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Long time visiter, first time I've posted something.
I finally got my 08 race whip built up two weeks ago and just wanted to post some pics to see what you guys think and show you the 08 DHR frames. The boys at Turner got me a custom Metallic Copper colored size medium frame. It's almost too good looking for me just to go beat it up riding.
I'm still waiting on a few last minute parts like a Ti spring for the rear shock and a 7" rotor/adapter for the rear instead of the 8" that's currently on there.
The bike rides like a dream and I haven't officially weighed it yet, but as pictured it's light. I'd guess about 1.5-2lbs lighter than my 06 DHR I had before this and that weighed in just under 41lbs. Can't wait to feel it after the Ti spring gets here.

Here's some pics I took as I built the bike up.










 

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saddle height q

Sick bike. Is that saddle height how you always ride it or is that yet to be determined on this build? Just wondering. It seems fairly common to see what I consider "high" saddles on DHRs for some reason. I remember when I first set mine up with a lower saddle height, it would buzz the back tire until I moved it forward on the rails a little bit.
 
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Most people put their saddles at pedaling height. Many DH racers pedal on the course. Watch a few videos, you'll see. DH racers are very fit, no matter what the fat freeriders may suggest. Steve Peat was an XC champion before he raced DH. Ariel Lindsley stomps racers in XC, Super D and DH alike. Low-saddle DH bikes seem to be what non-DHers own. Then again, some people like low saddles. So who knows?
 

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swillbilly sledneck said:
Most people put their saddles at pedaling height. Many DH racers pedal on the course. Watch a few videos, you'll see. DH racers are very fit, no matter what the fat freeriders may suggest. Steve Peat was an XC champion before he raced DH. Ariel Lindsley stomps racers in XC, Super D and DH alike. Low-saddle DH bikes seem to be what non-DHers own. Then again, some people like low saddles. So who knows?
Yeah I tend to forget. I have a DH bike but I'm not a DH racer. I like a low saddle for jumping basically. Pedalling my ass off while seated isn't one of my priorities. But thanks for the comment, it makes sense, and I have a tendency to not thoroughly think about the activities I do not partake in.

But what about the fat freeriders comment? Quite honestly I don't see any more overweight freeriders than I do overweight people on xc bikes. That is just my experience. Where does that generalization originate anyways? Same people that suggest road and xc riders are gay because of the spandex?
 

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swillbilly sledneck said:
Steve Peat was an XC champion before he raced DH. ?
Steve Peat started racing before there was much distinction between DH and XC and when they rode the same bike on both courses
 

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Steve Peat started racing before there was much distinction between DH and XC and when they rode the same bike on both courses
Are you suggesting that he is old ?? :eek:
 

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Sick looking rig - looking at yours is driving me crazy as I'm waiting for my DHR.

I really like that copper!
 

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Are you suggesting that he is old ?? :eek:
Not saying he's old, I'm just saying that he's been racing forever. But he's still an amazing rider and consistently wiping the floor with riders 10+ years yourger than him

As far as saddle height, there are some couses such as Fontana and Sea Otter that aren't very techincal and its good to have a higher saddle to pedal, but there are also courses that are just steep, loose and nasty where its nice to get that saddle low
 

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Beautiful bike! Looks like a darn tight fit for that revox. Did you remove the hi-low comp. knobs or did they get moved on the '08 model. That would be a bit of a pain to tune the shock the first couple of rides.

-Kevin
 

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That's my actual set height in the complete bike pictured. The new medium DHR has about a 1" lower seat tube and I have lanky legs, so I need the seat a bit higher for racing.

The Revox is a tight fit on the new DHR's. To get the shock to fit, you have to remove the high/low speed compression knobs, which makes initial shock set up a bit of a pain, but after it's dialed in everything feels smoothly paved.
Manitou makes a stock flush mount cap/shimstack to replace the high/low speed compression knobs that's shimmed pretty good. 90% of the riders out there would be quite happy with it. I was surprised with the performance of it.
 
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