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    09 Nomad XL
    (Not mine, Sjensen's)

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    VERY nicely done. I really like the build.

    Quote Originally Posted by motormonkeyr6
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    "It looks flexy"

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    looking at all the bikes is getting me so excited for my nomad, damn if only i had the cash now, i'd head out to my lbs and build a anodised green. i've got everything thought already.

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    Here's mine, a pretty little slate ano machine, one of the only bikes I have ever owned that wasn't bling/bright! Ti spring will be on it by Friday, adding to the stealth look. She's a ripper! 32lbs 3oz with coil shock
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    Quote Originally Posted by inkpad
    Here's mine, a pretty little slate ano machine, one of the only bikes I have ever owned that wasn't bling/bright! Ti spring will be on it by Friday, adding to the stealth look. She's a ripper! 32lbs 3oz with coil shock
    Wow, I'm in love. Nice to see some Ano frames getting shipped!

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    Inkpad, I'm jealous. Makes me wanna sell my LT2.

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    Are any of you guy hitting the lower link on rocks? I found a couple rocks that have missed the bash gard and whacked the lower link pretty hard. Is there anyway to protect it, it hangs down there pretty low. Thanks

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    This is my first Santa Cruz bike and I think I'm going to love it. It weighs in at 32lbs with a coil Lyrik up front and a 500g Gravitydropper. I will be taken it on it's first ride in the morning. I probably won't sleep a wink tonight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYMtnBkr
    This is my first Santa Cruz bike and I think I'm going to love it. It weighs in at 32lbs with a coil Lyrik up front and a 500g Gravitydropper. I will be taken it on it's first ride in the morning. I probably won't sleep a wink tonight.
    Great looking bike! That looks like an unhappy derailleur.

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    Nice bike Mattoid, funny, in my mind I thought the slate ano would look a bit darker. Its actually quite light in colour, looks a bit like its "raw" without the shine! I notice you've already lost the SC man off your headtube!!
    "Though my life is changing fast,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red PeeKay
    Nice bike Mattoid, funny, in my mind I thought the slate ano would look a bit darker. Its actually quite light in colour, looks a bit like its "raw" without the shine! I notice you've already lost the SC man off your headtube!!
    Not sure if you replying to my pic (I'm not Mattoid?). But I took the headbadge off for a cleaner look. If I could, I would remove the other graphics, but they are laser etched I believe.

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    That looks like an unhappy derailleur.
    I noticed it as soon as I imported the picture from my camera. I had my shop swap the 32t middle ring for a 36t and they apparently didn't make the necessary adjustment when shortening my chain. I'm having a few links added in the morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red PeeKay
    Nice bike Mattoid, funny, in my mind I thought the slate ano would look a bit darker. Its actually quite light in colour, looks a bit like its "raw" without the shine! I notice you've already lost the SC man off your headtube!!
    Ano slate, swoon!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red PeeKay
    Nice bike Mattoid, funny, in my mind I thought the slate ano would look a bit darker. Its actually quite light in colour, looks a bit like its "raw" without the shine! I notice you've already lost the SC man off your headtube!!
    Sure, I'll take credit for that sweet ride.

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    I couple pictures of mine finally done and broken in.....


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    I quite like the green and gold thing going on.

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    Here's mine

    Frame - 09 XL nomad
    Rear shock - 09 fox dhx 5
    Fork - 08 fox 36 van rc2
    Handlebars - sunline v2
    Stem - race face AM
    Headset - FSA 1.5 reducer
    Grips - oury lock ons
    Saddle - selle italia
    Seatpost - race face xc
    Front brake - avid juicy 5 w/8 inch rotor
    Rear brake - avid juicy 5 w/7 inch rotor
    Cranks - race face evolve DH
    Chainguide - n/a
    Chain - sram PC991
    Pedals - burgtec penthouse flats
    Front derailleur - shimano lx
    Rear derailleur - sram X9
    Front shifter - sram x7
    Rear shifter - sram x7
    Cassette - sram pg 990
    Front hub - mavic deetrax
    Rear hub - mavic deetrax
    Front rim - mavic deetrax
    Rear rim - mavic deetrax
    Spokes - mavic
    Nipples - mavic
    Tyres - (f) high roller slow reezay 2.5 (r) minion f 2.35














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    Another Nomad Down Under

    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    I'm lurking here to see if the Nomad Mk2 I saw at Mt Buller (Australia) last weekend gets posted here anytime soon. Black, BOS S**toy shock, BOS N'dee fork. Probably the best looking one I've seen.
    As promised, here is the bike Nuclear probably spotted up at Buller. It's a mates bike, caught up with him on the weekend. He is loving it, reckons its the best 6" travel bike he has ever owned. Rides with another mate and they are usually on each others tails DHing, (the other mate rides an Ellsworth Rogue), however Dave is smoking him on the DH with the Nomad. Funny thing is...... he is seriously considering upgrading already to the Intense Uzzi!! (Oh and there is a long line up to buy his frame should he do this!) Anyway here are some photos



    The cheap rear shock he has thrown on!!



    and the corresponding front shock

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    deng thats pimp ! those effn suspensions are hella expensive
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    new pair of kicks, eaton monkey lite xc, wellgo mg-1 pedals


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    how does the bos stoy work in the nomad?


    Quote Originally Posted by Red PeeKay
    As promised, here is the bike Nuclear probably spotted up at Buller. It's a mates bike, caught up with him on the weekend. He is loving it, reckons its the best 6" travel bike he has ever owned. Rides with another mate and they are usually on each others tails DHing, (the other mate rides an Ellsworth Rogue), however Dave is smoking him on the DH with the Nomad. Funny thing is...... he is seriously considering upgrading already to the Intense Uzzi!! (Oh and there is a long line up to buy his frame should he do this!) Anyway here are some photos



    The cheap rear shock he has thrown on!!



    and the corresponding front shock


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    Quote Originally Posted by speedbullit
    how does the bos stoy work in the nomad?
    By all accounts he loves it. Initially he ran a Fox DHX 5.0 until he received the BOS setup and seems to think the BOS has made a significant improvement to the handling of the bike. Didn't get too many details. When I catch up with him again will get some specifics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newbie Wan Kenobi
    deng thats pimp ! those effn suspensions are hella expensive
    Down here in Oz, the BOS is about double the price of the FOX equivalent!!
    "Though my life is changing fast,
    My roots are planted in the past,
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    Thanks PeeKay - that's the one. Those pics don't do it justice though do they. In the flesh that thing is supremo. I think those are new rims from when I saw it too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Newbie Wan Kenobi
    new pair of kicks, eaton monkey lite xc, wellgo mg-1 pedals
    Those red E2200's on white frame is lookin mighty good I must say.

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    newbie, is that the 1.5 thomson stem -- it currently only comes in 45 mm right? I think i read taht in June some other lengths will be available. I was all stoked to go thomson 1.5, but somewhere (ridemonkey.com?) read that some riders had some slippage / headset loosening w/ the thomson 1.5 / totem combo. 'course they may be doing bigger drops than i ever would. what's been your experience w/ the stem?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider
    newbie, is that the 1.5 thomson stem -- it currently only comes in 45 mm right? I think i read taht in June some other lengths will be available. I was all stoked to go thomson 1.5, but somewhere (ridemonkey.com?) read that some riders had some slippage / headset loosening w/ the thomson 1.5 / totem combo. 'course they may be doing bigger drops than i ever would. what's been your experience w/ the stem?
    Yeah, their website says June 2009 but they say they aren't totally sure if they'll make that date.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by frorider
    newbie, is that the 1.5 thomson stem -- it currently only comes in 45 mm right? I think i read taht in June some other lengths will be available. I was all stoked to go thomson 1.5, but somewhere (ridemonkey.com?) read that some riders had some slippage / headset loosening w/ the thomson 1.5 / totem combo. 'course they may be doing bigger drops than i ever would. what's been your experience w/ the stem?
    yeah they are 45mm.. deng i didnt know they coming up with longer ones ! i cant wait to get a 55 or 60mm
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuclear_powered
    Thanks PeeKay - that's the one. Those pics don't do it justice though do they. In the flesh that thing is supremo. I think those are new rims from when I saw it too.


    Those red E2200's on white frame is lookin mighty good I must say.
    yeah i had the ex1750 but the white was kinna off, it bothered me ! so i sold it for 500 buckaroos and got me the e2200.. it matches my monarch stickers really well hahaha.. and it looks more badass !
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    I've changed a few things over the last couple months. I've got about 300 miles on it, so it's dialed in pretty well now. I figured I'd re-post it with the changes along with the origional build.

    Santa Cruz Nomad '09 medium + Fox DHX 5.0 Air- Now running a Marzocchi ROCO air TST, works waaayyyy better than the dhx air, would opt for the WC next time though.

    • Fox 36 Talas RC2- now running a 2007 Marzocchi 66SL, I like the goe better with the 66, and it's way more plush, but it did take some time to get it set up right.

    • Cranks stylo, 24/36 gearing

    • Front Derraileur Shimano XT

    • Rear Derraileur SRAM X.9

    • Shifters Sram X.9

    • Brakes Magura Louise

    • Saddle Terry Fly Ti

    • Seatpost Gravity Dropper Turbo

    • Cassette Shimano XT

    • Headset FSA Orbit MX Pro

    • Chain Shimano XT

    • Handlbar Chromag Fubar 30"

    • Stem Thomson 50mm

    • Wheels Mavic CrossMax SX and Chris king/ Stan's Flow

    • Tires Maxxis Advantage 2.4 on the king set. michelin dry2 2.3 rear, maxxis ardent 2.4 front on the SX's

    • Pedals kona- Now running TWENTY6 rallye pdals, they're a little lighter and have more options for pin placement

    • Grips odi- switched to staitlines
    Weight 32.5 lbs w/pedals with heavy wheels
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    good news, bad news

    I got the call from the LBS today. "We finished putting your bike together but....the rear brake is not working."




    At home for now but with no rear brake.





    weight without rear brake in grams.


    more pics and specs once it's completely finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxracer299
    Santa Cruz Nomad '09 medium + Fox DHX 5.0 Air- Now running a Marzocchi ROCO air TST, works waaayyyy better than the dhx air, would opt for the WC next time though.

    • Fox 36 Talas RC2- now running a 2007 Marzocchi 66SL, I like the goe better with the 66, and it's way more plush, but it did take some time to get it set up right.

    Hi MX

    so whats the difference between the Roco/66 combo and the 36/DHX setup re. overall smoothness and control over big hits ect ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Underdog13
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    Hi all
    New To MTBR This is me on my new Nomad on the Negro canyon single track above Donner lake in Dec. Its my first mtb, I really love it! Have some parts on order to "make it my own" The pictures don't do the red justice.
    Look forward to a lot of riding this year, been to Auburn and Chico ( upper bidwell ) so far this winter.
    See ya on the trail
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    You would't happen to own a white heckler too would you?
    Hey man, wanna go for a klunk?

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    First off, for reference, I'm about 200lbs, carry a 20-30lb pack and ride very aggressive. So my preferences and setups may vary greatly from some people.

    Well as for the forks- The 36 is a great all-around fork. I like to set up my bike so it is stiffer in the front than most people would want, and in doing so the 36 becomes quite harsh. I love how the talas works on the fox forks, but I never use the 100mm setting, so it's not that useful for me. The 66 on the other hand is just butter, even with it being set up stiff, it feels a lot like a coil fork. Initial sensitivity is far superior, bottoming restistance is good, and I can get full travel out of it, which I cannot do with the fox when I set my ride height where I want it. The travel adjust has a good range for this this bike 140mm-180mm, and it's still light enough to be useful for monster climbs. I did run a Lyrik 2-step for a while which worked pretty damn good- WHEN it worked.

    As far as shocks- I really don't know why anyone would ever run a DHX air on this bike- they suck. Maybe for smaller guys it works OK, but not for me. With the shock set up where it should be I'd easily blow through the travel off of 3-4 ft drops, i'd use 50% travel climbing and it just like mush all-around. When I set it up stiff enough to not blow through the travel it felt like a jackhammer. For reference, I ended up using 275 psi on the fox, my Roco is set at 140psi main chamber. The Roco is extremely sensitive on small bumbs, goes through the travel very smooth and takes big hits with ease. The bike just disappears under you with the Roco. I haven't tried a coil on this bike, but on my Canfield One, I ran the roco air WC and a PUSHed dhx coil head to head and ended up selling the dhx.

    Overall with the 66/roco setup, everything just feels smooth and seamless, and I can hit whatever I want with no worries. With the 36/dhx setup there was always something annoying going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxracer299
    First off, for reference, I'm about 200lbs, carry a 20-30lb pack and ride very aggressive. So my preferences and setups may vary greatly from some people.

    Well as for the forks- The 36 is a great all-around fork. I like to set up my bike so it is stiffer in the front than most people would want, and in doing so the 36 becomes quite harsh. I love how the talas works on the fox forks, but I never use the 100mm setting, so it's not that useful for me. The 66 on the other hand is just butter, even with it being set up stiff, it feels a lot like a coil fork. Initial sensitivity is far superior, bottoming restistance is good, and I can get full travel out of it, which I cannot do with the fox when I set my ride height where I want it. The travel adjust has a good range for this this bike 140mm-180mm, and it's still light enough to be useful for monster climbs. I did run a Lyrik 2-step for a while which worked pretty damn good- WHEN it worked.

    As far as shocks- I really don't know why anyone would ever run a DHX air on this bike- they suck. Maybe for smaller guys it works OK, but not for me. With the shock set up where it should be I'd easily blow through the travel off of 3-4 ft drops, i'd use 50% travel climbing and it just like mush all-around. When I set it up stiff enough to not blow through the travel it felt like a jackhammer. For reference, I ended up using 275 psi on the fox, my Roco is set at 140psi main chamber. The Roco is extremely sensitive on small bumbs, goes through the travel very smooth and takes big hits with ease. The bike just disappears under you with the Roco. I haven't tried a coil on this bike, but on my Canfield One, I ran the roco air WC and a PUSHed dhx coil head to head and ended up selling the dhx.

    Overall with the 66/roco setup, everything just feels smooth and seamless, and I can hit whatever I want with no worries. With the 36/dhx setup there was always something annoying going on.
    Are you getting full travel on the Roco? If you haven't checked, throw a zip tie on there before next ride and measure shock travel for me. Thanks.
    "It looks flexy"

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    I have it set so that it takes about a 8ft drop to fully bottom it out. On normal rides, I use about 2.25 inches of the stroke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mxracer299
    I have it set so that it takes about a 8ft drop to fully bottom it out. On normal rides, I use about 2.25 inches of the stroke.
    OK, I'm getting about 2.375" of travel on normal rides, with minimal bottom out pressure (190psi), and 30% sag.

    It's a little strange getting used to that 'squish' sound isn't it?
    "It looks flexy"

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    So mxracer - I did go 07 66sl despite your previous vote that a 36 will be perfect
    Seriously though - my 66 is here, my frame will be here by friday.
    Sad that so many folks are running mango/jalapeno - I thought I'd be in minority

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    Yeah the Rocos make some noise, but damn they work good.

    I do think the 36 is the best all around fork for this bike for MOST people. However, those of of us who suffer from "spontanious deviation"- watch the Nitro Circus if you don't understand what that is- will appreciate a little more beef.

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    this bike is aweome!!!! enjoy!

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    Here is mine from Italy!14,54 kg!!


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    Can someone who has ridden both the previous generation and new 09 Nomad comment on the new bikes' FR/DH capabilities?
    I am looking to upgrade from my current all-mountain bike (Blur LT) to a more aggressive FR bike that I can still pedal uphill and trail ride on. I've heard from a pro-rider who competes in slopestyle events with his previous generation Nomad that they designed the new one so uphill friendly that it lost some of it's downhill/freeride capabilities.
    Also- has anyone else tried to do 4x events or learn to dirt jump on the Nomad? Just wondering.

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    Nice yellow, liked the purple bits. Those SX are the best looking wheels ever - even better than the Shimano XT 20mm wheelset. Congratulations!

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    My nomad in action




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    Oh my god. Where did you get those sexy wheels?

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    Nomad2 in action

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    MXracer,
    Your bars look purplish in the picture, are they more like red in real life? Anyways, I love the white/purple/red thing you have going on!
    Your bike and the jalapeno frame/organe components bike are my votes for best looking bikes.
    I think I'm going for the racer red one when I get mine.
    Your comments on the suspension setup are interesting. I've heard allot of people say they do n't like the DHX Air on their Nomads. I'm currently considering a setup of either a talas or a vanilla with a DHX air, but I'm about 150 and never carry more than 5lbs worth of pack.
    And nice pic on Free Lunch!

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    Ano Jalapeno Green and Mango/Orange
















    Anodized Jalapeno Green Nomad Small with DHX Air
    Fox 36 Talas RC2
    Easton Monkeylite SL Handlebar, Syntace Superforce Stem
    ODI lock-on grips
    Industry Nine Enduro Wheelset with Conti MKs 2.4 Tubeless with Stan's
    Shimano XTR Drivetrain, CB Acid 3 pedals
    Formula Puro Oro brakes 180mm front, 160mm rear
    Mango Chris King Headset and BB
    Thomson Masterpiece Seatpost, WTB Rocket V Saddle
    under 29 lbs.

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    28.79lbs! That's awesome. I'm excited for mine, now. I ordered yesterday. =)

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    Another green one...



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    From my local dealer

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedsdoc
    under 29 lbs.
    Damn that's light..... nice touch with the orange contrast there, looks great!
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    Just got the front triangle back from powder:









    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer
    A bike company should come out with a bike named after Mikey. the Santa Cruz Vandeman. That would pisss him off to no end.

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    Looks so post industrial, I was thinking of going with the same scheme

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    I wouldn't mind having a Vanilla, so I'd have a black fork. In fact, maybe my fork needs to go in for powder... Hmmm....
    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer
    A bike company should come out with a bike named after Mikey. the Santa Cruz Vandeman. That would pisss him off to no end.

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    hey guys i need some help. the nomads that u guys spec with, are they of 2 inch riser or 1 inch riser? many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cup
    hey guys i need some help. the nomads that u guys spec with, are they of 2 inch riser or 1 inch riser? many thanks.



    Its personal fit thing. If you cant possibly be fitted to your Nomad at a bike shop then maybe get a 1" rise bar with the fork steerer cut extra long so there are heaps of spacers. At least this would give some room to find the right bar height.

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    have a dhx coil im looking to trade for an 09 5.0 air. pm me
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJensen
    have a dhx coil im looking to trade for an 09 5.0 air. pm me
    Why couldnt you want a 09 RP23?

    What spring you have for the DHX?

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    375. 400. and a ti 425
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    Oh man, I'm looking for a Ti 450... doh!
    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer
    A bike company should come out with a bike named after Mikey. the Santa Cruz Vandeman. That would pisss him off to no end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJensen
    have a dhx coil im looking to trade for an 09 5.0 air. pm me
    I'll trade ya...

    oh wait...


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    The other green

    Lime Green powder coat:

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
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    looks great...now get that thing built up!

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    I think a black fork on that yellow/black Nomad would be too much black. I really like the black/yellow/dark grey balance you have going on!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acadian
    looks great...now get that thing built up!
    I know! I'm dying to build it up. Swung by the LBS and they didn't have CK 1.5 headset press adaptor thingie. Arg. Time to call around. Someone around here's gotta have one and I don't want to get all ghetto fab by using the carriage bolt/big washers technique on a brand new frame/headset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschwart73
    Oh man, I'm looking for a Ti 450... doh!
    I have a 450 titanium spring for the DHX-C that I'd like to sell.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    I know! I'm dying to build it up. Swung by the LBS and they didn't have CK 1.5 headset press adaptor thingie. Arg. Time to call around. Someone around here's gotta have one and I don't want to get all ghetto fab by using the carriage bolt/big washers technique on a brand new frame/headset.
    I'm not sure if King has special press tools (I'm sure they do, but are they needed?) but the Cane Creek 110 1.5 really does need the CC press tools. We used a Park press for 1.5 - at least I think it was - and it kind of smashed the cup a little bit. I just carefully filed that section but anyway you might get away with just buying the special fittings and using an American BB press tool, which is really inexpensive. I still haven't seen a tool for getting them back out.
    "It looks flexy"

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    guys, i just place a deposit for my bike, am so stoked about it. i'll build it up during spetember!, look out for it, haha.

    By the way, how many of you guys are riding the Van 36? i tried 1 today at the lbs and was blown away, so buttery feelin. so wanna get a feeback from you guys about it. its either a float 36 or van 36 for my new bike. thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    I know! I'm dying to build it up. Swung by the LBS and they didn't have CK 1.5 headset press adaptor thingie. Arg. Time to call around. Someone around here's gotta have one and I don't want to get all ghetto fab by using the carriage bolt/big washers technique on a brand new frame/headset.
    too bad you don't live near me - I would take care of you. Got the proper 1.5 CK headset press adaptors. Also have the CC ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by cup
    guys, i just place a deposit for my bike, am so stoked about it. i'll build it up during spetember!, look out for it, haha.

    By the way, how many of you guys are riding the Van 36? i tried 1 today at the lbs and was blown away, so buttery feelin. so wanna get a feeback from you guys about it. its either a float 36 or van 36 for my new bike. thanks guys!
    The 09 Float 36 is so damn good I can't see going with a Van, which limits you to a couple of spring rates.
    "It looks flexy"

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    agreed. but the van was like a thad feelin better, well i still have bout 3 months to think which of the 2 evils i wanna get.

    any more input guys? am planning to run a DHX 5.0 Coil in the back

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    Quote Originally Posted by cup
    agreed. but the van was like a thad feelin better, well i still have bout 3 months to think which of the 2 evils i wanna get.

    any more input guys? am planning to run a DHX 5.0 Coil in the back
    It might feel slightly better, on the showroom floor before the air seals are broken in... I don't think that on the trail you will be able to tell the difference.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acadian
    too bad you don't live near me - I would take care of you. Got the proper 1.5 CK headset press adaptors. Also have the CC ones
    I don't doubt it, amigo. Appreciate that. Should get the pressed in tomorrow. Couldn't work on the build today because I had to geek out on Star Trek and Lost's season finale! I know, priorities...

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    ...I had to geek out on Star Trek and Lost's season finale! I know, priorities...
    Trek ... Lost season finale ... Building up a Nomad ...

    Assuming ~4-ish hours to build up the bike, and factoring in transit times to movie ... that's a pretty awesome 8 or so hours of living right there.

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    I just pulled the trigger on a brand new Nomad!
    I must have changed my mind 20 times between the lt2 and the Nomad, but am glad I went with the Nomad for what I want to do.
    The only color choices in a medium frame last night were red, lime green, and yellow, so I went with the red...
    I'll get a pic posted as soon as it gets built.. with DHX air, X0 kit, and Talas. I wanted to go with a lyric U-turn coil, but they were unavailable in 1.5 head tube through santacruz at the time and it was also not available on BTI... Oh well, certainly makes for a lighter ride with the Talas.

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    guys, quick question, why do people want Float over Vans, other than the lighter weight, and float being white, is there anything else?
    cause i keep going back and fourth thinking which fork to get! i weigh around 230lbs ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Lime Green powder coat:
    Bikes nickname Kermit?????
    "Though my life is changing fast,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red PeeKay
    Bikes nickname Kermit?????
    Oh, that's crossed my mind!

    BTW, build is 95% done. What's holding me up? All I have to say is, "I hate star nuts."

    Ok, advice wanted: The headlock that comes with the CK 1.5 devolution headset doesn't fit in the Fox 36 1 1/8 steerer because the bottom of the steerer is too narrow. Anyone know if other headlocks will fit? I'm kind of over star nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Oh, that's crossed my mind!

    BTW, build is 95% done. What's holding me up? All I have to say is, "I hate star nuts."

    Ok, advice wanted: The headlock that comes with the CK 1.5 devolution headset doesn't fit in the Fox 36 1 1/8 steerer because the bottom of the steerer is too narrow. Anyone know if other headlocks will fit? I'm kind of over star nuts.
    Can you flip it upside down and use a headset cap for the bottom? CK mentioned something about that when I was looking into that stuff.

    For now, you can also get the star-fangled nutless type that goes in the top and just expands.

    Edit - those really cheap plastic caps sometimes have a small diameter cylinder for the cap of the screw to sit in and that would help to center the cap in the Fox steer tube.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay
    Can you flip it upside down and use a headset cap for the bottom? CK mentioned something about that when I was looking into that stuff.

    For now, you can also get the star-fangled nutless type that goes in the top and just expands.
    Clever. I'll try that out.

    As for an expanding headset preloader I've looked into the Hope Head Doctor and read some reviews. Some good. Some horrifying like cracked steerer tubes. Don't know if they were alloy steerers or carbon. I would still consider it if I can't get a headlock to work.

    Thanks for the fast reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cup
    guys, quick question, why do people want Float over Vans, other than the lighter weight, and float being white, is there anything else?
    cause i keep going back and fourth thinking which fork to get! i weigh around 230lbs ?
    I went through the same debate with mine - I was coming from an 08 Nomad with an 07 Talas. I actually built my 09 Nomad with a borrowed 07 Vanilla, then switched over to the 09 Float and honestly, the Float now feels virtually the same as the Vanilla did once it broke in and I got it all dialed. I was VERY skeptical, but honestly, the new Float is incredible for an air fork.
    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer
    A bike company should come out with a bike named after Mikey. the Santa Cruz Vandeman. That would pisss him off to no end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jschwart73
    I went through the same debate with mine - I was coming from an 08 Nomad with an 07 Talas. I actually built my 09 Nomad with a borrowed 07 Vanilla, then switched over to the 09 Float and honestly, the Float now feels virtually the same as the Vanilla did once it broke in and I got it all dialed. I was VERY skeptical, but honestly, the new Float is incredible for an air fork.
    I've heard similar feedback from my friends. They really like the new Floats. I didn't want it because it IS white. Haha.

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    In case anyone's following my ordeal, I just ordered one of these:


    Gusset Headlock. Hopefully it fits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    I've heard similar feedback from my friends. They really like the new Floats. I didn't want it because it IS white. Haha.
    Anyone know if it's easy to remove the paint (chemically) from the fox lowers? I think a raw finish would look good on them. Someone has stickers on ebay so I could re-sticker it up.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    I've heard similar feedback from my friends. They really like the new Floats. I didn't want it because it IS white. Haha.
    See if you can scrounge up one of the OEM colors like this one:

    Quote Originally Posted by Empty_Beer
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    Quote Originally Posted by cup
    guys, quick question, why do people want Float over Vans, other than the lighter weight, and float being white, is there anything else?
    cause i keep going back and fourth thinking which fork to get! i weigh around 230lbs ?
    Van = two springs to try
    Float = you can choose whatever sag you want
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay
    Van = two springs to try
    Float = you can choose whatever sag you want

    I weigh about the same as the as Cup and Im currently running a Van. I wondering if a Float would of been better cause I have found with the firm spring is a little to soft (= breaking dive and wallowing) and the extra firm spring is a little to hard (= slightly hash on little bumps and the front end sits a bit high).

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    Quote Originally Posted by other aardvark
    I weigh about the same as the as Cup and Im currently running a Van. I wondering if a Float would of been better cause I have found with the firm spring is a little to soft (= breaking dive and wallowing) and the extra firm spring is a little to hard (= slightly hash on little bumps and the front end sits a bit high).
    That's exactly what I'm talking about. I'm in the 210-225 range (depends on time of year!) and I have basically that same issue. So I've given up on coil unless they start providing more spring rates, like they used to.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay
    That's exactly what I'm talking about. I'm in the 210-225 range (depends on time of year!) and I have basically that same issue. So I've given up on coil unless they start providing more spring rates, like they used to.

    I think there are a total of 4 springs available, soft, medium , firm and extra firm. I must say I was a bit surprised I couldnt dial my Van for trail riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by other aardvark
    I think there are a total of 4 springs available, soft, medium , firm and extra firm. I must say I was a bit surprised I couldnt dial my Van for trail riding.
    Exactly, they need like 6 different rates, or 8. So there's 3 rates in "my weight range", not 1 or 2.
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay
    Exactly, they need like 6 different rates, or 8. So there's 3 rates in "my weight range", not 1 or 2.
    When the revolution comes comrad, the Fox people will be first to be executed. How dare they produce one of the best goddamn forks in the world and not wind a spring for every singleone of their customers.

    Seriously, I sometimes think that the the 36 forks could be made a bit more AM/trail friendly ie crown mounted low speed compression and lockout dials ect. For the hard core guys they could introduce a new 180 travel fork.

    Hey, just ignore me, Im just polishing op my chestnuts . . .

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    the float seems to be a favourite among you guys.
    i agree with other aardvark, the spring was 1 of my intial worry, glad that now i had seen some example, i wont be complaining my arse off when i get my new bike. so float it is! so excited to get my bike and ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedsdoc
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    ODI lock-on grips
    Hey man, real nice rig! I love the colors and setup! How do you like those grips and are they a specific ODI model? BTW, how much rear travel? Thanks

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    The 2010 Lyrik is 170mm. Hmmmmmmmm...

    Quote Originally Posted by other aardvark
    When the revolution comes comrad, the Fox people will be first to be executed. How dare they produce one of the best goddamn forks in the world and not wind a spring for every singleone of their customers.

    Seriously, I sometimes think that the the 36 forks could be made a bit more AM/trail friendly ie crown mounted low speed compression and lockout dials ect. For the hard core guys they could introduce a new 180 travel fork.

    Hey, just ignore me, Im just polishing op my chestnuts . . .
    "It looks flexy"

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    Quote Originally Posted by gticlay
    The 2010 Lyrik is 170mm. Hmmmmmmmm...
    Could be a tasty alternative to the 36. Whats the travel range on the new 2 step???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thrasher
    Hey man, real nice rig! I love the colors and setup! How do you like those grips and are they a specific ODI model? BTW, how much rear travel? Thanks
    Thanks. ODI Cross X Trainer lock-ons. Thinner like Ruffians but pretty comfy. 160mm rear travel.







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    ----> pedsdoc, you just need the tangerine Tune seatpost collar

    anyway, mine's here at last - I do have an issue finding an adapter to press the 1.5king though:/
    I will post some pics when it's done.

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    It's almost here.

    Here's the follow up on my ano nomad. I didn't want to tempt fate or jinx myself about 2 weeks ago when I found out there was a possibility my order was going to be filled at my LBS. The wait (just under 2 months) actually was not as bad as some here have been waiting but nonetheless agonizing because of the time of year with trails opening all around me.
    I sold my Med 06 Nomad towards the end of March. Ordered a L ano slate with coil. So waited patiently. Then I find out through little tidbits of forum info that things are not all rosy with SC delivery this year for one reason or another. ie the Bullit delivery thread. I even went so far as to make contact with SC and politely inquired about delivery times. Dano at SC was very accommodating but all he could do was get me a PC and no ideas as to delivery of further ano frames.
    Anyways long story short, my LBS's other store discovered for some reason or another a Med slate with Air 5.0 was sched to arrive last week, so they allocated that to me. Not exactly what I ordered but I hear the air is much better on the 09 frame and the switch in size was not a big deal as I am between sizing. Held my breath for the time being while still looking at viable alternatives for the riding season and made my way to the LBS yesterday. It had arrived. Very cool. So maybe later this week it will be finished off (they are building it).
    I'll post up the pics when it gets here. Not sure if anyone else noticed but the slate this year is a much lighter shade then last years.

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    Here's mine

    Well, it does look simmilar to a few here, don't it? But I DID describe it in October already and allmost all the stuff comes from my LT2
    In this 'battle mode' it weighs 15.7kg (34.6lbs)
    In the 'flatland' mode - light wheelset (dt240 and NobbyNic2.25) and a monarch - it weighs 14kg (30.8lbs)
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    joplin 007.jpg

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    Finally. After a set back or two, a few drops of blood, and a little patience it's all done.

    Lime Green FTW. Color is a little brighter and darker in real life. Pics look a little washed.




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