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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain_Rocker
    would you know the part number of the bolts? i want them in red tried searching at the website you gave but i wasn't successful thanks!

    Gidday

    they are these

    M6 Aluminum Allen Head Bolt

    just choose what length that you want - I see they have a new category just for the bottle cage mounts . A word of warning is that the alloy is softer than steel so need to take care when tighteniong up - dont over torque them

    cheers from wet kiwiland

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    My own FTM build....

    Just now noticed that thread, sorry for doubling my topic that was posted previously, just can't refrain...

    Here is my FTM, black anodized frame has been bought from Bob (along with few small bits), size is S.
    Spec: SLX crankset, TALAS 09, Fulcrum Red Zone rear wheel, Red Metal 3 front 15 mm thru-axle, Maxxis Advantage LUST 2.1 tyre front, Crossmark LUST 2.1 rear, Magura Marta 180mm front, Marta SL 180mm rear, drive: SLX front, SRAM x.9 rear medium cage, both SRAM X.0 twisters, Truvativ Stylo team handlebar, FSA OS190 steam, Crank Brothers Joplin J3 seatpost, Cane Creek S3 headset, flat magnesium pedals

    around 28.5 lbs total.

    not the lightest one, but that wasn't a goal and the convenience of adjustable seatpost more then worth it..
    built it myself...
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    Very nice bike. But your seatpost is on backwards.

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    Smile


    Bike setup:
    * Frame Size & Color: Size S, Carbon Black&Red
    * Rear Shock: RP23 Boostvalve
    * Fork: Fox Talas FIT RLC 110-130-150 QR 15
    * Brakes: Hope Tech 2
    * Shifter: SRAM X0 Red
    * Cranks: Truavativ Noir
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0
    * Pedals: Shimano DX
    * Stem: Thomson 4x 50
    * Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Carbon Low Riser
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    * Saddle: FUNN
    * Cassette: SRAM PG990
    * Headset: Upper- Cane Creek IS-3i, Lower- Cane Creek IS 110 + reducer
    * Grips: ODI
    * Tire: Front - Conti Rubber Queen 2.4 UST, Rear - Conti Rubber Queen 2.2 UST
    * Rim: Crank Brother Cobalt
    * Hub: Crank Brother Cobalt



















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    OOOOOOOhhhhh Ahhhhhhhhh. That thing is beautiful! Felt my wallet tremble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by puckhead
    Very nice bike. But your seatpost is on backwards.

    Yeah, I know, that was the picture I made right after the assembly, was my first time dealing with that seatpost, wasn't sure how properly to put it..

    Fixed that the next day wen was directed here on the forums..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sw625

    Bike setup:
    * Frame Size & Color: Size S, Carbon Black&Red
    * Rear Shock: RP23 Boostvalve
    * Fork: Fox Talas FIT RLC 110-130-150 QR 15
    * Brakes: Hope Tech 2
    * Shifter: SRAM X0 Red
    * Cranks: Truavativ Noir
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0
    * Pedals: Shimano DX
    * Stem: Thomson 4x 50
    * Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Carbon Low Riser
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    * Saddle: FUNN
    * Cassette: SRAM PG990
    * Headset: Upper- Cane Creek IS-3i, Lower- Cane Creek IS 110 + reducer
    * Grips: ODI
    * Tire: Front - Conti Rubber Queen 2.4 UST, Rear - Conti Rubber Queen 2.2 UST
    * Rim: Crank Brother Cobalt
    * Hub: Crank Brother Cobalt



















    It is illegal to post something that nice here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sweeeeeeet
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer
    It is illegal to post something that nice here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sweeeeeeet
    +1.
    It looks so nice like it was a crime to make it dirty.
    Kovi

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    Quote Originally Posted by sw625

    Bike setup:
    * Frame Size & Color: Size S, Carbon Black&Red
    * Rear Shock: RP23 Boostvalve
    * Fork: Fox Talas FIT RLC 110-130-150 QR 15
    * Brakes: Hope Tech 2
    * Shifter: SRAM X0 Red
    * Cranks: Truavativ Noir
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0
    * Pedals: Shimano DX
    * Stem: Thomson 4x 50
    * Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Carbon Low Riser
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    * Saddle: FUNN
    * Cassette: SRAM PG990
    * Headset: Upper- Cane Creek IS-3i, Lower- Cane Creek IS 110 + reducer
    * Grips: ODI
    * Tire: Front - Conti Rubber Queen 2.4 UST, Rear - Conti Rubber Queen 2.2 UST
    * Rim: Crank Brother Cobalt
    * Hub: Crank Brother Cobalt




















    Dude that is sick. Also, can you post a close up of your cable routing next to the seat collar? The way you did that looks really nice and could solve a problem of the cable rubbing/scoring the FTM/ML linkage.

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    2009 Titus FTM
    Fox TALAS 140
    Fox RP23
    SRAM X0 triggers
    SRAM X9 FD
    SRAM X0 RD
    SRAM PG990 (Tang)
    Shimano XT chain
    Race Face Next crankset
    Exustar E-PM25 pedals
    Avid Elixir CR brakes
    Ritchey WCS Low Rizer handlebar
    Thomson Elite X4 90mm stem
    Thomson Elite X4 seatpost
    Crank Brothers Iodine Directset
    Mortop Lock-On grips
    Ritchey WCS Marathon Saddle
    Salsa Flip-Lock
    Alligator Sleek Glide shifter cables
    Jagwire Tube Top 3G
    VDO Z3 cycle computer
    Fulcrum Red Metal 3 wheelset
    Specialized Sauserwind Control 26 x 2.0 tires
    Salsa Ti skewers
    Bontrager XXX Lite tubes
    27.0 lbs

    Pics of my ride immediately after the build:


















    This picture was taken on it's maiden ride one cold and wet Saturday morning.


    It isn't mountain biking if you don't get a little dirty...

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by sxr-racer
    It is illegal to post something that nice here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    sweeeeeeet
    Thanks, sxr-racer

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    Quote Originally Posted by kovi
    +1.
    It looks so nice like it was a crime to make it dirty.

    Thanks Kovi, will be on coming Sat.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus
    Dude that is sick. Also, can you post a close up of your cable routing next to the seat collar? The way you did that looks really nice and could solve a problem of the cable rubbing/scoring the FTM/ML linkage.
    I will take picture for cable routing and I rally like it but have some question when install Kindshock adjustable remote seatpost.

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by 00sable
    OOOOOOOhhhhh Ahhhhhhhhh. That thing is beatiful! Felt my wallet tremble.
    Thanks 00sable.

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    Time to get dirty ...




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    Almost a shame to get it dirty, Almost!
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    Since this thread is linked to the setup/pics post I thought I'd ask this here so I didn't start a new post...

    Does anyone know the shock bolt sizes on the FTM (aluminum)?

    Shock-to-rocker (1 bolt)


    Shock-to-frame bracket (2 bolts)



    I'm not too concerned with any washers or any other bolts on the frame. Just the shock mounting bolts. I am thinking Ti. Extra few grams off won't make a difference but then it means I can increase it somewhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzim
    I'm not too concerned with any washers or any other bolts on the frame. Just the shock mounting bolts. I am thinking Ti. Extra few grams off won't make a difference but then it means I can increase it somewhere else.
    You are a weightweenie ! That's official.

    I would ask Bob, am sure he knows.
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    Lol, I'm not hardcore or anything..Just save weight when I can. I'll shoot Bob an email.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jizzim
    Lol, I'm not hardcore or anything..Just save weight when I can. I'll shoot Bob an email.


    I can't wait for your rig to see the final weight.
    Kovi

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    lose weight

    I must defer to Limon, the resident Titus weight champion.

    Here's his X carbon anorexia thread
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.ph...31542#poststop

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    DO NOT RPLACE THOSE BOLTS WITH TI !!!

    I bent the stock steel bolt on the rocker multipule times. Ti will just shear off insted of bending.

    Also the front is a screw on one side and a pin on the other. It isn't two bolts on each side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible
    DO NOT RPLACE THOSE BOLTS WITH TI !!!

    I bent the stock steel bolt on the rocker multipule times. Ti will just shear off insted of bending.

    Also the front is a screw on one side and a pin on the other. It isn't two bolts on each side.
    Sound advice. I had no clue you could bend those especially when they are steel.

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    09 Titus FTM

    09 Titus FTM - size S weight- 25.5 lbs

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    Wow! Hope you got more pics of it clean. They don't look that good for long. Cable rubs,accidents and scratches have taken their toll on my RX. But damn it's been fun.Shes' a beauty. Enjoy.
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    looks

    Quote Originally Posted by 00sable
    Wow! Hope you got more pics of it clean. They don't look that good for long. Cable rubs,accidents and scratches have taken their toll on my RX. But damn it's been fun.Shes' a beauty. Enjoy.
    It was covered in mud before this pic was taken, and come sunday ride, she'll be dirty again. It's a continuous cycle, ride..wash..ride..skip a wash..ride.. especially during the wet season here in Singapore but life goes on..e cable rub can be pretty notorious, worst than my previous motolite but well taken care with strategically placed cable rub stickers/cable wraps.

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    No water bottle cage mount inside the frame? I don't see any bolts.
    Inch by inch, I will get there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by raindance
    It was covered in mud before this pic was taken, and come sunday ride, she'll be dirty again. It's a continuous cycle, ride..wash..ride..skip a wash..ride.. especially during the wet season here in Singapore but life goes on..e cable rub can be pretty notorious, worst than my previous motolite but well taken care with strategically placed cable rub stickers/cable wraps.
    I use to do that to my 09 FTM. Now, it gets wiped down just every once in a while unless it been muddy........
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    FTM Carbon

    Howdy! Here's another FTM from Manila.

    My brother's rig:

    Titus FTM Carbon, Fox FIT TALAS, SRAM XX, Mavic Corssmax SLR, Crank Brothers 2Ti, etc. Great handling, all round bike. Very very sweet at 23lbs, fully loaded, with inner tubes and uncut seatpost.



    Cheers!

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    Hi,

    Help request please. At present I own 2 mtb's, both HT, one Zaskar carbon and one Kona Explosif (steel). Problem is that the trails in my area are very rocky and I'm wondering of buying for a FS bike in the category of 140-150mm suspension. I don't want a fs xc bike in the range of 100-120mm with a quick geometry, I had an Anthem.
    There is a good deal for a FTM frame (2009) and I have some inquiries
    In this thread, I saw many take big account the weight of their bike. If I take that frame I'm in for a fork as well.
    Do you think that a 15mm axle is much stiffer than the standard QR? Can you tell the difference? Is it worth it to buy a new wheelset for a 15mm axle? I have (three years now) an american classic mtb 26 wheelset, from which I'm very satisfied. Really lightweight (1524gr) and still holds true after those years and many races. I think it can take the punishment of a trial bike.
    Have any one used a RS Revelation XX Dual Air 140 with that frame?
    The last question is, for a Large frame (5.5inch headtube) how long a steerer tube you should thing it would be enough?

    Thanks in advance
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    Quote Originally Posted by mw04snow
    Gidday

    they are these

    M6 Aluminum Allen Head Bolt

    just choose what length that you want - I see they have a new category just for the bottle cage mounts . A word of warning is that the alloy is softer than steel so need to take care when tighteniong up - dont over torque them

    cheers from wet kiwiland

    Are the stock linkage bolts aluminum? I'd be very concerned about replacing steel bolts with aluminum if they didn't come stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Achilles
    Hi,

    Help request please. At present I own 2 mtb's, both HT, one Zaskar carbon and one Kona Explosif (steel). Problem is that the trails in my area are very rocky and I'm wondering of buying for a FS bike in the category of 140-150mm suspension. I don't want a fs xc bike in the range of 100-120mm with a quick geometry, I had an Anthem.
    There is a good deal for a FTM frame (2009) and I have some inquiries
    In this thread, I saw many take big account the weight of their bike. If I take that frame I'm in for a fork as well.
    Do you think that a 15mm axle is much stiffer than the standard QR? Can you tell the difference? Is it worth it to buy a new wheelset for a 15mm axle? I have (three years now) an american classic mtb 26 wheelset, from which I'm very satisfied. Really lightweight (1524gr) and still holds true after those years and many races. I think it can take the punishment of a trial bike.
    Have any one used a RS Revelation XX Dual Air 140 with that frame?
    The last question is, for a Large frame (5.5inch headtube) how long a steerer tube you should thing it would be enough?

    Thanks in advance
    You would definitely benefit from switching to 15QR. Can't you convert your current front hub? Those are great wheels, no bearing issues yet? Revelations are supposed to be good. There have been reports of issues with the U-turn version though. You may need at least 8-8.5" for your steerer tube.

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    Farewell for Titus

    Farewell for Titus and have a good day with FTM.


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    Prior to the stays breakin:
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    FTM porn...

    Getting all misty-eyed now on hearing of Titus' demise, so here's mine - this is old as she's about 18 months old now:

    - Frame: FTM Ti large
    - Fork: Rockshox Revelation U-turn 120-150mm
    - Brakes: Avid Elixir CR Carbon
    - Rear Der: SRAM XO Redwin Red
    - Cassette: SRAM PG990 Redwin Red
    - Front Der: Shimano XT
    - Chain: SRAM PC991
    - Crankset: Shimano XT
    - Pedals: Shimano XTR
    - Shifters: SRAM XO Redwin Red
    - Headset: Chris King NoThreadset Red Sotto Voce
    - Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Rizer wet white
    - Stem: Richey WCS 4-axis wet black
    - Seatpost: Richey WCS wet black
    - Saddle: Fizik Gobi XM Kium in porno white
    - Wheelset: Custom Dangerous Doug Paterson (DDP) DT Swiss 240s Hub 32 hole white, EX5.1 Disc Mountain Rim 32 hole
    - Tyres: Maxxis Monorail 2.1 rear, Conti Mountain King 2.4 front (both monorail in pic) with Stan's tubeless conversion - more reliable than the DT Swiss version
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    Quote Originally Posted by Et tu Tite?
    Getting all misty-eyed now on hearing of Titus' demise, so here's mine - this is old as she's about 18 months old now:

    - Frame: FTM Ti large
    - Fork: Rockshox Revelation U-turn 120-150mm
    - Brakes: Avid Elixir CR Carbon
    - Rear Der: SRAM XO Redwin Red
    - Cassette: SRAM PG990 Redwin Red
    - Front Der: Shimano XT
    - Chain: SRAM PC991
    - Crankset: Shimano XT
    - Pedals: Shimano XTR
    - Shifters: SRAM XO Redwin Red
    - Headset: Chris King NoThreadset Red Sotto Voce
    - Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Rizer wet white
    - Stem: Richey WCS 4-axis wet black
    - Seatpost: Richey WCS wet black
    - Saddle: Fizik Gobi XM Kium in porno white
    - Wheelset: Custom Dangerous Doug Paterson (DDP) DT Swiss 240s Hub 32 hole white, EX5.1 Disc Mountain Rim 32 hole
    - Tyres: Maxxis Monorail 2.1 rear, Conti Mountain King 2.4 front (both monorail in pic) with Stan's tubeless conversion - more reliable than the DT Swiss version
    Man that is a sweet build.

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    Et tu Tite , dun mind me asking..how tall are you ?

    wanna know how it fits u on the L frame..

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    Great looking FTM.

    But how is the FTM Ti much different than a motolite?? Just geometry changes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by magpies14
    Et tu Tite , dun mind me asking..how tall are you ?

    wanna know how it fits u on the L frame..
    I'm 6ft on the dot, but have a 35.2in inseam, which is quite long. I went through a huge amount of back and forth with Titus, the local importer and my LBS on what size frame to get - not a small investment, so getting it wrong was not an option.

    I previously had a custom Ti Racer X which had a 18.75in ST and a 23.9in (Effective) TT and was designed to be used with a setback post. The medium FTM has has a 19.25in ST and a 23.23 TT and the large 21.25in ST (!!) and 24.25 TT. I erred on the side of TT length rather than ST. Given the steep slope of the TT and the short tube joining the ST and the TT to form a triangle, I figured standover would not really be the main issue - it ended up being only 1in less than the Racer X. If I went for the medium I would have had to use a minium 120mm stem and would have to install a setback post and I wanted a max 100mm stem and a normal post. The large allowed for this, so hence the decision. Although I was concerned it would be like sitting on a farm gate, its been perfect for me.

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    XTR brakes

    Quote Originally Posted by raindance
    09 Titus FTM - size S weight- 25.5 lbs
    new brakes..XTR Trail



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    Quote Originally Posted by raindance
    new brakes..XTR Trail
    Nice. How you like them?
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    xtr brakes

    The modulation is so so much better than the previous M970 version, more stopping power..lever reach adjustment n free stroke screw for fine tuning, which was found in XT M775 brakes. No mushy feeling like previous xtr, guess that's why i opted for the xt brakes before this upgrade.

    Yet to test how the brake pads will handle under higher temperatures.

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    Thinking of building the FTM for my newbie partner, which is why I'm asking this question. What kind of riding do you guys do with your FTMs?

    How is the reliability of the stays? I've seen some broken stays and worry about that in the long run. I just want to build her a low maintenance bike. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sneakyt
    Thinking of building the FTM for my newbie partner, which is why I'm asking this question. What kind of riding do you guys do with your FTMs?

    How is the reliability of the stays? I've seen some broken stays and worry about that in the long run. I just want to build her a low maintenance bike. Thanks.
    The Ftm is great for allmountain riding and Xc as well, depending on the setup. Perfect for a newbie IMO.
    People had issues with the original 2009 seatstay and the problems occured mostly with heavy (200+) riders, as far as I know.
    They made a reinforced seatstay for the 09, depending on where you get your frame, you have a chance that you get yours with the replaced, stronger seatstay.
    The 2010 didn't have problems like this as far as I know.
    Great bike anyway, strongly recommended.
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    No issues with my 2009. Not sure which stays I have on mine, but at 200 lbs (More like 210) I have not had any issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raindance
    09 Titus FTM - size S weight- 25.5 lbs
    seatpost updated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sw625

    Bike setup:
    * Frame Size & Color: Size S, Carbon Black&Red
    * Rear Shock: RP23 Boostvalve
    * Fork: Fox Talas FIT RLC 110-130-150 QR 15
    * Brakes: Hope Tech 2
    * Shifter: SRAM X0 Red
    * Cranks: Truavativ Noir
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X0
    * Pedals: Shimano DX
    * Stem: Thomson 4x 50
    * Handlebar: Ritchey WCS Carbon Low Riser
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    * Saddle: FUNN
    * Cassette: SRAM PG990
    * Headset: Upper- Cane Creek IS-3i, Lower- Cane Creek IS 110 + reducer
    * Grips: ODI
    * Tire: Front - Conti Rubber Queen 2.4 UST, Rear - Conti Rubber Queen 2.2 UST
    * Rim: Crank Brother Cobalt
    * Hub: Crank Brother Cobalt




















    Fantastic looking bike Have you had chance to find out the weight ? if so what does it weigh ?

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    Here's the wifes new toy. This was bought to replace a 2008 stumpy fsr.

    2010 FTM meduim blue
    2009 Fox talas rlc 15mm qr
    2010 RS monarch rear shock
    CK hubs (pink standard front hub, qr rear hub)
    stans rims
    pink nips
    schwable NN tires 2.25
    hope x2 brakes (odd-balls with goodridge hoses)
    pink flower 160mm hope rotors
    pink xo rear d
    xt front d
    x9 shifters
    pink sram 990 cassette
    candy sl pedals
    carbon seatpost that came with my 09 ftm
    ti rail womens seat

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    My FTM in small size which I had bought from a riding buddy.

    140mm Fox Talas RLC FIT
    XT 9sp drivetrain
    Avid BB7 disc brakes
    Avid Cleansweep-X rotors with Ti bolts.
    WTB Shadow saddle(hollow Ti rails)
    DNM Dropper seatpost with remote
    Hope headset, stem, seatpost clamp and hubs.
    ZTR Flow Rim
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.25 and Racing Ralph 2.1 tires - tubeless ready with Stan's sealant.










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    ... and if we just ... Last of the FTMs

    Well, this thread looks pretty dead, so I thought I would revive it with my FTM build. First ride round the carpark today and it will hit some mud tomorrow, so likely never look this shiny again!

    Frame bought from On-One at a knockdown price as this bike is now end of line. The frame came beautifully packaged but the carbon seatstay was chipped all the same. (Only a flesh wound - I hope). Other than that, the rear dropouts were so thick that I spent some time trying to get a QR skewer that would fit the thing. Hope and Mavic didn't cut it, only a couple of mm into the acorn for the QR which wasn't too hot IMHO. In the end I found an old XT skewer that I had lying around that provided just enough purchase to get the wheel on. (Each dropout was 11mm thick) If you are in a similar situation I'd recommend you get a 'trailer' skewer as these will fit well as they are designed for attaching trailers with a QR. 'Adventure' are the brand to go for.

    On-one are a bit cheeky, they tend to remove bits from the frame that you need, and then charge you a fortune to put it back on. The seatpost QR is like that :-) it is custom for this frame so you don't have any choice. The tapered headset for this frame is a similarly specialised item, however Superstar components have one for less than half the money that On-one charge, sealed bearings and all and it seems super smooth.

    Brakes are end of line as well - Formula K18s. As they are the budget brake for Formula you have the problem with this bike of breaking the hose, threading it thru the frame and out the other side. To avoid the sky high costs of Formula parts, Superstar again supplied the banjo's/olives/connections etc for the rear brake. (These brakes don't come with any parts to resize the hose which was a fixed length) I retained the Formula hose while using the Superstar stainless fittings. This was a challenge to put together, had to use a dremel with a diamond cutter to get the hose perfect and then bled the system using a Formula bleed kit from Epic bikes.

    Gearing is SRAM XO 2x10, except for the front mech which is X9 (same as XO but slightly more shiny). Because of the poor design of the frame, the front derailleur wire ends up cutting into the back of the seat post. The rear mech hanger on the frame doesn't appear to be straight either from the factory, but fortunately the XO mech seems to tolerate it okay, I might have to resort to getting it to my local bike shop for some bending if the XO misbehaves too much..

    Routing for the gears and brakes goes past the rear shock, I have zipties to keep this getting out of control but not sure how well it will work... we shall see. Again, not great design work there either.

    Forks are the FOX 150 RLs... for 26in wheels so again heavily discounted. Although I was tempted by Crank brothers wheels which are also on special offer just about everywhere, their reputation was just too bad. Wheels were a special build, Hope Evo2s with the latest Stan's Arch EX rims. These rims have the 'feature' of being exceptionally big diameter for tubeless so changing a tire on the trail will be a challenge to put it mildly, as it took a long time & soap to fit the Nobby Nics. Some of my old tires just don't fit at all and the Arch rims have a very low pressure rating on them, so you can't squeeze the tire on then use high pressure to seat the bead properly... . Not sure I'd specify them again given the poor availability of tires to fit (e.g Schwalbe tires aren't recommended!!), however my old Mavics were never great with Tubeless set ups so I guess it is a bit of a tradeoff.

    Anyway, it's all together now, and initial impressions are good. It feels very plush indeed and I'm looking forward to getting out on the trail with this. This frame may be a somewhat lower quality construction & design than others but for a full suspension bike with no titanium trick parts and heavy rubber, pedals etc (and 150mm travel), the all up weight of 25.5lb is great. For me, a light bike makes a massive difference to getting up hills, so here's hoping my new Taiwanese friend holds together!

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    Great build. The FTM is a sweet looking bike and yours is one of the best I have seen. Come back with a ride report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    Great build. The FTM is a sweet looking bike and yours is one of the best I have seen. Come back with a ride report.
    Thanks appreciate the compliment! One really good thing about the FTM is that Titus have resisted the urge to make it all black just because it is carbon which I am very happy about. My road bikes (Wilier & Velokraft) are both black but frankly black carbon can be a bit dull even if it is in a nice weave pattern.

    I will post a ride report once I get a chance to test it properly, maybe even a video if I can make something interesting enough!

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    I am currently in the process of choosing between a 2011 FTM Carbon (used, XTR comp's, blue/silver) or a slightly used 2012 FTM carbon frame only (black/orange). I have been reading a few things about the derailleur hangers and can't quite seem to get my head around the crux of the issue. Is the problem with the design of the hanger having three small screws, and those screws break? Or the hanger breaks? Or something else breaks that the hanger attaches too?

    Is this a current issue with the FTMs, or just with those prior to Titus' buyout?

    Also, any thoughts on running an XX1 drivetrain on the FTM carbon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim22 View Post
    the stock hanger is junk. tried the 3 hole and it lasted about 6 mo. have had the 2 hole on for a while with no prob. yet.
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    Ah! I see. OK, so that third hole is basically the culprit since it causes the hanger to be too thin above the dropout?? I think I understand that now. Thanks very much for the speedy response. Feel free to respond if I have any of that wrong.

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    the stock hanger is junk. tried the 3 hole and it lasted about 6 mo. have had the 2 hole on for a while with no prob. yet.
    Search results for: 'dropout-218'

    ps. read your other thread. I got the last carbon FTM in Portland last yr. I was built out on the showroom floor. They stripped it and I bought it. Large, and loving it for a yr. so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim22 View Post
    the stock hanger is junk. tried the 3 hole and it lasted about 6 mo. have had the 2 hole on for a while with no prob. yet.
    Search results for: 'dropout-218'

    ps. read your other thread. I got the last carbon FTM in Portland last yr. I was built out on the showroom floor. They stripped it and I bought it. Large, and loving it for a yr. so far.
    Thank you sir!!

    Now to decide between the FTMc or the SC Blur LTc.......hell, or both..

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    I actually have a new FTM Carbon, large, in blue/silver that needs a new home. I have it built up
    right now but could modify the drivetrain/wheels/brakes however you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbob.com View Post
    I actually have a new FTM Carbon, large, in blue/silver that needs a new home. I have it built up
    right now but could modify the drivetrain/wheels/brakes however you like.
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    Email sent, Bob. Thanks for chiming in.

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    Thoughts on building up a Lg FTMc with XX1 and a travel adjust fork? I'm not a hardcore DH ripper, I'd like something that can do the climb, do the descent, as well as the 12-miler singletrack along the river. Want it to be nice and light.

    Verge's post above makes me pretty nervous. I'm not sure the FTM is the right investment....

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    I expect by now that you've not got the FTM ... :-) But don't let me discourage you! From reading my post again, yes the bike leaves something to be desired, but out on the trail it is way more capable than I am! It goes over pretty much anything with not much skill required! With the slightly too long travel and wide bars I have fitted on the front it is not ideal for tight singletrack (although not impossible) but really if you run with the original geometry and recommended fork it will be fine in just about any situation. I think if you build a bike up from scratch you'll pick up on small quality issues like the above that might otherwise be missed - the gear routing is not great but if you align the hanger properly on the back wheel it works fine. On that subject... I have the original hanger although I bought another just in case, but it has been absolutely no problem since I built the bike.

    Overall, it is still a good machine and I have no plans to sell mine any time soon. Well worth picking up as an end of line special. I fitted slightly narrower Michelin Wildgripper 2.25 tyres and this seems a better fit for the bike and my kind of riding. Unfortunately we're now into winter but I still intend to make some video of it at some point in the warm weather...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verge View Post
    I expect by now that you've not got the FTM ... :-) But don't let me discourage you! From reading my post again, yes the bike leaves something to be desired, but out on the trail it is way more capable than I am! It goes over pretty much anything with not much skill required! With the slightly too long travel and wide bars I have fitted on the front it is not ideal for tight singletrack (although not impossible) but really if you run with the original geometry and recommended fork it will be fine in just about any situation. I think if you build a bike up from scratch you'll pick up on small quality issues like the above that might otherwise be missed - the gear routing is not great but if you align the hanger properly on the back wheel it works fine. On that subject... I have the original hanger although I bought another just in case, but it has been absolutely no problem since I built the bike.

    Overall, it is still a good machine and I have no plans to sell mine any time soon. Well worth picking up as an end of line special. I fitted slightly narrower Michelin Wildgripper 2.25 tyres and this seems a better fit for the bike and my kind of riding. Unfortunately we're now into winter but I still intend to make some video of it at some point in the warm weather...
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