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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulX View Post
    I've been away since Thursday and just checked my tyre - the pressure has held. Does this mean the original rim strip that came with it is OK and tubeless ready?

    Also whats the deal with this little hole in the rim? It doesn't leak any sealant through it but just wondering why its there.
    likely so, but you may want to ride and test for sure. am not sure if ive seen a similar hole on my rims. will check it out later. which RF do you have again?
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    Re: 2013 rumblefish

    Not really a hole. I had been told it's a wear indicator of sorts when you use rim brakes. When the rim wears to the depth of the hole, replace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bapski View Post
    which RF do you have again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davez26 View Post
    Not really a hole. I had been told it's a wear indicator of sorts when you use rim brakes. When the rim wears to the depth of the hole, replace.

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    Ok - thanks. The hole is both the front and rear rims so its obviously meant to be there.

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    I went with the base model Rumblefish. I wasn't a big fan of the Elite colors, and the Pro was a little out of my budget. I'm happy with my purchase. Might be the only one on here with this model so far!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moron626 View Post
    I went with the base model Rumblefish. I wasn't a big fan of the Elite colors, and the Pro was a little out of my budget. I'm happy with my purchase. Might be the only one on here with this model so far!?

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    looks awesome just the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moron626 View Post
    I went with the base model Rumblefish. I wasn't a big fan of the Elite colors, and the Pro was a little out of my budget. I'm happy with my purchase. Might be the only one on here with this model so far!?

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    Thats interesting, in Australia we dont get that model or the Elite,

    Its the Pro only.

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    Hey Moron626!
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    Your RF is beautiful, really really nice.
    I have the 2012 base RF.

    Enjoy Your RF as much as you can

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    Quote Originally Posted by bapski View Post
    i may have found a solution to my earlier dillema. i use a THULE bike rack to transport my bikes. with the RF PRO's $300 Reverb seatpost i may damage the seatpost while it is being suspended on the bike rack using a YAKIMA tube adapter.
    contraption in action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bapski View Post
    likely so, but you may want to ride and test for sure. am not sure if ive seen a similar hole on my rims. will check it out later. which RF do you have again?
    The answer is the rim strips that come with the bike aren't tubeless ready .... despite what my LBS told me. Mr bapski is right!

    I ordered the correct strips from Trek, part number 406892 and used the Stans valves that I bought earlier.

    Rim strips just pop straight it - they are much tougher than I thought they'd be with a very defined groove which I guess makes the tyre sit in and seal.

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    Tyre on - measure of sealant in and pump it with the track pump. Tyre just popped straight on. Took about 10 mins per wheel.

    Only thing now is I don't get to ride it again till at least Wednesday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulX View Post
    The answer is the rim strips that come with the bike aren't tubeless ready .... despite what my LBS told me. Mr bapski is right!

    I ordered the correct strips from Trek, part number 406892 and used the Stans valves that I bought earlier.

    Rim strips just pop straight it - they are much tougher than I thought they'd be with a very defined groove which I guess makes the tyre sit in and seal.

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    Tyre on - measure of sealant in and pump it with the track pump. Tyre just popped straight on. Took about 10 mins per wheel.

    Only thing now is I don't get to ride it again till at least Wednesday.
    yup thats the strip that i have.

    hey, paul can you take a picture of how your handlebar is positioned please? i think mine is positioned a bit weird. its positioned with the curve of the bar towards me instead of it probably going upwards.

    thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bapski View Post
    yup thats the strip that i have.

    hey, paul can you take a picture of how your handlebar is positioned please? i think mine is positioned a bit weird. its positioned with the curve of the bar towards me instead of it probably going upwards.

    thanks.
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    I know my bell is not so cool but there are loads of walkers out and about on my trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulX View Post
    Here you are..
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    I know my bell is not so cool but there are loads of walkers out and about on my trails.
    thanks man. this just confirms my handlebars were set differently. may need to adjust it as i think its positioned weird.

    may have to get a torque wrench ? lol..
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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    Swapping out my 100 mm rhythm pro stem for a 70 mm 0 degree thomson elite x4 and picked up some rhythm pro carbon bars off eBay. Fitting tomorrow. I'll keep you posted.
    How are you getting on with that 70mm stem? only ask because I've noticed on the last few longer rides I've had that I may be over reaching and get a sore back. Thinking of a shorter stem just to bring the bars in a tad, and those Thompsons get good reviews.

    Apart from that I LOVE this bike!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ready805 View Post
    How are you getting on with that 70mm stem? only ask because I've noticed on the last few longer rides I've had that I may be over reaching and get a sore back. Thinking of a shorter stem just to bring the bars in a tad, and those Thompsons get good reviews.

    Apart from that I LOVE this bike!!
    I changed back to the rhythm pro mate. I found the front end way to light for me and it annoyed me in 2 ways. Far to easy to wheelie on climbs and lack of traction on the downhills.

    I certainly miss the look of the Thomson elite which really is a nice piece of kit. But I feel like I'm one with the bike with the 90mm one back on - flying

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    finally had some fun. rode with a buddy on snow covered and muddy trails with steep climbs, buddy had to dismount a couple of times while my BERTHA just climbed on.. lol..

    ONLY inconvenience i had was how i would touch with my left foot the cable(as seen on the last shot) from the dropper seat behind the seatpost. SIMPLE FIX was to turn the seatpost clamp at about 180 deg. and inconvenience was remedied.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    I changed back to the rhythm pro mate. I found the front end way to light for me and it annoyed me in 2 ways. Far to easy to wheelie on climbs and lack of traction on the downhills.

    I certainly miss the look of the Thomson elite which really is a nice piece of kit. But I feel like I'm one with the bike with the 90mm one back on - flying
    was thinking of swapping my EC90SL RISER BAR & EC90SL STEM from my SUPERFLY, good thing you posted..
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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    I changed back to the rhythm pro mate. I found the front end way to light for me and it annoyed me in 2 ways. Far to easy to wheelie on climbs and lack of traction on the downhills.

    I certainly miss the look of the Thomson elite which really is a nice piece of kit. But I feel like I'm one with the bike with the 90mm one back on - flying
    Ok thanks for the update. Haven't been able to ride lately anyway due to the snow. I'll try adjusting the seat slightly, and see if that makes a difference on the next ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike_Stoke View Post
    Hi guys, my first post.........

    I did have a trek fuel ex 8 2010 (18.5) which got stolen, then got a cheap second hand top fuel carbon (18.5 inch) to get by until I found a new bike that suited. I looked around but never demo'd any bikes as the ones i wanted to try were never available.

    I settled on the rumblefish elite 2013 (19inch) , im 6ft2 and it seems a perfect fit. im very happy with the bike and it seems to fit most types of riding if your happto to flick between the different suspention modes.

    a few things i'd like to mention.

    On my first ride I was less than impressed with the suspension. It seems going off the recommended settings made the back to stiff and front too soft. I dropped 15psi out of the back, put 10psi extra in the front, slightly ajusted the rebound and the bike came alive.

    The supplied tyres are pretty good but tended to slip more id like on wet mud and rocks. I replaced these with Schwalbe Hans Dampf trailstar on the front, and the pacestar on the rear. these things are incredible and stick like s**t to a blanket !!!

    I find myself switching between the different modes quite a lot to get the most from the bike, I really wish there was a remote already fitted and im in the process of getting this done by mojo.

    The last point ....... in trail mode the bike feels great and your able to do fast downhill + uphil sections sections fine. switch into decent and its like floating on a magic carpet, possible to the point where it takes some of the fun out of the ride. The smile soon comes back when your having to brake and wait around for your friends to get out of the way as you fly past
    Ordered some schwalbe hans dampf's today for £55 for a set of trailstar and pace star from bike discount.de. Bargain much!

    Looking forward to fitting them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ready805 View Post
    Ok thanks for the update. Haven't been able to ride lately anyway due to the snow. I'll try adjusting the seat slightly, and see if that makes a difference on the next ride.
    Tell me about it ready. I've not been on the bike for 4 weeks

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    Anybody converted to a 2x10 yet? I've got the elite model and I've already tore up a bunch of the teeth on my big ring. I was thinking about just getting a bash guard, but wasn't sure if I should put a bigger middle ring on it or not.

    Is the rumblefish prone to pedal bob if you were to put a 36t ring on instead of the 32 that it comes with?

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    2013 rumblefish

    Typing "trek rumble fish 2013" in YouTube should get you a couple of hits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VFRLuke View Post
    Anybody converted to a 2x10 yet? I've got the elite model and I've already tore up a bunch of the teeth on my big ring. I was thinking about just getting a bash guard, but wasn't sure if I should put a bigger middle ring on it or not.

    Is the rumblefish prone to pedal bob if you were to put a 36t ring on instead of the 32 that it comes with?
    I'm thinking of a 2 x 10 setup aswell Luke. Looking at getting a 38 26. I'm gonna ask my LBS for advice.

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    2013 Rumblefish Elite

    Here's my ride with xx1 crank/xt shadow plus rear derailleur. Not even a hint of a dropped chain and the trails aren't exactly buffed around Austin.

    Other modifications include:

    XT cassette
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    Weight is now 29.06 lbs according to Park scale (stock was 31.10 w/o pedals on same scale).

    Next upgrade is either an Arch EX or Chinese carbon wheelset.
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    I ride a '12 Pro, with a triple XTR crank. I also found found out that a 42 is NOT a bash ring :-) .

    I allready swapped the M980 24 for an M970 22, without problems.

    Last weekend i removed the bing ring and changed the 32 to a Blackspire M980X 34. Without bash, but with the "kcnc xtr m980 conversion kit". Looks quite nice!

    Lowered the standard Triple XT derailleur a few mm's: Front shifts are fine!

    btw: I have a Shadow+ derailleur, and have yet to shorten the chain.

    First ride in Nl yesterday: No noticable difference in bobbing yet, no dropped chains yet. We'll see what it does in the rougher stuff, but i think i'll be fine :-)
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    Great thread, lots info, have a question for you guys, might have missed it as there's quite a few pages to this thread, so I'll apologise from now.... Has anyone had a chance to ride both the Pro and Elite on some proper trails and for some decent time and can you give thoughts on the shock and fork? What I'm interested in is if there's really a difference in the "Factory" and "Evolution" lines and is it something very and easily noticeable?

    Besides the Factory vs Evolution, the only other big/real differences I'm seeing between the Elite and Pro are the dropper post and cassette and to a lesser extent the crankset. I'm thinking that if the shock/fork don't perform all that different, then a XT cassette can be had for <$70 and a dropper post for about $200-$250, no reason to drop the full extra $1220> for the Pro when $300 in upgrades will get you about there - I think SLX and XT are pretty damn close these days, especially for a less experienced rider. Crankset doesn't bother me as I've known people with the Deore crankset and besides being a bit heavier, they work well and last.

    FYI, not asking for myself, for a few friends currently on HTs and looking to upgrade after getting the bug fairly bad because they enjoy it and they've dropped some substantial weight in the process.
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    The upgraded fork/shock seemed to me noticably smoother on the demo ride I was on. You also get better wheels with the pro vs elite. I did notice while riding the RF pro it would carry momentum better than the SF 100 AL Elite I rode just after it. The XT shifters do feel more crisp than the SLX. Probably because the levers are aluminum vs plastic. The only thing with the RF Pro like you said dropper post. IMO they should not put one on from the factory and just drop the price. But probably a newer rider would not notice the XT upgrades.

    FYI this was on a demo event on actual trails for about 1 hour on the RF pro, SF 100 AL Elite, and Stache 8.
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    Re: 2013 rumblefish

    Anyone upgrade their fish wheels? Do tell.

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    I almost did 2 days ago. Spoke to a guy in the shop about it. I was gonna go for Flow ex with hope pro 2 hubs. They would have been an upgrade but my rhythm elite wheels seem pretty good and fairly light so I just changed tyres to schwalbe hans dampfs. First ride on em later

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q-TECH View Post
    Anyone upgrade their fish wheels? Do tell.
    I bought my '12 Pro without the wheels. Built me a set of Hope/ Supercomp/ Pacenti TL28.

    Did this for weight, qualtity, and spare part availability. Oh, and bling off course, i even put these nice little green Hope stickers on them :-)

    ps: Pics and palaver on my '12 Pro here . In last years trim, still with the 42 on, by the way.
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    I'm a tubeless addict, went with lighter Stans rims. Had put 6000 miles on the old Bontrager rims, was having issues with too much play in the hubs.
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    I use 32 hole Duster rims laced to King hubs. All black, so not very fancy looking, but I like to move wheels around to different bikes and black goes with everything. I really like the Duster rims for weight and durability and ease of tubeless set up, I just prefer better engagement than Bonty hubs offer. And I'm not a Stan's fan. And as a side note, my rear King hub is about 7 years old. I overhaul the drive system every six months and use mineral oil (the Shimano brake fluid kind) to lube it. I did convert it to 142x12 a couple years back when that standard showed up.
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    Well, my friend went for the RF Elite and I helped him set it up and must say, quite impressed Didn't get to pedal it about the place and he only rides a 19" which is too small for me, but none the less felt pretty nice climbing the 10" high set of steps and going down them. Will say though, after owning an F34 with Kashima etc, the F32 on the Elite feels not very nice, very full of stiction, but with that lime green colour I highly doubt it's a fork that a shop would take on trade for a Kashima version
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    Quote Originally Posted by blunderbuss View Post
    I use 32 hole Duster rims laced to King hubs. All black, so not very fancy looking, but I like to move wheels around to different bikes and black goes with everything. I really like the Duster rims for weight and durability and ease of tubeless set up, I just prefer better engagement than Bonty hubs offer. And I'm not a Stan's fan. And as a side note, my rear King hub is about 7 years old. I overhaul the drive system every six months and use mineral oil (the Shimano brake fluid kind) to lube it. I did convert it to 142x12 a couple years back when that standard showed up.
    I'm considering doing the same thing as I'd really like to get better engagement. I do plan to powder coat my dusters for some added pop though. I was originally going to by all new but after quite a bit of reading it seems there's not much to gain by changing the rims. Are the CK hubs heavier than the stock RF/Bontys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LyNx View Post
    Well, my friend went for the RF Elite and I helped him set it up and must say, quite impressed Didn't get to pedal it about the place and he only rides a 19" which is too small for me, but none the less felt pretty nice climbing the 10" high set of steps and going down them. Will say though, after owning an F34 with Kashima etc, the F32 on the Elite feels not very nice, very full of stiction, but with that lime green colour I highly doubt it's a fork that a shop would take on trade for a Kashima version
    I have the Elite and I've rode the Base model. Both had the stiction you described for the first few miles as the fork seals break in. After maybe 25-50 miles mine has been buttery smooth.

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    King hubs aren't as light as some other offerings, but probably a little lighter than the stock Bontrager hubs that Dusters get put on. Your biggest problem is going to be getting 28 hole King hubs to go with your stock RF Dusters. According to the website, they do offer them, but I've never seen them available through normal channels. Your dealer would probably have to get them direct from CK if at all. 32 hole Dusters can be had from Trek, but they're usually in short supply. My other set that are laced to Hopes originally came on my 2010 RF. The RF wheel spec changed to 28 spoke for 2011.
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    Re: 2013 rumblefish

    I'm pretty sure my dusters are 32 hole

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    I'm pretty sure my dusters are 32 hole
    I stand corrected I went out to the garage and counted they are indeed 28 hole

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q-TECH View Post
    I have the Elite and I've rode the Base model. Both had the stiction you described for the first few miles as the fork seals break in. After maybe 25-50 miles mine has been buttery smooth.
    I have the elite as well, and I was pretty unhappy with the fork initially, but it broke in just fine as well. I feel like the CTD is gimmicky though. I never use the descend setting.

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    Thanks for the replies guys, good to know that it just needs to be broken in some, will let the other guys know.

    Quote Originally Posted by Q-TECH View Post
    I have the Elite and I've rode the Base model. Both had the stiction you described for the first few miles as the fork seals break in. After maybe 25-50 miles mine has been buttery smooth.
    Quote Originally Posted by VFRLuke View Post
    I have the elite as well, and I was pretty unhappy with the fork initially, but it broke in just fine as well. I feel like the CTD is gimmicky though. I never use the descend setting.
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    Here's my fish with her new tyres fitted, they are great! 2013 rumblefish-image.jpg

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    Does anyone have Chris King's on their Rumblefish?

    I have the '13 RF elite and I'm about to buy the hubs for my new wheelset. I'm going with Chris King's, with Arch Ex or Wtb i23, just wanted some opinions on which color option to go with? I originally thought I'd go with the green hubs, but the Chris King green is not even close to the same color green on the '13 elite.

    So I've been considering either the silver, pewter, or black. I still like the green, just not sure how it would look with the Trek green.

    I know looks aren't that important, but when I'm spending this much on hubs I want them to look great!

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973;10I QUOTE
    Here's my fish with her new tyres fitted, they are great! Click image for larger version. 

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    I've said it before & I'll say it again, that's a fine looking bike you got there Grundy!
    It took a while for me to get used to the bigger wheels and the full bounce but I've now got my elite pretty much running just right, & how I survived without a dropper post I'll never know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbcville View Post
    I have the '13 RF elite and I'm about to buy the hubs for my new wheelset. I'm going with Chris King's, with Arch Ex or Wtb i23, just wanted some opinions on which color option to go with? I originally thought I'd go with the green hubs, but the Chris King green is not even close to the same color green on the '13 elite.

    So I've been considering either the silver, pewter, or black. I still like the green, just not sure how it would look with the Trek green.

    I know looks aren't that important, but when I'm spending this much on hubs I want them to look great!

    Thanks!
    I'm in a similar boat. I'm curious about the pewter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q-TECH View Post
    I'm in a similar boat. I'm curious about the pewter.
    Yea, I think the pewter is on the top of my list right now, it's more interesting than black and will still go with most bikes if I switch them around. And these kings will outlast my Rumblefish. I also keep thinking about going with classic silver hub with silver spokes, but I'm not sure how well that would go with the rf elite.

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    I have kind of focused on bringing out the white in the Elite color scheme by going with white Answer handlebars, white Canfield pedals, and there is a small bit of white in my seat so I'm pretty sure I will be putting some white in my wheels. I have a friend that can powder coat my rims or maybe just a few of the spokes or I may leave the rims black and do all the spokes white

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    I am planning on a new 29er FS and my main contender is a stumpjumper fsr evo but someone locally is selling a 13 rumblefish pro for 2,600 and I am thinking that is to good of a deal to pass up.

    Any thoughts?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dubbaduba View Post
    I am planning on a new 29er FS and my main contender is a stumpjumper fsr evo but someone locally is selling a 13 rumblefish pro for 2,600 and I am thinking that is to good of a deal to pass up.

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    way too good of a deal that id jump on it right away.. just make sure everything is legit and in order..
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    I am planning on a new 29er FS and my main contender is a stumpjumper fsr evo but someone locally is selling a 13 rumblefish pro for 2,600 and I am thinking that is to good of a deal to pass up.

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    i see that there has been a number of upgrades done to your Rumblefish. most notably mentioned is the wheelset upgrade. has anyone ventured into using I-SPEC adapters specially for the RF PRO owners? if you have would you be so kind enough to post a picture along with the REVERB remote? also how was the install? did you have to mess with the cables?

    seems like im reaching quite a bit for my REVERB remote and im thinking using the I-SPEC adapter will bring the REVERB remote closer.. plus a cleaner cockpit look..

    thanks. .
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    Quote Originally Posted by bapski View Post
    i see that there has been a number of upgrades done to your Rumblefish. most notably mentioned is the wheelset upgrade. has anyone ventured into using I-SPEC adapters specially for the RF PRO owners? if you have would you be so kind enough to post a picture along with the REVERB remote? also how was the install? did you have to mess with the cables?

    seems like im reaching quite a bit for my REVERB remote and im thinking using the I-SPEC adapter will bring the REVERB remote closer.. plus a cleaner cockpit look..

    thanks. .
    Mines gonna be i-specced Tuesday Bapski. A mate of mine had it do e and it looks really good. Ill post a pick when it's done

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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    Mines gonna be i-specced Tuesday Bapski. A mate of mine had it do e and it looks really good. Ill post a pick when it's done
    thanks. could not wait and went ahead and ordered my i-spec and is expected on Tuesday as well. Hopefully you have your pictures available by then.

    thank you again.
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    2013 rumblefish-image.jpgI specced!

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    Cool-blue Rhythm I was working from home yesterday ....

    Honest .... well maybe i did sneak out for a while, but did take my iPad and sat at the top of the hill answering emails.

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    nice pics and thanks. i unexpectedly got my I-SPECs Saturday, so got my RF I-SPECed Sunday... setup looks similar to yours but i have the brakes/shifter flushed to the end of the bar grips.
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    My 2013 Elite

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    Here's my Rumblefish Elite. I've been riding it sense December and I just love it. The only mods for now are Oury green locking grips and setting it up 1 x 10 with MRP chain guide. One if the best mods was setting up the tires tubeless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bapski View Post
    has anyone here USED or IS CONSIDERING (like me) using a CTD REMOTE for both front and rear? from what i've read and understand, the factory shocks are not REMOTE compatible and may need to be MODIFIED?
    I will find out from a contact at Fox and post what I learn. I ride with a lever on another bike and use it as much as the dropper post (all the time.) There do seem to be some subtle differences between the OEM Trek and aftermarket CTD forks/shocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebnelson View Post
    I will find out from a contact at Fox and post what I learn. I ride with a lever on another bike and use it as much as the dropper post (all the time.) There do seem to be some subtle differences between the OEM Trek and aftermarket CTD forks/shocks.

    looking forward to your post. thanks man.
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    don't hold me to it, but I read somewhere before that you can't convert the rear shock to accept the remote cable if it wasn't made for it originaly.

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    I'll ask again, but I thought I was told that the aftermarket CTD stuff could be converted to a remote lever. The "conversion" may be the entire damper assembly though. The non remote has a fine tune compression dial where the remote lever version does not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebnelson View Post
    I will find out from a contact at Fox and post what I learn. I ride with a lever on another bike and use it as much as the dropper post (all the time.) There do seem to be some subtle differences between the OEM Trek and aftermarket CTD forks/shocks.
    So far, I've heard shock not compatible with remote lever but fork may be. If fork appears possible will be converting to remote this week or early next.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebnelson View Post
    So far, I've heard shock not compatible with remote lever but fork may be. If fork appears possible will be converting to remote this week or early next.
    please post how much it would cost. thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bapski View Post
    please post how much it would cost. thanks.
    It does look like the fork can be converted, but rear shock can not. I'll try to get the part numbers to convert the fork to CTD lever. One thing to note is that the Scott lever works with Fox CTD forks and is a smaller more elegant design.
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    I ride a 19inch RF, curious to know what length stems guys are running

    When i brought it I was tossing up between the 17.5 and the 19inch , im a bit between sizes,the 19 came with a 110mm stem, the 17.5 came with a 90mm,

    I rode both bikes and then swapped stems , I liked the feel of the 19 inch with the 90mm stem and thats what Ive been riding since november ,no real problems with it but curious to try a shorter one again ,

    Would love to hear what length stems other guys are using , particularly on the 19 inch bike. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverfern View Post
    I ride a 19inch RF, curious to know what length stems guys are running

    When i brought it I was tossing up between the 17.5 and the 19inch , im a bit between sizes,the 19 came with a 110mm stem, the 17.5 came with a 90mm,

    I rode both bikes and then swapped stems , I liked the feel of the 19 inch with the 90mm stem and thats what Ive been riding since november ,no real problems with it but curious to try a shorter one again ,

    Would love to hear what length stems other guys are using , particularly on the 19 inch bike. Thanks
    i ride a 19 as well. im still using the stock stem and im very comfortable with it. i haven't tried nor am planning to switch it out either.
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    Anybody have pinch flat issues on their 2013 Rumblefish Pro?

    Less than 5 miles on my new Pro and I've had 3 pinch flats due to the rim strip slipping, 2 flats on the rear and 1 front. After the first flat (about 3 blocks) on the rear my LBS replace the rim strip and tube but on Saturday both tires went flat on me about 2 miles from my house.

    So yesterday my LBS convert my wheels to tubeless at no charge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vettemechmike View Post
    Anybody have pinch flat issues on their 2013 Rumblefish Pro?

    Less than 5 miles on my new Pro and I've had 3 pinch flats due to the rim strip slipping, 2 flats on the rear and 1 front. After the first flat (about 3 blocks) on the rear my LBS replace the rim strip and tube but on Saturday both tires went flat on me about 2 miles from my house.

    So yesterday my LBS convert my wheels to tubeless at no charge.
    have had no problems. wanted to clarify though, are you using the same rim strips your wheels came in with or did you have to order a different pair?
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    Not me mines set up tubeless though aswell

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    Quote Originally Posted by bapski View Post
    have had no problems. wanted to clarify though, are you using the same rim strips your wheels came in with or did you have to order a different pair?
    Factory rim strips, the ones that came with the wheels.

    They replaced the rear rim strip with Velox rim tape after my first flat. The Velox rim tape did the same thing as the factory rim strip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vettemechmike View Post
    Factory rim strips, the ones that came with the wheels.

    They replaced the rear rim strip with Velox rim tape after my first flat. The Velox rim tape did the same thing as the factory rim strip.
    i think that may be the problem.. i used BONTRAGER RIM STRIP with PART # 406892 which is what you need to set-up your wheels tubeless..

    link to a post i made earlier : 2013 rumblefish
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    Quote Originally Posted by bapski View Post
    i think that may be the problem.. i used BONTRAGER RIM STRIP with PART # 406892 which is what you need to set-up your wheels tubeless..

    link to a post i made earlier : 2013 rumblefish
    All of my flat tires were with the factory tube set up. To resolve my issue the dealer covered my tubeless conversion using the correct Bontrager rim strips.

    Went for a 15 mile ride yesterday and so far so good with the tubeless setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silverfern View Post
    I ride a 19inch RF, curious to know what length stems guys are running

    When i brought it I was tossing up between the 17.5 and the 19inch , im a bit between sizes,the 19 came with a 110mm stem, the 17.5 came with a 90mm,

    I rode both bikes and then swapped stems , I liked the feel of the 19 inch with the 90mm stem and thats what Ive been riding since november ,no real problems with it but curious to try a shorter one again ,

    Would love to hear what length stems other guys are using , particularly on the 19 inch bike. Thanks
    I'm riding the 21" RFPro and at 6'4" it fits about right, but I've just swapped the 90mm for a 70mm and its made the bike really lively. The steering feels much quicker and it generally seems more chuckable around the tighter stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vettemechmike View Post
    Factory rim strips, the ones that came with the wheels.

    They replaced the rear rim strip with Velox rim tape after my first flat. The Velox rim tape did the same thing as the factory rim strip.

    I have seen this before with Duster rims, both my own and customer's. The best solution I've come up with (if you want to stick with tubes) is Velox, but you have to install it offset in the rim so that it is centered over the spoke holes. The problem is that the rims are wide and the holes are very offset. A normal rimstrip can shift a bit and expose the outside edge of the outer most holes. Of course, the best option is to just set them up tubeless, since the Bonty system is damn near bullet proof.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blunderbuss View Post
    I have seen this before with Duster rims, both my own and customer's. The best solution I've come up with (if you want to stick with tubes) is Velox, but you have to install it offset in the rim so that it is centered over the spoke holes. The problem is that the rims are wide and the holes are very offset. A normal rimstrip can shift a bit and expose the outside edge of the outer most holes. Of course, the best option is to just set them up tubeless, since the Bonty system is damn near bullet proof.
    I'm planning on doing this.to my dusters when I need tires. Which tubeless tires.work well with the bonty setup besides bonty tires? I've read that some tire brands tend to have problems mounting on some wheel/strip combos.

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    Most of the non-UST tires need a compressor to seat the bead initially. I was lucky enough to have a Schwalbe seal up without a compressor last night but it was mostly luck. Yes, some combos are a real pain in the ass to get to seat the bead. Any tubleless ready tire should work. Its mostly a technique thing to get the tire to seat/seal. Notubes has some good videos online that can help.
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    I'm running a 2.4 Purgatory 2blis control up front and a 2.2 Captain 2blis Grid casing out back. Awesome
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    Last sunday, I just dislocated my shoulder because the stock tires doesn't have the grip of my old HansDampf 26'', I really consider buying a Dampf 2.35 for the front and a Continental Trail king 2.25 for the rear.

    I replaced the handlebar for a 760mm and a stem of 50mm.


    My opinions of my RumbyPro after ±200km of trails? I love my dual chamber shock, it simply rules! I like the fork but not as much as expected. I like having a drop-post, but it's new to me so I often forget to use it. The sad thing about this drop-post, I can't fit the handle to my left hand with the other handles. I found more convenient to pu it to the right. With the plastic OEM Trek strip, mounting the tires to tubeless was reallllllly fast.

    I had a Giant anthem X3 2010 large, now it's a RumbyPro X-L. I'm 6'2'', 180-185, crosscountry/XC rider. I had the Giant Trance X0 in mind, but the local bikeshop made me a deal: 3750$ instead of the 4600MSRP in canada. I took the deal without try the bike Really satisfied for now!

    For now, I keep the 3 chainring but I consider going to 1 to remove some weight. This bike is not light, compared to my 25 lbs Anthem.

    For sake, don't listen to the reviews done on youtube by those amateur from 29eronline...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincyboy View Post
    For sake, don't listen to the reviews done on youtube by those amateur from 29eronline...
    Why not? :-)


    @ handlebar cluttering: You could try the Shimano I-spec brackets, it's been discussed in this topic before. Too bad Trek didn't spec them.
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    why not??? After 20 min on the bike, I was capable of more than what they showed. When you do a review, it is because you know what you are talking about... right?

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    anybody else have any creaking noises coming from thier fish?

    I have the elite, and I thought it was coming from the crank/bb area, but a while ago I had it on the stand wiping off the fork tubes and now I think it may be coming from the front end of the bike.

    there's no play in the headset that I can feel or anything like that, but if I grab the bars and the front wheel and push them in opposite directions I can hear a creak noise. I haven't tried to tighten anything yet. is this typical of a stem being loose?

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    What didn't you like in the 29eronline review?
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    Quote Originally Posted by VFRLuke View Post
    anybody else have any creaking noises coming from thier fish?

    I have the elite, and I thought it was coming from the crank/bb area, but a while ago I had it on the stand wiping off the fork tubes and now I think it may be coming from the front end of the bike.

    there's no play in the headset that I can feel or anything like that, but if I grab the bars and the front wheel and push them in opposite directions I can hear a creak noise. I haven't tried to tighten anything yet. is this typical of a stem being loose?
    funny you mentioned this. i had two rides last Saturday in Canada. One long which was at Fanshawe Conservation Trail and the other short in a hiking trail in one of their Bike paths.

    conditions where muddy and wet on my first (long) ride but the Rumblefish ate everything that was in its path.. so was happy and content on this ride.. later in the afternoon i noticed a "creaking/squealing" noise, but i was thinking this was from the front rotor probably with dried mud stuck and will ultimately loosen and dislodge as i ride...

    the noise intervals widened as i rode and was hopeful itll totally go away after my ride... so i thought. just when i was loading up the bikes in the van as we were heading home, i heard the noise again... this time with no load!... i figured id just let it be as i expected us to be home late by 12mn... ill check again later when i get home and im hoping its nothing serious as the crank/bb...
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    for now, no noise.

    dismount the fork from the bike, clean and apply new grease.

    check for dust on the tru axle rod.

    On my last bike, I had to dismount the bike 3 times per seasons (1 time every 800km).

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    Quote Originally Posted by de lars cuevas View Post
    @Vincyboy

    What didn't you like in the 29eronline review?
    everything...

    you agree with the review that they did?

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    Well... i can't say a lot about the weight thing. Though my bike is a big 21, it's got lighter everything, including the wheels. The weight of my bike didn't bother me on alpine traildays anyway. And it's efficient enough for long slimbs in the saddle.

    My bike does not feel slow. But it's not an xc bike, that's for sure. I does feel like a lot of bike for smooth trails. Like i said, no XC material.

    It's also not built specifically for jumping. If you're planning a 'jumping day' It's better to increase the pressure in the dampers to avoid bottoming too hard too often.

    About cornering.. i'm still learning. It's a big, long bike. But it allways feels benign.

    And i have to agree woth 29eronline: downhills are the bomb on this bike :-).

    On part choice:
    Allthough never liked doubles because of the smaller bandwidth, I ditched the big ring after one yoar of riding, i now ride a 22-34 double with a 11-36 cassette. Suits the bike, looks badass :-)
    I also ride a 750mm handlebar now. Nice! :-)

    ps: More of my thought's here (sorry, in Dutch only): Vrijdag Visdag: Review Trek Rumblefish Pro 2012
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    I love my 2012 RF Elite (stock is identical to the 2013 model). The stock wheels and tires are strong and capable - but as many have mentioned they're heavy.

    Contrary to the 29eronline reviews, I absolutely LOVE this as a long-ride bike.

    I did a few upgrades:

    1. Wheels: Stan's Crest Rims (white) / American Classic Hubs / DT SuperComp Spokes
    2. Handbars: Bontrager RXL Carbon 720mm
    3. Seatpost: Syntace P6 HiFlex Carbon
    4. Crank: Shimano LX + swapped the 24t inner ring out for a 22t
    5. Tires: Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35 w Snakeskin


    Just swapping the stock tires out for Nobby Nics makes the bike noticeably faster. That was my first upgrade, and the difference is surprisingly fantastic. And with Nobby Nics you gain sidewall protection and a tubeless design.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ecobykr View Post

    Just swapping the stock tires out for Nobby Nics makes the bike noticeably faster. That was my first upgrade, and the difference is surprisingly fantastic. And with Nobby Nics you gain sidewall protection and a tubeless design.

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    For long days of trail riding my favorite is the Nobby Nic front / Racing Ralph rear combo. The Ralph rolls even faster and you won't notice any detriment while climbing, the biggest tradeoff with the less aggressive rear is just a little bit less braking power out back, but it's a good trade.

    I also agree that the RF is an excellent bike for long days in the saddle on varying terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilsjg View Post
    For long days of trail riding my favorite is the Nobby Nic front / Racing Ralph rear combo. The Ralph rolls even faster and you won't notice any detriment while climbing, the biggest tradeoff with the less aggressive rear is just a little bit less braking power out back, but it's a good trade.

    I also agree that the RF is an excellent bike for long days in the saddle on varying terrain.
    I've ridden & raced Racing Ralphs a lot, and fwiw another RR trade off is that Racing Ralphs wear more quickly. Nobby Nics are not super long lasting, but, since there's so much more knob to start with they have a longer useable life than Racing Ralphs.

    NN in the front and a new RR in the rear is good. 2.35 NN front and rear is super confidence inspiring and leaves nothing to be desired - fast + great grip, volume and comfort.

    I organize the Virginia Endurance Series Virginia Endurance Series of 40 to 80+ mile FREE backcountry mountain biking events, and I don't know of a better bike to enjoy rides like these on than the Rumblefish

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    Quote Originally Posted by ecobykr View Post
    I've ridden & raced Racing Ralphs a lot, and fwiw another RR trade off is that Racing Ralphs wear more quickly. Nobby Nics are not super long lasting, but, since there's so much more knob to start with they have a longer useable life than Racing Ralphs.
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    The Ralph pictured in that link had easily 1500 miles on it as a rear tire (probably closer to 2k), which is pretty good I think. I have heard about wear problems from others and I think terrain (soil/rock types, etc) and rider weight must be large factors. I find the useable tread life of all the Schwalbe's I have tried to be pretty good compared to other similar tires.

    One thing I can say for sure though, nothing rides (weight/comfort/speed) as well as the SnakeSkin Schwalbe's that has comparable weight and durability. I nearly cry every time I have to pay retail for one, but I am soon reminded that they are worth every penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulX View Post
    The answer is the rim strips that come with the bike aren't tubeless ready .... despite what my LBS told me. Mr bapski is right!

    I ordered the correct strips from Trek, part number 406892 and used the Stans valves that I bought earlier.

    Rim strips just pop straight it - they are much tougher than I thought they'd be with a very defined groove which I guess makes the tyre sit in and seal.

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    Tyre on - measure of sealant in and pump it with the track pump. Tyre just popped straight on. Took about 10 mins per wheel.

    Only thing now is I don't get to ride it again till at least Wednesday.
    Since the RF Elite comes with the duster wheels rather than the rhythm elite...would the dusters require the same part # strip?

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    Yes, same strip
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blunderbuss View Post
    Yes, same strip
    thanks, I might look into some nobby nic's and the rim strips soon.

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    so since trek just announced a Fuel EX 29'er...is this the end of the rumblefish?

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    Not for me. I love mine but maybe

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    same here.... they cant fool me...
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    2012 TREK SUPERFLY AL ELITE

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    My 2012 Elite, still enjoying her. Sorry for the bad image quality...


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    Re: 2013 rumblefish

    I ordered some upgrades last night. Shadow plus rear, and some xt cranks and cassette. I kind of wish I had splurged for the pro...but I'm still enjoying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slimsim View Post
    My 2012 Elite, still enjoying her. Sorry for the bad image quality...


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    What chain guide are you using here and how does it work with the triple front? I just got a '13 RF elite and im interested in adding one of these.

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    We were riding our local trails today and i came upon a santa cruz demo event. I rode a carbon Tallboy LTc with carbon wheels, fox kashima stuff, and XT goodies.

    It was really light and a nice bike, but I was happy to get back on my fish at the end of the ride.

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