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    Resurrecting the Eliminator

    The snowline is starting to creep back up the hills in Durango and a new project is taking shape ... it's been a blast so far to build.


    Not the prettiest... but still bombproof

    I got a hold of an '04 Azonic Eliminator frame with a DHX 5 and Boxxer for $250 this fall and it quickly turned into an unplanned budget build.


    Eager to test out the Bombshell Fatdaddys



    Here's the build thus far....

    Azonic Eliminator
    Fox DHX 5.0
    Boxxer
    Bombshell Fatdaddy wheelset
    Marzocchi Bomber 2.6's
    Raceface Headset
    Azonic Shorty Stem
    Azonic Doublewall Risers
    Hayes 9's
    203mm Gatorbrake rotors F+R
    Truvativ Howitzer Crankset/BB
    Mr.Dirt Chainguide and Bashguard
    XT shifter/Derailleur

    And how it sits thus far (waiting for the BB and rotors to arrive):

    This tank weighs 37lbs here... no drivetrain, no tubes

    Not bad considering I have under $600 invested in it at this point...
    this week it'll be time to rebuild the Boxxer and respring the shock...maybe my BB will arrive

    Long story short... I'm psyched

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    I'm seeing a Fox Vanilla RC and not a DHX 5.0....

    Regardless, have fun with it! That is looking sweet for that kind of pricepoint
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    Good catch... the RC is on there to hold things together while the DHX 5 is off getting rebuilt.

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    Good deal. Strip that bad boy down and go "natural".

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    what a bargain....congrats
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    eat your porridge jordie
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    Do you worry about bottoming that Boxxer lower on the crown? I ran my 04 with the A2C like that and got a hard bottom one time on a drop slamming the front end into the ground.

    Sweet build BTW, I hopped around on one of those eliminators, feels like it goes DEEP into some travel
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    that boxxer will be fine... just no hucking bender style.

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    An update to the build....

    Well the budget build continues and the ride is approaching completion...

    How it sits just now:


    Loving the Fatdaddy's and new rotors:


    Not much for clearance for the Marzocchi tires:


    Here's the setup so far:

    '03 Eliminator
    Boxxer
    Bombshell Fatdaddy's
    Gatorbrake 203mm Rotors w/ Hayes adapters
    Hayes 9's
    Marzocchi Bomber tires
    Pricepoint Tubes
    SRAM chain and cassette
    Truvativ Howitzer Cranket
    Mr. Dirt Chainguide and bashguard
    Deore Rear Derailleur
    XT trigger shifter
    Tioga Stem/bars (XC bars/stem shown so I could bounce around on it)
    Sette Locking grips
    Kona Seat
    Cheapo Kalloy Post
    Azonic Magnesium Pedals (not pictured)

    Grand total thus far (thanks to ebay, pricepoint, and jenson ):

    $730

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    sick... i love seeing peoples budget builds... they always come up very interesting and inspiring... nice job dude

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    nice budget buildup dude! i hope you have better luck than i had with bombshell..... i had a complete wheelset from them a few years back, i cant remember the model of the rims but they were their toughest dh/fr rims at that time..... the rear rim lasted me 1 1/2 weeks till i took it to it's first sunpeaks trip when i blew the rim apart, i than rebuild the bombshell moto hub onto a a 321 and the *indestructable* hub they advertised at the time i broke the pawls and bent the axle. the front bombshell rim faired better though..... it made it a full year till it was a giant octagon shape and had to turf it lol.

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    can you post some pics on the rear end setup of your linkages. . .im having problems with my setup im running a manitou 6way swinger 9.5 i2i so any idea how to set this up on my rear shox?

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    Nice, that looks like an awesome budget build..... budget builds are all I can do... I love 'em.

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    got pics of the completed ride ?

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    Sweet deal on a fun bike. I never owned one, but rode one belonging to a friend from time to time in 05 and 06. It was set up for someone much lighter than me, but felt great. I wasn't as quick on it as my own bike, but subjectively it had a great feel to it.

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    Here's an update to the Eliminator...

    The bike is together and just got done with its first race... it's set up as a singlespeed rig which has turned out pretty cool (once the headaches get resolved). I traded the Boxxer to a buddy of mine and picked up a Sherman Slider for the Azonic. I have had a couple Shermans in the past and I love 'em.... once I can figure out how to get them to operate when it's colder than 60 out.

    Here's a shot of the build:


    And the parts:
    '03 Eliminator
    Sherman Slider Fork
    Bombshell Fatdaddy's
    Gatorbrake 203mm Rotors w/ Hayes adapters
    Hayes 9's
    Marzocchi Bomber tires
    Pricepoint Tubes
    Sette Singlespeed Conversion
    Truvativ Howitzer Cranket
    Mr. Dirt Chainguide and bashguard (chainguide not in pic)
    Singulator on rear
    Azonic Shorty Stem
    Azonic Doublewall Risers
    Sette Locking grips
    243 Racing Seat
    Cheapo Kalloy Post
    Kona Clump Pedals

    So how did it do during a 12 hour DH race for its first outing? haha...it was interesting.


    Bike total in its current state is back... just about $650... love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rollswithpogies
    Here's an update to the Eliminator...

    The bike is together and just got done with its first race... it's set up as a singlespeed rig which has turned out pretty cool (once the headaches get resolved). I traded the Boxxer to a buddy of mine and picked up a Sherman Slider for the Azonic. I have had a couple Shermans in the past and I love 'em.... once I can figure out how to get them to operate when it's colder than 60 out.

    Here's a shot of the build:


    And the parts:
    '03 Eliminator
    Sherman Slider Fork
    Bombshell Fatdaddy's
    Gatorbrake 203mm Rotors w/ Hayes adapters
    Hayes 9's
    Marzocchi Bomber tires
    Pricepoint Tubes
    Sette Singlespeed Conversion
    Truvativ Howitzer Cranket
    Mr. Dirt Chainguide and bashguard (chainguide not in pic)
    Singulator on rear
    Azonic Shorty Stem
    Azonic Doublewall Risers
    Sette Locking grips
    243 Racing Seat
    Cheapo Kalloy Post
    Kona Clump Pedals

    So how did it do during a 12 hour DH race for its first outing? haha...it was interesting.


    Bike total in its current state is back... just about $650... love it.
    very nice...congrats
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    Good catch... the RC is on there to hold things together while the DHX 5 is off getting rebuilt.
    DHX still hasn't been rebuilt?

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    I did something dumb... bought a shock with the wrong eye-to-eye and sent it off to be rebuilt... sold that one...on the lookout for another one...

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    I hope to do something like this soon. I dont need a race quality dh rig by any means since its not my main style of riding, but I would love to have something that would inspire more confidence than trying to take my xc rig down a dh course. If you have any suggestions about how you went about the process I would appreciate it.

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