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    Tuesday X-5 shakedown cruise

    So, I got my Ventana back from Brian and I have to say that it rides like no other bike I've ever been on. Crash_burn and I took it for a shakedown cruise Tuesday night to try to start working out any kinks and get it set up. First, right out of the box it fits me like a glove. The 23.85" top tube, paired with the 110mm x 5 degree stem, is spot on perfect. Second, I've never ridden a bike with soooo much super active rear travel. After the shakedown cruise, Crash_burn and I were test riding over a 6" tall curb at his house and you couldn't even feel the rear of the bike move a bit. The rear end just soaked it right up. Third, this thing corners like it's on rails - it just dares you to go faster and faster. Not sure I've ever gone down Hulls that fast at this time of year - or any time of year. Finally, props to Brian on the the build. Never have I had a bike shift so flawlessly on the first ride. I'll probably re-route the rear brake cable (Brian was a little *inventive* with his routing ), put more psi in the shock and less in the fork, and do some other minor tweaking (like perhaps checking the air pressure in the tires before the next ride), but that's what a shakedown cruise is all about. I can't say it climbs very quickly, but I'm sure some of you would agree that me climbing slower wouldn't be a bad thing!
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    cool looking rig...

    for sure, definatly a pimped out ride!

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    I was at Brian's Wednesday...

    Got to check out your new bike..........sweet!

    You need to take it out to the Owyhees this weekend

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    when we crossed each other on Sidewinder, I

    was wondering who had the Ventana, and trying to figure out the Maverick. Then I was at Hulls after coming down from the MC parking lot when you guys appeared briefly and headed down. I tried to yell, but it looked like you were late for happy hour..... beautiful bike.
    May your trails be narrow, crooked, lonesome and dangerous, leading to the most outrageous adventures. Paladin

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    EP .... nice ride !

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    Quote Originally Posted by earthpig
    ... I'll probably re-route the rear brake cable...
    Maybe zip-tie down that front brakeline while you're at it.

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    Just curious....I noticed that your rear tire has a different tread pattern than your front tire...is there an advantage in your type of setup?

    Nick

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    Niiiice....

    Definetly need to hit some rocks in the Owyhees!
    Very cool bike, EP.

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    Swweeeet Ride Earthpig!

    That thing looks fast and fun just sitting there! You'll have to bring it up to McCall this summer and try it out on the rocks and technical stuff. I'm curious about the weight since the build is so similar to my Saber.
    Congrats,
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    PS- I remember the Boise Azonic dealer telling me I don't want 5" travel for McCall just about 18 months ago. "That's total overkill" Hahahahahahahahah, I'm laughing all the way down from the top of Brundage and Tamarack.

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    Very sweet

    Nice Rig EP,
    now you got a true go anywhere all mountain rig
    congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayndar
    You'll have to bring it up to McCall this summer and try it out on the rocks and technical stuff.
    McCall riding is a big reason I went for bigger travel than the Superlight. I hadn't ridden up there much until last summer, and then it seemed like I was riding McCall every weekend. The Superlight was definitely out of its element up there, esp. on some of the steeper/hairier/rockier stuff. Can't wait to take the V down Zorro, the Rim, 20 mile and Eagles Nest!

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    could be

    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Just curious....I noticed that your rear tire has a different tread pattern than your front tire...is there an advantage in your type of setup?

    Nick
    Front is a Mutanoraptor, rear is the Kenda Nevegal. As for a front-rear difference, I'd say a lot of riders run something different front and rear - I've tried a lot of tires (see this post http://forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?...33&postcount=4) and this set up seems to work pretty good for the summer foothills conditions. Still trying to figure out a good winter set of tires...

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    Buddha's titus

    Quote Originally Posted by Markv
    Got to check out your new bike..........sweet!

    You need to take it out to the Owyhees this weekend
    I was poking around Brian's shop when I dropped it off and saw a very familiar bike hanging there in pieces. I mentioned to Brian that it looked like Buddha's bike and Brian said, yeah, he was here about 5 minutes before you got here. Small, small world. If I was really super-ballsy, I would have gone for the all-pink look like Brian's Racer-X!

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    No need

    Quote Originally Posted by icegeek
    Maybe zip-tie down that front brakeline while you're at it.
    Why? To be redundant? Look closer. See the doohickey that screws into the v-brake mount? It's a pimpy cable/housing holder that obviates the need for a zip tie. You can see the paint rub mark where I used to use a zip tie for the front brake cable...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayndar
    PS- I remember the Boise Azonic dealer telling me I don't want 5" travel for McCall just about 18 months ago. "That's total overkill" Hahahahahahahahah, I'm laughing all the way down from the top of Brundage and Tamarack.
    Boise has an Azonic dealer? Who?

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    I think the name is bikes2boards

    "Bikes2Boards" is the dealer. They're in a white square bldg on State St. that looks like an old gas station. Azonic's website listed them as the Boise dealer, but when I stopped in, they only had some parts and helmets, and an DH bike under construction. They were pushing the Jamis pretty hard instead.
    Quote Originally Posted by danK
    Boise has an Azonic dealer? Who?

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