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    Light, strong, poundable bikes

    I would love to see some pictures/spec sheets of your light, jumpable, hold-up-to-a-bad-landing bikes. 4cross and slalom race bikes encouraged...think Colin Bailey's DH bike...headtube faced to the welds, MRP drilled like mad, sub-600g rims.

    In other words, light-bikes that can take anything a full season will throw at them and are spec'd as they are abused. Please include any nerdy tuning tips/tricks, or funny stories about them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flow 559
    I would love to see some pictures/spec sheets of your light, jumpable, hold-up-to-a-bad-landing bikes. 4cross and slalom race bikes encouraged...think Colin Bailey's DH bike...headtube faced to the welds, MRP drilled like mad, sub-600g rims.

    In other words, light-bikes that can take anything a full season will throw at them and are spec'd as they are abused. Please include any nerdy tuning tips/tricks, or funny stories about them.

    Check out http://www.light-bikes.com but from memory there are no DH/FR bikers builds included thus far.

    Trevor!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flow 559
    I would love to see some pictures/spec sheets of your light, jumpable, hold-up-to-a-bad-landing bikes. 4cross and slalom race bikes encouraged...think Colin Bailey's DH bike...headtube faced to the welds, MRP drilled like mad, sub-600g rims.

    In other words, light-bikes that can take anything a full season will throw at them and are spec'd as they are abused. Please include any nerdy tuning tips/tricks, or funny stories about them.
    this is the only one I can think of
    http://forums13.consumerreview.com/c...57654@.ef48e81

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    not exactly

    what you might want, but i've got a custom Curtlo steel hardtail. Marzocchi 120mm fork. Ti Titec stem/post/riser bar. Double ring front, with bashring, SRAM shifting, Race Face cranks/Ti BB. Shimano 545 platform clipless pedals. Specy junk saver seat. American Classic disc hubs/317 rims. 2.35 Maxxis Mofo DH rear and 2.5 Panaracer Fire FR front tires, with heavier Dh tires/tubes going on it sometimes. Avid discs 185mm front, 160mm rear. Salsa skewers and seat QR so I can lower it when needed. Ti and alu bolts here and there. I can fit a 2.65 gazza in front, and a 2.35 kujo in back.

    not a true slalom or dh hardtail, but it does fairly well on the steep stuff. done a couple lift assisted days, and was only a bit slower than the guys on the big rigs. the bike is only limited by me as a rider.

    i only do moderate (less than 4') jumps/drops so far. i think the bike could take bigger, but if i really started doing more of that, i'd need to go for beefier rims, once i blew the 317s out....

    about 27 pounds everyday usage, but balloons up to about 30 with the dh tires/tubes.
    i've had it down to 23 with lighter pedals, tires/tubes, flat bar, fork, and no bashring.
    i like it far more this way though.

    if you want, i can get some more pics/details for you later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    what you might want, but i've got a custom Curtlo steel hardtail. Marzocchi 120mm fork. Ti Titec stem/post/riser bar. Double ring front, with bashring, SRAM shifting, Race Face cranks/Ti BB. Shimano 545 platform clipless pedals. Specy junk saver seat. American Classic disc hubs/317 rims. 2.35 Maxxis Mofo DH rear and 2.5 Panaracer Fire FR front tires, with heavier Dh tires/tubes going on it sometimes. Avid discs 185mm front, 160mm rear. Salsa skewers and seat QR so I can lower it when needed. Ti and alu bolts here and there. I can fit a 2.65 gazza in front, and a 2.35 kujo in back.

    not a true slalom or dh hardtail, but it does fairly well on the steep stuff. done a couple lift assisted days, and was only a bit slower than the guys on the big rigs. the bike is only limited by me as a rider.

    i only do moderate (less than 4') jumps/drops so far. i think the bike could take bigger, but if i really started doing more of that, i'd need to go for beefier rims, once i blew the 317s out....

    about 27 pounds everyday usage, but balloons up to about 30 with the dh tires/tubes.
    i've had it down to 23 with lighter pedals, tires/tubes, flat bar, fork, and no bashring.
    i like it far more this way though.

    if you want, i can get some more pics/details for you later.

    Thats exactly what I'm talking about! Rock and roll...
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    I ride a steel ht also and I'd say it tips the scales around 25-26 lbs. 100mm Zoke Marathon up front keeps the weight low. I use wellgo platforms (or eggbeaters for xc) a flite ti saddle, Crossroc wheels with Hayes mechs (6") I run Kenda Kinetics 2.35's front and back and find that the bike is awesome on drops and steeps. I ride park on it as well and bmx (but I use Hookworms for those applications). Steel takes a beating but theres no substitute for being smooth. Work on that and you can do the Redbull on a Pacific (well, not really but you get the point) FYI, It s a RM Blizzard
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    Have you looked at the Santa Cruz Chameleon??? Light, Burly and accepts up to a 6 inch fork I believe......

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT
    Have you looked at the Santa Cruz Chameleon??? Light, Burly and accepts up to a 6 inch fork I believe......
    I am in the process of looking at those right now. I would probably sell the RM if I got one and ride the Chameleon for everything. My only real hangup with the Chameleon is the rear disc issue since I run the RM as a singlespeed.
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    34 - 18 I hear is the ticket for that.....I'm waiting on my drivetrain from White Ind. and then I'll experiment with the Discs setup and post some shot's when it's all done up.
    I've got some XTR V's as backup though .

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMFT
    34 - 18 I hear is the ticket for that.....I'm waiting on my drivetrain from White Ind. and then I'll experiment with the Discs setup and post some shot's when it's all done up.
    I've got some XTR V's as backup though .
    ya know, that might just work then. I currently run 32x17 with is 1.882. The 34x18 is 1.889. I think that might be close enough to happen. Still, the v's are probably the call (maybe go with a 7" rotor up front to compensate or something). If White would just put an adapter on the eno hub, everyone's problems would be solved!
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    Hmmmmmmm........

    I wonder if using an ENO Eccentric hub would give that little bit of needed adjustment???

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    Here's mine...

    You'd be amazed how much weight you can save in g-e-a-r-s.

    <img src='http://gallery.consumerreview.com/webcrossing/images/IMG_0011(17).jpg'>

    Don't know what it weighs, but I'd put it at less than 25 lbs. With six-inch rotors (instead of seven's), less sealant in the Pythons that are pictured, a two-bolt stem (instead of a Tited Big-Al DH), some Flattracker Hellbents (instead of PlanetX trials bars), and a King headset (instead of Orbit UL), it might get as low as 23 lbs. I tossed the Pythons in favor of something three times heavier (Kujo DHs), which required 'modified' rimstrips (ie, lots of rim tape in the 219s), and it's probably pushing 28 lbs right now. Not bad for a 5 lb Chameleon and 4.5 lb Z1, though. As it is right now, it could be ridden off most anything without fear.

    <img src='http://gallery.consumerreview.com/webcrossing/images/IMG_0010(14).jpg'>

    The rest of the specs...Ritchey Pro Disc/219/14g wheels, Wipperman Stainless chain, King Cog/homemade spacers (pvc), 03 XT cranks/homemade bashguard (Lexan)/Blackspire DS ring, Shitmano 545 pedals, 7" Avid mechs/SD7 levers, PlanetX bars, Oury rubbers, Titec XC Pro post/WTB SpeedV, cool headbadge made out of the hardware they set my broken ankle with (at least 150 g!).
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