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    XCL For my riding style?

    Hi all! I have some questions for you

    I found this frame very interesting for me . Not have fashions curves tubes like Nomad. I hate curves tubes on the bikes!

    My height is 5.85 (178 cm.) and weight is 240 lbs (110kg). I rode a lot of north shore thinky trails, do some 4' drops, 3-4 meters long jumps, and many many switchbacks. Also my bike must be good on all day riding (50km+) with a lot of steep climbs and scary downnills (i think 130mm of rearl travel is better than 160 in such things).

    What size will be good for me? S or M? I find that the S will be OK, because on my bike the top tube is 27.8 and the saddle setup near for edge, 2 cm from centre + i'm using a very short stem.

    I want built the ultimate 34 lbs AM bike. The fork in the future will be The Fox Talas 2008 RC2, but if i buy this frame now the fork will be Marzo Z.1 Light ETA 2006

    The XCL is working well with DHXA, or not? I read about a lot of problem with Santa Cruz Nomads and Heclers on the middle stroke.

    This frame have some small problems? Bearings life, cable routing etc...

    Thanks! P.S. Sorry for my language.

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    Hi GR_Russia,
    No worries about the language. At least you can communicate in more than one language. I can barely communicate in my native language.

    First off, I think a small Chumba would be too small for you. Unless you like your bikes really small. I'm 2 inches shorter than you and find the small XCL a bit cramped. Everybody's different here but this seems like a mismatch.

    Also, are you certain about that top tube measurement? Most medium mountain bikes have top tubes around +/- 23 inches, I think.

    Other than that, the XCL is a great all rounder and plenty burly for your weight and intended use. But I think the EVO might be a heck of a lot more fun with your style (shore, 4' drops, 3-4m jumps) and still climbable.

    Question for you: What are you riding now?

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    Yeti AS-X with Marzo Z.1 Light ETA + DHXA, the bike weight is 36 lbs now. It's a very good frame, but the geometry is killing me on the climbs and on the long rides. (66 degree angel on head, and 67 on seat)

    I rode the M size AS-X with very short stem and find it very comfortable (19 inch seat tube and 27.8 top tube). I think it feels to me longer because this frame have a 67 degree angel on the seat

    I think the XCL would be better for me, because i have a good smooth technique, i want to try 5 inch travel bike and i know my limits. No 7' drops on the flat
    I love XCL also because they have DHXA 5.0 and price for 1400$ The 1700$ is my budget for the frame that i will using for 2-3 years.

    The evo is good bike, but i don't like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GR_Russia
    M size AS-X
    Size M AS-X (at least mine) has a 23 inch / about 584 mm horizontal top tube. I have the seat pretty far forward for better balance on level ground and climbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GR_Russia
    Yeti AS-X with Marzo Z.1 Light ETA + DHXA, the bike weight is 36 lbs now. It's a very good frame, but the geometry is killing me on the climbs and on the long rides. (66 degree angel on head, and 67 on seat)

    I rode the M size AS-X with very short stem and find it very comfortable (19 inch seat tube and 27.8 top tube). I think it feels to me longer because this frame have a 67 degree angel on the seat

    I think the XCL would be better for me, because i have a good smooth technique, i want to try 5 inch travel bike and i know my limits. No 7' drops on the flat
    I love XCL also because they have DHXA 5.0 and price for 1400$ The 1700$ is my budget for the frame that i will using for 2-3 years.

    The evo is good bike, but i don't like it.
    XCL, then. Make it so.

    I think the remaining question is size: Medium or Large. I'd give the guys at Chumba a call, talk to them about what you like, intended use, and get their recommendation on size. I'm pretty sure Small is too small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    XCL, then. Make it so.

    I think the remaining question is size: Medium or Large. I'd give the guys at Chumba a call, talk to them about what you like, intended use, and get their recommendation on size. I'm pretty sure Small is too small.
    Wow, thanks pal! I will waiting for your answer!
    P.S. I too think the small is too small
    P.P.S. sorry i did mistake with AS-X It's a 23 inch top tube, just like perttime wrote I use my saddle is established more close to edge, on 2 centimeters from the middle. My hands start to hurt, when I displace a saddle forward.

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    I believe that OP is measuring from the handlebar to tip of saddle, or actual top tube length including stem and relation of his saddle to seat tube.

    I too question the XCL wanting more with only 5". I know they extended it .5" from 4.5" already. Almost make it an EVO light, it is the angles that make them really different.

    Rob

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    What a max. size rotor you used on the frame? 6 or 7 inches?
    Will be working e-type front del. on new Truvativ cranks with GXP or Howitzer BB?

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    The standard build kit from Chumba has a 185 mm rotor front, 160 rear. I'm upgrading to 203 front, 185 rear (if the parts ever get here! ).

    The standard build also includes a Shimano XT E-type derailleur and FSA Afterburner cranks. The Afterburner works really well.

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