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    rocky+thomson...this vertex is perfect

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    Quote Originally Posted by caad4rep View Post
    A quick back story to my recent build:

    I used to race back in the 90's and early 2000's and eventually found my self has a pretty competent Expert class racer. Eventually college life caught up to me and I considered myself retired from MTBing. Fast forward to 2011 and I am 29 years old, 235 pounds (6'3") and terribly out of shape. Walking around a golf course was becoming a brutal workout. On August 1st, 2011 I had a talk with myself and decided I needed a life change. I made a goal to someday race again but I needed to get into shape. I built an incentive plan for myself and everytime I lost 5 pounds I would buy myself a component or some type of bike part (Pedals would be last). As of today I am 185 pounds, I can run 6 minute miles, bike 100 miles and my build is officially complete! It' been a long journey and I still have a ways to go but I now have a mountain bike to ride.

    Great story, keep up the good work

    In 2006 a Vertex purchase was the incentive for me to pack up smoking!

    Now 6 years on i'm still smoke free, but i do have a nasty little Rocky Mountain addiction!!


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    first dry ride of the season!

    Slayer 30 2011, 19,5 in
    2010 55 rc3ti
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    elixir r brakes (straitline levers)
    slx/xt 2x9 drivetrain (blackspire rings)
    CK hubs on 27equalizers
    KS supernatural remote post
    renthal strata and kore torsion bar

    Best bike i've tried up tp date

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    Rocky Mountain Trailhead 2011

    Quite a few mods from stock.
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    nice!

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    well, it's not my first frame of rm altitude 29er, i have one before but when a turner sultan comes to home something has to get out.... but i miss it a lot, it's a really fun bike, more light and playable than the sultan, so i buyed another frame and started to build..... the result is this...

    frame rm altitude 29er
    fork rock shox revelation rc3 dual position
    wheels kibikes with crest, marwi ti spokes and chris king red hubs....
    xt brakes, rear derailleur, casete,
    slx front derrailleur, chain and shifters
    race face deus crankset
    seatpost gravity dropper
    stem truvativ world cup 75 mm -6 with titanium bolts
    handlebar ritchey superlogic
    grips esigrips chunky
    rotors hope saw
    tyres maxxis crossmark lust
    seat prologo, but it will change in a little time to something lighter, but it's so comfortable...
    what i have missed?? i think it's all.... it's aproximately 13 kgs, it will be reduced to 12.6 in a little space of time, about two months.....


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    @jalll: What did you do with the Sultan? Do you still own it?

    I updated my ride, so I'll post a few pictures:




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    What did you change?

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    The backdrop Also, I changed the wheels and tires. Now I'm running American Classic MTB race wheels with Specialized Fast Track 2.2" tires. That dropped 350 gram on the bike. I also fine tuned my cockpit with a -17 degree Syntace stem and I'm running my low riser bar in the correct position again (I previously had it flipped in an attempt to get a more agressive position on the bike). Not visible, but I also dailed in the suspension.

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    When I got the bike, the rebound on the rear shock was almost at maximum. The rebound on the forks was very light. I put some more rebound on the front and a lot less on the rear. I'm not sure how many clicks on each, I can find out if you want. I'm 180 lbs and I'm running 180 psi in the rear shock and 110/120 (pos/neg) in the fork. I like my suspension with some sag, so you might need more pressure.

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    What did you do to dial in te suspension? I have the same bike and weigh 195

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    I will post pics of mine this week and what I changed.

    I am running 220 in the shock. I should try my body weight.

    What is the deal with the SID? I was told with the new style pos and neg need to be the same.

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    yes, actually i have three bikes, a rm hammer, the altitude 29er and the sultan..... the bikes feels sooooo diferent....

    one only image of my sultan.. this is not the place..
    the marzocchi feels more rigid than the rs, the wheels are builded with flow rims, and ardent tyres, the rear shock was replaced for a bos vip'r... definetely a really diferrent bike...
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    Altitude & Sultan...fantastics!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BJF View Post
    What is the deal with the SID? I was told with the new style pos and neg need to be the same.
    I'm not sure if pos/neg absolutely have to be equal, where did you get that information? I found this setup to be a little more plush than with 110/110. If you put too much pressure in the negative chamber, the fork will drop a bit and you lose travel, so be aware of that.

    That Sultan looks cool. More AM then the Altitude, so a real addition to your stable.

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    On SID dual air forks I've owned the chambers seem to equalize eventually if you have big differentials, seal leakage maybe.

    But more negative pressure makes the fork more supple over small stuff but you lose some travel and big hit travel gets used up in a hurry as noted, if you run the negative pressure is lower than positive to give the fork some "platform" it feels like a fork with more stiction, but makes it better for hammering out of the saddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Werewolf R View Post
    first dry ride of the season!

    Slayer 30 2011, 19,5 in
    2010 55 rc3ti
    fox dhx5
    elixir r brakes (straitline levers)
    slx/xt 2x9 drivetrain (blackspire rings)
    CK hubs on 27equalizers
    KS supernatural remote post
    renthal strata and kore torsion bar

    Best bike i've tried up tp date
    How does that coil spring rear shock perform on this frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zonoskar View Post
    @jalll: What did you do with the Sultan? Do you still own it?

    I updated my ride, so I'll post a few pictures:



    Holy crap that **** is fine bro! Just drooling here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by glorth2 View Post
    Holy crap that **** is fine bro! Just drooling here...
    Thanks! I like it too. And it rides super. I would almost say it is better then my old Titus RacerX, but that would be blasphemy

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    looking fast...

    Nice color scheme with the AMC wheels
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    A great lunch time ride in the woods today...
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    Updates:
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    ICON tire on the back
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    @ rockyuphill, nice trails and bike, how heavy is your element as it looks a lightish build? Oh and what headset is that as the top cap looks non standard?
    Not so much a Rocky Mountain, more a Muddy Hill!

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    My 19" Element 70 MSL is sitting at 22.8 pounds with the Mountain King 2.4 tires, and about 22.6 pounds with Race King 2.2 tires.

    The upper headset is a ceramic Orbit FSA with the low profile top cover, I haven't been able to find a ceramic 1.5" bearing to match for the lower race.
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    Rocky Mountain from Sardinia, Italy

    Hi, this is my custom Rocky Mountain that I recently built starting from a 2007 Vertex 70 frame.
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