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    fo' yo' mammy

    try to have some fun on this one, I will...
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    ****, thats hawt.
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    ... and if we just ...

    that just put a rise in my levi's
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    : DROOL:

    That is one be-a-u-tiful bike.

    Props to Noel for an excellent job.
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    is making a comeback.

    Turns out that five years of not mountain biking, really makes one strive to get back to it.

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    Stop That!!! I don't have that kinda change laying around to "Keep up with the Jonses"


    Pfffft! NICE ride Gonzo...very Nice.

    I'd love to hear how that rides/climbs as an all mountain, do everything (leaning toward DH and freeride obviously) bike. I'll be choosing between that and a VP in the near future, pretty much set up exactly like that......damn I need a second job to support this habit
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    AMAZING that bike is soooooo nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by wXman
    Stop That!!! I don't have that kinda change laying around to "Keep up with the Jonses"


    Pfffft! NICE ride Gonzo...very Nice.

    I'd love to hear how that rides/climbs as an all mountain, do everything (leaning toward DH and freeride obviously) bike. I'll be choosing between that and a VP in the near future, pretty much set up exactly like that......damn I need a second job to support this habit
    I'll be reporting in full. There's been plenty of reviews from others, starting about a year or so ago, maybe 9 mos ago, when Noel had some folks out at Whistler ride the VTach and report back. do some searches here.

    I have 3 friends on VP-Frees and I have pedaled them around on relatively flat stuff and stunts, but not on any serious trail. I do know that all 3 friends RAVE about their VP-Frees, though. in fact, it seems everyone loves their VP-Free, just as much as people love their Bullits etc. I used to ride a Bullit too. quite a few of us VTach owners did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COmtbiker12
    Props to Noel for an excellent job.
    ain't that the truth. Noel is the cat, for sure.

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    wanna trade.....


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    I got yo' mammy! You disgusting, affluent peckerwood...LOL! That is a nice looking setup. How does it compare in weight to your Banshee? I know it has to be a better pedaler. Very slick.

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    Do those things really cost over 3 grand US???

    I was shopping around for a bike of that nature and just about cried when I saw the msrp on the website.

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    it's not cheap. it's not inexpensive. it's not really very affordable.

    but the engineering behind it is top notch.

    the welding is first rate.

    the machining is about the best in the biz.

    the passion behind it is unquestionable. the experience riding gnarly terrain is a big part of the passion behind it.

    if you got to see one in person and got to know Noel Buckley, you would almost think it's UNDERpriced at the MSRP.

    quality always costs more. whether you want or need the quality Noel is offering is up to you. I happily paid for it. I would do so again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike
    it's not cheap. it's not inexpensive. it's not really very affordable.

    but the engineering behind it is top notch.

    the welding is first rate.

    the machining is about the best in the biz.

    the passion behind it is unquestionable. the experience riding gnarly terrain is a big part of the passion behind it.

    if you got to see one in person and got to know Noel Buckley, you would almost think it's UNDERpriced at the MSRP.

    quality always costs more. whether you want or need the quality Noel is offering is up to you. I happily paid for it. I would do so again.
    Soooooo that means yes? Three grand?

    I saw a few at whistler last summer and pedaled one around a bit......and that is why I was interested. Those things are bomber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNC
    I got yo' mammy! You disgusting, affluent peckerwood...LOL! That is a nice looking setup. How does it compare in weight to your Banshee? I know it has to be a better pedaler. Very slick.
    I didn't throw 10 years of my life down the tubes working my arse off to not have some extra $$ left over for trinkets, ya know, Sir.

    and this year has been my last hurrah, for a long time forward I'm not buying any more frames. I went out with a bang, buying what I think represents the best in the industry in the two FS classes of rigs I wanted. of course, when Noel introduces his 6" travel trail bike, I may start finding the 6-Pack a bit malnourished, if you know what I mean?

    besides, this is the ONLY area of my life where I toss coins. I'm a cheap-arsed bastidge everywhere else. I cut my own hair, etc. I plan to drive my '98 Tacoma until it dies, and I bought it new. It only has 81k now after 7 years, even though in western Montana you have long distances between places, and even after 4 SLC ski trips, 2 GT/JH ski trips, 2 Nelson riding trips, 2 Virgin riding trips, 1 Fruita riding trip, 1 Durango riding trip... etc.

    I'm cheap everywhere else in my life except MTBs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidwoo
    Soooooo that means yes? Three grand?

    I saw a few at whistler last summer and pedaled one around a bit......and that is why I was interested. Those things are bomber.
    I bought more than a frame, and I'd have to dig out the invoice, but if the website says 3k then that's probably what I paid. basically I bought everything except a fork, a saddle, and a wheelset. the USA/CDN exchange rate was better when I ordered mine than it is now, though.

    yeah, it definitely is bomber. I had a Scream right before this, and it has the same burly rear end stiffness that makes the Scream so good on skinnies, etc., but the VTach's suspension is much more compliant under braking and pedaling. it corners better than a Scream, too, IMO. more intuitive. I had my Scream set up with 26" front and rear and it always felt a bit tippy. I was slower on our local DH course with my Scream than I was with my '02.5 SC Bullit. I can already tell that I'm going to be MUCH faster on the VTach, based on its performance in some tight and choppy off-camber turns on today's trail ride.

    I would say that if you can starve yourself well enough to afford one, Kidwoo, you should do it. but remember he builds them in lots and you have to pre-order and I think the 2d run of 40 already is sold out too. check with Noel to see the timeline.

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike
    I'm cheap everywhere else in my life except MTBs.
    that's the life.
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    Dang strike, your killin me! I thought I was bad having all these frames hanging around in the garage, and now Im going to unload the Bullit (most likely) and get a Highline for the Mammoth trips. Nice review on the pack btw. Do you have a parts list for this frame and the Pack yet?

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    thanks for the props on the review. I've done some more rides on the Pack and I'm super impressed with it. I'm going to ride it a lot, using the VTach only for DH and big stunt stuff. the Pack and VTach behave very similarly on the trail, same characteristics under braking, cornering, choppy trail features.

    BTW that Highline is gonna be a killer.

    Quote Originally Posted by drumstix
    Do you have a parts list for this frame and the Pack yet?
    yep.

    V-Tach:

    '04 888R 8" version, Go-Ride lowrider bottom crown/steerer.
    FSA Orbit Extreme reducer 1.5/1.125 headset
    RF Diabolus 31.8 handlebar on the integrated stem (67mm? I think)
    Magura Louise FR brakes (still on the way) 200/190 rotors
    SRAM x-9 trigger shifters
    RF ODI Lock On grips
    Haro MTB bar caps
    RF Diabolus 170mm crank & BB assembly
    E13 DRS
    Shima-no-no XT E-type front der
    SRAM x-9 rear der
    RF Diabolus seatpost
    saddle still undecided, probably WTB Laser or Pure
    wheels are Arrow FR rims, 14ga spokes, Hadley rear hub and Marzocchi front hub
    Kenda Nevegal DH Stick-E 2.7 front, 2.5 rear


    6-Pack

    '05 Firefly Plus 150mm
    Syncros original Hardcore headset (eBay score for $15)
    Answer ProTaper 28"/2" handlebar
    Thomson 70mm 0deg stem
    Hope Mono M4 200mm/180mm rotors
    SRAM x-7 shifters
    Ruffian ODI LockOn grips
    RF Atlas 175mm crank/BB assembly
    E13 DRS
    Shima-no-no XT front der
    SRAM 7.0 rear der
    Thomson seatpost
    WTB Rocket V Stealth saddle
    Wheels are Hadley hubs, 14/15 spokes, new Mavic XM321 rims
    Kenda Kinetics Stick-E Kevlar casing 2.35 front/rear
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    I love the way they get around the interupted seat-tube issue with that extra linage, really clever. I bet Specialized is slapping themselves in hte forehead for not thinking of that
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp3d
    I love the way they get around the interupted seat-tube issue with that extra linage, really clever. I bet Specialized is slapping themselves in hte forehead for not thinking of that
    Specialized's Demo bikes remind me of the old Cannondale "Alex Pong Bike". too busy, too geeky, too much clutter. they wouldn't be inclined to figure out something the same practical, sensible way that Noel has with the V-Tach.

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    Beautiful man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike
    Specialized's Demo bikes ....... too busy, too geeky, too much clutter. they wouldn't be inclined to figure out something the same practical, sensible way....
    you mean like adding 4 extra linkages and more small pivots???

    they are both very respectable bikes in their own right...

    (noel, if you are lurking, no disrespect, i think your bikes are hot)
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    Quote Originally Posted by jp3d
    I love the way they get around the interupted seat-tube issue with that extra linage, really clever. I bet Specialized is slapping themselves in hte forehead for not thinking of that

    I just about fell off my chair laughing, I just tried that several days ago and said the samething,
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike
    thanks for the props on the review. I've done some more rides on the Pack and I'm super impressed with it. I'm going to ride it a lot, using the VTach only for DH and big stunt stuff. the Pack and VTach behave very similarly on the trail, same characteristics under braking, cornering, choppy trail features.

    BTW that Highline is gonna be a killer.



    yep.

    V-Tach:

    '04 888R 8" version, Go-Ride lowrider bottom crown/steerer.
    FSA Orbit Extreme reducer 1.5/1.125 headset
    RF Diabolus 31.8 handlebar on the integrated stem (67mm? I think)
    Magura Louise FR brakes (still on the way) 200/190 rotors
    SRAM x-9 trigger shifters
    RF ODI Lock On grips
    Haro MTB bar caps
    RF Diabolus 170mm crank & BB assembly
    E13 DRS
    Shima-no-no XT E-type front der
    SRAM x-9 rear der
    RF Diabolus seatpost
    saddle still undecided, probably WTB Laser or Pure
    wheels are Arrow FR rims, 14ga spokes, Hadley rear hub and Marzocchi front hub
    Kenda Nevegal DH Stick-E 2.7 front, 2.5 rear


    6-Pack

    '05 Firefly Plus 150mm
    Syncros original Hardcore headset (eBay score for $15)
    Answer ProTaper 28"/2" handlebar
    Thomson 70mm 0deg stem
    Hope Mono M4 200mm/180mm rotors
    SRAM x-7 shifters
    Ruffian ODI LockOn grips
    RF Atlas 175mm crank/BB assembly
    E13 DRS
    Shima-no-no XT front der
    SRAM 7.0 rear der
    Thomson seatpost
    WTB Rocket V Stealth saddle
    Wheels are Hadley hubs, 14/15 spokes, new Mavic XM321 rims
    Kenda Kinetics Stick-E Kevlar casing 2.35 front/rear

    Sweet zo, sweet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    you mean like adding 4 extra linkages and more small pivots???

    they are both very respectable bikes in their own right...

    (noel, if you are lurking, no disrespect, i think your bikes are hot)
    you funny boy, Canfield Bros rider! Chris & Lance don't exactly build single pivots now do they?

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    whare did my canfield come into play, i never said it was ""more sensible, less geeky and less clutter" than a bike with less pivots and less linkages....
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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    whare did my cannfield come into play, i never said it was ""more sensible, less geeky and less clutter" than a bike with more pivots and more linkages....
    Geez I was just trying to say it is a clever way of getting a bighit style linkage onto a somewhat normal frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    you mean like adding 4 extra linkages and more small pivots???

    they are both very respectable bikes in their own right...

    (noel, if you are lurking, no disrespect, i think your bikes are hot)
    Um...extra pivots? Time to go count again.

    In fact the V-tach has more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Universe
    Um...extra pivots? Time to go count again.

    In fact the V-tach has more.
    exactly...
    the demo has 4 pivots and the knolly has 6 along w/ at least 3 extra links....

    so, please explain how the extra pivots and links equates into less clutter?


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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    exactly...
    the demo has 4 pivots and the knolly has 6 along w/ at least 3 extra links....

    so, please explain how the extra pivots and links equates into less clutter?
    clutter is a concept, a visual construct.

    it is not strictly a numbers game.

    you can disagree and be correct. there is no "right answer" only what looks "right" to your sensibility.

    I would probably ride a Demo if someone gave me one. whether I appreciate its aesthetics is another issue completely. the complex webbing of aluminum in its rear structure looks superfluous and done for some aesthetic reason that just looks weird TO ME. looks busy.

    Canfield Bros frames do not look busy or cluttered.

    Karpiels do.

    many Cannondales used to, but they seem to be going to more simple designs recently.

    that's my OPINION eh what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jp3d
    Geez I was just trying to say it is a clever way of getting a bighit style linkage onto a somewhat normal frame
    cuz dass right.

    the point also is to avoid the many lateral/torsional flex problems that standard FSR designs traditionally have had. Noel's design is an IMPROVEMENT on FSR/Horst. not a twist to avoid patent infringement. an IMPROVEMENT.

    two more years of Knolly V-Tachs on the market will prove me to be correct on this, I'll bet.

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    fair enough, i was just spouting my opinion of your opinion.....

    i'd buy one over a D9 anyway....


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    When we meet...

    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    you mean like adding 4 extra linkages and more small pivots???
    Hey WCH:
    When we meet face to face I'm going to smack you in the head for saying that! Well, since you won't be up in Whistler (Canada) any time soon, I guess it's not that much of an issue!




    Ha ha - jk of course!

    In all honesty, I can take the hits so please don't be afraid to voice your opinion
    Knowing how to "interpret" chat groups, forums, etc... on the internet is one of those things that I think comes with a bit of experience. I was lucky (geeky) enough to be exposed about 15 years ago to e-mail, news groups, IRC, and such so I think that I can normally tread the fine line between being a professional representation of my company while having a little fun as well. I have found that the other posters certainly don't hold back in letting you know when you cross that line!

    So, I definitely don't take any offense to your comments and hope that you don't from mine! I can also usually decipher the valid comments and criticisms from the mindless babble. All that being said...

    Sure, some will claim that the V-tach frame is too expensive, too heavy, too complicated, among other things. However, Knolly Bikes - and the V-tach in particular - started off as a personal project to design the ultimate FR frame for MYSELF, one that eliminated all of the annoying features I found on bikes in the market while having the features that I thought it needed. The V-tach originally was for me, and perhaps a few friends who would appreciate its quality and features. It was never designed or built on hype or someone else's marketing strategy, but was built on my experience in metal fabrication, engineering and most certainly, my riding experience.

    Knolly has certainly come a long ways since then, including becoming a full time job. Like all businesses, some days are great: meeting friends in Whistler this morning for brunch, blasting back to Vancouver, then going for a ride with my wife and coming home to find a thread like this about Gonzostrike's new bike is definitely a highlight!

    However, there are rough days as well, such as this past Monday where I found out that one of our sponsored riders (and extremely close friend) Kira - http://gallery.mtbr.com/showphoto.ph...cat=565&page=4 - was involved in a serious back country skiing accident that completely fractured her back. I won't go into the story but there is some more information here along with a pic showing how awesome a rider she is (oh ya, she rode this line about 10 times for Harookz to shoot - what you don't see is that we switched springs in her fork the night before and somehow unknowingly leaked oil all over her front disc, so she did this without a functional front brake):

    http://www.otesports.com/
    If you look at the trees at the top of this pic, you can see that the line is actually slightly steeper that what it is in the picture. It's 70+ degrees for over 20 feet.

    And a really nice blog write up about her and her accident here:
    http://troy.otesports.com/?CFID=300645&CFTOKEN=52346653

    About the frame: the V-tach definitely has a lot of pivots and certainly lots of bearings: probably more than most frames on the market. It contributes a little to the frame's weight: the "extra linkages" add about 200 grams to the overall weight of the frame. However, cars have lots of pivots, bearings, and linkages and they take WAY more load than most mountain bikes will ever see. You don't see them failing every five minutes (well, ok there may be a few that do How often do you have to replace bearings and bushings in your car? A car of average quality should easily last 5-10 years worth of driving before needing to replace those parts and I'm sure the average car has many, MANY times the running hours on it than most people's bikes. The quality of bearings used in most bicycles wouldn't stand a chance in that kind of environment (or in machine tools, production robots and such for that matter). The V-tach uses bearings of very high quality - manufactured by INA (a German based company). It adds significantly to the cost of the frame (we could knock about $200 retail off of the frame's MSRP price just by switching to ABI Enduro brand bearings, the "standard" for most high end bikes), but as Gonzostrike mentioned, that is what we offer and up to the consumer to decide if they wish to purchase it. As an aside, I think that it was here (DH/FR forum) about a year or two ago, where I once asked what people thought about this exact issue: Every reply was "use the higher end bearings".

    Wow - what was originally going to be a quick slap to the head suddenly turned into something way longer!

    I guess I just really want to say thanks for all the great support, props, and awesome compliments and comments. Above all Knolly has always tried to be honest and transparent. I know that Knolly will make some mistakes along the way, but I'll be the first to own up to them. Hopefully the next models that Knolly releases will be able to generate the same level of enthusiasm. I've been posting on MTBR for about 8 years now I think and while I have to restrict what I post about somewhat (in the name of professionalism), I'd like to still be able to just post and not have to worry too much about offending or being offended.

    Let's keep it real, have fun riding what ever bike you ride no matter what kind of riding you do, try to keep the injuries at bay, and generate great experiences for your self and others. That really is the heart of riding. Not how many pivots your frame has, what it costs, whether it's some high end boutique bike or some semi-department store special. Gonz is stoked for his new ride and so am I!

    Sincerely,

    Noel Buckley
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    wanna trade.....
    You know I'd love to see you on a V-tach but I have to say that I'm super happy to see you on a Canfield as well. Just briefly talked to Chris on the phone a day or two ago and will hopefully meet him for a beer when I'm passing though SLC next week. Hoping to spend some time drinking margaritas with Lance while at the Fruita Fat tire fest the following week. Awesome, awesome guys, engineering and building what they love to ride. Same thing as me with Knolly. Looking forward to chatting with Dave T. as well at Fruita (hopefully not at 6:15am this time!) as I think he'll be there as well, demo'ing his legendary line-up of suspension bikes. These guys (and some others) are in this sport for the passion. Sure, businesses have to make money and be profitable to survive, but at the same time, let's see if we can have some fun, not screw anyone over and put a smile on a customer's face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike
    try to have some fun on this one, I will...

    Damn that bike looks familiar. I actually checked my storage room to make sure it wasnt mine!

    Excellent looking ride, Hope to see it in action.

    Congrats, and 'welcome to de club'

    TJ

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    Noel:
    Thanks for your imput, i always appreciate and enjoy you replying to threads. Like you stated above if everyone in the industry was like you and Lance/Chris than the Bicycle industry would truly be one of a kind. Keep up the good work!
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    Hey Noel,
    I saw a picture of a guy on this site: www.freeridetours.com riding a V-Tach I don't think they were avaliable last summer. Is he one of your sponsored riders or something?

    Gonzo: Your bike is sweet dude, looks exactly like 006_007. Have fun on that thing, I sure would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knollybikes.com
    Hey WCH:
    When we meet face to face I'm going to smack you in the head for saying that! Well, since you won't be up in Whistler (Canada) any time soon, I guess it's not that much of an issue!
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    Noel can you come down to Colorado this summer so I can try one?
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    Turns out that five years of not mountain biking, really makes one strive to get back to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by knollybikes.com
    Sure, some will claim that the V-tach frame is too expensive,
    I'm just going to complain that I'm too poor. I've been very impressed with the ones I've seen in person. If I had one bike instead of 4, a v-tach would be a prime candidate. Looking foward to whatever else you come up with.

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    very nice looking bike. I would be interested in knowing about the brake jack....let us know
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    Quote Originally Posted by knollybikes.com
    Hey WCH:
    When we meet face to face I'm going to smack you in the head for saying that! ...
    awwww noel, you know i think your bikes are some serious sweetness fo sho....

    my coments were just something to poke at the gonz. you know sometimes he is like pete and tries to take your words and give them a different interpretation and then lets the fun begin... this was nothing more. sorry you bike was caught in the middle...


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    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    awwww noel, you know i think your bikes are some serious sweetness fo sho....

    my coments were just something to poke at the gonz. you know sometimes he is like pete and tries to take your words and give them a different interpretation and then lets the fun begin... this was nothing more. sorry you bike was caught in the middle...
    "like Pete" only in the sense that Pete and I share very similar senses of humor and what is stupid. I don't copy Pete. I have my own experiences to draw upon, which are quite different from Pete's being that he's a California boy and I live in a state where we tend to make fun of Californians.

    and rest assured that where the V-Tach and Knolly Bikes and Noel are concerned, I'm not likely to be "messing around" with peoples' minds. this bike is the finest of its type and there isn't much getting around that, and the main reason is Noel himself. no messing about with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007
    Damn that bike looks familiar. I actually checked my storage room to make sure it wasnt mine!

    Excellent looking ride, Hope to see it in action.

    Congrats, and 'welcome to de club'

    TJ
    yeah I think the pics of yours are what motivated me to use the Exorcist (TM) puke green zip ties. horror movie bling to get the heart up to V-Tach!

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    when i hear the word troll, you and pete are the first peeps to come to mind......


    other than that, i don't personally know either of you, and that's where the comparison ends....


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    hmm

    yeah the extra linkages on the demo are for insane rigidity and perfection in braking/pedaling. Here is close up. Honestly, it is a single pivot with an overhead linkage--- to each his own but the demo is quite simple and uncluttered (not to mention the best riding bike I have been on!) Would love to try a V-tach to see whats up tho.
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    170mm profile crankset, silver king headset barely used, new blackspire chainguide, old version hope mini brakes---- all for sale at i-wanna-get-rid-of-it prices. I'm gone all of july after the 10th, other than that PM me if interested.

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    Hey WCH!

    Quote Originally Posted by .WestCoastHucker.
    awwww noel, you know i think your bikes are some serious sweetness fo sho....

    my coments were just something to poke at the gonz. you know sometimes he is like pete and tries to take your words and give them a different interpretation and then lets the fun begin... this was nothing more. sorry you bike was caught in the middle...
    Hey no problem - I hope my post came across in how "un serious" I was. I'm happy to have the bike caught in the middle as it's kind of like "free advertising"

    Haven't met Gonz yet (have talked on the phone a lot!), though I've met Pete several times (and will hopefully be meeting him again in about a week's time in Fruita). Gonz has stepped up to the plate this summer and joined about 12 V-tach owners in racing their V-tach's in the Squaminsh Test of Metal (www.testofmetal.com) XC race in June. This is a 67 km XC race with about 4500' feet of climbing, with most of the riding on technical single track. Even for all his poking and jabing, I think that we'll have a new respect for him after pulling off this ride!

    Quote Originally Posted by COmtbiker12
    Noel can you come down to Colorado this summer so I can try one?
    Where do you live in Colorado? I'm going to be in Fruita / Grand Junction for the week of the 2nd to the 8th of May!
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt
    Hey Noel,
    I saw a picture of a guy on this site: www.freeridetours.com riding a V-Tach I don't think they were avaliable last summer. Is he one of your sponsored riders or something?

    Gonzo: Your bike is sweet dude, looks exactly like 006_007. Have fun on that thing, I sure would.

    I believe that pic is of Colin, A Knolly sponsored rider/guide at freeride tours. There were a few sponsored riders that had prototype frames last summer. Noel also mentions Kira (another sponsored rider) in his blurb above.

    As for exact same, I looked real close, there are a few differences, not a heck of a lot though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzostrike
    yeah I think the pics of yours are what motivated me to use the Exorcist (TM) puke green zip ties. horror movie bling to get the heart up to V-Tach!

    Good thing you did that, or we might have grabbed the wrong bikes off the rack after our noon beer at Whistler. Sorta like the problem all the people have renting identical skis in the winter.....

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