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Awesome bike Jim. Congrats!
 

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That bike looks GREAT!!! My Marathon Alloy frame came in on Saturday and is being built up this week. Enjoy that sweet bike!
 

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I got one good ride in before the rain hit and I'm still tweeking things around. Overall it seems real similar to my 2000 S-Works FSR with the FOX Float X fork and at the same time its a little better everywhere. Stiffer with more accel on the climbs and better pedal to the ground power on flats and rollers. Out here in the sand and loose rock I don't the the specialized captain front tire at all, I'm used to IRC mythos and I need to get bar ends for some of the climbs. The sram shifters take a little to get used to comming from XTR but seem positive and fast and the breaks are awsome. The bars seem really narrow and I measured them and they are the same size as my old bike so maybe an illusion. - Jim
 

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Mine should be here in a couple days - can't wait. Anyone know if the S-WORKS crank will slide right in ? Want to go 2x9 - what do you think ?
 

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They will be able to. Are you wanting to run SRAM XX? If so, you need to think about the gearing. The stock 39 /26 up front is great for the trail, but not for road or flat trail riding. You lose a lot of top end speed. If you want a bigger chainring, then you will need a different front derailed since they are direct mount.
 

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cbarlow said:
you mean 24.75 lbs right?
I have a scale on order, I wieghed it in the shop at 25 with pedels and some extra plastic, so 24.75 is probable correct. I thought that was high and miss read the scale.
 

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She's wicked sharp ! 23.25lbs as it sits. s works crank went on slick [ 26x42 ] first ride will be on snow tomorrow.should be good. I'm all kinds of jacked up. been riding a superfly so this bird should feel a snappy little rocket ship :thumbsup:
 

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guvna, what all did you replace, I see a carbon seat post and is that the complete crank set with XX or just the arm's. - Jim
 

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Hey Jimmi i changed the seat post and put on a FSA stem, xtr cog set, made it tube less and the cranks are stock s works 170mm - 26x42 spec rings and spyder. Cranks come with bb and all parts needed.
Jimmi, by the way- i was just in Cali riding the road bike around Orinda for a week, you have some steep ass hills out there :eek:
 

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Nice 2x9 setup! I love them!

How about those lock on grips with the carbon bars? I upgraded the bars on my bike to the carbons, and the lock-on slipped a bit, i was worried about putting too much torque on the clamps with carbon bars.

Guvna, after coming from a Hardtail 29er, i am interested to hear thoughts going to a 26" full suspension race rocket, i love my 29er wheels, and I am hoping for a carbon 29er epic for 2011.
 

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Nice 2x9 setup! I love them!

How about those lock on grips with the carbon bars? I upgraded the bars on my bike to the carbons, and the lock-on slipped a bit, i was worried about putting too much torque on the clamps with carbon bars.

Guvna, after coming from a Hardtail 29er, i am interested to hear thoughts going to a 26" full suspension race rocket, i love my 29er wheels, and I am hoping for a carbon 29er epic for 2011.
I wasn't too worried about cranking the grips down when I had mine off, I did however install the AL end caps before installing the bar ends. - Jim
 

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Ok, this bike rules the earth. Climbs like a hard tail and descends like a couch.It's going to take a little to dial in the shocks, especially the fork. The gearing of the 2x9 [26-42] feels really good on the first ride
Coming out of switch back corners feels more snappy than my superfly. I think the 29er feels more stable than the 26er, especially a hard tail. But i think unless you are climbing something really steep, the perception of the difference between 29er and 26er is just that - perception more than reality.
The fit of the small epic is spot on for me and i really like to get out of the saddle a lot when i climb so a stiff front and rear feel awesome. And when you break thru the thresholdT it is uber plush. The handling is very neutral and feels balanced .
It's only been one ride but i love it :thumbsup:
 

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