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    XCL Reviews

    Mods, no need for sticky. There's a link to this on the existing sticky.

    Forum Reviews

    Chumba XCL Review by Francois

    Chumba Racing XCL Report by Farkin.net

    Chumba XCL - the good and the not so good, a running thread on my experience by mmatador22

    My XCL Review by scruffylooking

    07 XCL Ride Report (and Motolite comparison) by uinta

    '07 XCL Proto Test Ride - Long by DirtDad (disclaimer: dealer)

    Media Reviews (from chumbaracing.com)

    MBA June 2007 (pdf)

    Velo Vert June 2006 (pdf)

    Other Reviews

    Chumba XCL Review by Speedgoat.com (retailer but not a Chumba dealer at this time)

    In chronological order, newest on top. Work in progress... feel free to submit other reviews. I know I missed some out there.
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    Add your set up specs and pictures

    Please add your setup specs and pictures below.

    Template for your use:


    Rider Info
    * Main purpose: agressive XC, extreme trail riding, epic rides, etc...
    * Trail terrain: baby head rocky trail, smooth singletrack, paved+gravel, ...
    * Geographic location
    * Rider height and weight

    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color:
    * Fork:
    * Shock:
    * Brakes:
    * Cranks:
    * Pedals:
    * Front Derailleur:
    * Rear Derailleur:
    * Bottom Bracket:
    * Cassette:
    * Shifters:
    * Stem:
    * Headset:
    * Handlebar:
    * Grips:
    * Seatpost:
    * Saddle:
    * Front Tire:
    * Front Rim:
    * Front Hub/Skewer:
    * Rear Tire:
    * Rear Rim:
    * Rear Hub/Skewer:
    * Bike Weight:
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    Rider Info
    * Main purpose: agressive XC, extreme trail riding, epic rides, etc...
    * Geographic location: Pacific NW
    * Rider height and weight: 6'2 - 185 lbs

    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color: 2007 XCL, Black Ano
    * Fork: 2007 Fox 36 Talas RC2
    * Shock: DHX 5.0 air
    * Brakes: Shimano 755 XT (4 pot)
    * Cranks: Truvativ Stylo
    * Pedals: Welgo Mags
    * Front Derailleur: LX E-Type
    * Rear Derailleur: SRAM X-9
    * Cassette: SRAM 970
    * Shifters: SRAM X-9 Twisters
    * Stem: 70mm FSA FR220 31.8
    * Headset: FSA
    * Handlebar: Answer ProTaper OS
    * Grips: ODI Ruffian shorties
    * Seatpost: Thomson
    * Saddle: WTB Laser V Ti
    * Front Tire: Specialized Enduro Pro 2.4
    * Front Rim: DT Swiss 5.1
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II
    * Rear Tire: Maxxis High Roller 2.35 (folding bead)
    * Rear Rim: DT Swiss 5.1
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II
    * Weight: 32 lbs

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    Rider Info
    * Main purpose: Trail riding, epic rides, light XC racing
    * Trail terrain: Rocky, rooty, singletrack and jeep roads
    * Geographic location: Oahu, Hawaii
    * Rider height and weight: 6' 0", 205 lbs. Inseam: 32"

    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color: 2007 Medium, Ano Grey
    * Fork: Pike 454 Coil with Extra Heavy Spring
    * Shock: Fox DHX 5.0 Air
    * Brakes: Juicy 7s
    * Cranks: Race Face Atlas (175mm)
    * Pedals: CB Candy SL
    * Front Derailleur: XT
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram X9
    * Bottom Bracket: RF X type
    * Cassette: SRAM PG 990
    * Shifters: SRAM X9
    * Stem: Thomson X4, 100mm, 10 degree rise
    * Headset: Chris King
    * Handlebar: Race Face Deus
    * Grips: ODI Lock-on Rogue
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    * Saddle: WTB Laser V Stealth
    * Front Tire: Kenda Nevegal 2.1 UST
    * Front Rim: Mavic XM 819
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II, 20mm / Maxle
    * Rear Tire: Kenda Nevegal 2.1 UST
    * Rear Rim: Mavic XM 819
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Hope Pro II / Hope Aluminum QR









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    Rider Info
    * Main purpose: agressive XC, epic rides, etc...
    * Trail terrain: Very rocky, rooty, wet New England
    * Geographic location: New Hampshire
    * Rider height and weight: 6-ft. 185 lbs

    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color: 2007 med. black ano
    * Fork: Pike 454 air
    * Shock: RP-23
    * Brakes: Avid Juicy 7
    * Cranks: XT
    * Pedals: Time Atac XS
    * Front Derailleur: Xt
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram X-9
    * Cassette: XT
    * Shifters: Sram X-9
    * Stem: Thomson 100 mm 0 deg. (will try a 90mm next week)
    * Headset: Hope
    * Handlebar: Salsa Pro-Moto carbon (a real beauty)
    * Grips: ODI lock
    * Seatpost: Thomson
    * Saddle: WTB Laser V
    * Front Tire: Schwalbe Fat Albert tubeless
    * Front Rim: Mavic DeeMax
    * Rear Tire: Schwalbe Fat Albert tubeless
    * Rear Rim: Mavic DeeMax
    * Bike Weight 32 lbs

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    For posterity: DirtDad's XCL weight weenie experiments.

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    More weenie-ness.

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    Finally built up my Thomson seat post...

    So, I've had this Thomson seatpost since 1999 when I got it with a Klein Attitude HT. The Klein has since gone on to serve other duties in the family but that 31.6 seatpost lived in my parts bin for several years... yearning for a bike to be built up around it. I finally fulfilled its dream.



    Rider Info
    * Main purpose: to distract me from work
    * Trail terrain: so cal loose, hardpack, and rocks
    * Geographic location: the OC
    * Rider height and weight: 5'8" 155lbs

    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color: 07, small, ano gray
    * Fork: Pike 454 Air 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

    Public Service Announcement
    Oh, and all ya'll who recently got new Chumba's need to start posting that info up here. Do it for the common good. Think of your fellow riders who spend hours pouring over every little detail of every post and every photo in order to dream or make an informed decision on their next bike purchase. (And now begins the Ano Gray onslaught!)
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    Finally!!

    All I can say is... it's about time!! Up until now, I believe you had the highest post count on the Chumba board without actually owning one.

    The bike looks great! I'm glad to hear your seatpost finally made its rendezvous with destiny. I can't wait to hear your ride report.

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    Here's mine!

    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Please add your setup specs and pictures below.

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    Rider Info
    * Main purpose: agressive XC,Steep ups/downs, all day rides, occasional Urban Assaults Trail terrain: Rocks, dirt, mud, ice, snow, logs, creeks, concrete, granite, we got it all in Pa.
    * Geographic location-Just east of Pittsburgh, Pa.
    * Rider height and weight-6'2" 225 Lbs

    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color: 07 Large Anno gray XCL
    * Fork: 454 Dual Air Pike
    * Shock: RP23
    * Brakes: Old Hayes HFX
    * Cranks: FSA Afterburner MegaExo
    * Pedals: Time X
    * Front Derailleur: XT Shimano, E-type
    * Rear Derailleur: 08 LX Shimano
    * Bottom Bracket: FSA
    * Cassette: SRAM PG-990 11-34
    * Shifters: XT Shimano
    * Stem: Control Tech 5 degree rise, 70 mm
    * Headset: FSA
    * Handlebar: Easton Monkey Bar Riser bar
    * Grips: ODI Lock-ons
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite
    * Saddle: WTB
    * Front Tire: 2.4 WTB MotoRaptor Kevlar Bead
    * Front Rim: Bombshell Fatboy
    * Front Hub/Skewer: 36 spoke Hope XC
    * Rear Tire: 2.4 WTB Timberwolf Kevlar bead
    * Rear Rim: Bombshell Fatboy
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: 36 Spoke Hope Pro II
    * Bike Weight:
    33 Lbs + or -
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    I was checking out your pics of your xcl.... been kicking around the idea of a fox 36 on mine. Could you tell me what your head angle is at full extention? It would be real helpful in my decision. Thanks. StumpyJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricky D
    All I can say is... it's about time!! Up until now, I believe you had the highest post count on the Chumba board without actually owning one.

    The bike looks great! I'm glad to hear your seatpost finally made its rendezvous with destiny. I can't wait to hear your ride report.
    No kidding. I knew it was only a matter of time.

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    we need a thread like this for the F5! Advertise this bike!

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    looks a bit different now as i destroyed the original xo rd (carbon & i dont mix well... looked cool for a few rides though!), cb candy pedals (garbage, imo) and slapped on some bigger rubbers (you know... like magnums).

    the line-up...

    large xcl
    fork- 32 talas rlc
    shock- dhx air 5 (very, very slight leaky lately)
    wheelset- dt swiss 455 rims, dt hubs (cant remember... im not going downstairs), hope skewers
    front tire- wtb weirwolf 2.5
    back tire- wtb motoraptor 2.4
    brakes- juicy 7
    shifters- x9
    fd-xtr
    rd- x9, destroyed the carbon xo after about a month
    cassette/chain- sram
    cranks/bb/rings- fsa afterburner, running 2x9 w/ race face bashguard
    pedals- shimano 520 or something... cb candy sucked donkey balls
    headset- hope
    stem- hope
    bars- truvativ hussefelt dh
    grips- lizard skin north shore lock-ons
    seat (saddles are for horses)- wtb rocket v
    post- thompson elite
    clamp- hope qr






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    happy - is that a custom color? It's totally cherry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merrimack Dave
    Rider Info
    * Main purpose: agressive XC, epic rides, etc...
    * Trail terrain: Very rocky, rooty, wet New England
    * Geographic location: New Hampshire
    * Rider height and weight: 6-ft. 185 lbs

    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color: 2007 med. black ano
    * Fork: Pike 454 air
    * Shock: RP-23
    * Brakes: Avid Juicy 7
    * Cranks: XT
    * Pedals: Time Atac XS
    * Front Derailleur: Xt
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram X-9
    * Cassette: XT
    * Shifters: Sram X-9
    * Stem: Thomson 100 mm 0 deg. (will try a 90mm next week)
    * Headset: Hope
    * Handlebar: Salsa Pro-Moto carbon (a real beauty)
    * Grips: ODI lock
    * Seatpost: Thomson
    * Saddle: WTB Laser V
    * Front Tire: Schwalbe Fat Albert tubeless
    * Front Rim: Mavic DeeMax
    * Rear Tire: Schwalbe Fat Albert tubeless
    * Rear Rim: Mavic DeeMax
    * Bike Weight 32 lbs
    Not the best shot but better than nothing Dave.
    Egg

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    Thanks Locotiki!

    I just mounted up some lighter wheels and the weight is now 30.79lbs.

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    sick color h_e... congrats!

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    My new XCL

    Small XCL: Orange
    Fork: Fox Float RLC
    Shock: Fox RP23
    Wheels: Mavic 321’s laced to XT hubs w/DB DT Swiss spokes
    Tires: Kenda Nevegal 2.3 Stick-e’s (soon to be replaced with a 2.3 Blue Groove front and 2.1 Nevegal rear)
    Brakes- Avid Juicy 7’s with a 180 front rotor set up Moto style
    Shifters- SRAM Rocket’s
    F.D.: Shimano XTR
    R.D.: Shimano XT
    Cassette/Chain: Shimano XT
    Crankset/B.B.: Shimano XT
    Pedals: Shimano 525’s
    Headset: Chris King
    Stem: Thomson Elite 100mm
    Bars: Answer Protaper Carbon
    Grips: Grip Shift
    Seat: WTB Rocket V (soon to be replaced by a WTB Devo)
    Post: Thomson Elite
    Post Clamp: Chumba
    Weight: 30.4 lbs (should reach my goal of 27 lbs when I change out the wheelset, tires, saddle, and a few other odds “n” ends)

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    Love that orange!!!!!

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    More Orange Juice!

    My specs: 6'2" and 198 pounds, with 33"inseam, and ape arms.
    Main use: agressive cross-country, but not freeriding. Most of the time, my wheels are intouch with the ground, but moving at a blistering rate.

    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color: 2007 Large Metallic Orange XCL
    * Fork: Lyric U-Turn Coil
    * Shock: FOX DHX 5.0
    * Brakes: Formula K-18 with 8 front rotor, and 6 rear
    * Cranks: Shimano XT 770 175mm
    * Pedals: Shimano XT 770
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XT E-type
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT Shadow medium cage
    * Bottom Bracket: Shimano XT
    * Cassette: SRAM 990 11-34
    * Shifters: Shimano XT 770 Rapidfire
    * Stem: FSA OS-140 110mm 6 degree and Thomson Elite X4 90mm 10 degree* Headset: FSA Orbit
    * Handlebar: Titec Pluto Carbon 31.8mm, 690mm width, with 2 rise
    * Grips: ODI Rogue lock-ons
    * Seatpost: Thomson Elite 31.6 410mm
    * Saddle: WTB Laser Team
    * Front Tire: Kenda Nevegal 2.35
    * Front Rim: WTB Speed Disc
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Through axel
    * Rear Tire: Kenda Nevegal 2.35
    * Rear Rim: WTB Speed Disc
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: WTB skewer
    * Frame Protection: 3M Body Armour and an old road tube for the chain stay
    * Bike Weight: 33.1 pounds

    The good: The bike definately doesn't feel it's weight on the trail. Lifting it into the truck is the only time I feel it. On techinical climbs, I just wind down the fork from 150mm (usually where I keep it) to 115mm and attack. I notice that I don't have to pick my lines as carefully as on my Trek Fuel EX7 that weighs 29.3 pounds. The geometry and build quality is much more solid and the rear end doesn't wiggle around and twist when I'm hammering. The fork is the best I've ever had. I've only ever ridden RockShox, but this Lyric is amazing. Very stiff laterally, and no pedal bob when tuned right. I could build it up lighter, simply by changing the fork, but I wanted something beefy. The brakes are also fantastic. Great feel and inspire confidence. It's set up with Shimano drivetrain, and it shifts great. The Shadow adjusts very easily and is quite back there.

    The bad: The powder coating is pretty weak in my opinion. I have several chips that are disturbing. Chumba needs to sell touch up paint for such an unusual color. In retrospect, I should have got one of the Ano colors.

    The ugly: These wheel-tire combo sucks. It is very difficult to get the Nevegals to seat properly in the WTB rim. I have always liked the Nevegals, so I may temporarily mount some WTB Wierwolfs and eventually get better wheels.

    Overall, I love the bike and it gets plenty of attention around here. If it ever goes "missing", it won't be hard to find. For some reason, I never seem to grab the Trek anymore.

    Here are some links to some ride photos. Please excuse the amount of orange that is in the pics. The area that we ride is adjacent to a hunting club, so........

    http://www.cycle-cny.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=3836

    http://www.cycle-cny.com/phpbb/Coppe...album=34&pos=4
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    to CHUMBA or not to CHUMBA?

    is the XCL really worth my time and money?

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    Yes, it sure is!
    Work is the curse of the biking classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THECMAN15
    is the XCL really worth my time and money?
    Is that really even a question? What else would you consider for the time and money?

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    A little late but... Nice setup Scott! I see I'm not the only one running the Titec Pluto bar.

    The ano grey on my bike is already scratched up on the seatstays due to an embarrassing fall. I don't know that it will hold up much better than the orange.
    Work is the curse of the biking classes.

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    Huh, I have read somewhere that the ano's are basically scratch proof. The orange is certainly not. All in all, I like the bike, and it has a good mix of components that should be very durable. It feels so stable, that when I get on other bikes, my other one included, it's kinda scary!

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    Just want to share my xcl here in the Philippines, thanks.

    After months of waiting for the frame my bike is finally complete. Well sort of... still in the process of building new wheels... hehehe..

    (Some pics are blurred sorry)














    SPECS:
    Frame: Small XCL (ano black)
    Shock: Fox DHX 5 Air
    Fork: RS Pike 454 (coil)
    Brakes: 08 XT
    Wheelset: Chumba
    Tires: Kenda Nevagal (2.1 rear / 2.35 front)
    Crank: 08 Truvativ Stylo RG
    Sprocket: SRAM PG-990
    Chain: SRAM PC-991 hollow pin
    Shifters: X9
    RD: X9 midcage
    FD: XTR E-type
    Rotors: Alligator wind cutter 7" front and back
    Handlebar: Truvativ Team Carbon
    Grips: Mortop Lock-ons
    Headset: CK
    Stem: Thomson x4 90mm
    Seatpost: Thomson elite
    Shifter cable: Alligator i-link
    Pedals: Shimano DX
    Saddle: Velo flowery saddle.. just for laughs...hahaha!

    Total weight: 32 lbs..!

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    Here's mine.

    Rider Info
    * Main purpose: long rides
    * Trail terrain: singletrack w/ roots, rocks, and logs
    * Midwest
    * 5'9", 230 (dropping)

    Bike Specs
    * 2007, Medium, ano gray
    * Fork: 2006 Manitou Nixon Super Intrinsic
    * Shock: Fox Float R
    * Brakes: Avid Juicy 7, 185mm rotors
    * Cranks: Raceface Evolve XC
    * Pedals: Crank Brothers Mallet
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano XT
    * Rear Derailleur: Sram X9
    * Bottom Bracket: Raceface
    * Cassette: Sram
    * Shifters: Sram X9 triggers
    * Stem: Truvativ XR, 90mm
    * Headset: King
    * Handlebar: Titec Hellbent
    * Grips: Oury lock-on
    * Seatpost: Thomson
    * Saddle: WTB Laser V
    * Front Tire: WTB Motoraptor 2.24
    * Front Rim: Syncros DP25
    * Front Hub/Skewer: DMR Revolver, 20mm skewer with fork
    * Rear Tire: WTB Motoraptor 2.24
    * Rear Rim: Syncros 2.24
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: King hub, Salsa skewer
    * Bike Weight: ???

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    New question here. Chumba XCL & Rohloff ?

    Hi all !

    Have you a bike Chumba XCL with speedhub Rohloff ?



    My Bike: GT-I-drive 5.2.0 & Rohloff


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottandhisdog
    Is that really even a question? What else would you consider for the time and money?
    ok man i was just trying to figure out if it was a good bike
    from what i have heard it is
    thanks for your opinion though
    but next time try to be a little less like a douchebag
    and more like chucko58

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    Quote Originally Posted by THECMAN15
    ok man i was just trying to figure out if it was a good bike
    from what i have heard it is
    thanks for your opinion though
    but next time try to be a little less like a douchebag
    and more like chucko58
    Your response is about as intelligent as your initial post.

    You should get something from Wally World and has the nice kick stand feature...douchebag.

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    ok man

    ok man im sorry i offended you i had a crappie day
    all i wanted was some background info on the chumba XCL
    and i probably deserved that last reply
    i just want you to know i am not a douchebag

    i apologize again for the assanine reply
    thanks

    P.S. i hate wal-mart brand bikes with every fiber of my being

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    Quote Originally Posted by THECMAN15
    P.S. i hate wal-mart brand bikes with every fiber of my being
    I've never actually seen a "wal-mart brand" bike, not even at a Wal-Mart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by THECMAN15
    ok man im sorry i offended you i had a crappie day
    all i wanted was some background info on the chumba XCL
    and i probably deserved that last reply
    i just want you to know i am not a douchebag

    i apologize again for the assanine reply
    thanks

    P.S. i hate wal-mart brand bikes with every fiber of my being
    I hear you. We all have them. I appologize as well.

    Basically, what impressed me about Chumba was their customer service. I'm sure that the designs are excellent too, but I haven't tested a ton of others to truely compare. I've rode Treks mostly, but have been really disappointed with their customer service. After I broke a frame on a Fuel EX7, it took them nearly 2 months to return a new front triangle. That is unreasonable. Chumba is passionate about bikes, where Trek seems to be in the business solely for monatery reasons.

    The XCL, Turner 5spot, and Ellsworth Moment (the Epiphany is a noodle) are probably the most comparable bikes interms of suspension design. The cost of the XCL along with the threads on this forum won me over. Read the Turner or Ellsworth forum and you'll see lots of broken frames. Good luck with your bike purchase!

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    thank you so much for your understanding
    i feel like crap for calling you a douchebag
    i just really wanted to get along with everybody on the thread because its such a cool one
    i guess i got so caught up in trying to find the douchebags that i almost pissed off a really nice dude

    thankyou so much again
    P.S. there is no reason for you to apologize to me i was completely out of line

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer
    I've never actually seen a "wal-mart brand" bike, not even at a Wal-Mart.
    oh yeah sorry i was just talking about the bikes they sell at wal-mart in general
    some of them are good brand name bikes, like mongoose, but since they are cheaper they dont hold up as well

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    Aw, I love a happy ending. Sniff.

    Very mature of you boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottandhisdog
    Huh, I have read somewhere that the ano's are basically scratch proof. The orange is certainly not. All in all, I like the bike, and it has a good mix of components that should be very durable. It feels so stable, that when I get on other bikes, my other one included, it's kinda scary!
    I scratched the **** out of my inner non-drive side chainstay with my Avid rotor while trying to insert my wheel. It's definitely not scratch proof. However, the scratches are on the inside, so I can't really see them.

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    Some XCl ride shots

    Here are some ride shots from a new trail that we recently built in Upstate NY. It was all done by hand, and those stones you see as the turn platform and retaining wall were hauled out of a stream bed about 30 yards away. Anyway, I am still loving the Chumba, and for those that are considering the Lyric on the front, do it. Even at nearly 6 pounds, it can still weelie no problem!

    The only changes that I've made since my earlier review and setup was switch to a 7" rear rotor (Formula), and lowered the stem stack height spacing. Lower height helps with the climbing, and I can leave the fork in a longer travel setting, which keeps the bottom bracket slightly higher to avoid bouncing off our trail gnomes.

    The full article can be viewed at http://www.cycle-cny.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=4430
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    That looks like a great trail! That second picture is a really cool shot but I can't stare at it too long as it makes me feel kinda woosie.

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    Made some changes recently:

    Small XCL: Orange
    Fork: Fox Float RLC 140
    Shock: Fox RP23
    Wheels: Stans Arch rims laced to Blue Hope II's w/DB DT Swiss spokes
    Tires: Continental Mountain King Supersonic 2.4 front and Speedking Supersonic 2.3 rear
    Brakes- Avid Juicy 7s with a 180 front rotor set up Moto style
    Shifters- XTR pods
    F.D.: Shimano XTR
    R.D.: Shimano Shadow XT
    Cassette/Chain: Shimano XT/Shimano XTR
    Crankset/B.B.: Shimano XT
    Pedals: Shimano 525s
    Headset: Chris King
    Stem: Thomson Elite 100mm
    Bars: Race Face Next Carbon XC 26"
    Grips: Ruffian Lock Ons
    Seat: WTB Devo ti
    Post: Thomson Elite
    Post Clamp: Chumba
    Weight: 28.3 lbs (Still haven't reached my initial goal of 27 lbs but a few more changes will get me there. On the positive side I lost 24 lbs so I think I've come out ahead!)







    Quote Originally Posted by Motorep
    Small XCL: Orange
    Fork: Fox Float RLC
    Shock: Fox RP23
    Wheels: Mavic 321s laced to XT hubs w/DB DT Swiss spokes
    Tires: Kenda Nevegal 2.3 Stick-es (soon to be replaced with a 2.3 Blue Groove front and 2.1 Nevegal rear)
    Brakes- Avid Juicy 7s with a 180 front rotor set up Moto style
    Shifters- SRAM Rockets
    F.D.: Shimano XTR
    R.D.: Shimano XT
    Cassette/Chain: Shimano XT
    Crankset/B.B.: Shimano XT
    Pedals: Shimano 525s
    Headset: Chris King
    Stem: Thomson Elite 100mm
    Bars: Answer Protaper Carbon
    Grips: Grip Shift
    Seat: WTB Rocket V (soon to be replaced by a WTB Devo)
    Post: Thomson Elite
    Post Clamp: Chumba
    Weight: 30.4 lbs (should reach my goal of 27 lbs when I change out the wheelset, tires, saddle, and a few other odds n ends)

    Kevin

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    Here's my new Chumba - only has 150 miles on it - just got it in July and love it!

    Rider Info
    * Main purpose: intermediate XC, epic rides, anything else that comes along.
    * Trail terrain: just about everything but mainly Rocky Mountains!
    * Geographic location: Colorado Front Range
    * Rider height and weight: 5'8" 160lbs

    Bike Specs
    * Frame Year, Size and Color: Chumba 08 XCL, Small, Ano Blue
    * Fork: Fox Talas RLC
    * Shock: Fox Float RP23
    * Brakes: Avid Juicy 5
    * Cranks: Race Face Dues XC
    * Pedals: Shimano SPD (off my old Jamis)
    * Front Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M770
    * Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT M772 GS
    * Bottom Bracket: Race Face
    * Cassette: Shimano HG CS M770
    * Shifters: Shimano Deore XT
    * Stem: Race Face Evolve XC
    * Headset: Intense/Cane Creek
    * Handlebar: Race Face Low Rise Dues XC
    * Grips: Pedro's Dice, Black
    * Seatpost: Race Face Evolve XC
    * Saddle: WTB Rocket V
    * Front Tire: Maxxis UST High Roller Tubeless 2.3
    * Front Rim: Mavic Crosstrail
    * Front Hub/Skewer: Mavic Crosstrail
    * Rear Tire: Kenda Nevegal Tubeless 2.1
    * Rear Rim: Mavic Crosstrail
    * Rear Hub/Skewer: Mavic Crosstrail
    * Bike Weight: ~30 lbs.

    I use to ride a Jamis Dakar Comp and wanted to upgrade or buy new. Test rode Ellsworth Epiphany, Intense 5.0, Santa Cruz Blur XC, and Chumba. The XCL and Epiphany were pretty equal for me but the XCL won out with price and VERY comparable performance. I test rode a medium and wasn't sure it was the one for me. When I bought and rode my small I was amazed. Worth every penny so far!!!
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    me likes dat BLUE color.... congrats bro'

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    Good looking bike. That blue color is my new favorite. Welcome to the Chumba Army!

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    Thanks guys - I thought it was a little better than black this time around.

    It seems to attract wildlife however (lol). I've almost ran into 2 deer and ran over 2 rattlers - one that almost struck me! I think I'm enjoying the ride too much and not pay attention to my surroundings like before....

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