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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck Banzai
    Im one that would prefer a matte finish, but you cant stop the sexiness that is the BLT
    Yup, I agree 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gripo
    I don't doubt the outright strength of carbon but could see an issue with durability/longevity. True about it's strength, how long has it been used in the aerospace industry or sports like F1/Moto GP etc. but then how often is a carbon component replaced in those arenas?

    For example the rear dropouts on the LT/XC's is all carbon without any metal protection, I can see a longevity issue with some users who may overtighten the qr's or worse would be a bolt up axle/hub that grinds into the carbon as it's tightened. Then there's the seatpost clamp area which will be crushed 1000's of times by seatpost QR's.

    Time will tell, I'm just being cautious.
    Anybody have any experience with the Ibis Mojo SL? It appears that it has carbon dropouts also: The SL also features compression molded carbon fiber dropouts, compared to aluminum on the Mojo Carbon. http://www.ibiscycles.com/mountain/mojosl/

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll
    Anybody have any experience with the Ibis Mojo SL? It appears that it has carbon dropouts also: The SL also features compression molded carbon fiber dropouts, compared to aluminum on the Mojo Carbon. http://www.ibiscycles.com/mountain/mojosl/

    Cheers.
    I have been riding a Mojo SL for more than a year at Bootleg Canyon, NV. Aside from some cosmetic scratches on the rear triangle, no problems so far with any part of the carbon frame. It will be joined by a black and silver Blur LT Carbon probably by next month. It was recently joined by an aluminum Nomad2 and I still find the time to ride my aluminum Blur XC.

    I'm very interested in how your build goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedsdoc
    I have been riding a Mojo SL for more than a year at Bootleg Canyon, NV. Aside from some cosmetic scratches on the rear triangle, no problems so far with any part of the carbon frame. It will be joined by a black and silver Blur LT Carbon probably by next month. It was recently joined by an aluminum Nomad2 and I still find the time to ride my aluminum Blur XC.

    I'm very interested in how your build goes.
    That's good to know. I, personally, have blind faith in carbon for bikes. I also have blind faith in SC's engineering and manufacturing. No experience, just faith; so, thanks for sharing.

    My bike is built except for the I9 20mm front wheel sleeve. It was originally a 15QR wheel and didn't have the 20mm sleeve included. I9 was supposed to overnight it for delivery today (Thurs.)! Maybe the nights are longer in the Blue Ridge Mountains and it'll be delivered on Friday? I'm blowing off work and going for a ride tomorrow. I was hoping it'd be on the LTc. Still could happen.

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    Still waiting for the 20mm sleeve from Industry Nine. Evidently it was overnighted from one side of their warehouse to the other. I'll get it on Tuesday. Here's the current state of the bike.

    The proprietary headset is a Cane Creek Frustum ZS-3 ( http://www.canecreek.com/component-h...uct=frustum-zs ).

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    That is looking sweet. Give us an update on the ride.

    I bought an aluminum LT2 about 2 months ago and love the ride, this has me wondering if carbon is in store for the near future.
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    headbadge?

    I've always been an anodized guy. Do you think that head badge is going to stay on? I looks like it would just pop right off.

    I'm pumped to hear more about your rig after you get it dialed.

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    Market/Branding logo; probably the last thing SC would want to fall off. Rode my XCc today and it stayed on. I'll post more next week.

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    Hi m_driscoll please can you tell me how the BB is mounted is it screw in or press in??Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffus
    Hi m_driscoll please can you tell me how the BB is mounted is it screw in or press in??Thanks
    I don't know anything about bottom brackets! SC didn't indicate that the bottom bracket was unique. I'm guessing that means that it's screw-in. I'm using the Shimano XTR FC-970 crankset and bottom bracket.

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    It's a standard 73mm bb. Just swapped the XT crank from my al BLT2 straight to the carbon beastie.

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    Ride Report #2

    Driscoll,

    So after a few weeks what do you think? Have you had a chance to pound on that bike yet?

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    Here's the final 'build' and photos. Thanks Veloce Velo in Issaquah.

    Also took my first ride today. Spent a few hours at Paradise Valley (http://evergreenmtb.org/wiki/index.p...radise_Valley). Great place to try the bike out.

    Most of my time was with the fork at 130mm. 160mm was overkill. Still need to get the suspension 'dialed in'; especially rebound. You could definitely feel the differences in handling with the fork travel adjust. On the really tight singletrack in the 'bike park' (don't think Whistler) section, the 130mm felt good and the 160mm was hard to control. The 160mm will have to wait for another place. Set the RP23 for 17mm sag and didn't touch the propedal. Also, didn't use the Joplin.

    At 29.16 lbs., it's not my lightest bike; but, I didn't really notice. Climbing was controlled and smooth at 130mm (at 160mm, it was harder to 'weight' the front end). Descending felt very stable. I need to ride a trail a few times to get a better feel for the bike's performance as opposed to my own! So far - terrific, very fun bike, that's going to push my riding!

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon, medium
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23
    Fork: Fox 36 Talas FIT RC2, 1.5 taper (4.98 lbs.)
    Saddle: WTB Devo Carbon
    Seatpost: Crank Brothers Joplin R, 30.9 (1.18 lbs.)
    Seatpost Clamp: Santa Cruz
    Handlebar: Easton MonkeyLite XC, High Rise, 685mm
    Stem: Syntace F-119 MTB, w/TI bolts, 90mm
    Grips: Ergon GE1
    Headset: Cane Creek Frustum ZS-3
    Shift Levers: SRAM X.0, trigger
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.0, long cage
    Derailleur Cables: Gore Ride-On Sealed
    Brakes: Magura Marta SL Magnesium
    Brake Rotors: Magura SL Drilled, 180mm F & R
    Crankset: Shimano XTR Hollowtech II Crankset FC-M970, 175mm
    Chain: SRAM PC-991 Hollow Pin
    Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet 3, Aluminum + Ti (0.97 lbs.)
    Cassette: Shimano XTR Cassette CS-M970, 11-34t
    Wheels: Industry Nine Enduro Flow (Stanís Flow rims)
    Tires: Continental Mountain King Protection 2.4 in., converted to tubeless (Stanís)
    Rear Skewer: DT Swiss RWS Thru Bolt, 10x135
    Weight: 29.16 lbs. (13.23 kg.)

    Cheers.
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    Are you sure that weight is correct? That setup should be quite a bit lighter than that?
    "Do not touch the trim"

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    Seems like it should; but, I weighed it several times.

    Easton EC-90 seatpost instead of the Joplin R - minus 366g;
    Crank Brothers Eggbeater 2Ti instead of Mallet 3 - minus 215g;
    different wheelset (I9 Enduros are 1900g) - minus 250g;
    32 Talas 15QR 150mm instead of the 36 Talas - 460g.

    That's 1,291 grams less ( minus 2.85 lbs.). The bike would weigh 26.27 lbs.

    Cheers.

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    m_driscoll awesome bike, thanks for your reply regarding the fork, I'm now convinced Tala36 for me, cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by m_driscoll
    Won't actually be 'set up' for a couple of days; but, looks really sweet out of the box! 5.68 lbs. More to come. Thanks Zach at Competitive Cyclist.

    Cheers.
    That is a beautiful frame! Damn, now I might have of trading in old BLT 1 for this one.

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    Freaking awesome bike! Congrats

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    New wheels, tires, and seatpost/clamp

    Swapped out a couple of components and gained 2/100th of a pound. Can't ride it until this weekend.

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon, medium
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23
    Fork: Fox 36 Talas FIT RC2, 1.5 taper (4.98 lbs.)
    Saddle: WTB Devo Carbon
    Seatpost: Easton EC90 Zero Setback Carbon Fiber
    Seatpost Clamp: Syntace Superlock
    Handlebar: Easton MonkeyLite XC, High Rise, 685mm
    Stem: Syntace F-119 MTB, w/TI bolts, 90mm
    Grips: Ergon GE1
    Headset: Cane Creek Frustum ZS-3
    Shift Levers: SRAM X.0, trigger
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.0, long cage
    Derailleur Cables: Gore Ride-On Sealed
    Brakes: Magura Marta SL Magnesium
    Brake Rotors: Magura SL Drilled, 180mm F & R
    Crankset: Shimano XTR Hollowtech II Crankset FC-M970, 175mm
    Chain: SRAM PC-991 Hollow Pin
    Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet 3, Aluminum + Ti (0.97 lbs.)
    Cassette: Sram PG-990, 11-34t
    Rims: Edge Composites AM
    Hubs: Chris King ISO, 10x135 'Fun bolts' at rear
    Tires: Schwalbe Fat Albert UST, 2.25", converted to tubeless (Stanís rim strips and sealant)
    Weight: 29.18 lbs. (13.24 kg.)

    Cheers.
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    Definitely an improvement aesthetically. Love the Edge/pewter CK combo. Still not sure about the gold pedals mind you ;-)

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    Bling very nice, your gain must be the cassette XTR to SRAM

    How is it riding?

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    Dude,
    That bike is f'n out of hand.
    I am immune to your disdain.

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    Man, what a build. You gotta get a pair of Formulas The One, they would match your pedals perfectly!
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    Why trade the Crank Brothers Joplin, problems ???

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    I just got mine built up today. I only got a chance to rip around the parking lot. I can tell, however, that this bike is unbelievably stiff. Unbelievably responsive. I'm geeking out already.
    I am immune to your disdain.

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