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    Quote Originally Posted by HawkGX View Post
    Alberto,
    Which Manitou 120mm fork did you put on there? I have a 2013 Mamba and am interested in your experience with the Cobia fork upgrade.
    I dislike the Cobias air fork. I liked my heavy spring'd XC32 with an Argyle damper over either of my friends Cobias which even way over aired are much to soft for my weight (210lbs)

    I needed a fork with compression damping from full soft to lock out not just open/closed.

    Its a Manitou Tower Pro. I havent ridden such a supple fork yet, rebound damping, compression damping, air pressure adjustment, you can even shim it for high speed rebound changes. Very easy to change springs for your weight/riding style, affordable (when on sale) and light! I'll report by Saturday at the latest if I dont get out tomorrow.

    My bike hauler daily is in the shop and Im waiting on my fork pump (arrives today) to start tuning this thing.

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    Upgrade to what though??

    Quote Originally Posted by cbd5600 View Post
    I'd like to hear how the new fork works out for you. I want to eventually swap out the fork on my Cobia and have been kicking around moving up to 120mm.

    My Bike from another thread.
    CB you can extend the reach on the Recon TK to 120. The problem I am finding with mine is the amount of flex. I had a WTB Bronson 2.3 on the front, and even with my 15.5 frame (think shorter would flex less) the tire rubs the inner left of the fork. I have tried everything I could think of to resolve this issue but I had to downsize the front tire. The specs on the Recon Silver TK says it can handle 58mm tire max, and the Bronson was is 56mm. The fork flexed so hard a couple of weeks ago it tossed me over the bar and bent my rotor.

    On a side note I added a 203mm rotor and with all of the fork flex it rubs slightly when I lean hard into right handed turns.

    We have the same rides so if you have any ?'s pm me, I may do the same if you don't mind to see if you can help.

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    I been looking at fox forks G2, on E bay, all of them came off of trek bikes, but i read on a lot of forums that the suggested service on fox forks are every 30 hrs. If you ride in muddy conditions the sanctions wear out fastttt. Lots of people complaining about nothing but problems from seals to creaking in the steer tube. Did you guys look into this and decide to buy new/ different ones? Just curious, i don't know what to do, just know i need/want different forks up front. I ride alot of cool trails and am 270 lbs...Keep the information coming...thanks and good luck with your bikes..
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChewynMe View Post
    CB you can extend the reach on the Recon TK to 120. The problem I am finding with mine is the amount of flex. I had a WTB Bronson 2.3 on the front, and even with my 15.5 frame (think shorter would flex less) the tire rubs the inner left of the fork. I have tried everything I could think of to resolve this issue but I had to downsize the front tire. The specs on the Recon Silver TK says it can handle 58mm tire max, and the Bronson was is 56mm. The fork flexed so hard a couple of weeks ago it tossed me over the bar and bent my rotor.

    On a side note I added a 203mm rotor and with all of the fork flex it rubs slightly when I lean hard into right handed turns.

    We have the same rides so if you have any ?'s pm me, I may do the same if you don't mind to see if you can help.
    Thank you for the info. I also struggle with the flex on mine as well. When I upgrade stiffness is going to be up there on the list of things I want in a new fork.

    Are you still running the stock wheels?

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    I had a similar problem with my 2009 SID team fork. I had a 2.25 ardent 26" and it rubbed a groove into the arch area from turning left.

    It turns out there was a problem with the lowers being mis-cast. It took a long time to get some action out of the canadian side of sram and my LBS.

    In the end I got new lowers and they still have a slight imbalance to the left.

    (assuming you are talking about left side when you are on your bike)


    Quote Originally Posted by ChewynMe View Post
    CB you can extend the reach on the Recon TK to 120. The problem I am finding with mine is the amount of flex. I had a WTB Bronson 2.3 on the front, and even with my 15.5 frame (think shorter would flex less) the tire rubs the inner left of the fork. I have tried everything I could think of to resolve this issue but I had to downsize the front tire. The specs on the Recon Silver TK says it can handle 58mm tire max, and the Bronson was is 56mm. The fork flexed so hard a couple of weeks ago it tossed me over the bar and bent my rotor.

    On a side note I added a 203mm rotor and with all of the fork flex it rubs slightly when I lean hard into right handed turns.

    We have the same rides so if you have any ?'s pm me, I may do the same if you don't mind to see if you can help.

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    Had a chance to ride the fork today!

    For more technical info or info on air pressures check the Clyde Manitou thread I posted in that.

    For the Trek guys wondering how does adding 20mm of travel feel AND changing the fork offset (non G2) feel?

    Feels awesome. Steer tube was cut shorter than OEM to keep the same bar height. The Manitou with the 20mm TA is STIFF, makes me laugh at what a noodle the XC32 was.

    The slacker HA slows down the steering. The difference in the non G2 fork makes it turn quicker. Overall steering is slightly quicker. It is not sketchy or unstable. It is not twitchy. Within 5 miles I was used to it and going full speed. I had read slacking the HA makes the bike steer slower and push in corners, maybe so if it was a G2 fork but the fork offset IMO negates that. Bike weighs 1lb less; the fork is PLUSH. It doesn't dive under hard braking. I have tons of compression adjustment left for really nasty terrain/bigger jumps.

    Edit-BB height changed approx 1/4" I can't feel it when on the bike.

    You guys will have to do your own research on if you want to add travel to your frames. That's your decision!


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    Thanks for the update. The only problem I have now is convincing my wife I NEED a new fork.

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    would you guys feel comfortable adding how much you purchased yours for?

    thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mainlane View Post
    I had a similar problem with my 2009 SID team fork. I had a 2.25 ardent 26" and it rubbed a groove into the arch area from turning left.

    It turns out there was a problem with the lowers being mis-cast. It took a long time to get some action out of the canadian side of sram and my LBS.

    In the end I got new lowers and they still have a slight imbalance to the left.

    (assuming you are talking about left side when you are on your bike)
    You are dead right! I can't say thanks enough but knowing this I know how to measure myself and let them know. I may be in touch to learn more, if you don't mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbd5600 View Post
    Thank you for the info. I also struggle with the flex on mine as well. When I upgrade stiffness is going to be up there on the list of things I want in a new fork.

    Are you still running the stock wheels?
    No way. I bought a set of Easton Havens. I have the stock wheels but I put 700x35 to ride the paved trails with my GF.

    The havens are great by the way. Super light, and extra strong. I was running 2.2 WTB Bronson's in front but they started rubbing as I me ruined above. It is now in the rear, and I have an Ignigtor in the front ATM. Hoping to get the Recon figured out then switch the two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Alberto_ View Post
    I dislike the Cobias air fork. I liked my heavy spring'd XC32 with an Argyle damper over either of my friends Cobias which even way over aired are much to soft for my weight (210lbs)

    I needed a fork with compression damping from full soft to lock out not just open/closed.

    Its a Manitou Tower Pro. I havent ridden such a supple fork yet, rebound damping, compression damping, air pressure adjustment, you can even shim it for high speed rebound changes. Very easy to change springs for your weight/riding style, affordable (when on sale) and light! I'll report by Saturday at the latest if I dont get out tomorrow.

    My bike hauler daily is in the shop and Im waiting on my fork pump (arrives today) to start tuning this thing.
    I talked with SRAM and you can go up to 220lbs on the Recon Fork. I put it at 220 and check it every week. (I am also 200+)
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    Weighed my L Mamba yesterday. 28lbs 7oz.

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    Hey guys, I've got a 2012 Trek Mamba with just over 1100 km on it and I'm looking to do a drive train upgrade, I need to replace the rear cassette (and chain,still original and stretched), and I want to go with XT, What exactly do I look for when shopping online? I see some XT 9 speed cassettes out there but is there a certain model number that fits the Mamba? Is it the M770? I'm still a bit of a noob and could use some help.

    Much thanks.

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    Newbie checking in here.

    I have a 2012 Trek Mamba. Everything stock except for the tires, I installed some 2.2 Kenda Nevegalls. I was having some trouble with the rear tire rubbing against the front derailleur, especially in the granny gear, but I seem to have fixed it by futzing with the position of the derailleur for a while.

    The Mamba has been a fantastic bike for a beginner. It's gotten me from being a complete newbie to knowing my stuff fairly well. It's a great bike to grow in to.

    I'm looking into purchasing a used 26 full suspension bike, so I can keep up with my group on all the climbs around San Diego. Going to check out a 2008 Fuel ex 8 today. I'll keep you guys posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingercycle View Post
    Hey guys, I've got a 2012 Trek Mamba with just over 1100 km on it and I'm looking to do a drive train upgrade, I need to replace the rear cassette (and chain,still original and stretched), and I want to go with XT, What exactly do I look for when shopping online? I see some XT 9 speed cassettes out there but is there a certain model number that fits the Mamba? Is it the M770? I'm still a bit of a noob and could use some help.

    Much thanks.
    I recently upgraded my rear cassette and have the same model m770. =) As long as it is 9 speed it should be compatible. Just curious y u r changing out the rear cassette? Normally, I would change it only if things break unless u plan on changing the whole system such as crankset, derailuers, chain, cassette shifters etc. Changing parts little by little, you will not hardly notice the difference in performance but changing major components you will especially rotational weight. Im still a noob though so this is just my 2 cents.

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    Here's my 2012 Rumblefish Elite. I installed a flat carbon bar, ergon grips, forte rubber coated mini bar ends, Purgatory 2.4 front and Captain 2.2. It's close to an all mountain bike(imo) I just want to install a 34mm stanction 140mm travel fork.
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    My 2013 Rumblefish Pro. Love it
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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    My 2013 Rumblefish Pro. Love it
    whats the little mudguard called and where did ya get it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nietz View Post
    whats the little mudguard called and where did ya get it?
    It's most likely this
    Bender Fender

    Or this

    Marsh Mud Guard Mountain Bike Guard AM DH XC Brand New for Specialized Trek etc. on eBay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grundy1973 View Post
    My 2013 Rumblefish Pro. Love it
    great looking bike1 can't wait to order mine.. what size is that?
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    The fender is the mucky nutz bender fender. The bike is a 21 inch

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    Hi Everyone...I'm new to MTB and my awesome, beautiful wife surprised me this Christmas w/ my New Sexy Trek Mamba!!! Thought I'd share a couple pics and say hello since I'm guessing I'll be on here a lot







    Happy 2013

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    Nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Congrats! Love da color! Where did u get the cap?

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    The LBS had a great closeout on a 2012 Superfly 100 Al, so I joined "the cult". I got hooked when I rode a friends Cannondale hardtail 29er. Just love the smooth rolling. I really don't understand why, but it climbs much better then my 2009 Anthem 1 did.

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    Proud owner of a spanking new 2013 rumblefish.

    I have been sold on the 29rs for a while and knew the standard list of "29s are better because yada yada yada".

    There was a very nice surprise not on that list the 29 advocates preach. Im a big boy, 6'2" 220lbs, this is the first bike i have ridden that i feel like im down in the cockpit, not way up over the wheels. It took me a couple tries to get the front wheel off the ground for a wheelie, the longer wheel base was far more dramatic than i had imagined. When doing tight switchback climbs (an area i was afraid the bigger tires would make more difficult) the front tire actually sticks to the ground and reduces the technical factor by a lot.

    That longer wheelbase was listed by some as a disadvantage in tight conditions. Perhaps this is a nod to trek's engineering and geometry, but i have found more benefits than disadvantages in the bikes handling characteristics.

    Im in love.

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    ... and if we just ... Looking at FS

    Haven't posted in awhile, maybe never on this thread.. anyway, I have an '11 X-Cal, really like the bike overall, minus the brakes maybe. Have done a few things here and there, no drivetrain change outs or anything too major. Got a carbon fiber Niner seatpost for Xmas, reading a MB Action test listing it as a must have if you have back pain, almost (not quite) acting as suspension.

    Brings me to my point. I'm considering getting my second bike, a FS 29er. Full disclosure, I'm looking at other brands too! I'm a Trek homer, but I have to consider along with the Rumble Elite, the Specialized FSR Stumpy Comp $3k, and the Giant Trance X 29er1, $2775.

    All seem like good bikes, honestly Giant specs their's better for the money (dropper post even), great tires, etc. From a looks standpoint, I really wish Trek would start smoothing out their welds in the $3k range. For that money, those look downright ugly by comparison. Just sayin'..

    Anyway, if anyone has a comparison opinion, love to hear it! My Bro got a '12 Rumble and loves it. Thanks folks!
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    Bought my 2013 Mamba on 2 Jan still working on legs and lungs love it so far...
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    Trek Superfly 100 AL 2013

    Hi,
    Just ordered new Trek Superfly 100 AL 2013... arriving in 10-15 days....
    any comments or experiences?
    I will post fresh pictures when i get it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert-gice View Post
    Hi,
    Just ordered new Trek Superfly 100 AL 2013... arriving in 10-15 days....
    any comments or experiences?
    I will post fresh pictures when i get it

    Albert
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    Nice orange Mambas on this page. I'm not used to seeing them in color.
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    Now that I upgraded the fork to a Fox Evolution CDT on my 2011 Marlin it rode real nice on some new tires too Ground CTL front, and Captain in the back. (need to take some photos)
    Any advice what to upgrade next thats worth it and not too pricey hence the fork set me back 800 bux more than the whole bike :-)
    Got OURY lock on grips
    Primo Super Tenderizer Pedal (Black)
    What do different skewers do? Or should I upgrade the X4 to a X7 perhaps?
    One problem I seem to have is a crackling noise in the crankset, no matter what is all tightened down it never really goes away, is that worth a upgrade the crankset and bottom bracket?
    Any advice thanks

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    Here is my new Superfly 100 Al Pro. I really love how this bike looks and how it rides!








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    Trek Superflu 100 AL 2013

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    As promised here you have the pictures of the fresh Trek superfly 100 AL....

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    Trek 29er's roll call

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    The oranges on the bike look red in this photo which makes me think it would be cool if they had a red version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyler21 View Post
    The oranges on the bike look red in this photo which makes me think it would be cool if they had a red version.
    Hey Tyler this one is red . The mambas are orange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shyamrox View Post
    Hey Tyler this one is red . The mambas are orange.
    For some reason I thought it was a Mamba. Marlin... Mamba... too similar.
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    Trek 29er's roll call-smedley-bike.jpgHere is my 2012 X-cal.
    Lizard Skid lock-on grips
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    My 2012 Marlin. Love the 29er!
    So far I put a 40mm stem on it with some raceface bars
    new grips and some platform pedals.
    Next I am getting new forks then I will go with new brakes.

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    Upset 2013 Superfly Elite AL

    Brought her home just in time for the blizzard to happen, so done with winter...
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    short photo-op break after a challenging trail full of snow and mud...
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    Quote Originally Posted by freebird914 View Post
    Bought my 2013 Mamba on 2 Jan still working on legs and lungs love it so far...
    I just bought a trek mamba about a month ago, orange/black, and my handle bars came in black, not orange. I really like the orange handle bars

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    Took my `13 Superfly 100 SL Elite out for a ride in the snow yesterday.

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    Changes to standard spec;
    Tubeless conversion with Michelin 2.25 wildgripp'r tires
    Fizik Gobi seat
    RaceFace next 3/4" rise bar and 90mm turbine stem

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    My New Stache 8

    Got it last week ans took on its first ride Saturday. My first 29er and I love this thing, going to be converting it to tubeless this week
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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    My 12' Trek Wahoo.. 2nd season in and love it.
    Stan's ZTR ARCH wheels. Tubeless
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    AKA Stem
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frugaltravelguy View Post
    One problem I seem to have is a crackling noise in the crankset, no matter what is all tightened down it never really goes away, is that worth a upgrade the crankset and bottom bracket?
    Any advice thanks
    I think that is worth it. I went with an external BB on my Marlin. The deore cranks stiffened things up quite a bit over the stock cranks. Stem and Handlebar were a nice upgrade also. I went with Crank Bros Iodine 2 stem and Bonty Race Lite handlebar.

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