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    lets see some komodo's

    Hey, I finally got my '07 komodo done last week, its been a slow build. Its built for AM riding mostly. I will get some pics up in the next day or so.

    But, I know lots of you have em, post em up! Also, if you have a chain guide...definitely post that up haha.

    Lets see em!

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    Alright, wolfman...but where's yours?
    Here's the progression / digression / sidegression of mine:

    It all started out as a 2004 Komodo Team frame with parts carried over from my XLT:


    That frame didn't work out b/c the rear tri was too flexy, so they warrantied it out for a 2005 frame.

    I first built it up as a 31lb FRHT:


    I had issues with the 55r, so I got a Domain 318 and dropped down a tire size:


    I found myself doing more aggressive XC/trail riding than Freeride...so I dropped it down to 26lbs with a little lighter build:


    I'd like to build a 2008>newer FRHT version...they have ISCG.

    Okay...here's my 1998 Komodo. I got the frame off ebay for $6. It's set up as a rigid SS XC rig. Pretty dang fast:

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    I like your '05. I need to weigh mine and see what its at.

    I will go take a photo of it now actually, since im bored.

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    So far, it rides great and feels super solid.

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    Here's my 2005 Komodo got the Frame for $60 and built the rest up from scratch

    2006 Marzocchi AMSL 130mm of travel
    2008 RaceFace Evovle Cranks, Bar, Stem, & Post
    BB7's 185 in front 160 in rear
    2008 X-9 Triggers and Rear derailleur X-7 Front
    Mavic Xm 819s on Dt Swiss Rear & Specialized Stout Front
    WTB Rocket V saddle
    ODI Rogue grips
    Mavic Holy Rollers for commuting, DJ, & DS
    Panaracer Cinder Rear and Fire Freeride Front for Single track
    Atomlab Trailpimps for Commuting & DJ
    Shimano 520's for everthing else

    Next Upgrade is a Pike 454 slider and Xt 20mm hopefully soon.
    Life is to short not to get a little dirty.

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    i notice we all are using odi rogues. They are the most comfortable grips i have ever used.

    got a guestion for ya- is it just me or is a 2.35 kinetics look more like a 2.1? Also, any of you used a 2.6 in the front with a 2.35 in the rear?

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    I don't like ODI Rogue's. I have the new Peaty's on my '05 now. Moved the Yeti's over to the SS. The Rogue's are just not my style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman00
    I like your '05. I need to weigh mine and see what its at.

    I will go take a photo of it now actually, since im bored.
    Thx BTW.

    I'm beginning to think the Float was a mistake. I love it and it serves as a fantastic trail bike fork. I just have this hankerin' to go huckin' now and then. I probably wouldn't go crazy anyhoo b/c I'd hate to jack up my freakin' $500 wheelset and Hone crankset doing things that they weren't made for.

    What I really need to do is get me a 16.5" built up with a DJ or FR build with a stout set of wheels, cranks, and fork so I can go downtown and have me some fun when the trail is too sloppy!

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    no current pictures-

    I have an '04 with-

    marzocchi all mountain sl fork (2006)
    azonic outlaws
    holy rollers/swamp things
    deore crankset with 24/36t and e13 dual ring guide
    wtb laser v in camo
    x5 shifters and derailleurs
    203/160mm juicy 5s
    magnesium flat pedals

    It works well for trail riding and for screwing around downtown- great bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent
    no current pictures-

    I have an '04 with-

    marzocchi all mountain sl fork (2006)
    azonic outlaws
    holy rollers/swamp things
    deore crankset with 24/36t and e13 dual ring guide
    wtb laser v in camo
    x5 shifters and derailleurs
    203/160mm juicy 5s
    magnesium flat pedals

    It works well for trail riding and for screwing around downtown- great bike
    Are you sure it's an '04? Does it look like this:

    Or this:




    Reason I ask is b/c your build is more of a FR/AM build. If you have the 2004...then you've got a "trail bike" frame sorta overbuilt or built heavy. Oddly...I've got the 2005 Freeride Hardtail frame but under built it (light). Almost just swap your frame for mine and the bikes would be built proper

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    yeah, mine is the 1st one but in grey

    it is "overbuilt" but that's 'cause I got the frame for $50 and could care less how "fast" it is. I wanted a bike my friend's could keep up with me on when I rode with them... heh (actually, seriously)

    I also really wanted an 'indestructable' bike that I could ride cross country trails on (so I do like this geometry)

    -Drew

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent
    I also really wanted an 'indestructable' bike that I could ride cross country trails on (so I do like this geometry)

    -Drew
    I feel ya there, Drew. I have broken a few frames, tacoed a few wheels, broken cranksets, pedal spindles, saddle rails...at 200lbs, I can't skimp in the area of durability and I can't afford to buy new components all the time. I've gotten to the point where I pretty much use "All Mountain" componentry for plain ol trail riding. It may be 26-27lbs, but I don't have to worry about destroying it and not having a bike to ride.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpywSalwpH0

    in action- well, as much as is possible in my hard thus far

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed
    I feel ya there, Drew. I have broken a few frames, tacoed a few wheels, broken cranksets, pedal spindles, saddle rails...at 200lbs, I can't skimp in the area of durability and I can't afford to buy new components all the time. I've gotten to the point where I pretty much use "All Mountain" componentry for plain ol trail riding. It may be 26-27lbs, but I don't have to worry about destroying it and not having a bike to ride.

    yeah, def. true. Even more true when the only reason you have that bike is for screwing around. I have a mamasita with a very light build and a monocog 29er as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2silent
    yeah, def. true. Even more true when the only reason you have that bike is for screwing around. I have a mamasita with a very light build and a monocog 29er as well.
    ThuperThweet!

    I'm working on a RM Flow DJ right now. I got a great deal on the frame from a dude...and I picked up a Saint crankset for $26

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    Here's My Freeride / All Mountain 08 Komodo 1. Excuse the poor quality of the cellphone pic, but I'll post some better pics soon.

    Upgrades include:

    Funn Fatboy bar
    Juicy 5s
    ESI Racers Edge grips
    Crank Bros 5050xx pedals
    Alienation Pivotal saddle and seatpost
    Sun Doubletracks (heavy, but I got a good deal so I'll ride them until I can afford something lighter/cheaper. Can't say I'll ride them til they break, b/c these wheels are tanks)

    Best Upgrade: Push'd 426 Pike (You can see the humble fork it replaced in the background)
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    looks great!



    I swapped to 170mm raceface atlas crankset tonight- so my above "build" is no longer accurate.

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    thread died- not too many of 'em I guess.

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    I didn't posted mine yet, because it's 100% original, not realy exiting.
    A great bike anyway, I think I'll start to upgrade with the brakes one day they'll fall apart.
    I use my Komodo as an Freeride / Allmountain bike, and used to old canti brakes, the mecanical disk brakes of the komodo aren't that bad either.



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    I swapped to a bontrager 60mm stem and easton risers today- so far I like the feel. little more dj-like I will probably stop posting each time I tinker with my setup too- probably make a change each week, heh.

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    My 07 komodo

    I cant get a pic to uploadbut I have the orange and black 07 3.0.I bought the frame and built it up.I went all mountain build and it weighs in a 31 pounds.
    Componets are:
    09 Fox vanilla r 140
    Sram x9 shifters and rear derailuer
    Shimano SLX cranks with bash ring.
    WTB fx 28 wheels with XT hubs.
    BB7 brakes with 160 rear and 185 front disc.
    IRC Trail Bear tires.
    Race face bars with easton all mountain stem.
    Chris King headset.
    Deore LX front derailuer.
    I could drop some wieght if I went tubeless.I run slime tubes with tire liners.
    2016 Intense spider/Recluse build
    2015 Jamis komodo
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    Alright men...the Komodo has taken a turn for the better. I found a PIKE from an individual that bought a Pitch and wanted a Lyrik, so he let me have the PIKE for $220 shipped. Fox Racing Shox is supposed to be God's gift to suspension, but this PIKE is 100% smoother than my Float or Vanilla. Specialized calls it a 351, but looking at the spec's, it's basically a 426 w/o the external floodgate. The only problem is that the HT length on a 2005-2007 Komodo is pretty dang tall, man!! 140mm!


    The solution was a low stack headset from CrankBro's and a short-stack stem from Spank.

    -Rockshox PIKE 351 Coil U-turn / Motion Control / Lockout / Intl Floodgate
    -Crank Brothers Iodine AM headset (20.56mm stack)
    -Spank Spike FR / DH stem (26mm stack)

    (I also got a 2.35 Nevegal and Excavator to throw back on b/c Conti's IMO are an inferior tire)








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    Chelboed,

    Bike looks great! Is that a single ring setup on your Komodo? How does it pedal, or how has it changed your biking? I've been thinking of going that way and have been leaving it in the second ring to practice. What's your chainring size and cassette range?

    Glad you like the Pike, I got a used 426 recently and had PUSH rebuild it - it's butter.
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    It used to be set up as a 1x9. (32f / 11-34r) Loved it for a while. Switched back for 2 reasons:
    1. My knees have been grumpy, so a granny helps.
    2. The drivetrain is SO MUCH SMOOTHER when not using those more extreme gear cominations. There is noticeable drag and gear noise when in the 32/34 or 32/11 combo's.

    I like my main ride to be smooth and quiet.


    The 1998 Komodo that is pictured further back in this thread was set up as a SS, but I went back to a 1x9 on that one. (32 / 11-34) It works well for a light/rigid bike.

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    you want to sell those continentals then eh?

    btw- my komodo is being taken apart/parted... Decided to go a different direction after getting an unbelievable deal on a Salsa El Santo frame (no need for the "heavy" bits on that one)

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    I think this winter i am going to tear mine down and strip the paint off it. All the paint is chipping off, so i may just strip it and clearcoat it. or have it painted the same color as the general lee haha.

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    Here's my 2005 Jamis Komodo


    It has a Rock Shox Recon 351 w/lockout
    Avid Juicy 3's w/ 7in rotors
    Yeti ODI grips
    IRC Trailbear tires 26X2.35

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    nice builds,

    chelboed, what front hub do you have? Is it convertable? I see you using 20mm and QR forks on it.

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    thought i added a pic last time

    Here's my 2005 Jamis Komodo


    It has a Rock Shox Recon 351 w/lockout
    Avid Juicy 3's w/ 7in rotors
    Yeti ODI grips
    IRC Trailbear tires 26X2.35


    08 Jamis Parker
    05 Jamis Komodo

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman00
    nice builds,

    chelboed, what front hub do you have? Is it convertable? I see you using 20mm and QR forks on it.

    Sorry guys, I've been out for a while.


    The hubs are Hope Pro 2 convertible. Yes, the front convertible from 20mm to 9mmQR in like 30 seconds.




    2silent: I gave the Conti's to a friend.

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    Smile Komodo

    Here is 1 I built about 5 years ago-I really like it.
    Jack

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    2009 stock komodo 1

    looking to upgrade the forks and tires .. any suggestions?
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    2009 stock komodo 1

    looking to upgrade the forks and tires .. any suggestions?
    Looks nice! I didn't realize they'd taken weight out of the downtube over previous years' models as well as the rear triangle.

    As for the fork and tires; I can definitely recommend a PIKE, the travel adjustability really lends to the bike's do-all capability and it's super-smooth. I've got a WTB MotoRaptor that came with the bike up front and a WTB Velociraptor rear tire. I guess it depends on what you're doing with it. Your Larsen's probably good as a rear tire, but you may want to look into something with a bit more bite on the front. I'm going to be swapping out the MotorRaptor with a slightly worn 3C Minion in the front as the current WTB tire has started to wash out in fast turns.
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    I got that same Komodo. Another upgrade will be the seat. WTB makes a seat with thicker rails. You WILL bend your rails after landing enough jumps. I highly reccomend the WTB Jaxon. It will look even better on your bike, is comfy and can handle a lot more.,

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    Komodo Old School

    Ahh memories...

    I bought a Komodo LT new in 2001 and rode the living crap out of it up and down the west coast for 9 years. I upgraded everything attached to it at least twice during that period. The geometry was perfect for my style of riding which is aggressive XC, I think everybody calls it trail riding nowadays. Climb, descend, haul ass, techincal - this bike did it all and mostly proved that FS bikes are overrated for 90% of all trails. The frame was Easton Ultralight and had beautiful welds and a nice CNCd dropout section. This bike was well ahead of it's time when it came out and I loved every minute of every ride on it. I looked at other bikes the last few years and contemplated new ones every season but once I rode the Komodo on a nice spring epic, I kept it every time.

    Sad as it is though, the frame finally cracked on one of the chainstays and I had to retire it this year. Nice thing though is that I was able to build a rippin singlespeed out of the leftover parts on a different frame.

    RIP old friend.





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    Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic. It's got the 14" frame. It's my girlfriend's bike.

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    I would love to get a hold of one of the newer frames. That one looks really good. Much better than my nasty orange haha.

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    I like the way the black on black looks also. I think her bikes looks better than mine....

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman00
    I would love to get a hold of one of the newer frames. That one looks really good. Much better than my nasty orange haha.
    Yeah I love my 09 black frame. It is one of the toughest looking bikes you will see. Once you swap seats and make it even blacker, it just looks better. I upgraded the platform pedals on mine, and that makes a huge difference in control.

    This bike runs best with the seat dropped for shorter tech trails that have big rollers, and of course downhill. For flatter trails, you have to crank the seat up so you don't burn out your legs, but it really is a tough bike and goes over everything like a tank.

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    Oh yeah, i forgot to tell you- your bike called me today, it wants a pike. haha

    but seriously, the pike and a komodo frame is a match made in heaven.

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    ill pitch in

    komodos rock
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    Quote Originally Posted by rossbourne14
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    2009 stock komodo 1

    looking to upgrade the forks and tires .. any suggestions?

    There is no better fork for that bike than the PIKE. I have had several forks on my Komodo...
    Marz 55 5"
    Marz 55 6"
    Rockshox Domain U-turn
    Fox Float 140
    The PIKE U-turn that I have is about 1.5yrs old and is incredible. Tough enough for anything I'll do with the bike as a clyde who likes to jump stairs...but still versatile enough for XC rides. Lateral and fore/aft sturdy. 20mm TA is KILLAH for aggro XC stuff.


    It's just a great fork.



    As far as tires...IMO there' isn't a better tire out there for "mountain biking" than the Kenda Excavator. The caveat with the Komodo is rear tire clearance. The frame has a tough time clearing a 2.35 Excavator...so I run a 2.35 Nevegal in the back...which is has a little less rolling resistance anyhoo.

    So...2.35 Excavator front / 2.35 Nevegal rear.

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    I have 2.4 moto raptors on mine at the moment. for dry stuff...not too bad, not great. When its wet- might as well be slicks, they suck. I will probably get some nevgals. I rarely hear anything bad about them.

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    Hey Rossbourne14, what size is your komodo?

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    Just ordered my '09 Komodo! It should be here by... next week

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    Hm... I was told it would be 3 days for assembly and then another 4-5 days for shipping. I placed the order today and just received an email saying it was shipped! Oh man, if I get this bike before the weekend...

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    Sweet - post some pics when it shows up!
    You guys wanna ride bikes?

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    Looks like it'll be here Saturday. My mom will be in town though so I'll have no time to take her on her maiden voyage until Monday. Pics will definitely come.

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    whats the biggest tire you could put on the 09 komodo? i was wanting to go with the maxxis high roller - minion setup.

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    I run 2.4 moto raptors

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    uh oh... what's this?




    and a little teaser. I couldn't help but slap a couple stickers on her


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    You are a dirty-rotten-scoundrel!

    Gimme more!!

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    ok, fine :P took a couple quick ones when I got back from my maiden ride around the block




    my other hobby


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    now go get that thing dirty!!

    man, I am really tempted to buy one of those from jenson...but do I really need another komodo. Yours looks so sweet. I love the flat black and sloping top tube. Is the head angle still 67.5?

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    Will - how's the sizing on it for you?
    You guys wanna ride bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfman00
    now go get that thing dirty!!

    man, I am really tempted to buy one of those from jenson...but do I really need another komodo. Yours looks so sweet. I love the flat black and sloping top tube. Is the head angle still 67.5?
    The head angle has been increased to 68.5* for the 09 model. I love the flat black too and I'm going to start with some lime green accents soon to accompany my new sticker. I have yet to put some good time in on it but it feels like an amazingly solid bike. Once the fork gets broken in I'll play with the preload adjustment and then I'll have a better idea of how the bike really rides. So far, I'm ecstatic over my purchase. I couldn't be happier with the product or with Jenson in the ease of ordering and quick shipping.


    Quote Originally Posted by 7PointMe
    Will - how's the sizing on it for you?
    I think it's just about perfect. Maybe a tiny bit on the large side, but that's exaggerating a bit. The 14" would be too small and the 18.5" would be far too big. I'm just used to the Diamondback still and will need some time to get accustomed to this bike. As I said earlier though, I couldn't be happier

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossbourne14
    whats the biggest tire you could put on the 09 komodo? i was wanting to go with the maxxis high roller - minion setup.
    I hear that with the maxxis ardents 2.6 they rub when a little... especially when in the granny ring....so the biggest you could go would have to be 2.5 I would guess

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    mine had a few changes...removed some parts


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    I recently bought some dissents for my 08 komodo (used to have the moto raptor like Wolfman has) and i love the way they look and grip..though when i flipped the bike upside down to see why it was riding off centered i notice 2 things....

    - The tires wobble and dip in every corner and I can see that some parts of the tire sink in more to the rim than others...i know its not the rim since when i spin the rim alone....it runs centered....what can i do??

    - I notice that every time I have problems with the hubs not being tight enough and having that "play" in between them...how can i fix this problem... I've tightened them before and they ran great...but then the loosen up again and again....


    What do you guys think is the problem for these??

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    simple solution for your tires- sometimes when you put them on the bead doesn't exactly set all the way around. usually I will pump them up to 50 lbs or so to set the beads, then drop it down to 35lbs. on the trail I just put air in them till their hard.

    hubs- not sure, but I had a set of formulas that did that. A new wheelset cured it. you might just have grease on the axle threads causing the cones to keep loosening. I'd take it in. I hate working on hubs with a passion haha

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    alright, i'll have to try take some grease off the thread and see how that works out....

    As for the tire solution....i dont have one of those psi bar measures or anything like that so how would i fix them?

    Inflate to high pressure, then lower, or how?

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    really, you dont need a pressure gauge. just get near the bead and look at it, you will be able to see where its not seated. sometimes you can just grab the tire, and twist it some and it will seat.

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    alright then....will have to try it out, but not sure if it will work too well since when I try to seat the tire in better or take it out and try to make it centered, it grabs onto the other side or the opposing side to it......

    I think ill try to let the tires loose a bit and ride it around a little so they settle in and then inflate them....what do you think of this method?

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    Hey I haven't been biking for a few years but the jensonusa price is too good to pass up. I'm looking at the komodo 2 and was wondering what you guys thought of the ride/fit. I'm 5'6" 190 pounds so I'm not sure what size would be best? Also prob gonna switch the DJ1 to a 55r - is that a good idea? Want the bike to be good for all mountain/light fr as well as dirt jumping.

    I used to own a 2004 (or 2003/2002 don't really remember) specialized p2 with a DJ1. Is the DJ1 still good for 8 foot drops?

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    Well Steven, I just bought the 16.5 Komodo1 from Jenson and it is just about the right fit for me at 6'0'', so I'd say the 14 might be about right for you. Jenson has a sizing chart for every bike so that may help you a bit. I cannot comment on the DJ1 as I haven't had any experience with it, but the RoxShox PIKE and Komodo is said to be a match made in heaven. Hope this helps.

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    Ok thanks for the info. I was leaning towards the 14 inch but just wanted to make sure.

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    You know, sadly, as much as I love my new bike, I really love the 05-08 frame

    I thought the 09 looked amazing when I first saw it but the more I look at it the more I start to dislike it. I think I just need to get out and ride it some more, maybe I'll fall for it like I did once before. I hate saying that because I just bought it...

    *edit: I think it's because I've been looking at chelboed's Komodo all night. Man, she sure is purdy...

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    The 09 frame looks sick! Especially with the jet black look to it....

    You just have to get used to it more and learn on it more and more.....then we'll see which you like better...

    You should definitely buy some PIKES for it....Rides like a whole different bike

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    yeah, that's what I figure. A little more time in the saddle and she'll grow on me. Is that a Komodo in your avatar? If so, got any more pics?

    I'm saving my pennies for a PIKE. Hopefully by this time next year...

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    Yeah, thats my 08 komodo 1 that I got last year for $410 used....I'm working on it right now so I dont have any pics just yet...sry

    Mine is pretty nice....she rides extra smooth with the race face bottom bracket that the previous owner put on it.....

    I have almost enough $ for the PIKE setup....right now i have some marzo drop offs on it

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    I'm digging the white. Looking good

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    It's actually grey mate....but from the sun glare it looks white....

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    Anyone know if the 09 frame has ISCG or ISCG 05 mounts? I don't really know the difference between the two but I'm thinking of going 1x8 with my new rig.

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    Well....I'm guessing its the New 05 edition since thats what my 08 frame has...

    Somebody correct me if I'm wrong

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    quick noob question.

    are you guys using these as soley DJ's and/or do you use it for any type of trail riding. for some reason this bike appeals to me and there are some pretty good deals out there for previous year models. im really wanting one but im not sure if it would be ok for trail riding too. ive sat and rode around on an 2010 and i really liked it.



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    I got mine for trail riding, mostly AM/XC stuff with DJs and drops thrown in for good measure. I'm also starting to dabble in some light FR with her. She seems like she can handle the abuse and hopefully will be a great all-around bike.

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    do you know if there is a difference in the 08 to 09 models. jenson doesnt have the 09 in my size but bicycle bananas has the 08 in my size. just curious





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    I'm about 5'11" and about 155-160 lbs. The 16.5 fits me great. The 18.5 would be too large and the 14 would be tiny. It's a burly bike so it may feel a little bigger than it is. When I got it I was like "Damn, kinda big..." but when I started riding around I realized that I can't even extend my seat post enough to get full extension of my leg. The standover height is just right also.

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    cool thanks.

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    awdspider,

    The difference between 08 and 09 models is apparently in the rear triangle and the downtube as near as I can tell. The 08's had a burlier looking rear triangle and a larger downtube. This adds to the frame's weight. In 09 they revised these parts of the bike and the result looks pretty awesome and should be just as capable with none of the weight penalty. That being said, I have an 08 and love it.

    P.S. I also see the great deals out there on 09's and am trying to come up with some sort of rationalization for getting one... HA!!!!
    You guys wanna ride bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7PointMe
    awdspider,

    The difference between 08 and 09 models is apparently in the rear triangle and the downtube as near as I can tell. The 08's had a burlier looking rear triangle and a larger downtube. This adds to the frame's weight. In 09 they revised these parts of the bike and the result looks pretty awesome and should be just as capable with none of the weight penalty. That being said, I have an 08 and love it.

    P.S. I also see the great deals out there on 09's and am trying to come up with some sort of rationalization for getting one... HA!!!!

    i ended up buying an 08, i found too good of a deal to pass up.
    thanks for the info 7point.

    any info you could give me on the 08's .....like what might need fixing, replaced or just to watch out for in general would very much appreciated.

    -shaun h

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    well i got the bike on friday (08 komodo1), i cant for the life of me get the brakes adjusted properly. i either get the brake cable to loose or to tight. if i loosen the cable where the pads no longer drag i dont feel i get enough pressure to really stop the bike but if i tighten it bit more the pads drag. i have also been having problems of the lever not returning to its ideal positon. when i grab the brake and then release it sometimes only returns about 75-80% of the way.

    i have seen others upgrading various parts on these bikes but right now my biggest concern is the brakes. the last bike i rode (big hit fsr) had stop right now power. i know this bike isnt in the same league as that but i feel as though they should be better than my brothers bike with "v" brakes. im i wrong?

    im new to biking so i need answers in laymen terms. im learning on how to work on this myself.



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    Bonking ... not feelin' well

    Shaun,

    I have the 08 komodo as well and i have to admit that I, too have the same problems as you...tighten them a bit....and they drag as loud as a horn...but loosen them and you're gonna crash because theres no brake pads touching.....I still couldn't fix these to the point where it skids and I can do stoppies...etc...I have a feeling its those cheap tektro caliper...IMO

    Hope this helped.....

    Justin

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    well that sucks. im thinking about just upgrading to BB7's and ditching the stockers.


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    I wanted to upgrade to the BB5's yet lots of people said to not buy any of the BB series since they are hard to adjust and dont stop as well as other brakes.....

    I bet with a day of fine tuning and dialing, you could fix them pretty well though...

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    Here's a quick artistic shot of my Komodo (and my gals record... "collection")


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    Looks great!! Though I could never understand why you guys ride with the seat soooo high!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinber95
    Looks great!! Though I could never understand why you guys ride with the seat soooo high!!
    Thanks! My seat-height depends on what/how I am riding. In FL if there is a downhill section there is more than likely an uphill section to get you there, so for trail riding and those leg-burning urban assauls I keep the seat up. When I'm going to be getting both wheels off the ground (FR/DJ/street) I drop the seat down.

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    How low?
    Oh yeah, and how much did that cost you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    How low?
    Oh yeah, and how much did that cost you?

    Usually slammed if I don't plan on sitting. It's mostly up because I ride around my neighborhood a lot and it's a lot of climbing,

    The bike cost me $415+shipping (~$450 shipped)

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    2008 komodo 2 i got for 700 new this summer as a left over stock, added a e thirteen lg1+ chain guide, new grips, pedals, and a 2010 bomber 55 tst 2 (big improvement over the dj 1) i got for 300 new on sale. use mostly for light dh and light free ride. bb is shot so in goes a saint this winter. old fork 2008 dj 1

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    Gorgeous! I love the 08's! They have the frame shape of the 09's but the beefy stays like the 05-07's. The 09 weighs a bit less so... I guess I have that going for me...

    Nice bike sir!

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    thanks! urs too, dig the black frame. my friend has the 08 1 with the silver frame, its almost blinding to look at lol.

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    OMG, that 08 is beautiful! I always loved the burliness of the 08 komodo's. Too bad there are none at JensonUSA; bang, I'd have bought it. BTW, I thought Marzocchies were good?!?

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    whom said marzocchies werent? im on my second one and love it!

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    Damn, an 08 Komodo 1 from there is ~$30 more than my 09 Komodo 1 from Jenson. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfrench2013
    whom said marzocchies werent? im on my second one and love it!
    Oh yeah, sorry for the misinformation.

    Quote Originally Posted by mfrench2013
    (big improvement over the dj 1)
    Marzocchi dj1?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [dB]Will
    Damn, an 08 Komodo 1 from there is ~$30 more than my 09 Komodo 1 from Jenson. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing...

    Good for me, bad for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    Good for me, bad for you.

    I really like the 08's too. I think I may be starting to regret my purchase again.

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    i got an '08 cause it was the cheapest, although i like both years, and the '11 looks sweet in lime green or the golden brownish color

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    mfrench2013,
    Nice bike for sure!! I have a couple questions about your bike. Please check PM

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    message sent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfrench2013
    i got an '08 cause it was the cheapest, although i like both years, and the '11 looks sweet in lime green or the golden brownish color
    I just searched these up and DAMN! I kind of want my warranty to be up already so I can paint my frame lime green (or even white, ala the 2010 model). Seems like that's all they changed about the frame since Model Year 09...

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    white would be sweet.
    Quote Originally Posted by [dB]Will
    I just searched these up and DAMN! I kind of want my warranty to be up already so I can paint my frame lime green (or even white, ala the 2010 model). Seems like that's all they changed about the frame since Model Year 09...

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    OMG, that 08 is beautiful! I always loved the burliness of the 08 komodo's. Too bad there are none at JensonUSA; bang, I'd have bought it. BTW, I thought Marzocchies were good?!?
    Well they used a damper cartridge produced by SR Suntour and actually left the SR Suntour logo on it. It was merely a "variable rate hatchback damper cartridge" like you'd see on an el'cheapo Toyota Tercel hatchback. Very cheezy.

    I believe the TST2 cartridge wasn't bad. It at least had some volume in it. My Suntour R cartridge in my Marz 55 R went south on me twice within the first month I owned the bike. I actually paid Marz for an upgraded TST cartridge to replace it w/.

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    WOW...the gunmetal komodo is very nice....ill be posting some new pics of my 08 komodo later on...just waiting for the new cone bearings to arrive....

    Very nice bikes....especially the 08's!!

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    I LOVE the '10 white.

    Who cares about warranty, jamis will never dis the bike. (Joking)
    IMPO, white looks bigger and fatter, specially the downtube.

    Personally, I would like a fatter tubed bike because I get my nuts stuck there sometimes after jumps. An 09+ komodo would make it excruciating.
    Last edited by icalebkim; 10-15-2010 at 03:32 AM.

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    ARGH!!!! JAMIS KOMODO 1 09 FOR 385USD AND FREE SHIPPING!!!!! AND I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA!

    Too bad I'm in Korea. If I didn't go to Korea I could have gotten a job at Maccas and bought the KOMODO GRGH!!!!

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    Damn that sucks!

    I don't get what you mean about the tubes on the 09, though. They're pretty fat and the sloped top tube really helps in the not-racking-your-balls area.

    I really like the white and will probably paint mine white when the warranty is up. It would be my luck that the day after I paint my bike the frame cracks/snaps and Jamis won't warranty it...

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    Really? i thought the 09 komodo was uber skinny, all the way through. Whoops...

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    Some people get confused about model year versus release year, I would say.

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    The cheapest bike on JensonUSA:
    Tada... the Jamis Komodo 1 09, 299 USD. Free shipping!
    I WANT ONE

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    man, i cant believe how cheap they're selling the komodo @ jensonUSA....

    Just checked it out myself and its only $335 plus shipping!!! I paid $400 for my 08 komodo!!!


    Why are they selling it so cheap? its not a bad bike?

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    Overstock. They still have 08's and 09's taking up space in the warehouse when the 2010/11's are starting to pile up. Gotta get them out but they still have to pull a profit.

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    Yeah i sorta figured......

    Really good for someone who would want a nice first FR bike i guess

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    meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

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    Have an 08 Komodo 1 on the way, when I have it all ready to go I'll catch some action shots for you guys, as there seem to be zero action shots of the Komodo on the web...

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    Oh yeah, and justinber95, when can you get your bike done? I'm waiting with anticipation!

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    Mine just came in the mail


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    AHHHH *faints*
    Gimme a review!

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    The worst thing about the 09 komodo is the paint! If only it weren't black! Anything but black! Even purple?

    How much was your Komodo?

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    I got it from Bicycle Bananas. They have both K1 and K2 on sale. Check them out. Great store!

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    No - I'd better not. I'm an Aussie, and they don't ship to the motherland.
    Jenson does, and instead of paying...
    251.71 for shipping fees
    675 for bike cost
    99 for bike build

    Totals up to... 1026.71 whopping dollars. No way my mum would let me pay that. She says max price is 300. (WTF? You can't even get a kids priced bike?)

    But - tada - $299 bike cost, free shipping.

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    Hey, dbWill, I conducted a survey in the general forum, and everyone said they liked black.

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    [QUOTE=icalebkim]The worst thing about the 09 komodo is the paint! If only it weren't black! Anything but black!

    Are you kiddin!? The gunmetal looks so tricked out...i think it really brings out the bike...


    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    Oh yeah, and justinber95, when can you get your bike done? I'm waiting with anticipation!
    ???

    My friend went to the bike shop to get the cone bearings...but the guy said that 85% of the time its my whole hub....so my friend being dumb was like oh...ok...and left....so i have to wait bout a week or longer until i get the cone bearings AGAIN since its definitely not my hub

    Im stoked on getting that bike up n' runnin again though......probably lost all my skills already...been about 4 months since i last rode...

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    The gray gunmetal looks ace on the 08, but the skinny frame of the 09 makes the black make it look skinnier, if you get me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    The gray gunmetal looks ace on the 08, but the skinny frame of the 09 makes the black make it look skinnier, if you get me.

    I don't get where you think the 09 is skinnier than the 08. The seat stays are thinner but that's it, and that was done in the name of "flickability" (Jamis' word, not mine) and control. Also, I like my flat-black frame, but I will probably paint it white or something bright when the warranty is up.

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    I was running a 2.35" Excavator rear until I took it to the skatepark. The g-force going across a tranny crooked flexed my rear wheel enough for it to rub the frame. I went back to a 2.35" Nevegal. The 2.35" Nev is narrower than the 2.35" Excavator.

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    In all fairness, the bottom pic is smaller than the top, so it's tough to get a real idea of the difference. I'm sure there is a difference, I'd just like to see a spec sheet or a real-life comparison.

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    Sorry - I dunno why, but I'm just - overreacting? Just hope you won't hate me...


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    As you can see, the downtube is thicker. If you can't see that, I'll withdraw and proclaim you winner.

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    Here are a couple:





    The rest can be found in my thread here on the Jamis forums, or here: https://s624.photobucket.com/albums/...modo/?start=20

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    As you can see, the downtube is thicker. If you can't see that, I'll withdraw and proclaim you winner.
    Yes you are correct. I just measure both downtubes and the 08 is thicker

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    Lunchbox362,

    Seems like you are having a lot of fun!!
    Is that a bike park? I wish there is something like that in where I live

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362
    Here are a couple:


    The rest can be found in my thread here on the Jamis forums, or here: https://s624.photobucket.com/albums/...modo/?start=20
    Whoa, that front wheel in the first piccy look HUGE! Like a 29er! I never knew that the tire was so skinny.

    How do you like your RST launch? I'll be joining the Jamis gang (the Komodo gang for that matter) in a couple of months. Then I'll spam you with pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    How do you like your RST launch? I'll be joining the Jamis gang (the Komodo gang for that matter) in a couple of months. Then I'll spam you with pics.
    '08 Komodo 1 here. Overall, the bike is the best bang for the buck. However, I think the fork feels like a pogo stick. If I were to upgrade anything, it would be the forks. It will take a 7' drop, however I won't do it again. Too hard of a hit on my body and the cranks / BB.

    I'm a noob at Mt. biking, so I don't have a benchmark to compare to. It will handle just about anything I have the cojones to attempt. Rides great on trails, off trail downhills, dirt jump, small drops, pump track, sidewalks, park benches, wheelies, etc. Although, jumps into turns or burms, the tires will roll sideways on the rim on hard hits and it won't hold a line. Maybe needs a wider wheel! Fast, long downhill trails with chatter make my arms tingly, but that may be the case with any bike.

    The brakes take some finesse to set up. I like to run the pads as close as possible to the rotors without rub. Otherwise it takes a lot of lever travel to get full braking. After a few months of riding, the bottom bracket and cranks get noisy/flexy. The rear dropouts are slightly sloppy. After every ride, I have to reset the rear wheel straight in the dropouts and set up the brake again. With the axles bottomed out in the rear dropout, the rear wheel does not track exactly straight. Again, being a noob, I don't know if this is the norm, or if I am being too picky, or can this be corrected.

    Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. Now I'm hooked and planning on upgrading to a full suspension rig.
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    OoohWow. Thx for the review. And your first post, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362

    The rest can be found in my thread here on the Jamis forums, or here: https://s624.photobucket.com/albums/...modo/?start=20
    'n take off them reflectors, aye?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    'n take off them reflectors, aye?
    yea definitely gotta lose the reflectors and the dork disc!!! lol. nice pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by H5N1
    Lunchbox362,

    Seems like you are having a lot of fun!!
    Is that a bike park? I wish there is something like that in where I live
    It's just a little set of jumps out here on the West side rec center some dudes built a while back with permission from the city, haven't really taken care of them though :/


    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    Whoa, that front wheel in the first piccy look HUGE! Like a 29er! I never knew that the tire was so skinny.

    How do you like your RST launch? I'll be joining the Jamis gang (the Komodo gang for that matter) in a couple of months. Then I'll spam you with pics.
    I thought it looked huge too haha, then I realized it's because that's actually the front and back tire in line with eachother, creating the illusion of a huge tire. It's not that skinny, 2.35's.

    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    'n take off them reflectors, aye?

    Quote Originally Posted by mfrench2013
    yea definitely gotta lose the reflectors and the dork disc!!! lol. nice pics!

    Haha I have better things to do than worry about how the reflectors and dork disc looks, doing things like riding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362
    Haha I have better things to do than worry about how the reflectors and dork disc looks, doing things like riding
    what about those rainy days. eh? i gotta get some riding pics up. my local areas arent so hot though. i gotta drive 2 hours to do any lift accessed riding and its almost winter.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfrench2013
    what about those rainy days. eh? i gotta get some riding pics up. my local areas arent so hot though. i gotta drive 2 hours to do any lift accessed riding and its almost winter.....
    Haha I live in El Paso, right on the border with Mexico, we don't have rainy days down here, heck, it's not even cold yet. 2 hours ain't so bad, the closest lift-capable park I know of is Angel Fire, a good 4 hours away :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362
    2 hours ain't so bad, the closest lift-capable park I know of is Angel Fire, a good 4 hours away :/
    ooooo thats harsh. i thought i had it bad. atleast ya got year round sunshine, although new england is still pretty sweet even though it gets into the low teens in the winter...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfrench2013
    ooooo thats harsh. i thought i had it bad. atleast ya got year round sunshine, although new england is still pretty sweet even though it gets into the low teens in the winter...lol
    Year round sunshine would be a plus if we actually had legit trails around here, problem is most bikers around here are old dudes riding on the road, 20-30 year olds doing XC in spandex in the state park, or kids in my high school that ride BMX bikes to the skate park to smoke.

    Little to nothing in the way of FR or DH....plus it's pretty hard to build since all the earth around here is either super sandy and doesn't stick, or has bedrock like 5 inches beneath it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362
    Haha I have better things to do than worry about how the reflectors and dork disc looks, doing things like riding
    If you shatter a reflector on a rock you will leave plastic shards on the trail and could ruin someone else's day of riding by giving them a flat. I caught someones reflector in my tire in Ft. Lauderdale and didn't have an extra tube with me. Man, was I PISSED. You don't need reflectors riding on a trail so just take the 5 minutes out of your day to remove them, for everyone else's sake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [dB]Will
    You don't need reflectors riding on a trail
    I find they come in useful for helping cars see me when I'm riding home at night, and therefore not hit me. Again.

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    Mmmmmmmmm...reflective tap wrapped around everthing would be schweeeeeeeet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed
    Mmmmmmmmm...reflective tap wrapped around everthing would be schweeeeeeeet!
    I'm not gonna lie that'd be the steeze.

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    D'you mean that'd be good? Yup! But what would be better IMHO is a fluorescent white that glows in the dark. Awesome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    D'you mean that'd be good? Yup! But what would be better IMHO is a fluorescent white that glows in the dark. Awesome!
    Yes, good haha.

    So today I get to the bottom of the trail and I feel that my crank arm is a little loose, lift my foot off the pedal, and the arm falls off! I guess the bolt holding it on came loose, trail was super rocky and probly shook it out. Oh well. But now I need a new bolt, can't ride till then :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfrench2013
    gotta drive 2 hours to do any lift accessed riding and its almost winter
    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362
    2 hours ain't so bad, the closest lift-capable park I know of is Angel Fire, a good 4 hours away :/
    I live in flat, swampy FL. We don't even have lift-assisted riding ANYWHERE. I would give a kidney to have a lift-access mountain 2 hours away. I'd love one 4 hours away. Hell, I'd be thankful to have one 6 hours away. Quit complaining.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362
    So today I get to the bottom of the trail and I feel that my crank arm is a little loose, lift my foot off the pedal, and the arm falls off! I guess the bolt holding it on came loose, trail was super rocky and probly shook it out. Oh well. But now I need a new bolt, can't ride till then :/
    You can't just put the old one back in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by [dB]Will

    You can't just put the old one back in?
    Haha I wish. By the time I realized the arm was loose, I was at the bottom of a mile or so of trail, it was getting dark, and the trail is covered in small rocks, making it kinda hard to find a tiny little bolt.

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    I think the best you can get around here is probably bike to the top, and ride back down. LoL, dbWill, stop being so pessimistic, wouldya? Its dampening the mood of the thread. Ride up, and your legs would be like tree trunks.
    !
    No offense, just in jest.

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    Got a new bolt, got my Speshy P All Mountain back from the shop, after giving it a spin it reminded me how I made a great purchase

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    I think the best you can get around here is probably bike to the top, and ride back down. LoL, dbWill, stop being so pessimistic, wouldya? Its dampening the mood of the thread. Ride up, and your legs would be like tree trunks.
    !
    No offense, just in jest.
    I wouldn't mind "riding up" but there is no "up", and conversely there isn't really any "down" either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [dB]Will
    I wouldn't mind "riding up" but there is no "up", and conversely there isn't really any "down" either.
    That sucks. Atleast here I have mountains, just not really any trails. Just means I'll have to start building haha

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    Some Thanksgiving Day pics from my phone. Watch it transform from AM mode to Freeride. Upgrades include: Push'd Pike, juicy 5's Atomlab Supralite wheels... here you go: lets see some komodo's-komodoleaves1.jpg

    lets see some komodo's-komodoleaves2.jpg

    lets see some komodo's-komodoleaves3.jpg
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    NICE! You're pretty much running my wish-list for my '09. lol

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    mine does that trick too haha

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    Man I'm really hankering for a Pike now....

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    considering buying these for my 09' komodo http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com.../prod_119.html yes or no?
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    Here's mine

    Here's an old school Komodo, 1999 anniversary edition frame Sram drivetrain, Marzocchi 120 fork, Avid rim brakes. Bike is light and fast! Sorry for the dark pics., taken at night.
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    Beauty!

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    That's old school

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    Maxxis Minion DHR and High Roller 2.5's

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    Anyone have a komodo set up for dual slalom or 4x? I am curious to see your build.

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    Ross - those MTX wheels are pretty sweet, but they're also the same wheel I run on my downhill bike. Might be too heavy for front and back on a Komodo. I'd recommend putting that money to a new fork before upgrading the wheels.
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    how tight is the fit? can we get a pic of the tire in the rear triangle as it goes through the chainstays?? that thing looks huge compared to the front tire!!
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    Maxxis Minion DHR and High Roller 2.5's

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    this, definitely... i rode my friends bike with the launch i couldn't bear it, im riding with marz 55 tst2 and its light years ahead of the launch
    Quote Originally Posted by 7PointMe
    I'd recommend putting that money to a new fork before upgrading the wheels.

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    i thought about a new fork, but all i've ever been referred to is the PIKE, and honestly at the time, i cant afford one. Is there anything out there worth putting money into aside from the pike??

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    Ross - are you still running the mechanical disc brakes? I'd recommend upgrading those and think some Juicy 3's or 5's should be available cheap. Chainguide like a blackspire stinger would also be sweet. I think you said you were on the tall side for that medium bike - I'm 5'9 and found the bars to be too narrow so I upgraded that... Looks like you're running the stock pedals too. Bars and pedals were my first upgrades as the spots where you contact the bike are pretty important to your control and technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362
    That's old school
    I got him beat...1998.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 7PointMe
    Ross - are you still running the mechanical disc brakes? I'd recommend upgrading those and think some Juicy 3's or 5's should be available cheap. Chainguide like a blackspire stinger would also be sweet. I think you said you were on the tall side for that medium bike - I'm 5'9 and found the bars to be too narrow so I upgraded that... Looks like you're running the stock pedals too. Bars and pedals were my first upgrades as the spots where you contact the bike are pretty important to your control and technique.
    Raceface atlas on the way for me, I was thinking of putting some BB7's on there.

    And for who was asking about tire clearance, I run Kenda Excavator 2.35 in the back and it has good clearance, and a Nevegal 2.5 in the front, and the front has a ton of clearance

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    recently upgraded to a 2.6 ardent in the front and a 2.5 minion on the rear. clearance is pretty good on both, could have fit a 2.7 on the front if i had wanted

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    New Atlas on it, might cut it down....more clearance photos, 2.35 Excavator



    Could probly fit a 2.5 on there.....

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    darn snow, just over 2 feet here in western mass, couldn't get the bike in any deeper its alllll ice.

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    Hey lunchbox? What's the big deal by dissing Jamis? Sacrilege?

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    Quote Originally Posted by icalebkim
    Hey lunchbox? What's the big deal by dissing Jamis? Sacrilege?
    Whadya mean dissing jamis?

    OH and I weighed my bike today, weighs 37.7 lbs hahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362
    Whadya mean dissing jamis?

    OH and I weighed my bike today, weighs 37.7 lbs hahaha
    I'm pretty sure he's referring to the removal of the front emblem (replaced by bullet-hole sticker. why?) and the covering of the JAMIS name on the downtube with another sticker.

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    Oh, not dissing hahaha, just the thing on front came off when i botched a landing pretty bad, and the sticker on the downtube was for fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchbox362




    New Atlas on it, might cut it down....more clearance photos, 2.35 Excavator



    Could probly fit a 2.5 on there.....
    Very sweet,whats the year and color ???

    Were the pre 2009 frames beefer,or is this a 14.5",my 2009 16.5" tubes do not look as large going into the headtube....
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    Believe it's an '08 in Ano Silver (paint - frame is not anodized.)
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    This thread die?
    Hope not.

    Have to say thanks for all the info, except for the trial off on the last page - was a buzz kill.
    I ride in the midwest, near St.L and north of there. Mostly single track XC. I use to ride a Norco Wolverine. I take it as big as I can get it.

    From what ive gathered - Im going to purchase a 16.5 2008 Komodo. Ill be doing a bit of up hill, but everything you ride up, you ride back down.

    I was debating between a Marin Balonis Ridge and this 2008 Komodo. What do you guys think?

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    Can't say I have any experience with the Marin, but I can say that you will have a blast with that model Komodo. Its slacker headtube angle makes for great downhill. Climbing's not as much fun but you'll get used to it.

    There's still a few that check in on this thread so let us know if you have any questions and good luck!
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    After clearing most of the mud off


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    Great looking bikes everyone! Quick question. Do any of you use these bikes (particularly bikes from say 2009-present) for trail riding and all mountain use? If so, how comfortable is the bike on trail rides? I don't expect it to be a lightweight, just trying to get a feeling on how it is for climbing and trail riding with some technical riding thrown in.

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    Dead thread.

    Heard some wonderful things about the epicon, and they're available for 190$.

    Closest you can come to a Pike without spending a sh*t load of money.

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    Nice Komodos around here, cant post pictures of mine as i still dont have 10 posts, will be posting them as soon as im able...

    Does anybody runs a Chain guide on the stock crankset/dual chainring? i was thinking on getting a Blackspire Stinger but it seem to be not enough room for it between the ISCG mount and the small ring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottRPriester View Post
    Great looking bikes everyone! Quick question. Do any of you use these bikes (particularly bikes from say 2009-present) for trail riding and all mountain use? If so, how comfortable is the bike on trail rides? I don't expect it to be a lightweight, just trying to get a feeling on how it is for climbing and trail riding with some technical riding thrown in.
    I know you stated 2009 & newer, but my 2005 has similar numbers to the present generation with similar stays, 67.5' HA, and similar ETT...mine is a killer trail bike. It's set up with a pike u-turn ATM. Around 32#. Great for tech riding. I do XC, urban, AllMountain, and even enjoyed some extended DH. Great feel.

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    I've attached a picture of my new Komodo build. I've only had it for a few days but I'm in love with this thing.

    Frame: Jamis Komodo II 16"
    Handlebars: Race Face Atlas AM w/ ODI Rogue lock-on grips
    Stem: Azonic Barretta 45mm
    Headset: Cane Creek S-8
    Wheelset: Azonic Outlaw
    Fork: Rock Shox Pike 426 U-Turn
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano SLX M663 Shadow
    Front Derailleur: Shimano SLX M660
    Cassette: Shimano SLX CS-HG81-10 11/36
    Chain: Shimano SLX CN-HG74
    Crankset:Shimano SLX M770 Dyna-Sys
    Brakes: Avid BB7 (160r/185f)
    Brake Levers: Avid Speed Dial SL
    Shifters: Shimano XT SL-M770-10s Rapidfire
    Pedals: Azonic 420
    Seatpost: Raceface Deus 34.9
    Saddle: WTB Rocket V Pro
    Tires: Maxxis 26x2.2 Holy Rollers
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    Crazy color combo you got there. Looks like a solid build though. :thumbup:

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    Thread bump from hell...................

    Figured id pay some homage to the thread that helped me decide to buy a komodo in the first place. dont think it deserves its own thread anyway. Bought it mostly for trails/all mountain, have since been using it mainly for dirt jumping. does perfectly fine for me. love this bike....

    08' Komodo 1
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    converted to 1x8 w/ ghetto rigged chain guide (pics on request)
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    29.6 lbs right now

    more to come.
    any ??s feel free to ask

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    Looks like you have your handlebars pushed way forward?

    And my rear wheel has gotten sloppy for some reason, it seems every time it takes even the smallest hits it goes to the right to where my tire is rubbing against the inside of the chainstay, how can I fix this?

    Also, I can't seem to set up the front brake without rub?

    Also, DEFINITELY wanna see pics of the chain guide you got going on there, was about to buy a blackspire stinger

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    Hmmmmm, not sure what to say about the back wheel. Sounds like it's not tight enough or I've heard of a wheel loosening if skewer is bent. Maybe check that out.

    Front brake, if ur still running tektro, buy a new one. I'd spend an hour getting them right only to have come out of whack after 1 ride.

    And the ghetto chain guide. It's a pool pump impeller cut to size and bolted to ICSG tabs. have added a few spacers after to move it a tad closer to chain. At first it was put in place of the small chainring (hence the four holes) but ran into clearance issues.
    Behold.....






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    Nice thinking there haha, do you know where to get replacement pins for the pedals? One of mine is missing like half the pins haha

    Also, do you like it better with 100mm of travel? I'm guessing you mostly ride DJs with it?

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