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    Quote Originally Posted by rideithard View Post
    Anybody noticing the component quality of the Spearfish isn't all that great? I had my rear hub axle walk out pretty far on me, the rear brake won't firm up in lever feel for anything my mechanic has tried, the REBA fork seems to stick hard after mixed riding with the lockout (climbing long grades) until you put a shock pump on it?

    I knew I wasn't buying a top shelf build kit but I did expect it to work a little better out of the box.
    Your fork problem is the first I've heard of, the brakes on the other hand are a common issue. Sram stands behind thier products really well, I would look into getting some warranty replacements. Have your shop give them a call. Good luck!

    Has your axel walked out more than once? I don't use the wheels on my Spearfish, I put them on a DosNiner build I finshed a couple months ago. I'll have to keep an eye on them.

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    My new 2011 SF that arrived today from Universal Cycles. It was the last leftover XL complete 2011 that I saw anywhere.

    I can't wait to take it out after work tomorrow.



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    are those CB Candy's?
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    My 11' SF.

    Here is my Spearfish. I just increased the travel on my Reba from 80 to 100. The bike definitly feel a lot more stable. However, on those windy swoopy single track trails out here in the desert, that 80mm did some justice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTSHANK View Post
    are those CB Candy's?

    Yep. They're some old ones that I've had for years.

    The XL comes in at 28.2 lbs with them.

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    I am finally joining the Spearfish club. I liked this bike a lot when it first came out: light, attractive, fast, cheapish. But I didn't like all the "new standards" (we'll see how long they last...) on it. My parts bin is pretty old school Anyway, when Hammerheadbikes finally dropped the price down to $750, I jumped on one.

    I've built a lot of bikes, and this build was one of my slowest and most difficult builds. First, the bottom bracket adapter I picked up (this one) didn't match the image shown, and didn't fit a square taper bottom bracket. I only had one external BB crank in my collection (a road model that was too narrow), but from that I decided that it looked like this type of crank would work with the adapter. I ordered up one of the closeout Shimano LX cranks from Jenson.

    Next, the headset adapter lower race was quite difficult to get on my Reba (using, of course, PVC pipe and a big hammer).

    Finally, the derailer hanger was bent enough that I couldn't even get the wheel past.HH bikes was quick to fix this, sending me a new hanger and a spare out very quickly. That was nice.

    Here it is mid build as I was waiting for various parts:



    Here's the crank adapter installation. It's likely this method is not endorsed by Salsa, Sram, or Shimano:


    I've put in a lot of headsets with these tools, but this was much more difficult. The Sram plastic bottom bracket adapter was very quick to go in off center, then it was tap it out, try again, tap it out and try again...

    Here's a poor garage shot of my final build:


    Keen eyed viewers will notice a skinny 27.7 seat post on this. One more shim!

    Key parts of my build:
    - Salsa Bend2 bars (of course, I had to buy a new 31.8 stem to work with these new bars)
    - Bontrager Rhythm Comp wheels
    - Sram X7 shifter and rear derailer with a Shimano 12-36 cassette. This mid level Sram stuff sets up easy and works great.
    - BB7 brakes and Avid levers.

    No ride yet except up and down the snowy sidewalk. It supposed to warm up over the next few days, unfortunately--I need a good, hard freeze to make our trails rideable to really try this out.
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    Heck yeah Pink Floyd and Seat Boy! Congratulations on the purchases. Does the 2011 come with green hubs? I just did my first endurance race yesterday and I am so happy that I got this bike. We had an amazing race and it performed flawlessly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    Heck yeah Pink Floyd and Seat Boy! Congratulations on the purchases. Does the 2011 come with green hubs? .
    Oh yes. And they are sweet-looking.

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    looks good...I'll some pics to post in a bit from today's ride in snow and mud, lots of it!
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    looks good...I'll have some pics to post in a bit from today's ride in snow and mud, lots of it!!!

    All I can say is wow, what difference from the Big Unit
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    on Tarbell Trail outside of Vancouver, WA
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    I can't tell you how much I love seeing a bike with Nanos on the front and rear. Two on the same page is just awesome.

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    reflectors now removed...guess I overlooked those...great ride today
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTSHANK View Post


    on Tarbell Trail outside of Vancouver, WA
    That trail looks amazing MTSHANK!

    Nothing like that here in Texas
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    any 'fish action this weekend yet...I'll be out tomorrow on the trail
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTSHANK View Post
    any 'fish action this weekend yet...I'll be out tomorrow on the trail
    None. Too much rain in North Texas. Our trails are still wet. I did however get a new carbon Crank Bros. Cobalt bar and a smaller 160mm front rotor. That should shave off like 2 lbs right?
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    Fishing

    I went fishing this weekend. Just under 30 miles with about 6500 ft of climbing here in So. Cal. Bedford to Motorway up Maple and back down Bedford. Brutal, but fun on the Fish!
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    Did a little night ride today to try out the new bar and rotor. Every time I ride this bike I like it more and more. 20+ miles of awesome single track followed by some chili for dinner
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    I also got a nice light set-up that was $70 on Amazon
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    what light is that.....I try to run one on my helmet as well so I don't have tunnel vision
    running Magic Shine 1400 on the bars and a 900 lumen on the helemt
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    very good frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTSHANK View Post
    what light is that.....I try to run one on my helmet as well so I don't have tunnel vision
    running Magic Shine 1400 on the bars and a 900 lumen on the helemt
    Its just a cheap Chinese knock off I guess. I found it on Amazon. ATC Waterproof CREE XM-L T6 LED 4-Mode 1000-Lumen White LED Bike Light Headlamp with Battery Pack Set
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    sometimes even the cheap stuff works just as good....Magic Shines are reasonable in price
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    Fedex just delivered mine this morning. Thanks Chad at Redbarn.
    Happy Trails!

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    Here's a pic of mine that I just got at a super deal threw the shop my brother works at. Threw on a Thomson Masterpiece post, Fizik Gobi XM saddle, Sram lock-on grips, and Crank Brother Candy 2 pedals. It's been a wet mess here so haven't had a chance to trail ride it yet but just cruising threw the neighborhood it is pretty solid.
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    rule #9
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