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    Avalokiteshvara alanthealan's Avatar
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    Spot Brand Longboard 9

    Appears to be the bike I was looking for and they are being dumped on ebay for 1100. The reviews are slim and conflicting--has anybody ridden this bike.

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    Wow, a steel 1x9 29er that nobody rides?! Maybe if it was a ss?

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    Everyone I know that rides'em loves 'em.
    I do believe they are all SS-ed.
    Who cares what your bike weighs, just ride it!

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    actually, Spot is a great brand. they still actually sponsor riders (as in having their own team), and their stuff is pretty much boutique level- which is why a lot of people don't ride 'em. that is a sick bike. if i were in the market for that bike, this would be the one. Mountain Flyer Magazine had a write up on one of their riders a few months ago. check it out. this is a cool bike, BUT you might wanna ride one first. otherwise you are stuck to reading reviews.

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    My spot has arrived, threw it together right quick.... beautiful bike. Tomorrow I am switching out the dampers with the absolute plus kit, and adding a lock out to the minute suspension forks. The wheel set, wtb race trail, needs trued and I might switch out the spokes after a few trails test as the wheels feel flexy. I was worried how the gearing ratio would feel, but I think it well be comfortable, too bad it is 5 degrees outside the truth wont come out till this spring. Anyways... that reason I want to post is that I was surprised that the frame is factory built in Taiwan. Apparently spot brand has made some acquisitions and is expanding. The frame is still beautiful, but I was surprised. This must be the reason for the half price dumping on ebay. Another surprise was was the spacer-less steering tube... a interesting innovation.

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    Too bad it wasn't the gates drive one, been thinking about trying one even though the gates brand cogs are like $150 and the belts are $85 or so... on second thought maybe i will wait to see more long-term results.

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    My friend just said the same thing, I think belt drives are going to be around for the long run, even Trek has gone main stream with them. I didn't want a single seed, but I don't need a triple either so the 9 fits me. I will have to post pics of the stem. I installed the absolute plus today, not as dialed in as I would like it to be, but a definite improvement over stock. If it get into the teens I think I'll go for a spin tomorrow.

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    How are you liking the LONGBOARD 9?
    I'm tempted to get one but have never seen one "in person".
    Do you know how much it weighs?

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    Mine weighed in at 26 or 27 I forget. Haven't had much of a chance to get out... there is 4 feet of snow outside. The steel is very flexible, what the means on the trail I don't know. The shocks are mediocre at best, even with the absolute+ kit. I do like the vibe of the bike.... dieing to ride in something other than snowy streets.

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    Well the Spot has gotten some trial miles in and the first race of the season.
    I love this bike!

    I changed the 34 front chain ring to a surly 32. These is the perfect combo for me and the grade for this area. One complaint I have is that when I changed the ring out I discovered the chain was already about worn out.

    The remote lockout is finally working well after much tinkering. It took a while to get the spring tension correct so that the switch would spring into action.

    The stem was way too high and made the bike handle like a penny farthing, so I cut it. I like the spot stem/spacer setup, but it was a pain to trim up, so I swapped it for traditional spacers and a Thomson.

    I read negative reviews about the wheel set and brakes, but after a few adjustments and truings I haven't had any trouble with them.

    I took the Spot to the Big bear classic, where I road the clydesdale class, and the bike handled very well. And survived the beating of a 250lbs crazed fatty.

    The only other change I have planned is a Stans kit. I have flatted more than I ever have on this bike, so I am going to try out tubeless.

    http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1412695_n.jpg
    Last edited by alanthealan; 04-20-10 at 06:12 PM. Reason: grammer

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