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    I love this bike so far. Nice in the tight stuff.




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    Just picked it up 2 hrs ago.
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    Cool! What's up with the wheels and the top tube routed brake line? Did you have it built up?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    Cool! What's up with the wheels and the top tube routed brake line? Did you have it built up?
    They built it for someone that backed out of it.
    I do like the brake line on the top tube since I have bottomed my BB before.
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    I really love my Spearfish. It took me a few months to get used to the flexy rear end, but after learning to stay seated in the climbs it really impressed me. This bike shines when you're on your last legs of a long ride because it tends to make the trail, climbing, and descending all around easier and comfortable. My Spearfish is going to remain in my garage for many years. Happy trails!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach529 View Post
    I picked mine up on Saturday. The trails are way too wet, so just asphalt cruising for now.



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    New fork, front hub, pedals, grips, and saddle. went from a straight steerer open dropout reba to the tapered through axle fox. it's like night and day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudnut View Post
    New fork, front hub, pedals, grips, and saddle. went from a straight steerer open dropout reba to the tapered through axle fox. it's like night and day.

    How were you running a straight steerer on a tapered head tube?
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    This then just used a 1.5" race on the new fork. same lower cup

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudnut View Post
    This then just used a 1.5" race on the new fork. same lower cup
    Cool! I bet you're loving the new fork.
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    what's up with all of those blue "salsa" stickers on the wheels?...too busy IMHO
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    Here's a few pictures of the Spearfish's recent adventures on the front range. This bike handles everything I can throw at it.






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    The best bike I have ever owned, and there have been a lot!
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    Great looking bike! Did you weight it yet? Also, how do you like the the RP2? Does it have good small bump compliance and a good lockout?

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    the bike weighs 25.75lbs and the RP2 works great, I use it in ProPedal most of the time and its perfect. I just set the sag and I was good to go.

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    Dutch Salsa Spearfish 1 - 2012
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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    I like what you've done to your bars. Did you get new brakes too?
    Also, do you notice any play in the rear hub (wheel)? I felt like the rear end was kinda flexy but then I thought it was just the chainstay design doing what it was supposed to do. Then I realized the rear wheel is kinda loose. I can wiggle it just a little bit when its locked in.
    Your derailleur hanger is loose - check the tiny flathead screw that holds it on. Absolutely poor design.
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    Upgraded to XT and Hope Pro II.
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    Warmer days on the Spearfish 1

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    A bit off topic, but how are you guys liking the Continental X - Kings that are coming on the complete builds? Which version is it?
    I have a 2013 on order, due in late February. Just trying to figure out what I'm going to run for tires and if going tubeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmaxx4 View Post
    A bit off topic, but how are you guys liking the Continental X - Kings that are coming on the complete builds? Which version is it?
    I have a 2013 on order, due in late February. Just trying to figure out what I'm going to run for tires and if going tubeless.

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    Might consider going with the Black Chili Compound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vmaxx4 View Post
    A bit off topic, but how are you guys liking the Continental X - Kings that are coming on the complete builds? Which version is it?
    I have a 2013 on order, due in late February. Just trying to figure out what I'm going to run for tires and if going tubeless.

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    My 2013 Spearfish 2 came with X-King 2.2's.

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    Here's my 2011 Spearfish fresh off the Colorado Trail Race this past summer. Perfomed flawlessly...not even a flat tire. About 45 lbs fully loaded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eherchmer View Post
    Here's my 2011 Spearfish fresh off the Colorado Trail Race this past summer. Perfomed flawlessly...not even a flat tire. About 45 lbs fully loaded.
    That's awesome!

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    There's something so beautiful about Spearfish with framebags and some mud on it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    That's awesome!
    +1 I love it!
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    The trails were frozen at the beginning of my ride but quickly thawed, making for a muddy Spearfish.



    Edit: here's one from today's ride.

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    2012 Spearfish build just finished today

    Carbon wheels, cranks and bar...tubeless...should just barely come in at 25lbs...can't wait to ride her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanboyyy View Post
    Carbon wheels, cranks and bar...tubeless...should just barely come in at 25lbs...can't wait to ride her.
    You mean you haven't ridden it yet? Why are you wasting time taking pictures? Go ride dude
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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    You mean you haven't ridden it yet? Why are you wasting time taking pictures? Go ride dude
    Haha...first ride yesterday. Mannn...this bike can climb AND do work downhill. I was able to clear a techie descent that always tripped me up before. Needless to say...I was STOKED.

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    I think the Spearfish is a better descender than climber - on technical trails and relative to this type of bike (XC Endurance). Really it doesn't climb much better than my Mamasita, although can be less exhausting because a hardtail will require more manual operation. But downhill is a different story and the Spearfish rips unless faced with mountainbike park downhills.
    I think - With shorter chainstays the bike would be more fun and a better climber.
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    Show me your Spearfish-sf-bct.jpgHeres my Spearfish...as a Single Speed! Maiden voyage was awesome, I have a 24 hr race coming we'll see how it works!Click image for larger version. 

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    Heres my Spearfish...as a Single Speed! Maiden voyage was awesome, I have a 24 hr race coming up we'll see how it works!
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    ^^ What a great picture! ^^
    Do you have a fancy camera?
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    Wow! That was crazy looking! Must be the new MTBR format? Looks like my post was deleted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmaxx4 View Post
    A bit off topic, but how are you guys liking the Continental X - Kings that are coming on the complete builds? Which version is it?
    I have a 2013 on order, due in late February. Just trying to figure out what I'm going to run for tires and if going tubeless.

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    X-Kings are great. One con is they are hard to set tubeless. Killer traction on varied conditions.

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    Here she is. 28lb I have to but her on a bit of a diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudnut View Post
    New fork, front hub, pedals, grips, and saddle. went from a straight steerer open dropout reba to the tapered through axle fox. it's like night and day.

    Hey what's up Hudnut? (Don't mean to HJ this thread in any way..) You helped me build up my SF a while back. I am still lovin the bike. I was thinking about upgrading my fork though. I too am running a Reba RL straight 1 1/8 steer and reducer with the 9mm drop outs. I saw this when you upgraded your fork and I saw that you noticed a diffence. I am looking at a new Reba RLT, tapered steerer and 15mm Maxle. Now, I do run a crest up front and I know it is a pretty flexy rim. Nevertheless, I have been pretty content with it. Personally, I like to climb as much as I like to go downhill and I try to pick the best lines on all the trails I ride. So my question is, do you think I will see a noticable diffence. I been reading forums on here in regards to 9mm vs 15mm vs 20mm and I got some good info. However, I figured I would ask you since this is the same bike and had the same fork. I been thinking about getting a new fork for sometime, but then I talk myself out of it by saying to myself, "why not just beat up the fork I have now, then get a new one..." I am sure you know how that goes.. I have a tapered fork with 9mm qr dropouts on my 12' mamasita, and I didn't really notice a difference in stearing or handling with this bike and my SF. Actually, my spearfish felt more stable. But I am sure that was because of the frame, wheelbase, and suspension. On my Sita, I just upgading her with some new hand built arches (white) with some Novatec XC race hubs, and man, I noticed the diffence in handling big time. Especially on the front end. I had a DT swiss xr400 up front before (lighter wheel for sure). My Sita is riding so nice right now man.. So nice.. I will see how she works out at the 24hr OP race (DUO) in a week. Anyhow, I am just thowing my thoughts out there to what input I get.. If I had the money to throw around, I wouldn't be typing write now. I would have already hit the "Buy Now" button, haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser View Post
    Here she is. 28lb I have to but her on a bit of a diet.

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    Yeah, they're all a bit portly. The good thing is, you don't feel the weight when you ride it.
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    well. I can't objectively say what feature (tapered or 15qr) resulted in better performance. For me, every aspect of the Fox is superior to the old straight, 9mm, 1st gen reba SL. Therefore sure it felt better! My advice is.. If you've thought about changing out a part, do it! worst case is you don't like the change and you have to resell the part. sometimes you may even make a buck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    Yeah, they're all a bit portly. The good thing is, you don't feel the weight when you ride it.
    True it feels quite fast. But I'm still going to be racing guys on 23lb Epics. So I want to get it as light as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hudnut View Post
    well. I can't objectively say what feature (tapered or 15qr) resulted in better performance. For me, every aspect of the Fox is superior to the old straight, 9mm, 1st gen reba SL. Therefore sure it felt better! My advice is.. If you've thought about changing out a part, do it! worst case is you don't like the change and you have to resell the part. sometimes you may even make a buck.
    Cool, thanks for your response. I am sure it will increase my bikes performance. I guess where I am at is, spending the cash to do it, haha. I will post up pics if I pull the trigger. I am looking at both the Reba and the Fox forks. I already have the 15mm adapters for my front hub.

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    My 2013 Spearfish 2 is finished. The rims finally shipped and I was able to lace them up yesterday. Changes include XT Brakes, X9 Shifters, King/WTB i23 wheels, Thomson stem and seatpost. Maxxis Ardent front and Specilazed Ground Control rear. Pretty happy with how it turned out. Looking forward to racking up the miles this year.

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    The new 2's are looking pretty awesome! How do you like the WTB's?

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    Another pic with updates

    Here's a new pic of my 2012, running SS for now (works great btw). This was a ground up build with some parts from my broken (soon to be replaced) Canfield N9.
    XT cranks w/ 34t Blackshire
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    Hope hubs on Stan's Flows,F = Ardent R = Instagator both tubeless.
    Carbon Monkey lite bars, EA50 stem
    Thompson seatpost, cheap TI seat
    F29 w/ remote lockout
    Ergons

    26.5lbs as she sits. Pretty happy for FS 29er! So far loving the ride.
    Suspension is just right and doesn't get in the way of your riding. I only have a handful of rides so far, looking forward to the 24HOP this weekend in Tucson!



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    I did a ghetto tubeless conversion on my Salsa Semi (non tubeless) wheels last night. Everything mounted perfectly and the Stan's goo is holding strong. Took the Spearfish to one of the rockier trails nearby to give them a real test. Still going strong.


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    Join us on the Spearfish FB group for discussions and whatnot
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    the white looks nice......where are the red 1's?
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    Show me your Spearfish

    Anyone help comment on sizing for a 6'2" guy with a 33in inseam? I feel like I'm between a L and XL, would like feedback from anyone of a similar size.

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittleBitey View Post
    Anyone help comment on sizing for a 6'2" guy with a 33in inseam? I feel like I'm between a L and XL, would like feedback from anyone of a similar size.

    Thanks!
    I am 6'2" and have a 34" inseam. I ran the Fish with a 100mm stem IIRC. I like a long TT so the XL fit me perfectly.
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    This thread needs reawakening. Anybody have any new pics of their Spearfish?
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    Just switched to Fox from RS, bike feels much more alive now. There is also a clutch rear mech on there (9spd hack) and a reverb. Next step is some LB carbon rims.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dickyelsdon View Post
    Just switched to Fox from RS, bike feels much more alive now. There is also a clutch rear mech on there (9spd hack) and a reverb. Next step is some LB carbon rims.
    Its looking great dicky! Tell me more about the switch from RS to Fox. Is the Fox just a better fork, or is it a preference thing?
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    2012 Salsa Spearfish 2 29er

    Here you go - my 2012 Salsa Spearfish 2. Purchased from Sunshine Bicycles in Springfield, Missouri in January 2013. All stock except for tire upgrade.

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    I am loving it and ride it weekly on trails around Springfield.

    I actually first purchased a 2012 El Mariachi and took it on one ride. Unfortunately, my front fork had a problem and stopped locking out, so I took it back in to get it fixed. The guys at Sunshine gave me a loner (a Giant Trance X 29er 0) for the three weeks my bike was in the shop to get the fork rebuilt.

    Obviously, after three weeks of a full-suspension bike (that is also $4000) I had to have a FS bike. The nice guys at Sunshine let me return the El Mariachi and upgrade to the Spearfish. I don't regret my decision at all.

    Honestly, I think it is basically as good as the Trance X and $2,000 cheaper. Obviously, the Fox shocks are better on the Trance X, but I wasn't impressed with the Shimano Deore XT shifters and brakes. I'm happy with the SRAM x7/9 and Avid 5 brakes.

    Great value and great performance.

    I also made a short video of me riding my Spearfish:
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    What an excellent first post onpaperwings! Congrats on the fishy.
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    Just got my Revelate bags in the mail yesterday. Super quality construction. I took it for a test run with a light load in the back and my rear tire seems to rub on the bag when the suspension compresses. Bummer.

    I was running around 120psi (I'm 150lbs) because I like it soft, but hoping that running it at 150 or 160psi will fix that issue. What are you guys running for pressure in your monarch?

    Also, the Stan's are a new addition. This has been a build from parts I had lying around the house, so it's always evolving. Switching the Deore drivetrain to SRAM x7 / X9 next week!

    Still loving this bike. I've taken it out to both Fruita and Moab in the last month and it performs so well on terrain that would be best suited for 6" of travel.

    I'm ready for this Front Range snow to melt so I can do some bike packing on the Colorado trail. Anyone interested in coming with?

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    Here are some new pics of mine with some upgrades. Bought some Niner RDO Flat Top Bars, Niner RDO Stem, Fizik Tundra 2 Saddle, and a Thomson Seat Post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brdpkns View Post

    I was running around 120psi (I'm 150lbs) because I like it soft, but hoping that running it at 150 or 160psi will fix that issue. What are you guys running for pressure in your monarch?
    I'm 155 lbs and I have the Monarch set at 160 psi, but that is because I like both of my shocks just a little stiffer. No reason really besides that when I started mountain biking I borrowed a junky old bike that was stiff, so that is what I think mountain biking feels like.

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    Anyone ridden a 1 (thru axle rear) and a 2 or 3 back-to-back, and if so, is there much difference in the rear end feel?

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    I have not. I would be surprised if there is a huge difference, but I do like the stability of the front thru-axle on my 2012 Spearfish 2, so who knows. Sorry I can't help!

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    IMO, Quick releases do not belong on mountain bikes. With modern suspension, brakes and wheels the speeds attained apply way more torgue to the axle than Tullio could have ever imagined.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dambala View Post
    IMO, Quick releases do not belong on mountain bikes. With modern suspension, brakes and wheels the speeds attained apply way more torgue to the axle than Tullio could have ever imagined.
    I also like that you know your wheel is seated properly in the dropout. No chance for it to be a little off, resulting in an annoying disc rub.

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    This week I finally switched my temp hand-me-down Deore group for SRAM X7 / X9, the Avid BB7s for Elixr 5s, the 100mm straight steerer / 9mm QR Rockshox Reba for a 95-120mm / tapered steerer / 15mm thru axle Fox Talas.

    Needless to say, it rides like a new bike. Loving this setup.


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    Looks like a fun setup. Do you run 95mm most of the time and 120 on the downs? HOw does it handle with the 120mm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstews View Post
    Looks like a fun setup. Do you run 95mm most of the time and 120 on the downs? HOw does it handle with the 120mm?
    This is my first week with the fork, so I'm still tinkering with the settings. 120 seems great at speed and going slow. Honestly I don't notice a huge difference. Not nearly the amount I thought anyway.

    I'm on the front range of CO so many of our trails are an out and back type deal which basically means the first half you're climbing and then turn around half way and ride back down. For those kind of trails, riding up in 95 and going down in 120 seems to be working well.

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    29" cuttting path!

    no need to show pics of XTR or King wheels, we all know what that looks like!
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    Show me your Spearfish-20130322_130214-1.jpgShow me your Spearfish-20130322_130253-1.jpgThis is my small 2011 Spearfish at 24.5 lbs on the nose with pedals.
    No carbon parts. Only wheel set,cassette and cockpit upgrades.
    Even at the stock 27lbs w/o pedals it still felt light and nimble but now its a rocket!
    Still running OE suspension without any issues other than the damper which was initially warrantied by RS. No need for any pro pedal on or off the saddle on my one to two 30-40 mile rides I do weekly which consist of on and off road trail riding.

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    what size is this? very nice, BTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearless View Post
    what size is this? very nice, BTW!
    Thanx!
    Its a 16" frame but I normally ride an 18". Wanted the shorter wheel base to make it a bit more nimble in the tight twisties. Had to use a 400mm lengh seatpost. Thinking of going with XX1 once the drive train wears out and little carbon to get it down into the 23lb range
    Its been an awesome bike!

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    I am loving mine, it is a large at 26 lbs. even. I just came off of almost 15 years on a hardtail singlespeed so this has been quite incredible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gearless View Post
    I am loving mine, it is a large at 26 lbs. even. I just came off of almost 15 years on a hardtail singlespeed so this has been quite incredible!
    26lbs is very repectable! My fish is back at 27lbs (stock arch wheelset) after destroying my 3 1/2 year old rear crest rim. It was time after the abuse they received. Even with the extra weight I'm still buzzing the wheels of two of my buds that ride Epic S-Works! I too ride SS HT and geared HT bikes in 26 and 29 but my fish get the most love. Looks like I will be hanging on to this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by ybtodd View Post
    Anyone ridden a 1 (thru axle rear) and a 2 or 3 back-to-back, and if so, is there much difference in the rear end feel?
    Yup. Last year, I spent a week in Sedona, riding the whole range of Spearfish options, including back to back rides with and without the rear thru-axle.

    After riding the standard QR, I thought it felt very stable/stiff, and didn't think the 12x142 would make a difference. However, when I stepped up to the Spearfish 1 with the 12x142, the difference was palpable and appreciated. It's a worthwhile upgrade to have!

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    My wife's size small Spearfish. Weighs 25.4 lb. as pictured.



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    2012 20"

    Recently finished. Got about 200 miles so far. Fantastic bike, definite keeper.
    XO Crank, shifters, front and rear der
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    Thomson Masterpiece post and 90mm X4 stem
    Fizik Tundra 2
    Ritchey Carbon risers with ESI grips
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    Can't wait to see those 2014 Spearfish. My 2012 will be XX1 very soon.
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    Here's my Spearfish L3 in Large - stock frame, forks, wheels, Stylo OCT cranks, Sram 9.0sl shifters and brake levers, Sram X.0 rear, X5 front, BB5 brakes, Prologo Saddle, Salsa MotoAce Carbon bars...

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    It's a keeper, however I'm planning to upgrade the wheels and forks in some nearest future.
    Being a hardtail fan I'm surprised how well it climbs, yet it feels like a fullsusser on the downs! Great job with that frame, all the best to fellow Sperafish'ers!

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    Here ya go! XX1
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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    Here ya go! XX1
    Very nice. so so clean. slick problem solvers adapter

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    One just got a bath, the other is waiting to get dirty. Meanwhile the SS sulks in the corner.
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    Finally got my 2K13 SF1 finished and intro rides done:

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    Sorry for the crappy phone cam pic, but that's all I have full assembled. I even have it facing the wrong way to show the build.

    Weighs in as pictured at 24.7lb - here's the build specs basically.

    2K13 SF1 - Large
    Fox F29 CTD tapered
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    Syntace F109 100mm stem
    Truvativ Noir T30 Carbon Bar 700mm (borrowed - my EC90 was way too narrow for me, so I took the weight penalty to go back to a wide bar)
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    Carver floating rotors - 160F, 140R
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    XO 2x10 crank (purchased solely because of the blue logo - yep, I'm that guy)
    XO Med cage RD (blue logo again)
    Sram PC1091R hollowpin chain
    Sram PG1070 11-36T cassette
    Easton EC90 post - zero offset isn't working for me - I have a Bontrager XXX Lite Carbon setback on the way.
    WTB Silverado Team Ti saddle
    Hope Hoops - Hope Pro2Evos, Sapim spokes, Crests
    Racing Ralph 2.25's - tubeless (Not sure I'm keeping those - might go back to 2.1's)
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    Bottle cage & Light mount on the bar (included in the weight)

    After putting a lot of miles on it last weekend - I keep feeling like the front end is a little too twitchy. The wider bar helped, but it is still there. Buddy of mine on a Scalpel says he had the same issue and going back to a 2.1 or 2.0 tire helped him.

    So - there's a little more weight I can pull off the bike down the road. Sub 24 would be possible with a couple of changes, but I'm not that worried about it. Sub 25 was my target, and I'm in there easily.
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    Smaller front tire makes the front end Less "twitchy"? My math & experience says that with a larger tire (especially volume) the extra diameter will actually slow down the steering. Just puzzled by your statement. Nice bike set up, mine is similar and I love it.

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    very Possible Dambala - I went with the 2.25" Ralphs in the thought that I would make the shorter travel SF a little more comfy in chunkier/rootier trail conditions. I run the WTB Nano Race in a 2.1 on my other 29er - Spechy Stumpy SS, and I run the Ralphs on my Turner Flux (26"). The Flux with it's slacker headtube may just have me a bit spoiled to a little slower handing setup, and I'm going to have to adapt. I wanted a lighter, racier bike in the 29er wheel size, and that's what I built.

    What I did enjoy was situations where I needed to bunnyhop, manual, or get airborne off a dropoff or mild ledge (not a hucker by any means)- the SF felt very well behaved off the ground, which is not the case I've seen in all 29er's I've ridden.

    It is very possible I just don't like the handling of the Ralph in a 29er size. Might need to try a different tire here and there. I'm still waiting to get my new seatpost and get my saddle all set up the way I like.

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    I don't know how you guys are getting sub 27lb spearfish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adrenalnjunky View Post
    very Possible Dambala - I went with the 2.25" Ralphs in the thought that I would make the shorter travel SF a little more comfy in chunkier/rootier trail conditions. I run the WTB Nano Race in a 2.1 on my other 29er - Spechy Stumpy SS, and I run the Ralphs on my Turner Flux (26"). The Flux with it's slacker headtube may just have me a bit spoiled to a little slower handing setup, and I'm going to have to adapt. I wanted a lighter, racier bike in the 29er wheel size, and that's what I built.

    What I did enjoy was situations where I needed to bunnyhop, manual, or get airborne off a dropoff or mild ledge (not a hucker by any means)- the SF felt very well behaved off the ground, which is not the case I've seen in all 29er's I've ridden.

    It is very possible I just don't like the handling of the Ralph in a 29er size. Might need to try a different tire here and there. I'm still waiting to get my new seatpost and get my saddle all set up the way I like.
    One thing I have found is that a more square edged front tire made an improvement to the way the front end felt on my SPF1, at least for me.

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    I was half expecting to see a fish. Really nice bikes guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulser View Post
    I don't know how you guys are getting sub 27lb spearfish.
    Man - I built my bike on a spreadsheet with a real world budget long before I bought the first part. I put a target in the 24lb range and hopefully spending less than $3500. I researched weights, looked for real world weights on the internet, and found what I wanted. As I bought parts, found deals, and changed my mind here and there, I tracked everything on that spreadsheet. I took pics of most everything on my scale, even though I don't consider myself a weight weenie. My biggest fear was that despite all the planning, when the moment of truth came the whole package would swing in a couple pounds heavier than planned. I read the threads around here where people were spending lots of cash on enve wheelsets and carbon leftys and still having 26-27lb bikes.

    My Turner frame weighs in the ballpark of the SF, and I had that bike at 26lb with no carbon or concern for lightweight build. I figured I couldn't do any worse, even though I was building a 29er instead of a 26er.

    Looking at the list of your build, it's not any one thing, but a series of things that are probably adding up. Comparing weights on some stuff between our 2 builds I come up with ~900 grams of little things that add up. But I'm sure a lot of those things are what you want on your bike, and there's nothing wrong with that. Also - I'm curious what the real world weight is on that Reba with a 20mm axle and the remote.

    Even that 900 grams is only ~2 pounds - so I am questioning your scale a little if you're reading in at 29lbs. I would have guessed more in the upper 26-low 27's.

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    Its very possible to go sub 27 and even sub 25.
    Just dropped another half pound going 1x10. Ran an adapter on my x9 crank to accept a xx1 32 tooth ring. Also running an 11-32 xt cassette in the rear. Works great! My 2011 is now sitting 24lbs even Show me your Spearfish-20130826_173315.jpgwith pedals and no fancy carbon parts.
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    Yep - looks good. I need the 2nd ring for now.

    One thing I've found is that for the most part, the "fancy carbon parts" really aren't any lighter than a top quality aluminum part.Handlebars can be a good exception to that. Heck, most of the really weight weenie KCNC-style stuff is alloy anyway.

    Wheels/tires/saddle can easily make a pound difference. Is that a set of Karma's you're running?

    If I could live with the single ring up front, that'd be a definite consideration. No way I could get away with only a 32 on the cassette though. Everytime I think I'm in really good shape, I take my singlespeed to somewhere where there really is elevation change and get my reality-checked.

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    I used the OE setup for a long time and was happy with it, but found myself always in the 39t ring! It's pretty flat here in south TX. If I lived around crazy elevation I would probably need a 22t instead of the 28t.
    The 32x11-32 gear ratio works for me so far but i like to keep a higher cadence on the flats and climbs unless its crazy rocky technical.

    Its true some alloy parts are really light but also get crazy expensive. My parts for the most part were very budget friendly. Syncros FL seat post and Origin8 stem is light but not kcnc light. My bar is actually heavy for what it is "Syncros FL 600mm wide with a 9 deg bend 250'sh grams! I'm a little scared of carbon especially when hucking my bike so it works for me!

    And yes those are Kenda Karmas!
    These are the 1.9's but inflated tubeless these are really 2.1's.
    Very light (540g) and durable so far.
    Best bang for the buck in my book!
    I've tried most $$$ tires and there's always +/_ for all but these have been all rounders and above average in most conditions. They roll fast, climb well and transition well in turns for the simplicity of its design.

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    Spearfish 1x10

    Here is my latest rendition of my 2012 Spearfish 2:

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    Just went 1x10 with a MRP 30T Bling Ring, X9 Type 2 Rear derailleur, and a 2014 ball bearing X9 Front shifter. Loving it. The guy at my LBS even gave me a matching Salsa water bottle.

    Current weight is 26.76 lbs with stock everything except new 1x10 setup and XT pedals.

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    Here's my 2013 Spearfish 2 on the new single track at Mammoth Cave National Park. This is on the South loop of Big Hollow Trail. We've waited 2 1/2 years to get a single track back trail at MCNP after the biking exception expired on Sal Hollow. In the meantime, the local IMBA chapter, SWKYMBA, (with help from the Army Corp of Engineers) has been working on another trail system at Nolin Lake called Brier Creek giving us 2 great trails in the area. We also have a short single track in a local park in Bowling Green.
    The bike is stock except for a 2.35 Nobby Nic up front and an One One Smorgasbord on the back. I posted my Karate Monkey at the same spot yesterday while helping with some trail maintenance. What an awesome weekend!

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    My 2013 Spearfish 1

    The purpose of this build was to create a lightweight but still budget friendly FS 29er. I settled on the prior year Spearfish 1 because it was the lightest FS 29er frame I could find that was budget friendly, and I LOVE the black anodized finish. After riding it a couple of times, I couldn't be happier with the build. Personally I think a short travel FS 29er is the pinnacle of performance. Here are some highlights:

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    VERY nice! A great build.

    Since you were going for "budget friendly" do you mind sharing the total cost of the build?

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    Although I'm sure you are no longer worried about this, I wanted to chime back in after a year of riding my 2012 SF2 with a quick-release rear end.

    I am going against what I said earlier and I totally wish that my SF had a thru-axle in the rear. I have had issues with my quick-release and setting the tension correctly. A few times, I have even had issues with the QR working loose on my back wheel. I have never had a major issue like the wheel falling off, but have noticed it getting loose and wobbly in the rear. Now I check my QR mid-ride just to be sure it isn't working loose.

    Also, the 2012 SF2 has a strange rear derailleur hanger pin that gets in the way of the QR. Seems like a strange over-look on the design. I had to file down the bolt on the RD hanger to get the QR to fit flat.

    So, in short, YES - the thru-axle DOES make a big difference and my next bike will certainly have a thru-axle rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onpaperwings View Post
    VERY nice! A great build.

    Since you were going for "budget friendly" do you mind sharing the total cost of the build?
    I can't give you the exact cost because some of the parts I already had, but I can definitely give you a close estimate based on the more expensive components. I did a TON of price shopping on this build:

    Frame - $750 - Tree Fort Bikes (this was right after Salsa started shipping the redesigned 2014 Spearfish and everyone was clearing out the old design)
    SID Fork - $480 - Price Point (on sale)
    Wheelset - $576 - Prowheelbuilder.com (10% off Christmas sale)
    Cassette, Derailleur, Shifter, Chain - $278 - Chain Reaction
    XT Crank - $150 - Ebay
    Wolf CG Cog - $90 - Wolf
    RaceFace Narrow Wide - $60 - JensonUSA
    Tires - $80 - Amazon
    Egg Beater 1 pedals - $40 ebay
    Thomson Stem and Seatpost - $130 new off Ebay

    Factor in a few hundred bucks for the other odds and ends I already had and it comes to under $2800. I know "budget" is a relative term but I feel the bike is better and lighter than the factory Spearfish 1 build for the same or less cost.

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    Great - thanks for the price breakdown. You did amazingly well to make that bike for that cost! The stock SF1 MSRP was $3,499.

    The frame for $750?! I wish I got in on that.

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