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    New XCL Review

    Hey it's in MBA January 2008.

    My personal opinion is that it's nice they acknowledge Chumba for their contribution to the mountain bike world, However, I come away after reading the review that Cunningham rode the bike for a 1/2 hour and wrote the review in the next 1/2 hour. It's way too shallow. Also they should have stuck with one of Chumba's factory builds because thats as close to a standard XCL as you'll get.

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    MBA already reviewed the XCL not that long ago. Strange! Will have to wait until the Jan issue makes it to DK (March probably!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by keefe
    However, I come away after reading the review that Cunningham rode the bike for a 1/2 hour and wrote the review in the next 1/2 hour. It's way too shallow. Also they should have stuck with one of Chumba's factory builds because thats as close to a standard XCL as you'll get.
    Yeah, read that too. Weird that they reviewed the bike only a short time after reviewing last year's model. Totally pointless to review the bike with a crazy expensive XTR build kit, not something that most normal trail riders would get for this frame. Pretty weak review IMO, not nearly as detailed as the prior review.
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    I run XTR.. and I'm as normal as they get.

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    MBA seems to me to be prety much a one man band these days. No disrepect to RC, its still a widely read mag and there is only so much one guy can do in a day. Way back when it was the only mag around but now in GB/EU we have three alternatives in MBUK WMB and MBM, all of which have considerably more content though to be fair they are all more expensive. Although I did read as many reviews as possible about the XCL I based my decision to buy one on a two week test / rental from Cole Sport in Park City Utah (Really Great Guys!) last July

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    One thing you have to say is that RC knows his stuff. He has been around, he knows what he's talking about and he can write.
    The quality of the reviews in MBA, their length and their findings or lack there of, I have found to be questionable for some time. They usually read like a ghost writer is combining a handful of opinions with a description of the bike and its parts.
    The editorials RC writes are the best. I'll never forget the one he wrote about the award dinner he went to where he sat telling Phil Ligget how well Mountain Biking and I think MBA was going, in ignorance of Ligget's id. Ligget and his Tour mate went on to win the night's major award. It was gold. And in true RC style there was a moral to that one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilster1
    I run XTR.. and I'm as normal as they get.
    You may be normal (though I'm sure that could be questioned too), but I would say you would be in the small, small minority of people who:
    1. Mountain bike and own an XCL
    2. Have a full XTR spec on their XCL, like MBA tested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trigger

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    Lmao...nice!

    Although, I'm partial to Shimano!

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    whoa! and I thought the Knolly board was slow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dulyebr
    whoa! and I thought the Knolly board was slow...
    Chumba owners are too busy riding their bikes.

    Shouldn't you be out in the garage dry-humpin' your new Knolly?
    Extreme stationary biker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geolover
    Chumba owners are too busy riding their bikes.

    Shouldn't you be out in the garage dry-humpin' your new Knolly?
    I use Ti Prep to reduce chaffing.

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    Here's the review from their website.

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