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    Preston FR Photo Thread

    I just got a Preston, and I would like to see what some other people's Prestons look like!
    Here's mine:

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    I should be getting mine on Friday. Will post then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teddypower
    I should be getting mine on Friday.
    you and me both.

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    Got it yesterday. First ride today, love it.

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    An oldie, but a goodie

    This is my 2005 fat-boy AM sled...I loves me somma dat Preston.
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    Pretty much how she sits right now. 2006.0 converted to a 2006.5.

    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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    just picked mine up a few minutes ago...






    *EDIT* I had to change the pic... My cat was worried about this stalker he used to have and this whole myspace weirdo that he's dealing with right now.
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    Lucky! Mine didn't come with a used cat.

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    Mine. I love the geometry on this thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    Pretty much how she sits right now. 2006.0 converted to a 2006.5.

    Nice front hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtails Are Better
    Nice front hub.
    Thanks. She has a fine rear too.


    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickle
    Thanks. She has a fine rear too.


    Nice, couldn't see the rear in that pic.

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    built.
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    Damn fine lookin' rides! I'm hoping to be able to add yet another beauty to this thread by next Friday.

    So kitchenware, how are you liking the Lyrik/Dhx combo? I've ordered the same setup and am wondering if it's as good as I've been dreamin' about

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    Quote Originally Posted by romar
    Damn fine lookin' rides! I'm hoping to be able to add yet another beauty to this thread by next Friday.

    So kitchenware, how are you liking the Lyrik/Dhx combo? I've ordered the same setup and am wondering if it's as good as I've been dreamin' about

    The suspension feels pretty evenly matched. Yesterday was the first real test ride and I feel comfortable saying that it's one of, if not THE best bike I've put together to date. It's a bit heavy feeling with the temporary wheels, but it climbs well, feels well balanced front/rear and is a blast going down. I like it.


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    It's a brawler.
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    love it
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    My new ride.
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    I bet a Lyric would be a perfect match for a Preston with its 545mm A-C. Good choice.
    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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    I would have to agree with the choice of running the Lyric. Except mine is on the 06 frame (I couldn't resist the closeout prices on last years frames)




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    The more Prestons i see, the more i want to have my own one

    My choice would also be a lyrik.....

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    06 Preston with a fresh powdercoat.
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    Wow, looks really sweet. I guess I have to dig out my camera to get an updated pic of mine (changed the fork to a Magura Wotan).

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    Quote Originally Posted by fr-rider
    06 Preston with a fresh powdercoat.
    Looks good.



    Why didn't you PC the chainstays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtails Are Better
    Looks good.



    Why didn't you PC the chainstays?
    Didn't feel like taking out the bearings, plus the get pretty scrached up so I decide just to keep them black.

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    My 2005

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    Quote Originally Posted by romar


    Now i know a white Preston with a silver fork looks okay, thank you sooo much
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    Quote Originally Posted by romar

    is that a large?
    and how does the dhx5.0 coil work on the back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionsf
    is that a large?
    and how does the dhx5.0 coil work on the back?
    Yes it's a large.

    So far I'm absolutely loving the DHX. I'd have to agree with Kitchenware who started in an earlier post that combined with the Lyrik the bike feels pretty well balanced. I'd also have to agree that this bike is probably one of the finest I've ever had the pleasure to swing my leg over.

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    Edit: double post...sorry.
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    do you think a domain would also work well? for more of a budget build

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    wouldnt recommend it, cause i heard its a lower end fork.

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    The domain damping is very similar to the Pike which is highly recommended. I think the dumbest advice is saying something is not recommended because it's "lower end". There are low end products that do not perform, and low end products that perform surprisingly well. Looking at the reviews the domain has gotten I would say it seems (I have not tried it personally) to be one of the surprisingly well performing products.

    For a more budget bike I would guess it's the best new fork you can get. I would imagine the transition guys have tried quite a few different forks on the Preston and here is what they told me about the domain (I asked via email).

    both the Domain and Pike are excellent forks. The Domain
    U-Turn would work great on the Preston. It is heavier than the pike for
    sure. The U-turn is a much beefier fork and one of my favorites.
    Deciding between the two really depends on your type of riding and
    trails you ride. If you aren't doing a ton of freeride stuff with bigger
    moves, the Pike will probably work perfect, but if you want something
    that is really plush and stiff and don't care about the weight, I would
    go with a Domain.
    the Domain actually feels like a really beefy Pike. It has
    great small bump sensitivity and is just a great all around feeling
    fork.
    I have a tendency to buy very expensive parts for my bike, but have very often noticed the difference to a GOOD cheap product (in terms of performance) can be very small...

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    I'm sure the Transition guys have the best objective picture on how different forks perform on their frames, especially ones they sell with the frame. I'd recommend asking them directly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmymonsta623
    wouldnt recommend it, cause i heard its a lower end fork.
    ... Absolutely not. The Domain was the fork I initially intended to go with on my Preston. That is until I called up Transition to discuss the fork options. They included the Lyrik which is not listed on their website for the Preston at a very reasonable up charge... The Lyrik then became the biggest no-brainer on earth! Call up ..you may be very pleasantly surprised!

    Now to keep this thread on topic....


    I know...I know... the Preston needs some new pics taken. Maybe when we go out and play today I'll bring my camera.

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    Finally took a new picture of mine, not especially good though



    I think I need to work on the taco though


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    Ooo Ooo I want to play. I finally got this thing built after about 3 months of slowly collecting parts as to not arise the suspicion of the girlfriend.... then BAM!ģ one day there is a new bike in the garage lol My LBS had this frame hanging in the shop for a year, finally I broke down and gave it a home. Got the Frame, Roco and Fork for $900!

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    2006 Preston, size large
    2006 Marzocchi Z.1 Sport with some special "Works" love
    2007 Marzocchi Roco Air Rear Shock
    Transition Revolution 32 wheelset
    Maxxis Minion 2.35 Single Ply wire bead mounted tubeless with Maxxis strips and Stans
    Race Face Evolve DH Crankset
    Sram X.0 rear Derailleur
    Sram Xgen Front Derailleur
    Sram X.9 Shfters
    Avid Juicy 5 Brakes with Straitline Blades
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    I finally see what all the hype is about with this bike. It rides great in just about any situation you throw it into, and it climbs very very well for having no platform on the fork or shock.



    Of course the whole reason I bought this bike was so that I could have a short travel full suspension to add to the stable to compliment my Banshee Morphine hard tail and the Prestons big brother...



    Two totally different bikes for two totally different types of riding, but both absolutely kick ass for what they are built for. The guys at Transition have got it nailed and have made a repeat customer out of me. Next on the list, a Siren for the lady

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    hey sixsixtysix
    is the roco air good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aye-aye
    hey sixsixtysix
    is the roco air good?
    Yeah, I like it. Its very linear if you know what I mean, it basically feels the same throughout its stroke where say the Roco TSTr on my Dirtbag ramps up at the end of its stroke. The reason I went with the Roco Air is that the Swinger 4way that came with the frame was impossible to spring for a rider my size (6'3" 240lbs). I would have needed a 1300lb spring, so air was the only way to go and the Roco air has the biggest air volume of any air shock and its insanely cheap compared to a Fox DHX air.

    I called Marzocchi and talked to them on what air pressure I should run for my weight and they told me 225psi but I have found right around 175psi gets me the proper 30% sag I want and it doesn't bottom out very easily.

    PS if anyone needs a 6.5x1.5 Swinger 4 way, I will let the one that came on the frame go for $100 brand new

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    Six, awesome looking Preston. Nice stable you have there!

    Loving the white one's also.

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    Hello all !
    Does anyone got the Preston Fr with a pike ?
    I want to buy one but I don't know the fork i'll put with.
    I hesitate with the 36 Van R 2008 and the lyrik Solo air but they are more expensive than a pike.
    For the moment i've got a psylo XC on my hardtail.

    And what do you think about RP23 or Van R shocks ? are they very different from the DHX 5 ?

    Thanks for your answers,
    Have a good ride,
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    I have a Wotan which has 545mm axel to crown (fork hight). This is very close to what Transition has tested it with. With the Pike thee Axel to crown is about 520 (even a bit less) which is 25mm less.

    The Wotan also allows dropping the forks height by 40mm which would make it even shorter then the Pike. I have used it with this setting in very flat and technical terrain where there is really no downhill. Often it even feels better that way, though the angles feel like riding a Klein Attitude (xc bike). However as soon as I head to something with downhill and drops I love the higher fork.

    The Pike will not be as short as the Wotan in it's lowest height. Still I would imagine it will make the bike more of a trail bike (though it will probably still feel great going downhill). I think it's also very much up to what you are used to. My old bike had an even more relaxed head angle then the Preston. Maby for this reason I feel like I could have an even taller fork when I am at a downhill center, though it would make the bike a lot less nimble.

    If you want to save money I personally love the Roco Air shock.

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    Thanks for your quick answer.
    I can't take the rocco with the frame cause my dealer only has Van R and RP23.

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    St. Helens, looking at Mount Adams

    It's like Mountainbiking on an active Volcano!


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    Great pic.

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    First trip out on the new Preston, so I took her to Diablo Freeride Park...the aftermath:


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    Hey sixtysix, what did you do to the the Z1 Sport 'works'? I have a regular Z1 Sport on my Vagrant, and lately it kinda feels like poo. Would be curious to hear how I could make it perform a bit better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm55
    First trip out on the new Preston, so I took her to Diablo Freeride Park...the aftermath:



    roar..nice preston...me like

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    thats just a flat, nothign wrong

    how did the bike hold up to the park? was everything do-able?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionsf
    thats just a flat, nothign wrong

    how did the bike hold up to the park? was everything do-able?
    Yup, I got 2 flats on my last run of the day and was out of tubes, so I had to walk it down Bike held up great, only thing holding me back was my skills.

    Definitely need a bit more seat time before I can give a better review, but it seems like a perfect match for me. I weigh 150 lbs with gear and I'm use to rinding my hardtail on rocky XC/AM terrain so the Preston is a great fit as a light DH/FR rig. It's fairly light even with a burlyish build so it is very flickable and maneuverable but still heavy enough to hold a line over the rough stuff. I know it wasn't designed to be a DH rig but I find it more than up to the task for moderate DH riding. Maybe when I get good enough I will upgrade to a full DH rig but the Preston will hold me over till I progress.

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    150 pounds and you got two flats on one run, might want to up the psi

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianPreston
    150 pounds and you got two flats on one run, might want to up the psi
    I was running 35 psi like I always do. First one happened after landing a jump. Second one in a rockgarden. The two days of rain prior to the trip didn't help riding any either. I'm gonna make the jump up to full downhill tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm55
    I was running 35 psi like I always do. First one happened after landing a jump. Second one in a rockgarden. The two days of rain prior to the trip didn't help riding any either. I'm gonna make the jump up to full downhill tubes.
    A good rim strip tape & baby powder can also make a big difference. I personally like the Velox Rim strip tape.

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    To add to that "review", I recently rode my 2006 preston at whistler for a few days, and it worked well. I was sticking mainly to intermediates though. The only really annoying thing were the brake bumps, which I think wouldn't be as bad with more travel.

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    wats a good fork to put on the preston, cuz i might be buying a frame, build kit, and wat to know what forks there are for under 500$american, or canadian if possible, i would want something with 130mm+ of travel.

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    Rock Shox Domain sounds like a good match.

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    yeah domain or pike, depending on what travel you want

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    I am doing a build right now, I went with the Pike I talked to transition and a few other guys that run the preston and they all swear by the pike its a perfect match for the preston.. I was debating it aswell the Fox 36 is a real good option cause you got the 160mm for that DH stuff which is nice.. But for under 500 bucks fox is a no go.. I got my Pike for $400 check out ebay or call Victor over at Ride This about a front fork he will hook you up. But the Pike is a real good option the Domain got some more travel but the Pike is a way better fork

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    I'd say try a z.1 from marzocchi. The cheaper ones can be had for about $300 and they are sturdy.

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    yeah i saw the z.1, i'm thinking something along the lines of this, i went to jensonusa.com, and modified the 700, or 800$ buld, i think its the second choice, and i got it to around $600-650, then one of the closeout frames from the TBC store, or from adrenaline bikes, or there was some place that had them for 620$, and then a cheap fork i might upgrade next year, depends on how everything goes, but for the fork i might wait until the Toronto Bike Show and get a deal there, and in the mean time i'll gain some money working for my dad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glacierangel
    I'd say try a z.1 from marzocchi. The cheaper ones can be had for about $300 and they are sturdy.
    Yeah, but the damping isn't any good in the cheap ones. RV, SSV, etc don't work worth crap over repeated hits. HSCV or RC2 is where its at.
    Quote Originally Posted by El Gordo
    the Domain got some more travel but the Pike is a way better fork
    You do realize that they have exactly the same damper, except with slightly different adjustments, don't you? The 318 has lacks the lockout of the Pike, which is, as far as I'm concerned, useless on a long travel fork. The Domain is just heavy, because it's got steel stanchions, more travel, bigger stanchions, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardtails Are Better
    Yeah, but the damping isn't any good in the cheap ones. RV, SSV, etc don't work worth crap over repeated hits. HSCV or RC2 is where its at.
    You do realize that they have exactly the same damper, except with slightly different adjustments, don't you? The 318 has lacks the lockout of the Pike, which is, as far as I'm concerned, useless on a long travel fork. The Domain is just heavy, because it's got steel stanchions, more travel, bigger stanchions, etc.
    The domain is a 1.5lb heavier than the Pike. I am not sure which domain you guys were talking about 318 - 160mm or the 302 - 180mm. Either way I beleive the Pike is a better fork than the Domain but thats my .02

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    damn it, my parents dont wanna give me extra cash, so i'm gunna most likely be buying a haro x6, unless i can convince them to give m that extra cash. but watever i do, i swear i will one day buy a transition preston fr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm55
    First trip out on the new Preston, so I took her to Diablo Freeride Park...the aftermath:
    Hmm...care to share where you got that nice titanium coil and how much did cost?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace_ventura
    Hmm...care to share where you got that nice titanium coil and how much did cost?
    This might create a bit of a buying frenzy but a guy on eBay sells a bunch of them in different sizes. Starting bid is $25

    http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZmaico_rider

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    yay

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    Thought I would post up a build spec and weight...

    07 Large Preston FR frame
    Revolution 36 wheels
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    2.5 blue groove
    X9 rear
    X9 Triggers
    XT front
    XT cranks
    E13 Supercharger
    XT cassette
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    Thomson 330 post
    Thomson 70 stem
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    Old Sun Ringle flats
    07 Lyrik Coil

    38.2lbs


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    oh look, someone remembered this is the photo thread.......

    looks nice bro

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    Nice rig and build kitchen! Out of curiosity, why'd you go 36 vs 32 on the rims? Everything else seems to be fairly moderate on the weight scale (XT cranks, etc)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Summit
    Nice rig and build kitchen! Out of curiosity, why'd you go 36 vs 32 on the rims? Everything else seems to be fairly moderate on the weight scale (XT cranks, etc)
    Good eye... those are temp/lift wheels. I'm building some 823s for trail use, still undecided on which hubs though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm55
    This might create a bit of a buying frenzy but a guy on eBay sells a bunch of them in different sizes. Starting bid is $25

    http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZmaico_rider
    Damn, he's still going? I got a spring from him a couple of months ago.

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    So I wanted to post a picture of mine since I've started riding it during the summer, but always no time to grab a nice pic with the slr; then I thought "what the hell", so here's mine in xc-setup at the end of a longish trip in the italian Appennines (btw this bike is awesome, makes me ride downhill tracks as well as these 40km all-mountain trips).

    Oh, xc-setup means fork lowered to 115mm and seatpost put HIGH.



    (larger formats here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aadm/1307129272/)

    Technical details are:
    RockShox Domain 318 U-Turn 115-160mm
    Fox DHX 5.0 Coil
    Formula K24 Brakes, 200mm front / 180mm rear
    SRAM X7 Trigger (front & rear)
    SRAM X7 triggers & rear mid-cage, SRAM X-Gen at the front
    Cranks: Truvativ Hussefelt 170mm
    Chainrings: Truvativ - 22/32 w/PC Bash, Cassette: SRAM PG950 11-32
    Wheels: Spank Subrosa
    Tires: Maxxis Minion 2.35 60a
    Grips: ODI Rogue Lock-on
    Seat: TBC - Park n' Ride
    Pedals: TBC Stepdown

    Promise to post a better picture sometime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadm
    So I wanted to post a picture of mine since I've started riding it during the summer, but always no time to grab a nice pic with the slr; then I thought "what the hell", so here's mine in xc-setup at the end of a longish trip in the italian Appennines (btw this bike is awesome, makes me ride downhill tracks as well as these 40km all-mountain trips).

    Oh, xc-setup means fork lowered to 115mm and seatpost put HIGH.



    (larger formats here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aadm/1307129272/)

    Technical details are:
    RockShox Domain 318 U-Turn 115-160mm
    Fox DHX 5.0 Coil
    Formula K24 Brakes, 200mm front / 180mm rear
    SRAM X7 Trigger (front & rear)
    SRAM X7 triggers & rear mid-cage, SRAM X-Gen at the front
    Cranks: Truvativ Hussefelt 170mm
    Chainrings: Truvativ - 22/32 w/PC Bash, Cassette: SRAM PG950 11-32
    Wheels: Spank Subrosa
    Tires: Maxxis Minion 2.35 60a
    Grips: ODI Rogue Lock-on
    Seat: TBC - Park n' Ride
    Pedals: TBC Stepdown

    Promise to post a better picture sometime soon.
    Nice ride, so how does the Domain perform? Very few reviews have been posted, but you have ridden yours awhile so hopefully you will comment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaddSquirrel
    Nice ride, so how does the Domain perform? Very few reviews have been posted, but you have ridden yours awhile so hopefully you will comment.
    Also, Formula K24s...thinking about putting them on my Bottlerocket once I have the cash. Power/modulation? Overall feel? Anything.
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaddSquirrel
    Nice ride, so how does the Domain perform? Very few reviews have been posted, but you have ridden yours awhile so hopefully you will comment.
    I don't have a lot of experience in terms of freeride forks; the only one that I've used for a while was an old Marzocchi Shiver, the single-crown upside-down fork dated 2002/2003.

    I can't really find anything wrong in the fork, but I can't say if all the fun I'm having on it is due to the frame, to the fork, of if it's the whole package !

    Anyway, it seems to me that this is a perfect fork, only a bit heavy, but if I can still pedal the bike so well who cares then. It gives me plenty of confidence when going down on fast sweeping corners with berms etc, or when I tackle the slow, very steep trails in the woods, with plenty of small drops, roots, rocks. I can't comment on the quality of the suspension, i.e. if it's 'plush', if it bottoms out (never had this problem so far, but I'm not a heavy rider and also I'm pretty crap so I'm not going on big drops and jumps).

    It's also so convenient when I just need to pedal for miles to lower the fork at the 115mm setting, increase the compression damping and then just go without the feeling of "suspension eating up my energy".

    The only thing that I don't like: its looks; I mean, who wants a fork with shiny chrome stanchions ??? I want them black ! But it's really a minor issue this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by coiler8
    Also, Formula K24s...thinking about putting them on my Bottlerocket once I have the cash. Power/modulation? Overall feel? Anything.
    Thanks
    Oh I love these brakes. They are very powerful but also have excellent modulation; coming from a motorbike background I was really impressed by the sweet modulability of these brakes; I've setup my levers on the inside of the sram shifters, so I use them with only one-finger, and that's enough really ! They remind me of a racing Brembo radial pump that I've tried once on a Ducati motorbike in terms of feeling and power.

    Also I like the fact that the brakle fluid reservoir is inside the lever casing, so no fear of destroying enything.

    A couple of days ago I have also changed the rear pads and again this is impressive, so easy to remove the old ones and put the new.

    Again, if there's one thing that I'd change, is the looks of these brakes; on my old xc bike I have Hope minis and the caliper looks like a small piece of art; Formula calipers they just look ok, not stunning.

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    Here's my revised 2007 Preston. Specs are:

    XT/XTR drivetrain
    Thomson seatpost/stem
    Fox DHX 5.0 air shock
    Fox Talas 36 RC2 fork
    Chris King/Mavic 823 wheels
    Hutchinson Barracuda 2.3 UST tubeless tires
    Race Face Atlas cranks w/Blackspire bashguard
    Formula Oro K24 brakes
    Answer Protaper bars
    King headset
    etc.

    LBS scale says the weight is 35 lbs even. I'm loving this bike more and more as I get used to it and dial in the suspension. It's a keeper!
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    Thanks for the review of the domain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aadm
    So I wanted to post a picture of mine since I've started riding it during the summer, but always no time to grab a nice pic with the slr; then I thought "what the hell", so here's mine in xc-setup at the end of a longish trip in the italian Appennines (btw this bike is awesome, makes me ride downhill tracks as well as these 40km all-mountain trips).

    Oh, xc-setup means fork lowered to 115mm and seatpost put HIGH.



    (larger formats here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/aadm/1307129272/)

    Technical details are:
    RockShox Domain 318 U-Turn 115-160mm
    Fox DHX 5.0 Coil
    Formula K24 Brakes, 200mm front / 180mm rear
    SRAM X7 Trigger (front & rear)
    SRAM X7 triggers & rear mid-cage, SRAM X-Gen at the front
    Cranks: Truvativ Hussefelt 170mm
    Chainrings: Truvativ - 22/32 w/PC Bash, Cassette: SRAM PG950 11-32
    Wheels: Spank Subrosa
    Tires: Maxxis Minion 2.35 60a
    Grips: ODI Rogue Lock-on
    Seat: TBC - Park n' Ride
    Pedals: TBC Stepdown

    Promise to post a better picture sometime soon.
    I guess thats a Small size frame? Strange, cause it doesn't have that short reinforcement between the seat tube and the top tube....

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    Yep, the small frames don't have the brace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ace_ventura
    I guess thats a Small size frame? Strange, cause it doesn't have that short reinforcement between the seat tube and the top tube....

    yes, that's a small (I also noticed for the first time the reinforcing brace at the base of the seatpost just on this thread).

    i'm 1.72m, short but with loooong arms and legs (girlfriend says I'm like a monkey); I was in between an S and an M and the Transition importer suggested to go for an S.
    I suppose that's ok, it feels a bit short when climbing (I need to move away my legs when doing tight switchbacks otherwise I'd hit the knees with the handlebars) but when going down it's ok, and also gives me some more standover which I definetly need.

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    hate to say it, but according to transitions website, there is more standover height on a small compared to a medium

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionsf
    hate to say it, but according to transitions website, there is more standover height on a small compared to a medium
    You mean more standover on the medium than on the small (by .1")
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    Quote Originally Posted by pm55
    You mean more standover on the medium than on the small (by .1")
    yeah, im bad at wording, i meant to say the standover height on the M is less than the small

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionsf
    yeah, im bad at wording, i meant to say the standover height on the M is less than the small
    Good, I'm getting M size anyway :P

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    My new Build.. Here are the stats as of today.. Coming I just ordered some new Atomlab Pimp rims in White 36h W/ Gold Hadley Hub. The DHX got a new 650lb spring and is being sent to Push.. And the Front fork is getting upgraded after winter to Zook 55 ETA or a Fox 36 or maybe a Lyrik..

    07 Med Preston - Brown
    08 DHX 5.0
    Pike 454 X-frim Uturn
    08 XT Shadow Derail's
    XT Shifters and Cassette
    Avid Code 5's 203mm & 185mm
    Race Face Atlas 22-32
    E-13 DRS with Bash
    Azonic Outlaw 36h
    2.5 Minion DHR
    Deity 50mm stem
    Syncros Bar
    King Headset
    Syncros Mental Mags
    NYC Freeride Goodies




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    that is a very nice colour scheme.

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    Thanks bro.. I cant wait to get my White Pimp and Gold Hadleys.... Maybe throw on some Gold DB barends or Gold brake levers to help with the gold hubs.... I will post some pics when I get them put on.

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    Mehhh I'm starting to regret taking white over brown. :|

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    Just built mine Love her

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    El gordo, do you mind me asking how heavy you are? your rig looks perfect for me!
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    El Gordo, your build looks awesome. I don't know what catches my mind more, that brown frame or those Avid rotors

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    Thanks guys.. I am 240lb . Yeah I like those 203mm rotors too...

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    well, i joined the club.

    I received my preston frame last week. I just need a headset and seatpost then i will be able to ride her with parts from my old ride. Other upgrades will have to follow once money is available. I am getting really anxious and want to put some dirt on that frame..waiting sucks..

    <img src="https://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h31/baxterlongmember/PICT0297.jpg">

    what i need: ( )
    A good fork (still undecided)
    X-9 rear d and shifters
    XT front
    Hope pro2's laced to DT 5.1d rims or maybe Syncros DS28's
    Syncros BHT (lite version) 2.35 tires
    SRAM 990 cassette

    what i have(or is on its way):
    Blackspire Headset
    Holzfeller OCT cranks with Blackspire rings and Goldtooth bash
    Roco Air R
    Thomson post
    Crank bros Mallets
    Juicy 5's
    Gravity stem and bars

    My "budget" Preston
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    Built!

    nothing exciting, the build is mostly parts from my old ride. the biggest set backs are my fork and wheelset. dont have the $$ for that so this will have to do for a while.

    fresh pictures right after building it, it will probably never look this clean again
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    today during its maiden voyage
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    i believe the hype now...this bike kicks a$$ . even with my crappy wheelset and fork on it. lovin the preston!
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    still diggin my Preston!

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    Finally!

    Got my bike yesterday so I also managed to built it up that day and oh my it tottally rocks!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitchenware
    still diggin my Preston!
    Cool vid kitchenware! You're goin' way to fast for me to tell...but it looks like you're still sporting the Lyrik? And if it is it looks like it's working out pretty good for you these days.

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    playing in Grand Junction, Colorado this past weekend.

    The Lyrik is a whole lot better since it came back from Sram, Romar. I still need to order up a heavier spring, but for normal trail stuff, it's a great fork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitchenware
    playing in Grand Junction, Colorado this past weekend.

    The Lyrik is a whole lot better since it came back from Sram, Romar. I still need to order up a heavier spring, but for normal trail stuff, it's a great fork.
    You'll really dig it once you have the right spring. Ahem. Might I point out you're not quite in the air there? Looks like a nice far out landing. (i like that drop - it was a nice one for me to practice on with my haxor drop skills.)

    edit: Crap. Had a little drop vid to put up here, but can't get it to link properly. <embed src="http://www.crankfire.com/includes/flash/flowplayer/FlowPlayer.swf?config=%7Bloop%3A%27false%27%2Cvide oFile%3A%27471385dc0d691%2Eflv%27%2CbaseURL%3A%27h ttp%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ecloud%2Edreamhosters%2Ecom%2Fupl oaded%27%7D" scale="noscale" wmode="opaque" bgcolor="111111" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" height="395" width="525">
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    You'll really dig it once you have the right spring. Ahem. Might I point out you're not quite in the air there?
    Hey, this thread is for general Preston appreciation, there's nothing in the title about air.

    Yeah, I should have ordered up the firmer spring a long time ago, but I suck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace_ventura
    Got my bike yesterday so I also managed to built it up that day and oh my it tottally rocks!!
    Looks great! List the build specs....

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    Quote Originally Posted by samduhspam
    Looks great! List the build specs....
    Medium Frame
    Fork: Marz 66 RC2X 2006 (170mm)
    Rear shock: DHX 5.0 Coil 2008 (comes with latest 2007 framesets)
    Headset: FSA The Pig DH Pro
    Crank: Truvativ Husffelt
    BB: Truvativ Giga Pipe SLLT
    Front Derailluer: Sram X.7 2008
    Rear Derailluer: Sram X.7 Mid-Cage 2008 (Equal to 06/07 X.9)
    Cassette: Shimano LX
    Chain: Shimano LX
    Pedals: Wellgo MG-1
    Handlebar: Answer Pro Taper
    Stem: "Zoom" (crap)
    Grips: ODI Rogue w/Red clamps
    Shifters: Sram X.7 Triggers 2008
    Saddle: WTB Pure-V (Race Camo w/Cr-Mo rails)
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite (Silver 30x330)
    Front Hub: Woodman Component Bill LTI (36 Holes)
    Rear Hub: Velocity ATB Disc Hub Rear Shimano Disc (36 Holes) 135mm / 9/10mm
    Front Rim: Syncros Big Box (36 Holes)
    Rear Rim: Velocity Psycho (36 Holes w/Eyelets)
    Front Tire: Maxxis Highroller 2.5 (Running tubeless)
    Rear Tire: Hutchinson Octapus Tubeless 2.3 (w/DH tube)
    Brakes: Hayes El Camino 2005

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    Nice build ace.

    What's new with the '08 DHX? The only thing I noticed from the specs on the Fox site is that the '08 is a wee bit lighter. Is that all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by romar
    Nice build ace.

    What's new with the '08 DHX? The only thing I noticed from the specs on the Fox site is that the '08 is a wee bit lighter. Is that all?
    Hmm...good to know hehe...only thing I know about the 2008 model is that it makes ya pay 50$ more... ;\

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    dont they have the adjustable boost range too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionsf
    dont they have the adjustable boost range too?
    Ah yes, apparently thats whats been added to the 2008 models in addition to improved damping.
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    Finally! An action shot!

    Well it's not much, but then again I'm nursing a broken ankle.


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    just built her up...better pic to follow
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    Nice effin hubs, just switch to zoke and you will have one sick bike

    just playing hot bike

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    What's wrong with the Van???

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    Quote Originally Posted by madafaka
    What's wrong with the Van???
    sweet preston. personally, id keep the fox, that is a very nice build the way it is.
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    nothing, i just lean towards to zoke and RS

    now if fox would make a 180mm SC then yeah i might have to try one of them, and they need some new graphics again, been using the same ones for like 6 years now

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    is the Preston suspension that good that even though its rated for freeride it only needs the 120mm of suspension it has?

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    yeah for what it is intended and used for 120mm is plenty, granted hucks and stuff are not for this bike as the same with like big DH runs, but for its purpose it is spot on

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    Quote Originally Posted by scorpionsf
    nothing, i just lean towards to zoke and RS

    now if fox would make a 180mm SC then yeah i might have to try one of them, and they need some new graphics again, been using the same ones for like 6 years now

    The 160mm Fox is really a good match, imo, for this rig's geometry....and super capable. If you're gonna rock a 180mm fork, it might make sense to put it on a Dirtbag.

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    yeah, 160mm is perfect for the preston unless it is your whistler rig, but i meant like in general that they need a 180mm sc

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    MY Preston with XC setup for Winter time , not fast enuff with 2.1 tires and with 2.7 was a dog in the city and to much noise from the Kenda.. gatta get 1.5 and that biatch will fly ehehheeh .. now i put a XT cassette and Sram PC 991 Hollow Pin Chain from the other bike and more carbon to make it light

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    Wowww....that bike looks really neat Bk!

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    Thank you very much i order some small red parts from hope to make it black and red (will get it next week).. and the PIKE sticker on the fork will be red on the top of OEM white .. white will not show is just if i will get sick of red i will remove the vinyl Pike red logo and the OEM white will be seen .. you know just something different then the rest

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    Freshly built with a new 08 Marzocchi 66 ATA and a parts swap from the Covert/Lyrik combo. Only needed a 27.2mm--->30.0mm seatpost shim.



    Missing: Blackspire Stinger chainguide - ISCG version on order; the BB mount version wasn't playing friendly with the 73mm BB/granny ring bolts/ISCG tab combo.



    Will try it out first with the Pearl shock, and then the Swinger 4way Air afterwards. I preferred the Swinger on the Covert, but figure to give the Pearl another shot as something other than the backup shock on this one.

    No ride time yet. Finished building this morning after working last night, then conked out on the couch afterwards. I've got Sunday-->Thursday coming up free to ride though!
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    That bike looks pretty cool with the yellow lines and gold parts going on...I think you should lower the stem, even tho the fork has ATA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace_ventura
    That bike looks pretty cool with the yellow lines and gold parts going on...I think you should lower the stem, even tho the fork has ATA.
    the angle of the photos is deceptive. bar is about an inch higher than the seat. leaving it long until i decide where exacttly i want things, rather than cut the steerer too short right from the start...
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    Just put the spacers above the stem :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ace_ventura
    Just put the spacers above the stem :-)
    that may happen, or not. i like my bars high. had some back trouble years ago, and having things high up front is way more comfortable.

    gotta' ride it and see how it feels, swap spacers around as needed.
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    White looks good!

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    Nice bro like the colors I am all about the gold... How do you like it with that rear shock? I am thinking a DHX or a new Vivid...

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    Sweet build Scrub!

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    scrub looks great. just like the covert. Did you sell it yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by usctom
    scrub looks great. just like the covert. Did you sell it yet?
    it's on fleabay right now. selling without a shock. no dnets/dings/cracks/creaks, but the paint is pretty hashed up so i'm not expecting a huge sale amount.

    sold the lyrik, and my old pike as well. a few other small spare parts. helps offset the new. plus an unexpected work bonus helped. got a great deal local on the fork, and dave at redstone cyclery hooked my up nicely on the frame. sans shock, as i already had two to fit it from the covert.
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    that looks awesome. i like the gold on white! please post a part list if you can...

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    The old ride was right around 34#. This frame is 1.1# heavier according to Transition, and the fork is a litle heavier then the Lyrik. The rest was a direct parts swap, so no weight changes there. It's probably 35.5# as my estimate. I've got no way to really accurately weigh it, so...

    -07 Transition Preston frame, medium.

    -RS Pearl MC 3.1 with ti m8 mount bolts.

    -08 Marzocchi 66 ATA

    -Thomson X-4 50mm stem, Answer Protaper bars, IRD Technoglide (very nice sealed unit, made by Tange) headset
    with ti bolt, 20mm spacer, ODI Rogue lock on grips with Dangerboy endcaps.

    -Gravity Dropper 1", 4" non-remote post, Hope QR seatcollar, generic Pricepoint Sette seat (thing is cheap! and super comfy!)

    -RaceFace Evolve XC cranks with alu ring bolts and rings, alu fixing bolt from a Deus set, DH version BB with Enduro bearings. (replace stock crappy rings when they diewith lighter alu. Alu bolts aftermarket lose a big chunk of weight, and get you much closer to Deus weight for less overall $$.) Blackspire Stinger two ring lower chainguide (not on yet; waiting on it.) 22/32/Goldtooth thin bashring (fairly new, it's taken some hart rock and log hits, bit shows no signs of bending yet...)

    -Avid Jucy-5 brakes, 203mmF, 185mmR. Half ti rotor bolts. Caliper and CPS bolts are ti, lever clamp bolt is alu. (Not needing to run any sort of adapter on the fork was a nice touch.)

    -SRAM X.9 front and rear mechs, full housing and stainless cables. 9.0SL rear twist shifter, Suntour XC Pro front shifter thumby. SRAM 990 12-34 cassette (though spaced out only running 8 cogs)

    -Hope Bulb front hub, Synchros DP25 rim, alu nips, 15-16 double butted spokes.

    -Hadley 10mm bolt-through rear hub, DT Swiss 5.1 (i think) rim, alu nips, 15ga spokes.

    -Kenda Kinetics 2.6" sticky up front, Tioga Team DH 2.3" rear. Some rim strips, generic 2" tubes.

    Lucked into a buttload of ti bolts from a dude a few years back at Veloswap, and picked up the alu bits here and there. Don't use the alu stuff in high load/high torque spots, obviously. I'd not use ti shock mount bolts for smaller diameter stuff, but feel fine with it on these big M8 bolts. Use lots of anti-seize goop. Go easy on the wrench - the only ones I've broken were while hamfistedly working on something. Been using alu chainring bolts for years, and never had any issues other than the aforementioned me being a dumbass overtightening hack mechanic. Inspect stuff, don't overtighten.

    I'm small/light, don't go huge (prefer steep and technical lines to big air) and have been told I'm a smoothe rider. I'd not suggest ti or alu stuff to anyone who is otherwise.
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    Wow, that turned out great Dave. Now go get it dirty!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr
    Wow, that turned out great Dave. Now go get it dirty!
    already have a nice big black/brown rub mark on one fork leg from getting too sideways on one of yesterday's log rides.

    and a small dent under the downtube from kicking up a large rock.

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    I kicked up a large rock on Sat but the only dent it made was to my right shin! Sounds like you've got it broken in already, Dave. Sweet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover
    already have a nice big black/brown rub mark on one fork leg from getting too sideways on one of yesterday's log rides.

    and a small dent under the downtube from kicking up a large rock.

    Well, that's what they're for, eh? Use and abuse.

    Scrub, love to get your Covert vs. Preston thoughts once you get more time on the latter. Lookin' good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    Well, that's what they're for, eh? Use and abuse.

    Scrub, love to get your Covert vs. Preston thoughts once you get more time on the latter. Lookin' good!

    Cheers,
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    heavier, obviously. feels like it pedals and climbs just as well. slacker of course, with the fork up. it's a bit more top heavy, though don't know if that'll make much difference. i can feel it, but it's not bothersome so far. the higher standover doesn't bother me so far, and i don't see it being a problem. feels better on steeps, and on some fast stuff it rolled better. granted, the wheelbase is a touch longer, what with the larger fork and all.

    otherwise, not much difference. mainly wanted slacker, with more tire room. this got me that. i've not bottomed the fork or the rear, though came close on a few things today, nothing harsh feeling about either though.
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    Here's mine again, with a few new parts. Amongst them, the frame...

    wanted: Cannondale Lefty w/ V-brake studs

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    Quote Originally Posted by lelebebbel
    Here's mine again, with a few new parts. Amongst them, the frame...
    what happened to the other preston frame?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr
    I kicked up a large rock on Sat but the only dent it made was to my right shin! Sounds like you've got it broken in already, Dave. Sweet.
    Yep, it's feeling good. Second ride was much better. Got the fork a bit more dialled in. Less air pressure/more compression. Good sag, feels great on the small stuff. Has sucked up the little bit of bigger stuff very well so far.



    Frame built up nice and easy, just as the Covert did. Did the face/chase help? No idea, but it can't have hurt. Ordered up some spare bearings and a couple extra spare hangers from Transition while at things.

    Larry is getting me a ISCG Stinger now; the BB mount version wasn't wanting to play well with the tabs on the frame/wider BB shell/inner chainring bolts. It's run fine so far without it, but I'm so used to it at this point... With all the tight, lumpy, trialsy, techy stuff out here, I like that little bit of extra chain security.

    Feels much better with the Pearl than the Covert did; different leverage ratio or what? No idea. I'll leave it on there for a while, then swap the Swinger in later to compare again.

    Trimmed the steer tube/dropped some spacer. With the fork all the way up, my bars are ~1.5" higher than the seat, dropping to just level with the seat when the fork is down to 160mm.

    No air leak, travel creap, or funkiness with the 66 ATA yet. Playing with the axle, you *must* tighten it until it hits the ratcheting point, then position the lever where you want it. Seemingly each time. From my playing with it, it will work loose if you don't tighten it thusly. Tighten it that way though, and it's good to go. Works well - Marzocchi just needs to get on letting people know that, so they aren't getting contacted by tons of people about their "faulty" axles.

    lelebebbel: that green and orange combo looks hot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by hball
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    https://farm3.static.flickr.com/2153...c509283b_o.jpg
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    Bad weld?

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    not sure it was cracked on both sides and buckled a little bit, too. So, definitely stress related. I do a lot of jumping - it could be from hitting rock bottom too hard. Definitely a weak point of this frame if you look at the whole thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lelebebbel
    not sure it was cracked on both sides and buckled a little bit, too. So, definitely stress related. I do a lot of jumping - it could be from hitting rock bottom too hard. Definitely a weak point of this frame if you look at the whole thing.
    I hope mine lasts longer Maybe Transition should look into renforcing that area of the frame..

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    IIRC there was a post a few months back where someone else had cracked their Preston as well. Although I don't believe it was in the same spot, I do remember that it was a green frame.

    So maybe the potential to crack is limited to only the green frames?

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    Here's one

    Medium Preston Frame
    Fox VanR(not a fan of platform shocks)
    Works Tuned 55ETA (Debadged as the decals are awful. Marzo gave me this to replace my POS 2007 AM1 SL)
    Avid Juicy 7 8"f/7"r
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    FSA gravity carbon bar
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    Quote Originally Posted by lelebebbel
    not sure it was cracked on both sides and buckled a little bit, too. So, definitely stress related. I do a lot of jumping - it could be from hitting rock bottom too hard. Definitely a weak point of this frame if you look at the whole thing.

    I'll just start by saying I am not bad mouthing the guys at Tranny, lord knows I am a dedicated fan with 3 of their bikes in my garage, but in my opinion the 07 Preston has some issues....

    I know of 4 07's here locally which have cracked

    There is one front triangle hanging in my lbs which is cracked in 6 different places. Both sides of the BB welds, both forward shock mounts like yours lelebebbe, also one crack under the top tube just behind where it is welded to the down tube and one crack on the down tube right between where the gussets end.

    I know the guys at Transition have taken care of everyone who has had issues, but for all you 07 owners, I would say definitely keep and eye on your frames as a preventative measure, especially the ones running taller forks like the 66.

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    Transition Preston hardcore commuting

    My '06 Preston is set for commuting right now. Maxxis Hookworms are really fun and the Fox Vanilla 900# spring is worry free. I just installed an MRP guide and E.Thirteen bash over my 36 tooth single ring. The bash gaurd is for sleeping bums and the occasional ledge hop.
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    thats one hell of a commuter bike, nice ride though.

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    Updated pics





    Perfect since I've added the Pike
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    looks good. what fork did you run before?

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    nice - how do you like the shock?
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    I'm currently running a Pike on my Preston and like it a lot for trail riding. I should probably go back and edit my prior comments from last year where I think it might not work very well

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    The Pike replaced a Revelation 426, which I liked a lot, but I just decided to finally go thru-axle.

    And the Roco is amazing, plush, bottomless, etc. I'm really happy with it. The only other shock I had was a Fox TALAS, and I much prefer the feel of coil, in every application. Of course it rocks downhill, but even climbing, with the TST damping settings I can grind uphill. I still think I might get it PUSHed, just to see how it comes back.
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    My Preston got a new front end..

    <img src="https://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h31/baxterlongmember/PICT00644.jpg">

    I've had the Lyrik for a while now, just didn't have the $$ for a good 20mm wheel. Wheel is a Hope pro II on a Mavic 321. I think I am going to strip the front triangle raw soon, should go nice with the shiny new silver hub.

    edit: If anyone knows where I can find one of the original coil or air swingers that came on the frame, drop me a message.
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    I'm really liking the 55 tst2 with this frame.

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    Here's my 2006 Preston after some new wheels, headset, and brakes.

    Revolution 36 wheelset
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    Here is mine commuter Preston for hardcore NYC streets eheheh i put a fresh 2008 X.0 carbon, smaller bash E13 coz the other one was 40T ...






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    Where did you get that crazy red spring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by one incredible donkey
    Where did you get that crazy red spring?
    Stock Romic spring. That's just how they come.

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    Yup its original romic spring that you can get on Ebay for few dollars ..

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    This stage in the build is what I like most. After this you put on some ugly gears and brakes.

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    Finally it's done:


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    vinnycactus can you post a full shot of you bike, the last one doesnt work

    i just want to see any white preston with white rims...

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    My current setup:



    With a pushed DHX 5.0


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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianPreston
    vinnycactus can you post a full shot of you bike, the last one doesnt work

    i just want to see any white preston with white rims...
    here you go. sorry for the delay.


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    How do Prestons do for XC/All mountain and climbing

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    they are meant to be awesome climbers and pedalers while maintaining freeride robustness

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainbiker2911
    How do Prestons do for XC/All mountain and climbing
    You have to take into consideration what kind of a bike it is. It does very well for XC/All Mountain when taking into consideration that it's a burly huckable bike. If XC / All Mountain is the only thing you are planning on doing with the frame you will find something that climbs better and is lighter.

    I switched away from the preston for exactly that reason. When I purchased the frame I was also going to some resorts / riding fast decending frames. However this summer I've only been riding very slow rocky / rooty trails with a lot of climbing. While the Preston manages it well, other bikes do that better. The replacement I got climbs well, and is generally more enjoyable on the singletrack. However I would not consider taking it to a resort / giving it even half the abuse that the Preston can handle.

    I also felt that the Preston likes to keep up speed. The slow rocky / rooty trails are not really it's forte, but if you can pick up the speed it does very well.

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    i agree, i'll also say that if u build it as a light freeride bike it will still perform quite well for xc and if u build it as a beefy freeride bike xc is still doable but not exactly ideal or comfortable

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    After breaking my Covert, the Transition boys were nice enough to hook me up with a Preston FR....too bad it's just too small for me...so now it's for sale...but damnit I love the colour...check it out:


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    got a new front triangle after cracking my 07. also swapped out the fork from the 55 ETA to a 08 36 VAN RC2.

    2007/8 medium preston
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    I'll be building new wheels using ringle hubs i have to syncros ds28's. right now the bike sits at about 35lbs. once the new wheels are done, hopefully it will be about 33lbs.




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    Been building up a preston for my girlfriend over the summer and its finally to a point where it needs pictures.

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    still goin strong..

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    Finally...

    ...got everything in and built up! It took pretty much all summer but at least it's finally done!

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    that looks really good, nice build.

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    sick build man, i love the red! haven't seen another one like that, congrats! I'm looking forward to contributing to this thread soon, just got mine ordered and a few parts are at the powder coater as we speak!

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    im thinking about a preston for an am bike. how are those on this thread that are built up for am riding? whats the weight like? why am i reading so many of them cracking?

    sweet bikes btw.

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    That red one is nice. Here's mine.
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    awesome seein so many sweet prestons....
    sorry to say I have to see mine go....

    if anyone is interested.....good ol ebay pun

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    Well its kinda the same bike

    as it is for sale now

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    Dookey brown 2007

    Here's my 2007. Built up about 2 weeks ago. Fiddled with the DHX air for quite some time before finding a good medium. I love this thing. Called Transition last week about getting the DHX set up correctly, and Mike called me back with his cell to contact him. This is a big reason why this company will continue to impress me over and over. Never got back to him, but it's nice to know I can get a true response if a problem occurs. Anyways, the angles on this bike are perfect with the 55, and it's built up around 34 - 35 lbs. Pics.....
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    keeping the preston thread alive..

    If the rumor mill is correct, it sounds like the Preston might soon be a relic. Instead of pining for a new bike, I decided to give mine a little love. The offensive yellow had to go and it will have new brakes, wheels, rear shock, and some other goodies. Once I get the BB faced the yellow will be completely gone and I can put on all the new parts. I hope to keep mine around for a while, I think the Preston is a nice ride..

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    I hope it doesn't go away... i've come to love my Preston a lot.. it's such a sweet bike. However i wouldn't mind if they made a 6" version, or made it adjustable for 5 or 6 inches..

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    Alright, I'll put these up here too:







    Got the Roco Pushed, couple other upgrades since last year's pic. Man I still love this bike!
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    The Preston at Work


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    For a rider about 155, on a DHX 5 on the newest prestons If i have a choice between a 550lb spring and a 450lb what should I choose????

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    FWIW, I'm 195# w/o gear, and the 500# spring that came on my gently used PrestonFR is a bit too light. I think a 550# would be spot on, so for your weight it'd definitely be too stiff. Heck, at 155, a 450 might be too stiff for you.
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    Already posted at the other thread but since this one is dedicated to preston I'll post here too.

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    After several seasons, and dozens of configurations my Preston is still alive and kicking. I still don't understand why the Transition crew dumped the Preston, the Covert just doesn't due it for me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pm55
    I still don't understand why the Transition crew dumped the Preston, the Covert just doesn't due it for me.
    Good looking Preston. I hear ya about the Covert. There are so many trail bikes like the Covert out there. The Preston was definitely a unique bike, and it filled a pretty small niche, but I thought it rounded out their line up nicely. The Dirtbag was a tank and the Covert just didn't have the Geo or the burl like the Preston. I think there is an even bigger hole in their lineup with the Dirtbag now gone.

    Sadly, I am also dumping my 06 Preston. I got a hard tail last year for trail riding and all day use. There is too much over lap with the Preston and my hardtail so I decided to buy a frame with some more squish. Transition's lack of a free ride frame caused me to buy elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sly_foxx
    Good looking Preston. I hear ya about the Covert. There are so many trail bikes like the Covert out there. The Preston was definitely a unique bike, and it filled a pretty small niche, but I thought it rounded out their line up nicely. The Dirtbag was a tank and the Covert just didn't have the Geo or the burl like the Preston. I think there is an even bigger hole in their lineup with the Dirtbag now gone.

    Sadly, I am also dumping my 06 Preston. I got a hard tail last year for trail riding and all day use. There is too much over lap with the Preston and my hardtail so I decided to buy a frame with some more squish. Transition's lack of a free ride frame caused me to buy elsewhere.
    Hmm...dude, you still got the bottlerocket!

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    Bottle rocket is a no go for me. A 15" seat tube on a large is wayyy too short.

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