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    I actually get the bell. I use it to warn hikers on the trail. But thought of riding down a rock garden with my smart phone on my stem.................ugh no.

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    Just finished build.

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LTc, size M
    Rear Shock: Fox RP23
    Fork: Fox 32 Float FIT RLC, 1.5 taper
    Saddle: Chromag Trailmaster
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite, 30.9
    Seatpost Clamp: Santa Cruz
    Handlebar: Race Face SIXC, 725mm
    Stem: Easton Havoc, 65mm
    Grips: Ergon GA1
    Headset: Cane Creek ZS3/XXII - Mixed Tapered Headset
    Shift Levers: SRAM X.0, trigger
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM X.0, medium cage
    Derailleur Cables: Gore Ride-On Sealed
    Brakes: Shimano Saint M810
    Crankset: e*thirteen by the hive, 170mm
    Chain: SRAM PC-991
    Pedals: Corsair
    Cassette: SRAM PG-990
    Wheels: Hope Pro II hubs + Stan's ZTR 355 rims + DT Swiss Super Comp spokes
    Tires: Kenda Nevegal 2.35 UST
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    Sold the 2010 Revelations Teams and ditched the U-turn in favour of some 2011 Revelation World Cups. First ride on them today and they were spot on.


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    Rick, those new Revs look sweet :O)

    So I finally let rip yesterday and ordered an XL frame in the new white colour scheme.

    Hoping to have it for a race in the middle of October, but who can say.........?

    Rest of the build stacks up like this:

    Fox 36 Float RLC taper
    CK or CC zero stack headset
    2011 XTR trail cranks 26-38, mechs, shifters, pedals, brakes (200/180)
    2011 XT cassette 11-36 and chain
    Thomson stem 80mm/seatpost (while I wait for RS Reverb, also ordered)
    Fizik Gobi XM Kium
    Sixc handlebar
    DT 240s on Flow rims (got fed up waiting for 20mm Havens)
    Tyres
    Grips

    Should hit around 26lb dead with light tyres and rigid post, 27.25 with bigger tyres and dropper post.

    Now all I have to do is wait.......................................

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    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon, medium
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23
    Fork: Fox 32 FIT RLC, 1.5 taper
    Saddle: WTB Vigo
    Seatpost: Thomson masterpiece
    Seatpost Clamp: Hope
    Handlebar: EDGE carbon low rise
    Stem: Thomson, 70mm
    Grips: OURY lock on with ODI locks and bar ends
    Headset: Cane Creek Frustum ZS-3
    Shift Levers: XTR
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount
    Rear Derailleur: XT med cage
    Derailleur Cables: Jagwire
    Brakes: Avid elixir CR with Goodridge SS lines 160 rear 185 front
    Crankset: Shimano XTR Hollowtech II Crankset FC-M970, 175mm
    Chain: SRAM
    Pedals: Crank Brothers Acid
    Cassette: Sram PG990, 11-32t
    Wheels: Hadley hubs Stan's ZTR arch triple butted spokes
    Tires: Maxxis ignitor, Schwalbe, King Jim
    Rear Skewer: Hadley








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    Jimba where did you get the down tube protector from?

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    that comes stock on the frames now, in fact it was about 5" longer than you see it is now. I cut it down a bit cause it covered the logo.

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    two more

    JDO´s Blue

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon, medium
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23
    Fork: Fox 32 TALAS 140 1,125
    Saddle: Selle Italia Yuttaak GF
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Seatpost Clamp: SC
    Handlebar: S-works low rise
    Stem: Thomson, 100 mm 0·
    Grips: Propalm
    Headset: Cane Creek XXI
    Shift Levers: X0
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount
    Rear Derailleur: X0 med
    Derailleur Cables: Shimano
    Brakes: Avid Juicy Ultimate 160 rear 160 front
    Crankset: FSA K-Force Light, 175mm
    Chain: XTR
    Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy
    Cassette: XT 11-34
    Wheels: Crank Brothers Cobalt 9 mm front
    Tires: Michelin-Bontrager (to be replaced with old and faithful Nevegals 2.1)
    Rear Skewer: CB


    Martin´s Black One

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon, medium
    Rear Shock: Fox Float RP23
    Fork: 2011 Fox 32 TALAS 150, 1.5 taper
    Saddle: Fisik
    Seatpost: Crank Brothers Cobalt 3
    Seatpost Clamp: SC
    Handlebar: Crank Brothers Iodine 3
    Stem: Thomson, 90-5·
    Grips: Don´t remember
    Headset: Cane Creek XXI
    Shift Levers: XTR
    Front Derailleur: Shimano XT M771 Direct Mount
    Rear Derailleur: XT med cage
    Derailleur Cables: Shimano
    Brakes: XT 160 rear 160 front
    Crankset: Shimano XT Hollowtech II Crankset FC-M970, 175mm
    Chain: XTR
    Pedals: XT
    Cassette: XT, 11-34t
    Wheels: Crank Brothers Cobalts 15 mm Front
    Tires: Panaracer rampage
    Rear Skewer: CB
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    Interesting setup with the Rohloff, what is the weight of it?
    **** Looking for a Sram 9.0SL rear hub *****

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    Anyone get an LTc in one of the new frame colors yet? I really want to see some builds with the glossy white frame. Anybody?

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    Mine's on its way. In the meantime, found this the other night......

    http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/view...php?t=12733465

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Gough
    Mine's on its way. In the meantime, found this the other night......

    http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/view...php?t=12733465
    So you have the glossy white on order? What is the wait time on them right now?

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    Haha, that must be the billion dollar question.

    Last week I was told that SCB were now painting medium and large frames in the new colours, to be followed by small and extra large (mine's an XL), and to expect it to be a good couple of weeks before it left there. Then I saw that one on Bikeradar which implies that at least some frames have already hit the retailers, so fingers crossed it won't be too long.

    I'm still waiting for a couple of parts which have been on order for a while - namely XTR trail pedals and brakes, and Reverb post. Hopefully it all comes together later this month

    .......and yes, mine will be glossy white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Gough
    Haha, that must be the billion dollar question.

    Last week I was told that SCB were now painting medium and large frames in the new colours, to be followed by small and extra large (mine's an XL), and to expect it to be a good couple of weeks before it left there. Then I saw that one on Bikeradar which implies that at least some frames have already hit the retailers, so fingers crossed it won't be too long.

    I'm still waiting for a couple of parts which have been on order for a while - namely XTR trail pedals and brakes, and Reverb post. Hopefully it all comes together later this month

    .......and yes, mine will be glossy white.
    Sounds sweet... Hope to see pics when you get it built. SCB is a funny company. We all have known that these new colors were coming for at least 3 months now, and they are still dragging ass. Lucky for me I won't be ordering my new frame for at least 2 or 3 more months, so hopefully they will have some in stock by then.

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    finished tinkering now I want a carbon v10

    I love this bike
    2010 Santa cruz bltc, 2011 talas 150, truvativ noir cranks, sixc bar, respond 45 stem, reverb seatpost, crossmax st 2010 wheels, mallet 2's race face bash 2 ring, e13 heim2 chain guide xo components , peatty lock ons, prowler mx 2.3 tublesss front, captain tubeless 2.2 rear, elixer cr carbons
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    I think you missed the purpose of the chain guide mate.
    You need to put it over and inside the roller for it to tension the chain properly.
    Yesterday I've installed an E13 Heim 3RS on new custom shimano XT triple cranks for my Nomad Mk2 and it works like charm for AM.
    Beautiful bike by the way

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    No. I didn't I cannot put it any higher for the nut from the bolt touches the lower linkage as is. Also chain slap and inefficient pedalling was not the problem it was complete chain droppage when flying over super rocky rooty stuff which has not happened once since I installed it. It does exactly what I wanted it to do. Thanks for The compliment though.

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    thread jack-


    do you think the carbon rear triangle would fit on the alu 2010 blur lt? i think that could be a nice cheep little upgrade!

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    Pretty sure thats what Jamie Goldman has done. Don't how much of an upgrade it would be in terms of cost to benefit ratio though.

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    he's probably asking because of this :

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Santa-Cruz-Blur-...item27b49830a0
    My bikes:
    2009 Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon, 1x9 "trail monster"
    1996 Bontrager Privateer Comp, 1x9, Hydro V's

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    seems like a cool idea, but you had better call santa cruz to inquire. I saw that triangle on ebay too. SC has great customer service and even respond to email's fairly quickly. I think the main stiffness gains between the 2 frames are in the front triangle however, with the tapered steerer and the massive BB area.

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    Friends new bltc!

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    Very,very nice setup! Can you give us a breakdown of the build please?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdc5r
    Friends new bltc!
    That would have to be the nicest Aussie LTc I have seen to date. I only wish i had the money to grab one of these frames before the colours change.

    Very nice indeed. The first Trail XTR set i have seen on someones bike as well. BLING!

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    When will they start selling the Blur LTc in new colours? Have they started shipping to bike shops in States?

    Thanks

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    Updated Spec

    I have now had the Blur LTC for 1 year and it still looks the bollocks... I have changed the forks to 2011 Fox 36 Float 160 RLC Taper and taken the large ring off the crank to make it two ring setup! The KS seat post was also an addition after the original build...
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    TLM are you using a tensioner above the chain, the same as Supercrusty, it seems that could be the solution to the damage the chain does to the lower linkage. Great looking bike.

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    No, not using a chain tensioner... but i am seriously thinking of getting the same one as Supercrusty. My lower link(chain side) has had all of the paint beaten off from the chain slap issue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by anglers republic
    When will they start selling the Blur LTc in new colours? Have they started shipping to bike shops in States?

    Thanks
    Just got my 2011 Blur LTc yeterday
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    The new matte finish is slick in the flesh. May be it's not such a bad thing if i can't pick up one of the old frames.

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    My 2011



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    My New SC BLTc...pics coming soon...

    Here's what I'm hoping to have finished by mid December:
    BTW, I am 6'1" and 215lbs with gear like to ride SOMO in phoenix, Soverein in MOab, Flagstaff, Sedona, mixed agressive XC/ light AM

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT carbon XL (matte black)
    Rear Shock:2011 RP23 w/Boost valve, Custom Tuned for my weight by Drake at ISO
    Fork: 2011 Fox Talas 32 Custom tuned for my weight, by Drake at ISO
    Saddle: Selle Italia Prolink Genuine Gel
    Seatpost: Rock Shox Reverb
    Handlebar: Easton Havoc Carbon 750mm
    Grips: ESI Chunky Silicone
    Stem: Thomson X4, 50mm, Ti bolts
    Headset: Chris King (black)
    Shifter Levers: Sram XX
    Front Derailleur: XX
    Rear Derailleur: XX Longcage
    Derailleur Cabels: Gore Ride-On sealed
    Brakes: Formula R1 Front-180mm, Rear- 160mm, Carbon Levers, Ti rotor and caliper bolts
    Crankset: XX 2 ring: 26,39
    Bottom Bracket: Chris King (black)
    Chain: KMC X10SL
    Cassette: XX, Xg-1099 11,36
    Pedals: Crank Brothers titanium Candy 11
    Wheelset: Industry 9 XC (pewter) hubs w/ceramic bearings, blue spokes, Stan's Flow rim
    Tires: (still un-decided) thinking of using: Continental Mountain King 2.4 Protection rear, Conti Trail King (rubber queen) 2.4 Fr
    Stan's Tubeless
    Crankskins- 12mil thick downtube and crank wear protection
    Seatpost Clamp: Salsa (blue)

    Weight??? TBA

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    Two BLTc in the house!

    Wife's

    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT carbon M (matte black)
    Rear Shock: 2010 RP23 w/Boost valve
    Fork: 2010 Fox Talas 32 FIT RLC Tapered
    Saddle: Fizik Vitesse
    Seatpost: Easton EC70
    Handlebar: Easton Monkey Lite SL
    Grips: ODI
    Stem: Truvativ AKA
    Headset: Chris King (black)
    Shifter Levers: Shimano XT
    Front Derailleur: XT
    Rear Derailleur: XT Shadow
    Brakes: Elixir CR Front-185mm, Rear- 160mm
    Crankset: XT
    Chain: XT
    Cassette: XT
    Pedals: Twenty6 Prerunner Ti
    Wheelset: Stan's Crest on Chub Hub front, DT 340 rear, CX-Ray spokes
    Tires:Weirwolf 2.3 front, Ardent 2.1 rear




    Mine:


    Frame: Santa Cruz Blur LT carbon M (matte black)
    Rear Shock: 2010 RP23 w/Boost valve
    Fork: 2010 Fox Talas 32 FIT RLC Tapered
    Saddle: Fizik Gobi
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    Handlebar: Race Face Atlas
    Grips: ODI
    Stem: Race Face Atlas
    Headset: Chris King (black)
    Shifter Levers: Shimano XT
    Front Derailleur: XT
    Rear Derailleur: XT Shadow
    Brakes: Elixir CR Front-185mm, Rear- 160mm
    Crankset: XT
    Chain: XT
    Cassette: XT
    Pedals: XTR
    Wheelset: DT 5.1 on Chub Hub front, DT 340 rear
    Tires:Weirwolf 2.3 front, Crossmark rear
    Stan's tubeless conversion



    Pictures coming soon
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    Finally.
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    Beautiful!

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    awesome. That is excatly how i would build my bltc.

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    How do you like the XTR trail pedal?

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    @Tyler:

    Pedals are good. Liking the platform, having a small amount of trouble clipping in at times but think this is down to shoes / cleat position / pedal tension. Still in shake down / set up mode really, just got back from first proper ride about an hour ago.

    Will report my findings on various components more fully later in the weekend, and post a few extra photos.

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    So, is anyone on here using this bike for jumping/freeride? I know that Santa Cruz claims this frame as being really strong but it would be nice to here some user feedback. I do a lot of trailriding, too. I'm also thinking of running an angleset to slacken it out. Anyone tried this?

    Thanks

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    I do havent tried the angleset though i have hit up to 8' **** with it bigger than that would scare me anyway would get a nomadic if you want mire freeride than that

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty
    I do havent tried the angleset though i have hit up to 8' **** with it bigger than that would scare me anyway would get a nomadic if you want mire freeride than that

    Uhhhh........Ya, what he said.
    "Do not touch the trim"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Gough
    Finally.
    Interesting choice with the 2x10...that low gear seems kinda limiting on a trail bike?
    "Do not touch the trim"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivet
    Interesting choice with the 2x10...that low gear seems kinda limiting on a trail bike?
    38/11 = 42/12.16 or 44/12.74 at the top end

    26/36 = 22/30.5 or 24/33.2 at the bottom end

    Plenty wide enough. I've been doing 8000ft+ technical rides on my old bike with 22/28 and no problems. This is two pounds heavier than my hardtail and goes up the technical stuff a lot better, so don't envisage any issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Gough
    38/11 = 42/12.16 or 44/12.74 at the top end

    26/36 = 22/30.5 or 24/33.2 at the bottom end

    Plenty wide enough. I've been doing 8000ft+ technical rides on my old bike with 22/28 and no problems. This is two pounds heavier than my hardtail and goes up the technical stuff a lot better, so don't envisage any issues.
    Ya, when I do big days in the Sierras I rarely get out of the middle ring, however the local techy steep climbs (22%-25%) require every bit of my 22/34. Your bike looks really tight, What's yours weigh? Just finished my LT carbon, 28lbs with Reverb seatpost and big tires.
    "Do not touch the trim"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivet
    Ya, when I do big days in the Sierras I rarely get out of the middle ring, however the local techy steep climbs (22%-25%) require every bit of my 22/34. Your bike looks really tight, What's yours weigh? Just finished my LT carbon, 28lbs with Reverb seatpost and big tires.
    Also 28lbs. Here's the build:

    BLTc frame XL
    Float 36 RLC 2011
    CC 110 headset
    Reverb 380mm post
    Thomson stem 80x0deg
    RF Sixc carbon bar 725mm
    Flow rims on DT240s
    XTR chainset 26-38, mechs F+R, shifters, trail brakes and trail pedals
    XT cassette 11-36, chain, and 6-bolt rotors 180/160
    Gobi Kium saddle
    Nobby Nic 2.25 UST tyres
    ODI Subliminal grips

    Nothing super light on there, but it should all go the distance.

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    That white frame looks like a matte finish in the picture. I thought it was suppose to be glossy clear finish. Max can you help us out. More pics, with different angles. How do you like the 725mm sixc bar? I am thinking of putting that one on my next build.

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    Some pics with Gloss Lime Green?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neblackb
    That white frame looks like a matte finish in the picture. I thought it was suppose to be glossy clear finish. Max can you help us out. More pics, with different angles. How do you like the 725mm sixc bar? I am thinking of putting that one on my next build.
    Definitely shiny shiny, matches the Fox fork finish perfectly. Will post more pics when I get a moment. Bar is fine, I'm 6'5" and it doesn't seem overly wide. Have to watch out for a few sneaky trees on my local trails, but that's all.

    Should probably put out a couple of shouts to the guys who supplied and built it for me, Campbell at www.bicycle.co.nz who hooked me up with the frame, fork, headset and Reverb post, and Tristan at www.wheelworks.co.nz who supplied the groupset, plus yet another pair of stunningly built wheels. Cheers boys, you've made me very happy :O)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Max Gough
    Also 28lbs. Here's the build:

    BLTc frame XL
    Float 36 RLC 2011
    CC 110 headset
    Reverb 380mm post
    Thomson stem 80x0deg
    RF Sixc carbon bar 725mm
    Flow rims on DT240s
    XTR chainset 26-38, mechs F+R, shifters, trail brakes and trail pedals
    XT cassette 11-36, chain, and 6-bolt rotors 180/160
    Gobi Kium saddle
    Nobby Nic 2.25 UST tyres
    ODI Subliminal grips

    Nothing super light on there, but it should all go the distance.
    Nice, 28lbs for an XL with a Fox 36 is impressive.
    "Do not touch the trim"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frisco43
    So, is anyone on here using this bike for jumping/freeride? I know that Santa Cruz claims this frame as being really strong but it would be nice to here some user feedback. I do a lot of trailriding, too. I'm also thinking of running an angleset to slacken it out. Anyone tried this?

    Thanks
    I'm also interested in installing an angleset though I'm not sure it's even possible on the LTc. Anyone done it yet?
    Ride it like you stole it!

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    Like these ??



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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfas
    Like these ??


    Thanks!

    I want some more!

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    Who lives near NYC?

    Is there any good shop to buy one BLUR LTC in NYC?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neblackb
    That white frame looks like a matte finish in the picture. I thought it was suppose to be glossy clear finish. Max can you help us out. More pics, with different angles. How do you like the 725mm sixc bar? I am thinking of putting that one on my next build.
    More pics on Tristan's blog: http://wheelworks.co.nz/blog/maxs-blur-lt-carbon/

    The stem is now below the spacers, but apart from that (and possibly a bash guard) you're looking at the final spec.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoyoz
    Who lives near NYC?

    Is there any good shop to buy one BLUR LTC in NYC?


    This is a great store ,there you can get a good deal
    www.bayridgebikes.com/
    Bay Ridge Bicycle World
    8916 Third Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11209

    Phone 718-238-1118
    Fax 718-238-4094
    Email bayridgebikes@aol.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by mentawais
    This is a great store ,there you can get a good deal
    www.bayridgebikes.com/
    Bay Ridge Bicycle World
    8916 Third Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11209

    Phone 718-238-1118
    Fax 718-238-4094
    Email bayridgebikes@aol.com
    Thanks!

    But i don't see any SANTA CRUZ on thier website...

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoyoz
    Thanks!

    But i don't see any SANTA CRUZ on thier website...
    OK , but they sell Santa Cruz bike ,better you make a fone contact , right now I'm buying a Nomad frame there.

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    OK thanks : i will call!

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    My new steed!




    This is the second LTc I've built up so far (perks of working at a shop). Thought I'd throw it up on here to let you guys have a look. I've only got about 60 miles on it. I originally built it with 2.35 Nevy's on the front and back but mounted up this small bock 2.1 to try it out on the mellow stuff. I would list the build info but I think it's fairly straight forward. Wheels are King's laced to Stan's Flows with DT/Swiss SuperComp's, saddle: Devo carbon. Set up tubeless, riding weight comes in at 26.2 lbs. with the small block 8 mounted.

    I'm pretty stoked on it. Did have some drive train issues right up front but SRAM's quick on their feet and the issues solved pronto. Now the 2x10 is running smooth as butter.

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    That Honda Trail 90 in the backgound is almost as B.A. as the bike. Sweet bike though, how well does that small block grip? I was running the Nev. tubless set-up similar to yours but had some issues with the tires bubbling up (used stans sealer and I know they say not to)

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    new girl friend

    I just came back from my first ride this morning. I LOVED it!

    I have been thinking to go for either BLTc or Nomad C. for a while but it proved to me that my decision was a right one. The new Nomad C has been appearing to me a lot but I kind of thought that I didn’t need that much of travel for my riding style.

    I came off from Yeti 575 and the LTc is much more controllable and the pedaling is fantastic on sitting and standing. Because of I can get on the center of the bike easily I found that its much easier to take jumps and drops too.

    It is a bit embarrassing that the steerer is too long at the moment but i have ordered the new 36 float. It will be very interesting to me how the 36 would make a difference. I am a big boy (6.1’ and 89 kg) so I am expected the stiffness at the front will help me for the aggressive riding.

    Normally I don’t much care about weight but it is 27.1 lbs at the moment.

    I liked the new Matte Black color and also have to tell everyone the new Shimano XTR trail petal is awesome. It was absolutely the best pedal I have ever owned. I am keen to go for XTR 1 x 10 set up and the Reverb seat post one day.

    Overall I am very happy!
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    almost_fast That Honda Trail 90 in the backgound is almost as B.A. as the bike. Sweet bike though, how well does that small block grip? I was running the Nev. tubless set-up similar to yours but had some issues with the tires bubbling up (used stans sealer and I know they say not to)

    Yeah I've had a couple of trail 90's. The one in the pick was restored bolt by bolt (it's a 1971). Sadly it has to go.

    I just mounted it on this bike, haven't ridden it yet. I did have it on another LT prior for a bit and found that it ripped uphill and performed very well on hard packed single track. It doesn't hook up as well on loose rocky conditions as one would expect. I couldn't ever get away with running it front and back (unless I was racing XC), but having the rear end drift a bit on the downhill is no big deal. I've never had problems with stan's eating the Kenda's. I've heard all about it though. I work at a shop and see a lot of (non-tubeless) Kenda's set up tubeless and have only seen issues with tires breaking down once or twice that I can remember. The main problem I see is due to the flimsy sidewalls, it's relatively easy to puncture a hole in the side that won't seal up. Honestly, I rarely get a Kenda that I wear out before I gash the sidewall. I still love them though and will continue to run them until I find something I like better for the trails up and down the Wasatch front in Utah.

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    I'm thinking about to sell my 2010 for a 2011 color...

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    my new girl updated!

    My new girl friend has been upgraded.

    The new 36 Float is fantastic! I am very happy with the fork. Its much greater fork than my previous 32 talas for me. I thought i might shorten the travel to 150mm but even i had a few long climbs this morning, at the moment i dont need it.

    i am also impressed by Maxxis Crossmark tyres too. They are great summer tyres in here NZ.

    Her sister is very cute too : )
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    well folks have to lots of thought ive just ordered my new bike im having a 2011 trek remedy 9.9 should be here for feb so the new cruz has got to go its on classifieds if you want to look

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    Quote Originally Posted by philcruz
    well folks have to lots of thought ive just ordered my new bike im having a 2011 trek remedy 9.9 should be here for feb so the new cruz has got to go its on classifieds if you want to look
    So mate, you are selling a Santa Cruz BLTc to buy a Trek? Really?
    Seriously now, really?
    It's like giving a Porsche to buy a Volkswagen! Why?

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    ... and if we just ...

    [QUOTE=supermiya]My new girl friend has been upgraded.

    The new 36 Float is fantastic! I am very happy with the fork. Its much greater fork than my previous 32 talas for me. I thought i might shorten the travel to 150mm but even i had a few long climbs this morning, at the moment i dont need it.

    Looks great! Just curious what made you want to go with the 36? How heavy are you? And why did you pick the Float over the Talas36?

    I'm debating going the same route.

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    Hi there,
    after quite a while following this post, finally I've got my bltc. I'm mounting it this week-end and I hope to post some action pictures next week.
    It's been a lot to learn following all of you. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by garsi
    Hi there,
    after quite a while following this post, finally I've got my bltc. I'm mounting it this week-end and I hope to post some action pictures next week.
    It's been a lot to learn following all of you. Thanks
    Given the number of sexy bike pics posted in this thread, I always suspected this kind of thing might be taking place.

    Just kidding. Congrats on the new purchase. I happen to have a BLTC frameset on the way myself. Life is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wheeldog
    Given the number of sexy bike pics posted in this thread, I always suspected this kind of thing might be taking place.

    Just kidding. Congrats on the new purchase. I happen to have a BLTC frameset on the way myself. Life is good.
    Don't get them too dirty, you might need to sell it quickly. Apparently when you buy one and it doesn't magically transform you from a spaz to a DH champ it's the frames fault and you must sell it and get a Nomad...........and then post about it everywhere, with horrible grammar of course.
    "Do not touch the trim"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivet
    Don't get them too dirty, you might need to sell it quickly. Apparently when you buy one and it doesn't magically transform you from a spaz to a DH champ it's the frames fault and you must sell it and get a Nomad...........and then post about it everywhere, with horrible grammar of course.
    So true, very funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivet
    Don't get them too dirty, you might need to sell it quickly. Apparently when you buy one and it doesn't magically transform you from a spaz to a DH champ it's the frames fault and you must sell it and get a Nomad...........and then post about it everywhere, with horrible grammar of course.
    Well, I'm a buy-and-hold guy when it comes to bikes and frames, and I guarantee you I won't be on here blaming the bike for any lack of skill on my part.

    Thank you, though, for the valuable input.

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    I love to have stiffness and stability at the front for my riding style that is why i went for the 36. When i go fast on rough tracks or bumpy downhills i always feel flex on the 32. I am 194lbs and 6"1.

    What worries me was that 160mm might be overkill for this bike but it has been absolutely fine so far and it is much more FUN bike now = )
    The new 36 is a fantastic fork. Why i didnt go for the talas? The float is simpler and much much smoother as it is less functions internally.

    My mate has got the BLTc too (the bike in behind on the pic) but he chose the 32 and he is very happy with it. He is much lighter than me and he is also a bit different riding style from me.

    Happy ride = )
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    Spoke to SC and was advised i would be fine running a medium cage sram X0 rear mech on a 2x10 setup. All is fine on the stand and all gears can be used but yesterday out on the trail i bent the rear mech hanger. Do people think this could be a sign of a lack of chain length?

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    Put the chain on the big ring up front and the largest rear gear, let out the air from the shock and (carefully) compress the bike through its travel. If you can bottom out without the chain limiting your bikes suspension travel, the chain is long enough.

    At least thats how I set up my chains, especially with vpp bikes, where the chainstay length really increases at the end of the travel when the lower link swings horizontally.

    I know that you rarely ride a totally diagonal chainline on purpose, but situations like that can occur when you're tired, working yourself up a sudden incline by only shifting at the rear and then run straight into a drop without shifting back.

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    My Blur LTc set up, Fox 36 Van RC2, Fox RP23, Thomson seatpost and stem, Raceface cranks, Shimano XTR brake shift combo, Chris King hubs and headset, Mavic wheelset, Fizik Gobi Saddle, Monkeylite bars,...Best bike I've had so far..
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    Do you have some pics like this : i want to see a lime green with a white fork!

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    How come so many of you have such clean bikes? They look showroom new! Except for the first day, my bike is never that clean. How do you do it? Do you ride a few times a week? Is this winter cleaning time for some of you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by polymathic
    How come so many of you have such clean bikes? They look showroom new!
    Except for the first day, my bike is never that clean. How do you do it? Do you ride a few times a week? Is this winter cleaning time for some of you?

    I clean my Bike almost after every trail ride....

    If I bring my dirty and muddy bike into the home,
    my woman will give me "the" kinda look that makes me feel so guilty for dirtying the living room.

    It's actually a blessing in disguise,
    as I've notice keeping the bike clean preserves its paint work and finishing.
    My 1 year old often trail bike still look like new on the day I sold it,
    fetch quite a good price. Which brings me to post my new 2010 old 2011 frame:

    Currently work in progress:


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    Finally brought it to the local trail this morning.
    This is 1 hell of a ride, only problem lies with the engine of the bike.

    Final weight 12.6kg / 27.7lbs





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    BLTc impressions

    For anyone interested, here are my impressions of my two month old Blur. I haven't done a huge number of miles as I've been working away from home the last few weeks, maybe 40hrs total in a range of trail and weather conditions.


    Blur LTc frame (2011 colour) - 9/10

    It took me a couple of rides to get the pressure right in the RP23, but once I did the suspension has done a good job of all I've asked of it. Larger hits and landings to flat (say 3ft+) will bottom the shock, but this is only evidenced by the o-ring blowing off the end of the shaft, rather than anything harsh being transmitted through to the rider. If anything I thought the rear end slightly lacked small bump compliance, and swapped out the stock DU bushings in the shock eyes to Enduro needle bearings. This has definitely improved the beginning of the stroke, but at the expense of some annoying radial play in the bearings themselves. Nothing can be done to fix it as the movement is between the inner and outer races and the caged bearing elements. Presumably this will lead to premature brinelling of the races (better than ball bearings I suppose), but it does improve performance. I guess the outer race is designed to be pressed into a more rigid housing, and the inner race pressed onto a shaft in industrial applications, which could take up the tolerance.

    Geometry with the 2011 36 Float at full travel has been perfect for the kind of riding I've been doing, which has included some steep technical descents (graded "Extreme" here in NZ). Heading back up, the front wheel tracks pretty straight on 20% climbs, with the odd short pinch of 25-30% being the steepest I've needed to tackle. Getting the rear sag right was critical to this, as the fork rides really high and too little pressure in the rear results in chopper-like steering on the switchbacks.

    There is one annoying thing however, which I've been unable to figure out the reason for or to rectify. I'm running the XTR Trail chainset with 26/38 rings, and a 10 speed 11-36 cassette. The front mech is an XTR direct mount, for use with the double rings (as specified by the Shimano agent). When pedalling in the 38T ring and any of the four biggest rear sprockets, the chain will hit the top inside of the mech cage (or the cable anchor arm) partway through the suspension travel. In the 36T sprocket I estimated this to be round about 60-65% travel, by measuring eye to eye distances with the shock free, at normal sag and at the point when the chain fouled the mech. The problem is less as I change up through the gears, but still exists. The front mech is adjusted correctly. Moving it up improves the situation but compromises shifting performace and chain security, and is clearly not the answer. Has anyone else encountered this? It bugs the hell out of me because it effectively means I can't use the big ring on lower speed, technical riding where I might find myself pedalling while the suspension is working more than a little bit.

    Apart from that, all the stuff they say about the stiffness etc of the frame seems to be true. The handling is as good as any bike I've ridden, with the lack of mass when changing direction very noticeable (flicking the bike side to side rather than lack of mass in the wheels). I've wrecked pretty hard a couple of times and remain 100% confident in the integrity of the frame. In fact I don't think about it at all to be honest, which is how it should be.


    Fox 36 Float RLC (2011) - 7.5/10

    OK, so I must admit to having been fairly underwhelmed by this fork the first few weeks I had it, but I'm slowly coming round. After allowing a few hours for what I considered to be a reasonable break-in period, I found myself having to run the pressure lower and lower to get any kind of small bump sensitivity. By low I mean 55psi for a 200lb rider, which solved the problem but predictably resulted in heinous brake dive, and blowing through the travel on bigger hits. Sending them back to the importer resulted in some improvement as they did some top secret lube thing to the seals and bushings apparently, but this seems a bit silly to me. Widespread talk of Fox not always assembling forks in the factory with the utmost care adds to the suspicion that whatever the importer did, should have been done in the first place!

    Anyway, they work pretty well, nothing like a coil of course, but the capability they add to the bike in the gnar with not much weight penalty mean that I wouldn't want to change them out for a 32mm fork any time soon.


    Rockshox Reverb seatpost - 7/10

    I'd love to give you a completely glowing report of this post, and in fact the performance is pretty much faultless. It does exactly what it's supposed to, ride after ride, and is super smooth. In terms of the impact on riding style, dropper posts really are as much of a game changer as everyone says.

    Unfortunately my one keeps coming loose, ie the silver seal head with the four flats on insists on unscrewing in the course of every single ride, despite being returned to the importer, Loctited and cranked up on numerous occasions. I'm guessing mine is a combination of two parts at opposite ends of tolerance, resulting in the thread just being too loose to lock up properly. Either way though, it's a real frustration and I'll be holding out for a replacement when the 2nd generation Reverb comes around.


    XTR M980 drivetrain and Trail pedals - 10/10

    It's XTR. It sits there, does what it's told - extremely well - and doesn't complain. Perfect.


    XTR Trail brakes - 10/10

    Again, perfection. I'm running mine with XT 6-bolt non-ICE rotors (180/160), and still they are hands down the best discs I've used. The modulation is ridiculous, riding steep, wet bedrock chutes in complete control and without a single locked wheel. Nice one Shimano!


    Schwalbe Nobby Nic UST 2.25 tyres - 9/10

    These would have got an "8", if I hadn't been out yesterday and hit up the local bike park's steepest trail before it had dried out properly. The grip these things have in wet conditions is nothing short of miraculous. The tread pattern tells you they're not a full-on deep mud tyre, but on greasy rocks and roots they were a revelation. The rest of the time rolling resistance seems good for a tyre of this size, and they certainly haven't felt like a hindrance on the climbs.

    Getting the pressure dialled was a bit of a mission, as these tyres seem to be particularly susceptible to being a few psi above or below optimum. Too low and they really feel like you're going to roll them off the rim (though it has never burped), too high and you feel like you're losing a bit of feedback. The other downside is that they wear down pretty quickly. The front is fine, but the rear is looking distinctly beat up after 40hrs riding, and only maybe 30 minutes of that total has been on sealed road.


    So there you are. That's what I think of my Blur so far!

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    Fellas (and ladies),
    Just received one of those clearance '10 BLTc from Competitive, w/ a RP23. I need a clue on the BLTc's suspension behavior. Does this frame "need" a pedal platform of the RP23, or can I swap it out with my DHX Air 5 (off of a Nomad MK1) which I feel is a much more open shock, simply because of the expansion resi and larger range of ProPedal adjustment on the knob?

    For background, my current trail bike is that Nomad MK1 w/ an Avy-ized 5th. It has NO platform of any kind and is sprung plush! Before the coil, when I had the DHX on the Nomad, I had the DHX Air 5's ProPedal completely off and there was no significant bobbing when I pedaled. Prior to the Nomad, I was on a FSR, and I also ride road. So, I'm used to pedaling smooth/round to reduce bobbing.

    Thanx in advance.
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    In my case, I simply have never turned on ProPedal with the Blur LTC. I can't really feel a difference with it on or off, even though I have the propedal at the stiffest setting. So, my guess is that there is plenty of built in pedal platform in the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by polymathic
    In my case, I simply have never turned on ProPedal with the Blur LTC. I can't really feel a difference with it on or off, even though I have the propedal at the stiffest setting. So, my guess is that there is plenty of built in pedal platform in the design.
    polymathic,
    Thanks for the clue. Favor tho: can you clarify if I understood your post correctly? You were testing the ride of the BLTc w/ PP completely off and with it at the stiffest setting, and you felt no difference. You typically run the shock w/ PP completely off?
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    Yes, that's what I meant. Sorry if it was confusing.

    I'm also rather light. Maybe that makes a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweatyBiscuit




    Beautiful blur .... This frame is an L or XL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by supermiya
    I just came back from my first ride this morning. I LOVED it!

    I have been thinking to go for either BLTc or Nomad C. for a while but it proved to me that my decision was a right one. The new Nomad C has been appearing to me a lot but I kind of thought that I didn’t need that much of travel for my riding style.

    I came off from Yeti 575 and the LTc is much more controllable and the pedaling is fantastic on sitting and standing. Because of I can get on the center of the bike easily I found that its much easier to take jumps and drops too.

    It is a bit embarrassing that the steerer is too long at the moment but i have ordered the new 36 float. It will be very interesting to me how the 36 would make a difference. I am a big boy (6.1’ and 89 kg) so I am expected the stiffness at the front will help me for the aggressive riding.

    Normally I don’t much care about weight but it is 27.1 lbs at the moment.

    I liked the new Matte Black color and also have to tell everyone the new Shimano XTR trail petal is awesome. It was absolutely the best pedal I have ever owned. I am keen to go for XTR 1 x 10 set up and the Reverb seat post one day.

    Overall I am very happy!
    What is the size of your frame? L or XL?

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    it is a Large frame

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    Thank you for the reply. Beautiful blur.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supermiya
    it is a Large frame
    Thank you for the reply. Beautiful blur.

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    Thank you for the reply. Beautiful blur.

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    honestly the bike took me to the next level.

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    Mine is an XL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SweatyBiscuit
    Mine is an XL.
    In any case, your Blur is really great with those blue pieces.

    I think buying the same frame XL (189 cm - 80 Kg). Would you have more photos to
    give me an idea what Blur XL.

    Thank you very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by polymathic
    Yes, that's what I meant. Sorry if it was confusing.

    I'm also rather light. Maybe that makes a difference.
    I think your weight being lighter does make a diff...static friction.

    Anyway, I think I found a solution. I have a Roco WC coil I can mount up to see if the complete lack of PP will be apparent in pedal bobbing. Only danger is me liking the coil so much, I decide to keep it on the BLTc and take a pretty sizable weight hit
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    Q for those running a 2-ring tensioner to keep the chain from slapping the crap out of the carbon pivot:
    I've got a Blackspire on mine in place of the one BB cup spacer (none on the non-drive side). Did any of you needed to twist/bend the tension pulley arm to give the chain the necessary space to NOT rub? I'm running a M970 crankset in a 2x9, 34/22T. I'm finding the chain length is SUPER touchy w/ such small rings, mated to a 11-34 stack. Thanx in advance.
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    I gave up on chain tensioners & guides with my Blur LTC running a 2x9, and only use a bashguard. I emailed SC a couple of weeks ago asking if there was a fully compatible 2x9 chain guide or tensioner that would work without any mods on the Blur LTC. The answer was negative--to SC's knowledge nothing works out of the box. In the end, I think these modified setups increase the risk of real damage, whereas chain slap damage is both minor and avoidable with some protection.

    My Blur LTC's lower pivot's greatest damage was done by the chain guide when it loosened once.

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    Blur LT Carbon Setup Thread-img_4569.jpg

    UPS turned up at the office today with the much awaited box. My boss told me to build it up & go ride before the rain came! Schweeeeet!!!

    XL matte carbon frame + RP23
    Fox 32mm TALAS RLC 150mm QR15 tapered
    XT brakes (180mm F & R)
    XT derailleurs
    XT cranks
    XT cassette (10 speed)
    XT chain
    XTR shifters
    Cane Creek 40 series headset
    Thomson stem & post
    Easton EC70 low rise bar
    Oury grips
    WTB Rocket V Team saddle
    Hope Pro 2 hubs (QR15mm front, 10mm RWS through bolt rear)
    DT Swiss 2.0-1.8-2.0 spokes, brass nipples
    Mavic XM719 rims
    Kenda small block 8 (2.35 front, 2.1 rear)
    Time ATAC alium pedals (old favourites)

    I'm more into function than form when it comes to bikes, but damn - I love the stealth black look of this thing.
    I'm coming off a LT1 which was preceded by a blur classic. Logged a quick 21km on the trails this afternoon - I can tell this will be a brilliant bike, just need a few more rides to get the setup perfect - it's my first time on a fox rear shock, the stem height needs lowering & some other tweaks need to be made. So if anyone knows an anti-rain dance I'd like to know about it!

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    Love that stealth black look myself. Nice bike. Your stem is sooooo long (and high), and combined with your post it must feel like a speed bike. Or like you should be on a bigger frame?

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