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    freeride lowers...

    so i picked up a used HH100X not too long ago. right off the bat, i ordered up the freeride chainstays. Charles said i wouldn't really need them...i didn't listen.

    they came in not too long ago, and i have yet to put them on. i fail to see a benefit. the clearance gained is negated by the fact that the bridge on the seatstays limits lug size. i'm running 2.5 Larsen TTs and that's about as snug as i can go, which is good because i love that tire for just about all the trails here in Austin that i ride on a regular basis. i might be able to get a hair wider with the new stays, but i can't get anything taller.

    as such, i see no point in putting on the new stays. at some point, did Titus alter the seatstay bridge somehow, or is this how it's always been?

    i guess they might be a little stiffer, but i'm not good enough for that to matter. am i missing something? i'm not concerned with it, either way, just curious. should've listened.

    anyone want some new chainstays?

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    I ran a Specialized Adrenaline 2.0 and a Kenda Nevegal 2.1, both UST version and they both rubbed a ridge into the chainstay before I got the FR lowers. Plus, I had zero mud clearance. I haven't run into a problem with the seatstay bridge although the Adrenaline was close. A couple of people here have said that a 2.35 Nevegal rubbed. Also, the Specialized Enduro 2.2 will not fit either.

    I was bummed that the side knobs on 2.0 and 2.1 inch tires wouldn't fit so for me the FR lowers were totally worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dulyebr
    I ran a Specialized Adrenaline 2.0 and a Kenda Nevegal 2.1, both UST version and they both rubbed a ridge into the chainstay before I got the FR lowers. Plus, I had zero mud clearance. I haven't run into a problem with the seatstay bridge although the Adrenaline was close. A couple of people here have said that a 2.35 Nevegal rubbed. Also, the Specialized Enduro 2.2 will not fit either.

    I was bummed that the side knobs on 2.0 and 2.1 inch tires wouldn't fit so for me the FR lowers were totally worth it.
    I had the same experience as Dulyebr. I had mud clearance problems, and I prefered to put some wider tires on it. The lowers have been great. I have a Nevegal DTC 2.1 and have lot's of room to spare for mud. I think I could have put a Nev 2.35 without problems, but I just don't want to go that wide.

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    1. the RX seat stay is totaly different then the ML seat stay
    2. the FR lowers allow me to run 8 inch rear brakes.

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    I have not had the problems Duly had with the Adrenaline 2.0... but I must admit that it's a tight fit and I'm a true light weight at 140.

    IMHO, a tyre up to 2.2 REAL, fits just fine on the regular "XC" lowers. A tight fit for almost anything BUT sticky clay mud.

    If you need a larger tyre than a real 2.2 or if you have sticky mud as a ride partner, then the FR lowers are your ticket.

    Also, keep your rim size under 19mm inner width. Over that rim width, most tyres will get bigger. I guess mine are around 18mm.

    Check Shiggy's tyre site as a guide for tyre widths and how rim width affects tyre size.
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    I think one of the problems is that the rear wheel is pushed further into the frame on the ML; further than on the RX or the SB. So even though the ML, RX and SB had the same lowers, the ML had less clearance.

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    so, i suppose since mud clearance isn't an issue, and regardless, my tire size is limited...there really is no reason to switch chainstays. off to eBay they go.

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