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    What have you done to your Pivot Cycle lately?

    I was in the garage wrenching on my Mach 429 this morning.

    Things done today:
    *Added Crankskins to the crankset
    *Installed new rear brake pads
    *Cleaned up the drivetrain
    *Reinstalled my rebuilt Eggbeater 2ti pedals

    Ready to tear it up tomorrow!!!
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    I have been cursing at the following:
    - Press-fit BB: new bearings start to bind after installation, ovalized BB shell?
    - Fox shock: damping problems & blown ProPedal. Fixed next Thu.
    - Fox Float fork air piston sucking lubrication oil from lower legs (I'll remove the foam ring tomorrow), it also flexy.
    - Blown Reverb main air seal. Fixed next week.

    Other than those I have been really enjoying riding my 5.7 lately, the steering setup feels now perfect with 60mm stem after "streched-out" 70 and too short 50mm. It is the small things that count..

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    I rode it.

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    I rode my 5.7 with a loaned CCDB Air for 2 hours... it was good.

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    Built it and got some riding in...'10 Mach5 built mostly with a random assortment of parts from an old build. Going to build up a Flow/King wheelset for it when I decide which nipples to go with. I was thinking purple with black spokes/rims, but not sure...suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman View Post
    Built it and got some riding in...'10 Mach5 built mostly with a random assortment of parts from an old build. Going to build up a Flow/King wheelset for it when I decide which nipples to go with. I was thinking purple with black spokes/rims, but not sure...suggestions?
    Definately black spokes but I think blue nipples would look great since you've got blue hardware (or is that purple?) on the bike now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Definately black spokes but I think blue nipples would look great since you've got blue hardware (or is that purple?) on the bike now.
    Yeah, it's the blue lunchbox kit. Hubs are dark purple. Just thought I might change it up a bit with purple. I guess red is an option too.

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    Took my M5 on a 10 day road trip through ABQ, Los Alamos, Angel Fire, Taos, Salida, and Durango. Now it's resting while I pick up my 5.7c tomorrow!!!!
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    Happy with how snappy my Mach 4 feels sitting down, but I was getting a lot of oingy-boingy standing and hammering, so I finally broke down and figured out how to work the RP23 shck settings.

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    I put a new set of EThirteen TCS wheels on my FB. Only one ride but man these wheels are loud, stiff and gorgeous (that's what she said). I'm also experimenting with a 25 degree stem versus current flat stem, raising the bars from level with the saddle to about 1-1/2" higher than the saddle. This after a brief ride on a different bike with older hi-rise bars that felt a bit more relaxed and playful than the lower front end on the 'Bird. Riding the VP Components Enduro in Cali this weekend.

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    Mounted new tires (Specialized S-Works Ground Control 29X2.1), set them up tubeless, and greased the freehub to quiet it down. Time to get DIRTY!
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    Ridden the f8ck out of it. It's a bike not jewelry.
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    ive got a 36-26 nine speed chainrings, xt shadow plus, 11-36 ten speed cassette, chain and xt 10 speed shifter in the post. Poor mans 10 speed conversion

    To top it off my Kindshock LEV 150 will be here early next week.
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    - Had RP23 serviced, shock lost 10mm of length due damper side problem,
    - Installed X-Fusion Velvet RL fork. First impressions are good
    - Spent hours getting rid of the noise from Reverb and seat tube, noise which occurs when pedaling out of saddle still not solved.

    Nice thread, it is nice to see what parts are upgraded in Pivot world...

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    My 2009 Mach 4:

    Built up tubeless wheels over the winter with King hubs and Crest rims. Currently running a 2.25 Ardent up front and a 2.1 Ignitor in the rear. The tubeless setup is a great, supple enhancement to the feel of the bike.

    I also replaced my Fox 100 with a Fox 120 to slacken the head angle a bit. I think it's around 69 degrees now. The front is a bit lighter on the climbs, but it's a worthwhile trade-off for the increased confidence while descending.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markom View Post
    - Had RP23 serviced, shock lost 10mm of length due damper side problem,
    - Installed X-Fusion Velvet RL fork. First impressions are good
    - Spent hours getting rid of the noise from Reverb and seat tube, noise which occurs when pedaling out of saddle still not solved.

    Nice thread, it is nice to see what parts are upgraded in Pivot world...
    Could be the PF BB. I know mine creaks like crazy because I didn't grease the cups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman View Post
    Could be the PF BB. I know mine creaks like crazy because I didn't grease the cups.
    I'll try greasing the cups. BB shell also might be ovalized as new BB's start to feel notchy immediately after installing. Trying to find to time for trip to a dealer to check this issue in few days...

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    What I have done with my Pivot is....... open the shipping box and remove the frame, a 32 Float 150 FIT CTD fork, a Float CTD shock, crank, Pivot headset etc.

    Before the weekend I hope the Mach 5.7 c is ready to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markom View Post
    I'll try greasing the cups. BB shell also might be ovalized as new BB's start to feel notchy immediately after installing. Trying to find to time for trip to a dealer to check this issue in few days...
    I would doubt that the BB is ovalized. The "cups"(really a plastic adapter/housing that holds the bearings) are pressed in easily.

    You may need to buy a new adapter, since removing the current one may damage it. That's why I plan on living with my BB creak for a little while longer.

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    ... took it for a short flight...

    i need to develop my crashing skills...

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    Stripped it down and shipped it back an hour ago, sigh.

    Sadly I disassembled my 5.7C and sent it back to Competitive Cyclist. The medium just didn't fit me perfectly. The reach was too small in Medium and the Large way too long. Stems ranged from 70mm to 90mm with bars from 680 to 740mm. I had to go closer to 90mm for it to feel good, and that's just way too long for my all-mountain and trail needs. The 5.7C is awesome in every aspect, but I knew when I sat on a few other medium and large frames from other manufacturers which were set up with 50 or 70mm stems and wider bars and they felt so much better that it was time to take CC up on their 60 day no questions asked return policy.
    Huge Pivot fan. Huge DW Link fan. Carbon is it. But no sense owning an expensive great frame like the 5.7C if I know the ergonomics could be better.

    Hopefully getting a 429C if they make one or a 650b short travel FS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman View Post
    I would doubt that the BB is ovalized. The "cups"(really a plastic adapter/housing that holds the bearings) are pressed in easily.

    You may need to buy a new adapter, since removing the current one may damage it. That's why I plan on living with my BB creak for a little while longer.
    No, I'm on my 3rd or 4th at this point so I'm quite familiar what is a Press-fit BB and how it is installed... I'm using Shimano BB's which have no separate adapters

    The point is that when a brand new BB is pressed in it starts to feel notchy. After removal it feels OK again but of course they are not OK after removal (even with the proper tool).

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    Well...let's see...

    Last year I bought the 2011 Mach 5.7 X9 kit for a great price at a local shop, but there were some things I didn't like, so I ended up doing a lot over time. Some things were changed out with parts I had from a previous bike. Some parts were bought new.

    Stock stem was ridiculously long and bar was stupid narrow. I had them replace the stem with a 75mm Truvative Stylo T40 at the shop before I bought it. I believe they put the widest comparable bar they could on it at the shop, but it was still too narrow.

    I installed my Deity Dirty 30 handlebar and Lizard Skins Peaty lock-on grips. I've gone through several iterations of thick and thin grips before deciding that I really like a thin minimalistic grip for max control.

    Replaced brake rotors with 203mm front/180mm rear Shimano ones with the aluminum spiders.

    I took the Fox Float 32 150 RL fork to PUSH to be tuned for my weight and riding style and upgrade it to an RLC (fork dive on ledges and braking was scary before the upgrade). The fork didn't quite match up with the rear suspension at first, but now it rides great.

    Added Specialized Command Post Blacklite dropper post.

    I wanted to go tubeless so I put my Sun Ringle Charger Pros on the bike and changed the tires to a Bontrager XR4 TLR front and Specialized Purgatory rear.

    The original 26-39 2x10 gearing was too high on the low end for the steep, long Colorado front range climbs (especially with bad knees) and they didn't have adapters to change the gearing yet because of the new BCD. I also wanted a bash guard. I ended up going with a 3x10 X9 crankset and installing an e13 turbocharger bash in place of the big ring.

    Well with the change in gearing and 10 speed incompatibilities due to throw distances/chainring differences, I had to change out to a 3x10 front shifter and a new front derailleur when I changed the gearing.

    I decided that 30 inches of bar width was just a bit too big for me for everyday trail riding. Put the Dirty 30s on the FR bike and got a Race Face Atlas AM in 28.5 inches which has been perfect.

    I replaced the stock brake levers on the Elixir CRs with Straitline ones. They are so comfortable and look awesome! Pricey, but worth it.

    Realized the stock cassette chewed completely through my wheel's freehub, so I did 2 things. Charger Pros had some issues with spokes loosening and disappearing so decided I didn't trust them. They will get new freehub and transferred to another bike (they only make aluminum freehubs for this wheelset though, lame). I had the DT 340 hubs clipped out of the stock wheelset and built into Stan's Flows by a local wheelbuilder. I bought a new 10 speed Shimano XT cassette with carrier to decrease wear on hub.

    When tires started wearing out, I replaced both with the new style Bontrager XR4 Team Issue TLRs in 2.35 front and 2.2 rear.

    Put on Bionicon C guide. Love this thing so far.

    Oh hey, they have chainring adapters for the 120 BCD cranks now! I'm also getting stronger (and 22/36 low gear was just stupid), so decided to switch the old crankset that I never got around to selling to the new 24-38 with integrated bashring. The 3x10 with e13 bash went to my 29er hardtail as an upgrade where the lower gearing made more sense.

    I put the old front shifter and front derailleur back on.

    Well since I have a bigger ring again and my chain was worn out anyway, it was time to get a new chain.

    Next upgrade will be a SRAM X9 Type 2 rear derailleur with the clutch (preferably when they have them in white to match the rest of my components and replace the current white one that came with the white frame). They do apparently make them in the other colors, but I've only seen grey for sale so far.
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    Built the 429 for the second time. First build was largely parts moved over from my Stumpjumper. The front was way too high and it quickly became apparent that it wasnít as capable. Both the result of me underestimating just how much difference some geometry measurements would make compared to other bikes Iíd ridden.

    So the Stumpjumper went back together while it was worked out what I wanted to do with the 429. After a long time with it as an ornament, plans were made for a more XC biased build. Finally built, it seems close to how I want it but a few minutes isnít enough ride time. A shorter stem with a more negative angle might get things bang on. Build consists of a black XL frame, Tower Pro forks, Charger Pro wheels and 1x9 gears.

    I canít tell you how close this came to not happening. This yearís weather has had me seriously considering getting a road bike. My general dissatisfaction with the imperfections of rear suspension bikes nearly had me getting a hardtail. But the clear frontrunner was a Brompton as I could really do with one for transportation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the last biker View Post
    What I have done with my Pivot is....... open the shipping box and remove the frame, a 32 Float 150 FIT CTD fork, a Float CTD shock, crank, Pivot headset etc.
    Does the Pivot headset come with the frame? The reason I ask is because I have a large 5.7c on order and should be arriving in a week or two. If not, where did you get it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnozpikr View Post
    Does the Pivot headset come with the frame? The reason I ask is because I have a large 5.7c on order and should be arriving in a week or two. If not, where did you get it?
    PM sent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the last biker View Post
    PM sent.
    Alright, thanks for the information. I've got a few parts to pick up before I can ride but it should be fun.
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    Lets see......

    Replaced seals on Fox shock
    Replaced bearings in DW-link and carbon rocker
    Upgraded rear shock DU bushings to needle bearings
    Changed front chain ring to 37t from 34t (1x9)

    On the way:
    2012 Rockshox Reba RLT 120mm
    - this will upgrade my front hub from 9mm to 15mm
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    Hmmm...upgrades n rebuild.
    After 3yrs of no problems and a couple of thousand miles on my Mach 4, I had the shocks rebuilt at mellow Johnny's, replaced post, stem, bars, seat, spacers to light weight color matched and carbon parts. New pads and new brake fluid. Stan's arch ex wheelset and maxxis ikons. New chain, gears n cassette. Wow did this thing change into a whole new rocket!

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    I just read an editorial in Dirt Rag about refreshing an existing bike to renew the excitement. Sounds like you did just that! Nice.

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    Not actually done to my Pivot but sure planning to:

    Change to new Shadow+ Rear Ds , XT or SLX that coincides with DRD Direct mount standard. So I wanted to find out if anyone knows if I can get a DRD Link from Pivot if I have 2012 Mach 5.7 carbon. I believe the 2013 bikes come standard with the link for Shimano kits

    Thanks!

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    Good job! Monsterized it!

    Kinda. Not sure if I like the Monster Energy tag or good ole Gravedigger Stripped the front and had it painted Kawasaki green. Added a new DHXAir and a mix of decals. Pretty happy with how it turned out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit View Post
    Kinda. Not sure if I like the Monster Energy tag or good ole Gravedigger Stripped the front and had it painted Kawasaki green. Added a new DHXAir and a mix of decals. Pretty happy with how it turned out.
    I wasn't a fan of bright green bikes until now. That looks fantastic!

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    Ken - that's nice. Thinking of getting the Mach 5 stripped and painted black. I like black

    Dropped off Sharon's Mach 5.7 at North Shore Billet so they could make template derailleur hangers



    Did the same for the Mach 5 and Firebird too
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit View Post
    Kinda. Not sure if I like the Monster Energy tag or good ole Gravedigger Stripped the front and had it painted Kawasaki green. Added a new DHXAir and a mix of decals. Pretty happy with how it turned out.
    The green looks really good, Kind of gives it a 'playful' look for lack of a better word. Would have been curious to see the rear in green as well.

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    Full green looks very much like the Carbon 429...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit View Post
    Kinda. Not sure if I like the Monster Energy tag or good ole Gravedigger Stripped the front and had it painted Kawasaki green. Added a new DHXAir and a mix of decals. Pretty happy with how it turned out.
    i hope that doesn't effect your warranty

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    Accessorizing

    Added a nice new SDG Duster saddle and some blue Oury grips to round things out.
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    New XT cassette today, 11-32 gearing. I just couldn't see spending more than twice the price for an XTR cassette again and saving only 35 grams for the added cost...

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    Finally got everything together, and put all of these on today Change my 5.7C to 1x10, with the help of a E-Thirteen 35t Ring, Csixx HD Mount XC Guide, Bionicon C-Guide v2, KMC XSL 10Sp Chain (Ltd Ed Black & Gold), SRAM Type 2 and a 36t XT Cassette

    Didn't end up putting the new pedals on - will save those for the Gravity days along with the stubby stem & riser bar combo I have for that.

    The test will be tomorrow once I get a chance to ride
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    On my 5.7
    - Swap the Stem from Thomson X4 70 to 50mm.
    - Broken spoke on the Tricon M1700 !! replace the stupid Dt Swiss with Chris King/Mavic 819.

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    AL 5.7:
    - tightened linkage and shock bolts again, after replacing the bearings they have required tightening twice. Re-assembly done with torque wrench and recommended thread lock.
    - bled Reverb after breaking the hose in workstand.

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    Sorry to thread hi-jack, but I'm a newbie here and one needs five posts before starting a new thread. Here's my question, which kind of fits in this thread as it's something I might do with my Pivot (lately):

    I'm thinking of buying a 5.7 AL XT build and it comes with DT Swiss 350 / 430 wheelset. It's not tubeless ready nor like a Tricon (like used in the better builds like XTR ) where the rim has no spoke holes.

    Should I go with this wheelset? Or should I try to get a credit and swap at purchase, or sell the wheels new ($200-250 value?) and use the money and an additional $200-300 more to get something better - and what would you recommend (that's it, my budget only allows that much more to spend)?

    The requirement is a 12x142 rear without quick release, and the market isn't full of those at deep discounts.

    I am 5'8", mostly XC or trail riding in the Park City area. Thx

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    Your best bet will probably be to try and swap the wheelset at purchase. It's generally the best way to go in Australia and most LBS's here give a good deal on swaps like that.

    Talk to your LBS and see what their thoughts are on the matter.

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    I'd probably just stick with that wheelset. I've heard bad things about the Tricons when it comes to truing and/or replacing spokes. Not that your budget would allow for Tricons. I'm running 350 hubs laced to Pacenti rims on my B-bike and I have no complaints.

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    I'm due for new brake pads AGAIN! These big wheels coupled with the steep terrain around my area kill the pads darn fast. Also, I got a new chain, KMCX9SL.

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    So, the Loaded grips were suffering after a couple of good stacks, so I've gone with something new

    They're called Grip Rings, and come in a range of colours. Thanks again to Pushie Enterprises for the gear!

    /edit: Ha, I also almost forgot! Changed the bars to Syntace 680mm jobs. 710mm was great in the really rough downs, but a bit too wide for my back on longer days. The 680mm have 12deg sweep, 10mm rise, but no upsweep, so I get a nice sweep with a wrist friendly flatness, while also getting a slightly more upright position for my back
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    They're a silicon rubber compound. Quite grippy, but with some good compliance. Haven't actually ridden them except across the street, so the weekend will be the first proper test.

    Yep, they're individual rings, and there's about 8 or so colours, so you could really get creative with your choices

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    Haha, of course it does Dan!

    The real question though, is how did that affect your ride? Positive, negative? Thoughts?

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    Haha, of course it does Dan!

    The real question though, is how did that affect your ride? Positive, negative? Thoughts?
    Very Positive! I've been running a FOX 34 160mm, and I love it. I have a 5.7 carbon, size large with an 80mm stem. I pushed it forward to help center me on the bike better, so I could weight the front end more, and it did the trick.
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    Would putting a down payment on a 429c count?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerTex View Post
    Would putting a down payment on a 429c count?
    Why not? Do you have the build all planned out?
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    Recent changes to my Mach429:

    Rear X7 shifter swapped out for an X0.
    Derailleur hanger replaced (damn stick)
    Swapped in a White Brothers Loop fork.

    to do:
    swap the front shifter for the X0 I have
    maybe new brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnozpikr View Post
    Why not? Do you have the build all planned out?
    I actually haven't put my money down yet. I was thinking of going with the stock XT build and then switching out some parts, but my LBS has an XT/XTR Pro model on order already. They may have me talked into the upgrade, but it will depend on $ and which color they ordered.

    I am still holding out to see how much it weighs. One of my big reasons for changing bikes this year was to shed some weight from my current bike (Turner 5 spot). I was super close to jumping on a SC TallboyC earlier this year, but wanted to wait and see the new Pivot and possibly the long, long, long awaited Ibis Ripley. Needless to say it's pretty much down to the Pivot or the Tallboy now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikerTex View Post
    Needless to say it's pretty much down to the Pivot or the Tallboy now.
    That sounds reasonable to me. I was looking hard at an Ibis Mojo of some iteration or an Intense Carbine but was suggested that I look at Pivot. I was initially against it maybe only because I was familiar with the other two and Pivot was entirely new territory for me. I ended up going with the Pivot and am very glad that I did. I'm sure whichever you go with you will be happy.
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    i put the new Fox shock bushing system on my DXH air on my FB... big difference! it's like having the smoothness of RWC needle bearings again... (i really miss having those on my bike)...

    we'll see how long those little plastic bushing things last. i hope they are cheap to replace...
    i need to develop my crashing skills...

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    I just added new RWC bearings to my FB. Feels great. 2x10 with XT Shadow+ is next.

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    ... and if we just ... My 5.7

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    For some reason in 2012 the front rotor came stock 160mm on these bikes. Changed it out to a 185mm yesterday.

    Took it for a ride today. 750mm bars rule. Ive never felt so comfy. As far as the X9 type 2 small cage it feels snappier shifting than the regular X0 rear der it replaced more than likely due to the small cage. My bike is 100% anit- chain slap right now except when pedaling because chain guide pulley's naturally make a bit of noise.
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    I've ridden it....that's what I've done to it.....my 429 at :11





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    Drove 200 miles south for a non-muddy first ride.

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    Zee 10 speed clutched derailleur on the M4x. I can take the earplugs out now

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    Quote Originally Posted by swinkey View Post
    Drove 200 miles south for a non-muddy first ride.
    Well, was it worth it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbnozpikr View Post
    well, was it worth it?
    Yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swinkey View Post
    Yes!
    I figured it was a dumb question but thought I'd ask it anyway...
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    Stripped the blue anodizing from the linkage and bolts on the red highlighted Mach 5.7 carbon. Looks much better in matt silver

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    Upgraded a few parts on my 429:

    Frame/shock/headset/fork to 2013 C
    Wheels to Enve AM/DTS240
    Ders to XO, type 2 rear
    Crank to XO 2x10, 22 granny
    Rotors
    Rear tire

    Can a great FS bikepacker also be a great trail setup? Let us test...

    Swinky, I'm almost with ya, bro. Bravo on that sweet setup

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    Quote Originally Posted by She&I View Post
    Upgraded a few parts on my 429:

    Frame/shock/headset/fork to 2013 C
    Wheels to Enve AM/DTS240
    Ders to XO, type 2 rear
    Crank to XO 2x10, 22 granny
    Rotors
    Rear tire

    Can a great FS bikepacker also be a great trail setup? Let us test...

    Swinky, I'm almost with ya, bro. Bravo on that sweet setup
    So, you upgraded your entire bike to a new bike? I like that!

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    So, not a lot of changes since I built up my 5.7c in March, but a couple changes of note that might interest some folks:

    1. I swapped my Reverb with a KS Lev (this week). The Reverb was fine, but I was tired of the cable scrub. My wife got the Reverb, so everyone is happy.

    2. I got a custom shock tune from PUSH. The bike rides MUCH better now, especially with medium bump compliance.

    3. I swapped out my Talas 32mm 150 with a Talas 34 mm 160. So, I road the crap out of the new fork in October and found it was fantastic when bombing crazy fast/tech/rocky/rooty down hill single track with flowing turns and berms. HOWEVER, it did not do as well on tight DH switchbacks or hairpin berms (compared to the Talas 32 150 mm). Climbs weren't an issue because I could always drop it to 120 mm. I knew this could be an issue before I bought the fork but I wanted to confirm/experiment on my own vs. just taking our great friends at Pivot's word on the 34 mm forks. I also had a back-up plan if the 160 mm geo didn't work out.

    See, Pivot's perfectly reasonable recommendation is to go with the Float 34 mm 160 and drop it to 150. But I wanted a Talas. I noticed that the Specialized Stumpy Evo Carbon comes with a Talas 34 mm 150 and I asked my LBS if I could buy that fork. Answer is no. HOWEVER, Fox told them that you can easily convert your 34 mm 160 to a 150 by simply swapping out the Talas Lower Assembly Cartridge from the 160 mm/120 mm to the 150 mm/120 mm (Fox part number 820-02-154-Kit at $75 US). Needless to say, I went that route and made the change this week. For the Geo geeks:

    Talas 32 mm 150 ATC = 520.9 mm
    Talas 34 mm 150 ATC = 527.9 mm
    Talas 34 mm 160 ATC = 537.9 mm

    BB height rose around .25 inches, which is far better than the ~.5 inch rise at 160 mm

    For the folks out there who want a 34 mm Talas 150, there is an option for you. It will require an extra $75 US, so it's up to you whether it's worth it our not. It was worth it to me, plus I have both cartridges and can switch back to 160 mm for any future needs.

    Dan and Ken, maybe talk to Chris about the Talas 34 mm 150/120 as a third option for the 5.7c? The bike is an awesome Enduro/Super D rig that performs MUCH better with the 34 mm fork. Floats are great, but being able to drop to 120 mm in races and rec rides is a huge difference maker on steep climbs. Just saying.

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    ... my humblest apologies to kenbentit, but i added a DOSS to my M4X...

    on the other hand, i don't have any street cred to protect anyway

    i like it because this way i only need one post for all situations
    i need to develop my crashing skills...

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    My "upgraded 429"...




    Previous: 429 alum, XX 2x10, Speci Roval EL alloy wheels. Migrated Blacklite, shifters, The One brakes, bar, stem, grips, pedals, tires; all else is new.

    Got a familiar trail in with perfect dirt. Something would have been very wrong if I hadn't been blown away by the ride. I kept trying to find similarities between my old build and this one. All I could come up with is that they both feel stiff and fast. Aside from that, it's an absolutely different tool. I'm convinced the hoops have as much to do with the ride feel as the frame. Probably more.

    Climbing: Overall greater stability. Decreased head angle didn't affect stability by any measure. Feels slightly more maneuverable than the alum build, thanks to instant acceleration of the hoops and lower BB.

    Descending: Stunning performance. My alum bike would hit a ceiling in the rough, where control started to feel marginal. Wheels kicking left and right, just feeling a tad out of its element. This bike is absolutely smooth, unbelievable feedback dampening. Still feels aggressively stiff and fast. Its ability to provide control in rough spots reminds me of my long-travel bike with Flow rims. Which is a pretty shocking revelation for an upgraded XC bike.

    It weighed in at just under 27.5 lbs. I'm pretty sure my alum bike weighed slightly more, if any. I'll take the increased stiffness and dampening and forget the weight. This bike is surely going to horn in on the other half of my quiver, and it'll be a bikepacking animal when that time comes.

    Kudos to Pivot for designing great bikes. (And thanks for getting me on the trail with the loaner shock.)

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    A couple of changes...

    BBG bashguard
    C-Guide
    KS Lev post - 100mm
    ODI Ruffian grips
    Swapped out the front rotor for a 180

    Now if the trials would just dry up
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    Rode it!

    Being 36, the young fella's half my age where giving me an earful about being more careful in my old age.

    This bike constantly amazes me with it's ride quality and handling. Still waiting for the day I feel it bottom out.

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    changed the ff on my M5:

    1. Hope Stem 90mm (from a 70mm)
    2. WTB Rocket V Saddle
    3. Yumeya 11T Tension & Pulley wheel
    4. Mavic SLR Wheelset
    5. Continental X-King on my rear
    6. KMC chain
    7. XTR Pedals & Drtivetrain
    8. Red Brake Levers on my Hope X2
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain_Rocker View Post
    changed the ff on my M5:

    1. Hope Stem 90mm (from a 70mm)
    2. WTB Rocket V Saddle
    3. Yumeya 11T Tension & Pulley wheel
    4. Mavic SLR Wheelset
    5. Continental X-King on my rear
    6. KMC chain
    7. XTR Pedals & Drtivetrain
    8. Red Brake Levers on my Hope X2
    Wow! I'd imagine your bike went had some good weight loss after these upgrades?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg View Post
    Wow! I'd imagine your bike went had some good weight loss after these upgrades?
    about 2.5 pounds.. the weight loss came from the wheelset, groupset & saddle.. weighing at 26.5 pounds now
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    Hey Swinkey, great looking build!! Don't forget a seat dropper. It's a game-changer!

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    My 429 got new pads and rotors today.
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    I put a small scratch to the top tube in crash mid-October. The bike did me this:


    I could start riding any day now....

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    Put a new spring, heaviest one fox sells( yellow) , on my vanilla fork. Hope this one doesn't bottom out too easily like the green.

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    Going to be a long winter ....

    Decided against getting an older DH bike to much around with on park or big shuttle days. Instead I beefed/quieted the Firebird down a bit.

    - picked up an aluminum rocker for DH days to go with ....
    - a 2012 DHX RC4 shock w/350# spring (testing phase)
    - a replacement set of needle bearings for my DHX Air for XC riding
    - an XO med cage Type2 derailleur (using the original '09 XO 9sp shifter)
    - new chain (SRAM 991)
    - new chain rings, a gold 24t Blackspire and a 36t SLX
    - new cables/housing on shifters
    - new cable/housing on KS Supernatural
    - new 2.35 Nevegal for the back (or a 2.35 Prowler XT)
    - new 2.5 Minion DHF XC for the front
    - fresh pads on the Saints
    - fresh oil in the Totem
    - new WTB Silverado SLT Saddle (hasn't arrived yet)
    - replacement seatpost QR lever

    Its going to be a great year!





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    So, over the last 6 weeks or so, I've done the following:
    - Replaced the tyres after destroying the rear Larsen.
    - Changed to NN front and RR rear.
    - Replaced rear linkage setup due to original double row bearings dying.
    - Entered the first race of the NSW State AM Series.
    - Said race was pretty wet still, so bike got VERY Dirty Like, dirt in places it didn't know it had!
    - Gave bike complete overhaul (was time anyway after 10 months), with a full strip down, clean and rebuild.

    Now it's running super smooth, and somewhere in there the bike has dropped 200g, and is now at 11.40kg (25.13lbs). I'm guessing the tyres are the cause of this

    Looking forward to the weekend to ride my baby again!

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    Got new rotors. Magura Ventidiscs 180mm and flat sweep back bar
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    Built a new 5.7 last week
    Took off the wheel stickers today
    switched out the faceplate on the stem

    Its my dream build
    Dont think I'll do much else except get black pedals and maybe carbon rotors

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    - Changed to a 36T star rachet on my DT350 rear hub.
    - Just ordered a Gravity Dropper. Hope it get's here soon. Multiposition 1in and 4in.

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    Replaced the stock bars on my FB with some deity cz38's. 760mm. Way more comfortable. Very noticeable difference

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    What have you done to your Pivot Cycle lately?

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    I did a tubeless conversion on my 2013 Firebird. I used American Classic tape, Stan's rim strips, Stan's sealant, and Schwalbe Hans Dampfs on the DT 530 rims. The setup was painless and has been solid so far with no burping after 2 rides at 30 psi.
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    Pivot Mach 5.7 AL.
    Added a 0.93^3 in volume spacer to the Fox CTD shock. It is the largest spacer for that shock. I don't bottom out anymore but still use all the travel often, which is a good thing. I've only dropped the sag ring off the shock once on a big hit (3-4ft) that I didn't land correctly.
    Also added more fox fluid on the Fox Float 34 CTD @ 150mm. I have added a total of 20cc. I think it was just the right amount for me, not bottoming out anymore but still using all the travel.

    Both changes will need a rebound adjustment as I felt with the same setting it is now faster than I would like.

    I weigh 195lbs with gear and my pressures are 170psi and 70psi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMW503 View Post
    1. I swapped my Reverb with a KS Lev (this week). The Reverb was fine, but I was tired of the cable scrub. My wife got the Reverb, so everyone is happy.
    How are you liking the Lev vs the Reverb? I'm thinking of going this same route, especially since I have one of the first Mach 5.7s without the dropper post routing. I'm piggybacking on another cable and have it zip-tied to the top tube cable mounting points. I really like the idea of that stationary cable, but I've heard a couple issues.

    This particular post I read has me worried.
    My LEV broke. The external cable attaches to a barrel nut at the seat collar. The barrel itself is then attached to a nylon cable and the nylon cable is what broke. It looked like when the barrel nut was tightened down it frayed the nylon cable enough that it eventually let go.
    I've also heard their warranty support isn't that great?
    Gotta get up to get down.
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    New (to me) Garmin Edge 305 GPS for the 429
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    Added Saint brakes and 180mm Ice Techs front and rear! and the I-Spec for the shifter/brakes, sucks that I had to buy both sides just to use the right.

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    1 x10!!!!!

    just added new xt crank (3 x converted to 1 x), e-thirteen ring and MRP guide. quiet!!!! very quiet!!!What have you done to your Pivot Cycle lately?-1x10.jpg

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    Kinda. Not sure if I like the Monster Energy tag or good ole Gravedigger Stripped the front and had it painted Kawasaki green. Added a new DHXAir and a mix of decals. Pretty happy with how it turned out.
    Nice!! I owned several KDX 200's and always had a soft spot for Kawi's. I always loved having a green woods bike when everything else was yellow or red it seemed. Nice job.

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    I bought a set of Sun Ringle Charger Expert 650B wheels, and 2.3 Neo Moto tires. They fit fine in my Lyrik RC2DH fork, and the Firebird rear triangle.

    I absolutely love this mod!! Steering is more precise, and less twitchy. Rolls faster, and corners great. I have 26" and 29" bikes, and have never been able to make up my mind. Now, there is no place I would rather have a 26" bike, and no place I would rather have a 29" bike. This is an absolute keeper.

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    I converted my Firebird to 650B.

    I bought a set of Sun Ringle Charger Expert 650B wheels, and 2.3 Neo Moto tires. They fit fine in my Lyrik RC2DH fork, and the Firebird rear triangle.

    I absolutely love this mod!!
    I'm still debating on this mod. Not a 100% sure if my Zoke 55 will take the 650 wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hangtime View Post
    I'm still debating on this mod. Not a 100% sure if my Zoke 55 will take the 650 wheels.
    I did a search, and here is one that is converted, and it looks very similar to the clearance on my Lyrik. I have about 5mm at the top.


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    Put a 30t wolftooth chainring on. Dropped about 1.5lbs on the FB. Easier to clean that area too.
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    had my shock pushed and added a dropper post and wider bars. thinking of changing the travel on my revelation 140 to 150 and maybe a new custom wheelset
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    I bought my 429 a second wheel set for moderate AM riding and I mounted Specialized Purgatory tires on those wheels. I also bought an extra set of Spesh Ground Controls for it's usual XC wheel set.
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    Oh, and I put a new Van 180 and ESI Extra Chunky grips on, both of which I thoroughly enjoy. Was running an 09 float 160 (which was on its last leg) and Rogues before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by broccoli rob View Post
    Put a 30t wolftooth chainring on. Dropped about 1.5lbs on the FB. Easier to clean that area too.
    How does this setup work for you? I have the same ring on the way for my 'bird!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishercat View Post
    had my shock pushed and added a dropper post and wider bars. thinking of changing the travel on my revelation 140 to 150 and maybe a new custom wheelset
    Did the PUSH mod make a difference? On a HL bike, I think it is 100% necessary, but am wondering how much difference there will be on a dw linked bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vespasianus View Post
    Did the PUSH mod make a difference? On a HL bike, I think it is 100% necessary, but am wondering how much difference there will be on a dw linked bike.
    yes the push mod has made a difference. i got the plush setting. the bike definitely feels better. i wanted them to remove the pro-pedal completely but for some reason they didnt. will probably send the shock back and have them do that, just haven't gotten around to it. dw link doesnt need pro-pedal imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jultanV View Post
    How does this setup work for you? I have the same ring on the way for my 'bird!
    I'm really liking the simplicity of the 1 x 10. The ratio of the 30t is perfect for me and its pretty quiet. I've ridden some pretty rough stuff and no dropped chains. No problems bashing it into anything either since its so small. I'm very happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishercat View Post
    yes the push mod has made a difference. i got the plush setting. the bike definitely feels better. i wanted them to remove the pro-pedal completely but for some reason they didnt. will probably send the shock back and have them do that, just haven't gotten around to it. dw link doesnt need pro-pedal imo
    Thanks. I agree with the need (or not) for PP on dw linked bikes. I don't think I have ever used it on my bike. Plusher is better and I am always looking for plusher!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chamberlink View Post
    Does this count?

    that even beats spokie dokies...

    What is that? and would it keep sticks out of my spokes?
    i need to develop my crashing skills...

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_rex View Post
    I licked the box. It's sitting on the shop floor waiting for build up.
    Me too! Mine is just waiting on the front derailleur and dropper post, which should both be coming in tomorrow. Hope to be riding it this weekend!

    And the box tasted like chocolate.

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    5. Truvativ Noir 700mm carbon bar
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    I took my brand spanking new Mach 5.7c out for its inaugural rides on Saturday (at Joachim Miller Park) and Sunday (China Camp). It was awesome. Here's the glory shot:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog View Post
    that even beats spokie dokies...

    What is that? and would it keep sticks out of my spokes?
    Haha, it's crate paper taped to the spokes. It was for the 4th of July. And no, I don't think it would help with sticks. Also, not ideal in cross-winds. Spokie dokies, haha. Maybe next year!

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    Got a custom tune rear shock installed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vandeec5 View Post
    Got a custom tune rear shock installed.
    Moar about that shock, please!

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    Quote Originally Posted by golden boy View Post
    Moar about that shock, please!
    Yes, do tell. I just ordered a new Pike 150 for the front of my Mach 5.7. I'm anxious to try it out, and a shock upgrade is next. Actually, that all black shock looks a lot like the all black Pike.
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    Look what I just got for the Pivot. Can't wait to get some rides on it. Crappy indoor cell phone pics are all I got so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1 View Post
    Look what I just got for the Pivot. Can't wait to get some rides on it. Crappy indoor cell phone pics are all I got so far.

    I was about to give you crap about how clean your bike is, but then I noticed the proper wear on your down tube. ;^) Got to say I am lusting after the Pike. I know a couple of older pros who've had them since blackbox and they say the Pike is the best fork they've ever ridden. Let us know what you think ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMW503 View Post
    I was about to give you crap about how clean your bike is, but then I noticed the proper wear on your down tube. ;^) Got to say I am lusting after the Pike. I know a couple of older pros who've had them since blackbox and they say the Pike is the best fork they've ever ridden. Let us know what you think ...
    Haha, you should see how many little scratches and paint chips are in that bike. It gets ridden, don't worry. It only looks super clean from a distance. We have more dust and rock than mud, so cleaning is usually as simple as just wiping it with a wet cloth. Plus, I just did a complete teardown recently. I pulled all the linkages apart and cleaned out everything.

    Will definitely give an update on the Pike. Initial impressions seem to backup what you've said and what I've heard everywhere. While trying to get it partially dialed in pedaling around the neighborhood and off curbs adjusting settings, it's a noticeable difference, smooth yet with no excessive diving through the mid-stroke. I can't wait for its first trail ride. Oh and it makes the 32 float feel so damn noodley in comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BaeckerX1 View Post
    Haha, you should see how many little scratches and paint chips are in that bike. It gets ridden, don't worry. Like I said in the other thread we have more dust than mud, so cleaning is usually as simple as just wiping it with a wet cloth. Plus, I just did a complete teardown recently. I pulled all the linkages apart and cleaned out everything.

    Will definitely give an update on the Pike. Initial impressions seem to backup what you've said and what I've heard everywhere. While trying to get it partially dialed in pedaling around the neighborhood and off curbs adjusting settings, it's a noticeable difference, smooth yet with no excessive diving through the mid-stroke. I can't wait for its first trail ride. Oh and it makes the 32 float feel so damn noodley in comparison.
    Yeah, not sure why Pivot still specs the 32 150mm with the 5.7/5.7c. The bikes ride much better with the Fox 34 (@150mm) or Pike. The 32's are just too flexy. Was a pretty big deal when I put the 34 on, so I suspect you'll have the crazed, wide eyed ecstatic look after your 1st ride on the Pike.

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    No dropped chains yet, do you have a chain guide fitted or clutch derailleur? I have heard you can get away without either with the wolftooth chainrings. I also have a 30T on the way.

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    2010 Pivot Mach 429 with a few recent upgrades.

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    More 429 upgradeitus!

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    It started with a lunch box kit!

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    Added answer carbon bars, reverb dropper post and swapped my float 32 non kashima to a float 34 160mm kashima coat. Little by little my bike is getting all the goodies! I have a 2013 pivot 5.7 carbon, loving it!

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    I am debating on going carbon bars and adjustable post. Both from Crank Brothers through a prodeal (45% off retail). Does anyone have a suggestion on these? I will probably get a carbon stem as well but just not from Crank Brothers.

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    I need to post pic, but latest was new XTR bottom bracket, before that was chromag seatpost clamp.... Magura MT8s and wheels built by my friend Simon (Hadley hubs and stans rims).... Oh and Thompson stem. All on a 5.7 (aluminium).

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    I put a 2014 Monarch Plus RC3 on my Mach 5.7. Unfortunately Colorado is having the storm of the century and it's been pissing rain and flooding everywhere for a week. Won't be able to ride it for awhile. Many of my favorite trails have been destroyed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyber96 View Post
    I am debating on going carbon bars and adjustable post. Both from Crank Brothers through a prodeal (45% off retail). Does anyone have a suggestion on these? I will probably get a carbon stem as well but just not from Crank Brothers.
    I love my Enve stem/bar combo and have just put on the new Thomson dropper and recommend it highly compared to what I was using. Never used Crank Bros tho after some disastrous pedal experiences

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    Wow! Looks awesome in all-stealth color. Can you please upload a better photo that shows the whole drive-side of the bike?

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    New tires: Bontrager XR4 Team Issue, on dryish ground at least really nice, feel like fast Fat Alberts
    Gearing update: Zee + spacer thing on X.9 shifter (9spd), RaceFace NW 32t chainring on one crankset + 34/24 rings on other cranks. FRM 36t cog on one wheelset to help with the hills.

    Also proved that there is significant chain growth on DW link as suspension bottoms out.... seems that I'll have to try medium cage XT next.

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    Set up the Mach 5 as a lift/shuttle run bike. Waiting for stock on the 30T Race Face Narrow Wide chainring. Going single ring in the front.





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    Hi Guys

    I thought I would share my build pics with you all

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    Shock, Fork and wheels (DT Swiss M1700 Tricons) are stock

    I really want to get some carbon wheels! Ive been trying to find out if there is a way to mate a carbon hoop (any Manufacturer) to my DT Swiss Tricon Hubs. If you know anything on compatible options please let me know!!!
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    New rear RD shifter cables & housing (again!). Darn dry, dust Summer weather!!!
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    Nice build ya got there Bike Therapy!

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    Bought a demo 429c from a local shop, trying to get some rides in as weather permits. Put a shorter stem (100 to 70) on it, cut the bars down from 30" to 28.5", got a reverb on it, and took the Slant Six off the front and replaced it with a Nobby Nic 2.25. Trying to set it up as a do it all trail bike.

    Let me know if you have any other suggestions to make it an all conditions, all trails ripper.

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    I finally ditched the stock Pivot branded grips (hand killers) and put on a pair of ESI chunkys. Replaced the stock wheel set with a pair of Mavic Crossmax SLR wheels, with new Conti X-King tires (huge improvement). And swapped out original stem/bars/seatpost with some Shimano PRO parts, as well as putting on my old Serfas ARC saddle.
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    Overall I shed a few pounds from the bike, and really improved an already high performing machine.

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    I recently put the Chunky's on my Firebird. Definitely like them, and they seem to fit my hands better. The Pivot grips seemed to wear really fast also. It was obvious where my hand was placed just looking at the grip.
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    Gave the 429 a bath to prep for the following:
    new shifters, new rear der, new chain, probably a new cassette and middle ring, and a specialized command post.

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    Made her an upper guide from a bunch of old e13 parts and a brake adapter. Clutch derr should take care of the bottom:


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    That's a very large single ring.
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    I broke a spoke and a chain on my Firebird, on the same ride. That means a new spoke and chain for my Firebird. I love upgrades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juan_speeder View Post
    That's a very large single ring.
    The trick is to convince yourself it is smaller. Until I checked it the other day, I literally thought it was a 34t, and as a result was making myself power up every hill I could find.

    In all honestly I haven't had any dramas with it on the big hills yet. Logic says I probably will at some stage, so future plans will probably involve a 34t ring and probably a proper LG1 upper guide piece to stop the chain falling off 'outwards'

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    Just gave my M5.7C a bath.
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    Reverb Stealth on the Mach 5

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    Moved my Mach 4 from the uninsulated, unheated pole barn to the relative warmth of the basement during a stretch of consecutive sub-zero nights. Got to protect her sensitive bits.

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    Is it bad for me to leave my 5.7 in the garage, where temps can reach below 25F (it's not sitting on it's tires)? I never thought of needing to put it in the basement.

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    I have no proof that it's bad. I just figure if I can keep my prized possession from being exposed to temperature extremes, why not? It seems to me that as mtb's have gotten more sophisticated, with hydraulic brakes and suspension, there are more seals and fluids that might not hold up as well when exposed to temperature extremes.

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    Swapped out my Fox 32 150 for a 34 talas on my 5.7c. The 32 felt like riding with a wet noodle to steer with in the chunk. 34 is a lot stiffer and way more fun to bomb thru the chunk on south mtn. Glad I made the switch!

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    I put a X-fusion Slant on my 5.7c. The thing destroys my Fox Float .. Night and day better.

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    Sent her for a full service, swapped out the bottom bracket bearings, topped up some brake fluid and she's got a new set of rims!.

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    What have you done to your Pivot Cycle lately?-image-18.12.2013-19.14.02-0457.jpgChange saddle and seat post. Saddle now color coded
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    Swapped my e13 pedals for a set of Spank Spikes!
    Hopefully that will change my once every 2 month bearing rebuilds

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    I built my LES frame up. Started last night and Finished this morn; All while it was cold, cloudy and rainy. Finished her just in time for the sun to come back out and take her out for a quick 6 mile maiden voyage. This is my first 1x10 and first 29er HT. My second 29er since I bought my 429c in October. Unfortunately, I only have one fork for the two at the moment; I bought an unused 2014 34 Talas for the 429, but the jackazz from ebay advertised it as a 29" and I came to find out when I started the swap that it is a 27.5" fork Anyway, I rode HTs from 1993 to 2009 and have had FS ever since. I'm new to 29er and love the Pivot bikes and glad to be back with the home town guys since I sold my Firebird late last year. I plan on running it SS eventually and am looking to do some endurance riding and maybe racing. This thing was SO MUCH fun on our less chunky trails here in AZ! I love standing and mashing on the short, steep climb up Brown's Mt., though I thought I might die along the way. My garage now glows in Pivot colors

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    Kenda Slant Six 2.2 rear and Honey Badger 2.2 front

    23.5 pounds; SS w/o the LEV would be somewhere between 20-21

    Thanks Dan, Aaron, Kenny B, Jonny Tsunami and the Pivot rep that brought my frame to the shop yesterday!!! This thing is definitely going to make me a better, stronger and faster rider!
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    Ha! If I'd known that was your frame I would've put a ball bearing inside it
    Quote Originally Posted by MTB Pilot View Post
    I built my LES frame up. Started last night and Finished this morn; All while it was cold, cloudy and rainy. Finished her just in time for the sun to come back out and take her out for a quick 6 mile maiden voyage. This is my first 1x10 and first 29er HT. My second 29er since I bought my 429c in October. Unfortunately, I only have one fork for the two at the moment; I bought an unused 2014 34 Talas for the 429, but the jackazz from ebay advertised it as a 29" and I came to find out when I started the swap that it is a 27.5" fork Anyway, I rode HTs from 1993 to 2009 and have had FS ever since. I'm new to 29er and love the Pivot bikes and glad to be back with the home town guys since I sold my Firebird late last year. I plan on running it SS eventually and am looking to do some endurance riding and maybe racing. This thing was SO MUCH fun on our less chunky trails here in AZ! I love standing and mashing on the short, steep climb up Brown's Mt., though I thought I might die along the way. My garage now glows in Pivot colors

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    XTR crank w/ 34t Wolftooth ring
    XTR 11-36 cassette
    XTR RD and shifter
    XTR trail brakes
    Easton Haven 70mm stem and Havoc 750mm carbon bar
    KS LEV 125mm (can't live without them anymore, but why should you?)
    Ergon saddle
    DT Swiss XR 1501 Spline wheels (came on 429c)
    Kenda Slant Six 2.2 rear and Honey Badger 2.2 front

    23.5 pounds; SS w/o the LEV would be somewhere between 20-21

    Thanks Dan, Aaron, Kenny B, Jonny Tsunami and the Pivot rep that brought my frame to the shop yesterday!!! This thing is definitely going to make me a better, stronger and faster rider!
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    Pivot Mach 6 - almost ready

    I still wait for a few parts to arrive... not yet ready

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    Flipped the stem on my Les 29er. Seems to make her more of an agressive machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenbentit View Post
    Ha! If I'd known that was your frame I would've put a ball bearing inside it
    I'd still be in the my garage trying to get it out. I had to route the rear shifter twice, cause I came up about 3 inches short; Luckily my closet is stocked with extra parts and I happen to have a new XTR cable. I guess I've learned after switching part to different frames. You guys did a nice job with the internal routing; Much easier than the internal routing on my Session 88 was!
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    What have you done to your Pivot Cycle lately?-img_20131221_154514_525.jpgput some Thomson DH bars on. Went from a 38mm rise to a 12mm rise. Haven't tried it on the trail yet. See how much of a difference it makes. Thomson dropper too. Loving it.

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    After 3 days/ 3 rides, 40 miles and 6600' of climbing I put the RF Sixc carbon 785mm DH bar I had in the garage on my 429c. I'm 6' with broad shoulders and have been riding 740-750mm bars for about 3 years now; Always used 780mm on my DH sled before I sold it. These last three days, especially during an 11 mile climb, I found myself desiring wider bars and dangled my hands off the end. I'm riding a medium frame, which I love, and started with 70mm stem and 750mm bars. Went to 85mm stem and feels great, but the long climbing made me want to spread out more. I always feel comfortable in tech and descending with wider bars, so this might help satisfy me while climbing.
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    Overhauled my 2009 Mach 4

    * Disassembled entire bike
    * Checked all suspension pivot bearings - OK
    * Replaced original Shimano BB92 with same
    * Stripped threads in frame while reassembling, had to repair w/heli-coil
    * Minor truing of Crest/King wheels
    * New Ardent EXO 2.25 on rear
    * Cleaned drivetrain
    * New brake pads/rotors for Magura Marta SL brakes
    * Bike Lust-ed frame
    * New shift cables/housing
    * Fox Float 120 overhauled by LBS

    It's so clean now, I'm hesitant to ride it during our typically muddy winter conditions. Looking forward to a great 2014 on my refurb'ed steed!

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    Converted to 1x10 with Raceface Next SL cranks (28 tooth) and 11-36 XTR cassette. What have you done to your Pivot Cycle lately?-image.jpg

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    Got rid of the Lopes msrp guide in favor of a rf narrow wide.
    And blew out the bearings in my e13s so I replaced them with spike spanks.

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    What have you done to your Pivot Cycle lately?

    I have been debating on going 27.5 on my FB for some time now. I pulled the trigger and built up a wheel set with Pacenti Neo-Moto 2.3 tires front and back. So far I like it and lost a pound in rotational weight. (The 2.4 Rubber Queen was a hefty beast of a tire).

    The Bird feels totally different with the lighter/stiffer wheels. So far so good!!!!

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    what fork were you running with 26" and what will you run with 27.5"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hangtime View Post
    I have been debating on going 27.5 on my FB for some time now. I pulled the trigger and built up a wheel set with Pacenti Neo-Moto 2.3 tires front and back. So far I like it and lost a pound in rotational weight. (The 2.4 Rubber Queen was a hefty beast of a tire).

    The Bird feels totally different with the lighter/stiffer wheels. So far so good!!!!
    i need to develop my crashing skills...

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    @Dog,
    I am using a 2012 Marzocchi Micro Ti. 26" and now 27.5", There are several mm of clearance so its ok for now. I'll probably do the upgrade program with Zoke when the 350 Enduro fork gets released. I'll see how I feel about the Neo-Moto as a front tire in six months.

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    i added some Zee brakes to my FB. i really like them so far. i was worried that they might grab a little too strongly too quickly, but instead they feather nicely. but if you grab them hard, they dig in...
    i need to develop my crashing skills...

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    Got my KS Lev on, to go with other recent upgrades (tubeless, 1x10, upper guide). Pretty happy with her, sitting at 11.8kg.


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    Loving my new ride. Just added in a one up 42t cog upgrade ie poormanxx1. Shifts well and crisp, it's a granny killer! I'm using a 32t xx1 cranks. With the one up I might switch to a 34t front ring.
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    Wow, I literally opened this thread thinking about the OneUp 42T addon, and wondering if anyone had done it yet! Really considering it for my Firebird, especially since I don't use the small ring much now, and with the 42 I could probably drop the big ring down a bit and not need it anywhere.

    Only thing that's held me back so far is I'd need a new cassette to use it as well, and probably new chain to be safe, and then the front ring, so it seems cheap but adds up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StuLax18 View Post
    Wow, I literally opened this thread thinking about the OneUp 42T addon, and wondering if anyone had done it yet! Really considering it for my Firebird, especially since I don't use the small ring much now, and with the 42 I could probably drop the big ring down a bit and not need it anywhere.

    Only thing that's held me back so far is I'd need a new cassette to use it as well, and probably new chain to be safe, and then the front ring, so it seems cheap but adds up.

    Overall it will be a cheaper alternative to the xx1. Just ridden this setup, it works like a dream. The Hi gearing helps the steep long climbs, although it might me a touch to high with a 32t front. I reckon a 34t will be perfect where I ride and it will give me a better Hi speed gear.

    I'm lucky that my old cassette is compatible and did not have to change the chain too. Get it man.. One ring to rule em all!

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    I have a 36 up front now, and was thinking dropping to the 34 would be a good choice. I'm a little worried though because I've used up all my gears before, but am probably more worried about having a low gear. I'd rather not turn it into a test and find out what works, although I could keep my current front ring for now and see.
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    What have you done to your Pivot Cycle lately?

    I just went 1x10 on the Bird. Started with a 32t but settled on 30t and 11-36 cassette. If Oregon was flatter I'd stick with the 32t. I was surprised to drop over a pound. I use the full cassette now. I'm keeping the Stinger for now, it works real well with my XT Shadow +.


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    Quote Originally Posted by joezuri View Post
    Overall it will be a cheaper alternative to the xx1. Just ridden this setup, it works like a dream. The Hi gearing helps the steep long climbs, although it might me a touch to high with a 32t front. I reckon a 34t will be perfect where I ride and it will give me a better Hi speed gear.

    I'm lucky that my old cassette is compatible and did not have to change the chain too. Get it man.. One ring to rule em all!
    joezuri, good stuff...I just stop all business today so I can get this moving. How did you set up your rear derailleur to click for all 11 cogs?

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