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    2013 Mamba owners, come on in!

    Brand new noob to mountain bikes and just purchased a new Mamba over the weekend (first bike). I'll pick her up on Friday just in time for the weekend.

    What can I expect from the Mamba? Good bike, I hope? What upgrades should I keep an eye out for if any?

    Thanks for any insight on my new purchase. Mike

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    Congrats on the new bike, Enjoy

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    Depending on your weight you might need to change the spring out in the forks. Pedals are a must as are grips IMHO. I like thicker grips so I went with ODI Rogues just like all my other bikes. I do find the brakes a little weak but that is because I have SLX on my fuel that gets used the most. Other than that its a great bike. Enjoy!

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    Awesome! Thanks a ton for the info as its the exact thing I was looking for.

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    I only test rode one. Good bike for the money. I weigh 180lbs and had issues with the fork. Brakes are just ok, better than any calipers though. I love the matte black version. I'm looking to an X-Caliber myself. I thought the Mamba was my choice until I test rode the X. Do yourself a favor and don't let the LBS allow you test ride one.

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    You got it, note to self...no X.
    I'm 172 working my way down to 160. One of my many reasons for wanting to get back into biking.

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    Can older Mamba's play too?
    Was thinking there needed to be a 'mamba' thread since there's one for just about every other model.

    2012 21"
    XT Cranks
    XT Mid-cage RD
    1x9 setup w/ BBG 'bashwich' and e.13 ring
    DMR V8 pedals
    Syncros carbon post
    WTB Devo saddle
    Thomson X4 stem
    Easton MonkeyLite SL bars
    Oury grips

    Just went 1x9 before the pics and gave it a good cleaning to minimize the amount of dirt getting knocked on the floor. I promise it goes offroad.
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    Heck yes! A Mamba only thread sounds good. I pick mine up in 2 hrs.

    Nice ride u have there bro.

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    Bringing this back up.

    What are the widest tires people have been able to fit? I'm also 1x9, so no FD to rub on.

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    I bought a 2013 Mamba about a month and a half ago and absolutely love this bike!!! I've been on a few local trails (Southern Maryland) and read this forum a good bit to see what should be upgraded or not. After a few rides and reading a few posts for other opinions, I've decided on two things...brakes and grips. Maybe (down the road a bit) a few other parts (the seat, for instance, although that is getting a little better)...but I'm really happy with this bike overall!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goalieman24 View Post
    Bringing this back up.

    What are the widest tires people have been able to fit? I'm also 1x9, so no FD to rub on.
    I have ran 2.4 Mountain King Continental on mine with no issues.

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    i ride a wahoo but if you guys will let me play i will post pics. i just installed maxxis minion dhf's 2.5's on it. rear fitment is a lil tight. im considering ordering a 2.35 just to be safe.

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    I got a 2012 which is basically identical except I have Shimano brakes instead of Hayes (the Shimano came stock on 2012s). I switched out the At-850 wheels to the bontrager rhythm comps to shed some weight and run tubless tires. For the tires I got the 29-3 (I think they changed there naming system so I think they are XR-3 29er or something like that). Rode that for a while until the front der broke and simply replaced that.

    Other changes include clipless pedals and the grips. The ones that came on it ripped up my hands even with gloves.

    I'd like to change the fork but it gets the job done for the moment. Enjoy the ride!

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    Man... this forum is like the grand canyon... nooks and crannies everywhere and I JUST found the Trek section last night and then the Mamba section within it.

    I got my Mamba a few weeks ago and have made some minor changes so far...
    Grips upgraded to Bontrager inForm Satellite .
    Tires changed to Bontrager H5 700c hard case (I ride more paved trails than off road right now).
    Seat is now a gel seat and most recently I got an adjustable stem. I needed to get a little more upright for now.

    This is the first bike Ive had in over 22 years and I am enjoying it. I wish I had more time to ride but work provides the $$ that allow me to have toys so I guess I need to keep doing the work thing

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    Glad I found the Mamba thread. I changed out the saddle for the Evoke 3. My pedals are the Crank Brothers 50/50 2's, I don't think I'll ever want clip ins for the park I ride here in South Florida. I added the Ergon GP1 grips. Lastly I went to the Schwalbe Racing Ralph tubeless tire set up.

    Recently I was thinking of upgrading the brakes. Then I got to thinking about the whole damn drive chain. I may end up trading in my matte black beauty for a Stache 6.

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    Just got my 2013 Mamba this past Friday. This is my first 29er and I'm really liking it. Definitely feels much different from my '09 Trek 8000. The only thing I would change ASAP would be the fork and saddle. But for now, I'll change out the components as they wear out.
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    Re: 2013 Mamba owners, come on in!



    New 2013 Trek Mamba, just picked it up today on a closeout sale. Upgrading from a 9 year old Trek 820, super excited for the first ride!
    Impossible Is Nothing

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    I have a fully modded Mamba, nothing stock other than the frame. I modded it over a 15 month span so I did it in steps if you guys want advice or have any questions post up I'd be glad to help. It's a 19" frame, 120mm fork, 1x10 drivetrain, tubeless, XT brakes etc, etc. Low 27lbs maybe into 26lb range now, haven't weight it since the drivetrain swap.

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    ^^^ you have any pics of it?

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    Here's mine, love it so far! I use it to commute to work here in S. Korea and don't do anything crazy so it is perfect for my needs.

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    '13 Trek Mamba 29er
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    2013 Mamba owners, come on in!

    No Mamba on 2014 lineup...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralj View Post
    No Mamba on 2014 lineup...
    It's there but now it's part of the X-Calibur lineup. The only bike that's missing is that nice X-Cal with the Reba fork that's been around for years. Get last years while you can
    He who dares....wins!

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    How is your 120mm shock working? I just accidentally bought a Manitou Tower Pro 120mm off ebay brand new and then realized I have 100mm stock and that my frame doesn't support the 120mm. Should I sell it and get something else? My riding is mostly XC, nothing to crazy for downhill.

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    2013 Mamba owners, come on in!

    This is my 2013 Mamba that I bought in May. The only things I've done are change out the crappy brakes and installed Shimano's, installed a firmer spring in the front fork and replaced the rear tire as I wore it out after 700 miles.





    Bikes I currently have. 2014 Trek Fuel EX 8 29er. 2013 Trek Mamba 29er.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chitowntech View Post
    How is your 120mm shock working? I just accidentally bought a Manitou Tower Pro 120mm off ebay brand new and then realized I have 100mm stock and that my frame doesn't support the 120mm. Should I sell it and get something else? My riding is mostly XC, nothing to crazy for downhill.
    You might be able to reduce travel to 100mm on that fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASiameseCat View Post
    You might be able to reduce travel to 100mm on that fork.
    I ended up getting the 100mm

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    2000 Klms Update

    Update on my 13' Mamba after 1 year and 2000 Klms.

    Changed and upgraded parts include, Shimano M596 front brake, much better but still not powerful.. and suffers from brake fade. (The Hayes dyno comp's sure are a poor excuse for brakes) 200mm clarks rotor. Shimano Saint RD after the original bent on a rock. Truvitiv riser bars (comfortable), lock on grips, I have tried a multitude of tyres, including nobby nics, racing ralph, michelin wild racer's (good on the rear, terrible on the front), none performed as good as the original Bontragers. they are a brilliant tyre for all around trail use, they just wear quite fast. I installed shimano SPD trekking pedals but removed them after deciding i hate clipless... flats all the way for me. Also de stickered the Rims and they look waaaay cooler. A new headset is in the pipeline too, the original is just about gone i suspect. I have actually been happy with forks, i know some others my weight have changed the spring, but it has performed well for me with the adjustments it has, with not as many bottom outs as normally expected.
    The bike has performed really well for a $1000 special. Considering i ave hurled it down some horrible rocky muddy hills. Im 105kgs and have had to replace a LOT of broken rear spokes, bent and straightened the rims so many times that they are ready to throw away next time.. The rear traingle is also skewed a little to the right... not sure if caused by a big hit or wheelstanding a lot, putting pressure on the rear.
    During winter we have quite a bit of mud here in Tasmania so i have replaced the chain, cassette and chainrings twice due to accelerated wear. It has gone through roughly two miles of cable outer at the RD. As much grease as i can pack into it, it still only lasts a few rides in the mud before seizing up (any tips?...). It has had two decent crashes in which it came out virtually unscathed. One into a solid tree which only twisted the wheel in the forks a touch. and another down some slippery pine stairs. the bike cartwheeled a few times and i couldnt even find a scratch! highlighting the good build quality. My face came to rest about 6inches from a rather large dog turd! (looked like a labrador)
    The bike still presents very well after a good wash.
    Its really been a great bike but i have truly surpassed the abilities of it now. This was my first mtb in 12 years after riding dirtbikes and im wanting to get into enduro type riding and even downhill, so a slayer or enduro is on the cards....
    I still love my mamba 29er though. and will continue to ride it to work.
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    2012 Mamba

    2012 Trek Mamba

    KS Lev dropper post
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    Larger angled stem
    Clamp on grips
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    Hi all, just joined here is my Trek Mamba. Any advice on upgrades needs some new brakes

    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by karlmaddock View Post
    Any advice on upgrades needs some new brakes

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    A set of shimano deore's will do the trick. M615 is the new model and they work really well. Even the old M596 model is great if you can find them. CRC have them cheap....
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    2013 Mamba owners, come on in!

    Quote Originally Posted by Seemus7 View Post
    A set of shimano deore's will do the trick. M615 is the new model and they work really well. Even the old M596 model is great if you can find them. CRC have them cheap....
    Thanks for the advice, any other basic upgrades you would recommend?

    Thanks
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    The Mamba is a pretty good bike for the price. So it all depends on how you ride and what you intend to do with it really.
    I had to get new wheels for mine after 1800 Klms. I kept breaking spokes and bending rims.
    Good area's to upgrade are ones like pedals, bars and stem if needed to make it more comfortable for yourself.
    I had a lot of trouble in wet weather with shifter cables seizing up in the outer, resulting in erratic shifting.
    A good preventive measure is to disassemble and pack a heap of grease into the ends of the outer before installing a new cable.
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    Thanks for the advice much appreciated, pedals are next on the list for sure.

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