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    Bantams in the wild?

    Anyone else got a Bantam? Just got back from Moab on mine - it rocks!

    Frame:XL Bantam
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    Crank: XX1 crank with MRP Bling Ring
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    Cassette: XT 11-36
    Brakes : XT 180/160
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Anyone else got a Bantam? Just got back from Moab on mine - it rocks!

    Frame:XL Bantam
    Fork: MRP Stage @ 140mm
    Shock: Cane Creek DB Air CS with volume spacers
    Wheels: Enve AM Rims w/ DT hubs
    Crank: XX1 crank with MRP Bling Ring
    Guide: MRP Mini G3
    Derailleur: XTR GS
    Shifter: XT
    Cassette: XT 11-36
    Brakes : XT 180/160
    Post: KS Supernatural
    Saddle: Ergon
    Bar: MRP Hb1 Carbon
    Stem: MRP St1
    Tires: Maxxis Highroller 2 2.3

    Rad, dad! My forthcoming Heckler will have much of the same stuff including a DB Air from my old bike. Why exactly did you go with the volume spacers? I had one for a year on my Butcher and just ran it standard so how do the spacers affect performance. Also, what weight did you come up with? I would get a Stage if I had not already scored a new Pike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HELLBELLY View Post


    Rad, dad! My forthcoming Heckler will have much of the same stuff including a DB Air from my old bike. Why exactly did you go with the volume spacers? I had one for a year on my Butcher and just ran it standard so how do the spacers affect performance. Also, what weight did you come up with? I would get a Stage if I had not already scored a new Pike.
    Thanks!

    The Bantam has a regressive leverage ratio curve that is best suited to low-volume shock. I believe the new Heckler is similar - so you'll likely need to add a couple volume spacers and some HSC to your CCDBA to keep it from bottoming too easily.

    Haven't weighed it, I try to avoid that. Feels light and nimble!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Thanks!

    The Bantam has a regressive leverage ratio curve that is best suited to low-volume shock. I believe the new Heckler is similar - so you'll likely need to add a couple volume spacers and some HSC to your CCDBA to keep it from bottoming too easily.
    That's kinda what I thought. The Heckler not having the linkage the Butcher had will likely be less progressive. The CCDB, however works great and I have ran them on three different bikes. I would be hard pressed to ride anything else.

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    Haven't weighed it, I try to avoid that. Feels light and nimble!

    I would guess right around 30-31 lbs +/- even with those pretty wheels. Party.
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    I ordered mine in October... last I heard was an estimated delivery of Jan 15... No sign of it yet. this is the first evidence I've seen of one on the trails. Did you buy a complete bike or Frame/Fork?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    I ordered mine in October... last I heard was an estimated delivery of Jan 15... No sign of it yet. this is the first evidence I've seen of one on the trails. Did you buy a complete bike or Frame/Fork?
    Ordered my wife a frame only. Ordered it first week of December I was first told first week of January but nothing yet. Just found out it will be mid February now ! Is this going to be another fiasco like when I ordered a Bronson frame !

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    Maybe its a size thing? I dunno. I was a local dealer the other day and they had Juliana Junos on the floor - the sister bike to the Bantam.

    Really loving the bike, you guys will be pleased!

    I highly doubt there will be as much demand for these as the Bronson, so I doubt order/delivery times will be long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Maybe its a size thing? I dunno. I was a local dealer the other day and they had Juliana Junos on the floor - the sister bike to the Bantam.

    Really loving the bike, you guys will be pleased!

    I highly doubt there will be as much demand for these as the Bronson, so I doubt order/delivery times will be long.
    Same in the uk. Juno's on the shop floor but still waiting for the bantam. Ordered a small bantam too so they should have the size. Wife didn't want a Juliana as she wanted the Santa Cruz branding on her bike. And I've got a full xt group set and a set of new rev's waiting for the frame for her.

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    Mine's an XL, complete bike. Just got an updated delivery estimate of 2/28. Ordered on 9/9
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    AHHH! want! Heckler lite. So badass. Going to try and get one on warrantee for my Blur XCc that failed. Loved 2 generations of Heckler before, love simplicity of single pivot, and bombproofness of alu frame.

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    Noah, what is the rear shock dimensions on it? Doubt I can reuse mine from the Blur...

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    Noah..How does it climb?

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    7.875 x 2.0" (200 x 51mm)

    Blur LT2s were 8.5 x 2.5"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigrocks View Post
    Noah..How does it climb?
    Really well! My Bantam's ability is aided by the Climb Switch on the CCDBa - I've found it really helps sustained technical climbs. Even wide open the pedaling is great though. There is some detectable pedal kick-back on awkwardly spaced multi-ledge pitches - but overall this bike is a better goat-trail scrambler than my TBLT.

    My experience is with a 1x10 setup with 34t ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommuterBoy View Post
    Mine's an XL, complete bike. Just got an updated delivery estimate of 2/28. Ordered on 9/9
    **fingers crossed you get it for summer**
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Anyone else got a Bantam? Just got back from Moab on mine - it rocks!
    Nice build.
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    How's the fit, and how tall are you? I ordered an XL also...
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    Fits like the Bronson, really well. I'm 6'1. 60mm stem, inline post with saddle fairly neutral on the rails. About an inch of spacers under the 6 stem, 770mm bar with 19mm rise.
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    Noah do you think a 7.875 x 2.25" (200 x 57mm) rear shock with 137mm rear travel is a good idea? like the Nickel ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Fits like the Bronson, really well. I'm 6'1. 60mm stem, inline post with saddle fairly neutral on the rails. About an inch of spacers under the 6 stem, 770mm bar with 19mm rise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Setra View Post
    Noah do you think a 7.875 x 2.25" (200 x 57mm) rear shock with 137mm rear travel is a good idea? like the Nickel ?
    I dunno if it will fit/physically work - I haven't investigated.

    I'm pretty weary of doing things like this though, as it can result in excessive stress on the frame.
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    ok... so can you give as a full review versus other bikes that you ride.

    I have a 2006 heckler then sell to buy a 2008 Nomad, i think the bantam is my "baby" new heckler

    Thanks

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    1st ride today.

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    I see release dates have been stated, but that doesn't always happen. When are Bantams actually going to be readily available? Does anyone anticipate a high demand that will make getting one difficult?

    Does anyone foresee the Bantam being a very popular frame that will stick around for a long time...even receiving multiple refining make-overs (like Heckler, Superlight and Bullit)? I would love to have one, but will have to wait a few years as I just bought a new bike less than 2 years ago (hard to justify another outlay of pretty big cash).

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    Quote Originally Posted by historeeteacher View Post
    I see release dates have been stated, but that doesn't always happen. When are Bantams actually going to be readily available?
    Now.

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    Does anyone anticipate a high demand that will make getting one difficult?
    Doubtful, but who knows. I think the Hecklers have been doing well, but not selling out nor creating long leads. People buy into the necessity of complex frame designs and materials and underestimate the value of a simple machine with dialed geometry - the big demand will be for the carbon VPP bikes for the foreseeable future.

    Quote Originally Posted by historeeteacher View Post
    Does anyone foresee the Bantam being a very popular frame that will stick around for a long time...even receiving multiple refining make-overs (like Heckler, Superlight and Bullit)? I would love to have one, but will have to wait a few years as I just bought a new bike less than 2 years ago (hard to justify another outlay of pretty big cash).
    I'd hope so, but even if it disappears like the Nickel, the parts should be easily attainable for a long time. There's nothing funky or proprietary with it.
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    I ordered mine through the LBS in October, and it arrived right about the same time as all the emails from all of the online retailers advertising availability. I think the initial release wait is pretty much over.
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    Okay, only two people have this bike so far?

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    Bantams in the wild?



    I've just finished building this baby for my wife


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    Not a weight weenie, but bike weight matters a bit more for lighter folks ( like the ladies). Thinking of building my wife one very close to your build. Any idea what this one came in at on the scale?

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    Bantams in the wild?

    Haven't got anything to measure it with at the mo. But I can tell you what's on it to give you an idea

    Small frame
    140mm revs
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    Race face 30t narrow wide ring
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    It doesn't feel any different in weight to my Bronson


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    Bantams in the wild?

    My Bronson is a large


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    Bantams in the wild?

    That's 2 rides now and everything seems ok. The 140mm rev's up front works nice.


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    Bantams in the wild?

    Just bought this on impulse. Could not resist the lure of the 27.5, especially after being up in Lakes Basin/Downieville a week ago, seeing all the new bikes.

    No test rides, but have always ridden SCB and loved my old single pivots. Went right together outta the box, pretty nice for a complete bike. Shake down cruz last nite in Ft. Ord. Nuthin but smiles. Gonna head out to SC in a few and ride my favorite trails.

    In a few weeks we're headed up north from SC area to Mendocino, Humboldt, up to Oregon to ride, ocean kayak fish, and camp along the way to the McKenzie River. I'll definitely post more pics of my Bantam's road trip.


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    Not really in the wild, but here is my new Bantam. Just finished getting it together tonight. Still needs a few things but its ready for its first ride tomorrow.












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    Nice pics..

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    Getting mine tomorrow. Stoked!!

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    Not in the wild until tomorrow. Already rebuilt the fork adding the dual flow rebound damper and RLT Ti dampers to it. Changed the rear shock to a Monarch because I hated the Fox that came on it. Felt way to over damped for a 150lb rider. Changed the discs and went with a narrow wide chain ring as well. Came in at 30lbs even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by npdynamite View Post
    Not really in the wild, but here is my new Bantam. Just finished getting it together tonight. Still needs a few things but its ready for its first ride tomorrow.











    What kind of hubs are you running?

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    Im running the standard Flow EX wheels so those are the NoTubes (Stans) 3.30HD hub. Also, this bike rocks! I rented and test rode the 5010 and Bronson before deciding on this or the Heckler and Im super happy with the decision

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    [QUOTE=npdynamite;11371730]Im running the standard Flow EX wheels so those are the NoTubes (Stans) 3.30HD hub. Also, this bike rocks! I rented and test rode the 5010 and Bronson before deciding on this or the Heckler and Im super happy with the

    love the way your build turned out!
    What deciding factors made you choose the bantam over the 5010 and heckler?

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    The fifty ten was price/weight (i couldn't afford the carbon) and i felt like I'd be fine without the extra travel, i liked it, but i could ride the bantam /solo just as well

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    2015 Bantam just came Friday. Can't wait for the trails to dry up a little so I can try it out. Nicest bike I've ever owned and am stoked to put it to work.




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    Nice dude, you will love it

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    Dragon21, congrats on your new bike. What size is that frame? if you wouldn't mind me asking. And nice touch on that bolt face sticker sir!

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    Quote Originally Posted by xBONGx View Post
    Dragon21, congrats on your new bike. What size is that frame? if you wouldn't mind me asking. And nice touch on that bolt face sticker sir!
    Thanks, the frame is a Large.

    The bolt face sticker represents my main hobby, had to show that off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon21 View Post
    Thanks, the frame is a Large.

    The bolt face sticker represents my main hobby, had to show that off.
    Lol! You and me both sir! Black rifle..black bike.Mind sharing where to get them stickies btw, can't wait to get my bantam as we'll. black medium.. Then fill em with kac and bcm stickers. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon21 View Post
    2015 Bantam just came Friday. Can't wait for the trails to dry up a little so I can try it out. Nicest bike I've ever owned and am stoked to put it to work.



    Pull out on the rear axle lever and you can spin it to put it in a better position

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    First ride today, totally in love.
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    Nice bike.

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    Bantams in the wild?-2014-07-02-20.42.57.jpg

    I've had mine for about six weeks now and absolutely love the bike. I'm new to trail riding so I wanted a bike I could trust.

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    I am am absolutely loving this bike, ergonomics are perfect for me and it rides amazing (compared to anything I've ridden before)

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    Anyone make the change to a 1x10 setup on their Bantam? Thinking of dropping the chainrings for a 32T Race Face or Wolfthooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voghan View Post
    Anyone make the change to a 1x10 setup on their Bantam? Thinking of dropping the chainrings for a 32T Race Face or Wolfthooth.
    I use a 32t race face narrow wide. Works great, could have went with 34t for flatter trails.

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    I'm running 1x10 using a 30t narrow wide raceface ring and an xtr r/derailleur with clutch. works great so far, I did drop the chain once going down a wooden staircase type thing getting to a trail, but no problems on normal trail chatter yet (I havent ridden anything truly gnarly yet though)

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    Debating about changing to a 1x10. Anyone changing their rear cassette setup or keeping it stock?

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    Keeping it stock right now, one up components has the 40 or 42 tooth upgrade for Shimano cassettes and they make a cage for Shimano derailleurs that allows them to work better with the large ring (seeing as they aren't designed to work with it) that would be a good option if you have a lot of big climbs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon21 View Post
    Debating about changing to a 1x10. Anyone changing their rear cassette setup or keeping it stock?
    I think if you go with the race face Narrow Wide you don't have to change the back cassette. I'm now debating if this is something I can do myself or should I have a LBS do it for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voghan View Post
    I think if you go with the race face Narrow Wide you don't have to change the back cassette. I'm now debating if this is something I can do myself or should I have a LBS do it for me.
    Here is how I did my conversion, there are other ways.

    I had an SRAM triple on the bike with non-removable spider.

    I bought an X1 1400 take off crank from Amazon with 38 tooth ring. Took off the spider and the 38 tooth and put on XX1 spider and XX1 28 tooth. I have a 29er, so needed the smaller chain ring. For a bantam, 32 tooth should work, so you would need to get X1 32 tooth or drop the spider and go with direct mount chain ring. I could have gotten direct mount down to 28, but the spider was cheap on ebay and I can now change rings with out removing crank. There are other SRAM cranks with removable spiders. I pitched the front derailleur and rode with my existing X7 long cage derailleur for a week to see if I liked it and then bought a new X7 medium cage with roller bearing clutch and put on a new chain. I have yet to put on a 42 tooth rear cog, because I can push the existing with 28 tooth chain ring.

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    I would say that the gearing really depends on your fitness and where you ride, I run a 30t because I go to Pisgah in NC a lot so I need a climbing gear, also I'm running flow rims with highroller 2.3 and thats pretty heavy to push on the climbs

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    Finally pulled the trigger and converted to a 1x10 on my Bantam. Bought a 32T Raceface Narrow wide, new bolts and a BB wrench to remove the peddles. The whole conversion took maybe an hour because I had trouble removing some of the old bolts from the peddle. Took it out for a 19 mile ride on my local trail and put it thought its paces. I found myself using more of my gears than usual but the bike felt a little bit more lively than before. I was enjoying the bike so much I didn't want to stop riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voghan View Post
    Finally pulled the trigger and converted to a 1x10 on my Bantam. Bought a 32T Raceface Narrow wide, new bolts and a BB wrench to remove the peddles. The whole conversion took maybe an hour because I had trouble removing some of the old bolts from the peddle. Took it out for a 19 mile ride on my local trail and put it thought its paces. I found myself using more of my gears than usual but the bike felt a little bit more lively than before. I was enjoying the bike so much I didn't want to stop riding.
    That is one of the most overlooked benefits of going with a 1X drivetrain, the gears are more spaced out so you don't have to shift as many times to cover a wider range. You probably used more of your cassette's full potential from high to low, but you are actually shifting less if that makes any sense.

    I'm very interested in the Bantam R build as my next bike. I am tossed up between the Bantam and the Heckler. Anyone riding the bantam ever wish they had more travel? I would classify my riding style as "aggressive trail", lots of ups and downs, tight twisty switchback climbs and descents, etc... My first inclination is that the Bantam is a better fit, but my only hesitation is that I'm in the military and don't know what area of the country I'll end up in next so I'd hate to find myself wanting the extra 20mm of travel on the Heckler. Would there be much penalty going with the longer travel?

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    I've been watching my travel lately and I wish I had a stiffer fork. I wish I got the Pike version. I've never blown threw my travel but I've use used most of it. My trails are all mostly XC trails with technical sections.

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    I've put this bike through a lot this week and still rides great.

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    For those with the 2015 Bantam and the S1000 crankset, did you need to add or remove any chain links when going to a 1x10? Also did you need to do anything for alignment? Been looking up info about doing this since my raceface n/w will be here tomorrow. I'm thinking I shouldn't need to do anything more than remove the old 2x cranks and install the 1x. Would like to know if in under estimating this. I'm guessing the original bolts will work as well in the raceface. Sorry for the amature question, still learning here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon21 View Post
    For those with the 2015 Bantam and the S1000 crankset, did you need to add or remove any chain links when going to a 1x10? Also did you need to do anything for alignment? Been looking up info about doing this since my raceface n/w will be here tomorrow. I'm thinking I shouldn't need to do anything more than remove the old 2x cranks and install the 1x. Would like to know if in under estimating this. I'm guessing the original bolts will work as well in the raceface. Sorry for the amature question, still learning here.
    The chain length all depends on the size change of your chainring. The best thing to do is once you get the new NW installed, size the chain to your setup and go with that. I don't remember exactly off hand but you can look it up, I'm pretty sure you run the chain around the chainring and largest cog on the cassette and bypass the derailleur. Bring the chain ends together and then add an additional link from where they meet (a link includes a male and female part). As far as the bolts, you may want to use the ones from the inner chainring as they are slightly longer and may be a better fit, but that is trial and error. It's really an easy install, I did it on my 29er and plan to do it on my heckler this weekend.

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    Thanks. I'll be going from a 22/34 to a 30t. I'm guessing if anything I would need to remove a few links. Just wanna make sure I have most of what I need to do the job from start to finish and not be having to run out and get anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon21 View Post
    Thanks. I'll be going from a 22/34 to a 30t. I'm guessing if anything I would need to remove a few links. Just wanna make sure I have most of what I need to do the job from start to finish and not be having to run out and get anything
    I went from a 24t/38T to a 30T single and removed 2 links. Here's a quick tutorial, use the largest cog to largest chainring method.

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    ..just take care that rear axle is as far as possible from BB!
    Deflate shock, rebound to slowest, compress it and then go for "largest cog to largest chainring method".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bro_cro_xc View Post
    ..just take care that rear axle is as far as possible from BB!
    Deflate shock, rebound to slowest, compress it and then go for "largest cog to largest chainring method".
    Yes thanks. I forgot to mention to do the measurement with the rear suspension fully flexed.

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    Thanks guys for the advice. Got the ring installed today, while attempting to set the chain length, with the rear shock fully compressed, and going from large to large, I'm about 1.5 links overlapping. I believe ideally you should be 2 links overlapping from what it sounds like. I ran the chain through the rear derailleur and connected it, then checked chain tension at a fully conpressed rear shock, there was still a little slack in th chain and the rear derailleur could still move. I can't imagine I would need to add chain links considering I had a 22/34 before, and now have a 30t. But I'm a little confused about what's going on, and if this sounds normal at all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragon21 View Post
    Thanks guys for the advice. Got the ring installed today, while attempting to set the chain length, with the rear shock fully compressed, and going from large to large, I'm about 1.5 links overlapping. I believe ideally you should be 2 links overlapping from what it sounds like. I ran the chain through the rear derailleur and connected it, then checked chain tension at a fully conpressed rear shock, there was still a little slack in th chain and the rear derailleur could still move. I can't imagine I would need to add chain links considering I had a 22/34 before, and now have a 30t. But I'm a little confused about what's going on, and if this sounds normal at all
    It should technically be 1 link of overlap, a male section and a female section. Each individual section is about .5 inch and you want 1" of overlap. Remember your bike suspension will not stay fully flexed as it is when measuring chain length, you just don't want to put too much stress on the chain at full compression. If anything I'd think you would need to take off 1-2 links (2-4 sections).

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    If there should be 1 link of overlap (1"), than I should leave it where it is. Right now I have 1.5" of over lap, so if I took out a link I'd only have .5" of overlap. Definitely don't wanna go to short and start breaking things

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    Once you get the shock set back up shift the chain into the largest cog. The derailleur arm should be at about a 45 degree angle towards the front of the bike. Also look at the routing through the derailleur, there should be obvious bends at each wheel and the chain shouldn't look straight. If you're unsure just post a picture for us.

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    This is in large/ large. Molan_labe, PM me if you can. Don't wanna keep clogging up the thread with my ignorance

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    Did you need to remove any links?

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    That picture is with no links removed.

    *edit* forgot to mention. My LBS took off the KMC chain because a link was stuck and replaced it with a shimano. So it does not have a "master link" with the quick connect. I think that may be where the half of inch extra is coming from. If there was a master link, than I would only have 1" of overlap

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    Decided to try some new riding styles. Changed my 2x10 to a 1x10, and trying some platform pedals for the first time in about 13 years. One of my clipless shoe straps broke, so I decided now is as good of a time as any. Ordered some Teva Links for an awesome deal to go with them. Will still ride clipless but waiting for holiday time to find a deal on some shoes.




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    Looks good. DI'd you do a 30T chainring? Going 1X10 is my favorite mod I've done on any of my bikes so far. You will love it. Got mine installed on my new Heckler tonight too btw.

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    Thanks, did 30T for now. As I get in better shape I may go to 32T. Did you need a breaker bar to get your crank arm off, or just a little more force?

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    Had my wife stand on the pedal and I stood on the breaker bar in the opposite direction. It took a few bounces but finally loosened up. I have a 30t on my 29er and based on some gear ratio charts I looked at that is about comparable to a 32T on a 27.5. Let me know if you ever spin out with the 30t in high gear.

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    Hey guys - newbie here.

    Started riding my old hard tail about 6 months ago and had to upgrade. Got this for 60% off and couldn't resist. I'm really enjoying it.


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    Since everyone seems to be digging going 1x10, I thought I might ask if anybody has done anything like this yet OneUp Components RAD Cage - Review - Pinkbike Im moving to Utah in a week and am thinking I might like that bit of extra gear without the 11spd investment (gotta save the money for some I9's)

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    Quote Originally Posted by npdynamite View Post
    Since everyone seems to be digging going 1x10, I thought I might ask if anybody has done anything like this yet OneUp Components RAD Cage - Review - Pinkbike Im moving to Utah in a week and am thinking I might like that bit of extra gear without the 11spd investment (gotta save the money for some I9's)
    I haven't felt the need for a 42T cog yet, the 36T paired with a 30T chainring does it for me around here. My advice would be to make sure you need it before going that route, I'm pretty sure you will need a new cassette if you want to start swapping the cogs.

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    Yeah, I would probably need a new cassette, ive been riding Salt Lake for a few days and the climbs are kicking my butt! Probably cause I'm out of shape. I think im going to try to hold out for a while, maybe wait till I can afford to throw an 11 on the back to get me that climbing gear

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    hey yall.. I think I have decided that the bantam will be my next ride. I will probably just wait for the 2016 model to come out. I currently ride a medium 2012 SC SL 29er and love the bike. I also just picked up a small 2011 chameleon to throw around. So this is what I have concluded.

    the 29er is essential for local Florida trails, most are technical and rooty rocky terain. The turning on a 29er is not good in tight switchbacks etc and It is hard for me to lift the front end up , or jump.

    The 26" is great for cornering, switchbacks, and just being able to toss around , but a hard tail is rough on my back.

    So I think 27.5 bantam single pivot will be perfect for me, I will certainly demo one before I buy but I can only imagine this being a perfect set up. The bantam has slightly more travel than my SC SL which is cool, should definitely be more nimble.

    I already know that I don't need more that 130mm of travel.

    have any of you gone from a SC29 to 27.5 or 26" - 27.5?

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    http://imagizer.imageshack.us/a/img537/1406/kqutk0.jpg My wicked Bantam is on Ebay right Now. Search Santa Cruz Bantam!!!

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    Got out in the wild yesterday

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    I picked this up a few weeks back. It came with the triple crankset. I'm going to wait and see how often I get into the mountains in the background before going to a 2X or 1X.

    I am impressed with how well this bike corners in the tight twisty stuff. It wants to go faster than I can ride, I'm going to have to step up my game.

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    Few hundred miles on my Bantam now. Great little climber, gets it done on some pretty gnarly descents, and kicks ass in the corners.

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    Good job!

    Picked up my Bantam yesterday and took it out on it's inaugural ride with the pups. We all approve.

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    Hi guys, love the pics. I'm interested in getting one of these. I occasionally ride in the mtns. (Pisgah, etc.) but would mostly be sticking to smaller XC trails. Superlight is an option too, but leaning towards more travel as I already have a 29er XC bike. Is it worth springing for the R version of the Bantam with the Pike? Also, are the SRAM DB1 brakes on the D any good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cackalacky View Post
    Hi guys, love the pics. I'm interested in getting one of these. I occasionally ride in the mtns. (Pisgah, etc.) but would mostly be sticking to smaller XC trails. Superlight is an option too, but leaning towards more travel as I already have a 29er XC bike. Is it worth springing for the R version of the Bantam with the Pike? Also, are the SRAM DB1 brakes on the D any good?
    The brakes and fork are better. Worth 600 bucks more? I guess it depends on your budget and how picky you are with your parts. I can't see the full parts spec on the SC website like I used to. Check the difference in wheels and weight and other parts if you can get the info. I would guess that the Sector fork and SRAM brakes are fine for most users, but the Pike and the Shimano brakes are probably good enough even for pretty hard core riders. If you are mostly riding close to home on more more moderate trails, you probably would not notice much benefit to the higher end stuff.

    On the other hand, if you are the kind of guy who gets a bike and then starts thinking about upgrading, then you are better off getting the higher end spec to start with.

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    Frame out build for my Bantam. Fox Factory 140 really makes it my do everything bike.
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    The Bantam is now extinct with only a few left in the wild, according to the Santa Cruz website.

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