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    At last...

    She's done. It only took me, oh, a month or two? Low bling build with a mix of new parts and some pulled from the bin. I left my clipless pedals on a plane after a trip to NorCal so these are temporary until I get a new pair. No ride report just yet but the parking lot spin reveals a playful character. Front end picks up effortlessly. Geo feels low and balanced. Not unlike my recently sold Blur 4X. Specs to come.






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    Sweeeeeeeet... love that ano grey!

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    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color: 07, small, ano gray
    * Fork: Pike 454 Coil U-Turn
    * Shock: RP23
    * Brakes: 08 XT
    * Cranks: Stylo
    * Pedals: some sort of meat tenderizer
    * Front Derailleur: XT
    * Rear Derailleur: X9
    * Bottom Bracket: truvativ something or other
    * Cassette: Some sram thingamabobby
    * Shifters: X9
    * Stem: Thomson 60mm
    * Headset: King
    * Handlebar: Race Face low rise
    * Grips: Lizardskin lock-ons?
    * Seatpost: Thomson
    * Saddle: Chumba
    * Front Tire: WTB 2.3 Prowler XT
    * Front Wheel: WTB Laser Disc Trail
    * Rear Tire: WTB 2.24 Mutano Raptor
    * Rear Wheel: WTB Laser Disc Trail
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: XT
    * Bike Weight: dunno yet
    Last edited by scruffylooking; 04-01-2008 at 09:34 PM.

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    Finally!!! Sweet looking bike Jason - can't wait to hear what you think about her.

    I also LOVE that color!!

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    Very nice! I also noticed that this bike is very easy to wheelie/get the front end up. It is a very fun bike that just shines in the technical fun chunky stuff! Enjoy it! I know I enjoy mine! Gotta love the gray ano too! I went w/gray over the black because here is western Pa there is alwasy some mud that you have to go through and it really shows up on a black frame.

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    Nice job! Hey..what type of dérailleur housings are those? If you ever get steel braided brake lines, those would be an awesome match.

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    Eminently capable looking build you have there. Nice! I need to throw a leg over one of those things one day.

    So how long until you are hitting doubles like Chumba says those things can do?
    My video techniques can be found in this thread.

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    Very Nice build scruffy, great color, you will love the bike!

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    Acadian - Thanks.

    dubjay - Jagwire, "Switch" I think. Oh, thanks for pressing the headset, too!

    tscheezy - It's only a matter of time... or never.
    Last edited by scruffylooking; 03-28-2008 at 10:47 AM.

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    Be careful with your chain. It looks a bit short like it might bind if you downshift to the 34t cog, especially if there is any "chain growth" as the suspension compresses.
    My video techniques can be found in this thread.

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    Thanks. Will do. My Nomad's like that, too. I totally shut down if I try and go 32/34. I keep breaking links and not replacing them. =)

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    those are some fat ass pedals

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    Thank you Captain Obvious.

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    Nice bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaclynj
    Nice bike!
    You, too!

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    Sweet bike J!
    Simple | Proven | Reliable

    http://chumbaracing.blogspot.com/

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    Thanks for making sweet bikes, A!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Thanks for making sweet bikes, A!
    Thanks man, I appreciate it.
    Simple | Proven | Reliable

    http://chumbaracing.blogspot.com/

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    Scruffy, is this your 1st XCL? I thought you were the biggest Chumba Homer ever : )

    Nice ride, everything blends together nicely.
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    Haha. Yes, it took me a while. I was a poser for a good year or two.

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    Solid looking rig. Have you had a chance for a good ride yet? I'm interested to hear how you like the ride compared to your SC bikes. Vpp vs the HL design on the Chumba.

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    Not yet. Work and family has been keeping my off bikes since Weds. Going to ride it this Weds!

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Thank you Captain Obvious.
    Your welcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Bike Specs
    * Fork: Pike 454 Air U-Turn
    Are you sure that's the Air model or was that a typo? Just curious since it looks exactly like my coil version and I don't see any shrader caps.

    Congrats on "officially" joining the Chumba club!.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky D
    Are you sure that's the Air model or was that a typo?
    Sharp eye. I fixed it. Must have been typing on auto pilot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Not yet. Work and family has been keeping my off bikes since Weds. Going to ride it this Weds!
    How was the bike ride? I've noticed mine climbs better that my King Kikapu did... doesn't handle ice well though. Now that I think about it...I don't think any bike really does?

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    jj, two words:

    Work. Sucks.

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    Finally took her out for her maiden voyage. Bike felt great. I felt like crap. I need to ride more and work less. Anyways, I'm not the type that gets on a new bike and immediately feels good. And this first ride revealed that I need to work on my suspension set up a bit. But I felt so much potential every time I leaned that bike over through a turn. Mmmm.

    Quick takes: Front end pops up telepathically. Loves to be leaned into turns. Feels like a slightly more comfy version of my old Blur 4X. The small is a bit cramped for me but the medium feels too big. U-Turn is a pain compared to TALAS II. Not a Nomad replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking

    Quick takes: Front end pops up telepathically. Loves to be leaned into turns. Feels like a slightly more comfy version of my old Blur 4X. The small is a bit cramped for me but the medium feels too big. U-Turn is a pain compared to TALAS II. Not a Nomad replacement.
    I love the Pike coil way more than the Talas. But it's taken a couple of rides before I can adjust without stopping. A friend of mine just bought a Medium (actually not ano gray!) so I'll be able to compare... Although I think the Med would have been a little too big. I guess we'll really see how the bike rides when I take it to the Moab/Ftuita this month.

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    I haven't spent enough time with the Pike Coil yet to pass judgement although I think I may need a different spring. I will say this - I think the Fox's build quality looks noticeably more high end. That's just my opinion. Fortunately I can adjust the Pike on the go as long as the go is mellow.

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    seriously those pedals... friiiggin huuuge

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    LOL - I've got ATACs on the ride now so I can send 'em over to you. You can use them as boat anchors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    I haven't spent enough time with the Pike Coil yet to pass judgement although I think I may need a different spring. I will say this - I think the Fox's build quality looks noticeably more high end. That's just my opinion. Fortunately I can adjust the Pike on the go as long as the go is mellow.
    Fox does look a lot better. The Pikes took a bad beating last weekend after a little run in with a cliff and the juniper bush that caught everything on the way down. The fake ano paint is all scratched up and missing in spots. So now the 2 year old Talas looks new compared to the pikes. On a plus note, the frame didn't get a single scratch!

    After seeing my Chumba, my New Zealand friend is buying one to take home with him... it's raspberry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaclynj
    After seeing my Chumba, my New Zealand friend is buying one to take home with him... it's raspberry.
    Haha. Irony sucks. Sorry about the fork.

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    times are the way to go for clipless for sure.

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