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Old 11-07-13, 08:57 PM   #2651
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Just picked this up a few days ago my first try at mountain biking

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Old 11-09-13, 06:31 AM   #2652
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Got a new frame this week, 2013 Salsa El Mariachi Ti. I set it up single speed.


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Old 11-09-13, 04:39 PM   #2653
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Got a new frame this week, 2013 Salsa El Mariachi Ti. I set it up single speed.

Wow! That is a nice ride.

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Curious to see what you think of that. Gave it an attempt when they first came out, gave up shortly. The drag in the overdrive felt horrible, despite a clean and faced install. Worked as advertised, but the drag was too much to put up with.

It's what ultimately led me to stick with the 1x setups, as I just ended up leaving it in the low all the time, and shifting up/down the cassette more.
Only 3 rides so far, so.........
I tried to pay attention today to the drag you mentioned. I kinda feel it, but not too much. However, I only get into the hyperdrive on the downs or flats.

As I normally run a 32/21, I am forced to use gravity after I get my legs spun up to max RPM on the fun parts of the rides. With the HS, I use the lower gear as normal (22/15 - which equates to about 32/21.4), then when on a flat run, or descent I can now make the shift to get some speed going. I hit up Evergreen Mt the other day to test it out, and with the bigger gear, I was able to take about 20 sec off my normal descent times (both east & west legs). Times on several sections are now similar to those done on my Sanction, so it seems to be working well.

I think I'll be digging it once I get the hang of shifting - that 1.6 ratio is a huge jump!
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Old 11-09-13, 09:13 PM   #2654
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Wow! That is a nice ride.
Thanks...I can't wait to slowly bring the rest of the parts up to the level of the frame. almost everything hanging off it is from my 2013 Giant XTC 2, which was spec'ed with some pretty low level parts. A better suspension fork and wheels are at the top of the list. I feel like I'm committing some sort of cardinal sin by riding this frame with a Recon up front.
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Old 11-11-13, 12:56 AM   #2655
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I moved to a new town which has some amazing singletrack and other trails around it - built by the same guys who did the Whistler bike park. Recently featured in a video in Pinkbike - "Not Another Ghost Town"

Picked up a Kona Kitsune so that I could join in on the fun. Not much out there on this bike, but for the parts level that I got on it, it's a good deal! Added a dropper post to make it a better descender.

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Old 11-13-13, 07:45 PM   #2656
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New play bike/ commuter / giant BMX / holy f-ing crap this is fun!!



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Old 11-14-13, 01:01 AM   #2657
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I moved to a new town which has some amazing singletrack and other trails around it - built by the same guys who did the Whistler bike park. Recently featured in a video in Pinkbike - "Not Another Ghost Town"

Picked up a Kona Kitsune so that I could join in on the fun. Not much out there on this bike, but for the parts level that I got on it, it's a good deal! Added a dropper post to make it a better descender.

Whoa, Burns Lake is WAAAAAY up there. Met a guy at Silver Star last year from Prince George but you got that beat. Nice looking rig - - decent parts spec too as you say. That'll be a fun one. Will be interested to see how you feel about the Ardent after you get some time on it. I've got 'em both ends on my SB66.
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Old 11-14-13, 10:40 AM   #2658
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Yesterday's lunch-time ride. I am really digging the new Origin 8 UL platforms, great grip!


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Old 11-14-13, 07:48 PM   #2659
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Whoa, Burns Lake is WAAAAAY up there. Met a guy at Silver Star last year from Prince George but you got that beat. Nice looking rig - - decent parts spec too as you say. That'll be a fun one. Will be interested to see how you feel about the Ardent after you get some time on it. I've got 'em both ends on my SB66.
Yeah, it's definitely out in the boonies! I was considering either a Process or this (was thinking about a Specialized Stumpy FSR but the shop ran out of my size of frame in 2013's) and this was the bike that I felt more comfortable with. The lockouts on the suspension also help a lot, and apparently the parts spec is better? I don't know much about MTB yet - more of a road guy - but I liked the bike more and that's what sealed the deal. Adding the dropper post made it nearly as expensive but it was still a little less expensive than the Process.

I'll let you know how I feel about the Ardent/Ikon F/R setup that Kona put in after I get some use on it. The snow is here so that might not be until springtime!
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Old 11-16-13, 08:26 PM   #2660
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Just picked up this today. Found it on Craigslist, made a low offer, guy accepted. Less than 6 months old and in super shape. Can't wait to take it out tomorrow.

'13 Stumpjumper FSR Elite 29er
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Old 11-17-13, 01:46 PM   #2661
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Old 11-22-13, 03:33 AM   #2662
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Old 11-24-13, 05:27 PM   #2663
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Old 11-25-13, 07:03 PM   #2664
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Just picked up this today. Found it on Craigslist, made a low offer, guy accepted. Less than 6 months old and in super shape. Can't wait to take it out tomorrow.

'13 Stumpjumper FSR Elite 29er
Nice bike! I wanted one but they were too expensive compared to my Kona.
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Old 11-25-13, 07:36 PM   #2665
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I got a 2013 Felt nine 60 29er mountain bike, it already has 192.5 miles in two weeks so far. I use it for some off-roading and commutering.
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Old 11-28-13, 03:57 AM   #2666
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Old 11-28-13, 10:33 AM   #2668
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Old 11-29-13, 09:11 PM   #2669
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2014 Trek Xcaliber 8. Bought on Monday. Only done one ride so far (next one is tomorrow) but love it.
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this is my 2013 Felt Nine 60 29er. it now has over 234.6 miles on it since a month.
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Old 12-04-13, 07:48 PM   #2671
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My new to me Specialized Hardrock mtb. The components are simple and they work.
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Old 12-05-13, 04:58 AM   #2672
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Finally completed!! My XC and AM crossover bike...
Here's the build:
Specialized Camber Frame w/ Fox Triad2 120mm 26"
Fox Talas 150mm/120mm 26"
KS LEV 100mm
Shimano Deore XT Groupset
RT66 rotors
Truvative T40 Stem and HBar + Prologo Grips
Hope Pro Evo2 + Dartmoor Raider + Highroller II 2.4


what should I do next???
Comments are welcome..

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Old 12-05-13, 04:29 PM   #2673
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Old 12-21-13, 01:34 AM   #2674
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Got this a couple weeks ago.

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Old 12-21-13, 09:06 AM   #2675
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This is my 1x10 build:



Sorry for for the bad pic. It's the best one I have of the curent setup.
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