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    Post your Hammerhead / Switchback

    Awesome! Looks great...
    Glad you are enjoying it....

    Stuart at Blue Flow www.blueflowbikes.com is really good people.....excited to be partnered up with him in The UK & EU!


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    Turns out my 16 year old kid is (almost) tall enough for my size L Thumper. We had a really nice 10 km ride together today (me on my backup SS Inbred).

    Cheers from Sweden
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    Awesome!

    Can I use the gutr3 image on our Facebook page?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Switchback Bikes View Post
    Awesome!

    Can I use the gutr3 image on our Facebook page?


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    Absolutely. No problem.

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    Dear lord, does that now make 6 of us that have a Thumper AND an Inbred?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Dear lord, does that now make 6 of us that have a Thumper AND an Inbred?!
    I know, its odd

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    HA! I may have to get one on principle


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    Thumper and a On one Scandal29.
    Close I suppose😋
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    Def a great bike, my brother built up an On-One Whippet two years ago and every time he rides it all he can say is "this thing is stupid fast!!!"

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    Ill be joining the club tomorrow!
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    I just picked up FastBanana's decked out Unveil 9, look forward to hitting the trails this weekend hopefully!
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    Post your Hammerhead / Switchback-uploadfromtaptalk1428173972338.jpg
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    Hammerhead Thumper SRAM XO Chris King

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    It's my former biz partner's...he got for his wife and she only rode once.

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    Cable Routing

    How are you all routing your cables?

    I have my rear mech cable running along the none drive side top tube, through the top of the top shock mount, through the swing link & down the drive side seat stay.
    After only a few short rides the rear mech cable has rubbed a shallow depression in the seat tube. See below just above seat stay bridge & opposite front mech cable guide tie point.
    And the swing link has worn through the black coating of the cable outer.

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    I've got mine routed like yours, maybe a tad of slight rub over the miles. But nothing like you've got going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dickie View Post
    How are you all routing your cables?

    I have my rear mech cable running along the none drive side top tube, through the top of the top shock mount, through the swing link & down the drive side seat stay.
    After only a few short rides the rear mech cable has rubbed a shallow depression in the seat tube. See below just above seat stay bridge & opposite front mech cable guide tie point.
    And the swing link has worn through the black coating of the cable outer.

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    The cable/housing to the rear derailleur is too short....causing it to rub as the suspension compresses....redo it and lengthen the cable/housing a bit....you can also zip-tie it to the seat stay at the first available spot before the cable/housing guide for extra assurance that it won't rotate over and keep rubbing

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    The cable/housing to the rear derailleur is too short....causing it to rub as the suspension compresses....redo it and lengthen the cable/housing a bit....you can also zip-tie it to the seat stay at the first available spot before the cable/housing guide for extra assurance that it won't rotate over and keep rubbing

    Cheers!
    Thanks - but won't a zip-tie to the seat stay pull the cable housing down onto the swing link & exaggerate the rub there?

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    Lengthen cable first, if it's still rubbing zip tie it....if the length of the cable is sufficient it should be good


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    SB Prototype Reveal 9 Carbon Bike Build XL for Sale

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    This was protoype frame that did not go into production.
    Asking 2800 but we are motivated

    For additional information please click on link :2014 Switchback XL 21" Carbon 29er Bike For Sale

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    Well, just waiting on my chain and cassette, and it should finally be ready for the initial build. In the meantime, here is what I'm working with:

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    Yeah, garage space is very limited at the moment. Hopefully I can have a proper photo shoot by the end of next week.

    I'm also scouring ebay for a deal on the Monarch. Does the mid/mid tune sound about right?

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    DONT GET THE MONARCH!!! GO FOR THE MANITOU MCLEOD!!!
    Manitou McLeod Rear Shock | Chain Reaction Cycles
    You will need the 190x50 size and the shock has been perfectly fitted to the frame since I put on about a month ago. Getting first real out of area tests next week when I ride Sedona AZ but to this point I have been blown away by the shocks performance and the price....OOOOOH THE PRICE!!!!

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    Do you think sending it to PUSH is worth a shot? Its about the same as the MM price wise.
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    Better pic day while I wait on my chain reaction order to show up (2 weeks now whyyy?)

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    Also Greg has me really wondering how much I want a Monarch. I'm pretty sure you're the one that sold me on the frame to begin with.

    Does anyone have experience with both shocks? It looks like they'll both be around the same price, if chain reaction will get them back in stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    DONT GET THE MONARCH!!! GO FOR THE MANITOU MCLEOD!!!
    .......OOOOOH THE PRICE!!!!
    I actually really like my Monarch+RC3 and the price was $340 shipped. It works really nicely with Pike up front.

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    I know Scott from SB switches between the RS and FOX
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    Quote Originally Posted by dickie View Post
    How are you all routing your cables?

    I have my rear mech cable running along the none drive side top tube, through the top of the top shock mount, through the swing link & down the drive side seat stay.
    After only a few short rides the rear mech cable has rubbed a shallow depression in the seat tube. See below just above seat stay bridge & opposite front mech cable guide tie point.
    And the swing link has worn through the black coating of the cable outer.

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    Had somewhat of the same issue with mine so on those areas where I felt the cable might rub I put on some Puka Patch (https://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/Pu...er-8p13160.htm) that we had leftover from when I did the rails on my wife's paddleboard. Stuff has done great at protecting the paint since I built the bike.

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    Just throwing this in here too... While in Sedona I completely decapitated the rd hanger from the frame. Snapped the bolts clean off, bent the hanger and stretched one rear spoke so badly that I had to replace. Anyways, blue prints from Scott show the RD hanger bolts as M5xP0.8 which is an M5 hex head bolt, pitch of 0.8 that can be easily found at Home Depot/Lowes in their specialty bolts section. Weird thing is that they are 10mm long bolts and apparently those are not easily found locally (for me at least) so I ordered a bunch through eBay. 12mm long bolts will work but anything longer will interfere with the cassette, the 12mm have about 1-2mm left of clearance.

    So again, RD Hanger bolts are M5x0.8x10mm.

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    Good Info, thanks Greg
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    Thanks for all the pain and suffering for us
    Great info....I actually updated the site with that info 🏻


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    No prob guys... That is what we are all here for! Now just waiting for the damn things to ship from China, good thing I got a 10pk from them as the "estimated" delivery date at this point in the 22nd of MAY... bleh.

    Now I am debating on if I want to change cranks (curious if a 170mm vs a 175mm will help knee issue and change ride at all), wait for Wide Range cassette or look at lacing up some new wheels with a 30mm (ext) rim. For some reason didn't realize that my rims were only 26mm wide last night when talking tires with someone. Still got stuff I need to do to the Land Cruiser so bike things may wait unless I can find a stellar deal on something.

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    Getting new hoops hopefully by end of month. 30mm ID
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    I have a bad knee that keeps me from biking (as much as I'd like) but tonight I couldn't resist getting the Thumper out for a short spin on some easy trails nearby. Lovley evening sun.

    New Nobby Nics felt promising as light-ish trail rubber.

    Cheers from Sweden
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modig View Post
    I have a bad knee that keeps me from biking (as much as I'd like) but tonight I couldn't resist getting the Thumper out for a short spin on some easy trails nearby. Lovley evening sun.

    New Nobby Nics felt promising as light-ish trail rubber.

    Cheers from Sweden
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    Awesome pics Johan! Gonna use one of them as our new FB cover photo if that's cool with you?

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    Dang those are sweet
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    Quote Originally Posted by Switchback Bikes View Post
    Awesome pics Johan! Gonna use one of them as our new FB cover photo if that's cool with you?
    Thanks Scott. No problem using for FB

    /Johan

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    Thanks!


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    Great pictures Johan !

    Finally , very nearly finished my HH 130X , I've just got to Helitape tape it , and I'm waiting on a Shimano 10 speed shifter, I've got one already but I'm going to try the i spec version. Any body tried these, good/bad ?

    Pics to follow!

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    I was out again a short ride last night and noticed my bike has developed a rear end play. If I grab the rear wheel ar 12 o'clock and rock it back and forth it is very obvious.

    After some investigation I located the play to the drive side chainstay pivot. Has anyone else experienced this? I guess I'm looking at replacing the needle bearing?

    I just hope there is no damage to chainstay or seatstay. The thing is, I had that pivot bolt unthread itself shortly after I got the bike but I added some thread lock (and grease to the bearing itself) and it has stayed in place just fine. But maybe riding with the (partly) unthreaded pivot bolt has caused some damage to the frame parts?

    I haven't had time to look at it more closely but will disassemble the pivots this weekend.

    Any pointers as to where I can get the needle bearing, should I decide to replace it, is most appreciated.

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    Hhhhmmmm. Maybe @gregnash or @fastbanana has a good needle bearing source....I don't know of any Stateside personally.....only OE vendors in Taiwan


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    No problem Scott.

    After I posted above I googled the part number from the exploded view and it seems to be a standard bearing. I can probably find it locally or online without problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modig View Post
    No problem Scott.

    After I posted above I googled the part number from the exploded view and it seems to be a standard bearing. I can probably find it locally or online without problem

    /Johan
    Good news man! Looks like my family and I will be moving back to Europe next spring. We will have to link up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamRWB View Post
    Good news man! Looks like my family and I will be moving back to Europe next spring. We will have to link up.
    Ah, there you go. Where in europe is that? Linking up sounds good

    /Johan

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    It will be Germany
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modig View Post
    After some investigation I located the play to the drive side chainstay pivot. Has anyone else experienced this? I guess I'm looking at replacing the needle bearing?
    Had a look at this tonight and the needle bearing sure does seem like the culprit. After separating the pivot I could wiggle the little 12 mm hollow axle (or is shaft a better word? I don't know the difference) inside the bearing.

    Made a VERY ghetto bearing puller out of a bolt, v-brake nut and some junk spacers and the bearings came out without a problem. I hope I can press new ones in just as easily.

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    Will call local bearing suppliers tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed and hoping they can supply the HK1010 bearing.

    Will update with result once I get the bike operational again.

    Cheers
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    P.S. As an added bonus I accidently discovered the source of an annoying noise (or at least I think I did). When turning the bike over i placed my hand on one of the bottle cage screws and noticed it was completely loose letting the washer rattle

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    Hopefully you will be up and running soon.
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    Great MacGuyvering!


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    Only bearing companies that I can think of off hand would be either RWC (Real World Cycling) Enduro bearings or Boca Bearings. Both provide needle bearings for bikes and other such suspension parts and have had great reviews. Think FB had put the RWC needle bearings in his bike before TeamRWB bought it.

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    I will verify on my frame when I get home today.
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    I'm also about to throw some carbon hoops on mine! Duke Crazy Jack Carbon rims with 32mm ID!
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    Thanks for the bearing input guys (enduroforkseals has the correct part, HK1010). Seems I can buy them locally though, hopefully of decent quality.

    Do you think a simple clamp like this will do the job to press them in place?

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    Next question then, what about grease for pivot bearings?
    I've heard both good and bad things about marine (propeller shaft) grease. On one hand very sticky and water repellant but other claim it turns into horrible goo in MTB applications.

    And 32 mm rim ID sounds almost into fatbike territory RWB . It will be interesting to hear your thoughts on that setup once you get rolling. What tyres are you planning on running?

    Cheers
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    It should work. Normally what I do when I set bearings is take a socket of the same diameter of the bearing and flip it so the back of the socket is used against the bearing(more surface) and use a hammer or preferably rubber mallet. Usually have no issues tapping them in.

    As far as grease Id probably stick with something bike specific if possible or some synthetic grease.

    Nah mine are 25mm now so dont see 7mm making to much of a difference. Ill be running some 2.3 & 2.4 tires. Will have to see how they profile on new rim.
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    OK, one last post in my pivot bearing series
    I'm happy to report that the new bearings went in super easy (after 8 hours in the freezer and some grease). All in all a very easy operation (and I used the socket trick for a couple of finishing taps to center the bearing in the pivot).

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    Did a short spin around the house and preliminary result is that the rear end feels stiff as new. Will go for a proper ride tomorrow (holiday here in Sweden).

    Cheers
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    P.S. On another note I think Thumper/Unveil9 number two is heading towards Sweden (picked that up on a local forum).

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    Cool... Good to know that they were fairly easy to replace.

    So I am dropping the Sturdy in the front for the time being. Tire has been good but SERIOUSLY knobby and don't really feel like I need something that substantial at this time. So I have switched the GOMA up front and my old Saguaro in the back and will ride that for a bit. Definitely looks a bit strange with the 2.2" Saguaro on back (measured at 2.0 on my rims) and the 2.25" GOMA on front (measured just over 2.1" on my rims). Think the bike looks better with the 2.3" tires on it for sure so I am waiting for the new Vittoria Morsa to come out later this summer and then I will run that up front or run a 2.4" Goma and 2.25" Goma.

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    This is my Thumper, It has just been treated to some new wheels, Velocity Blunt SS rims on a SRAM X0 rear hub and Superstar Components Switch Ultra-Lite front hub, Dropped around 300g compared to my old Rhythm Elites.

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    Total bike weight now sits at around 13.2kg or 29.2lbs (without the tube under the saddle)

    I love this bike, Can't wait to give the new wheels their first run out tomorrow!

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    Very nice
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    Nice... and still think it is crazy that people are easily getting these bikes under 30lbs, let alone the few have gotten them to 28lbs and lower.

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    Well I guess now is as good of a time as any to debut my XL Thumper. It took just shy of a year from ordering the frame to finally riding it yesterday (around the block, effin weather).

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    Weighs 29.4 on the bathroom scale, built as follows:

    XL THUMPER frame in my new favorite color.
    Rock Shox Revelation
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    Maxxis Ardent 2.4 front, Ikon 2.35 rear
    Shimano XT brakes and rotors, chain, cassette, pedals
    Race Face Chester crankset
    Race Face 34t NW ring
    Sram X9 rear shifter, derailler
    Easton Haven carbon seat post
    Easton Haven stem 60 mm
    Easton EC70 carbon bars
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    This is my first full squish 29 build, and it's already a full pound lighter than my '06 Stumpy 26 with Crossmax wheels. So far, no complaints about weight haha.

    Hope to get better (and muddier) pics up soon along with ride impressions, just need it to stop raining for a minute or two.
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    As promised, here are a few pictures of my 130x
    I've done one small ride round a local trail centre( sherwood pines ) and everything with the bike is sweet, I'm looking forward to the next ride!


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    Thanks very much TeamRWB, I am very pleased with how it's turned out.


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    Very clean looking with the white
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    Yes, I like it! I aimed for just a black and white bike after seeing this picture on the Blue Flow Bikes ( European distributor) website.



    That picture pretty much sold it to me!


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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Cool... Good to know that they were fairly easy to replace.

    So I am dropping the Sturdy in the front for the time being. Tire has been good but SERIOUSLY knobby and don't really feel like I need something that substantial at this time. So I have switched the GOMA up front and my old Saguaro in the back and will ride that for a bit. Definitely looks a bit strange with the 2.2" Saguaro on back (measured at 2.0 on my rims) and the 2.25" GOMA on front (measured just over 2.1" on my rims). Think the bike looks better with the 2.3" tires on it for sure so I am waiting for the new Vittoria Morsa to come out later this summer and then I will run that up front or run a 2.4" Goma and 2.25" Goma.
    Definitely would love some feedback. I want to play around with tire combos this summer.
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    Hi!
    Just need to post my build here.
    I was planning to build up a On-One Codeine, but as delivery got further and further delayed I needed to look around for something else...
    Got a tip about the Unveil9 at Blue Flow Bikes
    And Stuart was helpfull and shipped the frame as soon as he convinced me about correct size.

    The build itself is very custom and I have a 5-page thread about it on our Swedish MTB-forum: [Byggtråd] On-One Codeine - För att göra det krångligt för sig... :: happymtb.org but I take it short here...

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    - Switchback Unveil9, size Large (I'm 185 cm tall, inseam 90 cm)
    Fork:
    - RockShox Pike 140mm (bought as 160mm and then lowered by cutting and re-threading the original airshaft piston)
    Wheels:
    - DT350 StraightPull Hubs with 36 StarRatchet
    - DT Competition spokes
    - DT E512 rims (25mm inner width)
    - On-One ChunkyMonkey 29x2.35" TrailExtreme tyre on the front
    - On-One Smorgasbord 29x2.25" TrailExtreme tyre on the backwheel.
    Cockpit:
    - 760mm Funn LowRiser handlebar
    - 60mm RaceFace Ride steam
    - ODI Rough grips
    - GravityDroper LT seatpost (remote connected to old front-shifter on left combo-lever)
    - Canyon "noname" sadle
    - Welgo "330g noname" flatpedals
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    - Shimano 180mm SLX rotors
    - Custom 9-speed Shimano HG61-cassette with 11-36 range
    - Shimano XT 3x9-speed crankset with a 32-tooth N/W-ring and 32-36 Polymer Bashring
    - Shimano 9-speed HG73 chain

    As you probably guessed is the driveterrain moved over from my last bike, this in the wait for the new Shimano XT 8000-series...

    The bike ride's like a dream and eats up anything in front of it, since I build it up one week ago, have I runned it at one enduro-race and some oldstyle DH-tracks. STOKED!

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    Nice bike Lars , really great to see a race number on an Unveil 9 !!
    The new XT group set looks really nice, can't wait to see that on your bike!!


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    Great report Lars.
    It's been great fun following your build and hearing your thoughts on everything in the thread at happymtb.org.

    Good thing Switchback doubled sales in Sweden (AFAIK)

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    Great build Lars! What shock are you running?

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    Thx! It's an Marz Roco Piggyback Air TST R from 2009, I realy like it because of Marz way of using the Piggyback as adjustable bottom-out controll. Only bad thing about it is the expencive spares (oil- and airpressure O-ring kits is $90 each!), but now I found 3'd part spares for a fraction of the price on ebay

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    Hey Scott, are you having more medium and large 29er aluminum frames built?

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    Finally got a solid ride on the SB after a 2 1/2 month layoff from broken ribs. Im way out of shape, but I was extremely shocked at how well she climbs. I was doing quite a few , up and down, quick burst climbs and she killed them all. Now being out of shape and the weight of the bike juiced me pretty quick, but man this is a sweet bike. Only my 2nd ride since owning her, but im all smiles! Now to get in shape, and get my courage back since I was definitely a little gun shy still from the ribs.
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    Anyone care to shore your shock pressure vs weight for a Thumper? I found this one with 175psi/220lbs ready to ride.
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    240-250psi/215lb ready to ride. Shock is monarch plus.

    Also got a new bike rack for my bike
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    RWB, did you ever get those carbon wheels?

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    At the end of next month!
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    Nice. Im going to be in need of road wheels soon. My mavics have seen better days. The previous owner of my road bike nearly destroyed the wheels

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    I have some if you need to use em, nothing high end but good training wheels. American Classic Victory's with ceramic bearings
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    No need. Mine still work, but they wont last forever. What was the name of your friends company?

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    GOT REDEMPTION TODAY! I owned the trail today that I broke my ribs on. LOVE THIS DAMN BIKE!
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    Greetings from Malaysia. I thought I would like to share my Unveil 9 that was built a couple of months ago. Probably the first in my part of the world. Kudos to Scott for arranging to get 2 frames shipped to my country (I managed to get my mate to get one as well). I would like to also give a shout out to the folks here. Reading the comments here convinced me that guys that Unveil 9 would be a great purchase.

    This is my first full suspension bike and coming from a Banshee Paradox previously, this bike really blew me away. Like most here have experienced, the bike just pushes you go faster and take more aggressive lines. Needless to say, I am very happy with my purchase -especially at this price point.

    Here's the list of the key components that I've got on the bike. Size is M and the total weight is about 13.8kg or 30.5lb. Not the lightest, but I'm quite happy with it.

    Race Face SIXC Carbon 35mm handlebar (cut to 760mm from 800mm)
    Race Face Atlas 35mm stem
    SRAM Guide RSC with 180mm rotors
    Rockshox Pike 140mm
    Rockshox Reverb dropper
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    Hope Pro 2 Evo hub with DT Swiss Competition spokes and ZTR Flow EX rims
    WTB Vigilante 2.3 front and Maxxis Ardent 2.25 rear
    X01 rear shifter and derailleur
    XT cassette with Aerozine 42t cog expander
    X1 crankset with 32t ring
    Spank Spike pedals

    Cheers and keep riding those trails!

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    Sweet deal TeamRWB!!!! Love it when you can give the finger to a section that has kicked your ass before...

    I upgraded mine a bit with a new Praxis 11-40 cassette. Has been awesome so far, not a HUGE difference or anything but just enough to make it that little bit easier to get up some of those tough climbs. Other than that I have just been riding the McLeod like I stole it and swapping out tires as I am riding enough to destroy them pretty quickly. Current setup is On-One Chunky Monkey 2.4 in front and an old back Spesh Purg Control 2.2. Never really liked the Purg because it always seemed to float/slide out unpredictably as a rear. Has already done this a few time to me while riding but I have gotten used to it enough that I can unclip and drift pretty easily.

    The McLeod has been an absolutely PHENOMINAL replacement for the Fox. This shock never ceases to amaze me with what it does. I actually didn't realize that I left it completely open the other day, went through a gnarly climb an did not experience any pedal bob until I hit a section where I was trying to save a bad line choice and tried to stand and mash. Since it was open I ended up bobbing and hitting my pedal, didn't crash but wasn't able to save the scramble. On descents this thing completely matches how I ride and how the Thumper rides..... LIKE A DEMON OUTTA H ELL!!!!!

    Hoping that I can take it to CO at the end of August.. TeamRWB and FastBanana if you guys are up for it maybe we can meet in Steamboat one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    Hey Scott, are you having more medium and large 29er aluminum frames built?
    Anyone heard from Scott recently? Anyone know if he is planning on getting anymore large aluminum frames in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    Hey Scott, are you having more medium and large 29er aluminum frames built?

    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    Anyone heard from Scott recently? Anyone know if he is planning on getting anymore large aluminum frames in?
    You could e-mail Switchback and ask

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    Their facebook page is gone, and their twitter hasn't been updated in 3 months. Hopefully, he's just been really busy.

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    I know he had some things in the works for SB
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    Hey guys....sorry I've been MIA...things have been pretty busy these days. I haven't been checking the threads lately...obviously
    A customer/friend gave me the heads up about the questions on here, so chiming in.

    @noosa - we are still working on $$ for another production run to restock on the Meds/Lrgs.

    A little behind the curtain info for people on production runs - It takes big $$ to fund a production run because of MOQs (Minimum Order Quantities) the Manufacturers require....those MOQs have recently gone up significantly so it makes it very challenging for a tiny Brand like SB to fund production runs. That info is also relevant to what @teamrwb mentioned above.

    @kenai - thanks for suggesting people e-mail with questions.....that's always a great way to hit me up with questions/status updates.

    @mtndude23 - our FB page is still up https://www.facebook.com/Switchbackbikes?ref=tn_tnmn I just haven't had any noteworthy updates to post so it has been a little dormant...also, I don't post direct to Twitter....I have FB & Twitter linked so when I post something on FB it posts to Twitter...that's why Twitter has been dormant as well

    @teamrwb - that's true....things are still in the works and of course taking longer than hoped....my goal is to have some firm updates and noteworthy info in the next 30-60 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Sweet deal TeamRWB!!!! Love it when you can give the finger to a section that has kicked your ass before...

    I upgraded mine a bit with a new Praxis 11-40 cassette. Has been awesome so far, not a HUGE difference or anything but just enough to make it that little bit easier to get up some of those tough climbs. Other than that I have just been riding the McLeod like I stole it and swapping out tires as I am riding enough to destroy them pretty quickly. Current setup is On-One Chunky Monkey 2.4 in front and an old back Spesh Purg Control 2.2. Never really liked the Purg because it always seemed to float/slide out unpredictably as a rear. Has already done this a few time to me while riding but I have gotten used to it enough that I can unclip and drift pretty easily.

    The McLeod has been an absolutely PHENOMINAL replacement for the Fox. This shock never ceases to amaze me with what it does. I actually didn't realize that I left it completely open the other day, went through a gnarly climb an did not experience any pedal bob until I hit a section where I was trying to save a bad line choice and tried to stand and mash. Since it was open I ended up bobbing and hitting my pedal, didn't crash but wasn't able to save the scramble. On descents this thing completely matches how I ride and how the Thumper rides..... LIKE A DEMON OUTTA H ELL!!!!!

    Hoping that I can take it to CO at the end of August.. TeamRWB and FastBanana if you guys are up for it maybe we can meet in Steamboat one day!
    Thanks Greg, the good part is I dont rememeber the exact section that ate my ribs. So didnt kill my mojo.

    Id be down for an Aug ride, I leave for training at end of Aug so hope Ill be here.

    To my surprise right now Im liking the CTD. I will need a few more climbs to be sure. Still considering getting it PUSHd.
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    Im down for a local ride soon. This weekend Im tied up with a surgery on the lady in Vail, but Jones Park to Jacks would be an epic day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Im down for a local ride soon. This weekend Im tied up with a surgery on the lady in Vail, but Jones Park to Jacks would be an epic day.
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    Whats pipeline?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FastBanana View Post
    Whats pipeline?
    Probably same trail your referring to, starts up at Rosemont off of Old Stage/Gold Camp
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    I think yes. Its on Old Stage. They fixed up the road so its not so rough anymore. There are some very very fast sections

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    I used to ride PL religously back in the day. Been wanting to get back up there.
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    We call it Jones Park. Maybe we are talking about the same trail. Ill show you a secret trail too. Its sketchy.

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    Probably. Lets set something up. Not as fast and crazy as I used to be, but still like the DH.
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    Hell yeah. Text me next weekend. I have the end of july off too.

    Just let off the brakes, nothing is dangerous, just how fast do you want to go.

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    Will do. Trust me I know!
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    Alrighty dates are set CO peeps... Will be there starting the 28th through the 31st. Apparently my BIL who lives out there with me will be going back with us, his brother married my SIL... I know its weird.... brothers married sisters, anyways he apparently is bringing the bike too.

    We will be limited to sticking around Steamboat so I know that somewhat limits trails and we are "supposed" to be there to help prep incoming babies room and help the BIL/SIL prep for baby getting last things done at their place so may one be one or two days max that we can ride. Ultimately, I will be happy with one ride.

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    Which of you guys is in Arizona?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Alrighty dates are set CO peeps... Will be there starting the 28th through the 31st. Apparently my BIL who lives out there with me will be going back with us, his brother married my SIL... I know its weird.... brothers married sisters, anyways he apparently is bringing the bike too.

    We will be limited to sticking around Steamboat so I know that somewhat limits trails and we are "supposed" to be there to help prep incoming babies room and help the BIL/SIL prep for baby getting last things done at their place so may one be one or two days max that we can ride. Ultimately, I will be happy with one ride.
    Not sure I can make it but ill try.
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    TeamRWB - no worries dude I figured it would be cool to meet someone else that rides a Thumper as well..

    PHeller - don't think anyone is in Arizona... I went to Arizona in May and rode in Sedona, maybe that is what you are thinking of?

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    Just got back from vacation/ride up in Montana, did Bangtail divide. An amazing ride, if anyone gets upthere. 31 miles, 4000' vertical of climbing and amazing views. The thumper did great!


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    With all the hoopla going on with 27.5+ bikes being able to run 29er tires (standard size not +) I am wondering for those of you that ran 27.5 wheels/tires what was your experiences with it on the 29er Thumper/Unveil9?

    Itching to build some wheels myself as I found what looks like a good set of knockoff DT Swiss hubs and been wanting wider rims as mine are only 26mm external XC type. Thinking of throwing a set of 27.5 wide rims on the hubs with some 2.8" 27.5+ tires and see how things work out.

    Thoughts? Would be longer project just because + tires are so DAMN expensive....

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    Knockoff DT Swiss? Where?

    I'd aim for 35-40mm rims. It provides the happy medium between support for a 2.8 tire, without making the tire so huge that it won't fit a 29er frame. The new WTB i35 Asym will be a great lightweight option with a 35mm internal width.

    The Thumper/Unveil9 can run a probably an 80mm wide tire with proper clearance. Which many imagine the future crop of 2.8" tires will expand to on a narrower rim. If you go with 50mm wide rim you may find that with the exception of the Trailblazer 2.8, the tire get so wide you cant run them on the non-Plus frames.
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    Yeah I am not sure about the whole + sized stuff yet for mtbing. Buddy and I have been debating back and forth about the perceived bonuses of these items and what not (e.g. boost hubs, much wider rims, big tires but not FATBIKE size, etc) and really it comes down to what you are doing with your bike. He thinks it is a fad that will fade away slowly but I am not so convinced, especially with the understanding that on a normal 29er bike you should have clearance to run 27.5+ stuff and not see many negatives with regards to geometry change, handling, etc.

    I theorycraft a lot so this is purely what this is at the moment and the itch to want to build something.

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    Really depends on the rider and what they are looking for. More grip? More cushion?

    My wife is still learning and so we haven't spent much on her biking equipment. She's riding a 1998 Santa Cruz Chameleon. I recently swapped out the 2.0 tires for a 2.35 and 2.7 tire on the bike and she immediately noticed the difference. She was able to attack rocky sections of trail with a lot more confidence. In general, she much prefers to ride her mtb with big tires than her road bike with skinny little things.

    She's not concerned about being fast, she's concerned about wrecking. Anything that helps with confidence allows her more time on the trail, which improves her skills, and builds her speed.

    I think there are a lot of riders who will appreciate the confidence of the bigger, slower tire.

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    This is how I ride the Thumper
    Clearly I need an upgrade with something.
    Wider bars have been installed

    PS. No man or metal was harmed during the process, actually somehow landed on my feet.

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    Has anybody played with an angle set on the Thumper?

    Just wondering what would slacker head angle and lower bottom bracket do to the ride.

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    LOL.. great photographer timing! Looks like you may need a new front rim after that one.

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    Couple of questions for you guys. What is the widest tire that fits in the back? Does anybody have a 160mm fork on a bike. How does it feel? Need to do maintenance on my Pike and really tempted to change an air shaft from 140 to 160mm before upcoming trip to Mammoth.

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    It's a 130mm bike. 160 on the front is going to raise the BB sky high. You might be able to do it if you got offset bushings for the rear shock, that'd lower the BB and slacken it out, but that might feel strange with big wheels.

    The rear will easily fit a 2.5 tire.

    Having ridden trail bikes at lift-served areas, I'd suggested getting bigger rotors, like 180mm front and rear, and running a 2.5 Maxxis Minion DHF up front or a Geax Goma 2.4, and something of similar size out back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHeller View Post
    It's a 130mm bike. 160 on the front is going to raise the BB sky high. You might be able to do it if you got offset bushings for the rear shock, that'd lower the BB and slacken it out, but that might feel strange with big wheels.

    The rear will easily fit a 2.5 tire.

    Having ridden trail bikes at lift-served areas, I'd suggested getting bigger rotors, like 180mm front and rear, and running a 2.5 Maxxis Minion DHF up front or a Geax Goma 2.4, and something of similar size out back.
    Already have 203mm on both ends. I have Maxxis Ardent 2.4 upfront, currently have Nevegal 2.2 back works good but want something wider.

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    Yeah I am running Geax GOMA 2.4 in the back and it seems like it would not fit much more.. Measure with my HF calipers at 20psi at 2.36"

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    That's what I was thinking. 2.5 is a bit too much for the back. Geax Goma looks good. Might try it.

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    I'm running, the 2.5 minion up front and the 2.4 ardent in the back. Plenty of clearence in the back still. I love big tires for rough desert riding.

    I run my fork at 150, so not the 160 you're thinking about. But for my riding it really works well. For really steep climbs you need to move forward a bit more, but otherwise climbing is a non issue. And well for the other side of the climb-you'll love having the extra travel!

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    Quote Originally Posted by El_Zilcho View Post
    That's what I was thinking. 2.5 is a bit too much for the back. Geax Goma looks good. Might try it.
    Give it a shot... seriously been one of the best tires I have had in both the 2.25 and 2.4 size. Very predictable grip/traction, does not let loose easily, has pretty good wear life and the traction in multiple terrain has been great. Next time I am definitely springing for the TnT version as I currently have non-tubeless ready rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnuutV View Post
    This is how I ride the Thumper
    Clearly I need an upgrade with something.
    Wider bars have been installed

    PS. No man or metal was harmed during the process, actually somehow landed on my feet.
    Oh man....just seeing this.....great pic!

    May have to post that on our FB page, with your permission of course


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    Quote Originally Posted by Switchback Bikes View Post
    Oh man....just seeing this.....great pic!

    May have to post that on our FB page, with your permission of course


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    Sorry it's not my picture and it's free for non-commercial use only. You would have to ask Kosti Koistinen who took the photo.

    But honestly I landed on my feet after that poor line choice, and fortunately the wheel was fine also.

    About the 160mm fork:
    I've been interested in longer forks also. I'd be over forked on home trails, but for enduro races they might be just the ticket.

    To lover the BB, one would have to use an angle adjustment headset, because the linkage on the Thumper/Unveil9 doesn't have the clearance for offset bushings.

    PS. I visited Troms in Norway with Thumper. That's way up north. Maybe the northest any Thumper has ever been

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    Great info on the pic and who owns it, thanks...

    That's awesome you Landed it

    You could get a Dual-Position Pike....160-130mm....sell yours and roll that $$ into a new one

    We actually did a Northernmost Thumper contest a while back, Sweden won over Alaska.....that was a where your Thumper resides deal....wonder if your Norway visit is the Northernmost Thumper visit

    Either way, that is awesome to know your Thumper has been to Troms!


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    The angleset would require a 1 1/8th steerer right?

    Another way to drop the BB would be to.run 650+ tires. I think the OD is a little smaller than a 29x2.3

    I ran a 650B rear for a while to drop the BB. Worked ok, the bad side effect was it changed the seat angle too much to keep a setback dropper post. I was considering changing posts before I sold the bike and put the 29er rear back on.

    It was sweet as a hybrid. With a straight post it would've been great. I just needed more rear travel.

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    New wheels ordered!

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    Do you have a bearing press at work?

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    If its not packed up, whats up?
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    So short report from my trip to Mammoth. For tires I had maxis ardent 2.4 on the back and minion 2.5 on the front. Minion 2.5 looks almost smaller than 2.4 ardent, but the combination worked really good in mammoth. Did not change my fork travel and 140 worked quite well, never wanted more, Pike and monarch plus work perfectly on this bike. I'm not very good with jumps, clearing transition on a big jump is an achievement for me, but up to the double diamond trails I never wished I had different bike. On expert trails you need a bigger bike, but again thumper cold clear most of the stuff, the main limiting factor was my skill. So I really enjoyed the bike and was pleasantly surprised how capable the bike is even after a year riding it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El_Zilcho View Post
    So short report from my trip to Mammoth. For tires I had maxis ardent 2.4 on the back and minion 2.5 on the front. Minion 2.5 looks almost smaller than 2.4 ardent, but the combination worked really good in mammoth. Did not change my fork travel and 140 worked quite well, never wanted more, Pike and monarch plus work perfectly on this bike. I'm not very good with jumps, clearing transition on a big jump is an achievement for me, but up to the double diamond trails I never wished I had different bike. On expert trails you need a bigger bike, but again thumper cold clear most of the stuff, the main limiting factor was my skill. So I really enjoyed the bike and was pleasantly surprised how capable the bike is even after a year riding it.
    What made you go Ardent over the Minion rear
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    Not sure. I already had ardent tire and got minion couple of hours before living. So just mounted tire with bigger diameter number on the front. Looking at the tires ardent in front and minion back might make more sense. But again i had no problem with the way I had them.

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    I run this same tire setup, I feel like the ardent washes out bit more then the minion, when used on the front.

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    Post your Hammerhead / Switchback

    Good to know. I really don't want to remount the tires. I'll ride more in different conditions and then decide.
    On my last run I managed to break 2 chainring bolts, bent a spider part on my old slx pedals and bent my chainring , so need new crankset. Looking really hard on SRAM GX one. I found a set with a narrow-wide chainring for $80, not much more than chainring alone, and not very heavy.

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    Did anybody replace needle bearings in chainstays? What is the size of the bearing? Is it HK1010?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El_Zilcho View Post
    Did anybody replace needle bearings in chainstays? What is the size of the bearing? Is it HK1010?
    A late response (missed notification) but I did just that. Check page 19. And yes, HK1010 is correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Modig View Post
    A late response (missed notification) but I did just that. Check page 19. And yes, HK1010 is correct.

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    Perfect. Thank you.

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    We have made the decision to Walk Away and will cease operations October 16th, 2015. A huge thank you to everyone out there for Coming Along For The Ride!
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    Scott,

    Will you still be able to supply small parts like derailure hangers, or parts information about bearings and what not?
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    There is parts and hanger info on the site....will post here later


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    Cool!

    Thanks for the great service you've provided. A whole lot of people have gotten on bikes that really helped their skills and let them enjoy the ride without worrying so much about the ever exorbitant cost of our hobby.

    You kinda sacrificed your labor for the good of the community and I, as well as many others in this thread really appreciate that.

    Thanks again Scott and good luck with whatever is next on the table.
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    Awesome @pheller....thank you very much that means a lot

    Hard to choose to walk away when you are loving what you're doing.

    It is awesome leaving knowing there are happy Thumper and Unveil9 riders literally across the World! USA, CAN, EUR, South America, South Africa, Phillipines, Australia, & New Zealand...I never envisioned that when I kicked off the Brand


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    Scott,

    Its unfortunate it has come to that. Life happens, and in the end you have given those of us who own or have owned your amazing product a smile when they throw a leg over the saddle and try to keep the rubber side somewhere near the ground.

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    Here is some info for anyone in need of replacement parts down the road.

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    Thanks Scott for putting out such a nice product. Really enjoying my Unveil 9 especially now with my 38mm wide carbon rims

    Hope your next adventure is a great one.........

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    wow. I come back to reality from the bar exam and becoming licensed and getting back into mountain biking and now this sad news. Scott, I owe a lot of my love for mountain biking to you... you were never too busy to answer my thousand questions or even just BS with me via text/email. I think i speak for many of us when i say the presence of switchback will be missed in this community and we wish you the best of luck in whatever comes next.

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    So one day to go, has anyone stepped in to save the day?
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    I wonder did anybody bought a spare frame for a price of a rear shock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamRWB View Post
    So one day to go, has anyone stepped in to save the day?
    Had a couple more people reach out that were interested, but nothing panning out

    Probably not gonna happen and will Fade To Black this weekend


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    Man that sucks, but life goes on.
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    Yeah no worries....it's been an awesome ride...I have the ability to continue the Brand, I'm just choosing not too...

    A lot better place than I was before when I HAD to shut down the Hammerhead Bike Shop & Brand


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    So find a good manager to run it, WIN WIN for all lol
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    Post your Hammerhead / Switchback

    HA, I feel ya


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    Always a bummer when something like this happens. But I doubt life will keep you down for long! On to the next adventure.

    I was looking at a small thumper for the wifey...but @ 5'2' her vajay would not like that standover.

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    So bummed to hear the news about Switchback. Thanks to PHeller I learned of Hammerhead/Switchback when I was looking for a rig to replace my worn out '05 Jamis Dakar. Initially I assumed I wasn't going to be able to afford what I really wanted (quality FS 29er) so I set my sights lower and figured I would wait and try to score a leftover at some point from one of the big names. However, PHeller contacted Scott who put together the perfect build to fit my budget and riding style. He even spent his July 4th holiday swapping a build from one frame to another for me... can't say enough about his customer service. I couldn't be happier with this bike, it does everything better than I could have imagined, it absolutely eats the trail. Again, sorry to hear you're closing up Scott, good luck in whatever is next for you and thank you again for all your hard work. Anyway, since I haven't done it yet (sorry) I'll post info on my HH Thumper. I wanted to check the weight on it before I posted but haven't gotten my hands on a scale yet. I believe it to be in the 28 lb. range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Always a bummer when something like this happens. But I doubt life will keep you down for long! On to the next adventure.

    I was looking at a small thumper for the wifey...but @ 5'2' her vajay would not like that standover.
    Hhhaaa! Love it


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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenManXJ View Post
    So bummed to hear the news about Switchback. Thanks to PHeller I learned of Hammerhead/Switchback when I was looking for a rig to replace my worn out '05 Jamis Dakar. Initially I assumed I wasn't going to be able to afford what I really wanted (quality FS 29er) so I set my sights lower and figured I would wait and try to score a leftover at some point from one of the big names. However, PHeller contacted Scott who put together the perfect build to fit my budget and riding style. He even spent his July 4th holiday swapping a build from one frame to another for me... can't say enough about his customer service. I couldn't be happier with this bike, it does everything better than I could have imagined, it absolutely eats the trail. Again, sorry to hear you're closing up Scott, good luck in whatever is next for you and thank you again for all your hard work. Anyway, since I haven't done it yet (sorry) I'll post info on my HH Thumper. I wanted to check the weight on it before I posted but haven't gotten my hands on a scale yet. I believe it to be in the 28 lb. range.

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    Seatpost: Race Face Next SL Carbon
    Saddle: WTB
    Brakes: Avid XO Trail; 180mm rotors
    Shifters: SRAM XX1; 1x
    Rear Derailleur: SRAM XO1; 11spd
    Cranks: Race Face SIXc; 32t chainring (Wolftooth 30t included as well)
    BB: Race Face External
    Cassette: SRAM PG1190; 10-42
    Chain: SRAM XX1
    Wheels: Light Bicycle 35mm Carbon 32h; Hope Hubs 32h; 15mm Front; 12x142 Rear
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    Who knows maybee down the road we can see SB back in the game
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    Scott, word had it you were still trying to move some leftover frames. I could potentially be interested in a small Thumper.
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    That is true
    There are a couple left...I'll fire you an e-mail...and make a special price just for you 🏻


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    Oooh i might be interested as well!
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    Just had a catch up on here, and found out that switchback has ceased trading.
    I was just wondering how the warranties on the frames stand? Can anyone answer this?
    It's such a shame as it a great bike, at such an amazing price. It just goes to show what mark up the major manufacturers put on their frames and bikes.
    I have just put on some 38mm carbon rims on , which really fatten the tires up, a 2.35 schwalbe hans dampf doesn't have much clearance on the drive side chain stay. I am considering putting a 2.25 2015 nobby nic on, has any one had any experience with one of these?


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    I am about to put some 38s on mine as well. Does your have clearance or does it rub?

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    When I first put the wheels in the bike, the tyres we're pumped up to over 40psi , something I always do to seat fresh tyres. This gave me about 1mm clearance. Then I dropped the pressure down to around a more rideable 20 psi , or so my track pump says!
    As I let the pressure out you could see the gap get bigger which made me feel a lot better, it now runs at about 5mm.


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    Shewwwww I was worried
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    There is a massive difference in volume between a 2.35 hans dampf and My old 2.35 nobby nic.
    I just don't know if schwalbe has changed the volume of the new nobby nic to match


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    Please excuse the poor quality of the photograph , taking with flash in a dark lit garage didn't work too well, but I hope it shows the tyre clearance




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    As long as it clears. Ill be running a 2.3 Minion
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    Decided to take a gamble on a Thumper frame. For Scott's clearance price it was hard not to. This will be my wife's bike, and I just couldn't find a bike cheap enough that I think would make her happy. I mean, even a On One Parkwood would be $250 with shipping.

    I'm not happy about needing to source a 12x142 rear wheel and a headset, but even with those two costs it'll still be under $500.

    My biggest worry is paint. My wife won't want to ride a black bike.

    If I remember correctly, the Thumper sticks are under clearcoat, right?
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    Edit to add-it is sold


    I sold my thumper for something with more travel. So if anyone wants a canecreek doublebarrel CS to fit your's here you go:

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    Dangt I just bought a Mcleod too, and the '16 FIT4 dampner for my F34
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    Scott thinks someone tried fitting 275x2.8 Trailblazers to a THumper or Unveil9. Anybody remember seeing it?

    I know the Trailblazer will fit no problems, but I'm wondering if a true 3.0 tire will fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHeller View Post
    Scott thinks someone tried fitting 275x2.8 Trailblazers to a THumper or Unveil9. Anybody remember seeing it?

    I know the Trailblazer will fit no problems, but I'm wondering if a true 3.0 tire will fit.
    Maybe not the one you were thinking of but there's a guy running Trailblazer 27.5x2.8 on Ryde Trace (29 mm inner width) on Swedish MTB forum. We have a pretty short Hammerhead/Switchback thread going on there

    Claims to have about 5 mm clearance.

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    Hmm... that probably means that the Trailblazer will be the only 27.5+ tire that'll fit. From what I understand the VTF 2.8 is much larger than the Trailblazer 2.8 and the upcoming Schwalbe 2.8 tires will be similarly large.
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    New parts for Thumper!

    -Xfusion Trace RL2 DLA forks (34mm stanchion burlyness )
    -Superstar Oval I/O chainring 32T
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    -Needle bearings for the lower shock mount

    I also had to change the main pivot bearings, as they were rusted. They were enduro max bearings and installed in March when I got the bike. I wonder if anybody else have had the same problems? Other bearings were fine, but did pack them with grease from the get go.

    Prober rides are pending for winter trails to form or summer.

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    I replace main pivot bearings on semi regular basis. I think main pivot design is not very good.

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    Nice man! I made a few upgrades on mine, but unfortunately haven't even got to test them out.

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    My bearings were full of rust and rust+grease goo...
    There is no hole in the main pivot tuber except a hole to the seat tube. I wonder if drilling a small hole to the tube would help to vent it?

    Also it probably doesn't help that I have to store the bike on my balcony in damp and temperature variant conditions.

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    Hope the hype is legit cause it wasnt cheap lol
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    Carbon is pretty nice. I just laced up some wide alloy rims to see how they feel

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    I'm liking my 38mm wide carbon hoops. Ive not rode much lately but the miles I have done on them, I've been more than impressed by them. It took a while to sort tyres pressures, I'm running about 19psi.


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    Hey guys, any interest in setting up a Hammerhead/Switchback group on Facebook?

    We've got a few threads on MTBR and sorting through the information can be difficult.

    My wife and I will be a two Hammerhead household. I've got my Unveil7 and she's got a Thumper I'm building for her. Modern cockpit with 760 bars and short stem, dropper post, 1x10 setup, DT X1700 wheels all for under $750. I'm trying to cram the biggest tires possible into it as she likes the feeling of big rubber so it'd be cool to see what wheel tires combinations fit into the rear chainstay.

    All in all I think we'll have these bikes for a few years. I'm certainly not getting bored with mine.
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    Last weekend I demoed a Ibis Ripley LS to replace my Unveil. It was a pound lighter than my Unveil and with the DW link climbed really well.

    The next day I rode the same exact trail on the Unveil. Did not climb as well as the Ripley but oh boy was so nice on the DH. The Unveil is a keeper....for now

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    The Ibis Ripley frame also sells for $2,899.

    I got my wife's Hammerhead clearance frame for $350. Total build cost will be around $1100 (utilizing spare parts) and $1500 if I get her a 27.5+ fork. She can ride it just fine in its cheaper form. Again, this is a Shimano 1x10, Reverb equipped, DT350 hubs, Canfield direct-mount cranks, nearly completely new bike (wheels, drivetrain, cockpit are all 2015). It doesn't have an ounce of carbon on it and will probably weigh around 29lbs (small frame).

    If you sold the Ibis Ripley in 2-3 years, lets say that you get $1800 for the frame, you will have lost the same amount as what I would lose on selling my wife's bike for $400.

    My point is this, and yes I've ridden the Ripley as well, that as much as I like those full carbon wonderbikes, I simply can't justify such a purchase when I'm not riding 24/7/365 and its part of the reason I was so thankful to have met and bought bikes from Scott. Yea they aren't the lightest, fastest, most modern, most flashy or compare at all to a new Ripley, but they were a great value, and that is all I really cared about.

    The next bike I get will probably be a similar purchase, maybe something from Airborne ,Airdrop or Bird UK. Or maybe a used Ripley
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    Post your Hammerhead / Switchback

    Couldn't agree more PHeller. I also think the pricing of new bikes is absurd. I stumbled across Stuart(European distributor)On EBay and couldn't believe the price, and better more was about 25miles away.
    I've had the frame for nearly a year now, but haven't put as many miles on it as I would've liked.
    I'm currently running a schwalbe Hans dampf 2.35 on the rear, on 31mm internal rims. It has just enough clearance. It has been mistaken for a plus size bike a couple of times while out and about!
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    If more people thought like us (smart, logical semi geniuses), I suppose Hammerhead would still be thriving. But, it says something about people, specifically mountain bikers I guess, that they'd rather spend $2k+ for a frame marginally better than a $350 frame( that's cheap, got mine for $600 a couple years ago). The Thumper is comparable to the Remedy (PB Bike of the year) with the Thumper having a little less travel and a taller seat tube.

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    I think, switchback would have been even better if he had brought in more of the 27.5 bikes. A much bigger market there then the 29ers. I had a lot of fun on my thumper, but sold it last fall and went back to smaller wheels. I just always felt to tall on the 29er. If the 27.5 switchback had been available-I'd brought that instead of the kona I'm riding now.

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    Im loving mine. Saved a ton of money going with the underdog and 29ers suit me well. Haven't tried a 27.5 but I feel like im on a childs bike when i get on a 26 so not sure how I would feel on it.

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    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/m.../rp-prod137680

    Does this look familiar?
    Check out the RRP !!


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    I kinda covered it early on, but the Cove Hustler is based on the same Caribou Pro Bike design that Scott was getting as the Thumper/Unveil9.

    It's essentially the same bike, but Cove has Caribou use different tubing profiles.
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