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    Quote Originally Posted by dblvanos View Post
    Well after a year mine has evolved some.

    Dropped the lefty, lefty was a nice fork, lockout was a great feature but the lefty and I just never clicked. There are a few reasons but Ill refrain from getting into those reasons in this thread.
    dblvanos, could you elaborate about the Lefty in a PM?

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    2012 Big Top

    I just got a 2012 on a warranty replacement. Once I get it all built up I will throw some pictures up. The black paint looks great!

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    Bike setup:
    * Frame Size & Color: '12 Big Top, Large, black
    * Fork: Fox F29 FIT RLC 100, 15mm
    * Brakes: X0 (185F/160R)
    * Shifter: XX 2x10
    * Cranks: XX 2x10 (175mm/26/39 156QF) The cranks seem to clear the chainstays by about 5-6mm w/ the narrower Q Factor
    * Rear Derailleur: XX
    * Front derailleur : X0 HDM
    * Pedals: Time Atac XS Carbon
    * Stem: Thomson Elite X4 (90mm)
    * Handlebar: Easton EC90 SL 636mm,Low
    * Seatpost: Ritchey WCS 400mm
    * Saddle: Selle Italia Max Flight
    * Bottom Bracket: Chris King
    * Cassette: XX 11-36
    * Chain: 1090R
    * Headset: Cane Creek Forty
    * Grips: Ergon GE1
    * Front Tire: Panaracer Rampage 2.35
    * Front Rim: ZTR Arch EX - Wheelset courtesy of Redstone Cyclery in Lyons, CO
    * Front Hub: Hope Pro II 15mm
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis Ignitor 2.10
    * Rear Rim: ZTR Arch EX
    * Rear Hub: DT 240S QR, 36 tooth star ratchet

    Weight : 25.17 lb




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    Big Top SS build questions

    Building a Big Top SS. Have accumulated all the parts except the crankset and wheelset. Question: Is there a reason to go with a SS specific rear hub? Seems like it might be wiser to just use a regular hub and spacers in case I ever get to missing gears.... but if there is a good reason to use a ss specific hub then I will.... I just don't know what that reason is if there is one. Help!

    Also, thought on crankset? I'm leaning towards the White Industries but want to explore all of my options before I pull the trigger on it.

    Will post pics as soon as I get her done.

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    I've got Hive cranks on mine in 180 length, very solid and they don't need much fiddling with. I went with the SS hub, I wanted a dishless rear wheel for it's added stiffness. The big top is a solid bike and makes a perfect SS, the dedicated SS rear wheel only adds to the stiffness of the overall package. I wouldn't want to put gears on it as it works so well as is with only 1. BTW, go with home brew ti if you can afford them, at the moment I've got over 15k km's on these gears and they have yet to begin showing any wear.

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    Thanks for your input. So I guess the SS specific hub is supposedly stiffer than a single cog on a regular hub? Are your home brew gears aluminum or titanium?

    So far I've got the frame, a 2011 large I bought second hand. IMHO a yeti should have turquoise paint somewhere. A 2012 SID world cup xx fork, Thompson post and stem, Chris king headset and bb, Easton 70 carbon bar, Hayes stroker trail brakes, oury grips. Going to go with Stan's crest wheel set once I decide on hubs. And then on to the crank dilemma...

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    the cogs I'm using are ti. regarding the stiffness of the rear wheel, it depends on how strong you are. if your a lightweight or you've trouble with putting down some serious watts then the regular hub should be fine. don't forget the SS will turn you into a monster and teaches you how to suffer/ smile at the same time. so why not get the dishless wheel right from the start? Besides, an SS hub looks killer on there.

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    I..., I am sorry to waste space on the internet, but after all this saving and scrimping convincing the old lady that a $3K bicycle is a totally normal thing, Yeti changed the color!? I called every lbs in the state, and no one online seems to have a 2011 in large. Bummer dude. still going to a friggin awesome bike, but still.

    -Edit. I just had an epiphany while looking at the Crank Bros. website. I can build a bike with a black and gold color scheme. All is well.

    -Edit 2. placed order for a large race at an LBS, now the wait.
    Last edited by pontoon; 05-29-2012 at 06:07 PM. Reason: saw the light

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebrownw2 View Post
    Question: Is there a reason to go with a SS specific rear hub? I'm leaning towards the White Industries but want to explore all of my options before I pull the trigger on it.
    Yes, it's stronger and easier to keep true. Dont go weight weenie and get noodle-y rims though if you actually ride your bike.

    WI cranks are awesome. Stupid easy to maintain, and square taper bottom brackets are cheap and plentiful.

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    Went with the White Industries cranks and Arch EX rims with CK (SS) hubs. Really blew up the budget on this one haha. Hopefully I will have it all together in a couple of weeks and will post pics. Still waiting on my "local" Yeti dealer to get my SS dropouts in... and then I just have to figure out how to get this piece of $%* broken crank bros headset out of my frame.

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    Mine will be here on Monday.

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    F**KING hell yes dudes, i got my bike and it rules. And even cooler, it has a 2013 Float fork that came in black, which make the white wellgo mg-1's i ordered look silly, but man it all looks so good. I need some gold pedals to match that kashima. I so wanted a black fork.
    but who cares about all that frippery, it goes like distilled awesomeness.
    for perspective, my ancient steed that still wheezes along is a 1993 Cannondale 3.0 with a Pro-Flex fork, it begs me to kill it when i ride. Now it can finally relax.

    the new bone stock 2012 Big Top with the Race build. Sold buy the cool guys at Big Tree Bikes in seattle. small shop, nice to see a place that is all MTB.



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    Let's do this.
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    Where did you get the 2011 frame from? Is it used or new?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirium View Post
    Where did you get the 2011 frame from? Is it used or new?
    eBay. Used.

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    my new Big Top
    unpack

    Tune-up

    Ride

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    Big Top In Alaska

    Big Top build. Large- 26 and some lbs ish

    Wheels: ZTR Flows set up tubeless
    Handlebar: Carbon fiber something or other
    Stem: Ritchey 4-Axis 80mm
    Tires: Racing Ralph (Tubeless)
    Seatpost: Ritchey
    Crankset: XT
    Seat: WTB Devo
    Shifters: XT
    Rear: XT
    Front:XT
    Brakes: XT
    Pedals: Time Atac

    I've wanted a 29r for a while, and waited until I could afford to do it right. Aside from the creaking that I finally got to go away (I hope), this bike is awesome for everything. I'm 220lbs and 6'2''. I have a hard time finding bikes that are super stiff laterally, and can stand up to an abusive relationship. It's all I've ridden this year so far, and just barely miss my fs bike (very sad for me to say, although there are a few rides I save for the fs bike specifically.) Picture is from Denali National Park this past weekend. Flew into Kantishna and rode 110 miles out on Denali Park Road. Mckinley was visible and saw bears, sheep, moose, etc. Highly recommend the trip. Done on a 29r hardtail this nice was a blast. Cheers.
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    Nice pic of Mckinley! Bike is nice too. Sounds like an awesome trip.

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    Going to try out the whisky fork for a while

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    diggin that whiskey fork, keep us posted with how it rides

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    What size tires are those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [_-_-_-_] View Post
    What size tires are those?
    Rocket Ron and Racing Ralph 2.25. This winter I will a more aggressive 2.35 or 2.4.

    Initial thoughts:

    Handeling is quicker as expected
    Bike feels light (also expected)
    The fork is compliant and take the edge off rocky and rooted terrain

    The only thing bad about the fork has more to do with my personal ability. When out with friends riding for fun the bike is awesome set up rigid. However at race pace I have become reliant on my squish to offset my fatigue. When I start start seeing red at race pace it gets harder and harder to hold clean lines and I find myself getting beat up. Big wheels and 100mm of travel has a pretty good way of compensating.

    That is my deficiency though, as some of the faster guys in my region ride full rigid.

    I will follow up with long term durability in the future.
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    10 posts finally.

    New 2013 Big Top - Factory Race Build
    Weighed in at 25 lbs 6 oz total (minus water bottles & GPS)

    Pre-maiden voyage


    Colorado flag label


    New for 2013 Saddle:


    New 2013 Fox CTD dial:


    Garmin Edge 500, totally worth the bone$$:


    Fox 32 TALAS, Float 29, Kashima Coat, CTD fork (now that's a mouthful):


    Hollowtech, just cool:


    "It's Swiss"... but not like the cheese:


    Stealth:


    After a few rides. Dirty is her preferred look naturally
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    11' Big Top
    Size:Medium
    Shifters:XO
    Brakes:XO
    Front:XO
    Rear:XO
    Crank:X9
    Stem:Thomson Elite
    Seat Post:Thomson Elite
    Headset:Chris King
    Bars:Ritchey Carbon
    Fork:Rock Shox Reba RLT TI
    Wheels:Mavic Crossmax
    Seat:WTB Silverado
    Tires:Continental Race King

    Just under 25 lbs.
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    Just arrived today- Last of the XLs on clearance at Huck-n-Roll. Standard Race build, which is nice, as the cockpit matches that of my SB-95 exactly. Converted the wheels to tubeless, converted shifter to I-spec, and put on the XTR pedals. Will get the steerer cut in the next day or so. 26.1 lbs with pedals and cages.

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