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    EPIC FAILURE...leads to epic comeback!

    So I have done some stupid things before...but nothing as dumb and absent minded while biking as pulling my seatpost out a little too far without checking how much was still in the seat tube!

    (note: the first picture has the seatpost looking like it was plenty deep, but I simply moved the broken piece up the post while I rode down after the incident)




    After searching around for a month or two for bike builders that could fix it I found somebody who could. Sherwood over at Ventana took the frame, cut out the seat post and replaced it with a brand new seat post of the same 7005 alloy. After welding it all back together it was heat treated and powdercoated Grinch Green! I got the frame back and slowly started building it up with some new parts and some old parts. Really stoked on how it turned out and once my broken ankle heals I'll be happy to take it to the trails instead of just riding it around the court.

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    Still making the final version of the bulldog headbadge and then getting it powdercoated blue!

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    Stoopid comment - While I've never looked at a Comencal closely before, I've never seen pinch-bolts on the headset before. Does anyone else use this system?

    Btw, pretty awesome rebuild. They did a great job, you must really like that frame. Does the ankle have anything to do with the seatpost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swell Guy
    Stoopid comment - While I've never looked at a Comencal closely before, I've never seen pinch-bolts on the headset before. Does anyone else use this system?

    Btw, pretty awesome rebuild. They did a great job, you must really like that frame. Does the ankle have anything to do with the seatpost?
    The pinch bolts on the head tube are for the interchangeable sleeve you can put in there to change the head tube angle to 63, 64, or 65 degrees. Not sure if other companies use this system though.

    Ankle has everything to do with indoor soccer but nothing to do with my bike....

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    that color is sweet! nice work
    i'm only here to lurk and learn!

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    Props to Sherwood for doing this. He's always been there for my questions and help when I had a Cuervo. He could've said "No, trash this and buy my frame..."

    And yeah, sick color and build. Healing vibes to the ankle...
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    Excellent choice on the pedals, you'll love them. Where did you end up getting those decals from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lalocotequinta
    Excellent choice on the pedals, you'll love them. Where did you end up getting those decals from?
    They were leftover decals from another frame that the Commencal USA rep had found in his office when I was trying to get some replacements and he was nice enough to send them out. Trouble is to put them on properly they should be clear coated over but I can't do it on a powdercoated frame without scuffing up the powdercoat to make the clear stick...at least thats what I was told by the paint shop and a PC shop near me. We'll see how long they last, and if they don't then I'll have a vinyl shop cut me some or possibly get the 2010 supreme DH sticker set that is supposed to come out in april.

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    that color is so awesome. with the ano blue parts...

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    I have that bike, and have been considering a paint job. How long did that take to paint, and what was the cost?
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    Dude... red dials on your fork, red accents on the shock and fork lowers?

    You're off your game, Bryan.














    Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonvelocity
    I have that bike, and have been considering a paint job. How long did that take to paint, and what was the cost?
    Sherwood had the bike for 2 weeks and stripped the paint, cut the old tube out, welded the new tube in, heat treated and powder coated it. In total it cost $450 with tax. I imagine you can get a powdercoat job done for $150 though at your local shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantil3v3r
    The pinch bolts on the head tube are for the interchangeable sleeve you can put in there to change the head tube angle to 63, 64, or 65 degrees. Not sure if other companies use this system though.

    Ankle has everything to do with indoor soccer but nothing to do with my bike....
    i think scott has something like that too

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    Awesome. I love the KB Green...er, I mean Grinch Green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prettym1k3
    Dude... red dials on your fork, red accents on the shock and fork lowers?

    You're off your game, Bryan.

    Dear Kris Kringle:
    I would like one 2010 RC4 rear shock with pretty blue accents and a matching fox 40 with pretty blue dials/decals up front.
    - The Grinch Green
    P.S. Quit sending coal!

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    Sweeeetttt.

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    That's an awesome bike and now it looks even awesomer!

    Nothing like treating yourself/your bike to some new bling when waiting for an injury to heal up eh? Enjoy that thing when you get back on it!

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    If I had to trust anyone to make that fix I'd trust the guys at Ventana. The bike looks f-in sick now too!

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    Looks better than the original

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    Wow....Epic comeback indeed. Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Khemical
    If I had to trust anyone to make that fix I'd trust the guys at Ventana.
    No doubt, Sherwood did a really nice job!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cable0guy
    Looks better than the original
    I couldn't agree more!

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    sweeeeet
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    very nice!

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    orange do, on the 224, and 224 evo i think (defo evo though)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantil3v3r
    Dear Kris Kringle:
    I would like one 2010 RC4 rear shock with pretty blue accents and a matching fox 40 with pretty blue dials/decals up front.
    - The Grinch Green
    P.S. Quit sending coal!

    Yesss, you will like a RC4. And you will like a 40. And you need to heal up that ankle.
    The arsonist has oddly shaped feet!

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    I need a new Boxxer Team.
    Meh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cable0guy
    Looks better than the original
    And probably stronger too

    Paint looks awesome

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    Paint is growing on me - nice save of a sweet frame.
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    Nice looking shop...stupid clean.....

    Oh yeah, I dig the paint and the bulldog head badge as well...big time!

    Did the RideSFO badge get on a bike yet?

    Props to Ventana for the job well(ded) done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantil3v3r
    The pinch bolts on the head tube are for the interchangeable sleeve you can put in there to change the head tube angle to 63, 64, or 65 degrees. Not sure if other companies use this system though.

    Ankle has everything to do with indoor soccer but nothing to do with my bike....
    Corsair has it too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katana
    Nice looking shop...stupid clean.....

    Oh yeah, I dig the paint and the bulldog head badge as well...big time!

    Did the RideSFO badge get on a bike yet?

    Props to Ventana for the job well(ded) done!
    The rideSFO badge is going to Phil but I just need to get it powdercoated with the rest of them. Still working on the second version of the bulldog so hopefully in the next couple weeks they will be done.

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    Are you sure you didnt just buy a new frame? Looks like nothing was broken in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruralrider528
    Are you sure you didnt just buy a new frame? Looks like nothing was broken in the first place.
    yeah they did a great job, and the hope is after they cut the entire seat tube out and replaced it with a brand new tube that you wouldn't notice anything aside from a different color frame.

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    Question how much was the seat post actually in the seat tube when it broke?

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    Quote Originally Posted by commencal-guy
    Question how much was the seat post actually in the seat tube when it broke?
    I had 2.5-3" in the seat tube, and as per the owners manual it recommends a minimal 3.5"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cantil3v3r
    yeah they did a great job, and the hope is after they cut the entire seat tube out and replaced it with a brand new tube that you wouldn't notice anything aside from a different color frame.
    Yeah, when I cracked my 1st Ventana, they offered to replace the ST on my X-5...but that meant stripping, cutting, replacing, welding, heat treating and painting...they are obviously skilled and have done this in the past. I asked about an upgrade cost, given the amount of time/money that they were willing to put into fixing the old triangle, and they put me on a new bike for a very reasonable price.

    I wouldn't have hesitated to roll on the repaired X-5, but I had already changed the rockers and altered the geometry to the extent that it wasn't the best tool for me.

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    Wow!

    That thing is dead sexy! It'll be a shame to take that thing to N* and get it all scratched up. But, you don't crash................waterfall..............so you'll be fine!

    Seriously, though, that color is amazing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dominator13
    That thing is dead sexy! It'll be a shame to take that thing to N* and get it all scratched up. But, you don't crash................waterfall..............so you'll be fine!

    Seriously, though, that color is amazing!
    we both know that i ate it on my first run through the waterfall and sticks and stones - where you pretty much thought i died....i honestly cant wait to get back up there again

    the color really pops in the sunlight and i'm pretty happy with it, especially with how the blue contrasts the green. just need to get the headbadge powdercoated and considering getting some blue fork decals and proper vinyl frame decals for when these wear off.

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