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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.
    Email bob@bikerbob.com
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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.
    Email bob@bikerbob.com
    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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