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    Lets see those blindside v5's!

    Starting with mine, got a great deal on a new 2011 raw medium and just finished building it up:
    Rockshox domain RC 180
    halo combat rims/Transition,Hope hubs (built by me), spec. Butcher 2.5" tires
    saint brakes
    slx cranks, 2 x 9 drivetrain
    35 mm raceface stem, answer dh handlebar
    38 lbs, i think.

    Built it up as more of a long-travel, heavy duty do-anything bike i can climb to the top, than a dh-only rig. Which I think is Transition's intention with the current iteration of this frame. Took it out for a spin today, kept it mellow as im still getting over a bad cold and still feeling out of it. Considering how plush the suspension is on the dh, Im surprised by how well it pedals, at least as good as the '08 Bullit (cracked rear triangle) it replaced. But this bike is lower and slacker Glad to join the transition family, I think I made a good choice.
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    Bike looks awesome! I hope to have one soon!

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    Nice build, sick bike!

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    Blindside





    Here my 2011 Blindside. With Angleset -1,5 deg.

    16,4 kg with single ply tires.

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    I've seen one BS on my local XC trails (only a few trails are suited to it & even then, the BS is more bike than needed) owned by a rider who was from out-of-town. I was amazed at how much more burly it looks in person than the pics online. He said his bike was 40lbs...

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    Nice, guys! I'm seriously considering one right now (2012/raw/small).
    Though I'm usually not the one to count the pounds, it's amazing that you guys came out 36~38lbs. My v.1 BR weighs 40lbs. Moving almost everything over, I think I'll end up at 40lbs again, 'cause the frame+shock weights are pretty much the same (about 10lbs).

    PS.
    If anyone got an '12 model with 142mm x 12mm, please let me know if you can use rear Maxle.
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    New question here. travel option

    By the way, just to reconfirm, v5/2011 has the same travel option as 2012 (7"/7.5"), not as v4/2010 (6.7"/7.5"), right?

    Also, how exactly does the "chip" for travel option work? Is it top/longer vs bottom/shorter option?
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    mines a vf5/2011 aqnd its 7/7.5. i run it in the 7" mode witha 7" fork, too many pedal strikes in the 7.5". if i ever run a dc fork ill switch the travel. the lower hole is the 7", and its written on the chip. the difference bw 2011/2012 is the rear dropout option, but i forget the specifics.
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    New question here. zero-stack bottom headset: Will Totem's Mission Control adjuster knob hitt downtube?

    I'm also thinking about a Totem coil for it (still shopping/browsing for an used one) and a Cane Creek 40-series headset. If I end up with a tapered steertube, the bottom headset will be EC49 (1.5"; 12mm/height) only. If I end up with a 1-1/8" steertube, the bottom headset can be EC49 (Conversion; 12mm/height) or ZS49 (1-1/8"; 4mm/height).

    I think ZS top/bottom setup would give a pretty clean look (just like my current BottleRocket, or sorta like firevsh2o's pix above but without the angle offset), while the 8mm stack height difference only affecting maybe about 1/3 of a degree(?) at most if any. But what I'm concerned with ZS/bottom is whether Totem's Mission Control adjuster knob will hit the downtube or not...? (I've heard/read about this before about Totem here & there.)

    Anyone has any ideas/guesses on that? Thanks.
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    New question here. 7"-travel & 135mm/QR

    Quote Originally Posted by dwyooaj View Post
    the difference bw 2011/2012 is the rear dropout option
    On that note, what do you guys on v5/2011 think about a 135mm x 10mm QR rear axle for a 7"-travel frame? Is it adequate for a 7"-travel frame & for where it's designed to be ridden?

    It's just that I've never had any frames more than 5"~6"-travel before, and I've never had anything but a 135mm/QR axle, either; hence my asking. Considering my 5.55"-travel v1 BR is with 135mm/QR, and I've not had any issues sending it. So, just wondering about it when it becomes 7"-travel.

    The v5/2011 currently on closeout at $1,359/USD is certainly attractive. In contrast, the $1,599/USD 2012 ("v6"?) comes with 142mm x 12mm thru-axle dropouts (right & left) by default. It has an option to go 135mm x 10mm QR, but you have to purchase additional dropouts separately from their online store. ($30/right + $30/left = $60.) Swapping '12 chainstays on '11 frame later isn't allowed.

    Planning to place an order by the end of this week, and just trying to close in on remaining thoughts. (Thanks for all your comments helping me out here.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PiroChu View Post
    On that note, what do you guys on v5/2011 think about a 135mm x 10mm QR rear axle for a 7"-travel frame? Is it adequate for a 7"-travel frame & for where it's designed to be ridden?

    It's just that I've never had any frames more than 5"~6"-travel before, and I've never had anything but a 135mm/QR axle, either; hence my asking. Considering my 5.55"-travel v1 BR is with 135mm/QR, and I've not had any issues sending it. So, just wondering about it when it becomes 7"-travel.
    I was worried about the stiffnes in the rear, but there is really no problem. I weight about 200 lbs and I really feel no disturbing rearend flex. My Nukeproof Mega with 135x12 through axle feels flexier. (but it is a bit lighter)

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    mine with the 135 10 mm Transition quick-release thru-axle is plenty stiff, and I weigh #215
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    New question here. DHX RC4 setup tips w/ Blindside

    I just got my small/raw delivered today. Can't start building it yet (fork not yet arrived), but just wanted to see what you guys are doing with shock setup on v5 Blindside with DHX RC4 as a starting-point reference.

    No bottom-out turns?
    air/.psi = rider weight/lbs (eg. 165psi/air = 165lbs/rider)
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    ... and if we just ... 2011/v5 Blindside: just out of box

    So, my 2011/v5 Blindside (small/raw) just arrived today. I don't get to start building it for a few more days until the fork arrives, but it's super cool. (It really is just like a bigger brother of my 2007/v1 BottleRocket small/raw, which is exactly what I wanted.)

    Though I usually like the 'naked' look (no stickers on my raw BR), I really like these silver-logo stickers on the raw Blindside. I think I'll keep 'em on this time.

    Some numbers from my scales...
    - The 2011/v5 Blindside small frame weighs 7lbs 14oz (incl., drlr hanger, shock bolts, cable guides).
    - The 2011 Fox DHX RC4 Coil (incl. reducers) with a 400#x2.80" coil spring (405g) weighs 857g.
    - The package weighs 9lbs 12oz.

    Super-stoked! That's it for now. More pix later (upon finish building).
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    nice! cant wait to see it built up. Now i have a rockshox vivid on mine; with the rc4 I had a #400 spring in the 7" setting (i weigh #215 geared up), had the bottom out just shy of 2 turns in and about 165 psi, and rebound 4-5 clicks out from fully closed, seemed to work well. IMO, the Vivid really made the suspension come alive, with more square-edge bump compliance and better rebound tuning, but at the expense of pedaling.
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    New question here. faced BB & headtube?

    Did you guys get the BB shell & headtube faced, before installing BB & headset? If not, any issues with BB/headset aligning or creaking so far? Just wondering (& "practically" speaking) if I should get that done at a shop first, or just start building as-is.
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    I didnt get mine faced, and havent had any problems. No creaking while pedaling (something which has afflicted all my santa cruz's !)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PiroChu View Post
    Nice, guys! I'm seriously considering one right now (2012/raw/small).
    Though I'm usually not the one to count the pounds, it's amazing that you guys came out 36~38lbs. .
    My bad, i was guessing at the weight of mine at the time. Finally weighed it, and I underestimated; its 40.5 lbs!
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    Mine came out to right at 38 pounds(bathroom scale method). Here is the link to the build thread:
    Khartik's Blindside Build

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    Cool-blue Rhythm my v5/2011 Blindside (raw, small): 40lbs 10oz

    Just finished building it all up last night, and finally here are some pix.

    Mine came out to be 40lbs 10oz (which is 6oz heavier than my BR per fork difference).

    Thanks again for all your feedback/answers here for my Blindside journey. I can't wait to take it out this weekend!
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    very nice! cant wait to het a totem on mine. the polished lowers look so good with the polished frame. Btw, you asked me about my derailleur setting.. its also mounted just a hair higher than the lowest it can go. What cranks are those?
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    We the people ... RC4 setup

    Quote Originally Posted by PiroChu View Post
    ...what you guys are doing with shock setup on v5 Blindside with DHX RC4 as a starting-point reference.
    I just had 2 test rides (one All-Mtn, then one FR), and this is what I got so far...

    * sag with 400lbs spring: 0.59"/2.75"=21.6%
    * bottom out force adjust boost valve: 150psi
    * bottom out progressivness: 0 turns
    * low-speed compression: 7 clicks in (from fully open)
    * high-speed compression: 0 click in (from fully open)
    * rebound: 7 clicks in (from fully open)
    * spring preload: 1 turn

    Started off at 140psi, and went up to 150psi. (I can also try 160psi, just for the heck of it.) I have no high-speed compression. Fox online reads to have HS as low as possible without bottoming. Well, I sorta got that, but wasn't quite expecting to get that with 0 clicks, though... Will play around on HS a bit next ride.



    Also, here's just to share some info I found on Google search...

    Someone on PinkBike put together some good general suspension-setup info...
    Suspension SETUP, a 'how to' guide... - Pinkbike Forum

    Within that thread, there's a link to this Fox DHX (Air) info...
    DHX Air Tech
    ... which has great pop-up info of (a) "Boost 101" info, and (b) "Bottom Out Control".
    ---> Check out the 2nd & 4th page of (b), which shows the bottom-out-force curves!!

    Also, I found this shock setup info for Evil Revolt 8" DH bike...
    http://www.silverfish-uk.com/cms-fil...4415e49c45.pdf
    ... in which it reads that boost psi "will change the starting point of bottom end ramp"!!

    Just as another setup reference point, I found this for Trek Scratch (170mm) bike...
    http://www.trekbikes.com/pdf/2010/su...on/scratch.pdf
    ... which recommends 160psi (vs 130psi for Revolt).

    Just called Fox, and confirmed that above is true (about the starting point). He also said that the above curve is for bottom-out only (influenced by turns & psi). For high-speed compression, he explained that the curve/line is separately on a different graph, and it looks horizontal, going up/down vertically with compression clicks. I told the Fox guy about my zero HS compression, and he said nothing wrong with it as long as I like the feel (which I do). Called Transition, and they said I should be using a bit of compression dampening (w/ lighter coil), and also said that my sag is a bit low for Blindside. Fox says one can reach the same results from both directions ("lighter spring & more compression" vs "heavier spring & less compression").
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    21.6% sag is ,low. which travel setting, and how much do u weigh?
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    Cool-blue Rhythm my Blindside at Black Rock

    Just got back from a short road trip to Black Rock (my 1st time there); one day to drive, 3 days to ride, another day to drive back. Despite being my only 4th~6th rides on it, my Blindside did great!

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    nice vid! btw a totem is on mine right now; got a great deal on a barely used 2011 coil rc2dh.
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    Pirochu, what length stem is on there?j
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    We the people ... setup

    Quote Originally Posted by dwyooaj View Post
    Pirochu, what length stem is on there?j
    Hi dwyooaj,

    Congrats on scoring a Totem for your Blindside. (color? pic?) What spring did you put inside? (By the way, RockShox confusingly changed spring colors a few years back, grrr... )

    So I have an old 50mm Diabolus stem on my Blindside (a carry-over from BottleRocket).

    Though the geometry numbers are different on paper, I seem to quickly get used to (or I just don't notice?) and the new Blindside/small comfortably feels pretty much like my BottleRocket/small.

    My suspension setup is still left on a "stiff" side (I know ), and glad I kept my shock/fork as such, especially at Black Rock. (By the way, I'm 150lbs/me + 15lbs/gear = 160lbs/total.)

    ['11 RC4] (at 7"-travel setup)
    bottom out force adjust boost valve: 150psi
    bottom out progressivness: 0 of 4 turns
    low-speed compression: 7 of 17 clicks
    high-speed compression: 0 of 12 clicks
    rebound: 7 of 13 clicks
    spring preload: 1 turn
    sag with 400lbs spring: 0.59"/2.75"=21.5%

    ['09 Totem]
    low-speed compression: 0 of 16 clicks
    high-speed compression: 0 of 12 clicks
    rebound: 10 of 16 clicks
    FloodGate: removed
    spring: medium/blue for 160~180lbs (part#: 11.4015.135.000)
    sag: 30mm/180mm = 16.7%

    Also, I'm just coming off a 5.5" BottleRocket (not some 8" DH rig), so I kinda want my Blindside to feel/pedal similar (though the RC4 feels plenty plush for me). I admit that Totem feels a bit stiff at the very-beginning stroke, but it seems to meet my bottom-out needs just right.

    I'm taking it to a bike park (Northstar) this weekend, so I'll see how it does on DH (though I'm not much of a DH guy at all ).

    Cheers,
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    I just put 185mm rotor on rear, Easton Havoc seatpost (same as what I had on BottleRocket, but different size), silver Salsa Flip-Lock QR collar (instead of black - purely for looks, I know ). The rest is still the same.
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    piro, which travel setting are you running? fyi heres my setup:

    35 mm Diabolous stem
    also recently put on shorter cranks (170 mm) and superthin pedals (Ht ae01)

    my weight geared up: 215-220
    rockshox Vivid (in 7" setting): #400 spring, 10 clicks of beginning-stroke rebound, 4 clicks of ending-stroke rebound, 3 of compression. sag: 13/16", or 30%. Firm dropstop bumper.

    Totem with a firm spring, no preload spacers, both compressions full open, 12 clicks of rebound. Still feels a little too firm, but I just cant believe a med spring would be right. sag is about 30 % when I kinda lean over the front. I thought the totem would feel a little more linear, just gotta get used to it I guess. today I finally took had a chance to take it out on some bigger chunk (no big drops tho) and it felt pretty good; didnt get into the last 3/4" of travel so thats about right (so thats still there for the bigger stuff).
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwyooaj View Post
    piro, which travel setting are you running? ..... Totem with a firm spring ..... Still feels a little too firm
    I'm running the 7"-travel setup. I used this spring calculator that I've always found to be spot-on with all my past frames.
    Mountain Bike Spring Rate Calculator V4.0
    The default rear-wheel bias is populated as '60', and I always used that. If I use that, I'm for a 350# spring. However, Sam/Transition said to put '65' rear-wheel bias for Blindside on this calculator (I sent it to him to try), and that gave me a 400# spring (which is what I have).

    I totally agree that the Totem feeling pretty stiff. I have a med spring for my riding weight (165lbs w/ gear), but it feels rather stiff/harsh on regular trail riding (while big-stuff bottom-out is just right). I've read somewhere(?) that the spring/weight rating on Totem is a bit off (on a stiff side). The guy I bought my Totem from said the same, and he was using "soft" spring for his 200lbs weight (with high-speed compression cranked up). I couldn't believe it, so I went with medium anyway, but I may have to try a softer spring. I should probably do some searches on Totem spring stiffness issue. If I find something, I'll share it here (or if you find something, pls do the same).

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    Ive searched but havent found much. i did lower the oil weight (4.5w) and that helped. I tried the medium spring and it felt good...until i hit steep stuff or drops and then it was too divey. i put the firm back in. i imagine with your rear shock at the sag its at, it matches the totem pretty good! I thonk im gonna try to firm up the rear just a bit to maybe balance the totem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwyooaj View Post
    ..... I tried the medium spring and it felt good...until i hit steep stuff or drops and then it was too divey. i put the firm back in. i imagine with your rear shock at the sag its at, it matches the totem pretty good! I thonk im gonna try to firm up the rear just a bit to maybe balance the totem.
    Yep, exactly, seems that we have the same dilemma here (w/ Totem).
    (My buddy here - who weighs the same as me - said the same thing about Totem springs, too.) Not sure what else can be done...

    Another thing I've heard that I'm yet to look into is "mix/match springs" by cutting 2 springs & mix them inside (eg. 1/3 "soft" spring + 2/3 "medium" spring). Assuming that the cut sides face each other with a washer in-between & covered by a shrink wrap, or something like that...(?)
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    thats a great idea, will give you the softer small-bump feel of the softer spring with the ending ramp-up of the firmer one. The splice might be tricky, dont want teh cut ends tp push easch otehr laterally in any way or theyll jam inside the stanchion. i might try that down the road; but i think its feeling ok now. I think its just hard to find a fork that matches how plush the rockshox vivid coil feels!
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    edit/update - shock sag%

    Just re-measured my shock sag again today, and - with the same measuring method & without any adjustment changes - I got a completely different figure, as below. I'm really not sure what happened either last time vs this time.

    ['11 RC4] (at 7"-travel setup)
    bottom out force adjust boost valve: 150psi
    bottom out progressivness: 0 of 4 turns
    low-speed compression: 7 of 17 clicks
    high-speed compression: 0 of 12 clicks
    rebound: 7 of 13 clicks
    spring preload: 1 turn
    sag with 400lbs spring: 0.75"/2.75"=27%

    (Deriving it in reverse, for me to get 27% sag, the above-mentioned calculator will need "75" rear-wheel bias. Whoa, hummm...!? )

    Fork ('09 Totem coil) - on the other hand - is still with the same super-low sag. Working on this one, and will update if with positive results...
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    about the totem, I took mine out to my local lift assisted place (nothing spectacular but has some steeps, chunks and a few jumps) and the totems' feeling great, lowering the oil weight a tad did the trick. Olus, once its going down the steeps with more weight on the front its softens up but doesnt get divey. Sure feels good on landings! I have the dh damper without the floodgate tho...im interested to hear how your mod goes. I imagine it has a similar effect to lowering oil viscosity. FYI what I did was suck out 40 ml of oil and replace that with 40 mm of 2.5w, makes it about a 4.5w. I did this on my Domain too, which has the motion control Floodgate and it made a noticeable difference and felt great. but i dont think going too low would be a good idea.
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    Hey guys, I am looking into setting up a Blindside with 650b hoops/tires. Can anyone post up pics of the seat to tire clearance at full travel? Or has anyone done the conversion.

    This bike looks to be the AM killer I have been searching for. Got an email into Transition but have not heard back yet.

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    I didnt check clearance, but if you do go that route (or if anyone checks clearance) keep it in the 7" setting, adds about a quarter inch more tire clearance. 650b blindside sounds fun, built up with light parts and air suspension should be light enough for am.
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    Good job! Totem mod's

    Quote Originally Posted by dwyooaj View Post
    I have the dh damper without the floodgate tho...im interested to hear how your mod goes.
    Just to report back that the mod's made my '09 Totem completely "reborn" - more compliant with small bumps and bottom-out is still there.

    Here's what I did...
    (a) put the "140~160lbs-rated" soft spring (instead of the "160~180lbs-rated" medium)
    (b) removed FloodGate
    (c) moved up the jam nut on Mission Control damper (still same shims config)
    (d) Maxima 5wt (137ml) for damper (default weight/volume)
    (e) Amsoil 5W-40 full-synthetic motor oil (20ml/each) for lower legs (default volume), per Enduro recommendation (Step #32)
    (f) set LSC at least 9 (of 16) clicks in (from open), as recommended per (unfortunately) interacting with HSC (I ended up with 10 clicks in)
    (g) set HSC at 4 (of 12) clicks in (from open), as recommended just as a starting point by RockShox; still more clicks left for bigger stuff per (c)

    Basically, it mainly aims to resolved (a) RockShox springs being heavier than rating, and (c) slack in damper wasting HSC clicks.

    I didn't increase the oil weight because I read (within above link) that "...skip the heavier oil. That would effect LSC more then HSC and slow down rebound".

    I was about to pick up an used Fox 36 VAN RC2 180mm (on my BottleRocket, I used to have the 160mm version, with its "150~180lbs-rated" medium spring just perfect for me), but I think I can stick with my "reborn" Totem now.

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    some minor upgrades

    Just posting a new picture with some minor upgrades...
    * FSA Gravity Light crankset; 170mm (vs 175mm/previously)
    * Point One Podium pedals; silver!
    Also, from last month...
    * 185mm rear rotor (vs 160mm/previously)
    * Easton Havoc seatpost
    * Salsa Flip-Lock collar; silver! (vs black/previously)

    Due to lighter crankset & pedals, I shaved off about a pound, now weighing at 39lbs 13oz. (I've not had a bike under 40lbs for 5yrs, LOL!)
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    nice! i also replaced my 175 cranks with 170s (slx).
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    Update: I will soon have a syntace Megaforce2 30 mm stem on mine, i know only slightly shorter than whats on tehre now but will get the reach just exactly where I want it. Undercores the fact that Im in between frame sizes. (I didnt know anyone made 30 mm stems until I came across syntace"s website.) It will also drop 130 grams over my old stem. i also decided to try out the medium spring in my totem again, withe the lo-speed compr set at 6 clicks in and the hi-speed set at 4-8 clicks depending on the trail (drops or not). Ive decided to stick with it, feels pretty good, maybe rides a tad lower but the extra small-bump compliance and traction offsets that. And cranking up the hi-speed compr on drops does a great job preventing bottomout. Plus Ive lost a little weight lately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwyooaj View Post
    Update..... .... i also decided to try out the .... spring in my totem again
    Cool. Bummer that many frames (incl. BS) are no longer listed for 2013, though, as pointed out by another thread, by the way...

    Sounds good (about Totem). If you can't seem to get enough high-speed compression while going with softer spring, check out the internal tinkering with the damper that I'd posted above -works great. Good luck!

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    mine is a 2011 with the dh damper; I think different internals than '09. But I dont think a mod will be necessary. So wierd that me at #215 would be best on a med spring; but gotta go with what feels right I guess. Might pop the firm back in If im hitting smooth trails with decent drops or jumps, which around here is not very common.
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    Im sad to see these go, I was hoping to replace my aging Gran mal with one of these. Pic just for fun even though its not a blindside.


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    If u take a med or small, looks like they still ahve some: http://www.transitionbikes.com/2013/Store_Detail.cfm?Token={ts_2012-11-09_21:37:19}-9625855278a1e566-BDE0F1F3-B4D0-3AFA-933A88AB60CA5E0C&P=2952&PL=2081&o=1 but dont wait too long.
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    Nope Im a Large. Oh well I will just have to find something else........ Or a used one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hitechredneck View Post
    Nope Im a Large. Oh well I will just have to find something else........ Or a used one.
    Im in the same boat. Tried to order a Large this summer and was told their sold out/ done with the BS. I'd love a Tr250 but don't have cheese for that frame. Check out the NS Soda, it's like a blend between a TR250 and the BS and retails for $1700. I think that is the route I'm taking.

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    Joined the Blindside v5 group a couple days ago, ordered myself a medium frame in Raw. Thanks to PiroChu for all your offline e-mail help. Will be replacing a v1 Bottlerocket frame for a little more travel. Will post some pics once I get everything move over.

    Stoked!!

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    My Mistress...

    Blindside v5 - Medium
    Totem Solo Air Fork
    Saint Cranks
    Saint Rear Derailleur
    TBC Revolution 32 Wheelset
    Maxxis Minion 3C - 2.5 Front
    Maxxix High Roller II 3C - 2.5 Rear
    Formula "The One" Brakes
    Hope 203mm Rotors F/R
    Deity Bars & Grips
    Deity Stem
    Deity Pedals
    E13 LG1+ Chain Guide
    TBC Saddle

    Ready for a trip to Black Rock to try her out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgjeff View Post
    My Mistress...
    Ready for a trip to Black Rock to try her out!
    Looking good! Very envious that you're so close to Black Rock (not to mention all your handy backyard stunts). Enjoy!
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    Don't think it's a V5 because of the lack of DM front derailleur (V4 then?) but I thought I'd post it anyways. More DH oriented but still pedals. It definitely has improved my riding and I love how it handles!!

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