork
    Fox Float R 2006
    Cane Creek Solos Headset
    Shimano XT crankset
    Magura Comp Hubs
    Mavic 819 Ust rims
    Easton 30 post, stem
    Hatchinson Barracuda 2.1 (front) and Maxxis Ignitor 2.3 (rear)
    SRAM X-9 shifters
    Magura Luise 2007 Bat disc brakes
    2007 SRAM X-9 rear der.
    2006 Shimano XT front der.
    Shimano LX cassette
    Crank Brothers Mallet M pedals
    SDG Bel Air RL

    Thanks
    Mark

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    Here is my bike almost finished I just need a new chain and I need to install the pedals.
    The match maker is a real nice touch.
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    I'm interested in building up a ETSX frame, but at 5' 9" I think the large is a little big. Anyone else have a Medium ETSX frame?

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