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Old 04-27-07, 01:37 PM
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my new ride? first build.....

I had a lot of fun building this bike.....the seatpost arrived today....here are some annoying pictures.....

I am too excited.....I am pretending that other people will care to see this.... here goes the specs...

it could me around $650............its going to get dirty soon....

Item/Parts--------Name/Model
Frame------------Haro V5
Fork--------------Manitou Splice Super 100-130mm
Wheels-----------Mavic XM317+XT hubs (I am temporarily using Sun Black Eye, and put the mavic on my Kona Cinder Cone)
Crankset---------Shimano DeoreLX M580
BB---------------Shimno Deore
Shifters----------SRAM X-7
Rear Der---------SRAM X-7
Front Der--------SRAM X-Gen
Brake Front------Avid BB7 160mm
Brake Rear-------Quad 5 160 mechanical
Brake Lever------Avid FR-5
Handlebar--------FSA FR 270-
Stem------------FSA FR 200
Headset---------Cane Creek S-8
Saddle----------WTB Rocket V
Cassette--------SRAM PG971
Chain-----------SRAM PG951
Pedals----------Kona Jack
Tires-----------IRC Backcountry 2.25
Tubes---------- Ritchey tubes
Seat post -------FSA SL-280
Grips- Generic Lock-on Grips....
6 bold adaptor for center lock hubs
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Old 04-27-07, 02:32 PM
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Nice, solid build; and a nice looking bike - - good job!
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Old 04-27-07, 02:39 PM
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thanks D.....its a nice ride too....

I am watching your Gran Mal Project closely.......I think, I am already considering a Full Suspension build.....and I like the looks of the Gran Mal....but, at this point my riding does not demand (not even remotely) a bike of Gran Mal's class...

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Old 04-27-07, 04:31 PM
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Looks good - now go get it dirty.

Hmmm, I think I'm the only weirdo that puts their brake levers on the inside of the shifters...
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Old 04-27-07, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by z415
Hmmm, I think I'm the only weirdo that puts their brake levers on the inside of the shifters...
Yup. Gripshifters not withstanding of course.
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Originally Posted by Raiyn
Yup. Gripshifters not withstanding of course.
Great, now I have to scour the Earth to find someone else that does it.. that is if I can't convert my roommate. Now I gotta make up a stupid reason to convince him since there is no advantage for it whatsoever.
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Originally Posted by z415
Hmmm, I think I'm the only weirdo that puts their brake levers on the inside of the shifters...
Well you may be, but if my shifters didn't have that damnable little display window, I would have put my levers on the inside a long time ago.
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Originally Posted by TheFlip
Well you may be, but if my shifters didn't have that damnable little display window, I would have put my levers on the inside a long time ago.
I have the Sram X7s, the display window is the clamping part.
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Looks nice Sherpa. Good job.
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thanks mtnbiker66.....

yes, this is my function over form/fashion build.....I have considered different options and then went for the components that are functionally adequate for my use and cost effective.....I wanted to give it a more All Mountain kind of vibe, rather than XC....I like to call it (as vague as it is) my AM/XC ride....

few things that I have considered but did not pick are

X9 Shifters, Derailleurs: higher cost did not justify the marginal increase in function
XT cranks: LX was adequate for my needs, why spend more money...
Hope hubs: wanted this just for vanity (it would be functionally superior too), but XT is adequate and affordable
Hayes HFX9: I already run a set of HFX9s on my Cinder Cone, but I wanted mechanical, specially an adjustable one so that I can maintain it when I am on a longer trip and miles away from my shop or bike store...
Marzocchi MX Pro: I am probably going to put either a MX Pro or a Tora 302 u turn (i know they are heavy, but I dont care about the weight, if the function is right) in a year....after I totally destroy the splice super...
Panaracer Cinder: I am going to put a set of Fire XC with red side walls when the IRC backcountrys die....
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Looks good...do you like riding it?
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Originally Posted by sherpaPeak
...at this point my riding does not demand (not even remotely) a bike of Gran Mal's class...
...but it CAN demand the most advanced, toughest wheelsets available
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Originally Posted by z415
Looks good - now go get it dirty.

Hmmm, I think I'm the only weirdo that puts their brake levers on the inside of the shifters...
You're not the only one.

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Originally Posted by sherpaPeak
thanks mtnbiker66.....

yes, this is my function over form/fashion build.....I have considered different options and then went for the components that are functionally adequate for my use and cost effective.....I wanted to give it a more All Mountain kind of vibe, rather than XC....I like to call it (as vague as it is) my AM/XC ride....

few things that I have considered but did not pick are

X9 Shifters, Derailleurs: higher cost did not justify the marginal increase in function
XT cranks: LX was adequate for my needs, why spend more money...
Hope hubs: wanted this just for vanity (it would be functionally superior too), but XT is adequate and affordable
Hayes HFX9: I already run a set of HFX9s on my Cinder Cone, but I wanted mechanical, specially an adjustable one so that I can maintain it when I am on a longer trip and miles away from my shop or bike store...
Marzocchi MX Pro: I am probably going to put either a MX Pro or a Tora 302 u turn (i know they are heavy, but I dont care about the weight, if the function is right) in a year....after I totally destroy the splice super...
Panaracer Cinder: I am going to put a set of Fire XC with red side walls when the IRC backcountrys die....
My GF has a similar build, that Haro frame is nice and sturdy!
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I really like the way it rides. not to crazy about the noisy Manitou fork....but thats a calculated gamble....

I am amazed how well the X-7 set up works. I have used the X-9s before and I can not tell any difference between them. May be its my ignorance.

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For 2006 Sram trickled down the X.0 features to X.9, so the old X.9 is now X.7. That's why it feels similar.
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Great build Sherpa, hope it gives many miles of smiles!
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Originally Posted by born2bahick
Great build Sherpa, hope it gives many miles of smiles!
thanks b2b,

yes I took it for a couple of rides so far...one was a 8-mile XC loop and another was a 2 hour rocky and hilly trails, with some downhill portions....did not bring the camera so, no pictures.....

I am really happey the way the bike feels and handles. there are a few things that I am really impressed with....the FSA cockpit, Handlebar, Stem and seatpost......they are really awesome in terms of strength and ergonomics.

IRC Backcountry tires....I really liked this tire for wet and rocky trails.....provides nice traction with decent rolling registance....cornering is also very efficient....

surprisingly the Manitou Splice Super was very smooth and responsive. Based on what I have heard, I have a very low expections for this fork...but I have really liked them during this last two rides...hope it stays this way....

Kona Jack**** platform pedals....heavy, scary but it really works for me. I dont like clipless, no matter how much more efficient it is.....I often hike in the forested areas and use light hiking boots for footwear....I found the platform pedals with those spiky things work the best....

That Haro frame has really impressed me so far......I bought it for $45.....I thought I would give it a shot...and if its not up to the par, I would just switch to something without loosing too much money....but from the moment I received it I have been very happy with it - the color, graphics, tubing, welding, made in Taiwan, angles, combination of beefiness and quick handling etc.........I was even happier when I did some small climbs and downhill sections on the bike.....the fame geometry (along with my set up) give me a very good body position to do both (climbing and downhilling) with relative comfort.....

thought you guys may like some ride report.....
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I've never own a Haro, but wouldn't hesistate to try one! One of my favorite hardtails was a K2 Zed 1.0. I liked the frame enough that I hung about $1200. of nice components on it. What can you say, if it feels right..... Again great job!
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ride report......some reviews

So far I have ridden around 100 miles on my new bike. in mixed conditions- wet, muddy and dry with lots of rocks (baby heads) and slick roots. Mostly XC terrain, 400-500' uphill climbs and declines.

the following components were noticable in terms of their performance:

Positive ones:

BB7 brakes. I can not say enough of the smooth and flawless performance of this brake. for $44 this is the best purchase I have made in a long time. Good stopping power during very wet and muddy downhill runs. there were a few times I was not sure how its going to work, but in the end I was smiling as I was zooming down the trail. Enough stopping power for small down hill runs and all of my XC riding...

LX Cranks: very solid cranks. amazing in terms of power transfer, stiffness and overall quality.

IRC Backcountry Tires: I paid $15 for a pair. I thought I would give them a try for a while, before my Conti Vertical Pros arrive. But, now the Vertical Pros are sitting pretty and I am having a lots of fun with the Backcountrys. Its a very versatile tire. very good balance between rolling resistance, traction (both uphill and downhill), cornering performance, and durability (although its very early to make that call). it also cleans mud pretty well.

Haro V5: I am really enjoing the Haro Frame. it has such a beautiful balance between strength and responsiveness. Even with the oversized tubing, the ride is surprisingly smooth. my goal is to push this frame to its very limit (dont know how yet). and when and if it gives up, I will replace it with a Banshee Viento.

Negatives:
Manitou Splice Super: for $49, it was a easy decision to get this fork. I just wanted to know how bad they are. verdict: they are bad. leaking oil already. bottomed out several times (without any big jumps. the biggest was probably a 2' jump off of a rocky edge. They were very plush and smooth in first few rides. but now they are making a ticking noise and leaking oil. I need to talk to JensonUSA. or Manitou.

Quad Disc Brake (rear): not up to the mark. just as much stopping power as an XT or Avid SD7 V-brake (except on muddy and wet surfaces, probably). makes a lot of noise. needs frequent adjustments. I paid around $30 for this brake. not convinced with the quality of these brakes. Probably replace it with a BB5 or BB7 at the end of the season.
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Great write up. I rode a bike with a splice on it.......not good.
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Originally Posted by sherpaPeak
Negatives: Manitou Splice Super
When I read the specs above that part did seem below par with the rest of the bike. As I kept reading I found out you felt the same way
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