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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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    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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