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    looking at a new El Saltamontes

    I'm looking at buying a 2010 frame from Competitive Cyclist. Would this bike be a good all around trail bike? I have a new Fox RL120mm fork that I will use. Will I need to buy the 5 inch rocker to use this fork, or will the stock 4" be ok? I ride only singletrack and fire roads. What size BB does it take? Sorry for all the question, this frame seems to be a great deal and I just want to make sure that it will work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan59801 View Post
    I'm looking at buying a 2010 frame from Competitive Cyclist. Would this bike be a good all around trail bike? I have a new Fox RL120mm fork that I will use. Will I need to buy the 5 inch rocker to use this fork, or will the stock 4" be ok? I ride only singletrack and fire roads. What size BB does it take? Sorry for all the question, this frame seems to be a great deal and I just want to make sure that it will work for me.
    Buy a 2.25" stroke shock to get 110mm rear travel and drop that fork to 110mm.....perfect XC trail bike.

    I had a 2007 Salty with five inch rockers and a 120mm Fox......handled ok but was very light on the front end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    Buy a 2.25" stroke shock to get 110mm rear travel and drop that fork to 110mm.....perfect XC trail bike.

    I had a 2007 Salty with five inch rockers and a 120mm Fox......handled ok but was very light on the front end.


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    I run mine with 2.25in stroke shock and standard rockers for 110mm and a 120mm fork. Works perfect I might lower my fork, but I really like the setup I have.

    For the BB size, I think it's a 73mm shell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    I run mine with 2.25in stroke shock and standard rockers for 110mm and a 120mm fork. Works perfect I might lower my fork, but I really like the setup I have.

    For the BB size, I think it's a 73mm shell.
    But remember he's buying a 22" frame which means higher Cg so with 120mm he would have the same problems I had......great single track ripper but on the steep climbs that front end was light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan59801 View Post
    I'm looking at buying a 2010 frame from Competitive Cyclist. Would this bike be a good all around trail bike? I have a new Fox RL120mm fork that I will use. Will I need to buy the 5 inch rocker to use this fork, or will the stock 4" be ok? I ride only singletrack and fire roads. What size BB does it take? Sorry for all the question, this frame seems to be a great deal and I just want to make sure that it will work for me.
    Nathan,

    While I am the ORIGINATOR of the 2.25" stroke shock and 110mm rear setup. Forget all that. I went to the longer travel because I was hitting chunkier terrain, and didn't want to go all the way to a Ciclon. (Yet). And for flowy Singletrack I have a custom V hardtail.

    The 4" stroke is very good, especially for trail riding on singletrack and fire roads. I would recommend reducing the travel on the Fox to 110mm with a simple installation of a 10mm spacer. This will keep the sharp handling the frame was designed to do for the singletrack rides. Once you've ridden that for a while you can decide if the extra 10mm in the rear is worth the expense of a new rear shock, or sending the current unit to PUSH.

    73mm BB as Stripes mentioned, 34.9 Seattube for your derailleur and 27.2mm for Seatpost.
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    Wink Salty

    I have also lengthened the shock stroke to 2.25" with standard 4" rockers, but run a 100 - 120 - 140 TALAS upfront. Best of all worlds, up & down the trail..

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    But remember he's buying a 22" frame

    Damn Vince....you clairvoyant or something? Cause nothing in the post says what size he's looking at. Right? Or did I miss something....??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Internal14 View Post
    Damn Vince....you clairvoyant or something? Cause nothing in the post says what size he's looking at. Right? Or did I miss something....??
    Damn Myke, it's in the first sentence of his post! He stated competitive cycles......they only have 22" listed in there 2010 clearance sale the last time I checked. I just did the math 1+1= 1(sqrt1)

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    Thanks for the info, I pulled the trigger on the Ventana over the weekend. I should have my new frame on Friday. To reduce the travel on the fork to 110mm where do I install the 10mm spacer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathan59801 View Post
    Thanks for the info, I pulled the trigger on the Ventana over the weekend. I should have my new frame on Friday. To reduce the travel on the fork to 110mm where do I install the 10mm spacer?
    Fox experts, help me out, (I own all RS) it's on the Air Piston side near the top Correct?
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    The spacer goes in between the spring and topout plate.

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