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    Titus blings the FTM

    Here's the cranked up FTM with new kit 2 bonus package.

    Gives you the new Cranks Brother Cobalt wheels with 15mm QR front hub, Eggbeater SL pedals, blue ODI lockons, hanger, chainring bolts, and seat clamp as a bonus.

    http://www.crankbrothers.com/wheel_tech.php for details on the Cobalts.

    I think it will look good on the white and orange FTM.

    X version photos coming.
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    $1000 for a wheelset?

    Ouch!!

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    Looks nice, but I have to wonder how many people will be drawn in by this, considering Crank's products work ok, until they stop working, and usually in a really bad, sudden manner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    Looks nice, but I have to wonder how many people will be drawn in by this, considering Crank's products work ok, until they stop working, and usually in a really bad, sudden manner.
    Sorry for the OT response, but would you include their pedals in this appraisal?

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    The pedals are where it all started...



    The FTM is supposed to be something of a light trailbike. They try to make it a longer travel RX, but it's really not that, either as much as a Spot isn't really a longer travel Flux. They're just different categories. That's why this group is a bit strange. It seems too fragile for what the FTM's trailbike intentions are.

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    I love it! Don't know much about the cobolt wheels but the pedals have held up for me for the last 3-4 years without any problems!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    Looks nice, but I have to wonder how many people will be drawn in by this, considering Crank's products work ok, until they stop working, and usually in a really bad, sudden manner.
    yeah, but "they have great customer service'

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    Yup, they have lots of experience in developing that model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerk_Chicken
    Yup, they have lots of experience in developing that model.
    i prefer sh!tty customer service from a company who makes products for which i wont need any customer service

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    Exactly, like boutique companies and boutique products. That's why I'm getting an IH next. I'll never need their CS. Right?


    Right?

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    Is Titus getting a smoking deal on those wheels because no one else would touch them with a ten foot pole?

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    You know I look at the Crank Brothers Cobalt wheels and Engineering wise they just look all wrong. Then I look at Industry Nine wheels and wonder why didn't someone build these sooner. On those wheels the engineering is just what it should be.



    See the long term test review on Pinkbike....

    http://www.pinkbike.com/news/industr...test-2008.html

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    I'm still suffering from a Pearl hangover and this ain't no hairy dog!!! I'm with the Camel, why not I9?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sopwithcamel
    You know I look at the Crank Brothers Cobalt wheels and Engineering wise they just look all wrong. Then I look at Industry Nine wheels and wonder why didn't someone build these sooner. On those wheels the engineering is just what it should be.



    See the long term test review on Pinkbike....

    http://www.pinkbike.com/news/industr...test-2008.html

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    I dunno... I9 are not the best example of engineering.

    Oddly, the good ole wheel 32X3 cross, steel spokes is.

    Just like the derrailleur... there may be better solutions, but nobody has come up with one.
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    Just like the derrailleur... there may be better solutions, but nobody has come up with one.
    Yeah, I was thinking about a Rohloff for years, but there are tradeoffs I'm not willing to go with just yet, until I know for sure. Oddly enough, Rohloff on commuters are quite common here.

    In the end, I decided to wait because it seems like other companies are now pushing the development of internal geared hubs, and bringing the pricing down with the further development. Leave it up to SRAM and SHimano to do so. Probably in a few years, some form of internal transmission, whether HS or a rear hub, will be on my bike, and much cheaper and less finicky than the Rohloff. Hell, on top of that, they've given us word for years now about their newer, lighter hub. Still waiting.

    I9's are nice, but they have tradeoffs that won't work for some. At the same time, many of their users know what they are getting before they buy, so to each their own. If they could make their classic hubs lighter, they would probably be more competitive.

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    The I9 and Crank Bros. wheels are both super blingy. And they should be, considering they cost double or triple of what a conventionally built wheelset does. Wheels with straight-pull spokes aren't a new idea, and neither is making spokes out of materials other than steel. In my opinion any "new" concept in wheel design has to be competitive pricewise to really catch-on, otherwise it's just jewelry. Not that I have any problem with bike jewelry


    I think it's pretty cool that Titus is making these matched kits an option. The Titus website seems to be in the process of being updated - when will we be able to see a list of all the parts included in the new build kits?

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    If Crank Bros gets a whack of warranty issues with those wheels, they will meet the same fate as their crankset. Then what do you do. Great CS isnice, but not needing it in the first place is still a better plan and better sign of engineering.
    "Can I put a Totem on a FTM?".....Originally Posted by All Mountain

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    FTM and X Kit 2

    Quote Originally Posted by Blofeld
    when will we be able to see a list of all the parts included in the new build kits?
    Mountain II Kit
    Fork Fox Talas RLC QR15 / Fox F100 RLC
    Rear Shock Fox RP23
    Rims Crank Bros. Cobalt
    Hubs Crank Bros. Cobalt
    Spokes Crank Bros. Cobalt
    Tires Kenda Nevegal
    Crank FSA Afterburner w/Mega XO b.b.
    Pedals Egg Beater SL
    Chain Shimano HG73
    Cassette Shimano SLX 11-34
    Front Derailleur Shimano XT
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow
    Shifters Shimano SLX
    Brakeset Magura Marta
    Brake Levers Magura Marta
    Handlebars Titus 7075 Riser Bar
    Stem Titus SL-6 Forged
    Headset FSA Orbit Extreme w/Blue headset spacers
    Saddle Fizik Gobi XM
    Seat Post Titus Carbon

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    El Guapo Long Travel Kit

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    when will we be able to see a list of all the parts included in the new build kits?
    Long Travel Kit
    Fork Fox 36 Talas RC2
    Rear Shock Fox RP23 Air or Fox DHX RC2 Coil
    Rims Cranks Bros. Iodine
    Hubs Cranks Bros. Iodine
    Spokes Cranks Bros. Iodine
    Tires Kenda Nevegal 2.35
    Crank Gravity Light w/Mega XO b.b.
    Pedals CB Acid
    Chain Shimano HG73
    Cassette Shimano SLX 11-34
    Front Derailleur Shimano XT
    Rear Derailleur Shimano XT Shadow
    Shifters Shimano SLX
    Brakeset Magura Louise w/ large rotors
    Brake Levers Magura Louise
    Handlebars Titus 7075 Riser Bar
    Stem FSA
    Headset FSA Orbit Extreme 1.5 w/ Orange spacers
    Saddle Fizik Gobi XM
    Seat Post Titus Aluminum

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    orange/red or blue ?

    Shouldnt they use the iodine ( orange ) wheelset rather than the XC cobalt ?
    Or does the colour clash !!
    I am a conventional wheel guy
    Gimme hubs + spokes + stans rims any day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbob.com
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    Headset FSA Orbit Extreme w/Blue headset spacers
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    Thanks Bob.

    Apparently Titus took your advice seriously about not using CB headsets on aluminum headtubes!

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    Smile Headsets

    I was CK headset Guy but put a CC 110 on FTM - very nice

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    How come no one's mentioned Mavic? I think as wheelsets go, you can't go wrong with Mavic. I've got Crosstrails on my FTM and they're so perfect as a trailbike's wheelset. They were originally on my ML and I never even had to true them.

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    Your right Mavic is okay, but as far as XC wheels go Stan's and I9 are lighter and have more sex appeal.

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    absolutely beautiful

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    I have to agree on the crank brothers. We have rocky trails here and eggbeaters do not hold up on rocks. If I had a dollar for everyone that has had to drop from a ride because of a broken eggbeater I could buy a cheap pair of times that would last me for 3 years.

    The cobalt wheels look nice, but also look like they will fall apart after some serious abuse. My preference on a next set of wheels would be DT Swiss.
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    The blue and black looks freaking awesome...

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    Lets not for get the Chris Bling

    If we are talking bling and longevity, lets talk about Chris King. These are my favorite wheels ever. Super long lasting and super bling. One great thing worth noting is that these hubs are sealed exceptionally well. From super fine moon dust to the rainy, mud filled trial, these hubs are amazing. I have rolled mine for several years now and have had zero issues with them. I have just taken them apart and replaced the grease in the bearings and ring drive once a year and everything is still like it was when i bought them.

    A word on Mavic parts. I love Mavic rims, but the hubs are less than desirable. It is recommended that you rebuild them every 20 hours of riding! (for me thats about a week or two worth) Another thing worth noting is that i have never met anyone out on the trail with mavic hubs that were properly tightened. Every pair of wheels i have encountered was loose. (this also goes for when i worked in a bike shop for a few years) One nice thing is they are super easy to adjust, but no one seems to do it. In a wet or dusty environment, mavic hubs would be the last ones i would buy.

    I9's are a decent hub, but i have seen issues with the bearings going south after only a few months. And having 108 points of engagement is cool, but if dirt or gunk gets inside, bad things happen. (they are not sealed super well) Not to mention that if you break a spoke out on a ride, the local bike shop is not going to have a replacement for ya.

    Another great company is Hadley. A super simple design that works. I have built several wheels for guys that are very hard on equipment and they have not been able to kill their Hadleys. Cheaper that Kings and i9's, but not as much bling. You can even get a high engagement model like the King's or i9's.

    DT swiss hubs are simple and super easy to work on. Their ratcheting mechanism is easy to service and maintain. Their rims are nice and light, but quite soft. So i would not recommend them unless you are a racer and dont have to pay for wheels, or dont mind replacing your wheels after a season of hard riding. (my last set of 5.1's lasted me a month or hard riding on rocky trails with jumps and drops).

    All in all, one of the best things that you can do for your bike is get a nice wheelset. It will improve almost every aspect of your riding from climbing to giving you more confidence on the downhill. Knowing that you can trust your wheels is huge in my book.

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    The one thing I miss about my XTR 960's is their quietness. When ever I ride by people with my I9'S they all ways look to see where the chainsaw is.

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    They already made a bike that looks like that.
    Chumba VS Pivot, Intense, Turner, etc.


    Crank Brothers must be giving away those wheels to OEM's I can't imagine too many people buying them.

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    This build was done a few months back. Pretty slick when I first saw it almost a 6 months ago.


    My Dream Chumba VF2 Build

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    For $1000 I'd rather have a set of I9 Enduro

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    For $1000 I would rather go with two sets of regular wheels at the same weight as the Iodine.
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