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    Post your Butchers & Nickels!

    Let's see these sexy beasts!

    I'll Start:

    Butcher R AM w/ Fox Float 32 in the front




    And here's the mutilator with Mt Tamalpais in the background- sun glare kinda missed up the pic


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    Very Nice!
    I'm on the 4 week(only 3 left) wait list for mine. Pics will follow.

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    Looks great!

    I'm still waiting for my white Butcher frame w/RP23 shock. I was told 3 weeks to get the frame from SC, 2 more days and it will be a month wait so far.

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    damn flickr is blocked at work! i want to see!!!

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    2011 Santa Cruz Butcher

    Here's my new Butcher;

    Med Frame w/ Fox RP23
    Fox36 Talas RLC 160mm Taper
    Mavic Crossmax SX Wheelset
    Truvativ Stylo OCT 170mm 24-36T Crank
    E.13 TurboCharger Bashguard
    XO Shifters & Rr. Der.
    XT Ft. Der & Cassette
    Avid Elixir R SL Brakes w/ XX 185mm Rotors
    Specialized S-Works Eskar 2.3 Tubeless Tires
    Chris King Taper Headset
    Easton MonkeyLite XC Low Rise Bars
    Thomson 70mm Stem / 0 Offset Seatpost
    WTB Silverado Seat
    Crank Bros. Acid pedals
    Santa Cruz Peaty Lock-On grips

    Complete Weight: 29 lbs

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    Sweet looking ride Angelbcel. I'm waiting for a white medium, good to see a pic of one. How about a ride report, how does it compare to your old bike?

    Enjoy the ride

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    hoping to see a Lime Green one........

    Just sold my L Heckler and always thought I could of done with a M as I have short legs!

    Hopefully going to get a Lime Green after Christmas as have a baby coming and have lots to buy!

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    Is it really possible that only 2 riders have received thier Butcher or Nickel bikes yet? Is SC waiting for summer to end?

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    Very nice rides guys. Only a couple of pics for a thread a week old couldn't mean many are out there yet.
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    maybe they're all too busy out riding...
    hold my beer...

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    I don't think there are that many out there either.
    Ive been waiting for mine for 5 weeks now.
    Paid for it in full 2 weeks ago hoping that that would magically get it here faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utahgeoff
    I don't think there are that many out there either.
    Ive been waiting for mine for 5 weeks now.
    Paid for it in full 2 weeks ago hoping that that would magically get it here faster.
    I imagine you'll be quite happy once you hit the trails. Can't comment on the Nickel, but the I swear they gave the Butcher it's name because it carves up trails. This bike is like a slingshot coming out of turns. Be sure to give us a trail report once you're bike comes in! What color did you order?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haus Boss
    Be sure to give us a trail report once you're bike comes in! What color did you order?

    Any possibility of a ride report? What bike did you ride before?, to compare the Butcher too. I'm switching from a VPP bike to the new APP Butcher. And hopefully doing so before summer ends.

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    Hey Haus, tell us how your Butcher is going mate. You intial review two weeks ago was a little tainted by the heat and a light head, if I remember correctly. Have you had a good run on it now, what's your opinion, what are the strengths that you can see so far...., give us something to drool over.

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    Just got back from a nice 10 mile ride today. Let me tell you man, I LOVE THIS BIKE. I find myself going down technical terrain so much faster than I could have imagined before. The butcher totally carves up technical fire roads and trails alike. I haven't hucked it off any 4' + jumps/drops just yet, but I've ridden down some really gnarley rock gardens, over nasty roots, and washed out trails pretty damn fast and the butcher just eats it all up like it's an appetizer. Climbing can be a challenge on steeper ascents, but that's a given with the bike's geometry. I've also been riding with flats since I day 1 on the Butcher. I plan on throwing my clipless pedals on sometime soon and I have a feeling this is gonna make a big difference when tackling some of those 25 + degree ascents and more technical s/t. Also, I'd prefer to ride my h/t stumpjumper when riding really narrow trails less than 18" in width. I was on a couple today on a really steep hillside. Because of the slack head tube angle, the bike goes where ever you point it- even with the slightest movement/adjustment. Not so good on the super narrow stuff, but I found it's awesome when trying to make quick corrections when traveling at speed. When you hit anything with a nice downslope, the Butcher feels like a slingshot. This is especially true coming out of corners. Just a little bit of physical exertion and the bike really takes off. I have the bike setup for a really plush feel right now and I've bottomed it out a few times, BUT, you don't even know that you've bottomed out. The rear suspension is super plush pretty much all the way through the shock stroke. And like others have pointed out- it's pretty damn stiff. I haven't felt the slightest lateral flex in the bike and I weigh around 190lb. We'll see what happens when I throw some heavier stuff at it if I can make it up to Northstar this summer.

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    Thanks for the ride report. I've only ridden a Butcher @ a demo day in Santa Barbara, and in that 1 hour ride fell in love with the bike.

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    Awesome Haus, thanks mate
    It sounds like a very capable machine, if you try and stay with a Butcher in the gnarly steep, you might just end up as minced meat..

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    ...so when is SC gonna come out with the 4" travel APP 29er?

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    anyone got any Nickel ride reports or pics??

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    Quote Originally Posted by sooner518
    anyone got any Nickel ride reports or pics??
    not yet

    mine arrives late summer

    be patient arctic slalom ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haus Boss
    I imagine you'll be quite happy once you hit the trails. Can't comment on the Nickel, but the I swear they gave the Butcher it's name because it carves up trails. This bike is like a slingshot coming out of turns. Be sure to give us a trail report once you're bike comes in! What color did you order?
    I ordered a black D AM. (dang budget)
    Before buying I was able to ride a Butcher and a Nickel at a Santa Cruz Demo. Now I'm stuck waitingfor that feeling again.
    How did you manage to get yours so quickly Haus?

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    I live in Northern California The bike shops that carry SCruz round these parts sell more than 2-3 SC bikes per year. I'm sure SCruz wants to give bike shops moving larger volume priority.

    Also, I had originally ordered by Butcher in chocolate. I called in 3weeks after my order to see if they had any news and was told the Chocolates were on delay since they didn't have enough orders, but they had black in stock (at the time). I decided this was a minor trade-off, and I might still be waiting for my bike to ship if I stuck with the choco!

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    Picked up my bike at my LBS tonight. Took it for a quick spin around the block jumping off everything I could find. Even went over the bars once so it's officially broken in!

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    anyone got weight of a small nickel. alsways interesting to get the real world weights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by utahgeoff
    Picked up my bike at my LBS tonight. Took it for a quick spin around the block jumping off everything I could find. Even went over the bars once so it's officially broken in!
    Sweet! What size ,color, build kit? maybe post a pic,please for those who are still patiently waiting for ours.

    Thanks

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    Just finished (sorta) the build on my medium Nickel; got a 15QR kashima talas rlc with a rp23 in the back. The parts kit is a mix of 3 generations of XT/XTR, and some pretty stout wheels I laced up personally with XT high flange (Boat anchor!) hubs, 14 gauge spokes, and DT ex400 hoops. Still figuring out what stem and seatpost works best, so no final weight but it was a few c-hairs over 29 pounds with a maverick speedball post and race face diabolus stem. Hoping to bring it down closer to 28 lbs by not using spare AM/DH parts...
    Anyways with the insane build disclaimer out of the way, I must say that this bike is really superb. It pedals and climbs like a blur when the fork is in 120mm mode, and slackens out nicely for rough ground like a nomad in when in 150mm mode. The frame is stiff, so it is pretty confidence inspiring, and encourages more agressive riding than 125mm of rear travel would suggest. Even with 10mm more travel in the front than recommended, it still rides fine, and is a great bike to have a travel adjust fork to alter the geometry to suit the trail.
    Overall fit and finish is good too, the head tube was cleanly and evenly machined and almost mirror smooth on the inside, the bottom bracket shell had good clean threads, and the decals are so clean that they look like fine, hand-painted china. There are a few tiny drips and runs on the powder coat, for example a little wart on the rear IS brake mounts, but nothing that cannot be corrected or that is too noticeable.
    Looking forward to spending more time riding the Nickel and getting it dialed in, as it's a bit unconventional in a lot of ways. I think it will work for a lot of different types of riding, similar to how the Blur 4x and Specialized Pitch do, but with some modernized features like a tapered headtube, angular contact bearings, and creative options on cable routing.
    I'll see if I can find anything I don't like about the bike, but so far it looks like Santa Cruz has knocked another one out of the park!

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    Quote Originally Posted by overtorqued_nut
    Just finished (sorta) the build on my medium Nickel; got a 15QR kashima talas rlc with a rp23 in the back. The parts kit is a mix of 3 generations of XT/XTR, and some pretty stout wheels I laced up personally with XT high flange (Boat anchor!) hubs, 14 gauge spokes, and DT ex400 hoops. Still figuring out what stem and seatpost works best, so no final weight but it was a few c-hairs over 29 pounds with a maverick speedball post and race face diabolus stem. Hoping to bring it down closer to 28 lbs by not using spare AM/DH parts...
    Anyways with the insane build disclaimer out of the way, I must say that this bike is really superb. It pedals and climbs like a blur when the fork is in 120mm mode, and slackens out nicely for rough ground like a nomad in when in 150mm mode. The frame is stiff, so it is pretty confidence inspiring, and encourages more agressive riding than 125mm of rear travel would suggest. Even with 10mm more travel in the front than recommended, it still rides fine, and is a great bike to have a travel adjust fork to alter the geometry to suit the trail.
    Overall fit and finish is good too, the head tube was cleanly and evenly machined and almost mirror smooth on the inside, the bottom bracket shell had good clean threads, and the decals are so clean that they look like fine, hand-painted china. There are a few tiny drips and runs on the powder coat, for example a little wart on the rear IS brake mounts, but nothing that cannot be corrected or that is too noticeable.
    Looking forward to spending more time riding the Nickel and getting it dialed in, as it's a bit unconventional in a lot of ways. I think it will work for a lot of different types of riding, similar to how the Blur 4x and Specialized Pitch do, but with some modernized features like a tapered headtube, angular contact bearings, and creative options on cable routing.
    I'll see if I can find anything I don't like about the bike, but so far it looks like Santa Cruz has knocked another one out of the park!

    Nice lyrics, but post some pics plz :P

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    Thanks for the reports guys, more pics please.

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    Large Black Butcher D AM Kit
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    Finally got a crane rented to lift my frame into my truck. Definitely not a bike that will ever be able to make it up any kind of hill. Estimated build weight is somewhere around 42,000lbs.


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    Ooooh, our first Nickel. Can't wait to see what you build it with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitek79
    Finally got a crane rented to lift my frame into my truck. Definitely not a bike that will ever be able to make it up any kind of hill. Estimated build weight is somewhere around 42,000lbs.

    ?

    is the frame really so heavy? 7.37lbs or 3kg with shock in medium

    i have a blur lt2 and i think the frame in L has the same weight ...

    the fork is a good choice
    stiff as hell (!) and very light

    i have it on my rize

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    No, it's not heavy at all, but if you've seen any of the other threads on this bike, there are plenty of people whining about how heavy the frame is. I'm going to have around a 26lb build, and it's going to be badass. I'm super stoked on this bike.

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    Too bad about that fork choice (Thor). You're likely gonna regret that one.

    RockShox or Fox, thats it. And for good reason.
    Stuff.

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    Just a Butcher frame with RP23 rear shock. I'm waiting on the steerer tube spacers, since I have an 1 1/8 steerer on my Talas 150mm. Bicycle World in Kingman Arizona ordered the frame, and is swapping most of the parts from my Kona to the Butcher. Seat post is smaller than my Kona Dawg, so I'm getting a Thompson Elite (30.9mm) Cane Creek xx headset is here already.








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    I forgot to mention, my Butcher frame RP23 weighed exactly 7.31 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillwilly
    I forgot to mention, my Butcher frame RP23 weighed exactly 7.31 pounds.
    framesize medium, i guess?

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    yes, frame size medium. Should have the completed bike pictures up by Wednesday or Thursday I hope. I'm guessing the complete bike will weigh 31 pounds when it's finished.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillwilly
    yes, frame size medium. Should have the completed bike pictures up by Wednesday or Thursday I hope. I'm guessing the complete bike will weigh 31 pounds when it's finished.
    Please post up your thoughts on comparison between the Butcher and your old DAWG, Id be very interested to here how it is over bumpy terrain and braking. Congrats on the new ride!

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    I'll be picking up my completed bike, after work on Saturday. My LBS had to order a derailler for the new frame, the one on my dawg wouldn't work on the Butcher. Also the brake hoses were a little short, so new ones were ordered. Everything else is good to go, ride review and pictures of the complete bike will be posted next week some time.

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    Hi, I was thinking to the Nickel as a short travel "slack 'n' low" aggressive bike (i.e. Banshee Spitfire). It seems pretty heavy, so I guess it should stand some abuse (with "abuse" I don't mean 6' drops!). Do you know if a 150mm Revelation would void the warranty? With this fork it should have angles similar to the Butcher but with shorter CS and longer top-tube. Another questions: why no raw finish for Nickel and Butcher? At least, the bike builder on SC website doesn't show it as an option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greb
    Hi, I was thinking to the Nickel as a short travel "slack 'n' low" aggressive bike (i.e. Banshee Spitfire). It seems pretty heavy, so I guess it should stand some abuse (with "abuse" I don't mean 6' drops!). Do you know if a 150mm Revelation would void the warranty? With this fork it should have angles similar to the Butcher but with shorter CS and longer top-tube. Another questions: why no raw finish for Nickel and Butcher? At least, the bike builder on SC website doesn't show it as an option.


    From the SC FAQ section on the Nickel:

    What fork sizes are recommended for the Nickel?


    120mm-140mm. The forks we offer are all 130mm, which is kind of the sweet spot, but they can all be reduced to 120mm or extended to 140mm by removing or installing a travel spacer.

    So yes, it would more than likely void the warranty.
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    Lookin' sweet guys! We've got a green Butcher coming into the shop in the next few weeks to build up as a bit of a shop/demo bike. Can't wait to thrash out a few rides on it. I'll post up some snaps when it arrives, for those curious about the green.

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    the night pictures came out like crap, hope to get more up soon. Pedals are black, not gold, ha ha The desert is Monolith Garden Kingman Arizona
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/52941571@N04/4884817458/" title="butcher 003 by flapjacksRfun, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4119/4884817458_9b27d0d47a_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="butcher 003" /></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/52941571@N04/4884205975/" title="butcher 002 by flapjacksRfun, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4884205975_9cd810249b_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="butcher 002" /></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/52941571@N04/4884216435/" title="021 by flapjacksRfun, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4884216435_8246b3ab73_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="021" /></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/52941571@N04/4884205895/" title="butcher 001 by flapjacksRfun, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4143/4884205895_59582c2003_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="butcher 001" /></a>
    edit: my bike weighs 31 pounds

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    A few more pics

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/52941571@N04/4885289791/" title="whitebutcher 001 by flapjacksRfun, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4885289791_7a7e503d00_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="whitebutcher 001" /></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/52941571@N04/4885289897/" title="whitebutcher 002 by flapjacksRfun, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4885289897_485bb69685_z.jpg" width="640" height="480" alt="whitebutcher 002" /></a>
    All done, I'm going to trade my fork and get a Fox 36 with a tapered steerer tube, with my tax return later this year. By then I'll be upgrading the rear cassette and get a new chain.

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    New Butcher

    Built my butcher finally, most parts are swapped from my other bike. I did just purchase a Revelation Team dual air tapered fork to try. Haven't installed it yet.


    Here's the current build:

    Medium Santa Cruz butcher
    Marzocchi all mtn. SL 1 160mm fork ( to be replaced w/ Rockshox Revelation team Dual air tapered 150mm)
    Easton 31.8 oversize carbon riser bar
    Easton stem 90mm
    Easton Havoc seatpost (to be replaced w/ Joplin 4)
    Hope M4 brakes 180mm front -160mm rear
    Bontrager rhythm Elite tubeless wheelset
    Kenda 2.3 Nevegals
    XTR crank
    Specialized Rival SL seat
    ODI ruffian lock-ons
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    butcher frame chocolate

    my new butcher frame size large, was afread of the color but it's really nice!

    http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/a...evogel/but.jpg

    tomorrow pics complete bike

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    Nice bikes! I like all the colors SC offers, I just wanted a white frame, because white can be seen from a great distance in the desert. Is 160mm too much fork length for the Butcher, or no? Thx.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropmachine.com
    Too bad about that fork choice (Thor). You're likely gonna regret that one.

    RockShox or Fox, thats it. And for good reason.
    I like black instead of white. Your point is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vruugevogel
    my new butcher frame size large, was afread of the color but it's really nice!

    http://i910.photobucket.com/albums/a...evogel/but.jpg

    tomorrow pics complete bike

    Hahaha . . . . for a second there I though you put a planter box on for your seat. The chocolate looks great!

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    The revelation DUal air fork lasted only a month and a half on my Heckler. Hope it lasts longer on your butcher very nice bike btw.
    Your big wheels are so awesome!

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    Looks great! Thanks for posting your picture link. The Butcher and Nickel are great bikes, I'm going to try to get at least 200 miles of trailriding a month on mine.

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    It looks great, mine should come in about two weeks and I can't wait. I would pull up the front brake cable though, you might catch it on something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Badpichu
    The revelation DUal air fork lasted only a month and a half on my Heckler. Hope it lasts longer on your butcher very nice bike btw.
    Holy crap . . . I just ordered a Blur and after reading your post, I am SO glad I upgraded the fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropmachine.com
    Too bad about that fork choice (Thor). You're likely gonna regret that one.

    RockShox or Fox, thats it. And for good reason.

    why?

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    Hey Hitek79, how did you go with the build on your Nickel. Did you get it finished? And more importantly, how does it ride - give us some Nickel information mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulflytribe
    Butcher of my son





    How are you liking the Lyrik on your Butcher. Did you go with the travel adjust model?
    I'm putting a Lyrik solo air on mine next week.

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    I hope to have my seabright blue Butcher soon, but I have to wait for the Canecreek Angleset to slacken it out. It's replacing a Trek Remedy that I was REALLY unhappy with(regressive shock rate).

    I have a Tapered Lyrik but need to buy a 1 1/8 crown/steerer/upper assembly. Does anybody need a tapered Lyrik C/S/U assembly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rattpoison
    I hope to have my seabright blue Butcher soon, but I have to wait for the Canecreek Angleset to slacken it out. It's replacing a Trek Remedy that I was REALLY unhappy with(regressive shock rate).
    soon...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rattpoison
    I hope to have my seabright blue Butcher soon, but I have to wait for the Canecreek Angleset to slacken it out. It's replacing a Trek Remedy that I was REALLY unhappy with(regressive shock rate).

    I have a Tapered Lyrik but need to buy a 1 1/8 crown/steerer/upper assembly. Does anybody need a tapered Lyrik C/S/U assembly?

    what year remedy? can't wait to hear the ride comparison.

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    It was a 2008, so it does not have the 2010 drcv shock, or whatever it's called. I recently spent a lot of time tuning my DH bike's rear shock(tried 3 shocks, both air and coil, with 3 spring weights), and throwing an Avalanche damper to replace the Boxxer's stock Moco unit.

    When I fiished the DH bike and focused on my AM bike, which I thought would be cake by comparison. The Remedy had the geometry, weight, and sizing I was looking for, but unlike my DH bike, no damper/spring replacement would fix the problem.

    The problem is that the Remedy has a regressive suspension design and a high volume Float shock. There is a big MTBR thread about Remedy owners having horrible small bump compliance with the air pressure required to prevent bottoming. With the higher air volume and digressive design, the initial spring rate had to be pretty damn high, since there was less progression to the ending spring rate. It was also tougher to pump the bike through the terrain without the initial "give" of the suspension.

    A lot of people recommended packing the high volume air can full of plastic strips to reduce air volume and ramp up the spring rate more quickly. I did this, and the suspension felt significantly better. However, I'm still not happy. 5.8lbs sans shock is a nice frame weight, though.

    What brought my attention to Santa Cruz is the attention to the spring rate curve. Not only is it progressive, the initial regressive starting stroke seems to just make sense. I'm pretty sure the "feel" of the bikes will be dramatically different.

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    Blue Nickel

    That thing just came in today ....





    ... more to come :P

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    Hmmm . . . I think you're gonna have some issues with that fork

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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7
    Hmmm . . . I think you're gonna have some issues with that fork
    nah. i had that same one. its REALLY plush! Couldnt feel small bumps at all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7
    Hmmm . . . I think you're gonna have some issues with that fork
    It'll still beat that Magura Thor posted up before.
    Stuff.

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    lol its teh new Fox 50

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    Quote Originally Posted by outsiders
    what year remedy? can't wait to hear the ride comparison.
    Actually, I have an order in for a Butcher to replace my 2008 Remedy. My main reason for upgrading is standover. The Butcher has 1" more clearance. It is supposed to be at the shop which I work in about 3 weeks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamK
    Hey Hitek79, how did you go with the build on your Nickel. Did you get it finished? And more importantly, how does it ride - give us some Nickel information mate?
    Been out of the country on business and won't be back for months I'll get it put together in Nov it looks like.

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    four months later...

    Post your Butchers &amp; Nickels!-4934134896_d99c6e0300_z.jpg

    quickly pieced together. need to take it back in and cut down the steerer, string up the cables, install a chain, and torque some bits and pieces. went together smoothly. now i ride as much as possible until it starts to snow!

    weight of large frame (with seatpost collar) was 7.48# on the digital scale.

    Post your Butchers &amp; Nickels!-4934135098_dbb43b0bb3_z.jpg

    looks like the drive-side of the pivot on the downtube is missing something. i haven't taken it apart yet. anyone else notice this?

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    Wow, that is beautiful. It will be worth it to wait until the end of September for a blue small to be in stock.... Do any of you notice a significant lack of efficiency compared to the Nomad? I still can't make up my mind but I'm leaning towards the Butcher.
    Last edited by rattpoison; 08-28-2010 at 01:23 AM.

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    Damn that bike is sick! The butcher looks better and better all the time. How does it ride with that DB shock?
    Your big wheels are so awesome!

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    PVD, have you ridden your Butcher at Pacifica yet? I'm planning to switch out my Float R for a Cane Creek or Fox RC4 down the road- but I think an upgrade to some Formula The One brakes is in store first. I'd be curious to hear your thoughts on the Butcher's handling at Pacifica. Are you going to be hitting all the jumps???

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    I just got the bike together and photographed late last night. Tonight is Butter Lap, so I'm urban after work.

    I don't hit the BIG dirt jumps there. A little out of this Marin boy's league. I do hit the lower stuff.

    I hope to be there on Thursday shaking the bike down. Try to get two laps in on Mile and BS. We'll see. I'm not 100% about the springs that I've got in the bike, so I may be screwing around a bit.

    Probably N-star this weekend on the M6.

    I use Saint brakes on all my dirt bikes. Epic. Even my hard tail has them. The are just sooo fantastic.

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    Hit us back with a ride report. My Butcher has been out of commission for the last couple of weeks. I cracked the derailleur cage on my Butcher's rear derailleur a couple of weeks ago at Northstar. Waiting for the new derailleur to come into the LBS as we speak- hoping to take down Hitler and his Slushee cousin at China Camp Friday afternoon.

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    Backside might be nice afterwork on Friday....

    Gonna ride Northstar for sure on Sat and Sun. The new link for the M6 arrived today.

    http://www.peterverdone.com/?p=295

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    anyone tried to put an 24oz bottle into cage on the Nickel.

    Anyone riding a Nickel now? What are your comments?

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    you have to mount the shock upside down.

    otherwise there isn't enough space (I have a size M frame) between the pro pedal lever and the bottle to put the bottle into the cage.

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    No room for a 24oz bottle on my medium Nickel in the triangle, but you can get one on the underside of the down tube. The shock gets in the way in the triangle.

    I've only had mine a few weeks now, but I love the way the Nickel rides. It climbs really well, and has great handling characteristics. The suspension feels like more than 125mm. I've been surprised by a couple of 3 foot drop offs on the trail and took off awkwardly, but the angles and suspension made the landings easier than they should have been. I think the only thing missing is a dropper post on mine. In 20 years of mountain biking it is the best riding bike I have ever owned, even compared against bikes that cost far more. It's a great, fun technical trail riding machine, but I would even race it in XC, DS, or marathon (Don't race now, but was a Cat 1/NORBA Expert). If you like to ride trails aggressively, and still climb well I would highly recommend the Nickel.

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    a 0,7 liter (is this 24oz?) bottle in my medium Nickel triangle
    no problems with the shock upside down.

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    So is this the only pic we get??

    This is the only complete Nickel in here. Stop teasing and show us the rest!!!!

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    Still waiting for the brakes ....


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    Quote Originally Posted by DrMud
    Still waiting for the brakes ....
    Weak . . . . what the heck do you need brakes for?


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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7
    Weak . . . . what the heck do you need brakes for?

    Because brakes are good !!!11

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    Nahhh . . . . just scream down the hill and say MOOOOOOVE OUTTA MY WAY!!!!

    Kidding . . . . I like the wheelset by the way. What are they?

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    Listen!

    I'm glad I didn't see that great picture of a blue Butcher, while I was waiting for my white Butcher. Really like the blue color with the black decals, and black rims. Thanks everyone for posting your pictures, and keeping this thread going!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OO7
    Nahhh . . . . just scream down the hill and say MOOOOOOVE OUTTA MY WAY!!!!

    Kidding . . . . I like the wheelset by the way. What are they?
    Its the nukeproof am wheelset, i liked the color and the price ... more pics later these days!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Damienp
    So is this the only pic we get??

    This is the only complete Nickel in here. Stop teasing and show us the rest!!!!
    Here is the rest

    A very versatile trailbike, pedals well & and descends great

    I've made a short video (watch in HD) of my first ride with the Nickel.
    I hope you will enjoy it.

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/15105087?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;c olor=46f700" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"></iframe><p><a href="http://vimeo.com/15105087">Santa Cruz Nickel first ride</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/user1728805">miraculix</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
    Last edited by zauberer; 09-23-2010 at 11:22 AM.

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    your colorchoice is awesome!!

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    Very, very nice.

    Does it ride light? I could care less about overall weight.
    Wheels are the biggest factor in this but with all the weenies whining about the weight of the frames i am curious.

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    Overall weight is 11,9 kg as equipped in the picture.

    Nearly all parts are from my former Epic S-Works, which I sold for this more versatile bike.
    I just added a Float 140mm and XTR 10-speed shifters/cassette/derailleur.

    I won`t care about the frame weight, as written before the Nickel pedals very well

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    No good Tax refund check already spent!

    Yeah the black powdercoat with white decals looks great, no doubt about that. Now I want to get a coil spring rear shock, and fork too. My bike is "never finished", always have to upgrade to better parts, and quick! There goes my tax refund check, ha ha!

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    wow. some great looking bikes here...

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    The eagle has landed!

    Finally ....

    Parts:
    Nickel large seabright blue
    RS Pike 454 coil
    Some Nukeproof stuff ...
    e.thirteen bashguard and guide
    SLX/XT components
    Sixpack Fire-R reducer headset
    Hope bottom bracket
    Elixir CR brakes
    Kenda Nevegal

    Total weight ~ 14 Kg

    There´s still some cable salad















    Been out on the BMCC-pumptrack today and i think i gonna love it. Tomorrow thirst run on my hometrails ...

    Greetings

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    now this is one clean and reasonable build!
    I like

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    3 months of riding on my Butcher and it's time to start upgrading this bad boy into the burly AM/Light FR beast it's capable of.

    I've found a couple of deals on the interwebz and I think I'm going to pick up a Fox RC4 and a pair of Formula Mega brakes.

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    Coil front and rear that Butcher should be a beast. My heckler is coiled out and I use it for everything.
    Your big wheels are so awesome!

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    I'm actually quite happy with my 32 Talas up front right now. But, I think I'm going to switch over to the 36 Talas 160s after I've got some money saved- I really like the option of adjustable travel since a lot of the AM riding I'm doing consists of very steep fire roads. If RockShox offered their Lyrik U-turn in 170mm, I might actually consider that.

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