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    So long specialized, hello Titus

    Although I haven't yet got around to changing my sig I no longer ride an S-works. I sold it and it's replacement was a '07 Racer-X Carbon frameset which will be built up as rediculously insane as possible.

    So far, I got a handlebar (Bontrager XXX lite Flat) and a chainstay protector for it but thats all. The certainties of the build are:

    Selle Italia SLR Carbonio saddle
    Chris King (Ti if I can get ahold of one)
    Mavic Crossmax SLR wheelset
    08' Fox F100RLC
    Thomson Masterpiece post
    Crank Bros 4ti Eggbeaters

    It's not built for extreme lightweight rather as close to a perfect blend of strength/lightweight as possible.

    Although I have some Ideas for the rest of it, the other parts are yet to be decided. Any suggestions?

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    XTR or X.0 drivetrain... Marta's or Puro's, FSA Carbon cranks (the new ones)....

    Other than that, I'm out of ideas if you don't want to consider Extralie brand components.

    Oh, a 5th Air should be nice (yup, I said a 5th Air). Bigger air volume and tunable platform.
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    Congrats! Can't wait to see it all built up.

    My XO triggers, XTR front derailleur and cranks, and XO long cage have been flawless since new (1 year).

    Formula Puro's to slow that rocket down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upandatem
    Although I haven't yet got around to changing my sig I no longer ride an S-works. I sold it and it's replacement was a '07 Racer-X Carbon frameset which will be built up as rediculously insane as possible.

    So far, I got a handlebar (Bontrager XXX lite Flat) and a chainstay protector for it but thats all. The certainties of the build are:

    Selle Italia SLR Carbonio saddle
    Chris King (Ti if I can get ahold of one)
    Mavic Crossmax SLR wheelset
    08' Fox F100RLC
    Thomson Masterpiece post
    Crank Bros 4ti Eggbeaters

    It's not built for extreme lightweight rather as close to a perfect blend of strength/lightweight as possible.

    Although I have some Ideas for the rest of it, the other parts are yet to be decided. Any suggestions?
    Why not an Industry 9 wheelset? Or something laced to CK or hadley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rzozaya1969
    Why not an Industry 9 wheelset? Or something laced to CK or hadley?
    Good call. I am patiently () waiting for my I9 AM set. I am tossing the Crossmax SL's. The engadgment is less than nice and the free hub is giving out again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rzozaya1969
    Why not an Industry 9 wheelset? Or something laced to CK or hadley?
    I've considered it but I had the SL's on my S-works and grew rather fond of them. I think I'd need to try out a set of I9's before making any changes to decision, problem is I have to find a shop who carries them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    Oh, a 5th Air should be nice (yup, I said a 5th Air). Bigger air volume and tunable platform.
    hmmmm...interesting idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orthorex
    Congrats! Can't wait to see it all built up.

    My XO triggers, XTR front derailleur and cranks, and XO long cage have been flawless since new (1 year).

    Formula Puro's to slow that rocket down!
    Sounds like you've got a nice build on your ride, are you running a XTR, Sram, or Wipp. chain with your drivetrain?

    The decision for what brakes I'm going to run is another tough one. The puros, Marta SL's, and XTR disc all have their positives and I think it's one of those bridges I'll cross when I come to it (meaning after my fork and wheels come in ).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upandatem
    hmmmm...interesting idea.
    Santa Cruz has still some laying around for 99 bucks. The problem will be the hardware, though.

    I have one that I use it as a main shock (when it's working )... I think the R-X in Medium and larger, uses the same size shock and hardware (8X39mm and 6X30mm) as my Switchblade.

    If you want to try it, it's available. Well, for anyone who wants to try it, that's it.

    Logistics to/fro Mexico will be ... uh... interesting, but it's available to be borrowed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Upandatem
    Sounds like you've got a nice build on your ride, are you running a XTR, Sram, or Wipp. chain with your drivetrain?

    The decision for what brakes I'm going to run is another tough one. The puros, Marta SL's, and XTR disc all have their positives and I think it's one of those bridges I'll cross when I come to it (meaning after my fork and wheels come in ).
    Thanks. SRAM chain. I love the quick-link thing. I will say that I had the Marta SL's. They are great brakes. However, most of my rides inlclude long descents. At 185 lbs, the Marta's seemed to loose too much power. May be different for you.

    No such problem with the Puro's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orthorex
    Thanks. SRAM chain. I love the quick-link thing. I will say that I had the Marta SL's. They are great brakes.
    one can also run a sram powerlink on shimano chains... works quite nicely too

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    one can also run a sram powerlink on shimano chains... works quite nicely too
    Too ghetto...

    One would think that Shimano would eat their pride and make something similar so the user doesn't have to go out to get what they want.... they'd sell more chains.

    KMC, SRAM, Wippermann, all of them have one... Come on, Shimano! Enter XXI century chains...

    I must admit I bought recenlty a Shimano... the shop had ran our of SRAM's...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Warp
    Too ghetto...

    One would think that Shimano would eat their pride and make something similar so the user doesn't have to go out to get what they want.... they'd sell more chains.

    KMC, SRAM, Wippermann, all of them have one... Come on, Shimano! Enter XXI century chains...

    I must admit I bought recenlty a Shimano... the shop had ran our of SRAM's...
    I agree with you on that... but I still prefer CN-7701 chains... so I spend the extra Euro on the powerlink

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    Quote Originally Posted by crisillo
    one can also run a sram powerlink on shimano chains... works quite nicely too
    I know, but like Warp, I don't want to reward Shimano for not bringing the link. If they did I'd look in to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orthorex
    I know, but like Warp, I don't want to reward Shimano for not bringing the link. If they did I'd look in to it.
    point taken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upandatem
    Although I haven't yet got around to changing my sig I no longer ride an S-works. I sold it and it's replacement was a '07 Racer-X Carbon frameset which will be built up as rediculously insane as possible.

    So far, I got a handlebar (Bontrager XXX lite Flat) and a chainstay protector for it but thats all. The certainties of the build are:

    Selle Italia SLR Carbonio saddle
    Chris King (Ti if I can get ahold of one)
    Mavic Crossmax SLR wheelset
    08' Fox F100RLC
    Thomson Masterpiece post
    Crank Bros 4ti Eggbeaters

    It's not built for extreme lightweight rather as close to a perfect blend of strength/lightweight as possible.

    Although I have some Ideas for the rest of it, the other parts are yet to be decided. Any suggestions?


    Congratulations and welcome to Titus

    Your new Titus rocket stoke will propel just great with the RP23. It's a nice lightweight featured shock.

    If you want to use more travel (without airtime ) just get a high volume sleeve. Better yet, send it to PUSH for it's first service and recieve some bonus upgrades tuned for you.


    Looking forward to some nice good clear photos

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    Looks like youll gonna have a solid bike when its done Good luck on your build SLR looks realy nice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by All Mountain
    Looking forward to some nice good clear photos
    Oh you'll get 'em.

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    mmm...yummy. How are your SLR's holding up thus far?

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    I must say, the SLR's have a very fresh
    look! After 4 years of pretty steady service
    from my Crossmax SL's, I thought Industry 9 deserved a look.
    Full report and pics soon.

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    I-9s have been yummy so far..........Awesome hub from an awesome company

    The Shimano 7701 is making its reappearance back on one of my rides.......funny thing was the chain and the powerlink came in cheaper then a SRAM 991 chain.

    Any or the brakes choices are awesome, my pick if I had a new ride to build would be the Formula Ouro's or new Hope mini's.
    "Can I put a Totem on a FTM?".....Originally Posted by All Mountain

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiEndo
    ..funny thing was the chain and the powerlink came in cheaper then a SRAM 991 chain.
    that is always the case around here with SRAM stuff.... so I only go for the cheap powerlink

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    • Crank: 2007 Shimano XTR
    • FD: Shimano XTR or XT
    • RD: either Shimano XTR Shadow or SRAM X.0
    • Cassette: Shimano XTR (light, strong, precise), XT (a bit more weighty, but still strong & precise), or SRAM PG-990 (popular choice)
    • Chain: Shimano CN-7701 (no bling but highly reliable), SRAM PC-991 (popular choice), or KMC X10SL shortened to fit 9sp (I heard they are actually the maker of Dura-Ace??)
    • Stem: Thomson X4 (the Bontrager is O/S, right?)
    • Shifter: SRAM X.0 or Shimano XTR
    • Tires: Kenda Nevegal 2.1 UST
    • Brakes: Shimano XTR or Magura Marta SL or Formula Oro Puro
    • Seatclamp: Tune component
    • Headset: King Ti or Tune component

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    Quote Originally Posted by paneristi
    [*]RD: either Shimano XTR Shadow or SRAM X.0
    So let me get this clear, the "shadow" XTR derailleur is only an option like the low and high normal is? It's not the only XTR derailleur for '08 is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upandatem
    So let me get this clear, the "shadow" XTR derailleur is only an option like the low and high normal is? It's not the only XTR derailleur for '08 is it?
    there are 3 RD options:

    1. "standard" high normal
    2. "standard" low normal
    3. shadow (which is high normal)

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    Thats my buddies... according to him he is having lots of fun with it... mine is Ck, 819'S and revolution spokes...

    Quote Originally Posted by Upandatem


    mmm...yummy. How are your SLR's holding up thus far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barelylegal
    Looks like youll gonna have a solid bike when its done Good luck on your build SLR looks realy nice...

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    Is that wheel laced 3X on the brake side but straight on the drive side? weird... I'm not very fond of Mavic wheels (rims are pretty good, though).

    edit... rather than 3X, is that 2X?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rzozaya1969
    Is that wheel laced 3X on the brake side but straight on the drive side? weird... I'm not very fond of Mavic wheels (rims are pretty good, though).

    edit... rather than 3X, is that 2X?
    Sorry I am not sure, I just took picture of my buddies bike... but I am with you I prefer custom

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    Quote Originally Posted by upandatem
    So let me get this clear, the "shadow" XTR derailleur is only an option like the low and high normal is? It's not the only XTR derailleur for '08 is it?
    As Cris said, there are 3 options
    BUT
    the ML uses true Horst Link which may cause your derailleur to bang your chain stay when flying of rocky terrain.
    The shadow Shimano has direct cable routing ala SRAM & 2 springs only ala Suntour.

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    Here she is...






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    WOW!!!
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    It's almost to freakin beautiful to ride. Love it!

    The thing deserves I9's!

    By the way the pictures are strong, but how did you get them from tomorrow?

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    wow.. looks awesome!

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    Looking again, that head tube wall thickness is seriously thick.

    Nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orthorex
    By the way the pictures are strong, but how did you get them from tomorrow?
    Extreme stationary biker.

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    She'll look better with a little dirt on her.


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    Quote Originally Posted by orthorex
    By the way the pictures are strong, but how did you get them from tomorrow?
    Good question. To be honest I'm personally a day ahead of the rest of the world, who do you think came up with the saying 'stop living in the past man!'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Upandatem
    Although I haven't yet got around to changing my sig I no longer ride an S-works. I sold it and it's replacement was a '07 Racer-X Carbon frameset which will be built up as rediculously insane as possible.

    So far, I got a handlebar (Bontrager XXX lite Flat) and a chainstay protector for it but thats all. The certainties of the build are:

    Selle Italia SLR Carbonio saddle
    Chris King (Ti if I can get ahold of one)
    Mavic Crossmax SLR wheelset
    08' Fox F100RLC
    Thomson Masterpiece post
    Crank Bros 4ti Eggbeaters

    It's not built for extreme lightweight rather as close to a perfect blend of strength/lightweight as possible.

    Although I have some Ideas for the rest of it, the other parts are yet to be decided. Any suggestions?
    Well, don't forget a Syntace F99 stem (light, strong and well priced). KMC X10SL chain and... have you considered the Tune Speedneedle saddle? I haven't used it but I've read nice comments.
    "I will not relent"

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    Quote Originally Posted by blatido
    Well, don't forget a Syntace F99 stem (light, strong and well priced). KMC X10SL chain and... have you considered the Tune Speedneedle saddle? I haven't used it but I've read nice comments.
    One of our resident mexican weight-weenies has spoken!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Upandatem
    Here she is...





    A piece of Art!
    Just a beauty

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    Holy smokes that is a beauty.......congrats
    "Can I put a Totem on a FTM?".....Originally Posted by All Mountain

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    Now, that is awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by blatido
    Well, don't forget a Syntace F99 stem
    It would have to be the Syntace F119 OS stem if I'm going to go with my Bontrager bar. It looks like an awesome stem, I look into it when I head down to the bike shop in a couple days.

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    Thanks for the compliments guys, they're definitely helpful in justifying the money I'm spending, at least in my mind they are.

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    I can't wait for your ride report. Your old sled is nothing to
    shake a stick at, that's for sure.

    I rode my buddies Epic for a while and could never get
    used to the "brain delay". Great bike however.

    I wouldn't trade my RX for anything.
    That doesn't mean that I don't need a Ti EG.

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