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    Highline: Now with higher front end

    So I modded the Marzocchi 40 to have an axle to crown of about 581mm, or 22.875, which suits this bike a lot better than what it was originally. I rode it yesterday up Mt Elden Rd in Flag (~2000' vertical up), but I let my brother ride it down, so I have no idea how it rides downhill, but of course I know that it climbs like...well it climbs exactly like it should for it's weight. Anyhow next on the list of things to do is to get new (bigger) tires, maybe a diff seat, 12-34 cassette.
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    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

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    Monsters to the rescue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem
    I rode it yesterday up Mt Elden Rd in Flag (~2000' vertical up), but I let my brother ride it down.
    Jayem, you rode that beast up Mt Elden Rd and did not ride it down?

    Your brother owes you big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2
    Jayem, you rode that beast up Mt Elden Rd and did not ride it down?

    Your brother owes you big time.

    I was thinking exactly the same thing

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    That is the coolest shuttle I have heard of...and that is a nice ride too Jayem.

    So what is the weight please?

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    Well, I got to do some descending on it today, dialing some stuff in, finding some new problems, etc. The biggest significant problem is the front brake, the code. It starts vibrating and howling and making the bike feel like it's about to explode. So that has to be taken care of first. Otherwise I was getting the damping as dialed as I can (on the DHX) and the higher front end seems to help a lot with the handling, compared to the axle to crown that I had before that was somewhat too short. I'm also thinking the 40mm stem is just a tad too short, a 50-60 would be better IMO, but this will do for now.

    Pedals just fine, but it ain't light, so it's a PITA, especially with the cassette that I had on hand. I'll get that fixed eventually. I'm also used to standing and climbing DH bikes uphill, so it's no major feat for me to do some of the climbing I did yesterday...except that my brother is not a mountain biker so going slow makes it hurt more. The bikes I slugged up Mt Elden road were even heavier.

    As far as weight, it'll be a while before I can weigh it, but it ain't going to be light obviously.

    Some of the parts spec:
    Marzocchi 40
    DHX coil with 500lb spring
    Truvativ Holzfeller cranks, 34t
    Truvativ howitzer 100mm BB
    Truvativ Holzfeller 40mm stem
    Truvativ Holzfeller 31.8x710 bar
    Truvativ box-guide
    Avid Code 5 brakes, 203mm
    Azonic Outlaw wheels
    Shimano 545 pedals for now
    Shimano XT rear derailer for now
    Shimano XT front shifter
    FSA Orbit Xtreme 1.5R headset
    Kenda 2.6 tires (pretty crappy, I know)
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

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    Soon the Truvative hammertime felter habenfunninkranken will be installed, I hope.

    Whatever that cool thing is called.

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