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    Shoreline trail in SLC?

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    Yup, went across to Bobsled and down.

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    I'm guessing bobsled is still quite muddy?

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    Going up the canyon to join the shoreline had some rough spots, but only one patch in bobsled was slick with snow/ice the rest was actually in really good condition. Although rain is on the way...

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    NICKEL advise: would a TALAS 120-160 work with a 650b converted Nickel? your thoughts guys...? thanks

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    Re: Post your Butchers & Nickels!

    Snapped a quick shot of my current get up. Loving the Nickel!



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    Post your Butchers & Nickels!

    Here's my Nickel now with RS Reverb and new Renthal Lock On grips

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    and mine with another continent under its wheels ..New Zealand
    recently added Nano flat pedals, XT 2 x 10 and brakes with a 180 rotor up front..

    Thinking of going Rocco 57mm rear shock as just blown the RP23 and maybe changing Mavic XM719 to Arch EX and running tubeless..

    Any thoughts / suggestions?

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    Another Nickel rebirthed as a 650 Nickel

    Schweet ride got a little schweeter.


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    Here is my Bike ... my buddies called him Nickelodeon hahaha..
    I am very happy with my bike.. though..
    this picture taken in Cikole Bandung - Indonesia.
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    Here is my Nickel:
    XL size in seabright blue, 1x10 XT equipment, KS LEV, Syntace cockpit, Float 34 CTD fork, Float CTD shock.
    The most beautiful solution of single pivot with variable shock rate frame design, if you ask me.




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    Nice bike man. How are you liking the seatpost? I've been thinking about getting one for my nickel. Thats alot of money though.

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    It's just one of the gadgets, like spd. Not neccessary for mtn biking,your bike gets heavier, new cable to route, you'll have service it sooner or later,but it's really fun

    I had to service cartridge once (air was in the system) but it was easy to do it at home (although some tools are required).
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    Great topic. I've just picked up a used Butcher frame.


    Looking at the reviews on google- Pinkbike rated it (why I picked one up)


    yet these guys said it suffers from single-pivot brake-jack and rides awkward? Santa Cruz Butcher: The Three Month Update | Spoke Magazine

    Thoughts??

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    It's not enough to worry about. Ride it and have fun!

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    Heres my secondhand one- ready to build up. It feels lighter than the published weight.


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    My recently Pike'd Nickel! 1st ride this afternoon.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cmscheip View Post
    My recently Pike'd Nickel! 1st ride this afternoon.



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    Green, red and black look great together. Let us know how the ride went.

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    Green, red and black look great together. Let us know how the ride went.
    Thanks man!

    The new bumpstick was sweet! Man is it stiffer than my old Fox 32. And I am definitely a 150mm Nickel belieber. Rode well. I actually raised my stem a little. Didn't notice any difficulty climbing but it is noticeably easier to get the front wheel off the ground when descending.

    Now I have to play with all of the settings on the Pike but thus far it was a phenomenal decision. Love this bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmscheip View Post
    Thanks man!

    The new bumpstick was sweet! Man is it stiffer than my old Fox 32. And I am definitely a 150mm Nickel belieber. Rode well. I actually raised my stem a little. Didn't notice any difficulty climbing but it is noticeably easier to get the front wheel off the ground.

    Now I have to play with all of the settings on the Pike but thus far it was a phenomenal decision. Love this bike.

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    Right on! And your running the 57mm shock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    Right on! And your running the 57mm shock?
    Yep. Roco LO. It leaves a little to be desired IMO. I blow through the travel pretty easy. Doesn't feel like much ramp up in the spring curve. Maybe that new DBinline in a few months.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmscheip View Post
    Yep. Roco LO. It leaves a little to be desired IMO. I blow through the travel pretty easy. Doesn't feel like much ramp up in the spring curve. Maybe that new DBinline in a few months.....

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    That makes sense, because if you look at the shock rate, it starts to taper off at about 130mm of travel. Can you add a spacer or band to the air can. But yes, I think the new CC Inline will be the holly Grail for the Nickel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    *Heads up*

    There's a nicely equipped M butcher being listed by the SC guy on ebay:

    Santa Cruz Nickel Aluminum Complete Mountain Bike Medium | eBay
    I ended up being the high bidder on this bike....a year later and still loving it, though I just bought a Turner Flux and have yet to ride it.

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    Post your Butchers & Nickels!

    Here's my Nickel




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    Nickel: FINALLY!!!

    got it up and going... now with 30 RF NW up front and 42 GC one-upp at rear... green mean machine!!! it's 650 by the way...


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    can someone help me to pinpoint what size of replacement shock bushings i need for my nickel?

    i read that the mounting hardware is 8 x 22mm width, but on Jenson
    there is only 8x 21.8mm or 22.2 available....will either or neither fit?

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    If I remember right, and I may not be remembering right. Fox needs 22mm and a RS needs 21.8mm. I'm pretty sure you can find the answer in this thread.
    200 x 57mm shock on a Nickel = 142mm of travel!

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    You can order them here on the santa cruz website: https://shop.santacruzbicycles.com/p...-reducers.html

    You can also order them directly from fox if you call them.

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    Cane Creeks website says that the bushings on a Nickel would be 8 x 21.8 for one of their rear shocks.

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    thanks guys. i saw that for fox i'd need 8x22 hardware....but jenson only had bushings in 21.8 or 22.2, so it looks like neither would work? no worries as I might hold off on the bushing upgrade cuz i may end up upgrading the fox RL shock anyway.....just cant decide if i want to go longer shock or bigger wheels on my nickel, since it appears that I can't do both. or i can leave as is and save money maybe for a dropper, decisions ughhhh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestAir View Post
    thanks guys. i saw that for fox i'd need 8x22 hardware....but jenson only had bushings in 21.8 or 22.2, so it looks like neither would work? no worries as I might hold off on the bushing upgrade cuz i may end up upgrading the fox RL shock anyway.....just cant decide if i want to go longer shock or bigger wheels on my nickel, since it appears that I can't do both. or i can leave as is and save money maybe for a dropper, decisions ughhhh!
    You could go 650 on the front and longer travel shock on the back. I think that would be Interesting.

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    Post your Butchers & Nickels!

    Then you could call it the Frankenickel. Lol

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    actually that setup would be the shizzzz i think! there was another nickel owner that tried that....haven't heard a review yet tho.

    currently kicking myself for buying a 140mm RS Sektor 26er fork last spring instead of fox / xfusion that could accomadate 650b in front. haven't tried 650b in my sektor, but with 2.35 /26er maxxis minions in there i highly doubt a reasonable 650 would fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestAir View Post
    actually that setup would be the shizzzz i think! there was another nickel owner that tried that....haven't heard a review yet tho.

    currently kicking myself for buying a 140mm RS Sektor 26er fork last spring instead of fox / xfusion that could accomadate 650b in front. haven't tried 650b in my sektor, but with 2.35 /26er maxxis minions in there i highly doubt a reasonable 650 would fit.
    Some Derby rims and a smaller tire would work well, and may fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestAir View Post
    thanks guys. i saw that for fox i'd need 8x22 hardware....but jenson only had bushings in 21.8 or 22.2, so it looks like neither would work? no worries as I might hold off on the bushing upgrade cuz i may end up upgrading the fox RL shock anyway.....just cant decide if i want to go longer shock or bigger wheels on my nickel, since it appears that I can't do both. or i can leave as is and save money maybe for a dropper, decisions ughhhh!
    According to Chri2fur from Enduro, you need the 21.85 for the needle bearing kit (which might be a cool option):

    Enduro shock eye needle bearing kit

    If you aren't sure which size to order you need to get your calipers out and measure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestAir View Post
    thanks guys. i saw that for fox i'd need 8x22 hardware....but jenson only had bushings in 21.8 or 22.2, so it looks like neither would work? no worries as I might hold off on the bushing upgrade cuz i may end up upgrading the fox RL shock anyway.....just cant decide if i want to go longer shock or bigger wheels on my nickel, since it appears that I can't do both. or i can leave as is and save money maybe for a dropper, decisions ughhhh!
    If you can swing it, go with a DBinline from Cane Creek. Best suspension upgrade I have ever purchased in my 20 yrs of mtn biking.

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    XS Nickle for my 10 year old

    Just picked up this little ripper for my 10 year old via Craig's list.

    Bike is loaded with nice components and Chris King wheels! These 26" wheeled bikes are going for cheap!
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    Post your Butchers & Nickels!



    Few updates newest one 2015 fox float X 200 x 57 , gonna drop the 34 Float CTD down to150mm travel rather than the 160 it set at the moment

    Bit pi$$ed that the Float X had to go in that way but there wasn't enough clearance to mount the shock the other way


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    Quote Originally Posted by PornMunky2k5 View Post


    Few updates newest one 2015 fox float X 200 x 57 , gonna drop the 34 Float CTD down to150mm travel rather than the 160 it set at the moment

    Bit pi$$ed that the Float X had to go in that way but there wasn't enough clearance to mount the shock the other way


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    Why couldn't you mount it like this one:


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    Nope, the shock hits this



    End you can't get the lower section to mount correctly

    I was wondering how if an offset bushing on the top would help as I have 5mm of clearance at the rear of the linkages





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    Quote Originally Posted by PornMunky2k5 View Post


    Few updates newest one 2015 fox float X 200 x 57 , gonna drop the 34 Float CTD down to150mm travel rather than the 160 it set at the moment

    Bit pi$$ed that the Float X had to go in that way but there wasn't enough clearance to mount the shock the other way


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    PornMunky My nickel has a float 36 lowered to 140 mm, always wondered if how would it ride at 160 mm... what's wrong with it at that? since yo want to lower your 34's to 150??? thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by saddle pimp View Post
    PornMunky My nickel has a float 36 lowered to 140 mm, always wondered if how would it ride at 160 mm... what's wrong with it at that? since yo want to lower your 34's to 150??? thanks
    TBH i don't have an issue with it at 160mm it still climbs very well but it really good when it's pointed downhill, it's very competent and confidence inspiring.

    I mainly ride at Bike Park Wales in the UK and it's a blast I've just wondered what it would be like at 150 that's all a bit of curiosity

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    Quote Originally Posted by PornMunky2k5 View Post
    TBH i don't have an issue with it at 160mm it still climbs very well but it really good when it's pointed downhill, it's very competent and confidence inspiring.

    I mainly ride at Bike Park Wales in the UK and it's a blast I've just wondered what it would be like at 150 that's all a bit of curiosity
    ok thanks for the heads up, my Float 36 is due for service, i might as well remove the spacers and try it at 160 mm... mines converted to 27.5 by the way... upgraded the stock rp23 to a CTD mid tune shocks haven't tried it out as the weather is bad nowadays... well thanks for the feedback...

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    What does it ride like after changing to 27.5 ?

    Updated offset bushing added to front of Float X and now fits perfectly



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    Quote Originally Posted by PornMunky2k5 View Post
    What does it ride like after changing to 27.5 ?

    Updated offset bushing added to front of Float X and now fits perfectly



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    Actually I haven't tried it at 26, I was looking for a 27.5 bike and had a good deal with the Nickel. It climbs pretty well and can handle going down. I will try it at 160 mm hopefully it won't mess up with the climbing

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    Has anyone noticed a change in rear suspension performance when going from 2x to 1x gearing or vice versa on a nickel or butcher?

    I'm currently running 1x10 with 30t ring up front and have never tried 2x on the nickel. I read an article somewhere that said suspension leverage curves and performance are often tuned for a certain size of chainring as the angle of the chain relative to the frame/linkage will change the suspension behavior. Also that suspension can stiffen with smaller ring and more active in larger rings...I'll try to find a link to the article, but this makes sense although I'm not an expert at all...

    Since these APP bikes came out in 2011 im wondering if they are better suited for 2x or 3x drivetrains rather than 1x? Anyone used both? Or would the suspension changes be very slight?

    I'm fine with 1x for climbing, just may try 2x as an expertiment since I would only need to buy an FD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthwestAir View Post
    Has anyone noticed a change in rear suspension performance when going from 2x to 1x gearing or vice versa on a nickel or butcher?

    I'm currently running 1x10 with 30t ring up front and have never tried 2x on the nickel. I read an article somewhere that said suspension leverage curves and performance are often tuned for a certain size of chainring as the angle of the chain relative to the frame/linkage will change the suspension behavior. Also that suspension can stiffen with smaller ring and more active in larger rings...I'll try to find a link to the article, but this makes sense although I'm not an expert at all...

    Since these APP bikes came out in 2011 im wondering if they are better suited for 2x or 3x drivetrains rather than 1x? Anyone used both? Or would the suspension changes be very slight?

    I'm fine with 1x for climbing, just may try 2x as an experiment since I would only need to buy an FD.
    I have used 3x and 1x on my nickel and didn't notice a change in the suspension. At a theoretical level I don't see how the number or size of your chainrings can affect suspension action at all. If your happy with your gear range and ratios as is I would think your experimentation time and money would be better spent elsewhere, but thats just me.

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    Looking for an old video with two Nickels

    There was a promotional video a few years back I saw online, I was trying to find it but I cant remember the name of it. I was hoping somebody would know what im talking about. I think it was called something like urban Los Angeles mtb or urban San Francisco mtb or something like that. It starts with this guy working at an office building, then he gets a text and gets on the elevator with his bike, then he meets up with this other guy and they proceed to shred some trails. I think they were both riding white Santa Cruz Nickels, and the sound track for the video was Capitol Cities: Safe and Sound..

    I know im reaching here, thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by guggas View Post
    There was a promotional video a few years back I saw online, I was trying to find it but I cant remember the name of it. I was hoping somebody would know what im talking about. I think it was called something like urban Los Angeles mtb or urban San Francisco mtb or something like that. It starts with this guy working at an office building, then he gets a text and gets on the elevator with his bike, then he meets up with this other guy and they proceed to shred some trails. I think they were both riding white Santa Cruz Nickels, and the sound track for the video was Capitol Cities: Safe and Sound..

    I know im reaching here, thanks

    Maybe this is what you are looking for ?

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    yeah thats it, thanks!

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