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    The FedEx van came around!

    Wohoo!

    The wife just called to say that FedEx had dropped off a big cardboard box that's traveled all the way from Rancho Cordova!

    I think I might just take the last couple of hours of work off.

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    The FedEx van came around!-sba_130502_img_9564.jpg

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    Nice! Thru axle and ICG Tabs, somebody is going burly! Looking forward to the build pics!
    -Aaron G.

    "Before D.W., "anti-squat" was referred to as pedal feedback."

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    Thanks. At 220#, I need burly.

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    Be You Tee Full!
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    I'm going 1x10, so I'll need some kind of chain device, and that's why I thought I should just get the ISCG tabs. I'm pretty much a coward when the trails get rough, so the bike might get burly, but I assume my riding won't. ...But one can always dream.

    Thanks, El Salt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    Thanks. At 220#, I need burly.
    HeH! I know the feeling, @220-225 myself. Haven't built a geared bike under 28lbs, ever!
    -Aaron G.

    "Before D.W., "anti-squat" was referred to as pedal feedback."

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    I have, but I don't really mind a few pounds extra on the bike, and I don't compete or carry my bike around much, so... I sort of expect this to weigh in at around 28, but we'll see.

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    I'm just going to go ahead and use this thread as my build thread.

    ...Or rather my "ordering parts thread" for a little while yet.

    Anyway: This is what I'm waiting for today:






    Go, lil' delivery van, go!

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    Good call on the 1x10 setup, loving mine!


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    Thanks! Looking good! Is that an MRP G3 Micro chain guide?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    Thanks! Looking good! Is that an MRP G3 Micro chain guide?
    The guide is a G2 mini, older model. Running a 32t ring with 11-36. It's been a good setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuenstock View Post
    The guide is a G2 mini, older model. Running a 32t ring with 11-36. It's been a good setup.
    Thanks. The G3 mini doesn't work with less than 34t, I think, so I'll get a new "micro", then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Love the blue. You have a great frame
    Thanks. I'm certain I have.

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    Here's my Ciclon. Semi-custom HA and taller AtoC and ISCG tabs. Running 1x10 with an MRP micro (30T front, 11-36 rear). Travel is 150mm in the front (lowered the Float 36) and 140mm in the rear. Really digging this setup.
    Nice! I'm gonna go with 150/150 to begin with, and see how it works. I just ordered a 2014 Pike 150mm from a German dealer claiming to be able to deliver by the end of may, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

    Here's my old Ciclon, that the new one will have to live up to:


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    More parts on the way.

    I know this is pretty uninteresting, but I'm pretty stoked, so I'm posting anyway! Besides: There's not too much activity in the Ventana forum as it is, so...







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    I also ordered a 2014 Rock Shox Pike RCT3 Solo Air 150mm, but that probably won't be delivered before mid June.



    ...Then at least I have time to wait for the Chris King PF30 bottom brackets to become available.

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    I'm starting with a 32t at the crank and an 11-36 cassette. I believe that'll be fine. It's pretty flat around here. It'll be easy enough to change later on, though.

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    I just realized that the frame doesn't have cable guides for a dropper post. I guess making that cable routing look good will be a challenge, then. What did you guys do?

    I guess I'll just get some Problem Solvers stick on guides, but It'd be nicer if there were guides welded to the frame.
    Last edited by Dazed; 05-14-2013 at 10:15 AM.

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    There's not much happening yet, but at least this is a start.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    I just realized that the frame doesn't have cable guides for a dropper post. I guess making that cable routing look good will be a challenge, then. What did you guys do?

    I guess I'll just get some Problem Solvers stick on guides, but It'd be nicer if there were guides welded to the frame.
    I used Jagwire stick on guides for routing my Lev post cable. 3 guides under the top tube worked out good. I used small zip ties instead of the plastic c-clips. The c-clips were a pain! You can see the cable routing on the picture of my bike I posted a few days back and here are a couple close ups of the Lev routing with the stick on guides.
    One bit of advice on the Lev, You may want to rotate the cable box on the post more forward then to the side. I am constantly hiting my leg on mine. I'm going to rotate it more forward, I just havn't got around to it yet.



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    Thanks. That seems to work fine.

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    It's alive!

    It's finally finished! ..Well, more or less at least. The wheels, cranks and BB are temporary and from the shed, but I had to cut some corners. They'll be replaced by NoTubes Flow EX on Hopes or hopefully Kings, and an E13 TRS+ crank in a King PF30 BB eventually.

    Observant readers might also notice which parts I very recently mentioned in this very thread that I forgot to order. They're in the mail.

    Anyway, I'm very happy with how it turned out! It sort of gives me a cool seventies motocross vibe. On that note: Note the distinct lack of carbon fiber, which I think would be out of place here.




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    I'll guess the stick on clips? I see you have no cable for the Lev?

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    Exactly.

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    Evolution:








    Things were very similar in 2007, but then again; very different.

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    That looks great. What size?
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Thanks. It's a medium/17"

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    I took the new bike for a short test/setup ride yesterday, and it was like coming home!



    Of course there are a few tweaks to make on the suspension and riding position, but that's natural. This bike is just perfect! Lovely, plush suspension (Had to dial in a little LSC on the Pike to kill the worst brake dive, but that was expected.) and as quick and responsive as anything this burly. I really love the long front center geometry as well. I'm really, really happy with this. I was a little uncertain about the short 50mm stem, and I have a 70mm to try as well, but the front end didn't really feel too light when climbing, the bike felt nice and stable and the cockpit didn't feel short at all, so I might just leave it.

    I'm so glad I didn't fall for the temptation to try a modern "virtual pivot" rear linkage, because this is fantastic! I can't say I noticed any pedal bob or anything like that anyway, but I guess we're all different. (I'm running both dampers fully open with just an appropriate amount of rebound and as I said; a little LSC on the front end.)

    Thanks, Sherwood!

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    Small update. New cranks and wheels since the previous pics. Still not so much traffic in here that a couple of vanity shots from a stoked owner should offend anyone.




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    I've always liked that blue. Sweet looking bike.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Bike is looking good. Looks like you got some serious stopping power, big rotors

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    Thanks. Yeah. Why use wimpy brakes. 200mm up front and 180 in the rear. The brakes are Formula RO, and man, do they work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dazed View Post
    Thanks. Yeah. Why use wimpy brakes. 200mm up front and 180 in the rear. The brakes are Formula RO, and man, do they work!
    Ya need big brakes to go FAST!
    -Aaron G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Ya need big brakes to go FAT!
    Yup!

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