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    New question here. What exactly is an X-6?

    I'm guessing an X-5 Front with a different rear? I'm thinking about replacing my '04 Specialized Enduro (5" front & back). Bottom line is I do not want a bike that flexes as bad as the Enduro. I weigh ~205# nekkid, so probably pushing 220+ with gear & water.

    I would like to have a 20mm through-axle fork (no flex), most probably a 36 TALAS since I have had good luck with my 32 TALAS.

    I do not currently jump. Mainly tight technical granny-gear rock gardens, climbs, & log hops. Maybe 6" is overkill? Maybe just a 5" Pike and the regular X-5, hell I do not know.

    Plan on a full XT build, maybe some I9 wheels, coil DHX. I'll probably give Larry a shout when you guys make-up my mind.

    I'm looking for a do it all, fat-guy's, XC/AM rig I guess. I really enjoyed riding in Moab/Fruita/Pisgah/etc.

    Not too concernd about weight, as I'm no lightweight and usually have good legs. Yet I don't want overkill overbuild either. I can't ever see dropping over 4' or so.

    Anyways, any input is much appreciated.

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    I think you are talking about a X-5 w/6" rockers.

    Take a look at the Ciclon too if you are looking at 5" bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RSutton1223
    I think you are talking about a X-5 w/6" rockers.

    Take a look at the Ciclon too if you are looking at 5" bikes.
    ditto!

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    Will the 36 TALAS work on the 5" Ciclon?

    Or does that totally whack-out the geometry? The TALAS only has 160-130-100 settings, where the Ciclon is designed for 140mm?

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    Based on your description of needs/wants, I would go with an X-5 or Ciclón and a PIKE.

    I also recommend the CCDB and King/819 wheels over the DHX-C and I9s. I know at least 5 people who had trouble with I9s and went back to Kings.


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    Quote Originally Posted by weaklink
    Or does that totally whack-out the geometry? The TALAS only has 160-130-100 settings, where the Ciclon is designed for 140mm?
    the ciclon is designed for a 511 A-C fork for optimal handling...the 36 at 130mm is roughly at that height...

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    X-6?

    If you want to be really particular I think an X-6 would be what I currently have at home in the garage. This is a semi-custom X-5 frame built to run at 6 inches front and back, but keep the same/very similar angles and bottom bracket height as the X-5 running 5 inches front and back.

    My X-6 is built similar to what you are proposing. I will post up the details and some pics of it tonight.

    I ordered this frame before the Terremoto was available. I am geussing the terremoto would go a fair way to filling this space now.

    I should also add that prior to getting this bike I had a standard X5 that I was running at 6inches front and back. It was stolen when it was 6 weeks old. Insurance paid to replace it. I went for the semi-custom after deciding I wanted the bike to handle like the X5 at 5inches but with 6 inches of travel. Does that make sense? Sherwood helped me through this decision. Another great Ventana experience. My X6 is awesome.

    Frame; semi custom X6, built specifically for 6 inches front and back
    Forks: 36 TALAS RC2 (2006 model so it can be run at 150mm unlike the later models)
    Brakes: Formula Greg Minaar Limited edition K24
    Wheels: Industry 9 enduro
    Tyres: Larsen 2.35
    Cranks: Shimano XT
    Shifters/Derailleurs: SRAM X9
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    It's like when Nigel said

    My amp goes to eleven......"Eleven IS louder than ten." .....So X-6 when set up correctly is more travel then X-5

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    Go for it!

    I am similar size and riding style with a "standard" X-5. I am very happy with it. I am running a Pike up front that has been working well. Some people seem to have an issue with the X-5 geometry, but I have really grown to like it. It is stiff and I like the abundant stand-over. Actually, I like the non-standard look of the frame since it is different from all the traditional triangle bikes on the the trail (to each his own). The only thing I have noticed is that it doesn't really support a water bottle since I don't count the mounting under the frame where the bottle doubles as a front fender.
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    Thanks John, that's exactly what I am talking about!! Very cool ride!! Let me see if I can get a 4th mortgage on the house and get one of these beauties....

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    I love my X-5/6. The standover is great, I have always liked the look of an X-frame, it is tough as hell, and it does stand out from all the triangles out there. I like having the option of 5 or 6 inches rear travel as I can slack out the bike a bit for steep downhill runs or run at 6 if I feel I need a bit more cushion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D-Rock
    Based on your description of needs/wants, I would go with an X-5 or Ciclón and a PIKE.

    I also recommend the CCDB and King/819 wheels over the DHX-C and I9s. I know at least 5 people who had trouble with I9s and went back to Kings.


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    Hi D,

    Can you please give more info about the I9 problems. Thanks.

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