thoughts on my xcl

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  • 01-26-2008
    thoughts on my xcl
    I am really enjoying my bike. After riding it for four months I thought I'd write in a tell of few of my thoughts.

    1st I can't believe how well it handles the technical climbs. It seems to melt into the surface of whatever I'm climbing up. Absolutely no kick-back. Sometimes I wonder if I missed the rock, rut, or whatever with my back tire. Lots of fun.

    The bike gives me confidence to let go of the brakes on the way down. It's just a blast to let her fly through the chop and enjoy the ride. On the faster sections, I have particularly noticed how this thing absorb the ruts. I just lean back a little, lift the front, and its like the rut was never there.

    I just put a revelation on the front and its been a great addition. I find myself forgetting to dial down the front when I climb. I'm not sure how much of the TA I'll use, but it's there if I need it.

    Soon I'll post pictures of my "blue collar XCL" with all the used/swapped/scavenged parts.

    take care.
  • 01-27-2008
    Sounds like a sweet build, got any porn??:D
  • 01-27-2008
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    Here is my Blue collar xcl

    Off my old trek
    bontrager race lite bars and cranks
    x9 shifters
    x0 rear derailleur

    Scavenged off net
    white industry hubs with velocity vcx rims
    2.35 Fat Albert (Front), 2.2 Bontrager ACX (Rear) Both ghetto tubeless
    Sram Cassette and Chain
    thomson post and stem
    SDG saddle
    Formula K24 brakes with 180 (front) and 160 (rear)
    Squeaky old motor

    its been fun (this is my first post of pic, I hope it works)
  • 01-27-2008
    Nice build
    Gotta love the chainstay protector. How old is the crank and pedals? Front derailleur looks pretty sweet, though.

    Glad you are liking the Revelation, BTW, it is probably the most underrated fork out there. Nice to know it works well on an XCL, too.
  • 01-27-2008

    Originally Posted by chumbacabra
    Here is my Blue collar xcl

    Formula K24s, X0, X9, Thomson stuff... hardly blue collar! More like quality pre-owned Lexus than a Ford Taurus. =)
  • 01-27-2008
    well said
  • 01-28-2008
    sweet build chumbacabra, let's ride GMR someday. I've been wanting to try it out.
  • 02-02-2008
    Hmmm. Fat Albert on the front, that's racing rubber. What brand of rotor are you running on the rear? I don't think that that is a Formula 160mm.