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  1. #1076
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    After searching for months, I finally joined the club. Picked up an 2012 R size L Butcher for a SMOKING deal yesterday. Cant wait to start tinkering with it


    The Butcher is adding some much needed suspension travel to our santa cruz family
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    Awesome bike! Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eastcoaster View Post
    Has anyone tried offset shock hardware on the Nickel? (or Butcher) Looking to slacken my Nickel just a liiiitle bit more.
    I thought about it but I've just ordered a longer fork for my Butcher. I know a dude in N.C. who's got a super slack Nickel with a 150 fork on it too and I think he's running the Burgtec hardware.

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    Changed the wheels to Mavic Crossmax ST's. Got rid of the large chain ring and added an MRP S4 Bash guard. Brought weight down to 29.2 Might change brakes to xt's. Avid 5's aren't cutting it
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidS View Post
    I thought about it but I've just ordered a longer fork for my Butcher. I know a dude in N.C. who's got a super slack Nickel with a 150 fork on it too and I think he's running the Burgtec hardware.
    Im running a 150mm fork on my Nickle and it is working out great

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBforlife View Post
    Im running a 150mm fork on my Nickle and it is working out great
    The Marzocchi RC3ti, right?

    That's the fork I have for my Nickel. I'm sooo close to completing the bike, but had to depart to the East Coast for Thanksgiving....longest week ever.

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    Yee haw!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sriracha View Post
    The Marzocchi RC3ti, right?

    That's the fork I have for my Nickel. I'm sooo close to completing the bike, but had to depart to the East Coast for Thanksgiving....longest week ever.
    That is one nice fork. So far I have been very pleased. In my opinion the fork plus its a-to-c length suits the frame perfectly

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    Quote Originally Posted by ATXZJ View Post
    The Butcher is adding some much needed suspension travel to our santa cruz family
    Dude.....

    ....we have the same 2 MTBs in the same two colors....

    We must have great taste!

    My gf has an Orbea d'Ella though and not a Juliana (if I'm seeing that correctly).



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    Here is my "HucknRoll Special" Nickel that I've been rocking since July out in its natural habitat getting dirty.

    Current parts list:
    Pike 454 coil
    Cane Creek 40 headset
    Sunline V1 65mm Stem
    Sunline V1 OS 745mm x 38mm rise
    XTR Trail brakes
    X9 9spd rear derailleur
    X7 Shifters
    SLX cranks with BBG bashguard
    Cheap seatpost while I'm waiting for a new Reverb to replace the one that self distructed after 4 mo.
    Shimano M540 pedals
    WTB Frequency i23 rims laced to Hope Pro2 Evo hubs - bolt up rear, 20mm front
    Maxxis High Roller 2.35 rear, Maxxis Advantage 2.4 front - running tubeless

    Future Upgrades:
    Lighter fork - while I love the feel of the coil Pike it's a tank at 5lbs... (contemplating a lowered lyrik solo air for the stiffness and would still drop weight, or one of the 34mm stanchion offerings)

    Rear shock upgrade to 200x57mm to match the longer travel front end

    Nickel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Wankel View Post
    Here is my "HucknRoll Special" Nickel that I've been rocking since July out in its natural habitat getting dirty.

    Current parts list:
    Pike 454 coil
    Cane Creek 40 headset
    Sunline V1 65mm Stem
    Sunline V1 OS 745mm x 38mm rise
    XTR Trail brakes
    X9 9spd rear derailleur
    X7 Shifters
    SLX cranks with BBG bashguard
    Cheap seatpost while I'm waiting for a new Reverb to replace the one that self distructed after 4 mo.
    Shimano M540 pedals
    WTB Frequency i23 rims laced to Hope Pro2 Evo hubs - bolt up rear, 20mm front
    Maxxis High Roller 2.35 rear, Maxxis Advantage 2.4 front - running tubeless

    Future Upgrades:
    Lighter fork - while I love the feel of the coil Pike it's a tank at 5lbs... (contemplating a lowered lyrik solo air for the stiffness and would still drop weight, or one of the 34mm stanchion offerings)

    Rear shock upgrade to 200x57mm to match the longer travel front end

    Nickel
    Very Nice. I was worried about weight up front as well. This is one of the reasons I went with the 44 RC3 Ti. Even though it is the heaviest 44 Marzocchi makes. The fork comes in at around 4 pounds, which is not bad for a coil, openbath fork. So far the fork is super solid.

    I decided to go without a adjustable post for now. I am tired of blowing them up. I have owned four different brands. I will buy a new one as soon as a company can come up with a design that can last for a couple years without failure
    Last edited by MTBforlife; 11-23-2012 at 08:54 AM.

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    Heres one of my Butcher

    UPGRADES:
    Industry 9 AM's
    2012 Reverb
    Fox DHX 5.0 Air
    725 Bars
    2.4 Kenda's
    XT brakes soon to come


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    Love the orange! That looks awesome! Sweet ride!

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    At first my Nickle was working great but now the rear is flexing terribly. The rear end keeps wanting to follow the terrain versus following the front tire. When I am on off camber terrain the brakes will drag and the rear wheel will not track behind the front wheel. I am thinking about using a bolt on conversion for my rear wheel might stiffin it up a tad.

    The bike is still really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBforlife View Post
    At first my Nickle was working great but now the rear is flexing terribly. The rear end keeps wanting to follow the terrain versus following the front tire. When I am on off camber terrain the brakes will drag and the rear wheel will not track behind the front wheel. I am thinking about using a bolt on conversion for my rear wheel might stiffin it up a tad.

    The bike is still really nice.
    There is something wrong, you should fix that first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBforlife View Post
    At first my Nickle was working great but now the rear is flexing terribly. The rear end keeps wanting to follow the terrain versus following the front tire. When I am on off camber terrain the brakes will drag and the rear wheel will not track behind the front wheel. I am thinking about using a bolt on conversion for my rear wheel might stiffin it up a tad.

    The bike is still really nice.
    Definitely not a bad idea to check all of your pivot bolts, etc...or play in the rear hub possibly? It seems strange that it rode well at first and now is riding differently, something doesn't sound right there.

    That said, when I first built my Nickel up it was with a XT wheelset with a standard quick release. The switch to the my current setup with the bolt up hub made a very noticeable difference in stiffness out back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Wankel View Post
    The switch to the my current setup with the bolt up hub made a very noticeable difference in stiffness out back.
    What are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    What are you using?
    It's in his post

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    WTB Frequency i23 rims laced to Hope Pro2 Evo hubs - bolt up rear, 20mm front
    Sounds and looks the bomb. Should be a Nickel HD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosquito1 View Post
    Love the orange! That looks awesome! Sweet ride!
    Thanks. I love everything about this bike. No complaints. The new i9's defiantly woke the bike up. Probly helped that I went bolt threw and tubeless at the same time

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    What are you using?
    Prior to the destickerization an such

    New Hoops.jpg

    Props to Dave at Redstone Cyclery for building up a kick ass wheelset, couldn't be happier with them.

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    I am running Easton EA90 wheels. The rear wheel is set up for a 12x135/142 but I have a QR conversion in there now. I have a bolt on conversion for the hub, I can try.

    When I yank on the rear wheel I can see the rear drops flex. Hopefully the bolt on conversion will ease the problem.

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    I can't feel any flex in my Nickel LT (142mm version)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I can't feel any flex in my Nickel LT (142mm version)

    I can see my drop outs flex. I think I need to give SC a call.

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    The Nickel Project Begins

    I just picked the small Santa Cruz Nickel frame from backcountry.com for $600.00. I scored on a new 2012 Fox Float 120 RLC FIT from Jenson.com for $349.00. The returned fork had a steerer tube cut to 170mm so I new my choices for short headtubes were limited. The SC Nickel's headtube lenght was 3.9". Any suggestions for a mixed tapered headset? I'm going 2x10!
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    I made a few upgrades to try and shed some weight.

    New wheels, brakes and pedals. Switched to tubeless in the rear.



    New levers, they feel so good.



    I went with the Ice-tech rotors



    Changed cassette from 11-34 to 11-36 to help with the climbs.



    New wheels were a bargain, $300 from competitive cyclists over thanksgiving.



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