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    I think I never told you the Story of the Grinch....

    'Twas the night before the night before xmas,
    And all thru the house not a bike was stirring
    because the ST weld was *expletive* cracking!!!

    I was looking over the new lyrik and all the nuts and bolts,
    while unbeknownst to me, another crack had formed at the yolk.

    The bike was torn down and boxed up with care,
    with hopes that a new front triangle would soon be here.

    The frame was looked over by SG and crew,
    only to find cracks thru and thru!

    Not to mention the crack that had formed at the pivot weld,
    That is three cracks in a frame – the X had been felled!

    As visions of bikes danced in my head, I knew the terremoto would soon share my bed
    so finally it came after exactly a month, and I want to say - Ventana, thanks a bunch!

    So the Grinch stole christmas....and is honored accordingly. It actually matches the bike I got the kiddo too! The grinch green paint is stunning.



    Frame: '08 Ventana El Terremoto 6.0
    Color: Grinch Green
    Options: Quad Bearings, HD Rear End
    Shock: PUSH'd DHX 5
    Fork: Rock Shox Lyrik Coil U-Turn
    Wheelset: Hope Pro II on DT Swiss 5.1d
    Skewers: XT and Rock Shox 20mm Maxle
    Seatpost Clamp: Hope QR
    Front Der: Shimano XT
    Rear Der: SRAM X.9
    Shifters: SRAM X.9 Triggers
    Chain: SRAM 991
    Cassette: SRAM 980
    Brakes: Magura Louise FR 203mm/180mm
    Cranks/BB: Race Face Evolve DH (22/32/B)
    Pedals: Time Atac Z
    Headset: Cane Creek S3
    Handlebar: Answer Protaper
    Seat Post: RF Evolve
    Stem: Thomson 70mm X4
    Saddle: Specialized Avatar
    Grips: ODI Ruffian Lock ons w/ Hope Grip Doctors
    Front Tire: Kenda Nevegal 2.5 Stick-E
    Rear Tire: Kenda Nevegal 2.35 DTC
    Accesories: Lizard Skin Chain Stay Protector, Jagwire cabling

    Weight: ? lbs
    bits in route: Stinger chainguide, Thomson seatpost

    Thanks everyone for your feedback in helping get all the numbers and fit ideas together (AJR, Crisillo, marcus_d, El Salt, unfluid one, RSutton, golden fleece diapered baby jesus, etc).

    It was delivered and built yesterday; I should have some ride time on it in 12 hours. Like xmas all over again!

    Thanks again to SG and Teresa!
    Can't forget Jimmy and crew at PUSH for ensuring that the shock got re-serviced and returned in time for the weekend!
    Last edited by CharacterZero; 01-25-2008 at 08:22 PM.

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    Sick!

    Congrats...the bike looks great!

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    [SIZE="6"]Nice![/SIZE]
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    Stuff

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    Very happy for you. Enjoy the weekend...

    GG
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    That is one fine looking bike! Please don't crack it!

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    Nice! Love the (almost) no sticker look. Lets the GG really shine.

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    whoooaahohohoo.

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    That I once knew and talked to..

    Of whom I'd never boast
    For this was my big secret
    How I'd get ahead
    And never have to worry
    I'd call him instead....

    Nice ride!
    "These people take a dump thatís a bigger difference than the a 5 Spot and a Blur LTc." DT

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    It turned out awesome!

    That grinch green rocks!

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    Woah, that's beautiful!
    IT'S NOT THE FALL THAT HURTS. IT'S WHEN YOU HIT THE GROUND.

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    needs a red headset.
    www.velocitybicycles.comWhere customers become friends, not simply a dollar sign.

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    Very nice! Is your frame a medium?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Cliffy
    Very nice! Is your frame a medium?
    Large... SG said i fell in between the two sizes, and given that the intended use is trail not DH, I opted to go bigger. (I am 6'0 with a 33.5ish inseam btw)

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    Thanks a bunch guys, gave it a good flogging today and will do so again within 12 hours!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    Thanks a bunch guys, gave it a good flogging today and will do so again within 12 hours!
    So where is the ride report??

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSutton1223
    So where is the ride report??

    ditto! no ride report

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    sweet ride. ( I do come a bit after the battle but still!)
    Former Homer...Ventana convert: extreme poseur!

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    ...congrats !

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    Good job! Ride report

    Saturday: 16ish mile ride. Good first leg to stretch out the legs and then lots of up/down/technical riding with a few creek crossings and steep switchbacks, followed by a sweeping descent that begs for little braking.

    The bike felt great! The TM is a stronger climber than the X-6 was (with the fork at any length). The front end was easier to keep on the ground, especially around uphill switchbacks. On the way down, the rear end felt very smooth, this was running both 5 clicks of compression and 0 clicks compression on the PUSH'd shock. (FWIW, PUSH removes the PP functionality - it is hard-wired based on rider weight/style. The PP lever then becomes a straight compression dampening function.). The performance of the shock is in line with what you expect from PUSH - it felt snappy on acceleration on the flats with minimal compression dampening, but wallowed a bit on the steeper stuff. Then again, I wouldn't sacrifice an active rear suspension for anything, so the bit of wallow is completely acceptable. The geometry is definitely a bit more drop-friendly; it took almost no body english to get the front end up while approaching ledges, just a slight tug. I didn't notice the longer wheelbase. Standover was fine (although close - but the wife says that it can only save us money on a vasectomy). BB height was noticeably lower (both in feeling just a bit lower and a couple pedal strikes in sections that I hadn't had before).
    I did start to cramp a little early on in this ride (been off the bike for a bit and didn't bring electrolytes), but made it back to the car without becoming a writhing heap of flesh on the trail.

    Sunday: 7ish mile hilly ride.
    I was toast from Saturday - it had been a month off the bike and I didn't feel it until about mile 3 of this ride! I was messing with the compression settings on the Lyrik and it cost me a climb...and a subsequent fall (I made it up the ledge, but got stymied by a rock on there and rocked back as a result of too much compression dampening...well, rocked back and fell to the downhill side of the hill). The bike came out a-ok. So did I.
    I made a couple of climbs that I used to not make consistently, so this is in line with the better climbing stance. Dropped a couple of things I usually roll, so that felt nice too! Still getting that lyrik dialed, mainly b/c the low speed compression dictates the range of high speed settings.

    All in all, I am stoked to have the new build. I was pleasantly surprised that my first complete build went so well, I got it all put together in about 4 hours and everything functioned correctly, save a squeak in the front brake. Nothing is more confidence inspiring than knowing that all of the parts are installed and functioning correctly! If there is a weight difference b/t this and the X (all of the parts transferred over), then I don't know it and didn't notice it on the trail.

    Quote Originally Posted by Internal14
    needs a red headset.
    There will be none of that...red bling is left over from the last build and will disappear over time.

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    great report!

    enjoy that sweet 'Quake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtntrance
    Of whom I'd never boast
    For this was my big secret
    How I'd get ahead
    And never have to worry
    I'd call him instead....

    Nice ride!
    I am glad someone got that! Such a fitting verse, right?!

    Anyways, the bike hit a night ride on Tuesday and it was good.
    Ride again tomorrow, just installed the Blackspire Stinger and a new non-flex seatpost.

    Pics to follow.

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    Very fitting

    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZero
    I am glad someone got that! Such a fitting verse, right?!

    Anyways, the bike hit a night ride on Tuesday and it was good.
    Ride again tomorrow, just installed the Blackspire Stinger and a new non-flex seatpost.

    Pics to follow.
    Yeah, I was watching "IT" on DVD the other night and it brought me right back to some great memories. I think IT was the best Ghost I ever saw live. I remember when I was firsrt starting to ride it was about the time when Billy Breathes came out-I was pretty obsessed about both endeavors seeing Phish and riding singletrack.

    Enjoy your Ventana. I am loving mine!
    "These people take a dump thatís a bigger difference than the a 5 Spot and a Blur LTc." DT

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