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Old 01-25-05, 06:48 PM   #1
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New ride! (bamchickabambamchicka.......)

first foray into the fully world. set up in 6x6 now, but can swap the rear pivot site to go to 7", and run a 7-8" DC fork if i want. probably keep the SC, as much of my riding entails climbing up before i go down, and it's just easier doing that with a single. marzocchi z-150 fork, manitou swinger 6-way coil rear.

no real ride pics yet, as i've only been able to hit my local loop twice since i finished building last friday. but i've got four days off coming up starting tomorrow morning.........

some new, some used, some e-bay, and some parts out of my spares bin. total cost less than $1600.

rides like buttah, and climbs waaaaaaay better than i thought for weighing 38.5# all up. likely due to the stable platform valving junk on the rear shock. some other stuff on the way will get me into the 37# range, but lighter than that would take gobs more money than i want to put into a bike that i'm going to be beating the snot out of.
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Old 01-25-05, 06:51 PM   #2
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Sweet build up. Is that a Heckler or a Bullit? My guess is more Bullit leaning, but can't be certain from the pics.
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Sweet build up. Is that a Heckler or a Bullit? My guess is more Bullit leaning, but can't be certain from the pics.

bullit. they actually make a heckler and a superlight clone as well. not *exact* replicas, but pretty damn close. feels very good so far. at 399 for the frame and rear shock, i couldn't really lose out. the shock retails most places for 400+. granted, they are getting them way cheaper as OEM spec, but still.......

i wanted this one, as i can build it up lighter if i want (doubtful, i've got my burly @ss hardtail for lighter days, and it sits a 29#) or nearly as heavy/burly as i want. probably the only thing i'd do heavier is a DC fork for lift days.
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I am really digging the dark green colour. You make me envious of you.
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Sorry but what do you mean clone?
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I am really digging the dark green colour. You make me envious of you.

Meh. I'm neutral on the color. I scratch the h3ll out of my bikes, so it's not a big thing. Plus, it's the only color the frame comes in. Sure, if I have a color choice, I'll take whatever one I like the most, but otherwise, it's just paint that is going to get beat up.

Envious? Why? Save up, buy on sale, buy a part at a time. It's not that hard to do.

It is a nice green, though, I think.
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Sorry but what do you mean clone?

As in, it's not a Bullit, but it's similar travel/geometry/style/intended use/and type of suspension.

The generic single pivot suspension such as this, and the SC Bullit is not patented. That is one of the main reasons so many companies use it. Cheap, easy to make/maintain.

Previous problems with single pivot bikes not pedaling as well as some other suspension designs are largely non-issues now, with the advent of stable platform rear shocks to cancel out rider induced suspension bob.

Band aid fix for a bad design? Maybe. It works though, so who cares? See the above:cheap/easy to maintain/repair. I wanted a single pivot largely for that. Less moving cr@p to have to maintain.
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So this company makes frames very similar to SC frames but at a 1/4 of the cost? Who makes the frame? It looks pretty cool. I'd love to have a $400 bullit lookalike. Have you ever ridden a real bullit? Is it very similar? Sorry bout all the questions!
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So this company makes frames very similar to SC frames but at a 1/4 of the cost? Who makes the frame? It looks pretty cool. I'd love to have a $400 bullit lookalike. Have you ever ridden a real bullit? Is it very similar? Sorry bout all the questions!

actually, a lot of companies make bullit look a likes. contrary to popular belief, the bullit WAS NOT the first large single pivot suspension bike out there. SC just sorta' did the best early take on it, and got the big name/reputation for it.

it's weyless, from supergo. weyless is their "house brand" line of frames and parts. several other mail/web order companies do the same type of thing, just with different names. sometimes made in the same factories, even as some of the "big name" companies.

this is out of a mainland china factory. you'd be surprised to learn just how many big name companies have he majority of their bikes made in east asia.

not ridden a 'real' bullit, but i did a lot of online review reading of the frame before i bought. pretty comparable. just not as nicely painted/polished. is it as good as a bullit? i don't know. will it work for me? sure. if it blows, then lesson learned, and i'll buy from a more reputable company in the future.
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I think you did a good job. I don't think you'll blow it up or anything. Weyless brand is some pretty nice stuff from what I hear. All and all its a VERY sweet bike, and you did an excellent bargain shopping job...My girlfriend would be proud.
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I think you did a good job. I don't think you'll blow it up or anything. Weyless brand is some pretty nice stuff from what I hear. All and all its a VERY sweet bike, and you did an excellent bargain shopping job...My girlfriend would be proud.

yeah, i'd set myself a budget of 1500, but ended up going a hair over. worth it in the long run, to have the spec i want/like.

i don't imagine i'll break it, unless i happened to have gotten a poorly welded frame.........i doubt it though. looked the frame ALL over before building it up, and everything looks pretty damn beefy.
pulled all the suspension pivots/bearings/bolts out, cleaned, regreased/loctited where appropriate as well. should make it last a bit longer that way before i'll need new pivot bearings. did the same with the replaceable dropouts. cleaned up the BB threads and made sure the headtube was nice and cleaned up before putting the headset as well.

what, me anal about my bike builds? never.

it should take anything my 140 pound butt can dish out.
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