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Old 07-21-05, 03:00 PM   #2001
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2005 Norco VPS A-Line.

[Gotta zip tie the brake cable away from stanchion]

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Old 07-21-05, 03:02 PM   #2002
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Not the best pic but it is all I have on the computer right now.
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Did you get that off of ebay?
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Old 07-22-05, 06:07 AM   #2003
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No I ride with a group who are good friends of a local LBS owner, he put this together for himself and then picked up a new line to add to his shop, he figured the best way to get his new line out is to ride one himself so he sold me his k2 to have the money to build his new bike. He was looking at giving me a deal on an FSR XC Pro but then he said what the hell if you want this then I will sell it to you.
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Old 07-23-05, 05:25 AM   #2004
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That rear suspension looks... non-functional.
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Old 07-23-05, 08:36 AM   #2005
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it's a pull-shock. works opposite of "conventional" rear shocks.
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Old 07-23-05, 10:10 AM   #2006
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As rasheed said it is a pull shock and it works wonderfully. As a package it is a very fast xc bike.
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Not the best pic but it is all I have on the computer right now.
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rear sus ? how does it works ?

i cant see it's connected to the frame ?

correct me if im wrong
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Old 07-23-05, 11:37 PM   #2008
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its a pull shock, the middle mounts to the frame, and the rear triangle mounts to the sides. it compresses internally.
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Nice bikes people, ugh, can't wait till I get mine in the near future.
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Old 07-24-05, 07:27 AM   #2010
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Here is my 1999 GT lts 2000 ds I am getting soon. I also have a 1999 cannondale super V 500 I need to sell.
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Old 07-24-05, 11:28 AM   #2011
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Old 07-25-05, 10:25 PM   #2012
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Wow, it took me an hour and half to go through every single page and pic on this thread.

That being said, here's my icebreaker post. I've seen just a handful of Marins here and none were Bobcat Trails. This is a 2005 Bobcat Trail. One step down from the Hawk Hill and another step down from the Palisades Trail. I bought this bike because of the attractive price point ($420) and the great frame with a good outlook for upgrades to the medium-level parts.

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Pic of it right after I got it from the store - removed front reflectors (top one actually fell off while on the trail) and the kickstand (it was free).


I've ridden it about a dozen times so far at Walnut Creek in Austin, TX and it's performed well. I have a feeling I'll be getting a new front fork once I hit the bigger trails. It climbs really well though.

7000 series butted Al frame
Spinner grind ac 323 w/80mm travel
shimano acera shifters
hayes mx-2 xc brakes v6 6" rotors
shimano t300 front derail
rear is an acera
hubs are shimano disc 32 hole
rims are Alex td-20 double walled
crankset is truvativ x-flow
IRC Mythos XCII tires

Huge 20" frame with 34" standover (i'm 6'2")

One thing I don't like is how low the crankset is on the frame. I hit rocks sometimes when the pedals are on the bottom. It makes some climbs difficult. Should I look into eggbeaters?

http://www.marinbikes.com/bicycles_2...cat_trail.html
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Old 07-25-05, 11:42 PM   #2013
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I have the same kickstand, its very good
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Old 07-25-05, 11:56 PM   #2014
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I have the same kickstand, its very good
To tell you the truth, it's still on there. I just didn't want to get snide remarks.
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Old 07-25-05, 11:56 PM   #2015
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Old 07-25-05, 11:59 PM   #2016
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I've taken mine off now for about a month now since i don't need it now. I put it on only when i'm going on long rides. When it comes to going off road, it comes off.
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To tell you the truth, it's still on there. I just didn't want to get snide remarks.
Take it off NOW. It will only cause you problems out on the trail.
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Ok, ok, gonna take off the kickstand.









This is after a ride today. Any cleaning tips? My guess is squirt some water and use a damp rag to wipe down the frame. Any parts I should take care to avoid?
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Thats probably the state my bike is in at the moment. Maybe a little bit cleaner around the crank and front derailuer area.
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This is after a ride today. Any cleaning tips? My guess is squirt some water and use a damp rag to wipe down the frame. Any parts I should take care to avoid?
Water on a rag is a good thing. Use Denatured Alcohol on your rotors
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Old 07-26-05, 06:22 AM   #2021
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My new baby...

ain't she sexy?
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Old 07-26-05, 11:57 AM   #2022
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that is a beautiful peice of equipment. i would love to own a bike like that for a day, just to see how it is. dont break anything riding it.
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Old 07-26-05, 09:12 PM   #2023
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Finally able to get some pics up of my actual bike, not just the Trek web site pic, this just after i wiped the heavy mud off the frame, so far so good, i'm enjoying it. The only thing upgraded so far is the seatpost, ditched the bontrager for the Race Face Diabolus, so much better.

i should have more to come
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Old 07-26-05, 09:49 PM   #2024
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Blazinall, how's the bruiser working out? Im just wondering because my friend is thinking about getting it.
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I've ridden it about a dozen times so far at Walnut Creek in Austin, TX and it's performed well. I have a feeling I'll be getting a new front fork once I hit the bigger trails. It climbs really well though.


One thing I don't like is how low the crankset is on the frame. I hit rocks sometimes when the pedals are on the bottom. It makes some climbs difficult. Should I look into eggbeaters?
you shouldn't need suspension at all for walnut creek... perhaps not even for green belt.. i doubled the length of it today w/o any suspension.

yes, definately look into clipless. i used to pedal strike often... with eggbeaters.. never
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