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    Good job!

    sounds like you have a great LBS that took care of ya for your work, Its a pretty rad bike, I really want to test ride one of these. Have yourself a blast on that green beast . Congrats !!
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    Hello everyone, I'm proud to say I'm part of the Stache crew. I ordered this two weeks ago and picked it up last weekend. I originally purchased a 2012 Ex8 but it had a few problems so I decided to get store credit and wait for the Stache. I was also trying to wait for some reviews but I couldn't hold out. When I ordered it a few weeks ago my lbs had a 10% off sale on all 2013 bikes and I received a 100.00 trek gift card so I'm loving my shop right now. It's 25 miles from me but they have a loyal customer now. Sorry for the side way pics I could figure how to turn them after posting, they view proper on my computer.
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    Nice, welcome to the fold! I've been enjoying mine, got a couple rides in, it's miles ahead of my last bike.

    23"!!! How big a boy are ya!? I see the o-ring on the left fork, I suppose that came on it? Mine didn't have one.

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    Thanks, I cant wait for the weather to break here in Jersey to get some rides in. I'm 6 4" and did not like the feel of the 21.5 ex8, it felt like I was on top of the handle bars. This bike is gorgeous, the only thing I don't like about it is the grips.

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    Never noticed the frame size sticker say 21.5" / virtual 23". Is that a 29er thing?
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    No, virtual/actual is just a Trek thing. The seattube actually measures 21.5", but the toptube length makes it fit like a 23. My 19" Stache actually has a an 18" seattube.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noob9ers View Post
    Hello everyone, I'm proud to say I'm part of the Stache crew. I ordered this two weeks ago and picked it up last weekend. I originally purchased a 2012 Ex8 but it had a few problems so I decided to get store credit and wait for the Stache. I was also trying to wait for some reviews but I couldn't hold out. When I ordered it a few weeks ago my lbs had a 10% off sale on all 2013 bikes and I received a 100.00 trek gift card so I'm loving my shop right now. It's 25 miles from me but they have a loyal customer now. Sorry for the side way pics I could figure how to turn them after posting, they view proper on my computer.
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    Do you think the superfly HT will be a noticably faster/more efficient than the stashe?

    Anyone notice on the trek website the stache on the main page has a rock shox fork and different handlebars?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Anyone notice on the trek website the stache on the main page has a rock shox fork and different handlebars?
    Wow, that's interesting, looks like the 2012 Reba. Must have been a contender during development...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ufdah View Post
    Wow, that's interesting, looks like the 2012 Reba. Must have been a contender during development...
    The Stache used in most of the Trek promos I've seen is being ridden by Ross Schnell, who is sponsored by the SRAM/Rockshox/Truvativ group. Therefore, his rides are usually customised with their components instead of the stock bits.

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    Who is Ross? I have heard of him but dont know what he is known for.
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    Used stashe 8 on ebay 19"

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    Anyone running the stache single speed? If so what did you find worked best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavezFever View Post
    Anyone running the stache single speed? If so what did you find worked best?
    I've been curious whether you could use an ISCG guide as some sort of chain tensioner, to run it SS.

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    I have a e13 TRS+ dual mine. Works great. Had an MRP first and it was junk.....

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    I built this thing with stuff laying around in my garage.. I proceeded to destroy the rear 29er wheel in two rides at a very rocky/technical park near my house (I attribute this to the front end writing checks that the rear end can't cash and certainly not my riding style ) then, not wanting to put a lot money into this bike build, pulled a 26er wheel out of my laying around garage inventory, slapped it on and I have to say, I've been having a lot of fun on the new "69er Stache". I wish I could tuck the rear wheel in a little though. Would make my manuals a lot easier...

    This a very confused bike with two different wheel sizes, trek with specialized seat post/seat and the fact that I probably should be running a chain guide. With the type II sram der the chain stays on... for the most part.
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    I just ordered a dropper post and a much needed bash guard. Can't wait to try the dropper post on this rig!

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    so how do people like the tires that come on this bike.. the bontrager 29-3 experts
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    This bike is pretty sweet. I am digging the green color they threw on this years stache and rumblefish as we are in MSU country.
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    Got a few more pics.






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    Pink bike stache 8 review

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    Re: Lets see your Stache official thread

    Holy high handlebars, batman!

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    Good job!

    I just completed the tubeless conversion and have to say it was EASY! Using stock Bontrager Duster rims and 29-3 tires. To do the conversion I used the Bontrager Rhythm Symmetrical strips (P/N 406892) and Bonty presta valves with 2oz Stans in each tire. With the first tire I didn't even need the compressor; I just used my floor pump and aired it up. Second one I needed the initial volume of the compressor to seat the tire but it was completely uneventful. Even with only 15psi in the tires I don't see how I could burp one of these, they are on there solid. Highly recommended for anyone that hasn't gone tubeless before and is scared to, this was my first try at tubeless and I won't go back. (Especially after having got a thorn puncture on my first ride on the Stache w/ tubes... )

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    Anyone running triple crankset?

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    fox 34 140 on the stache 8

    rode the bike at a trek demo yesterday at amelia park in Hialeah FL. My question is whether anybody has tried one of the fox 34 front forks. My thought is that this would make it super stiff and slightly more relaxed front end. Anybody try this yet?

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    Just ordered all my parts up for the Stache frame I have.

    XX1 grouppo
    Bontrager RXL Wheels
    Rockshox reverb Stealth Dropper
    Fox 32 CTD 120mm
    Schwalbe Racing Ralph 29x2.25
    Bontrager RXL 720mm handlebar
    Bontrager Rhythym Pro stem

    So excited for this build. I'll post pics when it's done.

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    I think you're going to be pretty happy with that build welbeast! I'm digging mine!

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead!

    Broke my Stache...

    After about 100 miles my Fox CTD fork damper failed. The first 100 miles when in Climb mode the fork nearly locked out but would sag some from hard hits due to the blow-off valve (what I understand to be normal operation). Two weeks ago that changed and Climb mode felt pretty much like Trail, I had full suspension travel while in Climb. Looking around I found this thread, 2013 Fox F29 120mm CTD Evolution Series CTD damper issue which helped me to realize that I wasn't imagining things. I used Fox's service request form on their site and in four business days had my fork back in my hands with a replaced damper, completely free of cost! (That's what I call service!) I quickly tested out the fork before putting it on the bike and unfortunately Climb mode didn't work on that damper either... I then wrote Ed at Fox again and he offered to replace the damper again but this time with a Performance FIT cartridge to give me peace of mind and is sending the new removed damper as a spare! I should have the fork back in my hands by Monday.

    I share this for two reasons. One, it seems that these forks, especially the early models, are prone to damper failure so keep your eye out for it. Second, Fox has amazing customer support and I have been very pleased with the support they have given me and I wanted to share my experience with them.

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    I like fox....but their build qualities have been in the tanks lately. Source, shop rat.

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    So what do we think guys, could the Stache 8 hold a BMF Clydesdale (6'5" 350#)? I've given up on the Fuel EX 8/Remedy 8 for now, since I'm told a HT is the way to go til I shed some weight.

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    According to Trek no. Weight limit is 300lbs, same with the remedy and fuel.

    If you have the money you could try. You'll probably need a beefier set of wheels though at the very least. Kona used to make a bike called the Clydesdale that was designed for heavier riders. Not sure if they still do or if there is a weight limit.

    As far as a 29er hard tail goes I would take a look at Misfit Pscycles(spelling?). They make some steel frames that use really beefy tubing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by welbeast View Post
    According to Trek no. Weight limit is 300lbs, same with the remedy and fuel.

    If you have the money you could try. You'll probably need a beefier set of wheels though at the very least. Kona used to make a bike called the Clydesdale that was designed for heavier riders. Not sure if they still do or if there is a weight limit.

    As far as a 29er hard tail goes I would take a look at Misfit Pscycles(spelling?). They make some steel frames that use really beefy tubing.
    Damn alright, that just leaves the SC Chameleon and the Stumpy Evo 29... Leaning more towards the SC on this one.

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    Are the head tube lengths coming in at the claimed 118mm on 21 and 23in sizes?

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    I just measured my 21" and it's pretty close, 118.8mm. I think the actual head tube is pretty much right at 118mm but the clear coat add a skosh...

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    Lets see your Stache official thread

    Hey guys... n00b here.

    I've been eyeing a Stache 7 at my LBS. Seems like everyone is pretty happy with theirs in this thread. While I know the components aren't top notch on the 7, they should be enough to get me started on some single track, right?

    This particular build comes with a Recon Silver fork, 2x10 Shimano SLX drivetrain, Elixir 1 brakes, and Bontrager wheels and tires (like most Treks do). I really like the idea of a 2x10 for the terrain I'll be riding (unless someone can convince me of going 1x9 or 10. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gouda Cheez View Post
    Hey guys... n00b here.

    I've been eyeing a Stache 7 at my LBS. Seems like everyone is pretty happy with theirs in this thread. While I know the components aren't top notch on the 7, they should be enough to get me started on some single track, right?

    This particular build comes with a Recon Silver fork, 2x10 Shimano SLX drivetrain, Elixir 1 brakes, and Bontrager wheels and tires (like most Treks do). I really like the idea of a 2x10 for the terrain I'll be riding (unless someone can convince me of going 1x9 or 10. Thoughts?
    The SLX gear has been good to me on my EX8. The build overall is plenty good to get you on the trail and then some. The only weak thing I notice is the brakes. They still will be just fine as you build skill. But save up for some SLX or XT brakes down the road.
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    Lets see your Stache official thread

    That's what I have heard in general about the Elixir 1's. I can't imagine it being a huge deal to replace them down the road. I was most concerned with the fork (is the silver no-good compared to the gold) and the Bontager stuff.

    Thanks for your help and input!

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    The only real differences that matter to me are the fork, brakes and crank. The crank is probably not going to be perceivable except to the most experienced riders, the brakes are quite a bit different. SLX are great brakes, Elixers are said to be OK if set up well but not quite the 1-finger ease of the SLX and it's been said that they require more maintenance. The last is the forks and this is the biggest difference. The Recon weighs about 1lb more that the Fox and only has lock-out rather than three settings of compression dampening (CTD). If you're not a weight weenie and are just looking for a SOLID bike to get started on the 7 is going to be great! If you decide to upgrade the fork and brakes down the road you'll be well over the $660 difference in price (The fork alone is that much). I'm guessing there's maybe 1.5lb difference in the two bikes.

    That's a lot of words just to say that you'll be VERY happy with the 7. I'd only get the 8 if you are planning to upgrade the fork in the future or are very concerned with weight.

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    Lets see your Stache official thread

    Thanks for providing the details. That helps a lot. I don't think I have enough of a knowledge base to know what I will upgrade yet. I just want something solid to start with. Since the 7 is the 'lower budget' version of the 8, I question the quality (kinda like a base model car vs. fully loaded).

    I like certain things (the 2x10, Shimano drivetrain) on the Stache a lot as well as the Trek name and rep that comes along with it. I'm also considering looking at a Kona Taro but the 1x9 gearing scares me a bit for climbing. Also considered a Specialized Carve Comp 29... same price point as the Stache 7, I think.

    Either way, thank you. Any other input you have on the bikes listed above (without going crazy off topic) would be appreciated.

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    You should be able to just buy calipers and levers if you upgrade brakes. Should be no need for rotors. Very easy upgrade. Probably cost you just over $200. The bontrager stuff will do you well. No issues with wheels and so on. The elixer 1 will be fine for awhile but you will want better later. You could have the dealer trade you up to SLX before you leave the shop. Maybe offer the shop retail on the bike but ask fo rSLX brakes (shop keeps the stock brakes) and swap you over to tubless.
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    I think the fork on the 7 will be fine for atleast a few years.
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    Ordered a Stache 7 19.5" last week and it arrived at the lbs on Friday. Looks great, unfortunately it came from the factory with a tweaked rear triangle/dropouts. When inserting the rear axle it missed the drive side dropout by almost 3/8"!! So off to warranty with it. Kinda bummed but at least there is a foot of snow on the ground so not a big rush.

    Just to chime in on the fork discussion...I went with the 7 because I actually prefer the RS fork (ease of service/manuals/parts etc.) And if the riding is that gnarly I take out the Tracer VP anyway. Only plan on swapping out the TK damper for MoCo damper ($50ish) and SLX brakes sometime this summer.
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    Mine don't line up perfect either. But not off that much.

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    Just got back from the southeast bike expo. Got to demo the stache on the trails there. It is really a nice package. The trails are actually where the 1996 olymipic mountain bike race was held. The hard tail was great on the first lap (probably 5-6 miles total) then I rode the rumblefish elite and then the superfly 100 al elite. Then finally I went out for one last lap on the stache. I like it alot but have reservations on the HT thing. But I should note the trail rides alot on the face of granite rock/hill. There is absolutly no give the that ground. Handleing was good. The first stache I rode was better than the second. The second bike had some creeking and the fox CDT did not seem to work. The other trails there were supposed to be pretty muddy I stayed away from those. There was a "feel" to the bike that I really liked. I was not loving it the second time out. At that point I was pretty tired so that took away from the experience. My local trails would be more forgiving that the granite rock. When I say rock it is not loose rock. It is a large face of a hill that is rock. THe 29-3 tires are great! The weight of the bike was great also. There were a couple dips in the trail probably a 4 foot swell and the stache felt the best jumping but of course it is not a FS bike. At this point for my trails I would either buy the Superfly 100 AL elite or the stache 8.

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    It seams that a fairly high percentage of the open bath CTD forks (like the one on the Stache8) fail almost immediately. The good news is; They seem to hold up after FOX repairs them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friz View Post
    Mine don't line up perfect either. But not off that much.
    Same here, I've got about 1/4 inch of play also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ufdah View Post
    Same here, I've got about 1/4 inch of play also.
    Yea mine was off enough that it took two people to put the rear wheel on... One to compress/twist the triangle and the other to put the axle through.

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    Lets see your Stache official thread

    I would be very concerned about a mis-aligned rear dropout issue. If that occurs on mine when it gets in, I imagine that I'd have a hard time taking it home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by friz View Post
    It seams that a fairly high percentage of the open bath CTD forks (like the one on the Stache8) fail almost immediately. The good news is; They seem to hold up after FOX repairs them.
    It seemed to be in the trail setting. I should have tried experimenting with the CTD on the other bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    It seemed to be in the trail setting. I should have tried experimenting with the CTD on the other bikes
    When to dampner goes. The switch does nothing and all the settings are mush.

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