Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 98
  1. #1
    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    Reputation: NoahColorado's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,908

    Bantams in the wild?

    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
    NOAH SEARS
    MRP
    TECH QUESTIONS HERE: INFO@MRPBIKE.COM

  2. #2
    Creepy tooth fairy
    Reputation: HELLBELLY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    618
    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.
    the going won't get good 'til I'm good and gone

  3. #3
    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    Reputation: NoahColorado's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,908
    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!
    NOAH SEARS
    MRP
    TECH QUESTIONS HERE: INFO@MRPBIKE.COM

  4. #4
    Creepy tooth fairy
    Reputation: HELLBELLY's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    618
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    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.
    the going won't get good 'til I'm good and gone

  5. #5
    I Ride for Donuts
    Reputation: CommuterBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    4,668
    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?
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

  6. #6
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Keithmck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    73
    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 !

  7. #7
    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    Reputation: NoahColorado's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,908
    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.
    NOAH SEARS
    MRP
    TECH QUESTIONS HERE: INFO@MRPBIKE.COM

  8. #8
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Keithmck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    73
    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.

  9. #9
    I Ride for Donuts
    Reputation: CommuterBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    4,668
    Mine's an XL, complete bike. Just got an updated delivery estimate of 2/28. Ordered on 9/9
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

  10. #10
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    361
    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.

  11. #11
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Posts
    361
    Noah, what is the rear shock dimensions on it? Doubt I can reuse mine from the Blur...

  12. #12
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Posts
    349
    Noah..How does it climb?

  13. #13
    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    Reputation: NoahColorado's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,908
    7.875 x 2.0" (200 x 51mm)

    Blur LT2s were 8.5 x 2.5"
    NOAH SEARS
    MRP
    TECH QUESTIONS HERE: INFO@MRPBIKE.COM

  14. #14
    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    Reputation: NoahColorado's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,908
    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.
    NOAH SEARS
    MRP
    TECH QUESTIONS HERE: INFO@MRPBIKE.COM

  15. #15
    mtbr member
    Reputation: vikb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    6,604
    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**
    Safe riding,

    Vik
    www.vikapproved.com

  16. #16
    mtbr member
    Reputation: vikb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    6,604
    Quote Originally Posted by NoahColorado View Post
    Anyone else got a Bantam? Just got back from Moab on mine - it rocks!
    Nice build.
    Safe riding,

    Vik
    www.vikapproved.com

  17. #17
    I Ride for Donuts
    Reputation: CommuterBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    4,668
    How's the fit, and how tall are you? I ordered an XL also...
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

  18. #18
    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    Reputation: NoahColorado's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,908
    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.
    NOAH SEARS
    MRP
    TECH QUESTIONS HERE: INFO@MRPBIKE.COM

  19. #19
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    47
    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 ?

  20. #20
    I Ride for Donuts
    Reputation: CommuterBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    4,668
    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.
    Thanks.
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

  21. #21
    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    Reputation: NoahColorado's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,908
    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.
    NOAH SEARS
    MRP
    TECH QUESTIONS HERE: INFO@MRPBIKE.COM

  22. #22
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    47
    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

  23. #23
    I Ride for Donuts
    Reputation: CommuterBoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    4,668
    1st ride today.

    Bantams in the wild?-screen-shot-2014-03-02-9.32.50-pm.jpg
    You have no excuse for driving to work
    (unless you don't have studded tires)
    (no excuse for that either)

  24. #24
    Older & Slower
    Reputation: JTeezy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    653
    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).

  25. #25
    GUIDANCE COUNSELOR
    Reputation: NoahColorado's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    2,908
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by historeeteacher View Post
    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.
    NOAH SEARS
    MRP
    TECH QUESTIONS HERE: INFO@MRPBIKE.COM

Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. RIP in the wild
    By Jisch in forum Niner Bikes
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-19-2013, 08:17 AM
  2. PODIUM in the wild
    By VanGor44 in forum Knolly
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 09-24-2012, 09:34 AM
  3. Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-02-2012, 10:57 PM
  4. Wild Wonderful WV
    By scottybinwv in forum Virginia, WV, Maryland, DC, Delaware
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 06-27-2011, 11:12 AM
  5. Dueces Wild
    By Skookum in forum Washington
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 05-30-2011, 04:03 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •