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    Chromag Wideangle Ride Report/Review?

    Anyone have a wideangle and care to share what the experience, ride, geo ha been like to date?

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    This is something I'd also like to know. Not a whole lot of ride reports or reviews out there on this one.

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    I pulled the trigger on the jenson usa deal, and expect the bike soon. give me a week or two and I'll just publish an answer to my own question.

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    Excellent! I look forward to your report.

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    For those interested in the Wideangle, here is a nice write up of Chromag's Samurai 65.

    Chromag Samurai 65 Hardtail | MTB Hawaii

    The Wideangle is basically the Taiwanese made version of the Samurai 65 at about half the cost (frame only). Geometry appears to be identical.

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    So far so stoked. I got the build currently available on Jenson USA. I'm swapping over everything component wise to the new 1x11 XT. I've also got the new Fox Transfer post inbound. From the Jenson build I'm keeping the Revelation and the wheel set for now. Will post photos and ride report soonish.

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    I've had one now for one year and I love it. It's the only bike I ride, and I ride it down down everything from steep loose dirt chutes in Pemberton to long rock slabs in Squamish to super easy after work rides on double track. It really is a one bike quiver. If there is such a thing as a full suspension hardtail this is it. It is that smooth.

    I'm running it with a 150mm Marzocchi 350cr. I know the specs on their website says it has a 68 degree head angle but I've measured mine at 66.5 so it's pretty slack.

    Having said that, I had the chance to try out a Rootdown BA and that thing is even smoother.

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    Thanks for the input kwl1. If you had to choose between the Wideangle and the Rootdown, which would you choose today? I think I have my list narrowed down to the Wideangle, Rootdown, Nimble 9, and the Trans Am but I am not able to test ride any of them in my area. It's tough to make a final decision on a bike that one has never even laid eyes on let alone taken for a spin.

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    No question I'd go with the Rootdown BA. I've seen both the blue and orange in person and they are very sharp looking bikes. I like that the curved seat tube is very subtle and not in your face like the Niner.

    I should also add that the Wideangle is an amazing climbing machine. It's incredible how well it tracks on techy uphills.

    Whichever way you go you won't be disappointed, both are awesome bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwl1 View Post
    I've had one now for one year and I love it. It's the only bike I ride, and I ride it down down everything from steep loose dirt chutes in Pemberton to long rock slabs in Squamish to super easy after work rides on double track. It really is a one bike quiver. If there is such a thing as a full suspension hardtail this is it. It is that smooth.

    I'm running it with a 150mm Marzocchi 350cr. I know the specs on their website says it has a 68 degree head angle but I've measured mine at 66.5 so it's pretty slack.

    Having said that, I had the chance to try out a Rootdown BA and that thing is even smoother.
    I'm surprised and intrigued that you find the Wideangle to have a compliant rear triangle. My local trails are nothing compared to the North Shore, but I do need to keep the impacts felt by my knees from all the roots to a minimum. My old 26" wheel titanium frame doesn't do it. Could it be the speed that is forcing the steel to be more compliant, where it would otherwise remain stiff at low speeds?

    @kwl1, @jonbek,
    Is there any chance you could measure the clearance between the chain and seat stays about 335-345mm from the axle center? Trying to fit a WTB Breakout as the rear tire. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwl1 View Post

    I should also add that the Wideangle is an amazing climbing machine. It's incredible how well it tracks on techy uphills.

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    What tyres you running and resultant bb height?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tungsten View Post
    What tyres you running and resultant bb height?
    I have 27.5x2.6" on my wideangle and it roughly measures 330mm. Their website says 320mm so maybe it was measured with standard 2.4 or so tires

    Chromag Bikes - Wideangle 27.5". A bomber hardtail that's comfortable all over the mountain.

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    Might as well post a recent pic
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Chromag Wideangle Ride Report/Review?-img_20180616_162443_sm.jpg  


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    I have 27.5x2.6" on my wideangle and it roughly measures 330mm. Their website says 320mm so maybe it was measured with standard 2.4 or so tires
    Thanks for that.

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    What's the biggest tyre that anybody has stuck into the 2016 non-boost wideangle?

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    Getting a wide angle to replace the bike after getting hit and run from behind. Trying to scrounge the parts to get it on the trail and just need a fork. Have one offered but think the steer tube is to short. Know the Wideangles head tube is about 107mm while the fork is about 150mm. What is the steer tube lengths most are getting away with?

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    New bike itch is happening again. So anyone know the weight diff between WideAngle and Stylus frames? I prefer the Stylus geo numbers but they are pretty close and if I'm honest with myself it's likely the Stylus is over built for my use.
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