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    Quote Originally Posted by FMX_DBC View Post
    Yep thats what I heard. I just picked up my new Butcher from the shop the other day. It could very well be one of the last Mohicans

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    Can't. Stop. Looking. At. Those. Cranks.

    If that's the start of your build, the rest should be dope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by membrain View Post
    Question for Nickel riders... I just got a good deal on a '11 RS Revelation XX 150/120 fork, the Nickel was designed to ride a max of 140mm, would/should I ride the bike at 150mm travel on the fork or should it always stay at 120?
    the deal thing to do would be installing a limiter in order for you to have a 140mm fork, at max... otherwise, I think SC probably won't give warranty on any problems that you might find in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanai View Post
    Can't. Stop. Looking. At. Those. Cranks.

    If that's the start of your build, the rest should be dope!
    Thanks! I plan on doing it up quite nicely with a 160 Talas, Saint rear Der. with the clutch, and putting a pair of those Chinese carbon wide AM rims on + red Hope hubs & red nipples with black DT Swiss Comp spokes.

    Cant wait to get this thing on the trail!

    More pics of parts for now...


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    Quote Originally Posted by membrain View Post
    Question for Nickel riders... I just got a good deal on a '11 RS Revelation XX 150/120 fork, the Nickel was designed to ride a max of 140mm, would/should I ride the bike at 150mm travel on the fork or should it always stay at 120?
    FWIW I rode a 150mm Float 32 on my Nickel and it wasnt the best climber, but it was a BEAST on the descents!

    Currently trying to sell that fork on Craigslist BTW
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    Quote Originally Posted by FMX_DBC View Post
    FWIW I rode a 150mm Float 32 on my Nickel and it wasnt the best climber, but it was a BEAST on the descents!

    Currently trying to sell that fork on Craigslist BTW
    Well i guess good thing i got a RS Revelation XX that's adjustable to 120 for climbing and 150 when going down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by membrain View Post
    Well i guess good thing i got a RS Revelation XX that's adjustable to 120 for climbing and 150 when going down.
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    My white medium Nickel is on a brown truck and heading to my house from Huck & Roll!! I also ordered a red Cane Creek headset and an Answer 720, .5" rise carbon bar. Now I need to know what 9 speed XT rear changer I can use on it.
    '96 San Andreas
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonebiclas View Post
    the first olive green Nickel I've seen...
    I got one too, with the deals going on it was time to retire the old BLT 1.

    Funny enough, I also have a 2007 Chameleon with the same color. Except, it was called "gangreen" back then. I guess they changed the name for marketing reasons ...
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    Here's my Butcher with a temporary build using my old parts. Plan on putting a Talas 160mm on it & have some black Deity blacklabel bars coming plus some chinese carbon rims with those pretty red Hope hubs


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    Quote Originally Posted by csuder99 View Post
    I got one too, with the deals going on it was time to retire the old BLT 1.

    Funny enough, I also have a 2007 Chameleon with the same color. Except, it was called "gangreen" back then. I guess they changed the name for marketing reasons ...
    I can't tell what they are, but the brakes look different than mine. I got the R-XC build. Did you get a different/custom build or did you put on different brakes after the fact?

    Btw, not crazy about the Avid Elixer 5's that came on mine...
    Am I all zipped up?

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    Butcher Town and Country

    My Butch Specs:

    * Frame Size & Color: Large Frame Lime Green
    * Fork: RockShox Revelation RL DA Taper 150mm travel
    * Rear Shock Fox Float RP23 150mm
    * Brakes: Avid Elixir 5’s w/ 185mm front 160mm rear rotors
    * Cranks: E*Thirteen Triple Crankset
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano M771 XT
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano M773 SGS XT
    * Pedals: Crank Brothers Candy 3
    * Stem: Loaded Precision X-lite 90mm 5 degree rise
    * Handlebar: Easton Haven Carbon AM 711mm long 31.8 diameter 20mm rise.
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    * Saddle: WTB Pure V Race
    * Bottom Bracket: E*Thirteen
    * Headset: Cane Creek custom tapered
    * Grips: Oury Mountain Grips Green
    * Front Tire: Maxxis High Roller 2.35 folding
    * Front Rim: Azonic Outlaw
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Azonic Hub Rockshox 15mm Maxle Lite
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis High Roller 2.35 folding
    * Rear Rim: Azonic Outlaw 135mm
    * Rear Hub/Skewer Azonic hub and Skewer
    * Weight: 29 lbs






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    Own a Nickel now for 6 weeks - and its perfect. I have owned a lot of different bikes and I have to say that this bike climbs like a goat and is also superb on the downs! I just put an AngleSet (-1 degree) in to get it a bit more dh-orientated and now its perfect. Just the standard Fox damper does not provide enough compression damping and I like a lot of it - but thatīs something I get sorted. Does anyone have experiences with other shocks on the Nickel or Butcher?

    Here some pics:

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleetwood View Post
    I can't tell what they are, but the brakes look different than mine. I got the R-XC build. Did you get a different/custom build or did you put on different brakes after the fact?

    Btw, not crazy about the Avid Elixer 5's that came on mine...
    Most of the parts are 07 vintage from the BLT, I just got the frame when it was $675. The BLT had the SPX kit but the original brakes migrated to another bike. These are Juicy 5s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobiwan View Post
    Own a Nickel now for 6 weeks - and its perfect. I have owned a lot of different bikes and I have to say that this bike climbs like a goat and is also superb on the downs! I just put an AngleSet (-1 degree) in to get it a bit more dh-orientated and now its perfect. Just the standard Fox damper does not provide enough compression damping and I like a lot of it - but thatīs something I get sorted. Does anyone have experiences with other shocks on the Nickel or Butcher?

    Here some pics:
    Nice! Is that a 140mmof travel up front? Is that an RL version of the shock? How tall are you and what size stem?

    Here's mine:
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    '12 Santa Cruz Nickel LT
    '08 KTM 530
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    '05 MiniCooper S
    '95 Honda HB Si
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    Jup, 140 mm on the front and an RL on the rear. Size is L which is perfect for me (178cm) in combination with a 50mm stem... Perfect trail bastard!

    Nice wheels by the way. What will be your build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tobiwan View Post
    Jup, 140 mm on the front and an RL on the rear. Size is L which is perfect for me (178cm) in combination with a 50mm stem... Perfect trail bastard!

    Nice wheels by the way. What will be your build?
    Revelation 130 mm dual air, Fox RL shock for now, CCDBA shock later, 3x9 XT Cranks, XT rear and front changers and cassette with Shimano compatible SRAM triggers, gold KMC 10 speed chain, Answer AM 720 carbon bars, Hayes Stroker Trail brakes. Not sure on stem and post yet. Probably Thomson stem. I'm looking for a good carbon post, but Thomson if not carbon, got a Cane Creek 110 red headset on the way and of course a matching Spinergy front wheel. Then I'm going to replace 2 spokes on each wheel with red ones, just to make it different. And, that will give me some extra spokes.
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    '08 KTM 530
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    Quote Originally Posted by tobiwan View Post
    Jup, 140 mm on the front and an RL on the rear. Size is L which is perfect for me (178cm) in combination with a 50mm stem... Perfect trail bastard!

    Nice wheels by the way. What will be your build?
    Is the RL decent?
    '96 San Andreas
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    '12 Toyota FJ TT
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    My Brownies....



    Frame: Santa Cruz Butcher (Chocolate) Size M

    Fork: Fox 32 FLOAT RL w/ 15QR Thru Axle and Tapered Steerer, 150mm Travel

    Rear Shock: Fox RP23

    REAR DER: Shimano M780 SGS (XT) 10spd

    FRONT DER: Shimano M780 or M781 (XT) 10spd

    SHIFTERS: Shimano M780 (XT) 10spd

    CRANKSET: Shimano M780 24/32/42 (XT) 10spd

    BOTTOM BRACKET: Included w/ crankset

    CASSETTE: Shimano M771, 11-36 (XT) 10spd

    CHAIN: Shimano HG 74 10spd

    BRAKES: Shimano XT w/ 203mm front 160mm rear Ice Tech rotors

    BARS: Easton Monkey Bar EA 30 685MM

    STEM: SRAM (Truvativ) AKA 31.8mm

    GRIPS: SPANK SUBROSA / LOCK-ON GRIP SHOP POS BOX

    HEADSET: Element Internal 36-OS for Ø1.5~Ø1-1/8 Steerer - Fusion Series

    SEAT POST: Truvativ Stylo T20

    SADDLE: WTB Pure V Comp

    WHEELS: Sun-Rigle Equalizer 29 rims laced to Pro hubs (4 Bearing) w/ CN spokes, alloy nipples (TA15 front hub & 9mm Rear Hub)

    TIRES: Maxxis ARDENT 2.25 folding

    TUBES: Maxxis .8mm tubes

    WEIGHT : Once again I forgot to weigh his

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    ^ that's nice! How tall are you and what size stem?
    '96 San Andreas
    '12 Santa Cruz Nickel LT
    '08 KTM 530
    '12 Toyota FJ TT
    '05 MiniCooper S
    '95 Honda HB Si
    '71 Dino 246 GT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    ^ that's nice! How tall are you and what size stem?
    I'm 168 cm, stem size is 70mm nice for climbing

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    Here's my nickel build. Not the highest end of components but it works for me.
    X9 shifters, derailleurs, 3x9, Race Face Ride crank, bar, stem, seatpost, wtb saddle, rock shox revelation xx, shimano xtr wheelset (tubes), nevegal 2.1 tires, fox float rl rear. I'm much more confident going down trails I wouldn't do w/ my titus motolite and climbing felt just as good as the titus as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barnyard99 View Post
    They have been discontinued, but are still amazing bikes. The Nickel is 50% off at HucknRoll and sometimes even less on Chainlove.
    Any word on the reason or replacement? Carbon versions? or do you think they figured out how to make cheaper VPP bikes?

    Seems like these were really great selling frames/bikes...?
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    Meanie Greenie Bastard

    Just got this built up . . . one ride so far and I think we are going to get along just fine.
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    Just built this up. Mismatched parts, recycled parts from other bikes, fix fork from eBay. First couple trail shots in santa Cruz. Last shot, bikepack overnight in Henry Coe state park. Fun bike, I've owned a few hecklers, vpp bikes, dw link bikes, then just kinda got outta the full suspension thing. This ones a keeper for a bit.
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    Hey guys,

    I have bought a Santa Cruz Nickel frame.
    The shock length is 200 x 50mm and result is 125mm rear travel.
    Is it possible to use a shock length of 200 x 57 mm and the result is 142mm?

    Thanks

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