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    Breaking in the new Sultan

    I was finally able to take the new Sultan out for a real ride today. I didn't make it out before things starting thawing, so it was a very sloppy ride. I am glad I live in a relatively dry climate and don't have to deal with muck like this on a regular basis.

    I am really impressed with the DW suspension so far. The Sultan climbs as well as any bike I have had, doesn't bob at all when I am pedaling, and yet is still plush and responsive. It's kind of like combining my old Racer-X/Asylum with my Ventana El Cap. Not a bad combo. The frame is as stiff as any of the Ventanas I have owned, which is a very good thing.

    Unfortunately, I did too good of a job "breaking" it in... about 2-3 miles from the end of my ride I managed to snap off my derailleur with a stick. First time in 12+ years of riding that I have managed to do that.

    Some post-ride pics - dirty with derailleur hanging, then cleaned up after a derallieurectomy.
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    Another one bites the dust…or mud!

    The orange looks great but how can you ride with the brake levers at that angle? You must have fingers like tripods…

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    Sorry about the mechanical failure. Looks like there is alot of seatpost exposed, might just be me.
    Too wet to ride!

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    Looks like a fun bike!


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    Sweet bike! Aluminum X9 rear der will tolerate a lot more stick trauma than the carbon fiber X0, IME.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AOK
    II am really impressed with the DW suspension so far. The Sultan climbs as well as any bike I have had, doesn't bob at all when I am pedaling, and yet is still plush and responsive. It's kind of like combining my old Racer-X/Asylum with my Ventana El Cap. Not a bad combo. The frame is as stiff as any of the Ventanas I have owned, which is a very good thing.

    Great to hear.........glad to see you got your new Sultan (looks great ) !

    My frame arrived to Loveland, Co...............Larry sent me a preview picture ( can't wait to get it ) !

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    sweet

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    That is everyone's favorite rock!

    TIG - Glad to see that yours is on the way. Mine was a long wait, but very worth it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AOK
    That is everyone's favorite rock!



    Yeah , no doubt..........I think my Knolly was photoed on that rock as well ! TIG.
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    blood out of a stone. gotta make the pilgrimage to loveland.

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    The bike looks great Andy, really turned out nice! Glad to hear you're liking it so far.
    Let me know if you need some more der. hangers.

    One more rock pick from this week, just for good measure.

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