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    Socal, nice looking bike! That background wall looks a lot familiar to me and made me recall you might be also on STR and live in Torrance as well as me. Those walls are a dead give away for the city. I never really liked the RC4 on my Nomad and it just sits around now after getting a pushed Monarch Plus. But maybe the Push link is the ticket, hope it works great for you. Everyone else seems to like it, I might have to pony up and get one myself or sell the RC4.

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    Close! Im in Carson,and on STR...Yea the Push link is supposed to be the ticket!Good, a local guy! Put the word out with your friends about Twins Bike Shop on P.C.H...They hacked my 08 Nomad frame!You can find the thread I started on this in the general discussion section!!! Where do you ride?I just had my first ride on it this morning at Del Cero in P.V! Another Pic...Note the perfect height of my bumper!
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    The bumper looks good, but what looks AWESOME is the Steelers license plate frame!!!!!

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    Ha,yea...SIXBURGH!!!!!!

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    Safe riding,

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    Layin the hammer down! Cool pic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    Layin the hammer down! Cool pic!


    Thanks...just enjoying a couple last rides together before I sell the Hammerschmidt...
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    So how's it ride when going faster? Seems like there would be a lot of feedback and weird stuff but I haven't tried it personally. Interested in your take.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay View Post
    So how's it ride when going faster? Seems like there would be a lot of feedback and weird stuff but I haven't tried it personally. Interested in your take.
    The trails I ride are steep uphill and steep downhill tight techy both directions. I've never noticed any feedback issues with the small chainring..., but I don't have any wide open fast sections to bomb....sadly!!...

    I do like the instant shifting and shifting under full pedal load....

    It's not perfection, but I think a multi-speed BB/gearbox makes a ton of sense and I think it's the way of the future. Just needs enough sales to get SRAM motivated to keep working on it.
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    flat pedals + spd shoes I am confuzeded

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    Quote Originally Posted by supercusty View Post
    flat pedals + spd shoes I am confuzeded


    My buddy was taking a spin on my Nomad...I wear 5.10 MTB shoes...
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    I wonder how hard it would be to engineer a Hammerschmidt to run a 34t ring (or 36) and run at 0.7 instead of 1.6.

    Would give the granny equ. but would keep the chainline in the middle ring where most bikes pedal best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerDCA View Post
    I wonder how hard it would be to engineer a Hammerschmidt to run a 34t ring (or 36) and run at 0.7 instead of 1.6.

    Would give the granny equ. but would keep the chainline in the middle ring where most bikes pedal best.
    The problem with that is you want highest efficiency in the granny when you are at your limited cranking up hill. You can afford to lose some power on the way down hill which is why it's setup this way.

    The Nomad pedals best going up hill with a granny and again that's where it matters most IMO. So the HS works well as is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    The Nomad pedals best going up hill with a granny and again that's where it matters most IMO. So the HS works well as is.
    I would disagree with that part. The Nomad was designed to pedal best in the middle ring. Up until last year SC had a FAQ on their site saying they didn't recommend the HS due to pedal feedback in the small ring. They have taken it down now, most likely because the pedal feedback is a lot worse on the VPP1 Nomad. Still the bike isn't optimized to pedal in the smallest ring. I would be much more willing to accept less efficiency in the small ring to have a better chainline.

    I am actually running 1x10 now and not bothering with a granny at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TylerDCA View Post
    I would disagree with that part. The Nomad was designed to pedal best in the middle ring. Up until last year SC had a FAQ on their site saying they didn't recommend the HS due to pedal feedback in the small ring. They have taken it down now, most likely because the pedal feedback is a lot worse on the VPP1 Nomad. Still the bike isn't optimized to pedal in the smallest ring. I would be much more willing to accept less efficiency in the small ring to have a better chainline.

    I am actually running 1x10 now and not bothering with a granny at all.
    The VPP pedals optimally:

    - in the granny when the rider's weight is compressing the suspension most [uphill]
    - in the middle ring when the bike is level
    - in the big ring pointing downhill

    Assuming you are only running 1 ring you have to decide where to make the VPP work the best. The HS does this in the granny and optimizes climbing.
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    That isn't entirely true... But I'm not implying that the HS is bad. An old response from SC regarding HS + Nomad:

    The very short answer is- some people notice a difference, and some don't.
    It depends on your riding style to a certain extent, and the terrain you are
    riding.

    The long answer is- yes, it does pedal differently, but only if your
    hammerschmidt is in the higher gear. The lower gear will pedal the same as
    any granny ring. Basically, chainring size will affect any suspension bike,
    as the location that your chain is pulling from changes as the chainring
    diameter changes. The larger rings will have a tendency to pull the wheel
    up- compressing the suspension, while a smaller ring will have less of that
    compressing force, or possibly an extending force (this is a vast
    generalization; it really, really depends on the bike). In general we
    design bikes to pedal perfectly in the middle ring, with slight compromises
    in the small and large rings (The Nomad is designed to be optimal with
    around a 32-34t chainring). Pedaling hard (standing) in the small ring on a
    Nomad will have a slight tendency to extend the suspension, which is
    something some people feel, and some don't. So, as the hammerschmidt is
    always using a small ring, you are always a little compromised.
    Here is where it gets a little more complicated. Not only does the
    chainring size affect the suspension, but the torque that you are putting
    into the chain affects it as well. You are able to put more torque on the
    chain in a lower gear, making that extending force on the suspension
    greater. The high gear on the hammerschmidt puts the same force on the
    chain as a standard middle ring, so it will not extend the suspension as
    much as using the lower hammerschmidt gear or traditional small chainring
    will. So, you are pulling from a different spot compared to a standard
    middle ring, but the pulling torque is the same. So the end result is
    pedaling characteristics somewhere between that of a traditional granny gear
    and a middle ring.
    Basically, it isn't ideal; but it probably isn¹t too bad either. The other
    thing to consider is the tolerances required by the hammerschmidt. There
    are a lot of very tight specs for flatness and perpendicularity of the ISCG
    tabs that we may not meet at this time. SRAM has a facer for the ISCG tabs
    to get them perfectly flat, but I have a feeling that tool is hard to come
    by.

    Thanks for choosing Santa Cruz, and let me know if you have any other
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    That's great information from SC and now consider what happens when you climb or descend with respect to your body weight and the rear suspension. Then consider what happens in each chain ring in terms of the angle of the chain relative to the cassette...and finally put it all together...
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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

    The angle of the chain relative to the cassette is irrelevant, it's the chain line in respect to the pivot point (virtual in the case of nomad). The pivot point doesn't change other than shifting slightly through its travel. Doesn't change the fact that the chain line has been optimized to be pedaled in the middle ring. Also the vpp means that pedaling in the granny will reduce sag and produce pedal feedback.

    More sag would not (as you say a weight shift would cause) actually makes the virtual pivot move more in line with the big ring, which moves it further from being optimal.

    Having said all that, I like the stiffening of the rear suspension under torque, just not the amount in the granny.

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    Just received my PUSH link. Hopefully getting out for a ride tomorrow but here's a pic of it installed as well as scale shots of the carbon link and the PUSH link for anyone who's curious. Just waiting on my Easton Havocs and 2012 Float 36 and it will be complete once again, lol.
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    Hey you again,I want those CB wheels!!! Lol...

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    Hey you again,I want those CB wheels!!! Lol...
    Lol, I'll see what bike I get next and if I need them. I'll let you know.
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    Hey pipes10, how come you are changing the Lyrik?
    What you don't like about it?
    I have a '10 RS Lyrik Solo Air DH 170mm, on my Alu Nomad Mk2, which has been very good, but I am now contemplating a change with a '12 Fox 36 Talas 180.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tp806 View Post
    Hey pipes10, how come you are changing the Lyrik?
    What you don't like about it?
    I have a '10 RS Lyrik Solo Air DH 170mm, on my Alu Nomad Mk2, which has been very good, but I am now contemplating a change with a '12 Fox 36 Talas 180.
    I made the exact switch and haven't regretted it for one nanosecond.
    "It looks flexy"

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    I've been riding various Lyrik models since 2007 now so it's just time for a change and I got an amazing deal on a 2012. I also feel the Float 36 will compliment the PUSH link a little better.
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    Ah...OK, so it's matter of preference to change to something different and not a performance-driven change, right?
    Cause from my experience and what I have read online, since 2010 the RS DH damper on the Lyrik outperforms the Fox 36 FiT cartridge in the majority of AM riding (maybe not upon setup, on small bump sensitivity, but you don't get the DH damper for the small but for the bigger bumps ).
    What's your view, as a longer time RS Lyrik user?


    PS. Even now your bike looks "da pimp"!!!

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    I'll have to see which one I prefer. I am looking for better small bump though and I think the Float may match my new rear a little better. We'll see. Hopefully I can have everything on my bike in time to beat the inevitable snow.
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    Best bike. Ever.

    Fox 36 TALAS 180 FIT RC2
    Fox DHX RC4 Coil


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    Looks wise, almost a clone of mine! NICE!!! Are you planning on the Push link with that coil?

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    Damnit, I want 180mm fork...

    By the way the needle bearing (RWC delivers nicely around the globe) makes miracles to the rear end action... Now, I would install that to any shock from now-on!

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    I just ordered the RWC bearings for the link mount only, the frame mount doesnt move much at all!

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    So I was finally able to ride the Mad with the new link and it does what it says it does. Much more testing is needed of course but first impressions are good. It wasn't the ideal testing scenario with colder temps and wet riding but it really transforms the ride for the better. The bike pretty much keeps the same pedaling efficiency but feels super plush on the downs over rocks/roots. It really felt like I was riding a pedal friendly V-10 (for the lack of a better comparison). Great compliment to my riding style and my V-10. Also, I felt like the rear wheel was glued to the ground when climbing leading to more tracking. Glad I had a chance to ride it before the snow hits.

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    My Nomad MK2 is coming, at 6.0 tall i hope i make the right decision in choose large size frame...
    Anyone could drop some opinions about this cause i have fear if is the right size for me.
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmplusTarenBrasil View Post
    My Nomad MK2 is coming, at 6.0 tall i hope i make the right decision in choose large size frame...
    Anyone could drop some opinions about this cause i have fear if is the right size for me.
    Thanks.
    I'm 5'11" and ride an XL. On my hardtail from a different brand I ride a medium. Really depends on the brand and model and how you are proportioned.

    How did you decided on the Large?
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    @ Brasil, I think you will be good! A medium might feel cramped, forcing you to run a longer stem! With the large, you will be able to keep the stem length rite around 50mm! My opinion is based on the average 6' guy, unless you have T-rex arms!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmplusTarenBrasil View Post
    My Nomad MK2 is coming, at 6.0 tall i hope i make the right decision in choose large size frame...
    Anyone could drop some opinions about this cause i have fear if is the right size for me.
    Thanks.
    I'm 6' and just ordered a large. I test rode a buddy's XL and threw a 50mm stem on it and it still felt a little long for me. I'm planning on running a 55 or 60mm stem on the nomad, because I currently am running a 50mm on a bike with a 23.5 TT and want a little more room on the climbs.

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    Thanks alot for your opinions everyone!
    My setup will be whith 80mm stem,160mm fork, 2x9 drivetrain and a dropper seatpost.
    When my bike be completely assembled i will post a picture here.
    Thanks again.

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    Sold my Hammerschmidt so I pulled it from the Nomad and reinstalled the SLX cranks and XT front derailleur. Also had my Fox DHX Air serviced...feels much better....
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    VIC, what is your total weight now? My pig has gone up to 35 Lbs since switching to all coil and finally getting a real AM wheelset, the Atomlab Pimplite! I went tubeless and bought a tubeless tire as well in Kenda Nevegal 2.35s. I will be switching soon to the same standard tire that is about 200g lighter each! With a few odds and ends I want to get to 33Lbs!
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    socalMX your Mad is looking great!

    Got the new fork and wheels on (rear wheel on temporarily with a CB qr. Need a 135x12 to 10mm that's actually lighter). It weighs in at 28.70 lbs. Will post some pics when I get the proper axle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    VIC, what is your total weight now?
    No idea....I don't own a scale... I'll check next time my Nomad is at the LBS...
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    Quote Originally Posted by pipes10 View Post
    socalMX your Mad is looking great!

    Got the new fork and wheels on (rear wheel on temporarily with a CB qr. Need a 135x12 to 10mm that's actually lighter). It weighs in at 28.70 lbs. Will post some pics when I get the proper axle.
    Dam thats lite! Post pics soon! Im thinking of switching to a Air fork to save 1/2 pound, possibly Lyrik solo? The tires will shed alot and maybe a Ti-spring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    VIC, what is your total weight now? My pig has gone up to 35 Lbs since switching to all coil and finally getting a real AM wheelset, the Atomlab Pimplite! I went tubeless and bought a tubeless tire as well in Kenda Nevegal 2.35s. I will be switching soon to the same standard tire that is about 200g lighter each! With a few odds and ends I want to get to 33Lbs!
    Have you got any sort of a ride report on the wheelset yet. You've got me thinking about changing mine now. That blue/white would really match my ride. But colours aside, it has to withstand some abuse and not be too heavy...

    How long until you are joining the Carbon gang incidentally??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yippee_Ki_YayMF View Post
    Have you got any sort of a ride report on the wheelset yet. You've got me thinking about changing mine now. That blue/white would really match my ride. But colours aside, it has to withstand some abuse and not be too heavy...

    How long until you are joining the Carbon gang incidentally??
    THere's a guy from Canfield in the classifieds selling a blue king hubset/white flow rim wheelset - those would frigging rock. I almost bought them but since I have the black frame I went with black on black on black on black wheels
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay View Post
    THere's a guy from Canfield in the classifieds selling a blue king hubset/white flow rim wheelset - those would frigging rock. I almost bought them but since I have the black frame I went with black on black on black on black wheels
    Looking it up now ..................


    Yeah they look sweet and would really compliment my colour scheme, considering I have pretty much committed to the ano blue highlights on the black/white MadC.

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    Sweet ride SocalMX...

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    Still need a proper rear axle (it's on the way). Weight = 28.70 lbs in the pic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yippee_Ki_YayMF View Post
    Have you got any sort of a ride report on the wheelset yet. You've got me thinking about changing mine now. That blue/white would really match my ride. But colours aside, it has to withstand some abuse and not be too heavy...

    How long until you are joining the Carbon gang incidentally??
    Been out on them twice now and im impressed! They are super stiff and track really well! With my tire combo, 2.35s (was running a more XC setup before with a 2.10 rear) I pretty much roll over everything! The wheels have a reputation of being bombproof! They would be stellar laced up to some King hubs! I would also REALLY consider these- Loaded USA :: Loaded Precision Components ...They have some nice stuff!

    @Pipes, man that looks sweet both ways! Those new wheels really make the ano frame stand out now! What axle? Were your rear wheels a through axle and you need a conversion axle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    @Pipes, man that looks sweet both ways! Those new wheels really make the ano frame stand out now! What axle? Were your rear wheels a through axle and you need a conversion axle?
    The Iodines are a qr while the Eastons are a 12mm thru axle. Just waiting on a 135x12 to 10mm conversion axle (which is actually lighter than the CB qr).
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    What conversion axle are you getting? I have the same size rear hub, I bought an Azonic axle a LBS had in stock, it was only $13 but I want to find a better one!

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    Sun Ringle. It's 56g with bolts, my buddy is running one with Ti bolts at 50g.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pipes10 View Post
    Sun Ringle. It's 56g with bolts, my buddy is running one with Ti bolts at 50g.
    Are these bolt on options similar to the Chris King Fun Bolts or ??? How is it different from running the DT Swiss DWS or whatever it's called. Linky please?
    "It looks flexy"

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    I'm not sure how that's better than running the DT thing then since we still have the open bottom of our QR rear triangle.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Not saying it's better or worse than anything. I bought the wheels used and the rear is a 135x12 so I need a conversion axle to be able to run them. I don't see an issue with the conversion axle. Am I missing something?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pipes10 View Post
    Not saying it's better or worse than anything. I bought the wheels used and the rear is a 135x12 so I need a conversion axle to be able to run them. I don't see an issue with the conversion axle. Am I missing something?
    No, I just thought you guys were converting from QR to that. DOH!
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    Oh, lol. Your Nomadc is amazing. Not sure how much longer I can resist the carbon frames. I was thinking at the end of next season to go from my V-10.3 to the carbon model. I may have to do the same for the Mad.
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    Why resist? BTW, just "invested" in Carbon Havoc DH bars for it. They had them for $90 at the local shop and I couldn't say no.
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    My wallet is resisting, lol. That's a really nice bar, they feel great. I've been liking the SIXC bar on mine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pipes10 View Post
    Thanks for the link! Just placed an order for one to replace the Azonic anchor im currently using! Good thing is I have one to use til it gets here, I couldnt find a place in the states that sells it so I ordered from Chain Reaction! Free shipping but who knows when it will show up from across the pond? Im still beating myself up over the fork/coil dilemna!

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    Yeah that's where mine's coming from as well, it has been about a week. Hopefully it gets here soon.
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    pipes10, did you have to modify the xtr cranks to fit a single chainring & chainguide?nice Nomad btw...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ban View Post
    pipes10, did you have to modify the xtr cranks to fit a single chainring & chainguide?nice Nomad btw...
    Thanks. I may have had to dremel the granny tabs a bit, I really can't recall.
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    Official weight with "heavy" pedals is 28.63 lbs
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    Just got some M810 Saint brakes - going to swap the levers for new M988 XTR. Can't wait. Also Thomson stem and possibly Renthal FatBars. Pictures to come.

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    A flatbar on a Nomad is ok?

    I am 5'10, pulling a trigger on a medium nomad, with float 160mm fork and 8inches of steerer tube. Would use a 50mm stem and at least 5 or 10mm of spacer below. Is it okay to use a sunline 762mm flatbar or would it look like a joke?=)

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    Quote Originally Posted by LGavin View Post
    I am 5'10, pulling a trigger on a medium nomad, with float 160mm fork and 8inches of steerer tube. Would use a 50mm stem and at least 5 or 10mm of spacer below. Is it okay to use a sunline 762mm flatbar or would it look like a joke?=)
    Depends on how fast you are going
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    as fast as you can ever imagine.as fast as a typical all mountain epic ride during downhills.

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    Winter riding on Vancouver Island.



    My Mk2 [white] and my buddy's Mk1 gray anodized.



    Just had Fox DHX Air 5.0 serviced and it's working great...

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    A sneak shot of my revamped ride! I will upload more pics when my Hope rotors come in this week! This pic was taken Christmas eve, it was a balmy 71 degrees in front of the Pacific Ocean!
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    Nice looking trails! You might want to cut up an old tube and make a mud flap so you don't get so much mud spray on your face If you are ever in Bellingham, send me a PM and I'll take you riding.

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    My Mk2 [white] and my buddy's Mk1 gray anodized.



    Just had Fox DHX Air 5.0 serviced and it's working great...

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    Nice re-build Socal MX!
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    Current weight now?

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    Thanks! Still quite burly @ about 32.5Lbs...Down from over 35!

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    I like the burley headset on your bike socalMX - I'm not really a fan of the low profile options that is the trend these days. BTW, how are you liking the VPP2?
    "It looks flexy"

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    Thanks! Loving the VPP2... It feels alot snappier and pedals better. My friend had a poorly setup version I was able to compare side x side when I had my 08 which is why I liked my 08 so much better...The coil shock brought it to life for me! On my 08 I ran a 500lb spring and tried it on this frame and wasnt fully pleased so I dropped to a 450 and its much better! Im still debating on the Push link? I think I solved it with a softer spring. If I go with the Push im sure I will need to go back to the 500lb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    Thanks! Loving the VPP2... It feels alot snappier and pedals better. My friend had a poorly setup version I was able to compare side x side when I had my 08 which is why I liked my 08 so much better...The coil shock brought it to life for me! On my 08 I ran a 500lb spring and tried it on this frame and wasnt fully pleased so I dropped to a 450 and its much better! Im still debating on the Push link? I think I solved it with a softer spring. If I go with the Push im sure I will need to go back to the 500lb?
    I don't think you would have to go back. There's a lot of ramp up in the push link.
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    Im kinda tapped on funds with all the upgrades and Christmas! Would you think it would be a smart move to sell the Ti-coil to fund the link? I will be gaining back a bit of weight as the Push link is a bit heavier as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalMX View Post
    Im kinda tapped on funds with all the upgrades and Christmas! Would you think it would be a smart move to sell the Ti-coil to fund the link? I will be gaining back a bit of weight as the Push link is a bit heavier as well!
    I guess you'll just have to ebay something.
    "It looks flexy"

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    That's what I'm sayin! Ti-coil for the link?

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    looks great socalMX!

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    Thanks everyone! Got a much needed medium cage rear deraileur coming for the 2x! Still thinking carbon frame?

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    Im new. This is my first post of my bike.

    * Frame Size & Color: medium black nomad
    * Fork: talas 36 160 rc2
    * Brakes: avid juicy 7
    * Cranks: e13 ss
    * Front Derailleur: mrp lopes sl guide w/ renthal 34t ring
    * Rear Derailleur: sram x9 10spd
    * Pedals:azonic 420
    * Stem: easton haven 50
    * Handlebar: easton haven carbon
    * Seatpost:maverick dropper
    * Saddle: wtb pure v
    * Bottom Bracket: e13
    * Cassette: pg1070
    * Headset: cane creek 110
    * Grips: oury lock on
    * Front Tire: wtb bronson tcs 2.3
    * Front Rim: easton haven alloy
    * Front Hub/Skewer: easton
    * Rear Tire: wtb bronson 2.3 tcs
    * Rear Rim: easton haven alloy
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    Finally got my Nomad! Still some lock-on grips and new cranks to come but USPS is taking their sweet time. Pedals will switch to flats as well as soon as I decide which I want.



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    Just got mine last night! Of course, my post-count is too low for me to post pics, but I'm psyched to finally have a real (ie made in this millennium) mountain bike.

    It's replacing my 20+ year-old Nashbar 4000x, which apparently is just a rebranded Nishiki elevated-chainstay bike. It's still running, but the drivetrain is too tired for trail riding. This pretty new matte-black Nomad (R-AM build kit) is a great replacement.

    Since I just have the Lyrik R, and since Rock Shox and Fox are both renown for under-lubing their forks, I figure a quick lube check would be a great time to upgrade the damper.

    My big question is, do I have to replace the rebound damper along with the compression if I want to go to the RC2 DH?

    Also, the parts catalog only lists lowers for the RC2L and RCDH - do I need to change out the lowers to upgrade to the RC2 DH spec? The uppers are the same across the board (depending on spring technology,) but I want to make sure. It looks like I can get the RC2 DH compression damper for about $150, which is one incredible price for such a nice upgrade. I'm quite handy, I just want to make sure I get the right parts.

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    I did the same to mine-- had the parts ordered even before I was done building the bike. Yes, you need both the rebound and compression dampers. Super easy install. I also pulled the travel spacer out while I was in there to make it 170mm rather than 160. LOVE the fork. Much more coil-like feel than the TALAS. Just make sure you use the oil measurements for the RC2DH rather than just the lyrik R after your done!

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    Welcome to this forum mitsu! Seen your bike on Pinkbike, NICE! You should ride the crap out of the R for a few months to get a real feel of the upgrade!

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    SLONate - glad to hear it's that straightforward. Thanks for the assurance. Bummer that I've go to drop an extra $100 on the rebound damper, but no biggie.

    socalMX - normally I'd agree 100%, but I don't have the luxury of having a dedicated bike for each discipline, so this has to do everything. I need a better pedaling platform for more generic xc riding (I knew that going in,) so a compression damper upgrade is a necessity. And from what I understand, the RC2DH is much smoother than the RC2L, and I should be able to get a decent pedaling platform from the low-speed compression circuit.

    Regardless, I'm unlikely to be riding to any real degree for a good 2 months here, so I've got plenty of time to do the upgrade! :-)

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    For folks in this SC forum....





    Spec as follow;
    Santa Cruz Nomad Lime Green Powercoated M size 2012
    Fox DHX RC4 Kashima
    Fox 36 Van 160 Fit RC2 Kashima

    cockpit
    handlebars - RaceFace Sixc Carbon Handlebar 2011 730mm
    stem - RaceFace Diabolus D2 Stem - Limited Edition 2012 50mm/0 degree
    grips - RaceFace Grips Diabolus Grips With Locks Brown
    brakes - Hope M4 Special Edition 203mm F&R
    seatpost - Thomson Elite InLine Seatpost 30.9mm 410mm BLACK
    seat - WTB Saddles Silverado Lopes LE 55 Saddle 2011 Black - Ti Rails
    pedals - Time Pedals Clipless - MTB Z Freeride Pedals Black

    wheels
    front hub - Chris King 20mm Mango
    rear hub - Chris King Funn bolt upgraded Mango
    rims - ZTR Flow Mango
    spokes - Wheelsmith

    front tire - Maxxis Highroller 2.35 UST
    rear tire - Maxxis Ardent 2.25 UST

    gears
    shifters - XTR 9 Speed
    front der - Shimano SLX Front Mech Top Swing 9sp M665 34.9mm -Dual Pull -36-22T
    rear der - Shimano Saint Rear Mech 9sp M810 Mid Cage
    cranks - Shimano Saint Chainset Double M810-2
    bash- Saint
    cassette - Shimano XT Cassette 9 Speed M770

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    Oh.
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    WOW!

    I just had a quick play around my parking lot tonight because I couldn't stand waiting. 30psi in the tires, 70psi in the fork, 170psi in the shock. I weigh around 180 ready-to-ride.

    There wasn't much terrain to play on, but there is a small, funky little staircase separating the two parking lots, and I think I went down it at least 5 times. The first time was REALLY slow and tentative, but by the last time I was just cruising up to it and dropping. I used all but about 2" of rear travel and 2.5" in the front. I tried going up the stairs, but I just didn't have the technique for unloading the front wheel correct. This is my first full-suspension, and the amount you've got to finesse to get the wheels off the ground is new on me. I was able to pop up on some 8+" curbs, but it felt REALLY awkward getting the front end up. I suspect I'll need a ton of practice before I'm scooting UP stairs.

    I also got to ride over some small roots in some grass and really didn't even notice it. I suspect a little more air (at least in the shock) is probably a good idea. The ProPedal on the RP23 was really impressive, too. I can see this thing being just completely unstoppable on a trail ride!

    Either way, it was a total blast to ride. I did crank it up good and fast and tested the brakes, and I managed to lock (separately) the rear then the front, so clearly power isn't an issue, even with the Elixr 5's.

    And back to what socalMX said, I REALLY wish the weather were conducive to finding a real trail and hammering, because I wonder how much the fork bob would bother me on a real ride. Just bumming around the yard I didn't really pay attention. It does soak up a little power, but it's not like it's a road bike, so it didn't feel objectionable.

    Love it! I'm Ecstatic I was able to get into a ride like this!



    Edit to add -

    Sick build Alex31! And a heck of a job finding all those orange-gold-mango bits - how did you find colored Flows?

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    My GF is a new-ish MTBer so we spent the afternoon Sunday at Hartland MTB Park just working on a few trails until she was cleaning most of the tech sections...

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    I'm not a great rider, but I've been at it for decades so it's easy to forget how much there is to learn about riding dirt. I'm trying to give her enough challenge to progress, but not so much that it seems overwhelming.
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    When did the color anodized Flow rims come out? I just made up a black flow black spoke with black King hub wheelset for my bike but dammit those colors are cool!
    "It looks flexy"

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    Ano FLOW

    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay View Post
    When did the color anodized Flow rims come out? I just made up a black flow black spoke with black King hub wheelset for my bike but dammit those colors are cool!
    I got mine last Summer from PROJECT 321 ..... Yikes, looks like the price went up.

    Laced them to some red Hadley hubs.




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    Quote Originally Posted by scfreak View Post
    Oh for a moment there I thought it was a Santa Cruz locked up out side! Dude! It's not a Kona!!!! Put that thing next to your bed!! Realy?
    Not a KONA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitsu13gman View Post
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    Sick build Alex31! And a heck of a job finding all those orange-gold-mango bits - how did you find colored Flows?
    Hi Mate,

    Thanks for the comments...ztr distro bring it in and I was the last 2 person who got it...cost $210 (SGD) for the rim and well worth it...

    They have the green ones as well...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post


    My GF is a new-ish MTBer so we spent the afternoon Sunday at Hartland MTB Park just working on a few trails until she was cleaning most of the tech sections...

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    I'm not a great rider, but I've been at it for decades so it's easy to forget how much there is to learn about riding dirt. I'm trying to give her enough challenge to progress, but not so much that it seems overwhelming.
    Oh great...now the new trend is to clear mangled car instead of rock garden...

    Nice...

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    You're only really trying hard if you stick your tongue out when riding. FACT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jockhaggis View Post
    You're only really trying hard if you stick your tongue out when riding. FACT!
    Word...

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    Just curious if anyone around 5'10" is riding a small nomad? I'm wondering if a person who is coming from a bmx background, 26" DJ and a small dh, could be comfortable on a small nomad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyrides07 View Post
    Just curious if anyone around 5'10" is riding a small nomad? I'm wondering if a person who is coming from a bmx background, 26" DJ and a small dh, could be comfortable on a small nomad?
    I'm 5'11" and riding an XL Nomad. I flipped the stem and removed all the spacers I could...now I'm going to buy a 1cm longer stem.

    Any chance you can sit on a couple sizes of Nomads to get a feel for the cockpit dimensions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    I'm 5'11" and riding an XL Nomad. I flipped the stem and removed all the spacers I could...now I'm going to buy a 1cm longer stem.

    Any chance you can sit on a couple sizes of Nomads to get a feel for the cockpit dimensions?
    I wish I could but I live in Alaska ... the nearest (and only)SC dealer doesn't stock them